Festival of Tabernacles 2023
Kendal, Cumbria, England.
From Friday evening 29th September
until Saturday 7th October.
Kendal is a market town lying at the southern entrance to the Lake District, a very hilly and scenic area in the north of England, with a long mining tradition and a landscape dotted with sheep. It has been a main market town for many centuries and was famous for its woollen trade.
Kendal itself has many attractions with different zoos, Beatrice Potter exhibitions, steam trains, and sheep shearing events. It also has a large indoor leisure centre for all the family to enjoy. In the area there are several castles and many picturesque villages to visit.
Services will be held at
This is in the centre of Kendal, opposite the Westmoreland Shopping Centre, beside the town Library and next to the Elephant Yard Shopping Centre; about 10 minutes walk away from the main station. The entrance to the main hall is at the back of Stricklandgate House and accessible from Library Road. When coming by car, allow time to find a parking space as parking by the hall is limited. There is a large car park by the bus station.
The Festival will start with a get together on Friday evening 29th September at 7:30 p.m.
There will be two services on each of the Holy Days. A morning service starting at 10:30 a.m. and an afternoon service starting at 2:30 p.m. that is on Saturday 30th September and Saturday 7th October.
There will be a morning service starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday (2nd October), Tuesday (3rd October), Wednesday (4th October) and Friday (6th October)
A 'drop in' at 8:00 p.m. is planned for the evenings of Monday (2nd October), Tuesday (3rd October), Wednesday (4th October) and Thursday (5th October).
How to get there
The mainline trains run from London (Euston Station) to Glasgow (Scotland). This train stops at Oxenholme, which is a station on the mainline from London to Glasgow, just outside Kendal. There is a branchline train from Oxenholme to Windermere, which stops in Kendal.
For those travelling by car, you will find Kendal along the M6 motorway, which runs from Manchester to Carlisle and on to Glasgow in Scotland. You take route 590 from exit 36 and continue on to route 591.
Where to stay
Please book your own accommodation.
Kendal has many Hotels and Guest Houses as well as a number of self-catering establishments within the area. More information with regard to what to do can be found at:
Accommodation can be found at:
The nearest hotel to Stricklandgate House is the Premier Inn Kendal Central. It is a few minutes walk away from the meeting hall.
There is also a Travelodge Kendal Town Centre hotel about 1 mile from the meeting hall, and a Best Western (Castle Green) hotel about 2 miles from the meeting hall. Staying at this hotel may require some form of transport to get to and from the meeting hall.
The Lake District is a very popular tourist area, especially in the autumn, it is therefore advisable to book accommodation well in advance of the Festival.