Meanwhile, at knee level, a festival within a festival was taking place. Kids Calling has organically grown into a big part of the Kendal experience, and now incorporates a host of activities. This year marked the first ever kiddie rave: Big Fish Little Fish. There were dance lessons, art lessons, bizarre musical instruments for the young ‘uns to find their inner Bjorks with, an Insect Olympics, Dr Zig’s Bubble Show, Cbeebies presenter Alex Winters, and of course the actual Kids Calling zone.

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And now, with the tenth anniversary over, Andy and Ben and everyone on the team would like to take this moment to say a very special thanks.


“From that first tent-pole climbing high-wire act at Abbot Hall Park in Kendal a decade ago, we never believed it would turn into what it has. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every single person who has, by coming or contributing, made this festival with us.”


See you in the fields for another ten years.


Photographs by Tom Martin, Scott Salt, Lisa Errico, Benjamin Paul, Ian Taylor, Paul Whiteley, Giulia Spadafora and Amy Weightman.
Words by Gavin Haynes. Web development by Andrew Kendall for Digital Photo Gallery. Art direction by Kris Atomic.