Lakeland Festival of Light Returns for 3rd Year

In May the third annual Lakeland Festival of Light will take place on the fells near Keswick. This charity event enlists hundreds of volunteers to create spectacular light trails on the hills at night.

Catbells 2016, 137 kb
Catbells 2016
© Tom McNally Photography

In previous years the event has seen 150 people scale Blencathra under moonlight, 500 people line the spine of Catbells and 650 people climb three of the Coledale fells above Braithwaite.

Raising funds for people in Nepal who were affected by the massive earthquake of 2015, the previous two events between them bagged £30,000 for various aid charities.

Sponsored by Little Chamonix Café, this year's event takes place on 5th May, its chosen charity being Bristol-based Phase Worldwide, who run multiple projects across Nepal.

For 2018 the Festival returns to the popular peak of Catbells. Organiser Matt Le Voi of Lakeland Mountain Guides hopes it will be the biggest yet.

Last year's event illuminated the Coledale Fells, 150 kb
Last year's event illuminated the Coledale Fells
© Tom McNally Photography

"Catbells was so amazing back in 2016, but now we've learnt more and want to head back there and make an even more impressive spectacle" he said.

"Even if you can't climb Catbells on the night I highly recommend you get yourself to a place where you can see it, it's quite a thing to watch."

The team are hoping to recreate the effect of Nepali prayer flags adorning the fells by handing out red, blue, green and yellow acetate to alter the colour of the torches. With three pro photographers in attendance, the group will walk from Keswick to Catbells via Portinscale and line up along the spine of the fell.

"As the whole path up of the mountain needs to be filled there is no pressure to make the summit, therefore making this event very family friendly" says Matt.

"Once the pictures have been taken the group will descend and head back to Keswick, hopefully wrapping it all up by 11pm."

  • The event starts at the Rawnsley Centre in Keswick at 6pm on Saturday 5th May with a brief introduction and a raffle
  • There is no formal registration process but there is a recommended donation of £20pp in order to attend the event. This can be paid on the night or here
  • For more info check out the The Lakeland Festival of Light 2018 on Facebook or visit

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