The dates for Kendal Calling 2015 will be 30th July – 2nd August
|Full Adult Weekend (Presale)||£119 (SOLD OUT)|
|Full Adult Weekend (Second Release)||£125 (ONSALE SOON)|
|Child 5 & Under||£FREE|
|11- 15 yrs ticket||£60|
|Emperors Fields Adult||£30|
|Emperors Fields 11-15yr||£30|
|Emperors Fields 6-10||£FREE|
|Emperors Fields 5 & under||£FREE|
|Thursday 5 & under||£FREE|
|Live in vehicle||£60|
Deer Lodge Boutique Camping
Affordable luxury camping with Bell Tents, Tipis and Yurts. Click HERE to see the accommodation on offer.
NOTE: Please direct any ticket related questions to the ticket company you purchased your tickets from on the below numbers.
Ticketline 0844 888 9991
Ticketmaster 0844 499 9999
See Tickets 0871 220 0260
Skiddle 0843 289 3333
Ticket Arena 0845 004 4405
Ticket type information:
Full Adult Weekend Ticket:
- For anyone aged 16 and older.
- Includes access to Wolf Woods, Great Holme, The Shire, Quiet and Family areas of general camping.
Child 11-15 years:
- Age 11 to 15 weekend tickets must be accompanied by a ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 30.
- All teens (aged 11 to 15) MUST camp in the same area as their families.
- Teen ticket holders (Age 11-15) are not allowed in the arena field unaccompanied after 10pm.
- ID will be checked at the gate and entry will be refused to those not accompanied by an adult aged 30 or older.
- Includes access to Wolf Woods, Great Holme, The Shire, Quiet and Family areas of general camping.
Child 6-10 years and under:
- There are a limited amount of tickets for children up to and including the age of 10 to attend free of charge but their parent or guardian must obtain a ticket for them and accompany them at all times. After which, children 6-10 will have to obtain at ticket with a face value of £15. This is to help improve the offering for children at Kendal Calling 2015.
- Includes access to Wolf Woods, Great Holme, The Shire, Quiet and Family areas of general camping.
Child 5 & Under:
- There are a limited amount of tickets for children up to and including the age of 5 to attend free of charge but their parent or guardian must obtain a ticket for them and accompany them at all times.
- Includes access to Wolf Woods, Great Holme, The Shire, Quiet and Family areas of general camping.
NOTE: By purchasing a Child (age 6-10 or 5 & under) ticket or a teen (age 11-15) ticket you are confirming that you are either the parent or legal guardian of the teen or child for whom you are purchasing.
Thursday entry (in conjunction with a Weekend Ticket):
- We will be opening up the campsite a day early for all you keen festival goers!
- Children aged 6-10 or 5 & under come in free but must be in possession of a free ‘Thursday entry child’ ticket.
- Car parking tickets allow parking on Thursday.
- Emperors Fields camping requires an additional ticket to the full weekend ticket.
- What’s included: Parking field adjacent to camping, separate arena entrance, free hot showers, compost toilets, extra camping space, a quieter atmosphere after dark, dedicated caterers, free parking.
- Emperors Fields is a two minute walk from the arena
- There is no access to Emperors fields for non emperors ticket holders
- Emperors Fields has a limited capacity and has sold out well in advance every year
- There are no live in vehicles allowed in Emperors Fields.
Live in vehicles:
- All Campervans, caravans, vans & trailer tents require a live in vehicle pass.
- Live in vehicles requires an additional ticket to the full weekend ticket.
- The live in vehicle field is located separately from the general and Emperors Fields campsites.
- Each ticket includes a pitch of 7m x 7m maximum.
- All vehicles, cars and tents associated with each ticket must fit within that area.
- There are no restrictions on friends with standard tickets visiting you in the live in vehicle field but they cannot camp.
- Live in vehicle filed is located adjacent to the main campsite and approx 5 minutes walk from the arena.
- Whats included: pitch, compost toilets, water point, chemical disposal point.
- One pass required per vehicle.
- Includes Thursday to Monday parking.
- Cheaper if purchased in advance.
- £8 in advance / £10 on the day. Available HERE
Monthly Payment plan:
- This spreads the cost of your tickets over a number of months, dependant on when you purchase them.
- Once you’ve signed up to this an automatic payment is taken by Ticketline each month.
