Most of the programme and workshops are free to attend.

Outdoor shows welcome all audiences. For more information on general directions and car parking please click here

Please be aware that most of the shows are not seated and some may involve the audience moving around.

At most performance sites there will be an accessible viewing area. Please ask a Volunteer if you're not sure where to go.

This year we have three ticketed shows:

Now Is The Time To Say NothingThursday 6thSeptember – Sunday 8th

Brewery Arts Centre Kendal. Tickets £5 Booking Advised

The Lost Words: Told in Gold Saturday 7th– Saturday 14th

Brockhole Visitors Centre, Windermere.Tickets £7.50-£12.50

Loom by the Propellor Ensemble Saturday 7 and Sunday 8th

The Box, Kendal College, Tickets £5 (under 18’s Free)

If you require a wheelchair space please book let the venue know when you book.

Programme Formats

The Lakes Alive programme is available in large print and braille, from Information points at the Birdcage and on Abbot Hall Park. These are subject to availability

Accessible Toilets Disabled toilets are located in the Abbot Hall site and at our building based venues, including Kendal Town Hall and The Brewery Arts Centre.

Disabled toilets are also available in The Westmorland Shopping Centre during normal trading hours.

Viewing Areas* Lakes Alive strives to ensure performances are accessible for all and our Volunteers Team are on hand to help you find a suitable viewing area. For larger scale shows, a specific viewing area will be available for those with accessibility needs

We are partnering with South Lakes Mobility Kendal again to help people get around the site. They hire motorised mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

Opening times: 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday / 10am - 3pm Saturday.
Rollator hire £5 a day, £30 a week
Wheelchair hire it is £10 a day / Carboot scooter hire £15 a day / Large scooter hire £20 a day
Booking in advance is highly advised as they do get booked up very quickly for hires.
If you quote 'LAKES ALIVE' on booking, you will receive 10% off.
Call : 01539 734600
Email :[email protected]
Address:Unit 6, Library Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4QB (next to the Marks and Spencers car park)

Location Specific Information

Abbot Hall Park

Our main festival hub with live performances, food vendors and much more.

Access: Flat Mown field with circular path. Closest drop off point is outside the Abbot Hall Social Centre LA9 4DN

Accessible Toilets Available.

Goosholme Park

Home of Installations Colony, Shimmer Tree and Ragtag Arts

Access: Flat Mown field, close to drop off point at St Georges Church LA9 7AD

Castle Howe

Also known as the Monument. Home of the VR playground during the festival

Access: Step-less access to Castle Howe is from Beastbanks Road. Look our for the Lakes Alive Flag marking the entrance.

The VR Playground has a wheelchair accessible swing.

Please note Beastbanks is a steep hill. There will be a drop off point for any vehicles wishing to drop off any mobility restricted visitors.

Kendal Castle is on top of a small hill and is only accessible by foot.

There are unpaved, step free routes from both Castle Road and Parkside Road Cemetery.

The Brewery Arts Centre

Visit Installations; Now Is the Time to Say Nothing, and Eye of the Storm

Access: Please see the Website for access tips.

Accessible Toilets Available.

The Town Hall

The Last Forest Installation and activity

Access: Step free access available.

Accessible Toilets Available.

The Box

Performance of Loom

Access: Venue with step-less Access. Seating is available throughout this performance.


Performance of the Lost Words

Access: Visitors Centre with extensive grounds. Step free access available.

Touch tours and Audio Description available. Please contact [email protected]for more information

Accessible Toilets Available.

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