Beyond Walking Boots and Wetsuits

It’s not really news that Kendal, gateway to the stunning English Lake District, arguably offers some of the most breathtaking walks and cycle routes the UK has to offer. That’s not to mention easy access to outdoor activities like ghyll scrambling, gorge walking, canoeing and wild swimming!

However, what may come as surprise to some is that there are a range of activities right on our doorstep that don’t require you to grab the gortex and buckle on the backpack.

Kendal has a long tradition as a centre for cultural and performing arts, so whether you have an interest in brew masters or baritones, artists or acrobats, Kendal will have a festival or event to entertain you this summer

Staveley Summer Beer Fest 18th – 22nd July 2019
80+ Cask & keg beers from progressive craft breweries. Live Music, 4 bars, street food, free entry… do you need to know more? Just a short drive or train journey from the centre of Kendal, Hawkshead brewery in Staveley is always worth a visit.

Lake District Summer Music Festival 27th July - 9th August
This international arts festival based in the Southern Lake District has chamber music at its heart. Each year, the event hosts over 40 events in intimate venues in locations such as Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Grange-Over-Sands and Ulverston. Artist range from the internationally-acclaimed to emerging musical talent

Lake District Folk Weekend - 2nd, 3rd and 4th August
Centred around Hawkshead Brewery's 'Beer Hall', The Lake District Folk Weekend takes place in the picturesque Lakeland village of Staveley, just a short drive from Kendal. Alternatively you can catch one of the regular train connections and sample the tasty brew’s on offer while you enjoy the range of artists performing around the village.

Lakes Alive 6th – 8th September 2019
Lakes Alive is a family friendly festival of spectacular arts and cultural happenings which takes place in the town centre. The weekend will see an array of amazing installations, vibrant illuminations, intimate performances and digital delights filling the town. The festival offers a weekend of free events for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Brewery Arts Centre - Year round diary of events
Backbone to Kendal’s cultural heritage is the ever evolving Brewery Arts Centre - a thriving and dynamic arts organisation, delivering an exciting and inspirational year-round programme of performance, music, cinema, exhibitions, festivals, youth theatre and creative learning courses.

Our reception team are always happy to discuss any special arrangements you’d like to make if you’re visiting for a particular event. So make sure you book direct for the best rate and to ensure we can tailor your stay to suit your plans.