This would have been our fifteenth year partying in the Lake District. Our fifteenth anniversary shared with you all, old friends and new in the most beautiful of surroundings. But instead, heartbreakingly, it won’t.
It was not an easy decision but it is the right decision. Your health and the health of those who work behind the scenes and on the stages is and will always be paramount.
Music, friendship and the great outdoors are going to be more important to us all than ever before as we rebuild our health and communities over the coming months. We will be putting all of our efforts into ensuring that next year’s festival running from the 29th July – 1st August is everything that we had hoped for and more.
Ticket buyers will receive further details via email imminently from their place of purchase regarding the refund options. There will also be the choice to consider keeping your ticket for next year, if you are able and willing. By holding onto your ticket you will be supporting Kendal Calling at this difficult time.
Please be patient with refund requests as ticket outlets are naturally working through a higher than normal number of enquiries. If you are able to keep hold of your ticket, we would ask that you do – your support will allow us to navigate this difficult period.
For now we turn our attentions to 2021 and the festival gathering of a lifetime; we are working behind the scenes with artists and will be looking to announce 2021’s 15th (again!) birthday celebrations lineup in the coming weeks. It will be a 15th year celebration, 16 years in the making, and a once in a lifetime reconnection of our wonderful festival family. A phrase we first signed off a Facebook post with in 2008 seems more potent than ever and is sent with more love and anticipation than we can put into words… See you in the fields x
About Kendal Calling
Having become known as one of the best all-rounders on the circuit, the festival welcomes families and groups alike, with a whole array of kids entertainment, magic shows, cinema, gourmet food and real ales, as well as secret sets and impromptu performances.
Kendal Calling celebrates fifteen years with our biggest weekend yet, with more music, arts, culture and comedy than ever before. We’re really taking things up a level…
Xtra Mile Recordings Takeover Curated By Frank Turner:
Sonic Boom 6
Brand New Friend
Aoife Nessa Francis
Rob Deering’s Beat This
Sunday Night Curated By Bob Stanley
Tim Peaks Fm With Chris Hawkins
The Red Stains
Day Presented By Bbc Introducing:
The Silver Bars
Night Presented By Earache:
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Hands Off Gretel
Church Of The Cosmic Skull
Flat Cap Brass
Flex 80s Disco Workout Classics
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Decks
Drum N Bounce
Kendal Calling Soundsystem:
B.u.m.s. (Barrow Underground Music Society)
Back To 2006 Disco
Farmer Of Funk
Punk In Drublic
Kendal Calling festival information & FAQs
Ticket Information & FAQs
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When is Kendal Calling 2021?
Kendal Calling returns to Lowther Deer Park Thursday July 29th & Sunday August 1st 2021.
Where is Kendal Calling?
Kendal Calling is located in Lowther Deer Park in the stunning Lake District. Close to Penrith, Cumbria, the Kendal Calling site is approximately 25 minutes up the M6 North of Kendal or for those heading South approximately 25 minutes from Penrith on the A6. The postcode is CA10 2DY.
How do I get to Kendal Calling?
By Taxi - Taxi cost approximately £15-18 with many local services to choose from.
By Car - If you are travelling North you will leave the M6 at Junction 39. For those travelling South, you will leave the M6 at Junction 40. You are unable to park next to your tent however parking is located close to the campsites, we suggest arriving early to get a good spot.
By Bus - Coaches are available from various locations collecting on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st July and returning on Monday 2nd August. Free shuttle bus services are available for campers staying at Deer Lodge, Tangerine Fields and Great Plains between Thursday - Sunday 9:00am to 9:00pm and on Mondays 9:00am to 1:00pm.
By Rail - The closest train station is Penrith. Taxi’s are 15 minutes ro the festival site, and regular shuttle bus service will also be available. Regular train services from Virgin operate from Birmingham, Scotland, Manchester and the North West.
How much are Kendal Calling tickets?
Tickets are currently on sale for £144 for adults camping. Adult Thursday additional add on tickets start from £38.50.
