Organisers of this year's Lakes Alive arts festival say they want to deliver a brilliant festival for Kendal.

Lakes Alive will return to the town on 8-10 September 2017.

The free event offers a weekend of spectacular happenings in and around Kendal and wider Lake District National Park.

With the theme of “Cultural Landscapes” it will showcase world class art in unexpected locations across the town and beyond.

Lakes Alive is Lake District National Park’s new flagship cultural festival which launched in 2016.

A team of four people will build, deliver and promote the festival.

Phillippa Haynes has been appointed as festival director. She has a track record in delivering high profile cultural events across the UK. Netty Miles is festival producer, Holly Goodfellow from Cockermouth, is partnerships and engagement manager, Dickie Felton, from Arnside is marketing and PR manager.

Phillippa said: “We are excited about delivering a brilliant arts festival in and around Kendal that celebrates landscape, people and place. And this year is particularly special as we hope to be celebrating World Heritage Site Status for the Lake District National Park.

“We are developing a fantastic programme for Lakes Alive which will see world class contemporary art in locations across Kendal. We will be working with artists from Cumbria and across Europe.

“We want to put together a festival which appeals to families and art lovers alike.”

Last year around 20,000 people attended Lakes Alive. Visitors experienced vibrant illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances, amazing installations and spectacular happenings.


1. The first Lakes Alive festival took place in Kendal in August 2016 and featured inspiring cultural experiences including Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installation, Jacob’s Join – a unique community dining experience, BirdHIVE – a virtual reality flight through Lake District landscapes, artist Nele Azeved working with the community to produce Minimum Monument, an installation involving 3500 frozen ice figures at Kendal Castle.
2. Lakes Alive is currently funded by Arts Council England, Lake District National Park, South Lakeland District Council, and Kendal Town Council. 
3. More information about Lake District National Park:
4. The Lake District is one of 15 National Parks. The others are: Brecon Beacons, the Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, the Yorkshire Dales, the Broads, the New Forest and the South Downs.