Visitors - How to Mountainfest
Welcome to the Lake District!
To experience Kendal Mountain Festival, all you really need is a pass, our festival programme and a sense of adventure. Here is some info to make your trip to Kendal even more enjoyable!
This stunning area awaits you! Whether it's mountains, rivers, lakes, or shopping, dining, culture - whatever floats your boat, wets your whistle or tickles your fancy - we've got the lot! See Visit Kendal, the official Cumbria Tourism GoLakes and Explore South Lakeland for more information.
Kendal is also home to one of Europe's tallest indoor climbing walls, Kendal Climbing Wall so don't forget to bring your climbing shoes!
* New for 2017, check out the Festival Hostel in partnership with Kendal Judo Club at the DoJo.*
There are also lots of camping and campervanning opportunities in the Lake District but be prepared for the November weather.
We also have Campervan spaces at the Leisure Centre and Kendal Cricket Club on sale HERE
Restaurants and Cafes
As well as the Brewery Arts Centre offering a wide range of food and drinks, here are some of our favorites across town, from high quality restaurants offering formal sit-down meals to cafes where you can grab a quick bite to eat between events. If you’re looking for more of a relaxed evening choice then visit one of our local Restaurants including Déjà-vu, New Moon, Paloma or any of the great Kendal restaurants listed on the Visit Kendal website. We also recommend the coffee house Brew Brothers in Highgate, Yard 46 and the Waterside Cafe which is located along the River Kent a few minutes work from the town centre. For a refreshing pit-stop during the day or a relaxing drink in the evening then head to our favourites, the Fell Brewery Bar , The Masons Arms, The Factory Tap , Slate Bar and Café, the New Union and Ruskins.
Dogs are not allowed* in any of the main festival venues or in the basecamp area at the Brewery Arts Centre. Please do not bring your dog along with you while visiting festival venues as your dog will be turned away. Plan ahead to avoid frustration and disappointment. *Guide dogs are allowed.
Kendal is a dog friendly town and there are ample fantastic local walks you can take your pooch for a mooch while visiting the area. Some excellent suggestions for local walks can be found here: https://visit-kendal.co.uk/discover/outdoor/trails-and-tours/
Another fantastic resource is The Dog Friendly Lakes website. If you’re travelling with your four legged friend this website aims to ensure you miss nothing during your stay with a wealth of information about dog friendly businesses in the area.
Public Transport - check out our 'Kendal in a Day' guide!
Access is made easy to Kendal with its bus station and two railway stations.
Kendal boasts two railway stations - Kendal and Oxenholme, the latter being on the West Coast mainline, making the town easily accessibe from almost anywhere in the country - trains from London take just 2 hours and 38 mins! A quick taxi ride from Oxenholme will only take 5 mins to Festival venues.
There are a vast amount of coaches available that travel to Kendal with only a short walk to where the event is being held; follow the relevant links to find the route nearest you:
Arriving By Car
From the M6 south - leave M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs
From the M6 North - leave M6 at Junction 37 and follow signs
See Car Parking in Kendal to view the numerous car parks available.
Car Parking also available at Kendal Leisure Centre and K Village.
Top tip: Please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive and park as Kendal can be very busy during festival weekend, you are advised that 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 taking a nice stroll into the festival venues. This is the least stressful option and allows you the opportunity to visit some of the local Kendal attractions along the way.
How about sharing the journey and make new buddies? See Liftshare for more information.
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 http://www.co-wheels.org.uk