Group Visits

Lakeland Arts welcomes groups all year round to Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

We offer competitive rates to groups of 12 or more, with additional benefits and incentives for drivers and group organisers.

What our visitors say: "We were made very welcome by all the staff and all our requests were dealt with efficiently and happily."

Benefits for Groups

  • Save over 20% on our standard admission charge.
  • Visiting all three venues in one day may be too much, that’s why we allow groups to spread their visits over a 7 day period. All three visits must be made by the same group.
  • FREE coach parking during your visit and a further two hours FREE coach parking at Abbot Hall, to see the historic town of Kendal.
  • Pre-booked catering options with reserved seating.
  • Early visits starting at Blackwell before we open to the general public.
  • A free talk for weekday groups visiting Blackwell and Abbot Hall. Weekend talks at Blackwell are subject to availability.

Benefits for Group Organisers

  • Free familiarisation visits to see how timings would work and look at what would be of interest to your group. Contact us to arrange a familiarisation visit.
  • FREE admission for the organiser when bringing a group of 10 or more paying visitors.
  • An additional FREE place when bringing 40 or more paying visitors.
  • FREE catering for the organiser when catering is booked from the group menu for 12 or more paying visitors.

Benefits for the Coach Driver

  • FREE admission
  • FREE refreshment voucher
  • Special reserved coach parking

2017 Group Admission Prices

  • Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House £6.00
  • Abbot Hall Art Gallery £5.00
  • Museum of Lakeland Life £4.00
  • Abbot Hall & Museum of Lakeland Life £7.00
  • All three venues £10.00

For more information, download our Group Visits Document, and complete a Booking Form to book a visit. 

Art Fund Members Admission
Art Fund members receive free entry to Abbot Hall’s permanent collection only.

Members also receive 50% discounted admission to Abbot Hall’s temporary exhibitions, Blackwell and the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

Student Group Visits
Self-led student group visits are free.

Facilitated groups of 12 or more students requiring a talk or tour are charged £5 per person.

For more information about student group visits, please contact the Learning team on learning@lakelandarts.org.uk or 01539 722464.

Blue Badge Guides
Registered Blue Badge Guides that book groups in advance will benefit from the following:

  • FREE familiarisation tour of each venue (please contact us to arrange the familiarization visit)
  • FREE admission for Blue Badge Guides
  • The group rate admission (regardless of numbers)
  • Early admission option to view the venue before it opens to the public.
  • Reserved table for lunch for groups up to 6 (or if available, booked immediately on arrival prior to the group looking around the venue)*
  • Free parking at Abbot Hall for the Blue Badge Guide vehicle

Before sending your booking form, please contact us to check whether your preferred date(s) are available.