Keswick - The Outdoor Adventure Capital of Britain
Set in the heart of the English Lake District, the picturesque Cumbrian market town of Keswick plans to secure its position as the “Outdoor Adventure Capital of Britain” with an announcement that it is to host the Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) in May 2007.
Taking place from May 16th – 19th 2007, the KMF aims to attract visitors of all ages to the area to enjoy a variety of different outdoor pursuits. The Festival itself will offer an activity-based programme of guided walks, scrambling, watersports, Nordic walking as well as training in conservation and hill skills such as navigation.
There will also be a comprehensive schedule of lectures and talks from outdoor personalities, climbers and mountaineers as well as a series of practical outdoor equipment demonstrations involving suppliers, local retailers and activity providers.
Famous for his mountaineering achievements, local Keswick area resident Sir Chris Bonington will act as patron of the KMF and has pledged his full support for the event, commenting that, “The Mountain Festival is going to establish Keswick as the undisputed outdoor adventure capital of Britain.”
The KMF is an initiative launched and promoted by The Keswick Tourism Association (KTA) with a primary aim of enhancing Keswick's profile and building upon its reputation as the perfect outdoor activity holiday destination.
The event will undoubtedly attract new visitors to the area, providing them with lots of opportunities to enjoy a “true outdoor experience”.
Leader of the KTA Steering Group, Martin Lankester is excited about the prospect of a Mountain Festival, commenting that, “The KMF is going to be a wonderful event for the area, giving visitors a tremendous choice of activities to try.
We are really pleased with the level of support and interest from local companies who want to get involved. Tourism is the lifeblood of the town, Keswick has so much to offer and we want to make sure that visitors enjoy themselves and want to come back again for more!”