Are the tickets really free?

Yes tickets for this event are free! Thanks to funding from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, South Lakeland District Council and Eden District Council; Kendal Mountain Festival are delighted to ‘Share the Adventure’ through these open air screenings showing some of our best films for free.
You are welcome to just turn up on the evening and as long as we have capacity you will be able to get in. To help us plan for the event and get an understanding of numbers please join our mailing list and like our Facebook page and the Facebook events.

Should I worry if the weather is terrible?

Even though the film screenings are outdoors (and not under cover) they will go ahead in all conditions unless the wind forecast really poses a health and safety risk. Please check the weather forecast in advance and be prepared for the peculiarities of our British summer!
If we need to cancel or reschedule the event, those who have signed up to the event mailing list (highly recommended) will be notified by email and it will be published on our website and social media sites.

Should I bring something to sit on?

Yes please bring your own camping chairs and picnic mats etc. Gazebo-style tents, awnings or canopies, or any item which could obscure views, are not permitted.

Will it be suitable for my children?

Of course, this is a family friendly event! We will be specifically showing shorter films that appeal to a younger audience before our main programmes in case the little-adventurers are not able to stay for the full cinema evening. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Will my dog be welcome?

We are happy for well-behaved dogs to come to the outdoor cinema evenings. However, we request that dogs are kept under close control at all times and that owners are respectful of other patrons of the evening. We reserve the right to ask anyone with a dog that is causing disturbance to leave the site.

What time should we make our way there?

Please do not arrive earlier than the stated time, which will be confirmed nearer to the event. These are evening-only events but there will be plenty of time to enjoy the location before the evening’s programme gets under away.

When will it finish?

The events will finish at approx 11pm (this is subject to individual premises licences).

Travelling by public transport?

We would encourage people to use public transport if possible. Grasmere is serviced by the 555 Stagecoach service which links it to Rydal/Ambleside/Windermere/Bowness/Kendal to the South. There are semi-regular services through the day and the last bus south is at 23.16 (from a bus stop about 5 minutes walk from the venue). For more information on public transport and to plan journeys see this useful page: Cumbria Traveline

And parking the car?

There is plenty of car parking in Grasmere village and we will have signage pointing you towards the event location. We would like to encourage people to arrive by public transport, cycle or on foot and stay locally so you can relax and enjoy your evening. Information is available on the website.

Waterfoot Park, Ullswater
There will be parking available a 5 minute walk from the site. It may be muddy so please be prepared for this.

Will we be able to buy food and drink at the event?

Yes each event will have food and drink available to purchase by local suppliers and providers. There will be a licensed bar as well. More information on food and drink offerings will be revealed soon. We very much encourage you purchase food and drink in support of these local businesses.

Can we still bring our own food and drink though?

You are welcome to bring your own food and drink. However, we would also encourage you to consider supporting the local businesses who have been impacted by the floods in December 2015.

If you do bring in any drinks, we ask that you refrain from bringing glasses with you, which can break easily and instead use plastic.

Fires & BBQs

Barbecues, fireworks and bonfires are strictly not allowed on site.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is permitted, but we ask visitors to move away from the crowd to smoke, out of respect for other audience members.

Where can we stay?

One of the primary aims of the event is to encourage people to come and enjoy the fantastic local hospitality. There are numerous local accommodation options both in Grasmere and the surrounding villages and around Ullswater.

One of the primary aims of the event is to encourage people to come and enjoy the fantastic local hospitality. There are numerous local accommodation options both in Grasmere and the surrounding villages and around Ullswater - useful websites are:
Go Lakes
Lake District National Park - Where to Stay
Visit Cumbria


Accessibility can be challenging due to the nature of the sites and their often rural and isolated nature. Please email us on info@mountainfest.co.uk if you have any access requirements and we will endeavour to cater for your needs.

Photography & Filming

Filming of any of our independently produced adventure films is strictly forbidden. Kendal Mountain Festival Outdoor Cinema goers consent to being filmed, photographed and recorded.

Will there be lots of late night noise?

We are carefully planning the event to be respectful to the local residents, after all this event is all about supporting Grasmere, its businesses and its communities. Our adventure films will be interspersed in the early evening with some light hearted family friendly live music and an inspiring adventure speaker. The later part of the evening will just be films on our big screen watched by an audience captivated by what they are seeing on screen. We will carefully monitor volume levels on our speakers to ensure minimal impact on local residents. The films will be finished at 11pm or before and the site will close down at this time. We will be reminding visitors to the event to be respectful to local residents as they make their way back to their accommodation and vehicles. Any local residents with any concerns are encouraged to contact us on info@mountainfest.co.uk and we will be engaging with residents in the run up to the event. We hope that the lovely people of Grasmere will come and join us for this celebration of the outdoors.