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The organisers of Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) have revealed a packed line-up of attractions for visitors to its main hub this year. The Festival Village on Crow Park will host a wide variety of taster activities and new options for 2018 include zorbing, slacklining and BMX displays, just some of the family-friendly pursuits available on the site from 8-10 June.

The Festival Village on Crow Park is at the heart of Keswick Mountain Festival. On the shore of Derwentwater, the village hosts live music on two nights, the start and finish of the festival’s sporting events and a long list of exhibitors, including official retail partner Blacks Outdoor. A wide range of food and drink will be available on site with Timothy Taylor’s as the official bar sponsor, offering a variety of real ales and other refreshments. The Festival Village is free to enter during the daytime, allowing anyone to soak up the atmosphere. Crow Park is owned and operated by the National Trust, the official charity partner of Keswick Mountain Festival, which will have a big presence in the Festival Village. In addition, festival goers can make a donation to the trust when they purchase tickets online and money will also be raised throughout the weekend.

Keswick 2014 crowds

Weekend festival wristband holders will have free and unrestricted access to all of the taster sessions that take place in the Festival Village, which include a bouldering wall, climbing wall, orienteering, canoeing and archery. Wristband holders will also be able to stay on the site on the Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy live music from former Spice Girl Melanie C, and founding member of Joy Division and New Order Peter Hook, with his band The Light, before retiring to the dedicated festival campsite at Spring Farm, located just 10 minutes’ walk from the site.

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Nicola Meadley, Keswick Mountain Festival director, comments: “The Festival Village has developed into an incredibly varied and exciting hub for visitors and we always make sure that there’s a huge amount to see and do there, for all ages and interests. We have added some great taster activities for 2018, alongside many returning favourites, so everything is set up for a fantastic weekend.”

Other Keswick Mountain Festival highlights this year include an expanded sports programme on 9 and 10 June, with events starting and finishing in the Festival Village. New is a 5K open water swim, joining the established line-up that includes trail runs (5K, 10K, 25K and 50K), triathlons (sprint and standard distance), aquathons (swim-run events), other open water swims (3K and 1500m), and a cycling sportive. Walkers can take on the new Jack Wolfskin Keswick 3 Peaks Challenge on Saturday 9 June, hiking 19 miles around Derwentwater and Keswick and visiting the summits of Catbells, Walla Crag and Latrigg.

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Meanwhile, the programme of films and speakers in the Theatre by the Lake includes talks by two world-class athletes – ultra endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont and Triathlon World Champion Chrissie Wellington OBE. The theatre will also show a selection of this year’s best trail and ultra-running films from around the globe, and host the new Studio Talks by some of the most inspirational adventurers around, including Alastair Humphreys, Alan Hinkes, Jessie Leong, Emma Brennand, Sean Conway and the Meek family.

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Keswick Mountain Festival offers an extensive range of ticket options for visitors, for individuals and families, and for day visitors or those who want to stay for the full weekend. Tickets are available to at For full details, visit the website and for the latest updates follow @keswickfestival on Twitter and Instagram, and find Keswick Mountain Festival on Facebook.

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