Day trip to Blackwell Arts & Craft House, Bowness and the Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal

Wednesday 16 May 2018. Cost is £35 per person

This day trip will take in the Blackwell Arts & Craft House in Bowness, as well as the Quaker Tapestry Museum which is located in Kendal.

Tickets are £35 per person. The price includes: return coach travel from Lytham St Annes and Kirkham; refreshments and a talk about Blackwell with a tour of the house; visit to the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal, including a talk about the tapestry; refreshments and cake before departure for home.

Blackwell Arts & Craft House is a grade 1 listed building, designed by the architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott as a holiday home for Sir Edward and Lady Holt and their children.

Since completion there have been many new additions to the property, including the master bedroom, inspired by the writings of Baillie Scott and brought together with research from Arts & Crafts specialists and textile historians. Blackwell also features furniture and objects by many leading Arts & Crafts designers and studios, including metalwork by WAS Benson, ceramics by William de Morgan and furniture by Stanley Webb Davies and Baillie Scott.

On arrival half of the party will enjoy refreshments whilst the other half will enjoy a talk about the house – this arrangement will then be reversed.

After the tour of Blackwell we will depart for Kendal. There will be ample opportunity for you to purchase lunch in one of the many cafes and pubs situated near to the Museum.

The Quaker Museum, Kendal is a grade 2 listed Friends’ Meeting House building, designed in 1816 by Francis Webster and built on a site used for Quaker worship for 300 years. The Quaker Tapestry is an embroidery of community art, the creation of more than 4,000 people in 15 countries over a 15 year period. It comprises a series of 77 separate narrative crewel embroidered panels, that tell the story of the Quaker movement over some 350 years. The Tapestry is not an academic history but a celebration of Quaker ideas and experiences since the founding of the movement by George Fox in 1652. A short introductory talk about how the tapestry project began will be given by the Museum curator.

There will be a cream tea at 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm before our departure home at 4.30 pm.

A Booking Form is available here. Please complete and return by Tuesday 8 May 2018.


Below are some photos of this excursion.