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  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Outdoor Event, Sat 20 Jul 2019, £25-£35

Music in the lakes

Music in the lakes



Take on a mountain outdoor challenge like no other! HonisterFest is a whole day of extreme activities including a unique fell run, gravel bike time trial and a team challenge followed by live music and Cumbrian food into the evening.

‘HonisterFest’ is all about the social side of getting outdoors and Lake District mountain experience. After the challenges above and below ground, get your groove on and relax at the Slate Shindig with live music, hog roast and bar from 6pm-10.45pm.

Helping to your body and soul in tune, there will be sports massage and holistic treatments using Reiki and reflexology available throughout the day.

The event is not for profit with donations being made to local charities Keswick Lions and Amy’s Care.

We are delighted to be working with KONG running, Keswick Mountain Bikes, Cyclewise, Fluid Productions and Keswick Brewery to bring you this totally new event for 2019.

The Grueller Hill Climb | 15:30
Our hill climb Time Trial requires stamina, determination and consistency. Are your legs up to the gravel challenge? Who will be crowned KING OR QUEEN of our hill? The time trail will run from 15:30 with participants setting off at intervals through the day.
Ticket: £35pp. Includes entry to Slate Shindig (6pm-10.45pm).

Buy your tickets using the web address shown.

In partnership with Cyclewise and Keswick Mountain Bikes
8K Honister Hurtle Fell Run | 16:00
Unlike any Fell run you’ve ever done before. Take on three summits – Dale Head, Fleetwith, Grey Knott - go deep inside the bowels of the mountain through mine tunnels, up a stepped incline to reach daylight before ascending to the summit and descending Moses Trodd to the finish.
Hard hats will be provided for the tunnel section, or you can bring your own. Competitors are encouraged to bring a headtorch as there will be low lighting levels inside the mine.
Ticket: £25pp (Race only). Options to add the Slate Shindig £10 and The Grueller £5.

Buy your tickets online using the web address shown.

In partnership with KONG running.
Honister Team Challenge | 16:00
Defender Drag | Pond Plunge | Cast the Clog | Surprise challenge
Which team will be crowned the champions? You’ll need strength, skills and pure grit to tackle the challenges from pulling a Landrover Defender, plunging into the pond, throwing a traditional miners clog and the surprise challenge. Each team will collect points and be ranked against the others with prizes to be won for the highest scores.
Tickets: £20 per team of 4 people. Team Challenger Offer > Buy three Slate Shindig tickets and get 1 free.

Buy your tickets online using the web address shown.

Slate Shindig Après-Race’ Race| 18:00-22:45

Wind down after your mountain challenges with our ‘Après-Race’. Enjoy Cumbrian food and live music from two of our favourite local bands surrounded by some the most spectacular mountain scenery in the Lake District. Bringing their blues, funk and soul grooves to the fells Bowie, Beak and Powney start the evening followed by The Kasios with a mix of popular covers bound to get everyone up and dancing.

Included in your Slate Shindig ticket is one beer/soft drink and a locally sourced Hog Roast (vegetarian options available) available from 18:00-20:00.

Ticket: £25 (in advance), £35 (on the day)
Buy your tickets using the web address shown.

In partnership with Fluid Productions and Buttermere Paragliding Bash


Reiki and reflexology holistic treatments will be offered by throughout the day.

Price: £15 for 25 minutes, purchased in advance only.

Mountain Massage Therapies and Ryan Sibley Sports Massage will be offering post event sports massages.

Price: £10 for 10 minutes, purchased on the day. Cash only.

Getting here

Stagecoach will be running an additional evening bus facility from Honister to the Keswick so you don’t have to bring your car up the pass.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 20 Jul 2019 12:00 to 23:45


£25 if bought in advance
£35 on the day


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Credit cards accepted over £10.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 20 Jul HonisterFest 2019


Honister Pass,
CA12 5XN


Plan route to Honister Slate Mine using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 245138  Lat: 54.51386 Long: -3.16770

Take A66 to Keswick. Arriving in Keswick drive on the B5289 signposted Borrowdale valley and Rosthwaite. Drive on this road for approximately 10 miles. Honister Slate Mine is situated at the top of the pass on the left.

Accessible by Public Transport: 26 miles from Penrith station

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