• "I loved Kendal Calling!"  - Mark Chadwick, The Levellers

  • Best Medium Festival 2013 & 2016 Best Small Festival 2010 & 2011, Best Toilets 2015!

  • "It's unlike any other festival. One of the highlights of summer!"  - The Charlatans

  • "Kendal Calling is the best small festival in anywhere and everywhere!"  - Seasick Steve

  • "Amazing setting, lovely people, great mix of music & a real ale tent right next to where I was DJing!"  - Mr Scruff

  • "It's like Glastonbury at its best!! Happy beautiful people from the north. Long live Kendal Calling!"  - Doves

  • "Run to the hills for this small, family-friendly indie-dance festival. Small but beautifully formed"  - The Independent

  • "Kendal Calling is loved as much for its breathtaking setting in rolling green fields as for its top-notch lineup"  - Sunday Times

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious” – Einstein

Launched in 2015, Lost Eden is an immersive arena for arts and culture set within stunning woodland on the Kendal Calling site. Inspired by the folklore of the Eden Valley, Cumbria, the space features multiple stages, intriguing installations and walkabout performances. There is a focus on night-time sculpture and light art installations in the area, which comes alive after 8pm.

Over the last two years, Lost Eden has commissioned a variety of brand new artworks, including Bird Hive VR to the Mechanical Heart by Felicity Jones and the Umbrella Tree by Tim Hill and Dave Young (Rag and Bone).

In 2017, nine commissions will be offered. Lost Eden at Kendal Calling is produced in partnership with Walk the Plank.

Want to see your commission at Kendal 2017? Apply today here.

Download the Lost Eden Commissioning Brief and Guidelines here: Lost Eden Call for Commissions 2017

Application Deadline – 3rd April 2017.

Art & CulturE 

Chapter 2

In 2015 the bizarre imprints of the Carvetti culture were numerous: a van carved with trees, an avenue of sound-emitting streetlamps, a fiery garden and a towering, swirling orb, to name but a few In 2016, the Carvetti people, an Iron Age civilisation thought to be lost to the World, were astonishingly found alive. They called the woods at Kendal Calling ‘Lost Eden’ their home. To celebrate this momentous anthropological discovery, 25,000 revellers joined them in a joyous riot of light and sound.

The Carvetti grew and flourished joining forces with the artists, animals and insects of Lost Eden to make the woods even more spectacular.


Celebrating art at the core of their principles; they invite you to experience their full 2017 offering of marvels and magic.

Lost Eden is supported by the Northern Festivals Network, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and produced in partnership with outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank.

explore Stages within Lost Eden

If you dare to journey through this rabbit hole, you must prepare to be taken on a journey from a state of nature to a tribal metropolis. Kendal Callers are cordially invited to co-author the story of the Carvetti, the lost inhabitants of the Eden Valley, through costumed parades, spontaneous gatherings, workshops and encounters with newly commissioned installation art. Lost Eden at Kendal Calling is supported by the Arts Council England and curated with outdoor arts experts and NPO Walk the Plank.

There’s more to Kendal Calling than just the music, why not check out some of our suggestions below!