Kendal Mountain Festival returns for its 40th edition

Kendal Mountain Festival has announced that its world-famous event will be broadcast online this year for its 40th edition, ensuring its mission to showcase inspiring, soul-stirring outdoor adventure continues. We are pleased to be joining the festival once again this year, and will be there to present the Outdoor Swimming Session later on this month.

For 10 days, from 19 to 29 November, Kendal Mountain Festival will provide unlimited access to curated films, live sessions, literature and inspiring speakers, online for everyone, everywhere via the Festival’s website

The event features a big-name line up of speakers featuring world-class international athletes, adventurers, authors and filmmakers, including survivalist Ray Mears, TV traveller Simon Reeve, C4 journalist Keme Nzerem, Rhiane Fatinikun the founder of Black Girls Hike UK, Jason Fox from SAS Who Dares Wins, explorer Aldo Kane and mountaineer Leo Houlding.

The Outdoor Swimming Session presented by Outdoor Swimmer magazine will give an exhilarating journey through rivers, lakes and the sea, as seen through the goggles of swimmers from around the world. Speakers include: Team GB athlete Alice Dearing; ultramarathon swimmer Jaimie Monahan; our contributing editor and Dip Advisor founder Ella Foote; ‘Wild Welsh Swimmer’ Laura Sanderson; and The Gorée Project, a sports-based cultural exchange that prepares two African-American swimmers for a long distance swim alongside their Senegalese cousins.

Jacqui Scott, Festival CEO says: “We all have ‘mountains’ in life to scale and we strongly feel that our Festival provides an accessible platform for people from all walks of life, abilities and countries to share with our audience how they face their own challenges. This year our theme is nurture, and never before has this been more prevalent and poignant. Just how are we supporting and learning from each other and also inspiring the next generation?”

Steve Scott, Festival Director adds: “It’s an opportunity for those who have a passion for outdoor life and adventure to communicate their own unique story, their own struggle or ambition, respecting what mother nature has given us and giving all to inspire others.”

The Festival’s popular hub – the Basecamp Village will also be going virtual, bringing viewers a truly interactive experience featuring Festival partners, top brands from the world of adventure, and lots of free content with a packed programmes of speakers talking about Everyday Adventures on the Yeti Basecamp Stage.

To book a pass (options available – see below) to the Kendal Mountain Festival – please visit

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