What’s On

Scroll our directory to discover What’s On in Kendal over the coming months. From festivals to food fairs, concerts to sporting events – Kendal offers something for everyone.


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Green Door at the Merz

  • Sun 24th Sep 2017

A new exhibition from Green Door memberswith work inspired by Kurt Schwitters or by the Merz Barn. The exhibition, from 20 Green Door artists, includ...

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Conservation of Butterflies in Cumbria and Lancashire

  • Mon 25th Sep 2017
  • Visitors £2.50

Illustrated talk by Chris Winnick...

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A botanist on Mull

  • Mon 25th Sep 2017
  • Visitors £2.50

Illustrated talk by Lynne Farrell...

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In Our Hands

  • Wed 27th Sep 2017
  • £12.00.

Alf is a trawler fisherman whose experience, camaraderie and loyalty have put him and his boat at the top of the game. But times are changing and so i...

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Macmillan Coffe Morning

  • Wed 27th Sep 2017

Pop into the Leisure Centre between 10.30am-2.00pm on Wednesday 27th September for some tasty treats and donate to a great cause. We're joining in wit...

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National Fitness Day at Kendal Leisure Centre

  • Wed 27th Sep 2017
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Join us for the liveliest workout of the year! All in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 7.00pm-8.00pm we've got a massive Dance Aerobics class in the ...

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National Fitness Day

  • Wed 27th Sep 2017

We’ve got a massive Dance Aerobics Class in the Main Hall complete with live DJ, disco lights and glow sticks. We’ll also have naughty and nice trea...

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Cream Tea Launch of New Afternoon WI in Kendal

  • Thu 28th Sep 2017

Want to make friends and learn new skills? Come to our Open Meeting & Cream Tea to launch a brand new Afternoon WI for Kendal. All women welcome. ...

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Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club ft Snowboy and The Latin Section and Jenny Kearney

  • Fri 29th Sep 2017
  • £17.50.

He sold out at Christmas so we are bringing him back! ...

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From the Land of Stage and Screen

  • Sat 30th Sep 2017
  • £10.00.

We are delighted to be hosting K Shoes Male Voice Choir again in September with their guests from Wales. Chepstow Male Voice Choir was formed in 1988...

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Journey Dance Festival - Including Ceilidh

  • Sat 30th Sep 2017
  • £15.00.

A celebration of dance in the north of England. Past, Present & Future from clogging and folk dance to contemporary and experimental forms of move...

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Mostly musicals with Chepstow Male Voice Choir and K Shoes Male Voice Choir

  • Sat 30th Sep 2017
  • Free under 16s - £10 adult

A very enjoyable and entertaining joint concert brought to you by K Shoes Male Voice Choir and Chepstow Male Voice Choir. ...

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Introduction to shamanism

  • Sat 30th Sep 2017
  • £55.00 early booking - £65.00 late booking.

This is an experiential course from The Three Ravens College which covers the basic history and concepts of shamanism. We will show you how to enter i...

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The Brewery Wine Club - Session 6

  • Tue 03rd Oct 2017
  • £15.00.

Welcome to our wine club, exploring some classic and some of the less well known wines from around the world in the convivial atmosphere of our Wareho...

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Cumbria Green Build Festival: Retrofitting for Flood Resilience and Energy Efficiency Level 4 CPD Course

  • Tue 03rd Oct 2017
  • £35 Cumbrian Resilience & Building Proffesionals - £115 Non-Cumbrians.

Flood resilience · Tue 3rd Oct Learn how to improve a building’s flood resilience and energy efficiency, considering its construction, building regu...

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Tales From The Nordic Archipelago

  • Tue 03rd Oct 2017
  • Under 5's Free - £2.00per person.

Part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, this fascinating photographic exhibition looks at the life and work of Finnish artist, writer and ...

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Barnaby Rudge

  • Wed 04th Oct 2017
  • £12.00.

Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, ‘Barnaby Rudge’ is absolutely a play for today...

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Doug Scott: Crawling Down The Ogre

  • Thu 05th Oct 2017
  • £15.00.

Doug Scott’s mountaineering highpoint was the first ascent of Everest by its enormous South West Face – Everest: The Hard Way – but his greatest ad...

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Alternative Perspectives Lecture: Runic Talismans

  • Fri 06th Oct 2017
  • Tickets £5 on door, includes refreshments

Kevin Rowan-Drewitt. Learn about the history and power of runes and make your own talisman. ...

