Keswick Festival Village Back For 2012

Lakeside outdoors village returns with loads to do and free entry for everyone.

Posted: 2 May 2012
by Jon

Loads to do or just chill out at the Haglöfs Recharge Bar.
You'll believe a bike can fly - Dare 2b MAD Trails Demo Team will be just one of multiple attractions at this year's lakeside village.

The scenic lakeside Keswick Mountain Festival Village is back for 2012, bigger and better with more exhibitors and happenings than ever before and totally free to anyone visiting during the event which runs over 16-20 May.

Sponsored this year by Dare 2b, the village sits enticingly on grassy slopes alongside Derwentwater, a properly idyllic setting when the sun is shining and an ideal venue for the huge range of family-orientated 'have a go' activities planned for this year. These include climbing, slacklining, zorbing, bushcraft, biking and a treasure hunt. 

Recharge Bar!

Plenty of static exhibitors on hand too plus an adventure travel zone featuring  Tirol and Valle d’Austa. If you feel in need of refreshment, the Haglofs Recharge Bar will be selling regional food and drink and hosting music. Meanwhile, Berghaus is in charge of thye Live For Adventure Theatre where you'll be able to take in presentations and workshops on a selection of outdoor topics.

There's something for bikers too with the  Dare 2b MAD Trails Demo Team performing in the Festival Village and, if you want to hone your own mad skillz, the Dare 2b Air Bag will give riders the chance to try out some new tricks without risking a painful ground to body interface.

'Beating Heart of the Festival'

Kate Thomas, Keswick Mountain Festival director, comments:

“We’ve put a huge amount of work into the Festival Village, to create an area that will be the beating heart of the festival.  Crow Park is a great site and has given us the scope to accommodate such a wide range of organisations and activities."

We popped up to last year's Keswick Mountain Festival and it really was an excellent, well-organised event that drew a bit of a short straw with the weather, particularly on the Sunday.

Fingers crossed for better conditions this year in which case it should be an absolute belter of a weekend. 

The 2012 Keswick Mountain Festival will run from 16 -20 May, in and around Keswick, and has its biggest programme ever.  For more information about the festival and its individual events, and to book tickets, visit

See our previous articles below for more details including the rapidly diminishing chance to walking with Cameron McNeish.

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