What is happening in Kendal?
Beautifully perched on the edge of the renowned Cumbrian mountains, the picturesque town of Kendal quietly awaits its annual wake-up call. The well-known stop-off point for walkers heading deeper into the Lakes is brought to life once a year for the spectacular Kendal Mountain Festival.
Taking over the entirety of Kendal, the festival is an annual pilgrimage for thousands of outdoor adventurers to celebrate their shared love of the wilderness and the exciting opportunities the outdoors brings.
Every November for more than 17 years, the festival has brought together hiking legends, outdoor enthusiasts and market-leading clothing companies from around the globe. It is seen as one of the best mountain festivals in the world. This year, Kendal runs from 15 to 18 November and Berghaus will be there in full force.
The four-day festival will be jam-packed with film premieres, talks from mountaineers, hikers and climbers, workshops and so much more.
Who is it for?
Whether you enjoy a walk through the local national park every other weekend or you’re an avid explorer who’s climbed Everest twice, the Kendal Mountain Festival is the place to be next weekend. Not only is it a prime location for outdoor fans to meet, share stories and learn more about adventure, there’s also literature events, mountain running sessions, photography and art exhibitions – not forgetting the joy of being in this beautiful landscape.
The International Film Festival
A highlight of the festival is the International Film Competition. Attracting entries from all around the world, the outdoor and adventure films are unique. Across the weekend, more than 100 films are screened, all competing for one of the 12 awards that are up for grabs.
Berghaus athlete, world-class climber, alpinist and adventurer Leo Houlding, will be using this year’s event to host the screening of his new film, ‘Spectre – To the End of the Earth’ at the Brewery Arts Centre on Friday night. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on Leo’s film, sponsored by Berghaus.
Kendal Literature Festival
The festival is also home to the Kendal Literature Festival, featuring some of the UK’s best-known nature and landscape writers, culminating on Friday 16 November with an expert panel of judges awarding the prestigious Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature to the winner.
What is Berghaus doing at the Kendal Mountain Festival?
At the Berghaus stand we will be showcasing our Autumn/Winter insulated jackets. Be sure to come and visit us. You’ll not only have the chance to chat to our expert team about the innovations we’ve made but also try out the jackets to see for yourselves how good they are. We’ll also have Sir Chris Bonington, Mick Fowler, Leo Houlding and Molly Thompson-Smith with us on our stand throughout the weekend, giving you the opportunity to ask them all about their adventures.
Alongside trying our products, you’ll have the chance to get involved in our new marketing campaign #TimeToGetOut by helping us to create a copy line for our next UK advert. From all the entries we will pick a winner to feature in the next phase of our advertising campaign and the lucky winner also wins a Berghaus insulated jacket. Simply visit our stand to find out more.
We’re also supporting events across the weekend including a ‘Women in Adventure’ talk on Saturday night at the Town Hall. Presenter Anna McNuff will be on stage with speakers including Molly Thompson-Smith, our Berghaus athlete. Alongside Anna Blackwell and Sian Lewis will be members of the Lake District-based community, Wonderful Wild Women, whose aim is to inspire all women to get out into the outdoors.
Berghaus will be running numerous competitions over the course of the weekend, be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with the action.
How do I find out more information?
General entry into the festival is free, however talks, film premieres and events require pre-purchased tickets. For more information, head to the Kendal Mountain Festival website here.