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

  • Sat 07th Oct 2017
  • £5 for children and students under 19 - £23

We welcome the Royal Northern Sinfonia back to Kendal with a programme which takes us 'from Bach to Bruch'. They will perform the extraordinary Brand...

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Free Kendal Flood Tapestry Workshop - Design and create

  • Sat 07th Oct 2017

This is a Free family friendly community workshop (all children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian). All art materials and tea/coffee and bisc...

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Songs of Cumbria. Craig Duggan

  • Sat 07th Oct 2017
  • £10.00.

A concert of traditional and contemporary songs of Cumbria, its people,places and its culture by singer, guitarist Craig Duggan. All proceeds go to th...

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Territory in the lives and survival of birds

  • Mon 09th Oct 2017
  • Visitors £2.50

Illustrated talk by Peter Mawby...

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Kendal Kingfishers Wildlife Watch Club

  • Tue 10th Oct 2017
  • £1.50 recommended donation.

Come and find out more about migration and discover which animals migrate. Lots of fun to be had and interesting facts to be learnt. For Kids aged 6+....

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South Lakeland Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture

  • Tue 10th Oct 2017
  • £10

"The Objects Talk" Marc Alum BA Antiques Roadshow "Miscellaneous" Expert The Lecture is crafted around some objects of significanc...

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David Starkey: Henry VII: The First Brexiteer

  • Tue 10th Oct 2017
  • £17

Henry VIII is the only king whose shape you remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today....

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Coriolanus-Rsc Live

  • Wed 11th Oct 2017
  • £18.00.

National Theatre Live’s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand....

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Leveret

  • Wed 11th Oct 2017
  • £14

Leveret features three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. ...

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Lakes International Comic Art Festival

  • Fri 13th Oct 2017
  • £10.00.

The Festival features international comic artists and creators, as well as live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, mast...

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Lyth Valley Apple Pressing

  • Sat 14th Oct 2017
  • Donations.

Bring your apples and pears and turn them into wonderful juice! For details contact: Hugh Connor 015395 60534 Bring plenty of containers as you can ex...

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'Unnatural Gardening' by Peter Williams

  • Mon 16th Oct 2017
  • Free for Members - £3.00

This Hardy Plant Society talk is free for member. We also welcome visitors and charge just £3.00....

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John Smith

  • Wed 18th Oct 2017
  • £13.50.

In his occasional role as session musician he has played electric guitar for David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, LeAnn Rimes and Lianne La Havas....

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Lemn Sissay: Something Dark

  • Wed 18th Oct 2017
  • £15.00.

A rare chance to see a dramatic reading of the acclaimed one-man play by celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay....

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Dracula: The Bloody Truth

  • Thu 19th Oct 2017
  • £13.00.

Le Navet Bete, in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre presents 'Dracula: The Bloody Truth'...

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Sheelanagig

  • Sat 21st Oct 2017
  • £12.50

Sheelanagig have become something of a West Country institution for the past decade....

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Kendal Concert Band - Autumn Concert

  • Sat 21st Oct 2017
  • £8.00.

Kendal Concert Band returns to Kendal Town Hall with its programme from Elgar to Queen with plenty in-between....

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StarFest and StarWalk

  • Sat 21st Oct 2017

A free festival with live bands - Hatrick, T-Bone and Lancaster Bombers. Food and drinks, stalls, see the start and finish of our night walk around Ke...

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Matthew E. White Solo

  • Sun 22nd Oct 2017
  • £14.50.

Matthew E. White is in the middle of work on his new album and would like to share and try out some of his works in progress and older classics....

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BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)

  • Sun 22nd Oct 2017

This is an open meeting - all are welcome. The meeting is led by Sangha [Community of Theravada Buddhist Monks] Authorized Teachers. Theravada is the ...

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Spooky Men's Chorale concert

  • Sun 22nd Oct 2017
  • £16

Saturday’s concert: “Men singing songs. Some of them are funny”. Is that it? Alternatively, The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam po...

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Spooky Men's Chorale singing workshop

  • Mon 23rd Oct 2017
  • £12

A 2 hour singing workshop by the Spooky Men's Chorale who are performing Saturday night at The Town Hall Kendal. Fabulous performers - very funny - ve...

