Keswick Mountain Festival

: Keswick

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.
image of Keswick Mountain Festival on the shores of Derwentwater lake near Keswick in the Lake District

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 and The Christians. In 2019 Peatbog Faeries and Big Country headline.
image of swimmers in Derwentwater participating in the Keswick Mountain Festival near Keswick in the Lake District

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 above the map below.

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.
image of the spectators at the Keswick Mountain Festival in the Lake District

Visitor Info

2019 dates: Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May . See the 2019 lineup of speakers, music and film >>
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 >>
image of a fell runner participating in the Keswick Mountain Festival in the Lake District


Keswick & Lake District Accommodation – Visit Cumbria makes a small commission on some bookings. Thank you for supporting us.
Spring’s Farm pop-up Campsite – 10 minutes from the Festival Village, 3 night bookings only.
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