Taster Activities

The 2017 Taster Activity Programme was bigger and better than ever, with a Free Drop Tower, 2 Climbing Walls, a Bike Airbag and much more!

Take a look at the Taster Activities we had on offer below:

BMC & Lowe Alpine skills camp
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DATES & TIMES

Free Mountain Skills Session: Navigation

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 12:30

Additional info: If you can navigate well you can enjoy a good walk anywhere! It’s a fun skill that has some very simple principles and this practical session is a great introduction. Suitable for beginners or improvers.

FREE Mountain Skills – Planning and Packing

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 1:30

Additional info: Every good adventure, from an easy walk with the kids to a multi-day expedition, starts with planning and packing. Come and find out how to get it right in our interactive session. Suitable for new hill walkers or those who want to explore new areas. Provided by Mountain Training

Adventure Travel - why one size doesn't fit all

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 2:30

Additional info: Talk by Jo Rolls, Head of Product at KE Adventure Travel

BMC TV Film Session: Hard Rock

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 4:30

Additional info: To celebrate the life of Ken Wilson (1941 – 2016), BMC TV teamed up with Hot Aches Productions to release this film. Featuring never-seen-before interview footage with Ken describing just why he was so passionate about British trad climbing, reconstructions of his early climbing adventures and Steve McClure, Calum Muskett and Michaela Tracey climbing three iconic routes, this film is a 20-minute trad treat.

FREE Mountain Skills Session: Navigation

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 9:30

Additional info: If you can navigate well you can enjoy a good walk anywhere! It’s a fun skill that has some very simple principles and this practical session is a great introduction. Suitable for beginners or improvers. Provided by Mountain Training

FREE Mountain Skills Session: First Aid

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 10:30

Additional info: What do you need to pack in your first aid kit? Join Dr Stuart Allen and Dr Christopher Abbott to find out what medical kit to take on any trip ranging from a Lakeland jaunt to a big wall in Yosemite.

FREE Mountain Skills – Planning and Packing

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 11:30

Additional info: Every good adventure, from an easy walk with the kids to a multi-day expedition, starts with planning and packing. Come and find out how to get it right in our interactive session. Suitable for new hill walkers or those who want to explore new areas. Provided by Mountain Training

FREE Mountain Skills Session: Campsite Cooking

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 12:30

Additional info: Join expedition chef Kieran Creevy for a hands-on campsite cookery workshop

DO TRY THIS AT HOME: Triathlon 2017 and other DIY adventure ideas

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 1:30

Additional info: Join the Meek family for an inspirational talk designed to help you make up their own adventures (Do It Your-way). Followed by the Family Treasure Hunt A free activity for families and kids. Follow the treasure hunt around the festival site while practicing your map reading skills. Prizes for every child successfully completing the treasure hunt.

BMC TV Film Session: The Bothy Project

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 2:30

Additional info: What happens if you take four artists and dispatch them to a remote Scottish bothy to untangle their need for outdoor space? This short film features four women who travel to the remote Shenavall bothy in the highlands of Scotland. Filmmaker Jen Randall follows wild-swimming-video-artist Natasha Brooks, acclaimed Sheffield artist Tessa Lyons and poet Claire Carter as they explore the surrounding wilderness.

BMC Pub Quiz

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 4:30

Additional info: Back again for 2018. Join us as the BMC tent becomes the BMC pub for an hour. Rounds include skills, heritage and current affairs. Prizes provided by Lowe Alpine. Free entry and free beer for BMC members.

FREE Mountain Skills – Planning and Packing

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 9:30

Additional info: Every good adventure, from an easy walk with the kids to a multi-day expedition, starts with planning and packing. Come and find out how to get it right in our interactive session. Suitable for new hill walkers or those who want to explore new areas. Provided by Mountain Training

FREE Mountain Skills Session: First Aid

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:30

Additional info: What do you need to pack in your first aid kit? Join Dr Stuart Allen and Dr Christopher Abbott to find out what medical kit to take on any trip ranging from a Lakeland jaunt to a big wall in Yosemite.

