Flood hit region to put on biggest show yet

Seb Rogers www.sebrogers.co.uk

Seb Rogers www.sebrogers.co.uk

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One of Britain’s biggest and best mountain festivals is back and bigger than ever.

Keswick Mountain Festival, which features a programme of live music and high octane outdoor activities, will see more than 17,000 visitors descend on the Lake District, which is still rebuilding following the New Year floods which caused havoc across the region.

Part of Cumbria and Lancashire were battered by storms in December and a number of events were left in doubt but organisers say the festival, which is back for its 10th year, shows the national park is back on its feet and open for business.

The event, which takes place on May 19-22 brings a mix of live music, sporting events, outdoor adventures, high profile speakers, camping and family friendly activities. The shores of Derwentwater, on the edge of Keswick, provide the main base for the event with the Lakeland fells in the background.

For energetic types, the festival includes triathlons, trail runs, open water swims, cycling and mountain biking and more.

And for those who like their entertainment a little more relaxing, there will be music from Scouting for Girls, Toploader, Björn Again, The Soul Rays, Holy Moly & The Crackers, The Peatbog Faeries, Annemarie Quinn, Sound of the Sirens and Thingumabob and Thingumajigs.

TV presenter Julia Bradbury and double Olympic champion James Cracknell will be among a range of high profile speakers and there is a host of family friendly activities for all ages, including tree climbing, mud pie making, den building, caving and a ‘clip and climb’ tower. Visitors will also be inspired by a full schedule of talks in the Adventure Tipi, visit the village’s many exhibitors, and enjoy a huge range of festival food and drink.

For those visitors who want to enjoy the full outdoors experience, Keswick Mountain Festival even has its own campsite with great facilities and only a few minutes’ walk from the Festival Village.

For more information visit www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk