Artisan & Specialist Shops

Shopping in Kendal's Blackhall Yard

Blackhall Yard, once home to one of the original Kendal Mint Cake Factories, is a leafy, characterful and historic yard. Now home to 14 friendly, independent artisan and specialist shops, there is sure to be something for everyone. 

Drop in for delicious food and refreshments at the fantastically reviewed The 2 Sisters Café. Get stylish footwear and accessories from Kendal’s longest serving woman’s shoe retailer Happy Feet.

 Sarah Bibet Fused Glass expertly makes and sells her delightful designs from her dazzling little shop, also home to Northern Lights Stained Glass, both running renowned weekly workshops. 

We are also home to Fangs and Fins Kendal’s expert reptile and aquatic shop or, if fantasy board gaming is for you, why not while away the hours painting miniatures from their great Warhammer stock at Games Workshop.

 Do drop in to Reticule Fabrics for a warm welcome and discover an eclectic collection of quilting cottons from many leading designers. With wool felting and embroidery supplies find the inspiration for your next project. Call in at Bumblebee Gallery for original art, art prints and design led home interior pieces and gifts. The gallery is new to Blackhall Yard and has rapidly gained a reputation for truly beautiful art pieces with outstanding customer service. 

There’s something for all the family to do with Pam at Pandemonium Pots in her pottery painting parlour. You can paint, glaze or decoupage a huge range of items for those looking for some creative fun. Pam and most of our shops run parties, workshops, demonstrations and events, be sure to follow our social media for updates.

Under our great oak tree you’ll find Retro Circus, a vibrant shop brimming with “Everything but Ordinary” vintage and retro style clothing and accessories. Grandma's Puppet Shop has a carefully chosen selection of traditional toys, for today's modern child and every second Wednesday and Saturday between 10am and 3.30pm you can come and meet the owls from The Owl Sanctuary

When all that is done you could relieve your shopped out feet and pay a visit to Z. W. Foot & Ankle podiatry clinic or Zest beauty salon for your facial and beauty needs.

 Our ground floors are accessible for wheelchair users; we are partially undercover for those wet days. 

Our Yard also offers access to the Westmoreland Shopping Centre, ‘free’ mini bank cashpoint, public toilets, cycle boxes and the bus station.

Where to park?

Parking couldn't be easier as Blackhall Yard is situated next the Westmorland Shopping Centre, there you can access the 700 space multi storey car park and conveniently stroll onto the yard.  Early bird parking (before 9am) is as little as £1 per day.  For more information visit