Kendal’ sets the standard as an innovative, inclusive and creative celebration of everything outdoors.
Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts plus media industry specialists, athletes, top brands & equipment manufacturers, artists, photographers, adventurers, explorers and inspirational speakers gather every year to share adventures and celebrate the very best in outdoor and adventure sports culture.
At the heart of Kendal’s rich programme is the International Film Competition, attracting premières from around the world – it has been called the ‘Oscars of outdoor filmmaking’. Over 100 films are screened (from 240+ entries) with twelve coveted awards up for grabs. However Kendal is not all extreme action – you can experience culture, drama, wildlife and environmental documentaries, plus the world’s largest lecture programme covering outdoor content.
Other highlights include art exhibitions, book events, including the coveted Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and the ever popular ‘Kendal Mountain Film Academy‘. The ‘Film Summit’ (supported by Channel 4 TV) welcomes 200+ industry professionals to an insightful programme of debate and presentations. The packed ‘Specialist Sessions‘ are now legendary and provide a core social gathering for the following categories – Climb, Bike, Snowsports, Endurance Sports, Underground (Cave), Adventure & Exploration and a new one for this year – Outdoor Swimming. They really are events within the event!
Together with the photography exhibitions, workshops, numerous competitions, active sports events and youth engagement in the form of the Youth Film Comp – Film Active – the main Festival and our associated Outdoor Cinema/Tour events are now a key attraction for thousands of people every year.
Extra expenditure into the local economy generated by Kendal Mountain Festival has been independently calculated to be in excess of £2.9m. Visit England awarded Kendal the coveted title of ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ in 2014.
Our vision is to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness and their cultures.