- Booking fees are charged with the first payment.
- Please note that the Face Value price of the tickets listed is only the initial payment and not the total amount you will be paying.
- We are only able to accept Mastercard or Visa for the payment plan and NOT Maestro, AMEX or Solo cards due to current regulations in force.
- All tickets are non transferable except by authorised agents
- In reaction to the secondary ticketing markets, that we believe fundamentally exploits customers, we have joined up to the Ticket Trust to allow customers to securely exchange tickets at face value.
- The Ticket Trust is the only platform authorised by Kendal Calling and the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) where ticket holders can re-sell their tickets.
As a gesture of goodwill and by way of thanks for continued support we will again be offering local residents tickets.
All residents qualifying for the local ticket offer will be sent a letter ahead of the festival that contains instructions on how to apply for their tickets.
If you have any queries please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DO I GET MY TICKETS?
Head over to our ticket page HERE
WILL YOU BE DOING ANY DAY TICKETS THIS YEAR?
HOW MUCH ARE WEEKEND TICKETS?
Full prices for all tickets are available on the information page under the ticketing section.
TICKETS HAVE NOT ARRIVED YET, WHAT DO I DO?
With queries relating to your tickets please contact the ticket agency you purchased them from. There is a list of phone numbers towards the top of this page.
DOES THE WEEKEND PASS INCLUDE THURSDAY NIGHT?
Unfortunately not. You need to purchase a separate ticket for the Thursday night at the price of £15 for a whole extra night of partying in the fields with your friends. Weekend tickets include Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
Thursday tickets are still available HERE
HOW MANY LIVE-IN TICKETS DO I NEED?
One ticket is required per vehicle and it’s up to you how many people you fit into your abode. A full weekend camping ticket is also required for each person coming to the event.
MY CHILD IS 10 AT TIME OF TICKET PURCHASE BUT 11 AT THE TIME OF THE FESTIVAL, WHICH TICKET DOES HE/SHE NEED?
The child will need an 11-15 ticket. The ticket age bracket is based on the age of child at the time of the festival, NOT when purchasing tickets.
OPENING TIMES / ENTRY
The festival site opens for camping at 9am on Thursday 3oth July (for Thursday Camping ticket holders only).
9am – 11pm
Friday – Sunday
9am – 11pm
Entry will no be allowed outside of these times so please plan your journey accordingly.
Entry to the festival is by advance ticket purchase only. No tickets will be available on the gates. Please see the ticket section on this website for full details of ticket types and where you can purchase them.
Age 11 to 15 Weekend Tickets must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 30.
Also, all teens (aged 11 to 15) MUST camp in the same area as their families.
Teen Ticket holders (Age 11-15) are not allowed in the arena unaccompanied after 10pm.
ID will be checked at the gate and entry will be refused to those not accompanied by an adult aged 30 or older.
There are limited free tickets for children up to and including the age of 5 but you must obtain a ticket for them and you must accompany them at all times.
By purchasing a Child (age 6-10 & 5 & under) Ticket or a Teen (age 11-15) Ticket you are confirming that you are either the parent or legal guardian of the teen or child for whom you are purchasing.
Alcohol is allowed into the campsite. We ask that each person brings only a reasonable amount for themselves to enjoy (note – no glass bottles).
Glass is not permitted on site.
No private sound-systems or generators will be allowed onto site (that’s requested by the council in order to keep our licence).
Alcohol is not allowed to be taken into the arena. We apologise to those who think this is unfair however the festival is subsidised by the profits made from the bar and without it we simply would not be able to bring you all the great acts and entertainment on offer without drastically increasing the ticket price (which we don’t want to do!).
Security and stewards are on site to assure you have a safe weekend of fun and frolics.
DSLR cameras are permitted on site for personal use. Any press related photographers should contact our press team in advance of the event.
Here is an easy guide to what you can and can’t bring into the fields!
|Alcohol (No glass)|
|Animals (Except Assistance Dogs)|
|Audio/Visual recording Equipment|
|Children under 16 (unsupervised)|
|Bottles of perfume / aftershave|
|Gas stoves (Single Burner)|
✔ 150ml canisters
|Knives for cooking|
|Small Hammers (pitching tents)|
✔ (sealed plastic bottles only)
|Drugs including legal highs|
|Liquid fuels (solid firelighters allowed)|
Open Times/ Entry FAQ
WHAT TIME DOES THE CAMPSITE OPEN?
