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(Entry is included in House admission)

13th June – 10th September 2017
On Home Ground: Ruskin in England and Scotland
This exhibition includes examples of Ruskin’s work from early tours to Scotland and the Lake District in 1837 and 1838; from his student days at Oxford and later occasional travels; and those made in and around Brantwood after he settled here in 1872.

12th September – January 2018
Coming of Age: Ruskin’s Drawings from the 1840-41 Tour
Ruskin, aged 21, travelled with his parents through France and Italy on a tour lasting from September 1840 to June 1841. Working their way along the coast of Italy through Genoa, Florence and Pisa they spent December in Rome before moving on to Naples early in January 1841. The return journey took them via Rome in March to Florence and Venice, and back through France. Using the young Ruskin’s spectacular drawings, this exhibition provides a vivid visual account of the Ruskin family’s travels.

(Entry is included in House or Garden admission)

9th September – 12th November
‘Art in the Extreme’ Expedition paintings by Lincoln Rowe
In the course of a long and varied career spanning thirty five years as a professional artist, Lincoln Rowe has gained acclaim as a sea going marine artist, working aboard ships of the British Merchant and Royal Navy fleets; as a military artist working in conflict zones with the army and units of the Royal Marines; and as an expedition artist climbing and painting some of the worlds highest peaks.


14th April – 31st October 2017
The Animal Life of Glenfender Meadows by John Ford
Biologist and photographer John Ford has spent more than forty years creating a remarkable documentary celebration of the diversity of an unimproved northern hay meadow on the southern edges of the Cairngorms. This exhibition showcases some of the animals of Glenfender and is a sequel to the plants exhibited in 2015.


Thursday 7th September. 7.30pm.
A seasonal GARDENERS QUESTION TIME evening, taking your garden through autumn into winter and its possibilities. In aid of St. Mary's Hospice, Ulverston.
To be held In Brantwood’s Loft. Tickets in advance £5.00, including light refreshments, available from Brantwood - 015394 41396 or
For further information and to leave questions in advance, please contact Pam Kirkbride on 015394 41562. Panel includes - Chair - Sally Beamish (former Head Gardener at Brantwood, now AskSallyBee garden and land coach), Andy Gilchrist (South Lakes Orchard Group) and Anne Stoddart (florist and floral art teacher).

Miles Moore Ceramics – CArt

16 & 17 September 2017
South Lakeland husband and wife, Martin and Siohban will be demonstrating a mixture of traditional and american raku firings with an accompanying pop up exhibition that showcases the processes and outcomes. During house opening times.


20 September 2017
Art in the extreme
Lincoln Rowe
Lincoln works primarily in pastel because it doesn’t freeze – a useful quality when you are working in sub-zero temperatures halfway up Everest! Hear of his experiences as an expedition artist on not only the world’s highest mountain, but in the Alps, the Andes, Norway and closer to home in the Lake District. Linked to exhibition 9th September to 12th November.
Tickets: £5.00 per person (includes drink on arrival). Free for RGS-IBG members. Advance booking essential. 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm


15th September, 2017
Graphite and watercolour workships with Patrick Corbett
Practical art workshops that explore Ruskin’s ideas on drawing and painting. Varied subject matter inspired by Brantwood house and gardens. Learn techniques in using watercolour, graphite chisel points, pen and ink. Suitable for all levels. All materials and refreshments provided. 10.30am – 4.30pm. £55.00 per person


School Holidays
Children’s Activity Trail Around the Gardens
Follow a fun trail around Brantwood’s woodland estate to find hidden animal friends. Learn about the creatures and their habitats.
Included with house or garden ticket.

April to October 2.15pm
Guided Garden Walks
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Explore Brantwood’s fascinating and extensive estate with one of our very knowledgeable guides. Included with house or garden ticket.

Ruskin Lace demonstrations

3rd Thursday in the month, April to October
An insight into the traditional method of needle-made lace. Demonstrations throughout the day in Ruskin’s Drawing Room.
Admission included with house ticket.
For Bookings or further information, please contact:

East of Lake
Cumbria LA21 8AD
Tel: 015394 41396