Visiting Kendal

Kendal is an amazing market town in south Cumbria. Known as the 'Gateaway to the Lakes" the town is easily accessible by road and rail. 

But Kendal is not just a market town.

Our streets are alive with arts, events and culture, packed with intriguing history and renowned for great shopping. Our green spaces, woodland path and spectacular surrounding fells give every visitor a sense of adventure. Kendal is beautiful inside and out 

You can find out more about this wonderful town at

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Lakes Alive

Lakes Alive festival launches on the evening of Friday 8 September with a fantastic Jacobs Join. The mass community get-together for food, drink, music, and merriment takes place alongside the River Kent.

Lakes Alive continues from 10am on Saturday 9 September through to 6pm Sunday 10 September.

Visitors can view the art installations, attend events, make, create and be inspired throughout the weekend. 

A free festival guide is available in locations across the town two weeks in advance of the event. This guide will also be available at all Lakes Alive locations during the festival.

The event is free. 

How to reach Lakes Alive 2017

We advise visitors to Lakes Alive 2017 to use green transport if possible.

By train:

There are two train stations that serve Kendal: Oxenholme Lake District and Kendal itself. Kendal serves trains between Windermere and Oxenholme. Trains run every hour.

Oxenholme Lake District which serves the West Coast Mainline. The walk from Oxenholme to Kendal town centre is about 45 minutes.

Alternatively visitors can alight at Oxenholme and catch the train to Kendal itself.

Check train times at thetrainline

By bus:

Bus company Stagecoach serves Kendal with services from Keswick in the north to Lancaster in the south. Check timetables.


Where can I stay?

Kendal, Windermere and the Lake District National Park more widely is home to a wide variety of luxury hotels, quirky B&B's and cheap and cheerful hostels. A whole host of camping and luxury glamping sites are popping up due to popular demand. 

We recommend you staying in staying closer to Kendal if you want to enjoy all that Lakes Alive has to offer. The Lake District is very busy throughout summer so we always recommend booking early. Have a look at the options through Go Lakes 

Are there places to get food and drink?

During the Lakes Alive festival in Kendal there will be a street food offer from local suppliers so that you can grab something on the move or you may wish to bring a picnic and enjoy one of our lovely parks.

How accessible is Lakes Alive?

Lakes Alive aim to make the festival as accessible as possible.

The Festival takes place throughout Kendal, in buildings, alleyways and on some higher ground over looking the town. In a few instances our locations for performances are not easily accessible to wheel chair users and where this is the case we make this clear in our marketing. If you are unsure please just ask before you come.

We work closely with our local authorities to plan car parking spaces situated close to performance venues. Stewards will be positioned throughout the festival site and will assist where they can.

Accessible toilets will be available and will be clearly signed.

What is the weather like?

The Lake District is famous for its astounding natural beauty and we enjoy this thanks to the rain. At the festival we plan for all weathers and generally go with the flow. Rain doesn't stop us and you’ll find festival activities are both inside and out should we be graced with an occasional shower.  Check out the weather forecast on Lake District Weathervane and come prepared - remember there is no such thing as bad weather - just poor clothing.

Follow us on Twitter @lakesalive and we will keep you up-to-date with weather news and any venue changes.

Keep it clean

  • In accordance with the law, smoking is not permitted within marquees, enclosed public spaces. We also ask you politely not to smoke whilst stood in crowds during outdoor performances.
  • Please use the recycling points to help us to keep Lakes Alive an environmentally friendly festival.

In August 2016 we enjoyed a weekend of spectacular happenings

The story of Lakes Alive 2016…