What does the Lakeland Festival of Light entail?
Generally, the Lakeland Festival of Light (LFOL) sees people line a striking ridgeline or mountain at night – right from the bottom to the top. The event happens in the evening and the procession of people, who are each using a torch, are snapped by professional photographers.
The Striding Edge by Torchlight however is a walk over Helvellyn’s Edges at night and although we do have professional photographers present it is more about the exciting scrambling than the photography.
Who is suitable to join the events?
The great thing about the LFOL events is that they are open to people of most ages and most abilities. As we line the mountain or ridge from the bottom to top there is generally the option to go as far or as little as you like. The main thing to consider is that the LFOL events happen in the evening and entail an element of standing around on a potentially cool mountain side. This is not for everyone and may be particularly unappealing to young children.
As the Striding Edge by Torchlight event is a more serious undertaking we ask that those who join have a reasonable level of hill fitness and previous scrambling experience on at least grade 1 terrain ( Striding Edge, Sharp Edge, Crib Goch, Tryfan)
Do you need a ticket to join the events?
You do not need a ticket or to register for any LFOL event, apart from the Striding Edge by Torchlight event. You MUST sign up for the Striding Edge by Torchlight event in order to participant.
How is the money raised?
Excluding Striding Edge by Torchlight, the events are not for profit. We ask for a recommended donation to attend the event (£20-25) which is either paid on the night of the event or via a donation link which will be provided. This is a recommended donation so if you're coming along with a family or just can't afford that much then that's absolutely fine. You could always think about fundraising the donation amount, I'm sure friends or colleagues would give you a pound or two when you show them what you're doing!
What if the weather is bad on the night?
Unless the weather is due to be unsafe we will tend to try to run the event. The photography may not be quite as good as would be ideal but we’re sure the atmosphere in the hill will still be great.
Is there a mailing list I can sign up to for event updates?
Yes, the mailing list can be joined on the following link: https://lakelandmountainguides.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=daa0848437f6af94c37b378b1&id=ad5341b7af
Are the pictures that are taken at the event available for purchase?
They are available on the following link after the event. Ordinarily 50% of the proceeds from these pictures also goes to the chosen charity for the event.
Is there a raffle at the event? Can tickets be pre-bought and do you need prize donations?
We hold a raffle at the event in May, however tickets can only be bought on the night.
The raffle is always a huge part of the money we raise and typically counts for about £2,000 of the event total. The raffle prizes we get are always ace and if you feel you have something to donate please get in touch.
I’m a professional photographer and would like to take pictures of the event.
Great! We’re always excited to hear that people want to capture our events. As you will have seen we have a team of official team photographers who donate a percentage of their earnings to the charity the event is raising money for but we welcome anyone else to come and capture it. We do ask that if you are subsequently posting the pictures online that you credit the event (i.e Lakeland Festival of Light for ……… charity’) in order to raise awareness of the event. If you go on to sell the photo commercially then a small donation to the charity as a result would also be welcomed.
Can I fly my drone at the event?
In the interest of participant safety please don’t fly your drone at the event without prior permission. Ideally we’d like to know how many drones there will be in the sky (as one of our photography team may be flying one for the event) and for any pilots to have their civil aviation permission.
Can my dog come?
Well behaved dogs are welcome on all LFOL events except Striding Edge by Torchlight. Please keep your dog under control and clean up after them.
What is the environmental approach with these events?
As with all our events we are as environmentally conscious as possible. Obviously putting several hundred people on a mountainside will have some sort of impact, but we of course ask for people to stick to paths, not drop litter and treat the mountainside with respect. After each event we conduct a litter pick of the area used, although generally we have found very little litter that can be directly associated with our event.
What do I need to bring?
Prepare yourself for standing about on a cold mountainside. This means multiple layers, warm drinks and a good sense of humour. In the past we have had a few people get grumpy as they’ve gotten cold but these people were also not as equipped as they should have been for such an event. Come prepared and you’ll have a fab time – oh and don’t forget your headtorch!
Check out our deciated LFOL Webpage here: https://www.lakelandmountainguides.co.uk/the-lakeland-festival-of-light