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  1. Thursday 17th November
  2. Friday 18th November
  3. Saturday 19th November
  4. Sunday 20th November

Upcoming Events

17.45 - 19.30 Thursday 17th

Opening Event

Join us on Thursday 17th November for our unique family-focussed community opening event.

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19.30 - 22.00 Thursday 17th

Best of Kendal - Retrospective

Hand-picked for your pleasure; the most engaging, inspiring and even terrifying films from our back catalogue!

13.00 - 17.45 Friday 18th

The Boardman-Tasker Award for Mountain Literature

Join us as we announce the winner of the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2016.

14.00 - 15.30 Friday 18th

Mallory: Beyond Everest

What if Mallory had survived Everest? Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, John Burns' renowned and intriguing one-man play comes to Kendal

17.00 - 09.30 Friday 18th


Campervans welcome at Kendal 2016!

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17.00 - 17.00 Friday 18th


Back by popular demand!

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18.00 - 19.30 Friday 18th

UK Film Première - Mirror Wall

The premiere of this year's major big-wall climbing film Mirror Wall, featuring Leo Houlding and team

19.00 - 20.30 Friday 18th

Dan Richards - Climbing Days

Dan is the author of 'Climbing Days' - An exploration of the writing and climbing lives of his great great aunt and uncle - Dorothy Pilley and I. A. Richards. He will be interviewed by Natalie Berry.

19.30 - 22.30 Friday 18th

Julbo Snowsports Session

The best snowsports action, film and on-stage entertainment returns to Kendal Town Hall! Feat. super skier – Enak Gavaggio (AKA 'Rancho') and special guests.

20.00 - 22.00 Friday 18th

World Film Première - Blocheads

An all-action cinematic spectacular, revelling in the UK’s golden age of bouldering, presented by ace filmmaker Alastair Lee and friends

20.00 - 22.00 Friday 18th

DMM Pub Quiz

It's a pub quiz. With the DMM team. What's not to like?

20.00 - 23.00 Friday 18th

BUFF Endurance Session - A Mountain Running Special feat. Anton Krupicka

Ace speakers and films from the world of mountain running presented by BUFF

22.00 - 02.00 Friday 18th
09.00 - 10.30 Saturday 19th

THE SHERPA SESSION -  Adventurer Heather Geluk interviews Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita

It’s the people you meet along the way… Adventurer Heather Geluk interviews Pasang Lhamu Sherpa about her route from Lukla, Nepal to National Geographic Adventurer of the year

09.30 - 11.00 Saturday 19th

Peter Gillman - Mallory on the Ben

George Mallory and his early days climbing Ben Nevis

09.30 - 11.30 Saturday 19th

Photowalk hosted by SmugMug and Black Diamond

Calling all camera enthusiasts! Come join us for a Photowalk around Kendal led by professional photographers from the team at SmugMug.

09.30 - 11.30 Saturday 19th

Black Diamond Alpine Session

A celebration of alpine climbing, with Mayan Smith-Gobat and Tim Emmett

10.00 - 12.00 Saturday 19th

Workshop by British Mountain Guides

Workshops by British Mountain Guides - supported by Arc'teryx. Learn from the professionals about three different kinds of climbing technique.

10.00 - 17.00 Saturday 19th

Kendal Video Jukebox

Our popular film request scheme!

11.00 - 12.30 Saturday 19th

World Film Première - TUPENDEO

Upon their first ascent of Tupendeo in the Kashmir region of India’s Himalaya in 2015, Swiss climbers Stephan Siegrist and Thomas Senf encounter a baffling mystery........

11.00 - 13.00 Saturday 19th

adidas 10k Trail Run

Back once again for a little 10k jaunt, from the centre of Kendal up to Scout Scar, with the thigh burning, calf pinging warm-up up Beast Banks - it's not called that for nothing!

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£15.00 in advance
11.30 - 13.00 Saturday 19th

Dan Shipsides - Misadventures in art and climbing

Dan will cover twisting terrain, encountering the crossovers and similarities of art and climbing as potential ‘practices of freedom’.

12.00 - 13.30 Saturday 19th

Chris Bonington - Mountaineer

Britain's most famous and respected mountaineer talks about his life, and the latest update to his seminal book

13.30 - 15.00 Saturday 19th

Helen Mort and David Wilson - ​Lines of Ascent - poetry and climbing

Join award-winning poet Helen Mort and fellow climber and writer David Wilson for poetry inspired by mountaineering.

13.30 - 15.30 Saturday 19th

Trail Running and Film - A Salomon TV Running Special feat. Dean Leslie and Hannah Slezacek

Watch some of the best Salomon Running TV films ever made and meet the team who made them! Trail running heaven!

14.00 - 15.30 Saturday 19th

Simon McCartney - The Bond

The true, gripping story behind one of this year's 'must-read' climbing books.

14.00 - 15.30 Saturday 19th

Alex Megos - rock phenomenon

A rare chance to hear from one of the world's true climbing superstars

15.00 - 16.30 Saturday 19th

Jim Curran Testimonial

A special event in memory of Jim Curran, one of the founders of Kendal Mountain Festival and “a genuine Renaissance man of climbing”

15.30 - 17.00 Saturday 19th

Alan McNee - Albert Smith: The Cockney Who Sold the Alps

Alan McNee recounts how one man - Albert Smith - sold the Alps to the Victorians and created mass tourism for the area!

