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Directions and camping


The Festival site is the field next to Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Base.

The base is in Christian Head, directly opposite Kirkby Stephen Grammar School. From the mini-roundabout near Kirkby Stephen church turn into Silver Street and follow the road straight ahead, past the fire station on your left. The grammar school is then on your left and the rescue base on your right. Free car parking is available in the town car park between the fire station and the school.

The postcode for your satnav is CA17 4HA.  Get directions

Kirkby Stephen can be reached by train on the Settle–Carlisle line. Arriving for the festival on this fabulous rural railway line would make it a truly memorable weekend. There is a pleasant walk of about 1.5 miles from the station to the town centre. If you want a taxi it is best to book in advance with B D Taxis (017683 71682).

There are various bus services to and from Kirkby Stephen, for instance from Kendal and Penrith. Information can be found on the Cumbria County Council website.


Camping on the festival site is free to anyone with a ticket to either or both of the Friday or Saturday evening entertainments.

Please note that facilities will be very basic. There will be toilets and access to water, but other than that it’s just a field. Campervans and caravans welcome; these will be accommodated in a field opposite the festival site.

Well behaved dogs and owners are welcome on the site. Obviously mess needs to be cleared up - if owners are caught short there'll be poo bags behind the bar.

You can camp in more comfort at two campsites in Kirkby Stephen, both a short walk from the festival site. More information at Takoda Camping (which is very close) and Pennine View Camping and Caravan Park (tel 017683 71717)

If you would rather sleep in a comfy bed, take a look at the B&Bs and guesthouses on the Kirkby Stephen website:

There is also very good value accommodation, especially for larger groups, at Kirkby Stephen Hostel, which can be found right in the centre of town not far from the Festival site.

The Festival site is the darker grey area on the map, opposite the Grammar School.

Kirkby Stephen Beer'n'Bangers Festival is organised by Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, Kirkby Stephen Scouts and Upper Eden Rotary Club.
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