FREE Mountain Skills Session: Navigation

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 11:30

Additional info: If you can navigate well you can enjoy a good walk anywhere! It’s a fun skill that has some very simple principles and this practical session is a great introduction. Suitable for beginners or improvers. Provided by Mountain Training

FREE Mountain Skills Session: Campsite Cooking

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 12:30

Additional info: Join expedition chef Kieran Creevy for a hands-on campsite cookery workshop.

DO TRY THIS AT HOME: Triathlon 2017 and other DIY adventure ideas

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 1:30

Additional info: Join the Meek family for an inspirational talk designed to help you make up their own adventures (Do It Your-way). Followed by the Family Treasure Hunt A free activity for families and kids. Follow the treasure hunt around the festival site while practicing your map reading skills. Prizes for every child successfully completing the treasure hunt.

BMC TV Film session: Cape Wrath Ultra

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 2:30

Additional info: Winding through the beautiful lochs, glens and mountains of the Scottish Highlands, the Cape Wrath Ultra™ is an ultra-running expedition through some of the world's most inspirational landscapes. The inaugral Cape Wrath Ultra™ took place in May 2016 and was filmed by Rich Heap and Ben Pritchard. Introduced by Shane Ohly, OUREA events

There is no map in hell - talk & booksigning with Steve Birkinshaw

Where: BMC & Lowe Alpine Skills Camp Tent

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 3:30

Additional info: There is no Map in Hell recounts Steve Birkinshaw’s preparation, training and mile-by-mile experience of the extraordinary and sometimes hellish demands he made of his mind and body on his epic Wainwrights challenge in 2014, and the physiological aftermath of such a feat. His deep love of the fells, phenomenal strength and tenacity are awe inspiring, and testimony to athletes and onlookers alike that ‘in order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd’.

PRICES FREE

Orienteering
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DATES & TIMES

Orienteering

Where: Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 11:00

Additional info: 11AM - 4PM

Orienteering

Where: Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 11:00

Additional info: 10AM - 4PM

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

King Kong Climbing Wall
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DATES & TIMES

Climbing Wall

Where: Festival Village

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

Climbing Wall

Where: Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

Climbing Wall

Where: Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Newlands Adventure Centre Climbing Wall
Sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor
DATES & TIMES

Climbing Wall

Where: Festival Village

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

Climbing Wall

Where: Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

Climbing Wall

Where: Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Bike Airbag
Riders instead of stars!
DATES & TIMES

Bike Airbag

Where: Festival Village

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

Bike Airbag

Where: Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

Bike Airbag

Where: Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open 10am to 5pm

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Freedrop Tower
The chance to jump off a cliff or out a window like your favourite stuntman!
DATES & TIMES

AirBag FreeDrop

Where: Festival Village

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Until 5pm

AirBag FreeDrop

Where: Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Until 5pm

AirBag FreeDrop

Where: Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Until 5pm

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Orca
ORCA canoe building workshops are happy to be back again for the Keswick mountain festival 2017.

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Extreme Tree Climbing
What better way to enjoy some #wildtime outdoors than having a go at a bit of extreme tree climbing?
DATES & TIMES

Saturday

Where: National Trust stand in the Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Until 5PM

Sunday

Where: National Trust stand in the Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Until 5PM

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Traditional woodland coppice crafts demonstration
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DATES & TIMES

Saturday

Where: National Trust stand in the Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Until 5PM

Sunday

Where: National Trust stand in the Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Until 5PM

Friday

Where: National Trust stand in the Festival Village

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Until 5 PM

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Invasive Species Archery
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DATES & TIMES

Saturday

Where: Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 5:25

Additional info: Open times 10am - 6pm

Sunday

Where: Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 5:25

Additional info: Open times 10am - 5pm

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Yoga to improve Sports Performance
Sarah Kekus (The Health Architect) is offering a free yoga class in the tipi each morning
DATES & TIMES

Friday

Where: Family Tipi - Festival Village

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 9:15

Additional info: 9:15 AM

Saturday

Where: Family Tipi - Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 9:15

Additional info: 9:15 AM

Sunday

Where: Family Tipi - Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 9:15

Additional info: 9:15 AM

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Canoe and Kayak Hire
Bring your friends and family to enjoy a canoe or kayak 30 minute hire session on Derwentwater
DATES & TIMES

