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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

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Kendal Mountain Festival begins

The Kendal Mountain festival is underway. The four day event aims to inspire people to explore and enjoy mountains, wilderness and cultures. At the heart of it is the mountain film competition which attracts premiers from all over the world. More than 50 films are shown from more than 200 entries.

The festival is in its 12th year and contributes to the local economy by an estimated £1.5m.

This year highlights include:

  • An session which explores the world of adventure racing, ultra distance sports and endurance athletes. It's headlined by the Brownlee brothers who will speak about their Olympic triumphs in London.
  • A lecture and film about Josh Duek who was an aspiring skier and coach until a skiing accident changed his life for good.
  • A lecture by Simon Yates of 'Touching the Void' fame.

There are also art and photography events, numerous competitions, schools programmes and specialist sports nights.

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