Kendal Calling

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Kendal Calling offers a friendly and unique festival experience in beautiful countryside. Set in the picturesque surroundings of the Lake District, and has grown to nearly 10 times it's original size since it started in 2006, without forgetting it's roots. Growing in size each year the festival has seen big names in international music grace their stage and has become a landmark event in the north west of England.


16 areas with 3 days and nights of fun in the fields in the beautiful lake district. Kendal Calling Festival attracts a festival goers who are into a diverse range of music.

There is party like vibe with stages such as the Houseparty and fancy dress themes but also areas and where revellers can chill and absorb the music and beautiful settings.

  • "One of the most innovative independent festivals," DJ Magazine
  • "Definitely a highlight of northern culture," Sunday Sun
  • Kendal Calling Festival was the Winner of Best Small Festival at UK Festival Awards 2010 and 2011.

Stages and other entertainment

There are numerous music stages and entertainment available at Kendal Calling Festival.

Main Stage: Stunning outdoor arena with it’s natural amphitheatre lined by ancient oak trees plays host to an array of international and current acts/bands.

Glow Dance Stage: Revellers can find a diverse range of classic, current and up and coming dance acts and DJs from the UK and around the globe performing here.

Kaylied Stage: Since 2008 this stage showcases some of the UK's and world's finest folk, world and roots music in front of an intimate crowd. Also during the day, Kaylied Stage has music from the best emerging musical remix talent the UK has to offer. From Roma to rumba, Latin beats to Afro funk, new folk to no folk, basically the finest cutting-edge sounds which blend innovation and tradition. On the Friday night there will also be an actual Ceilidh taking place.

The Calling Out Stage:This stage shows off new music and bands from a variety of styles.

Soapbox Stage: This area is a place for laughter, tomfoolery, the extraordinary and the eccentric. Be prepared to be surprised by a weekend full of sensory excitement featuring everything from stand up comedy, slam poetry to Salsa dancing.

Other entertainment and activities include: The Houseparty, Real Ale Festival, Fancy Dress, Happy Slap Boutique, Tim Peaks Diner, Songsmith Solar Stage, Garden Of Eden, Riot Jazz and Family and Kids Areas.


  • Full adult Weekend: £115 (Includes camping)
  • Adult Deposit: £57.50 1-15: £60 Under 11: free
  • Emperors Fields Camping (For those after a few more comforts. This is a quiet area, ideal for families) SOLD OUT
  • Emperors Fields: £25 Emperors Fields 11-15: £12.50 Emperors Fields Under 11: Free SOLD OUT
  • Early Entry Thursday: £10 Thursday 11-15: £10 Thursday Under 11: Free
  • Campervan: £60 Car Park: £6
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Local Information

Kendal Calling Festival is held at 
Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe (nr Penrith), Cumbria The event is now actually closer to Penrith than Kendal.There are plenty of signs to the festival from all directions.



Big Green Coach is once again the exclusive coach partner to Kendal Calling offering return coach travel from 16 locations to the heart of Kendal Calling.

Picking up from: Barrow, Blackburn, Bradford, Carlisle, Dalton, Durham, Kendal, Lancaster, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Preston, Sheffield, Stockport, Sunderland and Ulverston.

National Express and Megabus also run routes from various locations around the UK to locations near Kendal Calling Festival.


There is a shuttle bus operating between Penrith Train Station and Lowther Deer Park on the Friday and Monday.


There are direct journeys to Penrith Train Station from London Euston, Manchester, Birmingham New Street, Glasgow, Edinburgh. Plan your journey on The Trainline.


The closest airports to Kendal Calling Festival are Newcastle International Airport and Leeds and Bradford International Airport both being around 70-80 miles away.


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What to wear

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As well as the party campsite there is a quite campsite, a family campsite and Emperor's Fields - a more luxurious campsite hidden in the forest, available at an extra cost.

If camping is not for you, there are a number of hotels in the surrounding area.

There is no re-admittance to the festival if you leave the grounds. If you are staying in accommodation outside the festival grounds a pass out must be obtained from the box office.

Campervans and caravans are welcome but they require an additional ticket.

Site Information

Noise Volumes: The noise volumes can get loud the closer you are to a stage, so it's advised to take ear plugs in case you stand near a speaker or close to a stage.

Weather: The festival is held in the middle of the UK summer. So summer clothing is recommended as well as plenty of sun-cream.

It is famously known to rain in the UK, so it is advisable to check the weather closer to the time. Also it maybe warm during the day, it can get cool in the evening so warm/waterproof clothing should be brought too for emergencies.

Festival Times: The camp site opens at 9am Friday 27th July, is open 24 hours a day and closes on Monday 30th July. For Thursday 26th July ticket holders, the camp site opens at 12pm.

The main arena is open from 12pm till 3am on Friday and 10am till 3am on Saturday and Sunday.

Smoking: There is no smoking inside the venues, however smoking is allowed in any outdoor area.

Cash Machines There are cash points located around the festival. It is very likely that these cash points will charge so it's advised that you bring enough cash into the festival and it would save you queuing and missing out any of the acts.

Merchandise & Programmes: There are a number of stalls located around the festival site selling Kendal Calling Festival and act's merchandise and programmes.

Bringing Your Own Alcohol: Festival goers are allowed to bring their own alcohol into the camp site but are strictly prohibited from bringing any alcohol into the main festival arena.

General bins and Recycling bins: There are plenty of general and recycling bins located around the festival site.

As Kendall Calling Festival is set in such picturesque surroundings, organisers urge festival goers to take their rubbish and plenty of extra bin liners will be provided. Please be sure to take your tents with you at the end of the weekend. Vandalism and littering is not in the nature of the event and will not be tolerated.

Toilets: Toilets are situated in various locations around the festival site.

Food and drink

There a numerous food stalls and bars around the festival site offering a range of cuisines and a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks.

Kendal Calling also includes a real ale festival and will be hosted at the Holy Quail Pub.

Revellers must remember to bring their ID as bar staff reserve the right to ask for ID and decline serving alcohol if ID is not shown on request.


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Drugs and security

Drugs are strictly prohibited from the festival. Anyone found with or using illegal drugs will be removed from the event and will be prosecuted.

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In 2012, the festival sold out for the 7th Year in a row, early bird tickets sold out in 8 minutes!

Past lineups

2012 festival: Maximo Park, Dizzee Rascal, James, Shy FX, Benga, Andy C, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Feeder, Little Roy, Shed Seven, Jack Beats (DJ set), Dodgy, Inspiral Carpets, Utah Saints, Ms Dynamite, Vintage Trouble, Dreadzone, Twisted Wheel, 16bit, A Skillz, Phaeleh, Various Cruelties, To Kill A King, Dub Pistols (DJ Set), Juan Zelada, The Lancashire Hotpots, The Correspondents, Monster Ceilidh Band, Olugbenga (Metronomy DJ Set), Bombskare, Whiskycats. To view the full line-up click here.

2011: The Cribs, Blondie, Chase & Status, Frank Turner, Levellers, Fenech-Soler, Echo And The Bunnymen, Mr Scruff, Nero, The Whip, Young Knives, Middleman, Beardyman, The Charlatans (acoustic), Hugh Cornwell, Krafty Kuts, Caspa, Breakage, Artwork, Rod Azlan, for more details on the 2011 line-up click here.

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