Friday

Where: Nichol End Stand - Festival Village

When: Friday, 20 May 2016 - 10:00

Additional info: Open times: 10am - 6pm

Saturday

Where: Nichol End Stand - Festival Village

When: Saturday, 21 May 2016 - 10:00

Additional info: Open times: 10am - 6pm

Sunday

Where: Nichol End Stand - Festival Village

When: Sunday, 22 May 2016 - 10:00

Additional info: Open times: 10am - 5pm

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Football, Netball, Volleyball, Table Tennis all with a natural twist
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DATES & TIMES

Friday

Where: Festival Village

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open hours: 10am - 6pm

Saturday

Where: Festival Village

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open hours: 10am - 6pm

Sunday

Where: Festival Village

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:00

Additional info: Open hours: 10am - 5pm

PRICES FREE with Festival Village Wristband  |  Pay as you go

Adventure Tipi Talks
The theatre is housed within a giant tipi so you can get comfy and listen to inspirational talks, presented by Keen.
DATES & TIMES

Yoga [NOW CANCELLED]

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 9:15

Additional info: Sarah Kekus - The Health Architect

Creativity in Sport

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 10:15

Additional info: Mike Hopkins - Keen

Hadrian's High way

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 11:00

Additional info: Mark Richards

The Great British Adventure

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 11:45

Additional info: Mark Richards

Andorra - how a ski destination became Europe's favourite adventure playground

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 12:30

Additional info: Sarah Johnson - Andorra

In the Spirit of Wainwright - making the inaccessible accessible

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 1:30

Additional info: Debbie North

How to (not) plan your adventure

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 2:15

Additional info: Laura Kennington - Keen

Adventure Doesn't Always Go To Plan

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 3:00

Additional info: Jason Rawles - Ordnance Survey

Work, Life and Fell Running

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 3:45

Additional info: Ricky Lightfoot - Salomon

Looking after the Lakes, for now and for the future

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Friday, 09 June 2017 - 4:30

Additional info: Mike Innerdale - National Trust

Yoga [Yoga mats provided]

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 9:15

Additional info: Sarah Kekus - The Health Architect

Camino de Santiago: History, Routes & Tips

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 10:15

Additional info: Claire Dunne - Camino Ways

Choose Cumbria - and achieve the perfect work/ life balance

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 11:00

Additional info: Claire Croskery - Choose Cumbria

Why I'll Never Climb Everest

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 11:45

Additional info: Mary-Ann Ochota - Lowe Alpine

Fundamentals of Navigation and Hill Safety

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 12:30

Additional info: Lyle Brotherton - Liz - Navigation

Alternative Caribbean: Beyond the Beach

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 1:30

Additional info: Carmel Hendry - Explore Worldwide

Design Your Own Adventure

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 2:15

Additional info: Laura Kennington - Keen

Britain's Best Small Hills... with Added Adventure

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 3:00

Additional info: Phoebe Smith - Ordnance Survey

Training for an Ultra

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 3:45

Additional info: Donnie Campbell - Salomon

40 Years of Outdoor Innovation

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 4:30

Additional info: Mike Vassar - Nikwax

Yoga [Yoga mats provided]

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 9:15

Additional info: Sarah Kekus - The Health Architect

Wild Portugal: The forgotten wild places of Europe

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 10:15

Additional info: Edwina Pitcher - Wild Things

Lessons Learnt from 9,000 miles of Human Powered Adventure

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 11:00

Additional info: Richard Harpman

Fun isn't always fun

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 11:45

Additional info: Traharn Chidley - Keen

The Scottish Bothy Bible

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 12:30

Additional info: Geoff Allan - Wild Things

Sean Conway - On the Edge

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 1:30

Additional info: Sean Conway - Ordnance Survey

How to Blaze your own trail

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 2:15

Additional info: Laura Kennington - Keen

Exodus' Top 5 Treks Worldwide

Where: Adventure Tipi

When: Sunday, 11 June 2017 - 3:00

Additional info: Ian Langford & Chloe Knott

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