The campsite is open to all ticket holders at 9am on Friday 31st July. For those who have a Thursday ticket the campsite will be open from 9am on the Thursday 3oth July.
WHAT IS THE LAST TIME WE CAN ARRIVE BY?
Our box offices close at 11pm
WHAT TIME CAN I STAY AT THE FESTIVAL UNTIL?
The campsite will close at 2pm on Monday 3rd August.
WILL THERE BE SEARCHES ON ENTRY?
As part of our license agreement our security team undertake targeted searches of people they may suspect to have weapons, stolen items or controlled substances.
This is done for the safety and protection of all. Searches are done as in-obtrusively as possible and only with due cause.
WHAT ID DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept Driving licenses, provisional or full, Passports and Citizenship cards as forms of ID.
CAN WE HAVE A PASS OUT FROM THE FESTIVAL IF WE NEEDED TO GO OFF SITE OVER THE WEEKEND?
I’m sorry but as with most festivals we operate a no pass out system. Please bring everything you need for the weekend. You have a General Store selling essentials, a cash machine onsite, and plenty of food traders and bars so you will never go hungry or thirsty!
KENDAL CALLING IS HELD AT:
Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe (nr Penrith), Cumbria, CA10 3DY
BY VIRGIN TRAINS
Listen, we know it might be tempting but DON’T drive this year… the Deers at Lowther Park would much prefer you didn’t and Virgin Trains are on board as the official travel partner to give you, yes you, a whopping 25% discount off your Virgin Trains Advance Fare ticket (along with a few exciting surprises along the way). Psssst don’t forget: the 25% discount only applies to the Virgin Trains element of the journey.
PENRITH STATION 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!
FROM LONDON (VIRGIN TRAINS) EUSTON TO PENRITH NORTH LAKES– 3 HOURS, TRAINS LEAVE EVERY 30 MINS
FROM BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET (VIRGIN TRAINS) TO PENRITH NORTH LAKES – 2 HOURS 31 MINUTES, TRAINS LEAVE EVERY HOUR
GLASGOW/EDINBURGH (VIRGIN TRAINS) TO PENRITH NORTH LAKES – 1 HOUR 21 MINUTES (GLASGOW) 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES (EDINBURGH), TRAINS LEAVE EVERY HOUR
MANCHESTER & NORTH WEST (VIRGIN TRAINS) TO PENRITH NORTH LAKES – REGULAR TRAINS AVAILABLE
The short journey between Penrith Railway station and Lowther Estate Office is of approximately 5 .5 miles, and typically costs in the region of £14.25 in a Hackney Carriage. Additional luggage at 50p per piece and additional passengers (in excess of two) at 50p per person.
If this was after 11.00pm it would be more expensive. Also if the driver gets stuck in traffic, waiting time beyond three minutes automatically adds to the fare on the meter.
Private hire operators are different as they do not have meters and do not have to follow a tariff – customers may only pre-book a private hire journey. A list of Private Hire operators can be found here (xls).
LIFE’S A JOURNEY – SHARE IT!
Why not consider car sharing to Kendal Calling this year?
With the average 100 mile car journey leading to over 20 kg of CO2 being produced, goCarShare has the potential to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint considerably. It’s a great way to save money if you are driving and, as it is built around Facebook, you can see if your friends are going, find like-minded people to travel with, and check people out before agreeing to share. ‘By travelling in a full car, festival-goers carbon emissions become comparable to taking the train…… so it can make a real difference.’ (Source: DEFRA Report)
So if you’re driving, or need a lift, click add a journey below!
Okay so if you really must drive there will be plenty of signs for the festival from all directions.
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 R 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 L 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. (Yes, we’re aware it’s closer to Penrith than Kendal..!).
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.
Virgin Trains from London Euston to Penrith North Lakes– 3 hours
Virgin Trains from Birmingham New Street to Penrith North Lakes – 2 hours 31 minutes, trains leave every hour
Virgin Trains from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Penrith North Lakes – 1 hour 21 minutes/1 hour 30 minutes, trains leave every hour
Virgin Trains from Preston to Penrith North Lakes – 48 minutes
Our car park is adjacent to the campsite, however the later you arrive the further away you will have to park! To encourage people to share vehicles and reduce the impact of cars on the Deer Park we have a small charge for parking. Each vehicle will need a £8 advance parking ticket or £10 on the day parking ticket which can be purchased on entry to the site car park. Once parked you will not be able to leave the car park and return. We have a pick-up and drop off point for those people only giving someone a lift – please follow the pick up and drop off road signs.
