Kendal makes a mint from Mountain Festival

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts descended on the picturesque Cumbrian market town of Kendal to experience the annual Mountain Festival .

Opening night at this year’s ‘Kendal Mountain Festival’

 

Visitors travelled from as far afield as the USA to take part in a vast array of outdoor activities, experience the very best in outdoor film and to hear from some of the world’s great explorers and adventure sports athletes.

 

Star of the show for many was Everest summiteer and mountaineering legend Sir Chris Bonnington, who spoke of his life and times as a pioneer of the industry.

Legendary mountaineer ‘Sir Chris Bonnington’

The annual event has been running for seventeen years.

This years festival is believed to have attracted over 14,000 people to the town and is estimated to have generated up to £3 million  for the local economy.

Comfortably the largest festival of its type here in the UK, Kendal mountain festival now rivals Banff  in Canada for the title of the world’s largest mountain culture event.

Organisers are already planning for next year’s event which will take place across the weekend of November 16 -19 2017.

Click on the video link below to find out more about this year’s event and what next year’s festival may have in store.

 

from Tside