Are pre-payment plan tickets available?
Yes Payment Plan tickets are available.
Are day tickets available?
No. Weekend tickets are the only ticket types available for the festival. You wouldn't want to go for just one day!
What happens If I bought a ticket and cannot attend?
Unfortunately we can’t issue you with a refund if you can’t make the event due to work commitments or your mates have dropped out. In these circumstances, we advise passing on your tickets privately to avoid losing out on the money spent.
Refunds can only be offered if the event is cancelled or postponed, as agreed upon purchase.
Does Kendal Calling have onsite camping?
Yes there is plenty of on site camping options available.
Does Kendal Calling have any age restrictions?
Kendal Calling does not have any age restrictions as it is a family festival.
Can I bring my own food and drink into Kendal Calling?
You are allowed to bring food and drink to the campsite however you are not allowed to bring your own food and drink into the festival site. There will be a wide variety of food and drink stalls inside the festival, serving up organic, vegetarian and vegan options.
What are the set times?
The set times are usually released on the first day of the festival.
Disabled Access Information
Kendal Calling is a 3 to 4 day festival set in the beautiful lake district with over 10 stages featuring regional, national and international talent. The festival works closely with Attitude is Everything to provide an event site which is accessible, and to that end the organisers are pleased to announce that they received the Silver Award in accessibility on site and are the first festival to be awarded the access starts online status.
Please note: The accessibility facilities are only available to festival goers with permanent disabilities, so broken legs, recent injuries, recent operations, elderly and pregnant women do not qualify.
CONTACT DETAILS FOR ALL ACCESS ENQUIRIES:
If you would like more information on the access facilities at the event or to get in touch with the festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to them at: Kendal Calling Access, Office 102, 19 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1AN. Kendal Calling aim to respond to all enquiries within 2-3 days.
ACCESS AROUND THE SITE:
The festival is held at the Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria. The land is ancient woodland and farmland with grass and some uneven ground. There is a tarmac road running through the middle of the Main Arena. The Main Arena has a number of small hills inside its perimeter. There is a gravel road that runs around the edge of the Accessible Campsite. The Accessible Car Park is located within the Accessible Campsite. The ground leading from the accessible car park and campsite to the Main Arena entrance consists of gravel road and grass. The distance is approximately 400 metres. The Main Arena is 300 metres from the main gate to the furthest perimeter edge.
Please note: The weather conditions can dramatically affect the ground conditions, so wherever possible please try to consider what preparations you may need to make and equipment you may need to bring along.
BOOKABLE ACCESS FACILITIES:
The following access facilities need to be pre-booked using the Access Requirement form. This form and the required evidence must be sent to Kendal Calling directly once you have purchased a ticket.
1) 2 FOR 1 TICKETS FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANTS
Kendal Calling provide a 2:1 ticket scheme for individuals who would be unable to attend the festival without bringing a personal assistant. Once you have bought a full price ticket, please fill in the access requirement form and provide a form of evidence as listed on the form in order to receive your personal assistant ticket.
2) VIEWING PLATFORM WRISTBAND
A viewing platform with a stewarded accessible toilet is located near the stage in the Main Arena. In order to gain access to the viewing platform, you need a viewing platform wristband. This also comes with a lanyard that can be worn by a personal assistant or companion so that they can join you on the platform.
3) ACCESSIBLE CAMPING WRISTBAND
On arrival Thursday and Friday, there will be an Access Information Point in the accessible campsite where customers can collect further information on access within the festival site. It is also here that additional pre-agreed wristbands can be collected.
The accessible campsite will be cordoned off from general camping. There will be a number of accessible toilets and showers. The accessible campsite will include a covered, 24-hour charging point for power chair batteries. Please assist with planning by letting the festival know if you intend to use this service when completing Section 5 of the Access Requirement Form. Customers are free to leave batteries and chairs in this area overnight at their own risk as this service is not stewarded.
Near to the Accessible Campsite, there are village services (bar, concessions, information point and welfare).
