3 acres of cultivated and natural areas, in a secretive rural setting. A patio garden, large lawns, herbaceous borders and a small vegetable patch. Walks on the wild side around a mere and woodlands. Many birds can be seen at various feeding stations, also waterfowl on the mere. All managed by one OAP.
Acorn Bank is taking part in Silent Space, a project that promotes stopping, switching off phones, cameras and social media, and just enjoying an oasis of quiet away from our often hectic lives. The Herb Garden, enclosed within brick walls, is a space which feels calm and reflective.
For 2 days only Larch Cottage Nurseries are opening the new lower gardens and chapel for NGS visitors. The gardens include lawns, flowing perennial borders, rare and unusual shrubs, trees, small orchard and a kitchen garden. A natural stream runs into a small lake - a haven for wildlife and birds.
Take advantage of the wonderful summer weather and help to raise funds for The British Red Cross and our vital work in the UK at the same time! Take your chance to see a usually private garden by the kind permission of owners Peter and Jo in their support for the British Red Cross!
We’re delighted to welcome back one of Scotland’s most admired fiddle players and composers, performing music from his latest album, Sandwood, which draws its inspiration from a single location in Sutherland, the furthest northwest part of mainland Scotland.
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.
Christine Hallas, ‘The Garths of Crackpot, A Swaledale Yeoman Family’.
This lecture is based on five Day Books of the Swaledale Garths who lived at Crackpot farm and later at their newly built house, Haverdale House. The first Book was started in 1795 though there is a reference to possible earlier Day Books.
Syrian musician Maya Youssef is a virtuoso player of the Qanun - a traditional 78-string zither found across the Arab world, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Winner of an Exceptional Talent Award in 2012, she regularly appears on television and at venues and festivals worldwide.
A joyful and contagious blend of Celtic, gypsy and klezmer music played by Red Priest geniuses Piers Adams and Adam Summerhayes alongside a wizard of the accordion, a dazzling Irish percussionist, and a superb bass player.
A weekend of living history, celebrating the cameraderie, costume, vehicles and music of the period. Wartime re-enactment, 1940s entertainment, vintage fair and historical displays. Outdoor events are free entry. Pre-1950 vehicles and re-enactment groups welcome but must pre-register.
Enjoy how this much-loved picture book comes to life! Presented by New Perspective Theatre Company. What a to-do! One hot summer’s day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking.
The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
Ballet recorded live in HD from Teatro Alla Scala. Le Corsaire follows the swashbuckling adventures of a dashing pirate who journeys across the high seas to save his beloved from the Pasha’s harem with danger looming at every turn.
Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
John Hurt’s final performance as a terminally ill writer grappling with his own mortality, based on N.J. Crisp’s acclaimed stage-play. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and secretly to ensure he is not a burden to his wife, Anna, as he goes into that good night.
Looking back Rattle says, ’I felt that I was finding my voice on that day’. Mahler’s multifaceted work is again on the programme when Sir Simon appears for the last time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Bursting with exotic colour and memorable melodies, Puccini’s seductive score conceals a dramatic blade that cuts to the heart. Blending authentic Japanese music with luscious European harmonies and orchestration, the opera is an irresistible fusion of East and West.
For the first of two performances of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations we are delighted to welcome the leading harpsichord soloist, Iranian-born Mahan Esfahani, whose recording of the seminal work won the 2017 BBC Music magazine Award for Best Instrumental Recording.
Bonjour! Celebrating Queen Victoria in Paris, climb aboard for our journey to France during this drop in session. Take part in our French inspired day, the home of our beloved founder Josephine Bowes. Let’s see who can build the tallest Eiffel Tower!
Race for Life brings millions of women together to support our life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters.
So which event is for you?
A 5k is great for all ages. Run, jog or walk the only thing that matters is that you’re part of it.
Askham Hall is a Pele Tower incorporating C14, C16 and early C18 elements in a courtyard plan. Opened in 2013 with luxury accommodation, a restaurant, spa, cafe and wedding barn. Splendid formal garden with terraces of herbaceous borders and topiary, dating back to C17.
Green Door are thrilled to be returning to Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre with a new group exhibition of exciting and eclectic art. ‘Fusion’, with work from more than 30 Green Door artists, will include ceramics, glass, mixed media, painting. photography, printmaking and textiles.
