The sun has shone on thousands of visitors on the weekend of the 8th-10th of June. They were there for the 2018 Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF). The summery weather encouraged people of all ages to enjoy a host of activities and entertainment at the event, both in the Festival Village in Crow Park on the shore of Derwentwater and in the Theatre by the Lake. This year’s event successfully combined new elements such as air displays and a hiking challenge, with established attractions such as sport, live music, speakers and taster activities. Many visitors to the festival brought tents and stayed for the weekend at the official KMF campsite, which was a few minutes’ walk from the Festival Village.
During the day on Saturday and Sunday, the Festival Village was packed with visitors who were able to try out activities such as slacklining, zorbing, climbing, orienteering and BMX riding. Meanwhile, thousands of competitors took part in the festival’s popular sporting events, including trail runs, open water swims, triathlons, a cycling sportive and a range of junior events. New for 2018 was the Jack Wolfskin KMF 3 Peaks Challenge, which saw hundreds of walkers tackle an 18-mile route around Derwentwater that included the three iconic fells of Cat Bells, Walla Crag and Latrigg.
Throughout the festival, a succession of big name speakers enthralled audiences in the Theatre by the Lake. They included round the world cycling record holder Mark Beaumont, multiple ironman triathlon world champion Chrissie Wellington and leading figures from the world of adventure, such as mountaineer Alan Hinkes, Alastair Humphreys of #microadventures fame, BBC Natural History’s Emma Brennand, and Sean Conway, the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. Two evenings of live music featured Peter Hook and The Light, Melanie C and The Farm, while the new Blacks Air Displays added aerobatics and skydiving to the entertainment on offer.
To find out more about the event, visit www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk , or follow the festival on social media - @KeswickFestival on Twitter and Instagram, and on Facebook, go to: www.facebook.com/KeswickMountainFestival