By Rachael Grealish
The Brewery Arts Centre will be reopening in September 2020 after going dark during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news came after the government eased the lockdown guidelines allowing pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres, among others, to reopen on July 4.
However, Miriam Randall, CEO of the Kendal-based arts centre, explained the choice for delaying the reopening is down taking advantage of the quiet time to make some ‘major renovations’.
She said: “It is fantastic to see businesses preparing to reopen on July 4and we wish them all the very best. All of us at the Brewery are eager to open our doors again, but the time is not quite right for us just yet.
“We have used the closure to bring forward major renovations such as upgrading our events, education and hospitality spaces.
“In addition, we are making our venue and working practices safe for a post-lockdown environment, installing contactless ticketing, doors and taps, new routes through the building, and robust training for staff.”
Randall went on to say renovations and plans will be released to the public over the next few weeks to share the excitement.
“We will be sharing our exciting plans and changes with you in the coming weeks and look forward to welcoming you back to a rejuvenated Brewery later this summer,” she continued.
“It’s really important to us that when we open we are not only as fully prepared as possible but the Brewery offers even more than it did before in a safe environment fit for the future.”
The Brewery has been part of the Kendal landscape for more than forty years and the multi-purpose site houses a wide range of cultural and art events, workshops, education programmes, cinema screens, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Since lockdown their community and learning programmes have continued online but the entire diversely used site has been closed to the public.