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A botanist on Mull

  • Mon 23rd Oct 2017
  • Visitors £2.50

An illustrated talk by Lynne Farrell....

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A Botanist on Mull

  • Mon 23rd Oct 2017
  • Visitors £2.50

An illustrated talk by Lynne Farrell recording Mull over 20 years ...

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John Power

  • Thu 26th Oct 2017
  • £12.50

Former bassist with The La's and singer/guitarist with 90's hit makers Cast, Power has also carved out a career of his own, releasing three solo album...

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The Blues Band

  • Fri 27th Oct 2017
  • £23.50

The individual members of The Blues Band were already held in admiration by generations of rhythm & blues fans when they formed back in 1979. Almo...

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Embroidery Taster Workshop - Winter Wonderland

  • Sat 28th Oct 2017
  • £42.00.

This 3 hour workshop provides a whistle-stop tour of the six basic stitches used within the Quaker Tapestry techniques; Stem, Split, Chain, Quaker, Ba...

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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Live Screening

  • Sun 29th Oct 2017
  • £18.00.

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit....

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Martin Simpson

  • Thu 02nd Nov 2017
  • £16.50.

“What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer...

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Hansel And Gretel

  • Thu 02nd Nov 2017
  • £18.00.

Magical and dark, this is perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all. ...

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Wolves Are Coming For You

  • Fri 03rd Nov 2017
  • £12.00.

Someone has seen a wolf. Where did they come from? Someone must be able to do something about them....

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Alternative Perspectives: Dances of Universal Peace

  • Fri 03rd Nov 2017
  • Tickets £5 on door, includes refreshments

Kevin Rowan-Drewitt. Learn about the history and power of runes and make your own talisman. With Mary Rabia Dowson. Weaving together movement and soun...

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Fireworks Display Supper

  • Fri 03rd Nov 2017
  • £15.00 - £15.00.

Enjoy all the atmosphere of the fireworks party and display with the addition of a hearty supper, fine wines, local ales, live music and a view from o...

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CFHS Weekend Conference

  • Fri 03rd Nov 2017
  • £3.00 per lecture

Lectures on Family History related topics on Friday evening 3rd Nov, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November including Prof Nick Barratt known for his wo...

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Fireworks Display

  • Fri 03rd Nov 2017

Fireworks Display - a family celebration including food stalls, licensed bar, kiddies rides and live performers with a spectacular musical Fireworks d...

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The Furrow Collective

  • Sat 04th Nov 2017
  • £14.50.

Described by MOJO as 'a mouthwatering collaboration', Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a...

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The Three Musketeers

  • Sat 04th Nov 2017
  • £9.00.

CBeebies' favourites (Justin's House, Spot Bots) swashbuckle their way through a hilarious, new adventure of chivalry, swordplay and slips. ...

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November Open Evening

  • Mon 06th Nov 2017

Let us help you to make the right decision about your future. Come along, take a look around, explore the facilities and equipment on offer and ask an...

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Dawn Chorus of Growing Singing

  • Tue 07th Nov 2017
  • £6.00.

Fancy a sing? No auditions, no performance, just a lovely informal drop-in singing session run by Clare Elleray Mee. All songs are taught without musi...

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The Brewery Wine Club - Session 7

  • Tue 07th Nov 2017
  • £15.00.

Welcome to our wine club, exploring some classic and some of the less well known wines from around the world in the convivial atmosphere of our Wareho...

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Eddi Reader

  • Wed 08th Nov 2017
  • £23.50.

Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single ‘Perfect’ and parent album First of a Million Kisses which bo...

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Emily Barker plus support

  • Thu 09th Nov 2017
  • £14.50

Emily Barker is the award-winning writer and performer of the theme to BBC TV crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh....

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Dj Format & Abdominal

  • Fri 10th Nov 2017
  • £12.50.

The second part of the UK tour sees DJ Format & Abdominal reach towns and cities a lot of artists don't care to reach proving the fact that the UK...

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

  • Sat 11th Nov 2017
  • £5 for children and students under 19 - £23

This award winning chamber orchestra returns to complete the cycle of Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos interspersed with two contrasting pieces by Gor...

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Dodgy Acoustic

  • Sat 11th Nov 2017
  • . - £14.50.

