Free parking to support late-night shopping

9 December 2020

Car parks operated by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) will be free of charge after 4pm on late-night shopping days in towns across the district in the run-up to Christmas.

The offer to support local traders comes following discussions with business representatives.

It means that all SLDC-operated ‘open air’ car parks will be free to use from 4pm to coincide with the Thursday late-night shopping on 10 and 17 December in towns including Kendal, Ulverston and Windermere, while the offer applies to the Friday late-night shopping in Kirkby Lonsdale on 11 and 18 December.

The offer applies to pay and display car parks operated by SLDC, with the specific exceptions of the Westmorland Shopping Centre multi-storey, the Brewery Arts Centre car park and the parish church car park in Kendal and Miller Bridge car park at Ambleside.

The late-night shopping free parking is in addition to the previously announced free Sunday parking offer on SLDC-operated car parks (more information at

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: “We are encouraging everybody to 'Think Local' with their Christmas shopping, but also ask that shoppers follow government rules and guidance on staying safe – wearing face coverings in shops, other amenities and in busy areas, washing hands and staying socially distanced.’’

More details about how to stay safe when out and about can be found at