Krankenhaus Festival

Sea Power are delighted to be holding the third of what will hopefully become an annual Krankenhaus festival. This is held again in the stunning setting of Muncaster Castle in the Western Lake District near Ravenglass.

The festival runs from the 25th of August until the 27th of August 2023. More precise times will be announced soon.

Muncaster Castle is open as a tourist attraction and festival goers are entitled to access all the facilities at no extra charge. So in the daytimes you will be able to enjoy the castle and gardens, bird displays and many other features. There will be a talks programme running every morning & lunchtime in the Castle.

Each day will roughly be split into morning and early afternoon time to enjoy the castle and grounds or go further afield,  time to visit the surrounding countryside and seaside, take the Ravenglass & Eskdale narrow-gauge steam train and other outdoor activities. 

From mid afternoon, the focus of events will move to the Home Farm Barn where most of the musical performances will take place. These will run late into the night with live music followed by DJ sets into the early hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. 

A full schedule of performances and readings will be announced as soon as the line up is complete.

Travel

GETTING TO MUNCASTER

Please do not attempt to try the scenic route over the hills if your vehicle is past its best or unusually large. The best advice is to ignore Sat Nav and stick to the A595. The postcode for the Festival carpark and entrance is CA18 1RD  a few hundred yards along the road from CA18 1RQ which is the main castle entrance so avoid that please. Look for Festival signs.

PARKING

There is a large carpark available by the Barn. Spaces for overnight weekend parking including Campervans and Mobile homes can be booked online for the weekend. 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Festival campers are welcome to arrive from midday on Thursday 24th (but will not be able to access the festival site and castle  until 9.30am Friday) and stay until Tuesday 29th at midday.

CHECK IN

Entrance and check in, wristband allocation will be open from  Thursday midday til 10pm, then Friday & Saturday 9.30am until midnight and then on Sunday 9.30am until 8pm.  

The campsite is within 300 yards of the Old Barn and 10 minute walk to the Castle.  The Festival gates will be open from 9.30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Access to the Castle runs from 9.30am until 4pm on Friday to Monday. The Grounds and gardens are open from 9.30am until 5pm Friday to Monday.

Basic info

ACCOMMODATION

Unfortunately all of the remaining range of self catering and hotel rooms and glamping tents run by the castle are currently held by us for artist accommodation. When these requirements are confirmed we hope to be able to release some of these which can then be booked via the Castle website. There are a variety of B&Bs and other hotels within 30 minutes. Camping is available and is free. There is a charge for Campervan, motorhomes and caravans.

REFRESHMENTS

There is a cafe at the Castle. There will also be a variety of food, coffee and bar outlets at the Home Farm Barn and will be open from mid morning until late. More details to follow.

CASH & CARD PAYMENTS

The castle cafe,  gift shop and the barn bar will accept card payments. However due to the weak phone signals it may not be possible to pay with cards for some of the food vendors and the merchandise stand so be prepared to have some cash. There is a free to use ATM at the Pennington Hotel 5 minutes drive away

TOILETS & SHOWERS

There will be toilets and festival style showers (with some of a rustic nature) by the Old Barn and campsite. There are permanent toilets in and around the castle including disabled access.

Additional Info

WIFI

There is free public WIFI at various points around the gardens enabling visitors to access WIFI without a password. The closest location to the barn/campsite for WIFI is in and  around the main ticket office where the showers are located. Alternatively public WIFI is available in the castle itself and around the main buildings  including the shop, cafe, reception and eco barn. 

Accessibility  

If you have specific access requirements, please let us know by emailing info@krankenhausfestival.com and we will try to accommodate these as best we can. Companion tickets are available free of charge and can be booked with weekend tickets. Assistance dogs are welcome at Krankenhaus Festival.

Accommodation off Site 

If camping isn’t your thing there is plenty of accommodation locally ranging from hotels and B+B’s to self-catering cottages and caravan parks. The links below help you explore the options available. 

copeland.gov.uk
westernlakedistrict.com

We are planning to operate a shuttle bus from Gosforth and Seascale in the North and  Millom in the South to Muncaster on Friday/Saturday/Sunday of the festival. Please to  register your interest for the shuttle buses by emailing info@krankenhausfestival.com and tell us which  destination you would like to join the shuttle bus from.

Transport 

The nearest train station to Muncaster Castle is Ravenglass for Eskdale which can be accessed from Carlisle train station in the North or Preston and Lancaster train stations in the south.  

Carlisle to Ravenglass for Eskdale Train Tickets & Timetables (northernrailway.co.uk
Lancaster to Ravenglass for Eskdale Train Tickets & Timetables (northernrailway.co.uk)
Trains Preston (Lancs) to Ravenglass for Eskdale | Cheap Tickets & Times | Trainline (thetrainline.com) 

Muncaster Castle is a short walk from the station, but taxis are available locally and can be booked through  

Gosforth Taxis Ltd – Tel: 019467 25308 or 07774 868579
Sims Travel – Tel: 019467 23227