Kendal Calling is the Lake District’s very own Glastonbury and this is its tenth anniversary festival, kicking off on the 28th July and taking place over three days at Lowther Deer Park.
A decade ago only 900 people attended the first festival but it’s grown to hold 12,000 music fans each year and has played host to bands like James, Ocean Colour Scene, Primal Scream, The Charlatans and Super Furry Animals, while this year’s headliners are Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Rudimental.
Lowther Deer Park is a great setting for a festival that is very Cumbrian and offers a wonderful taste of the region to those who have never set foot on a fell or gone boating on a lake, and it’s also an ideal family festival with plenty for kids to do and the Garden Of Eden for parents who need a massage in amongst the chaos and fun. The natural environment is all around you and that’s what has helped make it such a success in a market that’s hardly lacking for music festivals around the country.
But why not take your immersion into the Lake District that bit further? When the festival is over, the best way to clear your head of the noise and experience the kind of rock that doesn’t require earplugs as well as views that will blow your mind just as much as any hot new band on the Woodlands Stage.
Of course, you’ll need to make sure you pack the right kind of equipment to tackle a fell, but if you fancy extending your stay in the Lakes and getting REALLY high, why not go for the biggest mountain in the country?
Climbing Scafell Pike is something everyone should do at least once, a bit like attending a music festival, so combining the two would make for a heck of an experience. Even if you can’t quite face the idea of scaling it, there’s plenty to do around the immediate area and Scafell Pike has something for everyone.
If you are interested in actually climbing to the summit, then you’ve got a great adventure ahead of you. You can start by planning which route suits you best and we can help with you that here. We can also let you know what you need to know about before you go (you really can’t just wander across from the festival in your flip-flops!) and what equipment you’ll need.
Even if you decide not to try it this weekend, you should definitely make the most of your time in the Lake District and explore more than just the Kendal Calling site. Here are some of the things you can do nearby. Most of all, whatever you do, have a great time and stay safe!