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

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

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

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

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

  • "Small, perfectly formed and serving up a wealth of old-fashioned hospitality"  - The Telegraph

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

  • "One of the UK’s most picturesque festivals..."  - The Guardian

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

  • "Beautifully brilliant... one to remember"  - Manchester Evening News

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

Kendal Calling goes Jurassic: Fancy Dress Guide

If you’ve joined us in the fields before, you’ll know that every year Kendal Calling takes on a weird and wonderful theme, and each bringing with it a fancy-dress extravaganza and parade that never fails to impress!

Over the years the festival has been transformed into many alternate worlds — from the ‘Carnival of Colour’ in 2016, and ‘Into the Wild’ in 2017 where we all unleashed our inner beast, followed by last year’s ‘Into The Future’ theme which saw the park and its inhabitants hurtle headfirst through space and time to discover infinite versions of the unknown. This year, we’ve swapped our deer for dinosaurs as Kendal Calling goes Jurassic for a weekend packed with prehistoric fun, and with it comes the opportunity to dig out your best costume and get ready for a roar-some weekend in the fields.

But if you’re struggling to velocirap-your head around what to wear, we’ve put together some ideas for how you can dress for the prehistoric party and our infamous parade across the fields of the Jurassic Dinosaur Park! Check out the Kendal Calling Guide to JurasSICK Fancy Dress for plenty of tips and tricks ahead of the big weekend!

Go BIG or go home

When it comes to fancy dress, here at KC HQ, we reckon that effort matters. Whether you’ve gone all-out with an inflatable t-rex number, or stopped brushing your hair to achieve the perfect caveman ‘do, the devil is in the detail so don’t be a dino-snore; com-et (ouch) to the theme and leave those inhibitions at home!

Why not check out some of these hassle-free costumes you can pick up on the high street or online now HERE

Film inspiration: Jurassic Park, The Flintstones, Ice Age, Early Man, The Croods, The Land Before Time


You don’t have to spend a fortune

We know not everyone has a giganotosaurus budget, so if like us you’d rather spend that hard-earned cash on a pint of Cumbria’s finest ale at our Real Ale Tent, than on a quirky costume then here’s a few DIY ideas that you can do with your little explorers that’ll have you and the family looking pter-rific without breaking the bank! Prepare to get crafty…

Be thrifty; your recycling bin is your new best friend when it comes to building a dino costume on a budget. Check out these funky cardboard T-rex heads for a fun and wallet-friendly way to level up your fancy dress game!



Have a pre-KC crafting party and breathe some new life into an old t-shirt – it’s a costume even the miniest of Kendal Callers can create!


Get creative, think outside the box!

Don’t forget, the theme is Kendal Calling Goes Jurassic, so you don’t just have to be a dinosaur (though we do love a good dino outfit)! Why not flash back to the age of the caveman and take inspiration from The Flintstones below? Or scour the site for fossils as a Palaeontologist or Explorer? Don’t forget to join us for a stomp across the fields in your best jurassic clobber in our Prehistoric Parade at 2PM on Saturday afternoon!


We look forward to seeing all your costumes!

See you in the Jurassic fields!

Andy, Ben and the KC Team x

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