KENDAL Mountain Festival runs from Thursday until Sunday (November 16-19), a world class gathering for all who love the outdoors.

A true global adventure, KMF 2017's opening ceremony is on Thursday on Greenside, opposite the Rifleman’s Arms, at 5.30pm when the festival's patron Sir Chris Bonington will declare the event open before a torchlit community procession heads down Captain French Lane to the Brewery Arts Centre for an inspirational programme of free films.

Venues hosting this year's towering four-day festival of films, speakers, family events and 'festival within a festival,' the first Kendal Mountain Literature Festival, include Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal Town Hall, Abbot Hall Social Centre and the Brewery Arts Centre.

Kendal Library also plays its part hosting 60 minute interactive sessions for families, exploring how Alfred Wainwright produced his guidebooks and how people can create their own Wainwright illustrations. The first workshop runs from 9.45am-10.45am and at various other slots during Saturday: 11.15am-12:15am; 1.45pm-2:45pm; and 3pm-4pm. Those attending the 'ticket only' library sessions run with Kendal Archive Centre will see how Wainwright went from making notes, taking photographs and making sketches while out on the fells, to pulling it all together to produce his famous mountain guide books.

To book and for further festival information telephone the Brewery Arts Centre on 01539-725133 or visit