Planning your visit to Octoberfest

Decorative Prayer flags at Sticklebarn Octoberfest in Langdale

Langdale's Octoberfest is a weekend to celebrate great food, live music and the outdoors. Taking place from 12am on Friday until late, and 11am until late on both Saturday and Sunday, there will be entertainment for the whole family. Entry into the event is free.

Getting here

If you're arriving by road, our postcode for the sat nav is LA22 9JU. From the main M6 motorway, leave at J36, then take the A591 from Kendal to Ambleside, A593 from Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge, then the B543 to Great Langdale. The main Sticklebarn car park will be signposted from the road.

Car parking

Car parking for all visitors will be signposted on the day. The main Stickle Ghyll car park is located to the left of Sticklebarn and over flow car parking will also be available. It’s a pay and display car park (National Trust members park for free). Please avoid the band and crew entrance, which will be clearly signposted. 

When to arrive

There isn't a set time that you need to arrive by, but when we reach capacity on site, it will be one in, one out.

What’s on over the weekend

We’ve got lots of bookable outdoor activities taking place over the weekend; details will be announced shortly and you will be able to book online, or on the day in the Hayloft at Sticklebarn. There will also be free crafts and films, as well as live music across two stages.

Be wowed by a selection of Kendal Mountain Festival short films on the big screen showing a whole new world of outdoor adventures. Chase tornados, run in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, check out icy waves in sub-zero temperatures and mountain bike into the wild. The films are free to watch and no booking is needed. They will be shown upstairs in the Hayloft on Sunday at 4pm. 

Where to stay

Book onto the National Trust's Great Langdale campsite in advance to ensure you get a spot. Other campsites are available in the valley and there are several holiday cottages in Langdale, Chapel Stile and Elterwater - all within close distance to Sticklebarn. The closest town is Ambleside, 7miles away, where you'll find B&B's, hotels and holiday cottages. The New Dungeon Ghyll hotel is just next door, if you fancy a hotel room within very easy walking distance.

Sticklebarn closures for Octoberfest

So that we can prepare Sticklebarn for Octoberfest, the pub will be closed on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October. It will then be closed on Monday 19 October so that we can tidy up after a very exciting weekend. We will then reopen as normal on Tuesday 20 October.