Keswick Mountain Festival
The Keswick Mountain Festival Village is set in a glorious location in Crow Park, on the shores of Derwentwater and overlooked by the Skiddaw massif. From the site there are spectacular views down the lake to the Borrowdale Valley. It is just a short stroll to the centre of Keswick town.
First established in 2007, this is now one of the UK’s largest Mountain Festivals and attracts world class athletes, mountaineers and adventurers as well as local legends. It has grown to encompass sports, outdoor activities and live music as well a varied program of talks. The festival is held annually in May or June.
Spectator and participation sports include running, cycling, swimming, triathlon, aquathon, hiking and a whole host of varied outdoor activities. Taster activities include bmx, mtb, segway, climbing, archery and caving.
Theatre Talks and Studio Talks by world renowned speakers, and the Film Festival, are held in the adjacent Theatre by the Lake.
Live music on the Friday and Saturday evenings has included such names as Melanie C, Peter Hook (Joy Division) and his band The Light, KT Tunstall, Big Country, The Christians and Peatbog Faeries.
The 2020 music line up included Space, Holy Moly & The Crackers, SWJ Group and DJ Huey Morgan.
A Family Friendly Festival
The Keswick Mountain Festival now attracts some 20,000 visitors to the town and is also one of the best family friendly festivals in the UK. The Festival Village is suitable for even small children although most events and activities do have a minimum age.
A pop up campsite at Spring’s Farm, a 10 minute walk from the Festival Village, provides pitches for Thursday – Saturday night only. Single night camping is not available here. To book pitches see the Accommodation Links or use the booking map, all below, for a wide range of accommodation.
Exhibitors, Food & Drink at the Festival
You won’t go hungry at the Keswick Mountain Festival with a wide range of food stands selling everything from artisan pies and burgers to Lebanese and crepes. Licensed stands sell real ales and wine as well as soft drinks.
Other stands include active and leisure clothing, sports equipment, travel and tourism operators.
2021 dates: now confirmed as Friday 10th September to Sunday 12th September. See 2020 line up of speakers, music and film. 2021 line up yet to be announced.
Dogs are permitted in the Keswick Mountain Festival Village but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Entry to the Festival Village is free during the day however you will require a weekend ticket or a concert ticket for access to the Festival Village after 5 pm.
For more info and to buy all tickets, activity wristbands, speaker and film tickets and event entry see the Keswick Mountain Festival website >>
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