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Kendal festival readies online return

Kendal Mountain Festival is officially back and will be hosted online for the first time in its 40 year history later this month. 
The event, running from 19th-29th November, outlines its mission as showcasing inspiring adventure across films, live events, guest speakers and literature programmes.

It features:

  • Ten days of curated content from 19th-29th November
  • 12 major film prizes up for grabs, including the People’s Choice award as voted by the public
  • A record number of entries received from professional and amateur filmmakers globally
  • Tickets and passes are on sale now via 
  • Prices range from £5.50 for a single pass or £37.50 for a film or literature pass and up to £96 for full festival access

The event features speakers including world-class international athletes, adventurers, authors and filmmakers, including survivalist Ray Mears, TV traveller Simon Reeve, C4 journalist Keme Nzerem, Rhiane Fatinikun the founder of Black Girls Hike UK, Jason Fox from SAS Who Dares Wins, explorer Aldo Kane and mountaineer Leo Houlding.

At the core of the event is the International Film Competition with 12 major film prizes up for grabs, including the sought-after People’s Choice award, voted for by the public. The Festival has received a record number of entries this year, from professional and amateur filmmakers alike from across the globe. 

Kendal Mountain’s Literature Festival brings together speakers across the themes of mountains, landscape, nature and sense of place. This year you can catch writers, authors, poets and artists in a programme that includes book launches, debates and lectures; speakers include Jessica J. Lee, author of Willow Herb and First Native American US Poet Laureate; Joy Harjo.

Jacqui Scott, Festival CEO commented: “We all have ‘mountains’ in life to scale and we strongly feel that our Festival provides an accessible platform for people from all walks of life, abilities and countries to share with our audience how they face their own challenges. This year our theme is nurture, and never before has this been more prevalent and poignant. Just how are we supporting and learning from each other and also inspiring the next generation?”

Steve Scott, Festival Director added: “It’s an opportunity for those who have a passion for outdoor life and adventure to communicate their own unique story, their own struggle or ambition, respecting what mother nature has given us and giving all to inspire others.”

Fellow Director Clive Allen concluded with: “We’re putting all our effort and energy into creating an amazing experience online and we promise that our usual content from our live events will still be available, live-streamed from the Lake District onto screens, worldwide. It’s going to be an incredible event and we are hugely excited by the calibre of films submitted, literature featured, and a top-notch list of guest speakers.”

The Festival’s hub – the Basecamp Village will also be going virtual, bringing viewers an interactive experience featuring Festival partners – top brands from the world of adventure, and lots of free content with a packed programmes of speakers talking about Everyday Adventures on the Yeti Basecamp Stage. 

There is also a series of events that viewers can undertake on specific days including a 10K virtual run sponsored by adidas Terrex on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November, and a global Litter Pick on Saturday 28th November in partnership with Cal Major, Paddle Pick Up and Dom Ferris of Trash Free Trails. 


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