Dodgy started life 27 years ago. In that time they released 6 albums, countless singles, toured the World, criss-crossed the UK, as well as managing t...

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BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)

  • Sun 12th Nov 2017

This is an open meeting - all are welcome. The meeting is led by Sangha [Community of Theravada Buddhist Monks] Authorized Teachers. Theravada is the ...

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South Lakeland Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture

  • Tue 14th Nov 2017
  • £10

"Gods, Goddesses, Heaven & Hell" Kevin Karney MA, JP. ...

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Kendal Jazz club: The Nicola Farnon Trio

  • Tue 14th Nov 2017
  • £8.00 (members). - £10.00 (non-members)

Charismatic vocalist/bass player last with us in August 2015, her usual musical partners: Piero Tucci (keyboards and sax) and Phil Johnson (drums). T...

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Kendal Mountain Festival

  • Thu 16th Nov 2017
  • FREE - £30

Kendal Mountain Festival is an award-winning and the most diverse event of its type in the world. Our vision is to inspire more people to explore, enj...

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Kendal Mountain Festival Adidas Terrex 10K Trail Run

  • Sat 18th Nov 2017
  • £15- online entries close midnight 17th November  - Entries On the Day: £20 (cash only) 09:00-09.30 on

Conveniently positioned as the Southern gateway to the Lake District, the historical town of Kendal provides a dramatic backdrop to the annual Ken...

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Kendal Christmas Lights Switch On Event

  • Sun 19th Nov 2017

Kendal’s celebration of Christmas starts with an afternoon of festive fun on Sunday 19th November when Santa and his reindeer visit for the big light...

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'Woodland Garden Plants' by Neil Huntley

  • Mon 20th Nov 2017
  • Free for Members - £3

This Hardy Plant Society talk is free for member. We also welcome visitors and charge just £3.00....

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Cool Yule Winterfest

  • Wed 22nd Nov 2017
  • £5 - £10

Join the Town Crier, the Waits – Singers – Storytellers, Musicians and Actors as we leave the train at Kendal Museum to explore a magical winter wor...

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Chris Wood

  • Wed 22nd Nov 2017
  • £14.50

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligen...

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Chris Wood

  • Wed 22nd Nov 2017
  • £14.50.

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people....

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Lady Windermere’s Fan

  • Thu 23rd Nov 2017
  • £12.00 - £13.00

A touring production by Theatrical Niche Ltd in Association with Time Zone Theatre. Directed by Pamela Schermann...

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Lau

  • Thu 23rd Nov 2017
  • £18.50

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK's finest traditional musicians. ...

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Hamlet (Encore Screening)

  • Fri 24th Nov 2017
  • £18.00.

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy....

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Rejoice in the Lamb

  • Sat 25th Nov 2017
  • Under-18s Free - £12

Kendal South Choir present Britten classics: Rejoice in the Lamb, A Ceremony of Carols, Festival Te Deum and Jubilate Deo, together with some of his s...

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The Book Of Darkness And Light

  • Sat 25th Nov 2017
  • £12.00.

Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night....

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The Joy Singers Of Venice

  • Sun 26th Nov 2017
  • £12.00.

All the way from the romantic canals of Venice to the stunning Lake District we bring you the Joy Singers Choir....

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Tall Tales And Magical Myths

  • Fri 01st Dec 2017
  • £7.00.

What would Christmas be without a slice of Danish and some local folk fare? ...

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The Snow Dragon

  • Mon 04th Dec 2017
  • £9.00.

The night of the Snow Dragon approaches… Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve...

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The Brewery Wine Club - Session 8

  • Tue 05th Dec 2017
  • £15.00.

Welcome to our wine club, exploring some classic and some of the less well known wines from around the world in the convivial atmosphere of our Wareho...

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December Open Evening

  • Thu 07th Dec 2017

Let us help you to make the right decision about your future. Come along, take a look around, explore the facilities and equipment on offer and ask an...

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Young Marx (12A) Nt Live Screening

  • Thu 07th Dec 2017
  • £18.00.

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy writte...

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Shadow Tales

  • Thu 07th Dec 2017
  • £7.00.

Set in the 1860s, Shadow Tales is a story of a boy haunted by his past....

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Sound Of The Sirens

  • Thu 07th Dec 2017
  • £8.00.

Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, rea...

