Keswick Mountain Festival

Are you a festival-goer? Keswick Mountain Festival is THE go-to festival in the Lakes. If you fear it’s more of a adult event, don’t worry there’s something for the whole family. And there’s much more than just music, see the full list of events below. The location doesn’t disappoint either; the stage has a beautiful backdrop featuring Catbells and Borrowdale Valley.

This year’s Festival will run from 8th-11th June and promises an expanded programme of activities and attractions for visitors.

The headline act of live music at the 2017 on Saturday 10th June will be singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, one of the UK’s most successful and popular solo acts of the 21st Century. She will perform on the KMF Live Music Stage in its iconic lakeside location. Headlining on the Friday night will be 90s Britpop stars Cast, supported by KMF fan favourites the Peatbog Faeries. More acts will be announced soon.

The festival hosts all kinds of events including:Underscar - Keswick Mountain Festival

  • Live music
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Outdoor activities
    • Hiking
    • Adventure sports
    • Water sports
    • Climbing
  • Sporting events
    • Cycling
    • Running
    • Swimming
    • Triathlon
    • Club cup

For details on these events go to


As well as all the exhilarating events listed above, you’ll be able to surround yourself in a rich environment of guest speakers that’ll be sharing some of their most treasured moments.

On 9th June will be the “sports evening” including speakers:

Jasmin Daris & Nicky Spinks
These premier sportswomen will give you an insight into how they started there journey and they’re 2017 training programme. Starting at 4:30pm.

Saturday 10th March will host the “mountain evening” starting at 4pm.
Including speakers:

Andy Beck
Inspired by the work of Master Fellwalker and artist Alfred Wainwright, Andy Beck has undertaken a major, 10 year project of producing a watercolour sketch of each of the 1500 illustrations drawn by AW in his seven volume A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. Every single location for the illustrations has been meticulously researched so that Andy’s references are taken from the exact location where AW stood to take his own black and white photographs.  In this talk Andy will tell tales from his extraordinary undertaking, pay homage to the great Alfred Wainwright and provide fascinating insights into how the scenes have changed in the 50 years between AW’s project and his.

Sir Chris Bonington
Sir Chris Bonington tells the extraordinary and very personal story of a life time of discovery, pushing the limits from his first climb at the age of sixteen through to repeating his epic first ascent of the Old Man of Hoy to celebrate reaching the age of 80. In-between are thrilling accounts of his first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger, Annapurna South Face, Everest South West Face, his epic ascent of the Ogre with Doug Scott – one of the greatest survival stories of all time – and in more recent years sailing with Robin Knox-Johnston to climb an unclimbed peak.

He introduces some of the great characters of the last sixty years and offers insight into the challenges of making a living around climbing whilst bringing up a family.  His spell binding narrative is illustrated with superb pictures and video clips from many of his climbs – it all makes for a very special evening.

Alan Hinkes OBE
Mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE and award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham discuss the production of their latest documentary, introduced by Simon Ingram, Trail magazine Editor.  Terry’s productions Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike and Life of a Mountain: Blencathra have received huge critical acclaim, and this biographical documentary of climbing legend Alan Hinkes is expected to be just as impressive.  With the official launch on October 14th, this talk is a must for anyone keen to see exclusive clips and hear the stories behind the making of the film.

Tickets on general release at 10am on 9th March for speakers. Speaker tickets can be purchased individually through the Theatre By The Lake website from 9th March.

There’s a huge variety of things to do at Keswick Mountain Festival, so book your tickets before they’re gone! This certainly is an event in the Lakes you will not want to miss…

All information for booking can be found here.

Contact Keswick Mountain Festival
Office hours: 9.30am-5.30pm, Monday – Friday
Office phone: 03300 555 734
Address: Keswick Mountain Festival, No 4 Vencourt Place, London W6 9NU
Twitter:[email protected]
Or email: [email protected]  (they hope to respond within 3 working days)