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

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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.

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