Tickets are available HERE
NEARBY PLACES OF INTEREST
The Lake District is home to some of England’s finest scenery and a fine place for those of us with a more active persona. If you fancy making more of your trip to Kendal Calling then we say Go Lakes is well worth the visit.
HOW DO I GET BACK AND FORTH TO THE FESTIVAL?
There are numerous methods including trains to Penrith and then our shuttle bus. Check the travel section of the information page.
WILL IT COST ME TO PARK AT KENDAL CALLING?
To encourage people to share vehicles and reduce the impact of cars on the Deer Park we have a small charge for parking. Each vehicle will need a £8 parking ticket which can be purchased on entry to the site car park. Parking will be £10 on the door. Tickets are available HERE
I HAVE A LIVE IN VEHICLE PASS, DO I NEED A CAR PARK PASS TOO?
No, you only need to purchase a live in vehicle pass for this unless you are bringing additional vehicles.
WHERE IS KENDAL CALLING?
Kendal Calling is held at: Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, CA10 2DY. The home of Kendal Calling is 25 minutes north of Kendal up the M6 and South down the A6 from Penrith. (yes, we know it’s closer to Penrith than Kendal ;)
CAN WE PARK OUR CAR NEXT TO OUR TENT?
Unfortunately not, we need all the room for your fellow festival goers. You will need to park your car and carry your camping gear to your pitch – don’t worry though, its not far to walk.
In a nutshell Kendal Calling has 4 campsite areas adjacent to the arena:
- Traditional festival camping – consisting of Wolf Woods (closest to the area so loudest & latests), Great Holme & The Shire (general camping), Quiet camp (keep the noise down after the main stage headliners) & Family camping (as it says on the tin).
- Emperors Fields (For those after a few more comforts. This is a quiet area, ideal for families).
- Campervan field (this is a separate field for live-in vehicles)
- The Deer Lodge (affordable luxury camping with Bell Tents, Tipis and Yurts available for hire) click here for more info and to purchase.
- Club Class camping upgrade - Features luxury showers, toilets and pamper facilities. Tickets for full weekend unrestricted access are HERE and priced at £30.
- Wolf Woods, Great Holme, The Shire, Quiet & Family Camping sections are included within the standard weekend ticket price.
- Emperors Fields Camping requires an additional ticket at £35 per Adult or 11-15 and FREE for children 6-10 and 5 & under.
- The Deer Lodge accommodation must be booked in advance.
- Campervans, Caravans, sleep in vans and trailer tents must have a live-in vehicle ticket. All live-in vehicles will be in a separate field. Please note: this is not in Emperors Fields. Pitches are 7m x 7m maximum. If you are bringing a larger vehicle than the allocated space per pitch you will need an extra live-in vehicle pass.
- All additional camping tickets for Emperors Fields, The Deer Lodge and Live in vehicles are all now sold out.
- Please do not bring any gazebos with you – we just don’t have the space!
- For all campsites excluding Deer Lodge spaces are on a first come first serve basis.
On site facilities
- Cash machine
- Phone Charging
- General Store – Vitals such as milk, toothpaste, water, toilet roll
- Safe storage – Available on site at the Village Green to keep your valuables safe.
- Food – Various traders offering cuisine from around the world
- Drink – A wide selection of bars offering everything from real ales to cocktails
- Info tent – Open throughout the weekend in the Village Green
Respect the deer…
Kendal Calling takes place in a 1000 year old Deer Park. The park is home to a herd of Deer who were originally a present from the King (Edward? Henry? Harry? Answers on a postcard…) We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to host the event in such an outstanding natural setting however we need your help to assure that we can have a future on this site without affecting the Deer and wildlife who’s home it is the rest of the year. This ensures the future of the festival at such an amazing location.
So with that said, please adhere to these rules
NO GLASS of any kind is allowed in the Deer Park as smashed glass does not mix well with Deer and hoofs.
We ask you please DO NOT climb any trees. They are in the most part ancient and protected creatures!