16.00 - 18.00 Saturday 19th

Mountain Equipment Scottish Winter Session

A unique event featuring Greg Boswell, Guy Robertson, Mick Fowler, Andy Nisbet and chaired by Nick Bullock

16.00 - 18.30 Saturday 19th

Lowe Alpine Adventure & Exploration Session

An afternoon of high adventure with exploration tales from around the globe, featuring an inspirational mix of film and entertainment from speakers Sarah Outen and Ash Dykes.

17.00 - 18.30 Saturday 19th

Pete Whittaker - El Cap solo; what can possibly go wrong?

On half of the famous Wide Boyz, Pete Whittaker ditches Tom Randall and heads alone for Yosemite with a new roped-solo system and a big wall objective in mind.

17.30 - 19.00 Saturday 19th

Bob Comlay - ‘ Travels with Tilman’

​Bill Tilman was one of the ‘greats’ of post-war yachtsmen and adventurers. Bob who sailed with him, has made a special study of his life and exploits.

19.00 - 20.00 Saturday 19th

Caroline Ciavaldini & Shifting Dreams World Premiere

Join Caroline Ciavaldini on stage as she talks about her experience of moving from world class competition climber to trad and the outdoors. Caroline will also be joined by filmmaker Chris Prescott to introduce the world premiere of her latest film Shifting Dreams (30...

19.30 - 22.30 Saturday 19th

Santa Cruz Bike Session

It's back. The maddest, baddest bike event of the year.

19.30 - 22.30 Saturday 19th

Petzl Underground Session

An awesome mix of caving films and lectures brought to you by Petzl and in association with UK caving. So with great films and special guests come along and experience the true beating heart of the caving world; a night not to be...

20.30 - 22.00 Saturday 19th

Cedar Wright - The Entertainer

Cedar is one of the USA's best-known climbers, renowned for his goofy sense of humour, infectious lust for life, and always being up for an outrageous adventure

22.00 - 01.00 Saturday 19th

The Festival PARTY

THE social heart of the festival gets even BIGGER.

09.00 - 11.30 Sunday 20th

The Outdoor Swimming Session

Celebrating outdoor swimming, in lakes, rivers and the sea.

09.30 - 11.00 Sunday 20th

A Lakeland Pilgrimage - John Fleetwood

Join John Fleetwood on this pilgrimage through the English Lake District that takes a road less traveled of 275km and 18,500 metres of ascent.

10.30 - 12.00 Sunday 20th

Karen Lloyd - ​Nature’s Amphitheatre - Exploring the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay

Karen Lloyd takes us on a deeply personal journey around the 60 miles of coastline that make up "nature's amphitheatre."

10.30 - 12.30 Sunday 20th

BMC TV Breakfast Club with Niall Grimes

Supercharge your Sunday with Niall Grimes: climber, storyteller and mischiefmaker. Features BMC TV films, free coffee and cocktails, goody bags, star climbers and prizes.

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£9.50 £5.00 for BMC Members Buy Tickets
12.00 - 14.30 Sunday 20th

Petzl Rock Session

Hosted by Rob Greenwood from UKClimbing and featuring Jorg Verhoeven, Katha Saurwein, Robbie Phillips and a virtual Andy Pollitt

12.30 - 14.00 Sunday 20th

Samantha Walton - Nan Shepherd - ‘The Living Mountain’

Dr Samantha Walton looks at Nan Shepherd's inventive approach to mountaineering, considering what it meant to be a woman walker in the Highlands of the 1940s, and why reaching the summit was the last thing on her mind.

13.00 - 14.30 Sunday 20th

Mick Fowler - Gave Ding

Legendary British climber and Inland Revenue employee Mick Fowler talk about his latest Himalayan success - the first ascent of the north face of Gave Ding

14.30 - 16.00 Sunday 20th

Ben Tibbetts - ‘Images from Cold Places’

Ben Tibbett's is an adventure photographer and IFMGA mountain guide extraordinaire!

15.00 - 16.30 Sunday 20th

John Porter - A Brief Golden Light

An inspirational and revealing first-hand account of the “generation that nearly climbed itself into extinction”; the bold and golden mountaineers of the 1970s and 80s

15.00 - 16.30 Sunday 20th

​Bearly alive - Bullock & Boswell

Nick Bullock and Greg Boswell love finding difficult, committing objectives in remote locations. Sometimes that very remoteness can throw up a surprise...

16.15 - 19.15 Sunday 20th

Best of Kendal Afternoon

Featuring a selection of 2016 winning films, screening over 6 venues in Kendal.

16.30 - 18.00 Sunday 20th

Nick Burton - Mass Trespass: The early struggle for access to the hills in Lancashire and Lakeland

Nick Burton returns this year to talk about the largely forgotten but important part the North of England played in securing the 'freedom to roam' our mountains and moorland.

19.45 - 22.45 Sunday 20th

Best of Kendal Evening

Featuring a selection of the 2016 award winning films, screening over 6 venues in Kendal.

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