Menu Close

Kendal Mountain Festival Bringing The Great Outdoors Indoors

Bike Night 2 scaled

Kendal Mountain Festival has announced that its world-famous event will be broadcast online, ensuring its mission to showcase inspiring, soul-stirring outdoor adventure continues.

Stories about people, from all walks of life, doing extraordinary things. It’s an exciting step for an event that, for the last 40 years, has been connecting like-minded people who want to share their passion for the world of mountains, nature and the natural beauty around us.

The online show brings viewers compelling, emotive and entertaining curated content designed to inspire and move people, with the ambition of providing a renewed and energised perspective to daily life.

For 10 days, from 19 to 29 November, Kendal Mountain Festival will provide unlimited access to curated films, live sessions, literature and inspiring speakers, online for everyone, everywhere via the Festival’s website

The event features a big-name line up of speakers featuring 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 is truly going from strength to strength, firmly established under patron and renowned author Robert Macfarlane and bringing 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 highly anticipated book launches, lively 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 comments; “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.

The theme this year 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 said; “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 said; “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 popular hub – the Basecamp Village will also be going virtual, bringing viewers a truly 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. 

All the content created for the Festival will be available to view at leisure, from the 19th November. The Festival closes on the 29th November, but the content will be available on catch-up for a limited time.

To book a pass (options available – see below) to the Kendal Mountain Festival – please visit

Passes available are: 

Full Festival Pass (access to everything)         £96.00 

Film Pass (access to all films)                            £37.50 

Literature Pass (access to all literature events) £37.50 

Single Sessions

Single Film / Event  £5.50

Specialist Session                                             £10.75

Speaker Session                                               £10.75

Optimized by Optimole