The Lake District is a beautiful place. Green fields and untouched landscapes are what make it so breathtaking. It is not acceptable to litter and abandon possessions while you are in Lowther Deer Park. We all want to have a magical time in wonderful surroundings and that involves each person taking responsibility for their own mess.
We will be supplying many more bins within the arena and campsite this year and we are massively increasing the amount of people working to keep the site clean. Please work with them to keep the site clean… many hands make light work as they say.
Please be sure to take your tents with you at the end of the weekend. It’s a myth that they get collected by Charity, they don’t. It’s also worth remembering that every last piece of litter is hand picked form the site. Vandalism and littering are not the nature of our event and will not be tolerated, please help us spread this message to all revellers.
ARE CARAVANS / CAMPERVANS ALLOWED IN THE CAMPING FIELD?
There is separate field for campervans and caravans and an additional live-in vehicle ticket is needed for each vehicle.
CAN MY FRIENDS PITCH A TENT NEXT TO MY VEHICLE IN THE LIVE-IN VEHICLE FIELD?
Yes, as long as you do not exceed you pitch of 7x7m.
WHAT IS IN THE LIVE-IN VEHICLE FIELD?
7 metre x 7 metre pitch, compost toilets, water point, chemical disposal point and some lovely food outlets.
WHAT DOES THE EMPERORS FIELD TICKETS ENTITLE US TO?
Parking field adjacent to camping, separate arena entrance, free hot showers, compost toilets, extra camping space, a quieter atmosphere after dark, dedicated caterers, free parking.
CAN I VISIT FRIENDS IN EMPERORS FIELDS WITH MY GENERAL CAMPING TICKET?
Afraid not but they can come and visit you in general camping.
HOW FAR ARE ALL THE CAMPING SITES FROM THE AREA?
All campsites surround the arena and are no more then 5 minutes walk, we built it that way as we like things small and cosy.
ARE THERE SHOWERS IN THE GENERAL CAMPSITE?
We have teamed up with Club Class events to offer a luxury camping upgrade ticket that includes showers, luxury toilets in the campsite and a pamper area. Simply head HERE for more details and to purchase the upgrade.
CAN I BRING A GAZEBO?
Please don’t bring a gazebo as you will be taking up space from your fellow festival goers
IS THERE FREE WATER IN THE CAMPING FIELDS?
Yes, and water bottles are available in the main arena.
CAN YOU A BBQ ON SITE?
No fires are not allowed. BBQ’s can be used in the fire lanes.
CAN WE BRING CAMPING STOVES?
CAN WE HAVE CAMPFIRES?
Campfires are prohibited by license but we will have a nice campfire in the Village Green for everyone to gather round.
WE REQUEST THAT ACCESS FORMS ARE SUBMITTED BY FRIDAY 19TH JUNE TO ASSIST WITH PLANNING.
Kendal Calling work closely with Attitude is Everything to provide an event site which is accessible.
CONTACT DETAILS FOR ALL ACCESS ENQUIRIES:
If you would like more information on the access facilities at the event or to get in touch please email email@example.com or write to us at: Kendal Calling Access, Office 102, 111 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2HX.
ALTERNATIVE FORMATS AVAILABLE:
We also have alternative formats of the access information available upon request. Please contact us if you require this info in an alternative format.
ACCESS AROUND THE SITE:
The festival is held at the Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria. The land is ancient woodland and farm land. The ground is grass and some are uneven. 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.
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 us once you have purchased a ticket.
2 FOR 1 TICKETS FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANTS
We provide a 2:1 ticket scheme for individuals who would be unable to attend our events without bringing a personal assistant. Once you have brought a full price ticket, please fill in the access requirement form and provide us with a form of evidence as listed on the form in order to receive your personal assistant ticket.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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 us with planning by letting us 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. This service is not stewarded.
Near to the Accessible Campsite there are village services (bar, concessions, information point and welfare).
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.
We 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 warning immediately before a period of strobe lighting.
There will be a First Aid tent located in the Main Arena. This will be visible within the Main Arena. There will also be Medics and First Aiders on patrol around the event. If you require more information, please get in touch.
WHICH BRANDS OF LAGER, CIDER AND WINE ARE AVAILABLE?
We have a great selection with everything from real ales to cocktails across various bars around the site.
