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Food traders invited to join Festival of the Fells fun

[A] street market of food stalls will be a feature of the Festival of the Fells in Ambleside next month.

And the organisers have a few spaces left for local traders who want to join in the festivities.

The second Festival of the Fells will see a host of big names in the outdoor world gathering for talks, lectures, films and music, and a host of organised outdoor activities.

The Festival will be held over four days from September 21-24, and will include a series of film highlights from the Kendal Mountain Festival at Zeffirellis Cinema.

The food stalls will keep visitors fed for two of the four days, and traders who use or sell local produce are invited to apply for a space, for just £25 for the two days. Anyone interested should contact Wendy Rainer of the organisers Ambleside Together on 015394 32636.

Top holiday cottage company Heart of the Lakes has joined forces with Ambleside Together as headline sponsor for the event, and leading mountaineer Alan Hinkes is patron once again and will be delivering a keynote lecture.

Speakers include the internationally acclaimed photographer Ashley Cooper who will present an evening at the festival to talk about his ground-breaking book Images from a Warming Planet.

Also lined up is writer Mark Richards, well-known for his various walking guides, largely published by Cicerone. He now has a further new publisher based in Yorkshire with whom he is about to launch four Cumbrian walking guides. And fell-running legend Wendy Dodds will talk about her exploits during an evening at the Golden Rule.

In the water Ambleside is taking the plunge with a series of wild swimming adventures at the Festival. Open water specialists Swim the Lakes will take swimmers out in the lakes and rivers, including a night swim in Windermere which was featured on BBC television.

Sessions can be booked now on the Swim the Lakes website, and include wild swimming taster sessions, and a swim down the River Brathay described as “down the river without a paddle”.

Swim the Lakes director Pete Kelly said the moonlit swim, which was featured in Secret Britain on TV, when presenter Ellie Harrison swam in the dark, was likely to be the most popular.

Full details can be found at www.festivalofthefells.uk

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