Romney painting returns to Sizergh

A painting by one of the most celebrated portrait painters of his time has been returned to its ancestral home, Sizergh Castle. ‘Charles Strickland with a Fishing Rod’ was painted by Dalton-born artist George Romney in the 1760s. Romney, who later went on to become a successful Georgian Society artist,…

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New carpet at Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top

A new handwoven carpet – immortalised in Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Samuel Whiskers – has been fitted at the National Trust’s Hill Top, the author’s 17th century Lake District farmhouse. The underlay for the carpet was made from Cumbrian Herdwick wool, the sheep breed Potter loved and helped to preserve….

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New season of adult creative workshops launched at Brockhole

Feeling the spring bug, itching to get creative? Checkout the adult Creative Workshops. Book now – and have something in the diary to look forward to. Discover Linocut Printmaking Explore the exciting art of linocut printmaking; learn how to design, carve and print from your own lino block with beautiful…

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New Beatrix Potter exhibition opens in the Lake District

A new National Trust exhibition ‘Friendship by post – people who shaped Beatrix Potter’s world’, opens on Saturday 15 February, at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. ‘Friendship by post’ explores how important correspondence was to Beatrix. Beatrix Potter’s original personal letters, photographs, illustrations from some of her famous tales…

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Experience inspiration within the stars

A new art installation is being created to celebrate the dark skies in the Lake District. The installation ‘Intrastellar’ will be open from 21 February until 23 February at Grizedale Forest as part of Cumbria’s first ever Dark Skies Festival, a partnership between Forestry England, Friends of The Lake District,…

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William the poet to stage Wordsworth celebration

A Cumbrian student at the Cambridge college attended by William Wordsworth is organising a special event to mark the poet’s 250th anniversary. Will Crisp, a former pupil at Windermere’s Lakes School, is leading a poetry reading next month in the college chapel. He has chosen Wordsworth poems on the themes…

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Newly discovered Wordsworth treasures given to Rydal Mount

A treasure trove of items belonging to William Wordsworth never seen publicly before has been given to Rydal Mount, the poet’s home near Ambleside. The items include two portraits which had not been seen for generations and that have never appeared on public display. There’s a framed portrait in oils…

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