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Dates confirmed for 2018 Keswick Mountain Festival

The festival will run from 7 to 10 June 2018 Credit: Keswick Mountain Festival

The organisers of Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) have announced the dates for the 2018 event, which will run from 7 to 10 June 2018 at Crow Park in Keswick.

The 2017 KMF was held in June for the first time and featured the event’s biggest ever programme. Improvements to the event included a larger dedicated campsite, increased capacity in the sporting events, and the addition of new activities for young people.

KMF say they are very pleased that they will be able to stage the festival once again next June:

Our priority has always been to deliver a sustainable major event here in the heart of Cumbria, that brings in extra visitors and income, and which local residents can also enjoy and take pride in.

Independent research shows that the event brought £1.17m into the Keswick area in 2017 and that 15% of the visitors were new to Keswick and would return."

– Nicola Meadley, Keswick Mountain Festival director

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Date changed for Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival in 2015. Credit: ITV Border

Next year the Keswick Mountain Festival will be held in June, rather than May.

The event, which draws mountaineers and adventurers from all around the world, will take place from 8 to 11 June 2017.

Organisers say they've chosen the new date because "there is a greater chance of it being warmer for camping, warmer for swimming and lighter for partying in the evenings".

They say the size of the campsite is also increasing, and there will be space for caravans next year.

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Keswick Mountain Festival raises £20k for Nepal earthquake relief effort

Credit: Keswick Mountain Festival

Last week's Keswick Mountain Festival raised £20,000 for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

The four-day event took place on the shore of Derwentwater and provided a feast of live music sport, outdoor activities and high profile speakers including Ray Mears, Jonny Brownlee and Leo Houlding.

£1 from the sale of each ticket bought at the festival was earmarked for Community Action Nepal (CAN) and when this money is added to other fundraising efforts and donations made during the festival it amounts to around £20,000.

CAN is a UK based charity set up by mountaineer Doug Scott in 1975 to help the mountain people of Nepal and is supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe.

The video below is all about about fundraising for CAN during the festival.

Ice climb fundraiser to raise money for Nepal

Chris Bonington and Doug Scott.

Mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott are inviting Cumbrians to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

They're asking them to join a fundraising event on 12 June, where climbers will scale the height of Everest on Cumbria's only indoor ice wall.

The key thing is, you're doing it for such an important cause. Because Community Action Nepal has a large number of health posts and medical centres and schools throughout that area in Nepal.

And just about every single one of them has been destroyed."

– Sir Chris Bonington, Mountaineer & Trustee, Community Action Nepal

Watch: Mountaineers to support Nepal earthquake victims

Mountaineers from the region have today announced major fundraising plans to help the displaced victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

The plans were unveiled as Keswick gets ready to host the first Mountain Festival since the disaster.

The situation in Nepal is likely to dominate the festival as many of the climbers will know the country and its people well.

You can watch Fiona Marley Paterson's report on the preparations for the festival below.

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