Thanks to a kind donation we have been able to purchase a new bench for our garden

Our beautiful walled garden is an idyllic spot to take a calm moment amidst the hustle and bustle of our ‘Auld Grey Town’. The garden is open to anyone (not just our exhibition visitors) and now, thanks to a kind and generous donation, further improved by the addition of our new bench, which is dedicated to the memory of past Friends.

From the bench, you can take in our garden, hear the River Kent (especially after it’s rained!) and have a splendid view of Kendal Castle set high up above the town (once home to Catherine Parrs family, Henry VIII sixth wife)

As well as benches we have a large lawn, planted beds containing many interesting plants discovered by Quaker Botanists and trees offering shade. It’s a great place for little ones to stretch their legs whilst the grown ups enjoy a delicious coffee and cake from our cafe in the sunshine (fingers crossed) or bring your own picnic along.

This bench is just one of the many ways in which donations, small and large help us.

How donations support us

Did you know that we’re a registered charity as well as a visitor attraction? We use money raised from visitors, membership, donations and legacy to continue our work in preserving the community embroidery and sharing the stories and stitches for all to enjoy.

Donations Directly Supports the Work of the Quaker Tapestry

As well as the ongoing preservation and exhibition of the Tapestry donations help us to maintain the building, showcase new subsidiary exhibitions, take the Tapestry on tour, develop educational work, produce our publications, train our conservation team and offer volunteer support.

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“If you do nothing else in Kendal visit this exhibition.

It is a wonderful lesson about Quaker beliefs and their achievements in many walks of life from banking, to business, to industry, science and their humanitarian work throughout the world.”

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