• 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

  • "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

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

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

TRAVEL

KENDAL CALLING IS HELD AT:

Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe (nr Penrith), Cumbria, CA10 2DY

 

TRAINS

The nearest train station to the festival site is Penrith (also known as Penrith North Lakes) which is a 15 minute taxi journey from the site. A special shuttle bus service will run from the station to the festival. Virgin Trains operate super- fast direct hourly services from Scotland, Birmingham, and London, and from Manchester & North West (with a quick change at Preston or Crewe).

  • From Birmingham New Street to Penrith North Lakes (2 hours 31 minutes), trains leave every hour
  • From London Euston to Penrith North Lakes (3 hour), trains leave every 30 minutes
  • From Glasgow to Penrith North Lakes (1 hour 21 minutes), trains leave every hour
  • From Edinburgh to Penrith North Lakes (1 hour 30 minutes), trains leave every hour
  • From Lancaster to Penrith North Lakes (34 minutes)

PENRITH STATION – FESTIVAL SHUTTLE BUS

Kendal Calling is at Lowther Deer Park, so it’s just 15 minutes on the dedicated shuttle bus from Penrith Railway Station to the festival. Please note in peak times we advise you allow ample time for your journey. You can purchase tickets for the shuttle bus in advance on the ticket page of our website.

Penrith to the Festival

Thursday 10:00am – 6:45pm Friday 7:00am – 7:15pm

The Festival to Penrith

Monday 5:15am – 13:15pm

COACHES

Tuned in Travel are taking care of everything for those looking to avoid the hassle of making their own way here. Sit back, relax and travel with ease with our weekend return coach options from various locations in the country.  With large coaches being provided from all major cities, it’s super easy to book a seat for single travellers and small groups. For those travelling in larger groups of twelve to fifty people, there is also the option for private hire vehicles, chauffeuring you straight here.  

Barrow / Blackburn / Blackpool / Bolton / Bradford / Carlisle / Chester / Dumfries / Edinburgh / Glasgow / Kendal / Keswick / Lancaster / Leeds / Liverpool / Manchester /  Morecambe / Newcastle / Preston / Sunderland / Ulverston / Warrington / Whitehaven / Workington For more information and to book your travel, please visit Tuned In Travel HERE. If you can’t find a trip that suits your group or if your group has any accessibility requirements, contact customerservices@tunedintravel.com for a free quotation.

If you wish to purchase via Ticketline, you can find pick up information, prices and book via buy outright HERE or payment plan HERE

TAXIS

The short journey between Penrith Railway station and Lowther Estate Office is approximately 5 (and a bit) miles, and typically costs between £15 – £18 in a regular taxi. There may be additional charges for extra luggage, journeys after 11pm and any waiting time.

Local taxis: A1 Acclaim Taxis – 01768 866842 / Abacus Taxis – 07754 155939 / Abbey Taxis – 07789 023023 / Able & Station Taxis – 01768 211004 / Ace Taxis – 01768 890731 / Access Taxis – 01768 840629 / Blackline Taxis – 01768 865070 / Bluebell Taxis – 07594 311421 / DD Taxis – 07533 530656 / Roly’s Taxis – 07752 515505 / Village Taxis (have wheelchair access) – 07957 838097

Private hire operators are different as they don’t have meters and don’t necessarily have to follow a tariff – you can only pre-book private hire cabs too.

CAR SHARE

LIFE’S A JOURNEY – SHARE IT!

If you really want to motor to Kendal Calling, why not consider car sharing 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)

ACCOUNT FOR YOUR TRAVEL CARBON WITH THE ENERGY REVOLUTION!

Kendal Calling has co-founded an unprecedented festival industry initiative, which aims to account for audience travel. 63% of our festivals carbon footprint is audience travel. You can make a donation when you buy your tickets, 100% of which will be invested in renewable energy. Find out more HERE.

BY CAR

Okay, okay, so you’ve decided you really, really, really, (really), must drive this year, there will be plenty of signs for the festival from all directions.

If you pre-bought car parking please make sure your car park hanger is displayed from your rear view mirror. This is your vehicle ticket.

Travelling North to KC18:

  • Leave M6 at Jct. 39.           Signposted Shap/A6 – Turn SatNav OFF

  • Live in vehicles, Accessible, Pick up Drop Off/Taxi’s continue on A6 following GREEN GATE FESTIVAL SIGNAGE

OR 

  • General Admission (car park), Emperor’s Fields (car park), Great Plains (car park), Deer Lodge Boutique Camping turn left after the underpass following RED GATE FESTIVAL SIGNAGE

 

Travelling South to KC18:

  • Leave M6 at Jct.40. Signposted Penrith/A66 – Turn SatNav OFF
  • Follow A66E.          Signposted Brough/A66E
  • At the roundabout take the exit onto A6 South. Signposted Shap/A6
  • Live in vehicles, Accessible, Pick up Drop Off/Taxi’s turn right at the mini roundabout following GREEN GATE festival signage. Signposted Tirrell / B5320OR

  • General Admission (car park), Emperor’s Fields (car park), Great Plains (car park), Deer Lodge Boutique turn right at the mini roundabout following RED GATE festival signage. Signposted Tirrell / B5320

DRIVE TIMES

Manchester – 1 hour 30 mins (or just 48 mins with Virgin Trains from Preston)

Newcastle – 1 hour 30 mins Leeds – 2 hours Liverpool – 2 hours (or just 48 mins with Virgin Trains from Preston)

Edinburgh – 2 hours 25 mins (or just 1 hour 21 mins with Virgin Trains)

PARKING

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. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on entry to the site car park. Once parked, we encourage you not to leave the car park and return due to our traffic management plan in place, however if you need to you can request a pass out by emailing us. 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.

Car parking tickets for 2018 are available through the ticketing page. Please purchase these in advance where possible. This will assist your entry to site and be cheaper for you!

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!

TRAVEL FAQ

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 above.

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 parking ticket which can be purchased in advance or on entry to the site car park. Please note pay on the day car parking tickets will be more expensive than in advance.

Tickets for 2018 are available on the ticketing page.

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 of the room for your fellow festival goers. You will need to park your car in our car parks and carry your camping gear to your pitch – don’t worry though, its not too far to walk.