Kendal Calling’s real ale festival features lots of different ale’s from breweries in the Lake District and even our own ale – Kendale!
IS THERE A LIMIT ON THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL I CAN BRING?
We allow weekend campers to bring a reasonable amount of alcohol onto the campsite (enough for one person to consume).
CAN WE TAKE ALCOHOL INTO THE ARENA?
Alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the arena as we have arranged some awesome bars for you to drink from. Plus it keeps ticket prices low.
WHAT ARE THE BAR PRICES?
Bar prices haven’t been confirmed for 2015, but as always we try to keep the bar prices in line with other festivals and offer our festival-goers good value.
WILL THERE BE A CASH MACHINE ON SITE?
We’re happy to say we have ATM cash machines on site. We’d still recommend bringing enough money for the weekend though as even a few minutes wasted queuing for cash is a few minutes wasted from a blinding weekend.
WILL THERE BE SOMEWHERE I CAN BUY VITALS LIKE MILK AND TOILET ROLL?
Our General Store in the campsite Village Green will stock all the sorts of festival vitals that we’ve learnt you can’t do without.
WILL THERE BE COMPOST TOILETS?
Yes we’re pleased to welcome back Poo-topia who will be returning with more of their eco-friendly compost toilets.
CAN I CHARGE MY MOBILE?
You sure can we have a phone charging station on site.
WILL THERE BE LOCKERS?
Yep plenty of them to keep your valuable safe, located in the Village Green
CAN I BRING MY OWN SOUND SYSTEM INTO KENDAL CALLING?
It is a condition of us gaining our licence no private sound-systems or generators will be allowed onto the festival site.
ARE THERE ANY MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED?
The full line up for 2014 is has now ben announced and you can view it on our line up page.
WHAT TIME DO THE HEADLINERS FINISH?
Our mains stage closes at 11pm, at which point we have lots of late night venues to explore until 3am
WHATS YOUR DRUG POLICY?
The festival operates a zero-tolerance policy to drugs. The laws of the land are as relevant within the festival field as anywhere else.
IS IT SAFE FOR KIDS?
The festival is a safe and family friendly festival. We have a dedicated kids area with everything from mothers and babies tent to workshops for teens and all ages. As part of the standard ticket we have a dedicated Family Campsite. As well as that we recommend the Emperors Fields campsite to families as it is smaller in size and has all the facilities in one place. However we must remind all that kids remain the responsibility of their parents & guardians and not the festival.
DO YOU RECYCLE THE RUBBISH?
We employ litter picking contractors who work to recycle the most they can from the waste coming from site. Please help us be greener by reducing the waste you create. Think about bringing less packaging and non essentials with you when you pack for the weekend.
WHAT IF I LOSE SOMETHING?
The info point is the place to report any lost property. Overnight (9pm to 9am) it’s looked after by the campsite manager who’s office is also in the Village Green.
CAN I BRING MY DSLR CAMERA?
You sure can, get snapping and send us any classic pics you take! If you are taking photos for press related please contact our PR team in advance.
CAN I BRING A DOG?
Due to our licence Dogs are not allowed at the event except guide dogs.
Gearing up for Kendal Calling 2014
DO YOU HAVE A KENDAL CALLING PLAY-LIST?
We have an official Spotify application with playlist from previous years HERE
WHERE CAN I WATCH PREVIOUS VIDEOS FROM KENDAL CALLING?
Head over to the media page, HERE
CAN I BUY KENDAL CALLING MERCHANDISE?
You sure can head over to our online shop for lots of Kendal Calling goodies HERE
IS THERE ANY ROOM ON THE BILL LEFT FOR MUSICAL ARTISTS?
Applications for 2015 will be open soon! Applications can be found on the ‘Contact Us’ page.
WHAT ABOUT PERFORMANCE ARTISTS AND ART INSTILLATION IDEAS?
We’d love to hear from you for next year – applications for 2015 will be open soon! Applications can be found on the ‘Contact Us’ page.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT KENDAL CALLING ANNOUNCEMENTS?
Visit the news section on the website
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Kendal Calling was born from a group of music lovers who felt the fabulous fields of the Lake District could be put to better use. When summer came, it was time to take to the fields for a shindig that would grow so big the whole country would hear it calling!
