Kendal Serendipity

The Saloon at Abbot Hall by Tony West Abbot Hall Art Gallery by Tony West Brewery Yorick Gigs-credit Yorick de Munnik Outside Abbot Hall Art Gallery by Florence Acland

Enjoy a day of arts and culture in a creative Lakeland town…

Kendal’s often bypassed en route to the more spectacular scenery beyond. But it’s the kind of town that rewards a day’s wandering, with little planned.

You’ll come across its history, told on plaques along the steep streets and the narrow “yards” and “ginnels”.

You’ll find galleries and museums, artist-makers’ studios and shops, excellent cafes, and a fast-flowing river with lots of birdlife.

In the Museum are Wainwright’s original pen-and-ink drawings, the Friends Meeting House is home to the modern Quaker Tapestry, and in the Abbot Hall Gallery there are more world-famous treasures.

And so you’re off to the Abbot Hall Gallery, which is in a Grade I Listed Georgian house along the river.

The Gallery has an impressive permanent collection by big names from the 18th century to the latest contemporary artists, and you’ve been wanting to see Schwitters’ work there since you passed close by his Merz Barn on your Langdale walk, earlier in the week.

There’s a lovely coffee house, and, if the weather’s fine, you could have a bite to eat on the lawn next to Barbara Hepworth’s Oval Form Trezion, overlooking the River Kent.

The afternoon is time for mooching around Kendal’s galleries and artists’ studios. In March you can enjoy the annual Green Door Art Trail, when more than 50 artists – painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramic artists, textile artists, jewellers and glassmakers – open their studios and homes in Kendal and the South Lakes, to show their work and the environment in which they create it.

If you fancy more creative inspiration then head over to The Factory Kendal for their open studio on 11 – 12 April. Situated just a five minute walk from the town centre, this impressive post-industrial site is home to many artists, creatives and musicians.

An evening of comedy, cinema or music – in fact, whatever’s on at the Brewery Arts Centre – is a great way to round off this serendipitous arty day.


Friends Meeting House – LA9 4BH

Abbott Hall Gallery – LA9 5AL

Kendal Museum – LA9 6BT

The Factory – LA9 7DE

Green Door Studios – LA9 4TP

Brewery Arts Centre – LA9 4HE

To enjoy these Lakes Culture and much more, book your break in the Lake District here