A night of adventure and award-winning films is promised at a North East venue this week.

The Fire Station in Sunderland will host The Kendall Mountain Tour on Thursday, February 8.

The Kendal Mountain Film Festival, started in the lake district 40 years ago, featured films, photography, art and seminars. As the event grew in stature and popularity it attracted bigger audiences and major climbing and mountaineering stars.

The popularity grew so much the festival now goes on tour. The Fire Station will be one of 31 venues hosting the event this year.

A journey through some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes will be shown through a series of films. They will be featured alongside guest speaker Leo Houlding – a world class climber, alpinist, and adventurer.

Leo will be sharing his amazing life stories including first ascents in all seven continents, leading teams to climb giant walls deep in the Amazon and taking his children on epic climbing adventures.

The Northern Echo: Leo Houlding, pictured here climbing with his son, will share some of his epic life stories

As an exclusive addition to the tour’s stop in Sunderland, Leo’s film Two Point Four will be featured during the event. It will offer a unique glimpse into his extraordinary family adventure.

The film will feature Leo, his wife Jess and their two children as they climb Norway’s national mountain via a 2,000ft wall.

He will also delve into the untold tales behind The Asgard Project - his expedition to make the first free ascent of the North Face of Mt Asgard on Baffin Island located deep in the Arctic.

Other films to feature on the night include The White Giant, Lando Steezy, La Gara, SOUP, An Eye For Plants and I Am Because You Are.

The Northern Echo: Runner Hillary Gerardi the runner in a still from her film La GaraRunner Hillary Gerardi the runner in a still from her film La Gara (Image: SUNDERLAND CULTURE)

Tamsin Austin, Venue Director at The Fire Station, said: “We are so excited to be hosting the Kendal Mountain festival tour for the first time.

"Wearside is full of adventurers, and this will be an awe-inspiring and unforgettable evening of adventure.

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"Whether you enjoy outdoor sports at a local level, are a seasoned explorer or ultra sports enthusiast, or someone who just loves the majesty of nature, the Kendal Mountain tour will blow your mind, leave you feeling inspired and ignite your sense of adventure.

“Get ready to be thrilled, inspired and moved.”

Tickets for the Kendal Mountain Tour start from £17 (under 18s from £9) and can be booked through The Fire Station website – www.thefirestation.org.uk