Kendal Mountain Festival Goes Digital for 2020

November 15, 2020

The year 2020 has been a year of firsts:

The first time the world has stood still in our lifetime.

The first time the economy has shrunk in modern times.

The first time masks have been worn by the masses.

The first time we’ve had to worry about toilet paper levels.

And the first time that Kendal Mountain Festival will go online in its 40 year history.


 Kendal Mountain Festival has announced that its world-famous event will be broadcast online in the same year that the event celebrates its 40th birthday. It’s not how the organisers would have liked to celebrate, but in a tumultuous year it’s a huge win to be running the event at all and it will provide inspiration and entertainment for many, at a time when we could all do with some positivity.

 It’s an exciting step for an event that, for the last 40 years, has been connecting like-minded people who want to share their passion for the world of mountains, nature, and the natural beauty around us.

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

As always, at the core of the event is the International Film Competition with 12 major film prizes up for grabs, including the sought-after People’s Choice award voted for by the public. The Festival has received a record number of entries this year, from professional and amateur filmmakers alike from across the globe.

The literature programme is also packed with exciting speakers This year you can catch writers, authors, poets and artists in a programme that includes highly anticipated book launches, lively debates and lectures; speakers include Jessica J. Lee, author of Willow Herb and First Native American US Poet Laureate; Joy Harjo.

In normal years, the Basecamp Village in the heart of Kendal is a bustling hive of activity where adventurers and dreamers can meet, discuss, listen and inspire. This year, the organisers have set up a virtual Basecamp, bringing viewers a truly interactive experience featuring Festival partners and lots of free content with a packed programmes of speakers talking about Everyday Adventures on the Yeti Basecamp Stage.

There is also a series of events that viewers can undertake on specific days including a 10k virtual run sponsored by Adidas Terrex on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November, and a global Litter Pick on Saturday 28th November in partnership with Cal Major, Paddle Pick Up and Dom Ferris of Trash Free Trails.

All the content created for the Festival will be available to view at leisure, from the 19th November. The Festival closes on the 29th November, but the content will be available on catch-up for a limited time.

How To Book

19 – 29 November 2020, tickets on sale now

To book a pass please visit

Passes available are:

Full Festival Pass (access to everything)         £96.00

Film Pass (access to all films)                            £37.50

Literature Pass (access to all literature events) £37.50

Single Sessions

Single Film / Event                                            £5.50

Specialist Session                                             £10.75

Speaker Session                                               £10.75

Our Top Picks

Running The Roof – Film 

‘Three friends, bonded by a love of running, were desperate to ditch their desks and go on an adventure. They would spin a globe and wherever their finger landed, they would run. They spun. Tajikistan. This is what happens when you trust in nothing but your own two feet, to carry you across one of the last truly wild landscapes on earth. Self-doubt, self-discovery and a whole lot of mountains. ‘

New Voices– An Exploration into inclusivity and diversity in ‘outdoor’ presented by Adidas Terrex – Discussion

“We’re going to be talking about the experiences of Black and Brown folk in outdoor pursuits and adventure sport, about the barriers that have historically limited participation, what’s being done to make access easier, and perhaps most importantly – what our distinguished panel think we still need to do to make it easier for people who look like me – and several of the panel indeed – to discover and enjoy the outdoors.”

Totally FKT with John Kelly and Damian Hall – Film 

“On 16 July, ultra-runner John Kelly broke a 31-year-old record by traversing the Pennine Way in two days, 16 hours and 46 minutes. The US athlete, now based in Bristol, beat the record held by Mike Hartley since 1989 by just 34 minutes, battling illness and fatigue as he traversed the 261 miles from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. Great Britain’s oldest – and arguably toughest – National Trail, incorporating around 37,000ft of gruelling ascent.

Six days later, on 22 July, Damian Hall set out from Kirk Yetholm in the opposite direction, set on beating Kelly’s time. 61 hours and 34 minutes later he arrived in Edale, having set a new record, quicker by 3 hours.”

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