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Fantastic Festival Family Offering for 2018

Kendal Mountain Festival’s vision is; to inspire more people to explore and enjoy the outdoors; something we feel strongly starts with the youngest members of our community.

After fantastic feedback from last year’s Festival we are delighted to be offering for 2018 an expanded family programme; a combination of old favourites and exciting new events – many of which are free!

We hope you feel inspired and as excited as us about what is on our doorstep, and this year bring your family to Share the Adventure at Kendal Mountain Festival!

The Opening Ceremony

Celebrate the start of the Kendal Mountain Festival 2018 on Thursday 15 November with a welcome from Sir Chris Bonington. Then join us on our very own ‘Alpine Descent’ down Captain French Lane complete with flag waving, cow bells and a live band! Once we reach the Brewery Arts Centre join us to watch our Festival trailer and a selection of some of this year’s short films on the big screen. All for FREE and suitable for families and anyone with a sense of adventure!

The procession will start at 17.30 outside the Riflemans Arms on Kendal’s Fellside.

NEW for 2018! Children's Literature Festival

We will be welcoming the following authors of some of today’s most popular adventure stories for children to Kendal on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November. 

Tickets are just £5 and all talks take place in the Bindloss Room in Kendal Town Hall.

12 – 1pm Saturday 17th November
A vivid, warm and atmospheric adventure set in the mountains of India, about a girl who is determined to protect the wild leopards from poachers.

1.30 – 2.30pm Saturday 17th November
A darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.

3 – 4pm Saturday 17th November
For as long as there have been wars, animals have been out there saving lives and this book helps us to remember that not all heroes are human. David is also the author of ‘Survivors’ winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year!

GREAT ADVENTURERS - Alastair Humphreys
4.30 – 5.30pm Saturday 17th November
The incredible journeys undertaken by twenty of the most heroic and impressive adventurers who ever lived. “These are the mad men and women who lit the fire that inspired my own adventures!” Alastair Humphreys

12.30 – 1.30pm Sunday 18th November
Lily has lots of worries. She’s struggling to compete in her fell-running races and, worse, she’s losing her gran to Alzheimer’s. But then she discovers her great-great-grandfather’s diaries from the First World War. Could his incredible story of bravery help her reconnect with her gran and even give her the inspiration she needs to push through and win?

THE EVEREST FILES - Matt Dickinson
2 – 3pm Sunday 18th November
A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest. In the deepest Himalaya a story is spreading like wildfire. The story of an Everest expedition unlike any other. An expedition that ended with mysterious disappearances...and death. This is the mystery that 18-year-old Ryan Hart sets out to solve all played out on the lethal slopes of the highest mountain in the world.

Kendal School Sessions

Once again we are inviting schools from surrounding areas to our FREE school sessions on Friday 16th November at Kendal Leisure Centre. This year it will be an amazing opportunity to hear from real life adventurers and explorers; with ‘Science in Adventure’ presenter Huw James, author Alastair Humphreys and a special guest appearance from Robert Macfarlane; who will be presenting from his beautiful spell book for the natural world, ‘The Lost Words’. A fun, engaging and interesting event for teachers and students alike!

If you would like your school (approx. Years 5 – 8) to be in be involved at either this year’s Festival or next, please contact us at:

FREE Adventure Film Sessions

Our Family Adventure Film Sessions are back and still for free! Join us to be entertained by a selection of short films on the big screen and inspire your children for life with the world of outdoor adventure. Expect two hours of thrilling short films showcasing wild adventure from around the world, with some of the stars of the films and special guests on stage to answer your questions. Suitable for ages 4+

09.30 - 11.00 Saturday 18th November

10.30 - 12.30 Sunday 19th November

FREE Alfred Wainwright's Mountain Guides at Kendal Library

We are delighted that the ‘Alfred Wainwright’s Mountain Guides Art Sessions’ for families will take place again this year. Explore how Alfred Wainwright produced his guidebooks and create your own illustrations too! These FREE 60 minute interactive sessions at Kendal Library were fully booked in 2017! Tickets are required and are available at Suitable for ages 4+

09.45 - 10.45 Saturday 17th November
11.15 - 12.15 Saturday 17th November
13.45 - 14.45 Saturday 17th November
15.00 - 16.00 Saturday 17th November

Parent & Baby Friendly Film Screening and Accessible Film Screening

  • Parents and Babies Film Screening

An opportunity for parents and their babies to enjoy high-visual adventure shorts.

We appreciate that being a new parent can be a demanding experience. Our special adult and baby film screening is especially for parents / guardians and their babies, an opportunity to enjoy the finest selection of adventure films without the worry of disturbing other guests while the films are playing.

09.30 - 11.00 Friday 16th November

  • Accessible Film Screening

An opportunity for people with learning difficulties, or those living with dementia, and their carers to enjoy a programme of highly visual short films in a relaxed atmosphere.

11.30 – 12.30 Friday 16th November

Thank you to Treetop Trek for supporting our family programme at Kendal.

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