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Comic Art Festival Returns to Kendal

Now in its fourth year, the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival returns to Kendal this October to celebrate comic art from across the world.

The weekend-long festival - the only one of its kind currently running in the United Kingdom - provides comic art enthusiasts of all ages with a wide range of elements to experience, including live drawings, talks, films, workshops and masterclasses.

As well as the town being taken over by wonderful comic art, the events programme is full of opportunities to spend time with some of the world's leading comic artists and writers.

The Lake District Named in 'Proud to be British' List

The English Lake District has been named 13th in a poll created to discover the 50 things that make us the most proud to be British.

Coming in just behind the BBC, Buckingham Palace and Bacon Sandwiches, and ahead of Tower Bridge and 'having respect for our elders,' the Cumbrian National Park also came in ahead of popular tourist hotspots such as Stonehenge, the White Cliffs of Dover and Hadrian's Wall.

The Spirit of Kendal - Torchlight Carnival Returns to the Lakes this Friday

The annual Torchlight Carnival is returning to Kendal this Friday September 9th, with one of the most inclusive and meaningful themes in recent years.

With thousands of Kendal residents still enduring a tough and emotional 2016 following the devastating floods of last December, 'The Spirit of Kendal' is a theme that's sure to resonate with the entire town and its surrounding areas, with many entrants in this year's carnival sure to perform with messages of hope and community spirit.

UK Short Breaks on the Rise - and the Lake District is a Top 3 Destination

The UK Holiday Trends Report for 2016 has revealed that the Lake District remains one of the most popular domestic locations for British holidaymakers, behind only the Scottish Highlands and Cornwall.

The annual survey, conducted by market research agency BDRC, revealed last year that the Lake District was the UK's most popular domestic getaway location for short breaks in 2015, and second for domestic holidays overall.

Record Numbers of British Travellers Choosing to 'Staycation' in the UK

In the wake of the UK's vote to leave the European Union, and following the drop in the value of the pound that came shortly after, British tourist boards have plenty to be pleased about with families showing a steady increase in holidaying at home.

According to figures released by Visit England in July, the number of people choosing to holiday in England hit 7.3 million during the first quarter of 2016 - a 10% rise compared to the same period last year.