Spend the Day in Kendal This Summer

​When staying at any of our fantastic holiday parks you’ll only be a short drive away from the beautiful town of Kendal.


Described as being one of the “main gateways” to the Lake District, Kendal offers its visitors plenty to see and do. It’s a town that has always been popular with people passing through to the Lake District.

Have you heard of the Kendal mint cake? The glucose-based confection actually originated in Kendal and is popular amongst locals and visitors alike. Did you know that Sir Edmund Hilary and Sirdar Tensingon took some mint cake on the first ever successful ascent of Everest in 1953?

We encourage anyone staying with us this summer to take some time to go out and explore everything that the small market town has to offer.  For those unfamiliar with the area, here are some of our favourite things to do in Kendal.

Explore Kendal Castle

The castle at Kendal has been around since the 12th century. Although it’s now a ruin (part of the walls and one tower is all that remains), it still provides visitors with something fun and interesting to explore. It’s also the best place to take in some beautiful views of the town – perfect for all the keen photographers out there.

It’s a popular place for walkers, as well as those looking to enjoy a picnic with a view! In the winter it is used as a venue for a firework display that draws in thousands of people.

Visit Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum was founded back in 1796 by a Victorian collector. It’s one of the oldest museums in the country and is still considered to have the largest taxidermy collection in the whole of Europe.

There are plenty of different collections available to see – there should be something to interest everyone – from Vikings to wildlife. The museum also hosts fun events throughout the year, such as the popular summer trail that is on until September.

Enjoy the Brewery Arts Centre

The Brewery Arts Centre has to lots to offer people of all ages. It initially started as a small theatre and has since expanded into a huge venue for lots of different purposes. It has a 450 capacity music venue, three cinemas, galleries, art and crafts workshops, meeting rooms and a drama studio.

It’s renowned for being a world class venue for the arts, music and theatre – it regularly hosts huge international festivals such as the Gateway International Roots Music Festival.

There are lots of exciting events happening throughout the summer – check out their website to see what is happening during your visit!

Contact us today to discuss booking your summer getaway with Holgates. All of our parks are located close to the beautiful English Lake District in some truly stunning locations. You can also explore Lancashire in all its glory, from a stunning ancient castle to Pendle Hill, where witches are rumoured to have lived in the 17th century. Our aim is to provide you and your loved ones with memories that will last a long time after you’ve gone home.

Give us a call on 01524 701508 to find out more information.