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To aid your planning, over many mugs of tea, we've put together answers to the questions we get asked most regularly. If there's something you feel we've missed please let us know

  • When is Kendal Mountain Festival?

    Kendal Mountain Festival takes place in November each year. In 2020 the Festival will take place from 19th - 22nd November.
    We also take the Festival on tour each spring, the 2020 tour takes on 40 dates from February to June 2020.

    Where is the Festival?

    Our November Festival takes place in Kendal, on the edge of the English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    We use a number of venues around the town to host events. The hub of the Festival is the Brewery Arts Centre, where you will find our Basecamp tented village, cinema screens and our box office. However it doesn’t only happen at the Brewery; the Festival extends throughout Kendal's cobbled lanes and yards. Venues include Kendal Town Hall, the Shakespeare Centre, Kendal Library, the Abbot Hall Social Club, and our largest venue - the 900-seat Leisure Centre.

    Our tour goes to 40 venues across the UK and Ireland from Inverness to Exeter. Browse all 2020 tour locations.

    How do I get to Kendal?

    Plane, train or automobile... view our 'Getting Here' page for full information. 

    What should I bring?

    November in Cumbria – it will be cold and it's likely to be wet. Whilst we are predominantly an indoor event, it will be necessary to walk between venues so please dress appropriately. Warm layers are encouraged but you can leave the ice axe, crampons and compass at home. 

    To limit the amount of single use cups used over the Festival weekend, we kindly ask you bring a reusable drinks container along. There are lots of taps on site where you can fill your bottles and cups.

    Are dogs allowed at the Festival?

    We're sorry to say dogs are not allowed in any of the main Festival venues or in the Festival tents at the Brewery Arts Centre.  Guide dogs, of course, are allowed.

    What time is the Basecamp Village and Shackleton Tent Open?

    In 2019, the Basecamp was open:
    Basecamp Village
    Friday 9am to 8pm
    Saturday 9am to 7.30pm   
    Sunday 9.30am to 5pm  

    Shackleton Tent
    Friday 9am to 10pm
    Saturday 9am to 10pm
    Sunday 9.30am to 5pm

    Can I store luggage?

    Luggage can be stored at Kendal Tourist Information Centre - Fantastic Kendal - which is located on Finkle Street, to contact Fantastic Kendal please call 01539 725139. 
    This initiative has been created by Kendal BID,
  • How do I buy tickets?

    Tickets for our 2020 UK Tour are now available and can be purchased online
    Tickets to our November 2020 Festival will be available to purchase online from summer 2020.

  • Are you a budding adventurer with a message to share? A potential partner, looking to engage with our audience and outdoor communities? A Festival friend keen to become one of our star volunteers?

    We'd love to hear from you: get in touch


    Call us: +44 (0)1539 732567

  • I've made a brilliant outdoor film, how can I get it into the Festival?

    Fantastic we'd love to see it! Our Festival films are carefully programmed through submissions to our annual film competition Entries are now open to our 2020 Film competition, enter via Film Freeway.