So, back in 2006, a group of music nuts kicked off a two-day party at the glorious Abbot Hall Park in Kendal. By hook and by crook, they landed festival giants Pendulum and Kendal-born British Sea Power, making the glorious rolling countryside rock with images fighting robots, flying plastic owls and more! Everything was set in place for Kendal Calling to make its first tentative steps into the wild, wonderful world of festivaldom.
It was clear that things were going to have to get bigger and in 2007, the capacity doubled at the super, smashing Grate Farm. Dance pioneer Grooverider appeared alongside Dirty Pretty Things, Wild Beasts and excellent local musicians made sure everyone was talking about the North’s newest and finest festival.
By the time 2008 rolled around, things got wet ‘n’ wild and 4,000 people showed up, building sculptures from mud and going crazy to Dizzee Rascal, DJ Yoda, Super Furry Animals, Scratch Perverts and a host of other artists! Yoda christened the Dance Tent “better than Glastonbury” and it was clear that things were getting too big for Grate Farm.
Come 2009, Lowther Deer Park became the new home. It was an ideal spot for party animals, considering it was once a wildlife theme park. Surrounded by 2,000 trees and Henry VIII’s deer, Mumford & Sons, The Streets, Ash and Zutons saw Cumbria’s hills bouncing to outrageously good tunes while revellers threw themselves down a ski slope with 80 tonnes of snow. Things aren’t done by halves at Kendal Calling. 2009 was also the year that the legendary Cumbrian Olympics was born, where only the funniest survive.
When 2010 strolled in, Lowther Deer Park went crazy with fancy dress, the arrival of Glastonbury veterans Croissant Neuf and the marvellous Real Ale Festival. On stage, Doves, Calvin Harris, Erol Alkan, Stereo MCs and Badly Drawn Boy and many more furthered KC’s reputation for brilliant, eclectic line-ups, which helped to land the prestigious Best Small Festival at UK Festival Awards.
In 2011, Kendal Callers were treated to the festival’s biggest star yet, when Blondie took to the main stage. Selling out in record time, KC managed to grab a nice award for Live UKs Best Small Festival. Not only that, everyone broke a World Record for the World’s largest mint cake. No biggie. As ever, the music was top notch, with Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cribs, House of Pain and Frank Turner sending everyone bananas.
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! To top off a great year, Kendal Calling won ’Best Medium Festival’ at the UK Festival awards.
Kendal Calling 2014 was a show of intergalactic proportions! We celebrated 20 yrs of Britpop with pioneers Suede topping the bill on Friday night, KC favourite Frank Turner along with his band the Sleeping Souls returned and headlined the Saturday night, and Example brought the festival to an explosive finale! Kendal Calling Goes Beyond The Stars was the theme and the party most certainly was out of this world! 2ManyDJs headlined the Glow tent (and hit the decks in a shed at a secret show in the Woodlands!), DJ Yoda took the roof off the Soul On Wheels roller disco, Luna 9 landed in the fields with a mysterious set from DJ Stormtrooper, there was table dancing in Tim Peaks, mud fights, intergalactic Cumbrian Games, bubbles, the return of the Garden of Eden, dance-offs, moonwalk record attempts, Virgin Galactic space travel talks, cult movies with Flash Gordon, and so much more!
Craig Charles swapped Corrie for Cumbria, and arrived in rock ‘n’ roll style by Helicopter for his funk & soul club on Thursday night. We fought for our right to party on Sunday night with the AMAZING tribute to Beastie Boys in Chai Wallah with the 3-mix feat. DJ Food, DJ Cheeba, and DJ Moneyshot. Calling Out was bursting at the seams with an abundance of new music with Augustines ending their triumphant headline set with an acoustic encore in the middle of the crowd. Madchester legends Happy Mondays, Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene and Newton Faulkner all evoked mass sing-alongs in front of the main stage as nothing could dampen the spirits of 2014′s crowd…they were beyond superb! We literally cannot wait until 2015 which will be our 10th year celebration!
The future is unwritten…
Away from the fields, Kendal Calling’s commitment to supporting the local community and charities continues to go from strength to strength. Since 2010 the festival has raised over £55,000 for charities close to our hearts. In 2013 a whopping total of £19,798 was raised – and we hope to double this in 2014! Read on to see where the money goes.
