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11th June, 2013
This course will take in gardens ranging from the grand old to the charming modern. At Lowther Castle, set in 130 acres, we will see and hear about the on-going restoration of this once great garden which was forgotten about for 70 years. The relatively new garden at Winton Park occupies 3 acres and contains both traditional and contemporary features. We will visit 3 other private gardens including Henley Syke which, although only half an acre in size, is an absolute gem.
9th June, 2013
A closer look at the components of landscape painting, composition and mood will involve considering the effects of weather, times of day and choices of colour and paint handling. There will be a chance to paint outside, with all the subject matter found within the landscape.
7th June, 2013
WILDLIFE WOODCARVING C2033
Students will be taken through all aspects of carving a bird or an animal – but will be able to do all the work themselves under the tutor’s close supervision. The use of different tools and their care and sharpening will also be covered.
3rd June, 2013
You will have ample opportunity to paint in a variety of settings – studio, Higham’s extensive grounds and the surrounding beautiful countryside. Sessions will comprise demonstrations, ‘paint-alongs’ and painting en plein air. You will also be able to photograph and print your own scenes ready for painting in the studio. Individual tuition is designed to help you develop your skills and improve your confidence with watercolours. The course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
2nd June, 2013
As an area to provide an all-round bird watching experience, the Lake District has few equals. Early summer provides an opportunity to become familiar with residents and visitors alike, and the mix of indoor and outdoor activities will aim to explore the wide variety of habitats, from the upland fells to the rivers, lakes and coast. Taken at a comfortable leisurely pace, this course provides the ideal foundation for learning to recognise birds by both sight and sound. There will be a reasonable amount of walking – up to 2 miles, sometimes over uneven ground. Level 1 walking.
Keith Offord is a professional ornithologist, photographer, tutor and tour leader
1st June, 2013
10 am – 4.30 pm
This is an opportunity to slow down and spend a day using the Alexander Technique to heighten awareness of your movement. You will learn a more efficient and easier way of walking, sitting, bending and moving.
£40 including coffee, lunch and tea
26th May, 2013
We are proud to open the gardens of our 19th Century Gothic mansion set in approximately 6 acres of mature garden with wonderful open views of Skiddaw and surrounding fells. Many interesting trees and perennials, stream with wildlife pond, large lawn, putting green and croquet lawn, raised bed vegetable area. Woodland walks with many wild birds and a chance to see red squirrels.
Plant sales and the opportunity to cut your own flowers!
Garden Tours available on NGS day. 12 noon and 3pm
Adm £3.50, children free
In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
21st May, 2013
21st-24th May 2013
A delightful tour of some inspiring Lakeland gardens and an opportunity to buy unusual plants with the help of writer and expert Susie White, who will show how to make an aesthetically pleasing garden. Many of the terms used are familiar to painters such as composition, texture, colour and light, and the course will appeal to artists as well as gardeners. There’s a chance to bring photos and sketch plans to discuss how to improve your own garden, or you can simply enjoy the visits!
Susie has been writing about gardens for the past 25 years and her work has appeared in Homes and Gardens, Gardens Illustrated, Amateur Gardening, The English Garden, Pacific Horticulture, House and Garden, The Garden (Journal of the RHS), The Journal and Herbs magazine. She is garden columnist for the Northumbrian magazine.
Gardens of Northumberland and the Borders is considered the definitive guide to gardens in the northern area of the UK
29th April, 2013
All aboard the royal treasure-ship of Sutton Hoo! We shall embark on a course exploring the artistic and technical wonders found buried amidships beneath the barrow. A central theme will be the superb jewellery of gold, garnet and blue glass, which reveals such a brilliant synthesis of styles from Britain and the Continent. We shall compare these pieces with the similar examples of cloisonné jewellery from the more recently discovered Mercian royal treasures from Staffordshire. We shall chart what we can of the lost chapter of Old English history that the golden light of these treasures illuminates.
Dr Sam Newton – Sam appears on Channel 4′s Time Team – we drag him up to Cumbria all the way from Sutton Hoo!
12th April, 2013
This course is aimed at any level of experience, and is designed for those who wish to get the best out of a digital camera. It will cover a wide range of practical camera skills and methods to enable you to produce successful images with the spring landscape in mind. Photograph the outstanding landscape around Higham Hall and then see how you can use computer applications to improve your images.
25th January, 2013
How the wine growers from the Southern hemisphere dealt with diseases, prohibition and apartheid to give us elegant wines. We will look at wines from the Andes mountains, vine valleys and new growing trends. From vine to glass – how to understand viticulture, vinification, maturation – but mainly to enjoy what is in the glass.
Paul Quinn has been involved in the wine trade for many years and is especially interested in sourcing good value wines from around the world.
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