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Mountain Festival could bring £2.2m to Kendal area

A Cumbria Tourism report into the economic impact in 2011 put it at around £2.2million. Credit: ITV Border

Kendal is getting ready to host its 15th Mountain Festival.

It's the biggest outdoor festival of it's kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors, putting the Lake District on the map for outdoor culture.

Cumbria's Chamber of Commerce anticipates this year's festival will bring something in the region of £1.9million to the local economy. A Cumbria Tourism report into the economic impact in 2011 put it at around £2.2million.

But the impact of the festival is likely to be felt long after the weekend is over. The Festival brings new visitors to South Cumbria and tourism providers believe they tell their friends and family and that brings visitors in all year round.

Some believe that Kendal has carved a niche for itself in hosting festivals like this, especially in the winter months when tourism dies down.


Kendal prepares for 15th Mountain Festival

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Kendal's getting ready to host it's 15th Mountain Festival. It's one of the biggest events in South Cumbria - bringing in tens of thousands of visitors, spending around £1.9 million pounds in the local economy.

"If you took it away - if you said right, 'next year there isn't going to be a mountain film festival' - I think you would see a considerable drop, it would probably be somewhere in the region of £1500 over the course of the weekend, that may not be filled at that time of year with anything else."

– Hilary Claxton Beech House B&B

Dumfries festival launched in Edinburgh

Pictured with the bard's statue are circus performer Vendetta Vain (correct) and performer Andy Everett. Credit: Colin Hattersley

The annual Dumfries event, Big Burns Supper, will return for nine days in January.

The event launched its full 2015 programme in Leith with the news that Scottish singer songwriter Nina Nesbitt and folk group the Peatbog Faeries will be part of the line-up.

Burlesque dancers and colourfully costumed carnival characters launched the programme in front of the Burns statue in Leith’s Constitution Street – the statue itself was specially decked in tartan for the event.

The lantern-lit carnival, with seven large interactive floats plus bands and dancers, will include hundreds of children and adults in costumes ranging from sea creatures through to angels, Tattie-bogles (scarecrows) and even giant vegetables.

Although it normally lasts three days, the event will run from 23rd - 31st January.

Santa visits Kendal for Xmas light switch-on

Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on

Santa, Elsa and Anna (from the Disney film Frozen) were just a few of the many visitors that attended the Christmas light switch-on in Kendal on Sunday (16th November).

Festive stalls, live music and the traditional reindeer sleigh procession entertained the crowds. A Santa Dash also raised £1000 for charity.

Click here to visit the Kendal Christmas lights switch-on Facebook page.

Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on
Credit: Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on

Fire, masquerade and music

Almost 12,000 people descended on Penrith to celebrate the town's Winter Droving last weekend.

The event celebrates all things rural and the annual parade through the town features fire, lanterns, masquerade and music.

The festival is a celebration of the Cumbrian town and its age old role as the market town.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.


Only The Young - the king of the swingers

Only The Young performed 'I Wanna Be Like You' from the 1967 film, The Jungle Book. Credit: PA

Carlisle's Mikey Bromley has survived another week in the X Factor.

The singer and his group, Only the Young, faced a nervous wait. They were the last act to be told they had been saved by the public vote which meant they avoided the sing off.

The group performed 'I Wanna Be Like You', from The Jungle Book, on Saturday night's show.

Watch their performance here.

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Carlisle light switch-on draws big crowd

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Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's light switch-on attracted big crowds in the City Centre last night (16th November).

They were entertained by bands Neon Jungle and A1, alongside local talent groups and performers.

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Steven Bowditch turned on the Christmas lights.

They were entertained by bands Neon Jungle and A1, alongside local talent groups and performers. Credit: ITV Border

Penrith lights up during Winter Droving Festival

People in costume join the parade Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people lined the streets of Penrith this weekend to enjoy a colourful spectacle of lights, music and revelry.

The Winter Droving Festival which is now in its 3rd year, has quickly become a popular fixture on the local calendar and last night it drew 10 thousand people to the town.

The event is also a chance for traders to showcase Cumbrian produce and what the Eden valley has to offer.

Thousands line the street to watch Credit: ITV Border
The parade is a colourful spectacle Credit: ITV Border
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