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!
There are also lots of camping and campervanning opportunities in the Lake District but be prepared for the November weather.
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.
GETTING HERE - PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES
Kendal is just an hour and a half train journey from Manchester Airport.
Trains (& Other Public Transport) - check out our 'Kendal in a Day' guide!
Services from London Euston, Machester Piccadilly, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh stop at Oxenholme and Lancaster; change here for services to Kendal. For more information on train times and tickets, visit the Trainline. Oxenholme is a 30-minute walk or 10-minute cycle ride from Kendal town centre.
In addition to trains, Kendal has a good bus network with the main bus station located behind Westmorland Shopping Centre on Blackhall Road. From here you can take buses around the town or further 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.
There are lots of scheduled coaches 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:
Automobiles - Arriving By Car
Kendal is 15 minutes from Junction 36 on the M6 and 20 minutes from Junction 37.
From the M6 south - leave M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs
From the M6 North - leave M6 at Junction 37 and follow signs
The main car parks in Kendal are at the Westmorland Shopping Centre, adjacent to South Lakeland House and K Village. Please note that K Village car park is open from 8.30am - 6pm each day and offers good value parking but please be aware the car park is closed at night so you will only be able to access your vehicle during these hours. There is also pay and display parking available at Kendal College on their Milnthorpe Road campus.
Top tip: We would always advise that use of public transport is probably the least stressful way to come to the festival. If you choose to drive, 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 also allows you the opportunity to visit some of the local Kendal attractions along the way. Please always be respectful when parking and remember that the success of the festival relies on the goodwill of local residents.
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
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