Kendal Comic & Comedy

Lakes International Comic Art Festival (photo by Neil Rothwell) Comic Art Festival - Chritopher Holmes Photography and Kendal Futures Alan Davies at the FreeRange Comedy Festival at Brewery Arts Centre, May 2015 Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, October 2015

We’re starting at the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley with a British-style tapas lunch in the Beer Hall: how do you fancy Yorkshire pudding filled with local beef braised in Brodie’s Prime and horseradish sauce or perhaps bitter-battered plaice goujons and tartare sauce? Take a tour of the brewery (check times) and pick up a Hawkshead Brewery glass and gift pack of ales to take home.

Then it’s off to Kendal. There’s always something good on in this South Lakes town but there are a couple of unique festivals to mark on your calendar and get your accommodation booked in advance.

You’ll find laughs aplenty at the Freerange Comedy Festival running from 11-17 May with some of the biggest names in comedy can be seen in some conventional and distinctly Lake-District-only unconventional venues.

From 16-18 October, Kendal turns comic-tastic with the Comic Art Festival 2015.

Some of the biggest names in comedy can be seen in some conventional and distinctly Lake-District-only unconventional venues.

For one weekend the town is host to more than 50 international guest creatives – taking both art and comics in uncharted directions. There are live draw events, comic marathons and workshops and drawing masterclasses.

People say it’s more like European comic festivals in the way it takes over the town.

You can mooch around town following the Windows Trail – thanks to local businesses who show their support for the festival by lending shop windows to budding artists.

Even though there are no shortage of places to eat and drink in the South Lakes, during festival time you’re sure to stumble upon a pop-up food stall here and there to grab some nosh on the go before you catch the next act.

Come the evening, drop into the Brewery Arts Centre – where they’ll have Biffa Bacon’s Fighter Fluid Limited Edition Festival Beer (conceived (conceived by the boys at Viz) on top in the bar.

USEFUL POSTCODES

Hawkshead Brewery – LA8 9LR

Brewery Arts Centre – LA9 4HE

To enjoy these Lakes Culture events and much more, book your break in the Lake District here