CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Lancashire Life today CLICK HERE

A look ahead to the Keswick Mountain Festival

PUBLISHED: 00:00 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 19:40 12 April 2016

A runner near Buttermere during the Keswick Mountain Festival

A runner near Buttermere during the Keswick Mountain Festival

not Archant

There’s a whole range of events on offer at the Keswick Mountain Festival

Explorer Monty Halls, television presenter Julia Bradbury and double Olympic champion James Cracknell will all help Keswick Mountain Festival celebrate its tenth anniversary.

The event, which will take place from May 19-22, will also feature an exciting range of sporting events and a weekend of live music. The main base for the weekend will be in the Festival Village on Crow Park where most of the sporting events will start and finish and the town’s Theatre by the Lake will host speakers on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Monty Halls will speak about his time travelling the world, seeking out the great mysteries and the hidden gems of the planet on expeditions to oceans, caves and jungles. And Julia Bradbury, who presents the ITV series Best Walks with a View, will share her recent adventures and favourite walks.

She will be followed to the stage by James Cracknell who, since retiring from competitive rowing, has become a fearless adventurer, while Alan Hinkes and Mick Fowler, two of the UK’s most accomplished climbers, complete the programme of speakers.

Nicola Meadley, Keswick Mountain Festival director, said: ‘This is a fantastic line up to mark our tenth anniversary. We have secured some of the best known and most respected names in their fields and we’ll have a distinct theme each night. I think this year’s combination of speakers epitomises the amazing breadth and depth of our programme.’

A new mountain biking event and new and improved new race routes are among the changes to the sports line-up at this year’s festival.

Riders in the Keswick Rocks mountain biking sportive will follow a challenging 43km route which will take around six hours to complete and will take in the flanks of two great Lakeland fells in Skiddaw and Blencathra, and an ascent of Keswick’s own mini-mountain, Latrigg.

There will also be long and short triathlons, a 5k trail run and a new 3k open water swimming event in Derwentwater.

Lucy Scrase, Keswick Mountain Festival sporting director, said: ‘We are determined to make sure the tenth Keswick Mountain Festival is very special indeed and our plans for the sporting events really put the spotlight on that. It’s about time Keswick had its own mountain bike event, so we’ve created one and it will give riders an exciting taste of some amazing landscapes. And everywhere else in the schedule, we’ve introduced additions and improvements that will make a visit to Keswick in May more enjoyable than ever for participants and spectators alike.’

Abba tribute act Björn Again will top the music bill on the Friday night, with Toploader, Scouting for Girls taking to the stage on Saturday. Festival director Nicola Meadley said: ‘I can’t think of a better setting for live music than the Keswick Mountain Festival village. We’ve chosen acts who we know will appeal to festival goers of all ages and bring new visitors to Keswick and the Lakes at the start of the summer, which is going to be so crucial to the area this year in particular.’ 

 

Tickets for all 2016 Keswick Mountain Festival events are available at www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk or by calling See Tickets on 0871 2305537 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras). To find out more go to info@keswickmountainfestival.co.uk or call 03300 555 734.

0 comments

More from Out & About

Lytham Hall was the spectacular setting for a glittering weekend of steam engines, tractors, cars and family fun.

Read more

Barrowford is one of Lancashire’s most stylish towns but it also has some quirky tales to tell

Read more

The busy West Lancashire village of Parbold scores highly for natural beauty and community spirit

Read more

The two-and-a-half year initiative to preserve the remains of the copper mines.

Read more
Coniston
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Books by Lancashire writer Paula Daly are being filmed in the Lakes by the Broadchurch team for a six-part TV drama starring Rochdale’s Anna Friel

Read more
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Fact and fiction merge to create a tale of murder and kidnap in a novel based on Rufford Old Hall by National Trust volunteer Margaret Lambert

Read more

Liverpool has always buzzed, even in its darker days, but today it’s booming, and underpinning the resurgence are institutions with roots deep in the Merseyside soil

Read more
Liverpool
Friday, November 2, 2018

With carpets of damp fallen leaves and rotting deadwood covering woodlands, autumn is the time when fungi of all shapes and sizes thrive. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Molly Toal explores the mushroom kingdom.

Read more
Thursday, November 1, 2018

An ancient system for training troops in the use of the longbow has been revived in Lancashire

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

John Lenehan grabs his broomstick and takes us on a journey through some of Lancashire’s loveliest countryside.

Read more
Ribble Valley Walks Pendle Hill
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Canicross is one of the fastest growing sports and it has arrived in the Lake District. Irene Rothery reports

Read more
Dogs Lake District Walks

Having 10,000 students on the doorstep is helping this West Lancashire town centre to thrive

Read more

In 1972, a hoard of ancient silver coins was discovered in Prestwich. These days, they’re hoping to strike gold with an unbeatable mix of community, creativity and independent shops but for one craftsperson, silver is still the way to go.

Read more
Friday, October 12, 2018

Pendle Hill is one of the most iconic landmarks in Lancashire and you can enjoy the beautiful countryside, spectacular views and fascinating from a number of starting points in the Ribble Valley.

Read more
Pendle Hill Ribble Valley Walks

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Property Search