Thousands arrive in Keswick for the town's mountain festival

  • Report by Fiona Marley-Paterson

Thousands of festival-goers are in the Lake District this weekend (20-22 May) to enjoy the Keswick Mountain Festival.

It is expected to attract around 15,000 people to the Lake District town to listen to their heroes stories' of epic adventures and trying out some of their own.

The Festival Village on Crow Park hosts a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including:

  • Wildlife walks

  • Virtual tank driving

  • A Segway course

  • Mountain trike ramble

  • BMX displays

  • Slacklining and many more

Dwayne Fields from North London was at the event today. He grew up in North London but found his way to the great outdoors.

He has been to the mountains, the jungle, the desert, Antarctica, and is now using his experience to give young people opportunities to do the same. He is hoping to use the outdoors to help people turn their lives around.

He said: "I took young people from across London who have never really left the M25.

"[One of the young boys] had been kicked out of school and kicked out of home because of his behaviour.

"When we were at the Red Squirrel campsite in Scotland his face dropped and he started to turn a reddish colour and his eyes started to fill.

"It's the fact that his dad said [he was] proud of him. That was the first time anyone had ever said that to him in his life."