Taking place over three days in October 14 – 16, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only event of its kind in the UK gaining more and more critical acclaim every year. 2016 will be the fourth festival and the biggest yet.
2016 has been a huge year for Cumbria and the Lake District with celebrations up and down the county to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter. The Lakes Conic Art fest is also taking part through the competition “Beatrix Potter Reimagined”. This exiting competition which closed on September 1st was open to all students of the arts to reimagine the characters, tales or artwork of Beatrix Potter by giving it a modern or unusual twist in a comic art style. The winners have been selected and the works are most definitely going to be one of the highlights of the festival.
Over the three days and in various locations around Kendal will be both free and ticketed events with something for any age. Gain insights into comic artists working, take part in workshops and demonstrations or look around the many pop up art venues across the town.
View and download the full programme of events via the festival website here, http://www.comicartfestival.com/about/.
Looking for accommodation? The Riverside Hotel in Kendal has parking, offers good value for money rooms and is close to the train station. It also has a bar and restaurant and is just a 2 minute walk into the centre of Kendal.
If you missed celebrating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter during the summer then it’s still not too late to do so in and around Windermere.
Hill Top, her home for so many years and now owned and maintained by The National Trust are continuing the 150th celebrations with the exclusive after hours Hill Top Showcase Tours and day Garden Tours taking place during October. The garden and shop are open daily throughout the whole year with the house closing for the winter on October 30th and also every Friday. Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top for more details and to book.
Moving onto the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness and “Meeting Bea” a theatre production by Eric Pringle is on daily from September 16th until October 9th; after ‘Miss Potter’… Meeting Bea … a new life… a new love… two uninvited guests shatter her peace. Beatrix Potter, now Mrs William Heelis.
Also at the Old Laundry Theatre on October 30 is the Beatrix Potter Magic Lantern Show with Afternoon Tea. Enjoy an exquisite traditional afternoon tea, and join Beatrix Potter as she educates, entertains and enthrals us with her Victorian “Magic-Lantern Show. Tickets should be booked in advance, £14 for adults, £10 for children via http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/.
Every day except Christmas there’s also the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness which is worth walking around for any Beatrix Potter fan but definitely a fun filled experience for children. Looking ahead to half term and look out for special events going on there.
Windermere is really geared up for families with so much to see and do, boredom is not a factor. Both Windermere and Bowness have an array of places to eat catering for just about all tastes from Italian to Thai and Greek and even British!
Where to stay?
The Newby Bridge Hotel in the Lake District at the southern end of Lake Windermere is family friendly, offers great value for money accommodation and serves tasty food.