2019 adventure festivals

Jan 13, 2018 | Adventure Ideas

The UK is bursting with so many insanely fun and inspiring adventure festivals throughout the year, covering everything from films to talks and skills workshops! We’ve updated the list of adventure-related festivals for 2019 so for the planners out there, you can start getting dates in your diaries!


UK Adventure Festivals

Adventure Travel Show

What: The UK’s only event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track, with talks, seminars, skills sessions, travel providers.

When: 19-20 January 2019

Where: Olympia, London

More info: http://www.adventureshow.com/

Banff Mountain Film Festival

What: Says what it does on the tin – best new films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. There are two different programmes – Red and Blue – so check them out before you buy tickets… or go to both!

When: January – May 2019

Where: All over the UK

More info: https://www.banff-uk.com/

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

What: More than 100 of the best adventure, travel and extreme sports films hand-picked for you from around the world.

When: 22-24 March 2019

Where: Sheffield

More info: https://shaff.co.uk/shaff18

Keswick Mountain Festival 

What: A weekend filled with world class sporting events, fun and challenging outdoor activities, festival camping, speakers and live music.

When: 16-19 May 2019

Where: Keswick

More info: http://www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

Cycling Touring Festival

What: A weekend of talks, workshops, drop-in sessions, practical advice, planning about all things bicycle touring. It’s the place to come for anyone planning, thinking about or dreaming of a bike trip.

When: 24-27 May 2019

Where: Clitheroe, Lancashire

More info: http://cycletouringfestival.co.uk

The Bushcraft Show

What: Three-day event packed with amazing bushcraft activities that’ll take you on a bushcraft and survival adventure you’ll never forget. From woodland crafts to firefighting, shelter building, tracking, foraging, woodland games and much more. 

When: 25-27 May 2019

Where: Derbyshire

More info: www.thebushcraftshow.co.uk/

Adventure Travel Film Festival – London

What: Best independent adventure film festival, mixed with a bunch of talks, outdoor activities, camping and general having a blast!

When: Dates TBC (not up yet but likely August)

Where: Greater London

More info: http://www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/uk-festival/

Camp Wildfire

What: Half adventure, half music so if you can’t decide between an adventure festival and a full-on music festival, this is for you!

When: 30 August-2 September 2019

Where: Kent

More info: https://www.campwildfire.co.uk

Telegraph Outdoor Travel Show

What: Not purely adventure but described as a must-attend event for any discerning travellers. So if keen for adventures beyond the UK, you’re likely to leave with ideas on new places to explore and tips on destinations off the beaten track.

When: 20-22 September 2019

Where: Battersea Evolution, London

More info: http://travelshow.telegraph.co.uk

Adventure Travel Film Festival – Scotland

What: Best independent adventure film festival, mixed with a bunch of talks, outdoor activities, camping and general having a blast!

When: Dates TBC (not up yet but likely September)

Where: Inverse, Scotland

More info: http://www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/scottish-festival/

Alpkit Big Shakedown

What: A family-fun-filled weekend of outdoor adventure activities and entertainment.

When: 27-29 September 2019

Where: Peak District

More info: https://www.alpkit.com/bigshakeout

Southwest Outdoor Festival (SWOF)

What: SWOF is a celebration of outdoor activities, adventures, pursuits and pastimes – plus fine food, great music and inspirational speakers – that takes place every year at a different wild site around the South West.

When: 27-29 September 2019 

Where: Cornwall

More info: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southwestoutdoorfestival


What: A family-friendly festival that’s a celebration of community, positive mindset and adventurous thinking, with talks and workshops.

When: Dates TBC (not up yet but likely October)

Where: West Sussex

More info: https://sayyesmore.com/yestival/

Kendal Mountain Festival

What: An award-winning festival that’s in its 18th year (wowsers!), that sees thousands of outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, top brands & equipment manufacturers, artists, photographers, adventurers, explorers and inspirational speakers gather every year to share adventures and celebrate the very best in outdoor and adventure sports culture.

When: 14-17 November 2019

Where: Kendal

More info: www.mountainfest.co.uk/

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