Facilities provided in the accessibility campsite:
Accessible unisex showers and toilets
Standard showers and toilets
Fresh water points
Waste disposal point
Electrical points for charging wheelchairs and scooters on a first-come-first-served basis
This campsite is available to customers who are unable to camp in the standard campsites or who need access to specialist facilities provided.
4) ACCESSIBLE PARKING PASS
An Accessible Car Park is located within the Accessible Campsite perimeter. Customers are allowed to park their cars near to their tent in a designated car park, but not directly next to their tent.
OTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO THE SITE:
There will be a stewarded accessible toilet located beside the viewing platform in the Main Arena. A viewing platform wristband is required to gain access to this toilet. There will be other non-stewarded accessible toilets in the Main Arena. There will be accessible toilets within the Accessible Campsite.
Kendal Calling welcome assistance dogs onto the site. There will be an area provided for toileting and drinking.
There will be general warning signs around the Main Arena if strobe lighting will be used. Due to the nature of the artists, it is likely that strobe lighting will be used throughout the performances. There will not be a warning immediately before a period of strobe lighting.
There will be a First Aid tent located in the Main Arena that will be visible within the Main Arena. There will also be Medics and First Aiders on patrol around the event. You will be able to store medication with the medical team if refrigeration is needed. Please let the festival know in advance if you will be wishing to store medication here. If you require more information, please get in touch.
The festival have Bob-on-Com hearing loops on site, these are available at the box office, the access reception which is located in the access campaign, the information point and at the Green gate which is the entrance for customers staying in the access camping field, the boutique camping and live in vehicles.
On arrival to site, please head to the gate as described in the information pack, these are broken down into coloured gates. The information pack provided in advance, usually via email, will explain which gate to head to, where to collect your wristband and the location of the access campsite.
Don’t forget your festival tickets, these will be scanned on arrival and swapped for festival wristbands.
The site will open from 9am Thursday, for those with Thursday tickets, and 9am Friday for all weekend ticket holders.
Travelling to/from the festival
Kendal Calling is held at: Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, CA10 2HN
There will be plenty of signs to the festival from all directions.
From the South (M6): All ticket holders: M6 Exit Junction 39 Turn L onto A6 at end of sliproad Turn right at T Junction to follow A6 North Keep on A6 through village of Shap . Then, depending on your ticket type: Standard campsite ticket holders: Look out for the A6 passing underneath the Motorway Approx 1 mile after this turn left into the Lowther Estate Follow driveway to main car park
Campervans, Emperors Fields and The Deer Lodge ticket holders: For entrance to Emperors Fields, Campervans and The Deer Lodge please follow signs for All Camping.
From the North (M6): Standard campsite ticket holders: Continue on M6 to J39 and follow directions from South Campervans, Emperors Fields and The Deer Lodge ticket holders: For entrance to Emperors Fields, Campervans and The Deer Lodge please follow signs for All Camping.
The home of Kendal Calling is 25 minutes north of Kendal up the M6 and South down the A6 from Penrith.
Manchester – 1 hour 30 mins (48 mins with Virgin Trains from Preston)
Newcastle – 1 hour 30 mins
Leeds – 2 hours
Liverpool – 2 hours (48 mins with Virgin Trains from Preston)
Edinburgh – 2 hours 25 mins (1 hour 21 mins with Virgin Trains)
The nearest train station to the festival site is Penrith which is a ten minute taxi journey from the site. A shuttle bus service will run from the station to the festival site. Virgin Trains operate a lightning fast service from Scotland, Birmingham, and London direct with hourly services and Manchester & North West when changing at Preston or Crewe.
By Shuttle Bus
Kendal Calling is at Lowther Deer Park so just 15 minutes on the dedicated shuttle bus from Penrith Railway Station to the festival.
Penrith to The Festival:
Thursday 10am – 6:30pm Friday 7am – 7pm
The Festival to Penrith:
Monday 5:30am – 12noon
Shuttle Bus tickets are available soon!