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K Shoes Male Voice Choir Christmas Extravaganza

  • Fri 08th Dec 2017
  • £15.00

K Shoes Male Voice Choir welcomes you to their Christmas extravaganza. An unmissable evening full of fun and Christmas cheer. ...

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Duke Special Plus Support

  • Fri 08th Dec 2017
  • £15.00.

On this very special tour, Duke Special will be performing songs and music based on the poetry of influential and renowned Belfast writer. Miichael Lo...

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Charities Christmas Tree Festival

  • Fri 08th Dec 2017
  • £1.00.

6th Annual Charities Christmas Tree Festival. Over 40 uniquely decorated Christmas trees with a fairy tale theme. Each tree in aid of a different cha...

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Lakeland SINFONIA Wyn Davies conductor and Ben Goldscheider French Horn

  • Sat 09th Dec 2017
  • £5 for children and students under 19 - £23

Lakeland's own Sinfonia presents this varied, delightful, popular programme. The hugely talented BBC Young Musician 2016 finalist Ben Goldscheider is...

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The Mouse Outfit

  • Sat 09th Dec 2017
  • £13.50.

The Mouse Outfit are a live nine piece eclectic hip hop act from Manchester who produce a slick combination of quality samples and fiendish beats....

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Kendal jazz club: Hot Fingers Trio

  • Tue 12th Dec 2017
  • £8 (members) - £12.50 (non-members)

Glad tidings of great Jazz: ‘spats’ langham is back! this time, the ‘strummiest’ man around is joined by his regular multi- instrumentalist chums:...

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Electric Swing Circus

  • Fri 15th Dec 2017
  • £10.00.

The Electric Swing Circus is a live 6-piece fusion of saucy 20's swing and stomping electro beats....

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Electric Swing Circus

  • Fri 15th Dec 2017
  • £10.00

The Electric Swing Circus is a live 6-piece fusion of saucy 20's swing and stomping electro beats....

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Mayor's Christmas Coffee Morning

  • Sat 16th Dec 2017
  • £1

Mayor of Kendal's Charity Christmas Coffee Morning Cake and craft stalls Raffle The Tokari School of Theatre Arts Kendal Concert Band...

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Kendal Christmas Gift and Craft Fair

  • Sat 16th Dec 2017

Packed full of locally handmade gifts and quality goods ideal for all occasions. Everything from jewellery to pens....

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Jonny Brown (Twisted Wheel)

  • Sat 16th Dec 2017
  • £10.00

After a well documented drug fueled meltdown that resulted in him pawning his guitars and to the very edge, the former Twisted Wheel frontman Jonny Br...

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Moulettes

  • Sun 17th Dec 2017
  • £16.50.

Moulettes are a Brighton based British band of multi-instrumentalists with 2-part harmony female vocals, amplified Cello, Auto-Harp, Electric Guitar, ...

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Little Red And The Big Bad Wolf

  • Tue 19th Dec 2017
  • £14.00

The production explores the thrill of adventure and unknown versus the safety and familiarity of the path and how irresistible straying can be, as wel...

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The Fretless

  • Sat 27th Jan 2018
  • £12.50.

The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. This unique band is taking string music to fascin...

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Shake The Chains - Nancy Kerr, Hannah Martin Et Al

  • Thu 01st Feb 2018
  • £17.50

Shake the Chains is one of the most timely and exciting new music commissions of 2017....

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Quaker Business - Money, Shoes, Chocolate and all that

  • Mon 12th Feb 2018
  • £7.00.

Who were those innovative Quakers in business from the 17th century to the present day? Money, shoes, chocolate and all that – did Quaker business ha...

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Judie Tzuke

  • Sat 24th Feb 2018
  • £22.50.

Judie is back on the road for a special gig; she will be performing acoustically at the Brewery Arts Centre....

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Bronwynne Brent

  • Thu 15th Mar 2018
  • £12.50.

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, American roots songwriter Bronwynne Brent has the kind of stop-in-your-tracks voice that sounds like Souther...

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Kris Drever

  • Thu 12th Apr 2018
  • £15.00.

For his 2018 concerts Kris will be performing a 'best of' set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material played live for ...

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Kendal Wool Gathering

  • Sun 01st Oct 2028
  • £0 for children - £1

The fifth annual Kendal Wool Gathering, which celebrates the town’s connections to the trade on which its wealth was built, will be held for the firs...

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