Kendal Comic & Comedy

The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal Freerange Comedy Festival 2017 at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017, Kendal, Lake District from 13-15 October

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 – taking place each year in May, some of the biggest names in comedy can be seen at the Brewery Arts Centre and other distinctly Lake District only unconventional venues.


For quality entertainment throughout the year, make sure you make a beeline for Brewery Arts Centre. With its famously eclectic and wide ranging programme of live music, film, dance, comedy and courses, it is well established far and wide as a favourite, buzzing arts centre to experience culture.

With 2 cinemas, a drama studio, galleries, theatre, café, restaurant and bar – Brewery Arts Centre is a hotpot for quality entertainment and a great evening out. Find out more here


From 13 -15 October 2017, Kendal turns super-comic-art-tastic with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival!

For one weekend the town is host to more than 60 international guest creatives – taking both art and comics in uncharted directions.

This year the events programme will be bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world. Featuring live drawing, exhibitions, films, workshops, performance, masterclasses, a free family zone, a comic trail and independent publishers.

Check out the incredible line-up of events for 2017!

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 for welcome refreshments and relaxation after a day of comic art festival fun.


Hawkshead Brewery – LA8 9LR
Brewery Arts Centre – LA9 4HE

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017, taking over the town of Kendal in the Lake District, Cumbria from 13-15 October
Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017, taking over the town of Kendal in the Lake District, Cumbria from 13-15 October

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