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-midnight.

Helping to keep your body and soul in tune, there will be sport massages 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 Bike Hill Climb: 15:30

Our bike 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- Midnight).
In partnership with Cyclewise and Keswick Mountain Bikes.

8K Bowels of Fleetwith 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 caverns of the mountain through mine tunnels, up a stepped incline to reach daylight before ascending to the summit and crossing Moses Trodd and decending to Honister Slate Mine, 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.
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.

Slate Shindig Après-Race: 18:00-Midnight

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 of 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)
In partnership with Fluid Productions and Buttermere Paragliding Bash

Massage Treatments

Get ready for MOUNTAIN YOGA! For the first time ever, join us at Honister Slate Mine on Friday 19th July at 7pm or Saturday 20th July at 8am for yoga sessions surrounded by the mountains.
£7pp and to book just email info@honister.com

Friday night Yoga @ 7pm

Ease into the weekend with a 75min Yin Yoga session perfect for all levels. A gentle practice connecting you to your breath, your body and to yourself.. relaxing and grounding the body, while immersed deep in nature!  In the last 15 mins Crystal sound bowls will be played to drop your body and mind into a state of deep relaxation. An ancient healing art from India and Nepal, the frequencies made from playing the bowls are used to heal the energetic systems of the body. A perfect ending to your week.

Saturday Morning Yoga @ 8am

Awaken and get your energy flowing with a revitalising Vinyassa Flow Yoga session.  Let your breath guide you as we flow through standing and seated postures to open up the body and start your day off perfectly. All levels.  In the last 15 mins Crystal sound bowls will be played to drop your body and mind into a state of deep relaxation. An ancient healing art from India and Nepal, the frequencies made from playing the bowls are used to heal the energetic systems of the body. A perfect beginning to your weekend.

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

Price: £15 for 25 minutes.  Must be purchased in advance and can not be done on the day. Please email info@honister.com to book your slot.

Mountain Massage Therapies will be offering post event sports massages.

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

Getting Here

Parking is £5 per car if booked in advance, on the gate it is £7.50 per car.

Car parking Is limited so please car share where possible, alternative parking is available in Seatoller with a 20-minute walk up the pass to us

We are on the Stagecoach bus route 77/77A and buses pass us frequently on Saturdays as well as stopping at Seatoller.

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

Local taxi/ Minibus companies will also travel to our site.

Overnight Campervan parking is available for people attending the Slate Shindig at a charge of £15 per vehicle. This must be pre-booked and is not available on the day. No campfires, tents, gazebos or awnings allowed, please take away everything you bring.


Local accommodation is available, to be booked in advance;


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