EVERY year outdoor enthusiasts flock to South Lakeland for an annual celebration of the outdoors.

And in July, for the first time, a programme of films, live music, guest speakers and great food will take place, ahead of the annual Kendal Mountain Festival (KMF) in November.

‘Kendal Mountain Festival – On The Edge’ will be held between July 26 and 27 in Langdale, in partnership with the National Trust.

“A central theme will explore technology in the wilderness and how there’s no need to ‘ditch your device’,” explained a spokesman for the festival.

“There will also be guided walks and outdoor activities with National Trust rangers.”

The weekend of entertainment will take place around Sticklebarn, in the heart of the Lakes.

“Outside of our annual film tour, this is the first time we’ve organised a fringe event – hence On the Edge”, explained KMF director Clive Allen.

“We want it to reflect everything that people associate with Kendal Mountain Festival – the great social atmosphere, brilliant films, and inspirational speakers - but we’re intending to keep it fairly compact.”

The Kendal festival is one of the best of its kind in the world, attracting film premieres from around the globe. This year will be its 15th.

Since it began film makers, TV producers, adventurers, climbers and world-class lecturers have gathered in the area to take part in four packed days of the very best films, speakers, books and exhibitions, covering all aspects of mountain and adventure sports culture.


A highlight of the brand new ‘On The Edge’ will be a series of films screenings for those in attendance.

“Each November we show the best films from the year, but at an event like this we can delve into our back catalogue and screen our all-time favourites,” continued Mr Allen.

“Plus we’ll add a few new surprises in there too.

“It’s going to be great – in a truly iconic Lake District setting.”

With plenty of camping and accommodation close by, On The Edge promises to be popular, although with limited space at the venue the organisers are advising people to book early.

More details – including yet-to-be-announced speakers - can be found at www.mountainfest.co.uk