Kendal’s famous yards play host to arts festival this July

Branching from Kendal’s main street through the centre of the town starting at Kirkland onto Highgate leading to Stricklandgate are yards. These yards are characterful, historical and full of intrigue. With some dating back to the medieval period, it isn’t hard to understand why these cobbled alley ways have been preserved and maintained with help from the Kendal Civic Society and why visitors to the town will flock to walk down them.

With beauty and historical merit to boot as well as many being bustling hubs of activity all these years on, the yards are being used this July to showcase art in the form of “Yarn in the Yards”.

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Running from Monday July 25th until Saturday July 30th, it’s a full week of arts in the “Grey Auld Town” from plays through to visual arts and most importantly situated in the many historic yards. What creative gallery spaces for those exhibiting and performing a where modern techniques meets the past. Six yards will house this exhibitions during the week. Pick up a programme and guide at the Brewery Arts Centre or the Festival Hub at the Town Hall. It gives times of specific events as well as location details. Being the school summer holidays, it is the ideal activity to enjoy this weekend with the whole family. For more details visit

For somewhere to stay? It’s not too late to book a weekend away with family accommodation available at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. The hotel has a restaurant and bar for dining, children’s menu, special family rooms and even a pool and leisure facility. Car parking completes the package or if travelling by train then the hotel is just a 2 minute walk from Kendal station which links to the West Coast mainline station, Oxenholme.