The Comic Clocktower flies the comics - well, Batman - flag. Photo: Jeremy Briggs

Plan Your Visit

Welcome to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. It is the only one of its kind in the UK taking over the whole town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, for a weekend. On his visit in 2013 internationally-renowned comic artists, Joe Sacco, said it was an “important moment in British comics”.

The Festival has many elements for you to experience and enjoy

  • A free Comics Clock Tower open Saturday and Sunday all day and full of independent creators, publishers and retailers representing a wide range of comics from around the world
  • A ticketed events programme bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life in front of your eyes (includes films too)
  • Free exhibitions and a free windows on comic art trail around town
  • Workshops and masterclasses
  • A free family zone with lots of drop-in activity for all ages and a series of fantastic workshops for kids and teenagers (ticketed)
  • Pop-up comic art venues including a special bar with a twist

Plus a town celebrating comics for a whole weekend and offering a warm welcome comics-style.


Plan Your Visit

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Festival History

2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

Read the independent Red Research Evaluation Report on the 2015 Festival, which note the weekend-long event attracted almost 14,000 people to Kendal and generated an estimated £1.7 million for the host town

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