Lakes Alive events

Visit Abbot Hall Park for a series of spectacular events from Lakes Alive across the 6 - 8 September.


The Lakes Alive Jacob's Join

You are invited to Kendal’s outdoor dining experience, with music and merriment to launch the festival weekend...

Bring your own picnic to share or buy from a delicious stall. After dark you will be lead up to the Castle for an out of this world experience.

Join us at the The Riverside at Abbot Hall

Free to join on Friday 6 September from 5.30pm



In a series of phone calls, across landscape and time, LEAP is a creation by Imitating the dog that looks playfully at human communication. LEAP will be projected onto Abbot Hall itself over the weekend.

Inspired by the overwhelming power of nature and our desire to connect, an animated patchwork of scenes unfolds across Abbot Hall, transforming it with stunning projection mapping and a lush soundscape.

Combining beautiful projection mapping, inventive storytelling and uplifting original music, LEAP takes the audience on a journey across the sky, into the dark, into the night and into the future.

Take a leap into the unknown.

Credit to: Video Design: Simon Wainwright, Composition: James Hamilton, Lighting Design: Andrew Crofts.



Let a magic sonic sphere take you on a mystery tour through Kendal to a secret location.

Saturday: 11am -12pm; 1pm -2pm; 4pm -5pm; 6pm -7pm

Sunday: 12pm -1pm; 3pm - 4pm; 5pm - 6pm

Booking essential - see Lakes Alive website



A high-energy performance explores ways of recording dance movement and topos, used by climbers to take note of their route. This takes place on a specially designed structure based on the climbing route of Napes Needle on Scafell.

Saturday & Sunday 1.15pm - 1.45pm; 2.45pm - 3.15pm; 4.45pm - 5.15pm

See Lakes Alive website for details


Action Painting

Join in with a chorus of electronically driven machines, soft toys and exploding paint bombs to witness an outdoor moving gallery of modern art, and a whole heap of fun.

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 6pm

See Lakes Alive website for details


My Heart, My Heart: Live Poetry Jukebox

A jukebox - with poetry! A ‘library’ of jars contain a miniature artwork. Single out a jar and listen to a live performance of ‘your’ poem!

Saturday & Sunday 11am - 6pm. Experience takes approx. 5 minutes.

See Lakes Alive website for details


Ferguson's Gang

A high street takeover of satirical games, installations and theatrical interruptions inspired by Ferguson’s Gang– a group of women who in the 1930’s dressed up as gangsters and campaigned for reform on some serious issues – housing, conservation and town planning policies!

Saturday: Finkle Street 11am - 5pm Sunday: Abbot Hall Park 11am - 5pm

See Lakes Alive website for details


We Are Stardust

Sit down, relax and listen to a story as big and limitless as the universe itself.

Saturday & Sunday: 11.30am - 6pm Workshops: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm - 2pm

See Lakes Alive website for details



Saturday & Sunday: 12.45pm - 1.15pm; 3.15pm -3.45pm; 6pm - 6.30pm

See Lakes Alive website for details


Bicycle Boy

Join us for a musical adventure (and be prepared to help pedal power the performance!)

Saturday & Sunday: 11am -12pm; 2pm - 3pm; 4pm - 5pm

See Lakes Alive website for details


On Edge

On Edge explores issues of modern slavery within the construction industry, and tells a visually stunning compelling story through parkour, theatre, video, original soundtrack and an impressive set structure. 

When: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm -12.45pm; 5.15pm - 6pm 

See Lakes Alive website for details


All taking place at Abbot Hall Park.

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  • LEAP, by Imitating the dog


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