Alder Hey Children’s Charity supports Alder Hey Children’s Hospital which sees over 270,000 young patients and their families every year.They have just launched a £30m fundraising appeal to make the new Alder Hey in the Park the best it can be and we really need your help so we can provide life-saving medical equipment, arts and play activities and funding for vital research. Funds raised are used to buy equipment and services that otherwise simply wouldn’t be available. From the thousands of crayons they give out to entertain young patients to amazing lifesaving equipment and ground-breaking research studies, the money donated to Alder Hey makes a remarkable difference. http://www.alderheycharity.com
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. As well as campaigning for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research. ‘Thanks to the continued support of Kendal Calling, Guide Dogs will be able to help more blind and partially sighted people across the UK, ensuring that when someone loses their sight, they don’t lose their freedom too. The money donated by Kendal Calling will change the lives of people like teenager Amy who was paired with Guide Dog Connie. Amy’s mum Sarah said “Connie has made such a difference to Amy’s life. Thanks to Connie, Amy is much more confident. She can go out shopping on her own and out with friends she doesn’t have to rely on anyone holding her hand anymore.” – Guide Dogs for The Blind www.guidedogs.org.uk
Hospice at Home
Hospice at Home is an integral component of community adult palliative care bringing the skills, ethos and practical care associated with the Hospice movement into the home environment, and putting the patient and those who matter to them at the centre of the care. Hospice at Home provides services to enable adult patients with advanced illness to be cared for at home, and to die at home if that is their preference. Care may be provided to prevent admission to, or facilitate discharge from inpatient care for crisis management or for longer periods of care. The funds raised at Kendal Calling for Hospice at Home via Sunflower Awareness raised a fantastic £3748.26!!! Charity fundraiser Julie Blundell said “These funds will provide almost a month of overnight care on a one to one basis with a registered nurse for a patient who at the end of life chooses to remain at home.” www.hospiceathome.org.uk/welcome
The Penrith Lions are a purely volunteer led organisation that help local families in distress, take senior citizens on outings and to concerts, provide opportunities for young people to better themselves. This year’s projects included financial help for young mothers group in Penrith, sponsorship of local youth football club and putting on the seniors Christmas concert. They are deeply involved with Eden District Talking Newspaper which provides a weekly tape for 120 blind or partially sighted people. By donating to their Welfare Fund it enables them to continue our support to the various groups, organisations and individuals who are in need of assistance. Then 2012′s donation helped to get project Message in a Wallet off the ground. This helps to aid emergency services in the event of an accident. Peter Goodwin from the Penrith Lions, says… “Our Motto is ‘We Serve’, one of the prime objectives of this service is: ‘To take an active role in the Civic, Cultural, Social and Moral Welfare of the community we live in’ Kendal Calling’s generous donation enables us to reach these targets and on behalf all organisations, clubs and individuals both young and not so young who will benefit from this generosity, we offer a big ‘Thank You’ and wish you all every success for the future.” Julie Cotton and Jess Webb from the Kendal Calling team handing over a cheque to The Lions. http://www.penrithlions105bn.co.uk
North West Air Ambulance
Established in 1999 the North West Air Ambulance charity flies life saving missions throughout the North West region from its operational bases at Blackpool Airport and City Airport, Manchester. Flying seven days a week, 365 days a year the vital life saving service covers 5,500 square miles and a population of around eight million people, yet receive almost no central government or lottery funding. It costs in excess of £4 million per year to maintain both aircraft, the majority of which is generously donated by our supporters and members of the public. Zoe Casson, community fundraiser for Cumbria and North Lancashire said: “The charity relies solely on donations of this kind to keep us operational and save lives.” www.northwestairambulance.com
David Lynch Foundation
All proceeds raised from Tim Peaks diner from the sale of Tim Peaks coffee and Totes Amazeballs cereal go to The David Lynch Foundation. The David Lynch Foundation are dedicated to helping people of all ages from all walks of life in the UK and worldwide overcome stress, suffering, and hardship, and unfold the full potential of life. As the UK branch of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-based Education and World Peace (DLF UK), we use stress-reducing programmes that are scientifically proven to promote creativity, happiness, success, and peace. Our methodologies transform lives from within to create a more harmonious and peaceful world, especially focusing on groups who need it most, such as stressed teachers and students, the homeless, prisoners, and the many thousands of war veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). www.davidlynchfoundation.org.uk