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The bustling market town of Kendal, built in distinctive limestone, is a popular hub for shopping and culture in South Lakeland – home to a vibrant arts centre, fine museums and a renowned art gallery. Historically, ‘The Auld Grey Town’ was one of the most important woollen textile centres in the country, producing ‘Kendal Green’ and other ‘Kendal cottons’ – its numerous yards were once filled with workshops processing cloth, leather and foodstuffs. Kendal was also a centre for shoe making, carpet and snuff manufacture, and synonymous with the production of the famous Kendal Mint Cake.


The Kendal-Rinteln Association was initiated by the then Deputy Mayor of Kendal, John Studholme. At a public meeting in July 1991 a shortlist of four potential twin towns was discussed, and the meeting voted for Rinteln, as it seemed to be the most similar in characteristics to Kendal. The Kendal-Rinteln Association was formed, and the partnership was officially started by the signing of the Twinning Charter on Torchlight evening in 1992.

Windermere/Dießen Town Twinning Association

Dießen am Ammersee in Bavaria takes great pride in being twinned with Windermere and all visitors from Windermere are treated to superb hospitality.  The purpose of twinning is to bring people together, and the groups of both towns embrace that…..

Making Music

At Making Music, the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music, we thrive on encouraging all kinds of music groups and individuals to be part of a vibrant multi-cultural music scene…

Cumbria Music Education Hub

Cumbria Music Hub is a partnership of key music and arts organisations who are working together to bring a vibrant and innovative music offer to the children and young people of Cumbria.

The Brewery Arts Centre

The Brewery Arts Centre is a hub of creativity in the small South Lakes town of Kendal.

More Music

 More Music is a music and education charity based at the Hothouse in Morecambe, with 21 years’ experience of delivering workshops, training, performances and festivals across the district, region and beyond.
More Music seeks to build confidence and spirit in individuals and communities through the arts, especially music.

Border Concert Band

Border Concert Band is a 30 piece community band based in Carlisle, serving the musical needs of the local area…

Preston Concert Band

Our neighbours to  the South,Preston Concert Band, perform throughout Lancashire for fun and charities, always trying to entertain the audience with quality music and something a bit different…

Wind Orchestra of the Rinteln Fire Brigade

The Wind Orchestra of the Rinteln Fire Brigade was brought into being in April 2003. Before that the “mother band” was founded in 1921 by enthusiastic fire fighters…

York Concert Band

York concert Band is a full concert band with brass and woodwind sections. Performing a wide variety of attractive and interesting music – arrangements of show tunes, film music, classical transcriptions, big band jazz, marches and solo features, as well as some original works for concert band…


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