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

  • "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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

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

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


At Kendal Calling, our team has been bustling away behind the scenes to keep our fields as clean and tidy as possible during and after the festival. We’re putting in some exciting sustainable initiatives for you to get involved with, to maintain a happy Deer Park when we make it our home for 4 days out of 365 (and a half!).

This year we will be:

  • Working with the Association of Independent Festivals to avoid single-use plastics across the festival – including plastic bottles, plastic cutlery, plastic plates etc.
  • Can-O-Water will be replacing single-use plastic water bottles across all our bars – whilst nothing is as environmentally friendly as reusable bottles, this is far better for the environment than plastic bottles.
  • We’re phasing out plastic bags across the festival, including black bin liners. We will be replacing black bin-liners with bio-degradable clear bin-liners and will be handing these out in campsites – so please take one!
  • Tim Peaks, the home of incredible Yorkshire tea and coffee, will have a cup return scheme.
  • United Utilities gave out 10,000 FREE reusable water bottles in 2019 which could be collected on site.
  • Food waste is being separated and composted.
  • We welcome Campsite Carers, distributing recycling bags across our campsites for a cleaner ethos to all

Please help us to be sustainable in the fields. Look after the Deer Park, take your tents home and stop the tent-graveyard!

See you in the (green) fields!

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