Lakes Alive is back for 2018

Published on: 26 Jun 2018

Drummers at the 2017 Lakes Alive.

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 to the event 7 – 9 September 2018.

Kerry Powell, LDNP Director of Communications and Resources said:

“The Lake District National Park is excited to be bringing its third Lakes Alive festival to Lake District. This free public celebration continues to highlight the internationally significant cultural landscape of the National Park. Thousands of people attend the festival which brings amazing art, activities and performance to Kendal and the wider Lake District National Park and it now a firm favourite with residents and visitors as a popular part of Cumbria's wider cultural festival programme." 

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 Forcast 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.

Phillippa Haynes, Festival Director said

“We are bringing together the best of Cumbrian and international artists, highlighting the local skills and talent of the area whilst showcasing world class arts in a world class setting.

We want to create a festival which celebrates people, place and the creativity which the landscape inspires, a festival which explores the new, whilst reflecting the traditions that enable the creation of amazing art. A festival which everyone is invited to take part in and enjoy”

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. 

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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

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