Events at Brantwood  

What's going on at Brantwood?

From outdoor theatre for all the family to lectures on art and literature, from concerts in the drawing room to our annual craft fair, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

  Garden Book Launch & Special Open Day

Saturday 3rd May 2014

To celebrate the final restoration and the publication of "The Gardens at Brantwood" by David Ingram.

Book signing, refreshments, displays, horticultural advice, children's trail, guided garden walks. FREE ENTRY

2pm - 5pm

Park & Ride available.

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Wednesday 7th May 2014

Brantwood Revisited: The Ruskin/Trotter Friendship - A Century Later....

by Miriam Huffman Rockness

John Ruskin proclaimed Lilias Trotter's potential as one of the best artists of the nineteenth century, but her devotion to Christ compelled her to abandon a life of art and privilege and devote herself to missionary service among the people of Algeria. Miriam, a graduate of Wheaton College and author, has painstakingly researched journals and letters written by Trotter, including correspondence with Ruskin, to provide a fascinating insight into this extraordinary woman.

Talk starts at 7.30pm

£5 per person includes a glass of wine on arrival from 7pm

Film & Talk

Thursday 12th June 2014

Epic of Everest

Re-mastered original film of Sandy Irvine and George Mallory's epic trek, introduced by Jan Faull.

In association with Royal Geographical Society (and IBG).

Starts at 7.30pm

£5 per person includes a glass of wine on arrival from 7pm

RGS-IBG members free

Wednesday 2nd July 2014


From the Archives of the Royal Geographical Society

by Eugene Rae

It is now 100 years since Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked on his bold Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition. Gain a unique insight, through the Society's archive, led by its Principal Librarian, into the greatest escape in polar exploration along with evidence of Shackleton's earlier participation in the Discovery and Nimrod expeditions.

Talk starts at 7.30pm

£5 per person includes a glass of wine on arrival from 7pm

RGS-IBG members free

Advance booking essential

Tuesday 14th October 2014

Ruskin and the Environment

By Sara Atwood

In association with Royal Geographical Association

Talk starts at 7.30pm

£5 per person includes a glass of wine on arrival from 7pm

RGS-IBG members free

  Outdoor Theatre

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

"Macbeth" by William Shakespeare

A brave military hero... A noble and devoted subject... A popular leader respected by fellow Thanes and trusted by the King himself. Macbeth's outstanding qualities and achievements ensure that he has a bright future ahead of him. Three mad witches he meets after a battle confirm no less. Or, rather, two of them do. The third prophesies rather more than a rise in his fortunes: she states that he will become King himself. One brief, crazy suggestion sows a seed of ambition, causes the unravelling of a great man, and incites a chain of treachery, murder and destruction. 

Suitable for: all ages 5+ Targeted at: all ages 10+
Running time: 2hrs 15mins (including 20 minute interval)

Tuesday 19th August 2014

"George's Marvellous Medicine" by Roald Dahl adapted by David Wood

Suitable for age 5+ Targeted at: all ages 5+

It's the first day of half-term, Grandma has written to say she is coming to stay, and George is going to have to give up his bedroom for her. It wouldn't be so bad if Grandma were a nice Grandma. But George's Grandma is horrible. "George do this!" "George do that!" "George is it time for my medicine?" What's the point of taking medicine, George wonders, when it's clearly not doing her any good, and it certainly isn't making her any nicer? So George decides to concoct his own medicine which he gives to Grandma on a spoon - with hilarious results!

Running time: 1hr 35mins (including 20 minute interval)

Performed by outdoor theatre company, Illyria, in Brantwood's lakeside meadow. Spectacular views across Coniston Water to the fells as a back drop. Bring a picnic, something to sit on, and wet weather clothes (just in case!).

Gates open at 6pm

Show starts at 7pm

Tickets cost £10.50 adult; £7.50 child (age 3-16) and can be purchased from Brantwood.

Tel. 015394 41396

  Winter Craft Fair

Saturday 15th November & Sunday 16th November 2014

Brantwood's annual winter craft fair offers a wide range of crafts on display throughout the house. Enjoy jewellery, ceramics, textiles, photography, wood turning, swill baskets, trugs, pottery...and food, to name but a few.

10.30am until 5pm (closes at 4pm on Sunday)

Admission £2. Children are free.

  Concert Series

Saturday 25th October 2014

Violin & Harp

Tansy Garrod, violin & Mary Reid, Harp

Programme includes Saints Saens, Spohr, Arvo Part, Damase & Kitka

Saturday 29th November 2014

Piano & Clarinet

Simon Passmore, piano & Tom Verity, clarinet

Programme includes Brahms, Poulenc, Weber, Debussy & Ireland

Saturday 14th February 2015

Fewkes Horn Quartet

Programme includes Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Rimsky Korsakov and more.....

Saturday 14th March 2015

Solem String Quartet

Programme includes Haydn, Debussy

Ticket price tbc

Concerts start at 7pm

Pre-concert dinner can be booked at Jumping Jenny Restaurant (teL. 015394 41715)

  Regular Events


Guided Garden Walks

Explore Brantwood’s fascinating and extensive estate with one of our very knowledgeable guides. Easter to October: every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2.15pm. No additional charge. No pre-booking required.

Ruskin Readings

Listen to excerpts taken from the writings of John Ruskin, read by Pat Crellin in the setting of Ruskin's Drawing Room. No additional charge.

April until end of September 2014: 3rd April, 1st May, 5th June, 3rd July, 7th August, 4th September

2.30 - 3.30pm.

  Family  Trail

School holidays

Follow a fun trail around Brantwood's woodland estate to find hidden bird friends. Learn about the variety of birds here and their habitats. Bird cam installed near to main house to follow the daily activity of these fascinating creatures.

No additional charge

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Events at Brantwood

Brantwood is an independent registered charity
The Brantwood Trust
LA21 8AD
Telephone: 015394 41396
Facsimile: 015394 41263