Kendal Calling Information


DATES: 29TH July -1ST August
LOCATION: Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe


Kendal Calling was born from a group of music lovers who felt the fabulous fields of the Lake District could be put to better use. When summer came, it was time to take to the fields for a shindig that would grow so big the whole country would hear it calling.

Kendal Calling is the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions for everyone, from families to stag parties!  Come and join in a weekend of festivity and escapism in the fresh country air.  This is fun the old fashioned way, great times, great entertainment and great friends all in one place!  Things to look forward to, in addition to great music, include a wide range of food and drink, dedicated kids area, market stalls and a real ale festival.

The festival has been awarded numerous awards including the Best Small UK Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards (as voted by the public) and the industry award ‘Best Small Festival’ at the LIVE UK.

Facilities include cash machines, phone charging, and a general store selling milk, water, toothpaste and toilet rolls.


Kendal Calling has a wide range of accommodation options (see map below): 

  • Wolf Woods (blue): Right next to the arena, for those who like to party the loudest and latest (included in standard festival weekend ticket).
  • Great Holme (red): Handily close to the carpark and the Village Green (included in standard festival weekend ticket).
  • The Shire (orange): A quiet and relaxed camping field to the North of the festival site (included in standard festival weekend ticket).
  • Haye Parks: Mountain views located to the left of the live in vehicle field (included in standard festival weekend ticket).
  • Saddleback View: One of the best views on site of the beautiful Cumbrian landscape (included in standard festival weekend ticket). Also home to pre-pitched Tangerine Fields tents.
  • Family Camping (light blue): A little further away from the main stage for a bit more peace and quiet (included in standard festival weekend ticket).
  • Deer Lodge (yellow): The home of affordable luxury camping with your own arena entrance (book in advance).
  • Emperor’s Field (purple):  For those after a few more comforts, this is a quiet area which is ideal for families.  Includes free parking nearby, dedicated entrance to the arena, free hot showers, compost toilets and extra camping space (extra ticket required).
  • Live in Vehicles (green): to the North next to the Shire, a separate field dedicated to live in vehicles (extra ticket required).
  • Great Plains: For those who want to bring their own tent with access to all the amenities and benefits that you would get in Emperor’s Field – free parking nearby, separate arena entrance a short 5 minute walk away, free hot showers, compost toilets and extra camping space (extra ticket required).



Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe (nr Penrith), Cumbria, CA10 2DY

By Train

The nearest train station to the festival site is Penrith (also known as Penrith North Lakes) which is a 15 minute taxi journey from the site. A special shuttle bus service runs from the station to the festival. Virgin Trains operate super- fast direct hourly services from Scotland, Birmingham, and London, and from Manchester & North West (with a quick change at Preston or Crewe).

  • From Birmingham New Street to Penrith North Lakes (2 hours 31 minutes), trains leave every hour
  • From London Euston to Penrith North Lakes (3 hour), trains leave every 30 minutes
  • From Glasgow to Penrith North Lakes (1 hour 21 minutes), trains leave every hour
  • From Edinburgh to Penrith North Lakes (1 hour 30 minutes), trains leave every hour
  • From Lancaster to Penrith North Lakes (34 minutes)

 Shuttle Bus

Kendal Calling is at Lowther Deer Park, so it’s just 15 minutes on the dedicated festival shuttle bus from Penrith Railway Station to the festival. In peak times it’s advised you allow ample time for your journey. Tickets can be purchased for the shuttle bus in advance on the ticket page of the Kendal Calling website.

By Coach

Coach transport is available from various locations and major cities around the country through Tuned in Travel.

By Car

Kendal Calling has co-founded an unprecedented festival industry initiative, which aims to account for the carbon footprint of audience travel. 63% of the festivals carbon footprint is audience travel. You can make a donation when you buy your tickets, 100% of which will be invested in renewable energy. 

If driving is the only option please consider car sharing first.


Travelling North to Kendal Calling:

  • Leave M6 at Jct. 39, Signposted Shap/A6 and turn off the Satnav.

 Travelling South to KendalCalling:

  • Leave M6 at Jct.40. Signposted Penrith/A66 – Turn SatNav OFF
  • Follow A66E.          Signposted Brough/A66E
  • At the roundabout take the exit onto A6 South. Signposted Shap/A6


The car park is adjacent to the campsites.   To encourage people to share vehicles, and reduce the impact of cars on the Deer Park, there is a small charge for parking (unless you are staying at Emperor’s fields or Great Plains where it is included). Tickets can be purchased in advance or on entry to the site car park. Once parked, it’s encouraged not to leave the car park and return due to the traffic management plan in place, however if you do need to you can request a pass out by emailing the festival (see below). There is a pick-up and drop off point for those people only giving someone a lift – please follow the pick up and drop off road signs.

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