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4th May 2019 to 19th July 2019
Gumboots was a young gardener who came to work in the gardens at Lowther Castle in the 1930s. On his first day, Gumboots went to the toolshed and found some tools were missing. This is the story of his hunt for those missing tools. Each chapter in Gumboots’ story has a clue – marked in red. The red clue tells you where to go next. Follow Gumboots from clue to clue and find out where to go to claim a small gardening prize. Daily 10.00am-5.00pm Free with admission to Lowther Castle
29th May 2019 to 1st September 2019
Imagine stepping into a green and tranquil place. Somewhere you feel free to stop talking, switch off from technology, and just wander… Welcome to Silent Space, a concept created by Liz Ware and one we are delighted to embrace. Jack Croft, on Mondays from now on and until further notice, will be our Silent Space. No chat, no digital pings and pongs, no clamour – just quiet contemplation. We hope visitors will enjoy this moment to reflect and be at peace. Reflections notebook on hand to record visitors’ thoughts. This event happens every Monday & is free with admission to Lowther Castle
5th July 2019
We are delighted to announce details of a concert by one of the stars of the classical firmament, Chloë Hanslip. A violinist of great talent, Chloë was trained at the wonderful Menuhin School in Surrey. She was just 15 when she gave her debut at the BBC Proms and has performed at major venues in the UK (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre; and worked with many of today’s leading conductors – Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis and Charles Dutoit among them. Besides being an accomplished soloist, Chloe is also a committed chamber musician and frequently gives chamber recitals around the country. She plays a Guarneri del Gesu 1737. 6.15pm Light Supper in the Café 7.00pm Bar available in the Parterre Tapestry Garden 7.30pm Violin Recital in the Sculpture Gallery 8.30pm Drinks in the Parterre Tapestry Garden This event will give visitors a wonderful opportunity to hear a virtuoso player up close. Chloë will also talk about her rather amazing violin. Unallocated seats. £25 for the concert and welcome drink. £45 for concert, drink and 2-course supper. Funds raised will go towards the refurbishment of Hunsonby Village Hall.
9th July 2019 to 11th July 2019, 9th July 2019 to 11th July 2019
For three days only, one of the biggest agricultural events in the English calendar returns for another year to gather the crowds. With over 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals attending last years event, 2019 is set to be bigger than ever. Go along to experience competitions, agriculture, a Royal visit, and of course some glorious sunshine.
18th July 2019
July is when the Parterre Tapestry Garden comes into its own. Sweeps of summer flowers enclosed by yew, the whole a modern version of an ancient concept. Martin Ogle will guide you plant by plant through the scheme that has made Dan Pearson's design such a success. Tour begins at 1.30pm and is followed by a Q&A session with Martin in the Lowther Café. £20 including entry to the Castle, Gardens, Exhibition and tea/coffee plus traybake in the café £11 for annual passholders including tea/coffee plus traybake in the café
20th July 2019
Jewels, gold, thieves, caves, magic words and a robber king – Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves is a tale of high Arabian drama, adapted from the ancient classic Arabian Nights. Many will know the stunning Disney adaptation of this desert tale. Now Illyria – who brought The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle to Lowther in 2018 – is bringing their highly popular theatrical version of the story to the castle and gardens. Last year’s event was a great success and charmed all viewers, adult and young alike. This year’s once again will be a lovely occasion for families. Bring chairs and rugs and, of course do not forget your children. The event is a fund-raiser for the wonderful Calvert Trust, a charity that organises outdoor adventure holidays for disabled adults and children. 5.45pm gates open 6.30pm Charity auction followed by the Outdoor theatre which includes a 20 minute interval 8.30pm Evening draws to a close Pop up Pizza, ice cream, coffee, beer, wine and cocktails will be available Tickets available from up to 4pm on Saturday 20 July, after which tickets are available at Lowther Castle. (Tickets are non-refundable) Adult £13, Children (5-12) £9, Family (2A+2C) £40 and Carers free. 10% off for Lowther Castle annual passholders, but tickets must be bought in person at Lowther Castle Admissions Desk; FREE entry to Lowther Castle, Gardens and Adventure Play on Saturday 20 July for theatre tickets holders
25th July 2019 to 28th July 2019
Staged in Lowther Deer Park, one of the north’s most popular music festivals. Not one to miss if you love a great atmosphere, and some huge names.
3rd August 2019 to 4th August 2019
Back, for the third year in a row, the highly popular Crafty Vintage fair – a weekend of stalls selling a range of items, old, new, upcycled, vintage, pre-loved, hand-made, esoteric, tempting. Music, food, craft beers and much more.
10th August 2019 to 11th August 2019
The much-loved Lowther Show returns with heaps for country-lovers including carriage-driving and gundog trialing.
22nd August 2019
The crisp white beauty of the anemone Honorine Jobert is one of the many late summer blooms that looks particularly lovely in August at Lowther. Join Martin Ogle as he gives you a tour of all our late flowers. Tour begins at 1.30pm. Followed by a Q&A session in the Lowther Café. £20 including entry to the Castle, Gardens, Exhibition and tea/coffee plus traybake in the café £18 including the above but without the traybake £11 for annual passholders including tea/coffee plus traybake in the café £9 for annual passholders including just tea/coffee
12th September 2019
Located on the fringes of the Lake District, Westmorland County Show is a fantastic day out – voted as one of the UK’s favourite Shows and enjoyed by over 30,000 visitors every year. A major livestock Show with classes for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and alpacas, heavy and light horses too, there’s plenty to see. With livestock, foxhounds, and more, you can learn about the industry or take to the shops and buy some bespoke local produce.
26th September 2019
Nobody knows the orchard at Lowther like Martin Ogle - for in 2013, in conjunction with the South Lakes Orchard Group and the North Cumbria Orchard Group, Martin helped to plant the first orchard here for at least 100 years. The plantation is made up of 167 trees and was structured on a timeline so that it includes varieties of plums, apples, pears, damsons and hazel from across the centuries. Martin will give you an insider's guide into the planting of this orchard, together with some tips on planning and planting your own. Tour begins at 1.30pm. Followed by a Q&A session in the Lowther Café. £20 including entry to the Castle, Gardens, Exhibition and tea/coffee plus traybake in the café £18 including the above but without the traybake £11 for annual passholders including tea/coffee plus traybake in the café £9 for annual passholders including just tea/coffee
28th September 2019 to 29th September 2019
"Foodies across the county are looking forward to the county’s biggest culinary treat. The 2018 Taste Cumbria festival takes place in Cockermouth on Saturday, 29 and Sunday, 30 September. The main event will include 80 stalls in the producers market on Main Street. In Market Place there will be the hot food court. There will also be a secret gin garden, demonstrations and masterclasses with some of Cumbria’s best chefs, and free town trails to help visitors explore. One of the highlights will be the exclusive pop-up restaurant which, for the second time, will be held Wordsworth House & Garden. Guests will dine in the historic house’s kitchen with food created by Michelin-starred chef Kevin Tickle from Forest Side in Grasmere. Just 32 guests will have the chance to enjoy this amazing experience at two sittings on Friday, 28 September."
28th September 2019 to 29th September 2019
Bringing together some of the most mouthwatering and thirst quenching food and drink for foodies across Cumbria, Taste Cumbria 2019 is returning to bless the taste buds of Cockermouth in one of the county's biggest culinary events. The event has been carefully compiled by Taste Cumbria magazine and Cumbria Life, two major players in the Cumbrian food world, and definitely the right people to organise any event about Cumbrian food! With over 80 stalls and an expected 40,000 attendees, the event is going to be a big one you're not going to want to miss. There will also be a pop-up restaurant with one of the county’s best chefs, demonstrations from some brilliant food and drink experts, a beer festival, comedy night, children’s activities and free town trails to help visitors explore.
28th September 2019 to 29th September 2019
A two-day celebration of our four-legged friends. Displays, novelty classes, dog market and lots more. They had their first dogs jamboree weekend in 2018 and it was a triumph. Cheered on by this, they bring you Dogs of Lowther mark II. Expect more and bigger and more fun and more doggy. And more dogs.
26th October 2019
The biggest market in Cumbria is returning to Penrith once more! Prepare yourself for one of the most bespoke and stylish events of the year with a full street bursting with entertainment, music, good food, and more.
2nd November 2019 to 3rd November 2019
Fireworks to die for over the haunting skeleton of Lowther Castle ruins, with feasting and fun on the side.
7th December 2019 to 8th December 2019
All the festive food to get you in the yule tide mood. There will be giant marquees selling food, tipples, and decorations. With a fairground and arts and crafts, there is something for the whole family. More details yet to be announced.
7th December 2019 to 8th December 2019
It's never too early to get excited about Christmas, and with one of the tastiest Christmas festivals coming up - we can't wait! Appearing at the festival will be all your festive favourites, with some new ones to boot. Mince pies, mulled wine, festive fizz, fancy cakes, hot food, cold food, and everything in between - you will find it at Taste Christmas Festival. The event takes place Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th December 2019 at Cockermouth . Expect to see a giant producers’ market with 60 stalls, a hot food court with meals and snacks, and a bar packed with ales and fizz. There will also be plenty of family activities and festive entertainment, with a fairground and Christmassy arts and crafts. The local Christmas Lights will also be twinkling in the background for your day making the festival truly special.
22nd December 2019 to 24th December 2019
A beautifully curated market with goodies of all kinds from local craft producers. Live music and street food.
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