Hidden Gem

We are delighted to announce that we have received the Hidden Gem award for 2020-21 as part of Visit England’s ‘Visitor Attraction Accolades’. The award recognises attractions across the UK which offer innovative, interesting or unique tourist experiences. This year, the Quaker Tapestry Museum is one of only eleven attractions to be given the Hidden Gem award nationwide and the only one in the North West region.

“It’s so lovely to have won the Hidden Gem accolade this year. We first won this award in the inaugural Visitor Attraction Accolades in 2014 and subsequently in 2016. To have been chosen again really shows how our whole team of staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to craft the best possible visitor experience.” General Manager, Bridget Guest

Introduced by Visit England in 2014, the Visitor Attraction Accolades are available to members of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme who represent a wide range of tourism experiences across England, from museums and galleries, farm attractions, historic houses and gardens to churches, cathedrals and country parks. They are supported by a network of highly trained and experienced assessors who advise on improving and promoting the quality, accessibility and sustainability of their offer.

“I’m so pleased to see our visitor attractions back in the spotlight with these Accolades that recognise the amazing experiences available across the country. They also acknowledge the people who bring the attractions to life through their unparalleled customer service. Now more than ever we need these attractions to encourage and remind us to get out and explore the amazing tourism on offer across England, driving recovery and economic benefits through the regions.” VisitEngland Director, Andrew Stokes
The four Cumbrian attractions honoured in this year’s awards are:

• Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Owl Centre, Ravenglass – Best Told Story

• Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal – Hidden Gem

• The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven – Best Told Story

• The Lakes Distillery, Cockermouth – Gold

You can find a a full list of all 76 winners on the Visit England website.

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“Brilliant, in many ways. I love embroidery, so thought this would just be interesting to see, but found it was incredibly informative not just about individual Quakers but how much they have done in our society.”

Well worth the entrance fee for the educational aspects alone!