Liam Baldock previews the events you need to get booked in over the next couple of months…
Banff Mountains Film Festival
Showcasing an array of new adventure films from renowned filmmakers, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour continues this month, providing inspiration aplenty. The tour stops at towns all over the country, bringing the stage to you. There are two film programmes to choose from with 16 films in total, which you can check out on the website (www.banff-uk.com). A couple of films worth keeping a close eye on this year are Surf the Line and Imagination. The latter focuses on a child in the car on the way to school, daydreaming he’s a skier, taking on all sorts of crazy tricks down the snow-filled urban landscape. As he watches out the window, his imagination suddenly comes to life.
When ‘n’ where: Various dates and locations throughout the UK and Ireland from now until May.
How: Head to www.banff-uk.com
for tickets and more information. Standard tickets cost around £14, depending on the venue.
The Bushcraft Show
A bushcraft and survival adventure where you can try your hand at woodland crafts, fire lighting, shelter building, tracking, foraging and woodland games. This chock-full three-day event gives you the chance to learn from famous speakers such as Ed Stafford, the first man to walk the Amazon, and expert survivalist Luke Soderling, who defeated cancer to now take on the wild.
When ‘n’ where: The Bushcraft Show takes place between 26-28 May in the heart of the National Forest at Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes in Derbyshire.
If you’re after a weekend packed full of sporting events, iconic walks, fun water activities, live music, speakers and camping, look no further than the famous Keswick Mountain Festival. Located beside Derwentwater with views of Skiddaw, there’ll also be pop-up food, wine and beer stalls to enjoy while watching the headline music act, Peter Hook and the Light. Grab your tents, you’re in for a lively weekend.
When ‘n’ where: The festival is hosted at Crow Park in Keswick from 8-10 June.
This walking festival celebrates the Mourne Mountains area, with its sweeping slopes, granite peaks and stunning coastline views that has captivated thousands of walkers, hikers and strollers with its myriad of weaving trails and popular rest spots, since 1998. This year’s event will feature a range of routes suitable for those who are just starting out, those keen to put their best foot forward and those more experienced to walking a tougher terrain. The walking festival features a variety of self-guided lowland walks including more strenuous mountain climbs ranging in distance from 10km to 40, so everyone is encouraged to gauge what would be most suitable for them.
When ‘n’ where: The festival takes place from 22-24 June and the festival hub is located on Newcastle’s central promenade.