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The history of Kendal Calling festival
Kendal Calling was born from a group of music lovers who felt the fields of Cumbria could be put to better use during the summer months - in the name of music, fun and frolics.
In 2006 this saw the launch of a new two day music event in Abbot Hall Park in the center of Kendal.
Much sought after DNB trio Pendulum dropped in direct from Global Gathering and erupted the main tent on the first night. The next evening saw Kendal born British Sea Power bring the stage to life with a whole forest of branches - a backdrop that saw epic robot battles and flying plastic owls and culminated in the band climbing the main pole of the main stage marquee.
The formula was in place, Kendal had Called and it began to snowball!
In 2007 capacity doubled and the festival moved out of town to Grate Farm and saw the introduction of camping. Drum & Bass pioneer Grooverider spun the decks and over 100 other artists performed on various stages including Dirty Pretty Things and Wild Beasts. Local musicians and national artists played alongside each other and the crowds loved it.
In 2008 the floodgates broke as 4,000 revelers heard the call!
The Friday night was electric as the number one artist in the UK, Dizzee Rascal, proved that the worst mud and rain ever seen in August on Grate Farm couldn't dampen the spirits of the audience.
DJ Yoda christened the newly introduced Dance tent with a set he considered “better than Glastonbury” and Babyhead thrilled crowds in the Kaylied tent where the festival spawned a traditional edge. Mud sculptures and lots of local brewed ales inspired revelry ensued.
2009 saw the festival controversially up sticks and move north to Lowther Deer Park. With an audience just too big to pack into Grate Farm we moved to a site that used to be a wildlife theme park, the perfect setting for a Lake District Festival!
The Streets, Beardy Man, Craig Charles, Mumford & Sons and more music than you can shake a squirrel at brought the park alive for the weekend in epic fashion. This year also saw the birth of the now legendary Cumbrian Olymipics, a series of games engineered to take you to the very edges of your sanity and perseverence - and beyond.
In 2010 friends old and new joined the festival for it’s second year at Lowther Deer Park. To celebrate the fifth anniversary festival-goers did the themselves proud with creative and crazy fancy dress costumes and antics.
Croissant Neuf, the longest-established area of Glastonbury, was added and played host to the Kaylied stage, the Holy Quail pub with the Kendal Callings’ first-ever Real Ale Festival, and a whole host of stunning décor and performance art to wow, amaze and stimulate the senses.
Doves, Subways, Erol Alkan, Calvin Harris, Stereo MCs, Pulled Apart By Horses and many more treated crowds to amazing performances. Memorable moments included a spine-tingling duet from Badly Drawn Boy and his daughter, OKGO inviting the audience members on stage whilst confetti canons went off, a freakshow with naked skaters, and Bez djing to the Houseparty ravers.
2011 wow what a year! The festival sold out in record time, scooped a music industry award for Live UKs Best Small Festival, broke a World Record for the World's largest mint cake, and had some of the most legendary performances to date in the fields!
2012 came and things got even bigger. Dizzee Rascal enjoyed Kendal so much, he came back, playing alongside James, Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip, We Are Scientists, Maximo Park, Feeder and loads more. The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess also opened up his eccentric and fabulous Tim Peaks Diner, serving up coffee and hosting sets from Edwyn Collins, Nick Heyward and The View. The festival even had its very own gingerbread house and Deer Lodge Boutique camping where everyone got to stay in teepees!
By the time 2013 came around, Kendal Calling were ready to go all out, grabbing Primal Scream, The Charlatans and Basement Jaxx for amazing headliner slots, not to mention Public Enemy, Seasick Steve, The 1975, Dutch Uncles, Roni Size, London Grammar and Johnny Marr. In keeping with the festival theme Kendal Calling Goes To The Movies a late night cinema was put on showing much-loved films and cult classics (who could forget the year the heavens opened during Withnail & I as they aptly drove through The Lakes?). On top of all that, everyone got together to break a World Record for the largest gathering of Supermen in one place!
Kendal Calling won 2014 'Best Medium Festival' at the UK Festival awards.