Home to the world-famous Kendal Mint Cake, this vibrant market town is abundant in history, culture, and retail delights alike. Not only acting as a southern gateway to the Lake District National Park, Kendal is also within a 30-minute drive of the Yorkshire Dales, making it a perfect base for walkers and sightseers.
Come join us in 2017 and discover why Kendal is #theplacetobe. To find out more visit: www.golakes.co.uk and book yourself a break away.
Who wants to paint the Auld Grey Town again? The 3rd Kendal Colour Dash is back and needs you to colour the castle! Join us for a 5km family fun run around Kendal castle, a vibrant morning of fun, laughter, and rainbow colours guaranteed! You can hop, skip, dance or run your way round the route with friends, family and work colleagues, knowing that you are supporting people living in your local communities.
The Show will feature up to 500 cars including some of the world’s top supercars; from Ferraris and Aston Martin’s to Jaguars and Lamborghini’s, in this year’s ‘Dream Garage’. In a first for Cumbria, Silverstone’s impressive Porsche Hospitality Unit complete with the best of the range will be venturing north and joining up to 100 more Porsche’s. And its not all about the cars – kids will love the bouncy castle, crossbar challenge and Game Store virtual reality unit – plus there will be musical entertainment and a whole host of food, drink & retail stalls to browse around.
What to Do…
Abbot Hall has been one of the most active galleries collecting British art in recent years and is housed in one of Kendal’s most important buildings, a grade I listed villa, on the banks of the River Kent. As well as a fine permanent collection, Abbot Hall is acknowledged as having one of the most imaginative and independently minded temporary exhibition programmes outside London.
The award-winning Lakeland Climbing Centre is one of the country’s largest indoor adventure centres, offering fun climbing and aerial activities for all the family, whatever the weather. Kendal Wall boasts the tallest indoor climbing wall in the country and offers climbing experiences for beginners to experts of all ages and abilities.
What to See…
Built in the early 1200s, Kendal Castle is situated on a mound-like hill, boasting brilliant views over the town and beyond. The building has been a ruin since Tudor times, but imposing stonework remains are still present and just waiting to be explored. You can also head to nearby Kendal Museum to find out more about the Castle’s story.
The River Kent
Take a walk along the River Kent, which runs adjacent to Kendal’s high street. Cross one of three beautiful stone arch structured bridges as you enjoy the relaxing ambience. If you’re fortunate, you may spot an otter amongst other waterway wildlife.
Where to Refuel…
With use of the finest local ingredients, spectacular views, and a relaxed atmosphere, there is something to tempt and delight all in the Castle Green Hotel’s award winning 2 AA Rosette Greenhouse restaurant.
The Famous 1657 Chocolate House presents 16 speciality hot chocolates and handmade Gateaux, all named from the 1600’s and unique to the 1657 Chocolate House. There are also light lunches and a large selection of savoury snacks on offer to enjoy in their friendly traditional tea room. Before you go, don’t forget a visit downstairs to the fabulous Chocolate Shop for an assortment of chocolate goodies to take away.
Where to Stay…
Within walking distance to the heart of Kendal town, the newly refurbished Stonecross Manor Hotel offers comfortable en suite 4-poster bedrooms, a heated indoor swimming pool, steam room, and spa, and an eclectic mix of modern and traditional cuisine.