Festival Questions


Grab a mug of tea and get planning, 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.

What are the dates of the Festival?

Thursday 18th November – Sunday 21st November 2021

The Festival launches on the evening of Thursday 18th November and runs until Sunday 21st November 2021.

For those who like to plan ahead - here are the dates for 2022: Thursday 17th November - Sunday 22nd November.

Will there be a live Festival in Kendal town centre?

Yes. We are planning to run a live Festival in Kendal.

The health and safety of our Festival-goers, volunteers and extended team is paramount and we will be following Government guidelines to bring the Festival to you safely.  

For those unable to join us on the ground, we will also be returning with our digital Festival.

Where is the Festival?

The Festival takes place both live in Kendal and online via the Kendal Mountain Player.

The live event is in Kendal, a small, picturesque market town situated on the edge of the English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We use a number of venues around the town to host events including Kendal Leisure Centre, where you’ll find our speaker events in the 800+ seat venue.

Our Shackleton tent sits in the grounds of the Brewery Arts Centre, where you will also find our cinema screens and Festival book shop.

While our expanded main Basecamp Village will take place in a new location for 2021 - to be announced soon.

The Festival extends throughout Kendal's cobbled lanes and yards. Venues include Kendal Town Hall, the Shakespeare Centre, the Barrel House and Kendal Library - all easily reached by foot.

How to get to Kendal?

Plane, train or automobile... 

TRAINOxenholme - The Lake District railway station is Kendal’s closest mainline train station. Once you’re there, hop on the quick connection to Kendal station - it is a 5 minute walk to Kendal town centre from here. Plan your train journey using the National Rail website.

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

Kendal is well seviced by local bus services from neighbouring towns and cities (for example the Stagecoach 555 bus connects Kendal to Lancaster and Carnforth to the south and Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick to the west). For more information on buses take a look at South Lakeland Bus Timetables or plan your bus journey using Traveline.

Scheduled National Express coaches also travel to Kendal with only a short walk from the bus station to the festival venues. For more information take a look at National Bus Timetables.

CARKendal can be very busy during the Festival weekend so we strongly recommend using public transport (it is also less stressful and better for the environment). If you do choose to drive then Kendal is 15 minutes from Junction 36 on the M6 and 20 minutes from Junction 37. You may also wish to park elsewhere and use public transport for the final part of your journey to Kendal.

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

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 further away and enjoy a short stroll/bus/taxi ride to the Festival. Please always be respectful when parking and remember that the ongoing support and success of the Festival relies on the goodwill of local residents.

CAR RENTALCo-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 

BIKEKendal has plenty of places to park your trusty steed - 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

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

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.

When will the line-up be available?

The full lineup will be available in early Autumn when our tickets go on sale.

Our much-loved specialist sessions will return including: Bike Night, Snow Night, Outdoor Swimming, Freeflight, Climb, Paddlesports, Underground, Women in Adventure, Mountain, and new for this year Cycling.

Our extensive film programme will be back and we will have a hand-picked selection of speakers taking to the stage in standalone sessions

Get ready to meet your heroes.

Will there be a Basecamp?

Our Basecamp is back! With its vibrant mixture of free talks, refreshments and the chance to check out new kit, meet athletes and take part in competitions.

We're extending our Basecamp for 2021 to provide additional space for a safe and fun social environment.

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. Guide dogs, of course, are allowed.

© Kendal Mountain Festival 2021