10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm
One of the most popular items on sale in the Lowther shop is the wooden sword. On this basis, they have invited the highly respected Dave Corrie – who has been running greenwood workshops for children in the Eden Valley for 20 years – to show their younger visitors how to make their own. The workshop will give young swordistas the chance to use traditional hand tools and woodworking methods to create their very own sword. Or, if they prefer, their own mallet. Either can be taken home and the timber used will be locally sourced.
Weather-permitting, this workshop will be held outdoors in the Garden, so they ask that those attending dress accordingly. If there is very heavy rain however, they will find an indoor space. All tools and materials will be provided. All children go away with their own sword or mallet. For 7 years and older. They ask that attendees arrive 10 minutes before the start time of their session. Booking is essential. Parental supervision essential, but parents do not need a workshop ticket.
£14 per child for Castle, Gardens and Workshop
£8 for annual child pass holder
The site of Lowther Castle has been occupied by the same family since 1150. Several different buildings have occupied the spot, the last of which was the castle itself. It was commissioned by William, 1st Earl of Lonsdale in 1806 and designed by the architect Robert Smirke, later responsible for many great civic buildings in London including the British Museum. In its heyday, the castle boasted a room for every day of the year. There was a grand art collection and the house was a celebrated beacon of the north.
Lowther Castle and Gardens has recently undergone an extensive restoration programme. The history of Lowther Castle has now come full circle. From grandeur to extravagance to abandonment to demolition, the castle has become of the most popular tourist destinations in Cumbria. Open to families of all ages every day, there is plenty do to and see for everyone at Lowther Castle and Gardens. The Story of Lowther exhibition takes a look at the 850 year history, offering an insight into the different generations of the Lowther family and the different castle structures. High in the treetops there’s a large adventure playground – the Lost Castle – a replica of the castle itself, with the addition of turrets, zipwires, walkways and slides.