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Tinsel, sparkle and good times this Christmas at the Brewery

Christmas Tales with Granddad

The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal has gone to town with their seasonal offerings this year including a world premiere kid’s show by local stars The Knotted Project, some fireside tales with granddad, flamboyant festive cabaret from the acclaimed ShooShooBaby and our traditional Christmas Eve Carol Concert all wrapped up with the best seasonal food and drink in the Vats Bar and Grainstore Restaurant.

Miriam Randall the Brewery’s new CEO/Artistic Director said ‘I want my first Christmas in Kendal to be full of the most amazing treats for our residents and visitors. The Brewery is the place to be over the festive period with some great gigs, fabulous shows and the odd cheeky mulled wine and delicious Christmas Platters from our team in the Grainstore Restaurant’

To start the seasonal celebrations, come and unearth that unique, handmade Christmas gift at the Christmas Craft Market, which takes over the Malt Room and Warehouse from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December, featuring stalls from some of Cumbria’s finest artists and makers, plus great food and drink in our Vats Bar & Grainstore Restaurant.

We are thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of OUTSIDE THE IGLOO The Knotted Project and Hawk Dance’s interactive icy adventure to life for children 4+ and their families from Wed 4 until Sat 7 December. This show promises to take any young explorer on an incredible adventure they will never forget.


Who doesn’t love a bit of Christmas Cabaret? On Sunday 15 December the fabulous SHOOSHOOBABY make their Brewery debut with their smooth harmonies, flamboyant costumes and stunning vocals. This effortlessly funny trio’s CHRISTMAS CABARET takes to you through a wonderful array of seasonal songs from the 1920s to now, performed on an eye-watering number of instruments – a festive must see! (High Res image attached)

Join us for the perfect family treat CHRISTMAS TALES WITH GRANDDAD by Pickled Image Theatre from Friday 20 December to Saturday 28 December. Granddad recounts a festive feast of Christmas stories by the fireside, tales include a special pair of Christmas pants and the mystery of a snowflake necklace – so gather all the clan and head over to the Brewery for some great fireside fun and storytelling.

Music doesn’t escape the Christmas makeover with wonderful seasonal gigs including THE SEALS CHRISTMAS on Friday 20 December, Grab your dancing shoes and enjoy the Christmas party night of your life! The return of the Brewery’s Christmas Eve Carols concert and New Year’s Eve Disco where the Brewery invites you to welcome in the New Year in the Vats Bar. Get your groove on with the local DJ and dance the night away to some banging tunes. Tuck into a food buffet and join the team to toast in 2020.

The Brewery also continues to host the very best music over the festive season including:-

SETH LAKEMAN brings his no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock to the Brewery with his trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. (Wed 4 Dec)

SHOWADDYWADDY one of the finest rock & roll bands of the 1970s bring their hits to the Malt Room, rock out to their award-winning song “Under the Moon of Love”, and many more. (Sat 7 Dec)

BIG COUNTRY’s European tour promises guitar-driven sounds, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments to dance too. (Thu 12 Dec)

FLEETWOOD BAC the world’s finest and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself transport their passion and mystical chemistry to Kendal, get ready to party. (Fri 13 Dec)

Christmas is always a great time to go to the cinema and film fans should check out the Brewery Cinema which will host special screenings of The Royal Opera House production of THE NUTCRACKER on Tuesday 17 December and the James Stewart classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE on Christmas Eve.

And don’t forget to sign up to the Star Wars Triple bill and all you can eat buffet on the Wednesday18 December, feel the force of the Jedi and be one of the first to see THE RISE OF THE SKYWALKER at midnight.

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