• "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

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

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

30 July - 2 Aug 2020
Lowther Deer Park The Beautiful Lake District

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 10AM – 6:45PM Friday 8:00AM – 7:15PM

The Festival to Penrith

Monday 6AM – 1:15PM

ONSITE SHUTTLE BUS

For those that are camping in Deer Lodge, Great Plains and Tangerine Fields pre-pitched tents and arrive via the pick-up and drop off, there is a shuttle bus that runs from the red bus stop at the pick up and drop off to take you to those campsites.

The shuttle bus will run:

Thursday – Sunday: 9AM – 9PM Monday: 9AM – 1PM

COACHES

Weekend return coach travel to take you to the fields with ease are on sale now for 2020 with our travel partner Tuned In Travel HERE.

Please see below for locations and pick-up addresses which are weekend return coaches only, departing either Thursday 30th July or Friday 31st July and returning Monday 3rd August.

Pick Up Pick Up Address Postcode
Barrow Railway Station on Holker Street, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5QZ
Blackburn Preston Old Road, Outside the Beehive Inn BB2 5LP
Blackpool On the A5073 outside Blackpool South Railway Station,  FY4 2AB
Bolton 1 Thynne St, Bolton (Outside Machine Mart) BL3 6BD
Bradford Bradford Interchange Bus Station, Bridge Street,  BD1 1TU
Carlisle Warwick Road, Outside the Halston Hotel, CA1 1AB
Chester Coach Stop, Vicars Lane, Opposite Visitors Centre CH1 1QU
Dumfries Outside Dumfries Station, Station Rd, Dumfries  DG1 1LT
Edinburgh Outside the Travelodge, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BG
Glasgow Bus stop OUTSIDE Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow G2 3GF
Kendal Outside The Shakespeare, Highgate, Kendal  LA9 4HE
Keswick Penrith Road Bus Stop, Near the War Memorial CA12 4HF
Lancaster Station Road, Lancaster, LA1
Leeds Opposite KPMG Building, 2 Sovereign Street, LS1 4BJ
Liverpool Coach Bay, William Brown Street, outside Central Library,  L3 8EW
Manchester Layby opposite Yates, Chorlton Street, Manchester City Centre M1 3JF
Morecambe Central Drive Bus Stop, LA4  (Opposite Frankie & Bennys) LA4
Newcastle Outside Newcastle Chinese Christian Church, Bewick Street, Newcastle City Centre, NE1 5HX
Preston Butler Street, Preston (Outside the Railway Station) PR1 8HJ
Sunderland Outside Life of Riley, Green Terrace, Sunderland City Center, SR1 3PZ
Ulverston Ulverston Train Station LA12 0DP
Warrington Near The Kings Head, Winwick Street WA2 7TU
Whitehaven Homewood Rd, Whitehaven CA28 8JG (Outside West Cumberland Hospital) CA28 8JG
Workington Workington Train Station CA14 2XE

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 / Cumbria Taxi – 07738151078 / DD Taxis – 07533 530656 / Eden Taxis -01768 865432 / Roly’s Taxis – 07752 515505 / Village Taxis (have wheelchair access) – 07957 838097 / Penrith Taxis – 01768 899298

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. Kendal Calling are not affiliated with any taxi companies and the above companies are listed for information only.

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 if 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 KC20:

  • 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), Tangerine Fields pre-pitched tents (car park), Deer Lodge Boutique Camping turn left after the underpass following RED GATE FESTIVAL SIGNAGE

 

Travelling South to KC20:

  • 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), Tangerine Fields pre-pitched tents (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 2020 are available HERE. 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.

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.

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