Comedy festival attracts 2,000 fans

Lucy Porter, one of the stars of the festival

Lucy Porter, one of the stars of the festival

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Arts correspondent

NIGH on 2,000 fans converged on Kendal for Cumbria’s biggest comedy gathering.

Now in its fourth year the Brewery Arts Centre’s Freerange Festival has established itself as a unique event, attracting a line-up of household comedy names to Lakeland.

This year saw sell-out shows from the likes of Omid Djalili and performances from future stars Lloyd Langford and Matt Richardson.

Some of the highlights were the surreal outdoor shows from Arthur Smith and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Bob Slayer.

On Friday evening, Bob led an intrepid band of comedy lovers on an exciting expedition from Tilberthwaite into Little Langdale where they were treated to a special show in dramatic surroundings of Cathedral Cavern before heading for post-gig pints in the New Dungeon Ghyll.

On Saturday, amid blazing sunshine, around 35 festival-goers joined Arthur Smith for a comedy ramble from Bowness to Wray Castle, near Ambleside, via a lake cruise.

The four-mile walk from Far Sawrey to Wray Castle featured fancy dress and a dance recreation of the tales on the tales of Beatrix Potter and on arrival at the castle Arthur was joined by some of his comedy chums, including Kevin Day, for a show in several of the castle’s rooms.

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Festival organiser Mike Jones was thrilled with the outcome.

He said: “Freerange has helped establish the Brewery build a reputation as one of the best comedy venues in the north of England.”

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