Artist and potters garden of approx ½ acre of mixed planting designed for year-round interest, incl two linked small ponds. Roses, grasses and colour themed borders surround the house, with a gravel garden at the front, as well as a number of woodland plant areas, vegetable and fruit areas and sitting spaces.
Allegri Singers and Players perform two great masterpieces for small choir. Handel’s Dixit Dominus was written after he visited Italy and shows the young composer’s mastery of extrovert Italian choral techniques.
1 acre country garden with mixed planting, incl unusual trees, shrubs and some topiary. Small woodland garden and woodland glades. 2 ponds which encourage dragonflies. Several arbours where you can sit and relax. New paved topiary garden.
Award-winning Big Fish Little Fish family raves are coming to Rheged! Dance with the family to a (grown up) dance music set with BFLF resident Dave Booth on the decks. Enjoy top tunes on the dancefloor with bubbles, glitter cannons, balloons and our parachute dance finale.
In 1996 this wonderful garden was a field. It now includes 2 ponds, one with koi, stream, bog garden and wooded area. Mixed colourful borders are full of herbaceous perennials. Informal and naturalistic, this is a rural idyll. Abundant wildlife incl kingfishers, dippers, wagtails, frogs and toads.
Rural setting with wonderful panoramic views of local countryside. Garden consists of mixed borders, roses and sweet peas. Large pond (small lake) stocked with ghost carp and trout, with natural planting including candelabra primulas and wild flower banks. Island has ducks, coots and moorhens nesting.
Explore Cecilia Strickland’s life at Sizergh in the eighteenth century, through her own words. Uncover the story of one of Sizergh’s influential eighteenth-century residents, Cecilia Strickland, as her experiences of love, loss and hope are brought to life in a new exhibition through the house and gardens...
Sizergh, Sizergh, near Kendal
Today, Sat 26 May, Mon 28 May to Sat 2 Jun, Mon 4 Jun to Sat 9 Jun, Mon 11 Jun to Sat 16 Jun, Mon 18 Jun to Sat 23 Jun, Mon 25 Jun to Sat 30 Jun, Mon 2 Jul to Sat 7 Jul, Mon 9 Jul
Join one of our volunteers for a guided walk around the gardens at Sizergh. You’ll find real variety in our seven-hectare garden - from the formal hot wall to the wilder landscape of the magnificent limestone rock garden. Booking Not Needed.
Sizergh, Sizergh, near Kendal
Today, Mon 28 May to Fri 1 Jun, Mon 4 Jun to Fri 8 Jun, Mon 11 Jun to Fri 15 Jun, Mon 18 Jun to Fri 22 Jun, Mon 25 Jun to Fri 29 Jun, Mon 2 Jul to Fri 6 Jul, Mon 9 Jul
Join us on a guided tour of the beautiful and diverse Sizergh estate. Enjoy a two hour, 1.5 mile, guided walk through the delightful grounds of Sizergh and the surrounding countryside. There are two walks to choose from. The Sizergh Fell walk, at 11am, reveals stunning views and hidden archeology.
Join a member of our garden team and discover seasonal garden surprises at Sizergh. Explore a stunning mix of bright, spring flowers complete with the original Lakeland daffodil carpets, the wildflower bank and Snakeshead Fritillaria, with fabulous views of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
1½ acre part-walled country garden set around C18 former vicarage. Several defined areas have been created by hedges, each with its own theme and linked by intricate cobbled pathways. Beautiful setting with fine views across to Farleton Fell.
Celebrate the beginning of British Summertime at Country Fest! A fantastic family weekend filled with delicious food and drink, countryside and children’s activities, spectacular and daring demonstrations, live music and plenty more for the whole family to get involved in.
County Showground,Lane Farm, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria
The garden extends to 4½ acres and overlooks the Lyth Valley with extensive views south to Morecambe Bay and east to the Howgills. We have orchards, wild flower meadow and more formal garden with a range of outbuildings.
Charming and secluded 3 acre garden surrounding a C17 Lakeland farmhouse and bank barn. Plenty of seating to enjoy the beautiful views of the Lyth Valley and Scout Scar. Garden under development. Mixed borders, ponds, lawned areas, topiary, small bluebell wood and vegetable garden.
¾ acre sloping garden in old orchard. Plantsperson’s paradise. Winding paths, diverse habitats, secret vistas. All yr interest and colour. Collections of ferns (100+ varieties), hellebores (70+), grasses, cottage plants, geraniums, Acers (36) Hostas. Auricula theatres, ’imaginary’ stream, bog garden.