History of KMF

Who We Are

Keswick Mountain Festival is a unique event offering a fantastic mix of outdoor activities and music. There is a varied choice of activities, events and entertainment aimed to inspire all ages and abilities. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District landscape; it’s a family friendly festival for everyone to enjoy.

With a huge programme of activities, world class speakers, sporting events, camping and live music in the evening, there is something for every adventurer at the Keswick Mountain Festival.

What We Stand For

We live for the outdoors and the Lake District. They are both integral to who we are and lifestyle we choose. The Keswick Mountain Festival believes in an outdoors for everyone and exists to help visitors develop skills, discover new ones - or to simply hang-out with people who share a common outlook. The festival also gives an opportunity to stand back, listen, learn and admire the abilities of the world’s best athletes, world class mountaineers and local legends too. With its stunning scenery, unrivalled setting and its natural arena, Keswick is the perfect location for a Mountain Festival and an ideal starting point for adventure.

Festival History

Originally founded by the Keswick Tourism Association, the Keswick Mountain Festival has been running since 2007.

Lucy Scrase from Elev8 Events became involved in the event in 2010 and brought an immense about of passion and expertise to the festival and saw the event grow and mature under her stewardship.  Lucy is still at the heart of the Festival and overseas all of the Sporting Events.  Brand Events bought into the event in 2014, investing in live music and increased marketing communications.  Brand Events are one of the UK's leading event organisers with Festivals such as CarFest and Kirsty Allsop's Handmade Fair in its portfolio.  

The 2017 Festival will be the 11th year the event has been running, and it continues to grow and develop year on year inspiring visitors from across the UK and overseas, and is now one of the largest UK Mountain Festival attracting around 20,000 visitors to Keswick.

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