We are the only venue in Cumbria to provide Changing Places disability toilet facilities. We are hoping to lead by example in making the whole of the local area accessible to all people all of the time.
Kendal is listed in the Domesday Book as part of Yorkshire with the name Cherchebi. For many centuries it was called Kirkbie Kendal, meaning "village with a church in the valley of the River Kent". The earliest castle was a Norman motte and bailey (now located on the west side of the town) when the settlement went under the name of Kirkbie Strickland.
By the time the business was sold to competitor Romney's in 1987 there were several rival mint cake producers, many of which are still in business.
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The borough of Kendal was abolished in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 to become a part of South Lakeland district of Cumbria. The town was a successor parish, and thus kept its own town council.
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September 7, 2016 10:30 am South Lakes U3A Annual Open Morning- Kendal Town Hall
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Kendal Leisure Centre boasts fantastic fitness facilities including an impressive 25m swimming pool, learner pool, indoor sports hall, fitness gym and studios, conference suites and a 900 seat theatre and arts venue.
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The following is a list of people who either were born in Kendal or have significant contacts with Kendal:
Kendal is part of the Westmorland and Lonsdale parliamentary constituency of which Tim Farron is the current MP representing the Liberal Democrats.
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The municipal borough of Kendal was created in 1835 and until 1894 the town was also an urban sanitary district. The borough boundaries were altered in 1935 by gaining a small part of South Westmorland Rural District under a County Review Order.
September 16, 2016 6:00 pm Dalton Memorial Lecture - Kendal Town Hall
Kirkbie Kendal School, formerly known as Kendal Grammar School, is a secondary school Business and Enterprise College that serves the area around the town and rural countryside. Kirkbie Kendal School operates as a foundation school with academy status; its previous pupils include the historian David Starkey and clinical psychologist Vanessa Jones.
There's also plenty of things to do near and around Kendal: - South of Kendal are the major historic attractions Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. Staveley, to the north, is home to Mill Yard with the UK’s largest cycle store, a famous walkers’ café, the Hawkshead Brewery and a unique cookery school.
Matthew Emmott’s guide to the many interesting buildings of Kendal
Kendal was, from 1888 to 1974, the administrative centre of the administrative county of Westmorland although Appleby is the traditional county town.
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Kendal today is known largely as a centre for tourism, as the home of Kendal mint cake, and as a producer of pipe tobacco and tobacco snuff. Its buildings, mostly constructed with the local grey limestone, have earned it the nickname Grey Auld Town.
October 2, 2016 10:00 am Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Annual Service of Remembrance
North Country Leisure (NCL) is a registered Charity (No. 1075009). Company registered in England (No. 3683103). NCL is part of the GLL Group
The Queen Katherine School, on Appleby Road, is a secondary school with academy status. The school also operates a sixth form. 
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Kendal has for many years maintained a voluntary mountain search and rescue team based at Busher Walk. They have performed numerous rescues around the Kendal area, and along with other local mountain rescue teams, helped at the Grayrigg derailment.
Kendal has lots of things to do in and around the town: a tempting choice of cosy tearooms, pavement cafés, traditional Kendal pubs or stylish Kendal restaurants. There’s a Farmers’ Market on the last Friday of each month. Active visitors should head to the large sports and leisure centre, indoor climbing wall or Kendal dry ski slope.
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Used on numerous expeditions to mountaintops (including Mount Everest and K2) and both poles of the Earth, its popularity is mainly due to the very astute decision of the original manufacturer's great-nephew to market it as an energy food, and to supply Ernest Shackleton's 1914–17 Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
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Click here for map of Kendal and its one-way system For information on car parks and parking charges, contact SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT COUNCIL (01539) 733333.
Kendal railway station is situated on the Windermere Branch Line and gives connections to Windermere railway station to the north, and Oxenholme Lake District railway station (on the West Coast Main Line) and Lancaster railway station to the south.
Kendal has a marine west coast climate, category Cfb on the Köppen Climate Classification. It has moderately warm summers and mild winters, with precipitation at all times of year. In July and August the average daily maximum and minimum are 19C and 11C respectively. The corresponding averages in January and February are 6C and 1C. 
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Our aim is to ensure that, whatever your age or ability, we have something here to keep you active and healthy - and of course enjoying your leisure time! Please take a look at our activity pages and discover what we have on offer - we look forward to welcoming you to the centre soon.
The Lancaster Canal was built as far as Kendal in 1819, but the northern section was rendered unnavigable by the construction of the M6. Part of this section was also drained and filled in to prevent leakage, and the course of the canal through Kendal has now been developed. The canal towpath, however, remains as a footpath through Kendal. A campaign is currently underway to restore the canal as far as Kendal.