Kendal is easily reached by car from both Manchester and Liverpool Airport. There is a regular train service from Manchester Airport taking just an hour and a half.


Arriving by train is easy and a more environmentally friendly choice.

Oxenholme - The Lake District railway station is Kendal’s closest mainline train station. Once you’re there, hop on a quick connection to Kendal Station - and you’ll arrive right in the centre of town in just a few minutes. 


Kendal Bus Station is on Blackhall Road, right in the centre of town behind the Westmorland Shopping Centre. 

From here you can take buses into the Lake District – the 555 route stops in Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick. For more information take a look at South Lakeland Bus Timetables.

Scheduled coaches also travel to Kendal with only a short walk to where the event is being held, for more information take a look at National Bus Timetables.


Kendal is 15 minutes from Junction 36 on the M6 and 20 minutes from Junction 37. 

For parking options see Car Parking in Kendal and list of car parks in Kendal.

Kendal can be very busy during the Festival weekend and there is very limited parking available in the immediate vicinity of the Brewery Arts Centre and Town Hall (Highgate). Rather than setting your Sat Nav for the centre of town (and potentially getting stuck in traffic on Highgate or around the one way system) we recommend you point yourself towards a car park / location a little further away and enjoy a short stroll to the Festival. Please always be respectful when parking and remember that the success of the Festival relies on the goodwill of local residents.

Car Sharing

How about sharing the journey and make new buddies? See Liftshare for more information.

Car Rental

Co-wheels is the only independently-owned national car club, providing low emission, hybrid and electric cars on a pay-as-you-go basis for organisations and communities across the UK. Located in Kendal Oxenholme and Staveley. Info


Kendal has plenty of places to park your trusty stead - look out for bike racks all around town.

In addition to the cycle racks, there are 20 free to use secure bike boxes which can be used up to 24 hours at a time. These are located at:

Marks & Spencers car park – 5 boxes, own bike lock required

Westmorland Shopping Centre / Blackhall Yard – 5 boxes, own bike lock required

Better Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road – 10 boxes, keys available at the centre’s reception