Late Night Shopping & Special Opening Hours

Here in Kendal we have a fantastic variety of retailers – nestled in our yards, across our vibrant shopping centres and on our bustling high street.

Enjoy an evening of festive shopping on Thursday 20th December, when many of our stores will be holding their doors open late into the evening.  Businesses across Elephant’s Yard, Wainwright’s Yard, Blackhall Yard, The Shambles and Westmorland Shopping Centre will all be taking part in the Late Night Shopping Evening. Pandemonium Pots, in Blackhall Yard will be hosting a special kids workshop from 6pm – 8pm, a great opportunity to gain two hours of peace free shopping whilst your kids get creative. Bumblebee Gallery will be celebrating with Prosecco and The 2 Sisters Cafe have a range of Festive dishes on offer. Westmorland Shopping Centre multi storey car park will also be staying open late.

Alongside the special Kendal Late Night event on Thursday 20th December the following stores have extended Christmas shopping hours:

Westmorland Shopping Centre

Westmorland Shopping Centre will be staying open late on both Thursday 20th December and Friday 21st December.


WHSmiths will be open late every evening from Monday 17th – Friday 21st December, pop in and discover their fantastic deals on Christmas wrapping paper.

The Works

The works will be open late every evening from Monday 17th – Friday 21st December, a great place to pick up stocking fillers.

Armstrong Ward, Wainwrights Yard

Armstrong Ward in Wainwright’s Yard will be holding a late night shopping evening on Thursday 15th November and will also be open every Sunday in the run up to Christmas.

AC Gallery, Elephant’s Yard

Another favourite independent shop set within the lovely Elephant’s Yard is AC Gallery – the main dealers of award winning artist Linda Mellin and a great place to find affordable art for all tastes. AC Gallery will be open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 11am – 4pm  in the run up to Christmas with Christmas gift vouchers available.

Bumblebee Gallery

Bumblebee Gallery in Blackhall Yard will have extending opening hours in December including Sunday opening.


The new Kendal Herdy store will be holding a special late night shopping event on Thursday 22nd November with festive drinks and nibbles.


Kendal’s very own department store is holding a Christmas spectacular event on Thursday 1st November from 6pm – 9pm. With incredible deals including 50% off selected top fragrances  and 15% off all cosmetics. Plus lots more discounts, free Prosecco and nibbles.


Farrers will be holding a late night shopping event on Thursday 29th November 2019, join the lovely folk at Farrers to purchase gifts and take a look around the 18th Century listed building where they have been selling freshly roasted coffee and fine selected teas since 1819.

Elephant Yard

Elephant Yard plays host to a variety of brilliant stores. View their Christmas opening hours here >


Booths have special open hours over the Festive period, which can be viewed here>

Christmas Open Studios & ARTSPACE at The Factory

11am – 4pm | 1st – 2nd December | Christmas Open Studios at The Factory

Kendal’s Factory plays host to a collective of artists, designers and makers. The Christmas Open Studios is a great opportunity to discover the delights of our local makers and a chance to purchase unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

11am – 4pm | 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th December | ARTSPACE at The Factory

Pots, Patches & Prints

A winter exhibition full of amazing and affordable collectors’ items to purchase in time for Christmas.

Kendal Christmas Craft Market

23rd November 2018 – 25th November 2018 | The Brewery

An annual showcase of everything outstanding about Cumbrian art and craft and the opportunity to buy high-quality Christmas gifts at affordable prices.

Kendal Christmas Farmers Market

Kendal’s weekly market is getting a Christmas overhaul for one magical day. Head to Market Place on Friday 21st December to join in the Festive fun.