Join in and learn something new

With the programme hotting up for 2018, we have some great creative experiences coming your way...

Blazing Saddles : Performance Participants

We’re looking for up to 15 local women & their bikes to join The Bicycle Ballet Company in the creation and presentation of Blazing Saddles for Lakes Alive 2018.

All ages welcome & no experience necessary, apart from basic cycling proficiency.

What is it?

Blazing Saddles is a unique outdoor performance celebrating the importance of the bicycle to women and fashion, and the possibilities of travel and freedom.

The show tells its tale in a series of choreographed sequences, with movement and humour unfolding along two short routes around Kendal.

You will learn the structures and movement in each scene, taking a lead in some & acting as a chorus in others; guided throughout by performers.

Why get involved?

It’s an opportunity to develop new skills, boost confidence, work as part of a dedicated team on a unique project, meet new people & have lots of fun!

You’ll learn about the historical importance of cycling for women, and help encourage more people to ride bicycles.

Previous participants got involved to ‘try something different,’ ‘meet new people,’ ‘do something for their community,’ & ‘wanted a new challenge’.

When is it?

Rehearsals –

Morning or evening available  groups on 28, 29 & 30 Aug;

All participants rehearsal Fri 7th September – 5-7pm,


Saturday 8 th Sept – 12.15pm & 3pm, Kendal, Please be available from 9am until 5pm

Sunday 7 th Sept – 11am–1.30pm, approx 6km ride route around Kendal

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5 Blazing Saddles 2018 © Raysto Images
Blazing Saddles Credit: Raysto Images

Walking Watling Street : Community Cast Call Out

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Walking Watling Street

Take part in our special 2018 Women's dance commission, Walking Watling Street : A celebration of the incredible story of 50,000 women who walked from Carlisle, through Cumbria and down to London in 1913 to protest their lack of vote.

After the fantastic success of Cotton last year, AbouTime Dance return with another beautifully choreographed dance performance to celebrate 100 years of  Women's right to vote , and they'd like YOU to be involved.

We're looking for Women aged 18+ to form our community cast performing four times during Lakes Alive Festival on the 8th and 9th of September in Kendal. You'll need to be available through out the day and for a rehearsal the week prior, on Saturday the 1st.  

For more details and to register contact

HOME AGAIN : Free Family Workshops

Home Workshops 18 & 25th August at Kendal Library

Join us on Saturday the 18th and 25th of August to design the castle of your dreams…

In this fun arts workshop for all ages, we invite you to design and share with us your favourite turrets, battlements and faraway places, drawing inspiration from the historic Kendal Castle, and the architects of your imagination.

One fantastic entry will be selected and built in 3D as part of our intricate townscape Home Again, exhibited at Kendal Town Hall on the 8h and 9th of September as part of Lakes Alive.

Drop in at Kendal Library between 10:30 and 3pm, all ages welcome!

Free - Kendal Library, Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4PY

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