Lakes Alive 2018: A Weekend of Spectacular Happenings

Lakes Alive... Sparks from 2017 and Chorus by Ray Lee for 2018 The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal Illumaphonium at Lakes Alive 2017 - photo Anthony Chappell-Ross for English Heritage Abbot Hall Art Gallery will host activities for Lakes Alive, photo by Tony West Kendal Castle - photo by Dave Willis

Prepare to be wowed once again as Lakes Alive returns to Cumbria from 7 – 9 September 2018.

The Lakes will again be Alive to the sights and sounds of this annual cultural extravaganza. The team are back together and plans to entertain, wow and delight all who attend this year’s Lakes Alive are hotting up as the count-down begins.

The Lakes Alive festival promises a wonderful weekend of spectacular happenings in and around Kendal and the wider Lake District National Park… so bring along your creative curiosity and experience a line-up of exceptional entertainment!

Last year’s Lakes Alive Festival offered a fantastic programme that appealed to curious families and art lovers alike. Thousands of people saw spectacular installations, promenaded amongst contemporary art and couldn’t help but join in with lively performances by contemporary dancers and musicians.

Memories were created as hundreds of people followed the electrifying Sparks on the opening evening as they drummed diners from the Jacob’s Join feast up to Kendal Castle to be memorised by Shipping Forecast a stunning field of light created by artist Pete Johnson.

This year, throughout Kendal town centre and the surrounding hills there will be a vibrant programme of contemporary work which audiences can watch, take part in or actively help to create. We have illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances and unusual happenings throughout the weekend.

// Lakes Alive events in Kendal

The programme will be announced early next month but be assured, Jacob’s Join, the unique Cumbria dining experience along the River Kent which has been so enthusiastically adopted by Kendalians, will feature again on the 7 September with a mass musical parade to this year’s magical installation at Kendal Castle.

Other stunning art and participation activities will take place across the town including the Brewery Arts Centre, Abbot Hall, and Kendal Castle.

More details of further artists and events are set to be revealed in the coming weeks – find out more and sign-up to the newsletter on the Lakes Alive website

// Volunteer at Lakes Alive 2018

There are lots of opportunities for volunteers to don the orange T-shirt help, meet new people and be part of this years’ team. Whether you can spare a couple of hours, or a couple of weeks – we’ll find something to suit your unique talents!

Call Holly on 01539792610 or email

Folk Dance Remixed will be performing at Lakes Alive 2017
Folk Dance Remixed performing at Lakes Alive 2017

Lakes Alive is a free event and wouldn’t be possible without the support of our funders: Arts Council England, Lake District National Park, South Lakeland District Council, Kendal Town Council, Kendal BID, Cumbria County Council and Friends of the Lake District.