The Lake District Guide
Lake District Crafts
Ranging through art galleries and exhibitions via craft
studios, the creative talent in the Lakes is unrivalled.
There are plenty of places to buy works of art and high quality crafts. For example, Gallery H in Arnside boasts a collection of contemporary art and traditional crafts, works of fine ort and interior decorative objects.
are some amazing contemporary jewellery pieces at the Necessary Angel in
Keswick. For superb designer handmade furniture visit the ever-reliable Hall
& Sons of Staveley.
And for our final selection, why not visit the annual Cumbrian Artists' Open Exhibition, which is held at the Upfront Gallery, located near Hutton-in-the-Forest?
Welcome to your guide to crafts in the English Lake District
There's a wealth of local talent in the field of Lake District crafts, including skilled blacksmiths, wood turners, jewellery makers, toy makers, textile artists, artisan food producers, and more. See the map below and then select the number corresponding to the place you'd like to see.
The numbers on the map correspond to the descriptions below
Lake District Ceramics
01 Gosforth Pottery
Gosforth Pottery, Hardingill House, Gosforth, West Cumbria, CA20 1AH
A busy country pottery
selling earthenware and stoneware pots mode in the pottery. Also pots by
other potters. Pottery courses, pottery painting and pottery lessons -
phone for details. Large range of garden pots. Mail order available.
03 Hutton Lodge Pottery
05 James Hake Ceramics
Unit 8 & 9, Holme Mills
Industrial Estate, Holme, Cumbria, LA6 1RD
James Hake produces thrown
and hand built ceramics. He creates large interior pieces for galleries
and commissions as well as smaller functional items. James' work is
characterised by the use of oriental
06 Gallery 1611
Gallery 1611,Studio House, Market Place, Alston, CA9 3HS, 01434 382137
Ceramics inspired by the Pennine landscape are on display in this unique 17th century building. Changing exhibitions by other ceramic artists are held throughout the year.
Lake District Jewellery
07 Dancing PeacockDancing Peacock, 14 Whitfell Avenue, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 6QR
Phone: 01228 514877 Mobile: 07882 167682
Website: www.dancingpeacock.co.uk Email: Deborah@dancingpeacock.co.uk
Deborah makes unique jewellery to her own designs, and her work can be seen in a number of Cumbrian galleries. Her latest range is of fused dichroic glass jewellery. Her pieces vibrate with all the colours of the rainbow, producing stunning effects - the colours shift as if they were permanently under water. And now - Deborah also now makes pictures, clocks, photograph frames and other items, also all of dichroic glass. all well worth a look, and very likely to solve your present problems! Click to expand the photos below.
08 Sue Kane Designs at
the Gem Den
In Sue's specialist gem shop
you can choose from an array of semi-precious jewellery. Alternatively
have a piece created for yourself from her large stock of beads and
Lake District Wood Crafts
The Cumbrian landscape has changed throughout the ages and part of that change has been the gradual clearance of woodlands. However woods such as those at Grizedale, near Coniston, remind us of how important they were to the Cumbrian economy. Some woodland skills still remain in a small way, such as coppicing and charcoal burning, whilst industries such as bobbin making have died out. However it is the skilled craft workers and small enterprises working in wood who are still prominent in the county. These include swill and basket makers, toy and walking stick makers, wood turners and carvers, and of course furniture makers working in both traditional and contemporary styles.
The Cane Workshop
Stokoe House, Market Place, Alston, CA9 3HS, 01434 382973 featuring locally made and tratitional arts & crafts.
09 Harold Harrison Turning School
Eden House, Ivegill, nr. Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 OPJ
Harold Harrison is a
professional turner on the register of The Worshipful Company of Turners
of London. He offers patient, personal tuition for beginners and beyond in
his modern, purpose built turning school. 1 - 3 day courses available.
Lunch and refreshments provided.
10 Ram Workshop
Carlisle, CA6 6DW
Handmade furniture in local
hard woods, wood-carving, painted woodwork and the "House-box" - your home
in miniature! Richard and Mary work to commission, with consultations and quotations free.
11 The Chair Workshop
99 Main Street, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5AD
Repairs, seating, craft supplies, tuition.
Cane, rush, cords, seagrass, willow and rope.
12 Woodstyle Joinery
Woodbank Farm, Brisco,
Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 OQP
Handmade kitchens &
bedrooms. Summerhouses & gazebos. Home offices. Garden architecture. Oak
framed wooden garages. Nationwide delivery.
13 Croglin Toys
This is a high quality wooden toy
making business, established in Lazonby's original school. The shop
sells exclusively locally made toys with an ever expanding range for young
and old, from little spinning tops to wooden animals to sophisticated
Lake District Textiles
14 Countryman John and Company Ltd
Lake Road, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8EW
Unique wildlife designs hand
printed on roller blinds, table linen, fleeces, ceramic tiles, etc. Also a
selection of pine furniture, pottery and limited edition prints by local
artists. Also features a range of gifts only available from our workshops!
15 Farfield Clothing Ltd
Established in 1985,
Farfield Clothing manufacture a wide range of colourful and warm clothing
for the whole family. Situated in the centre of Sedbergh in a beautifully
renovated old Primary School just off the Main Street, you can browse in
the Factory Shop.
16 Rannerdale Mill Shop
Locally designed and printed
Lake District and Coast to Coast T-shirts are available at Rannerdale Mill
Shop in Cockermouth's Market Place, along with hand-made children's fleece
jackets and hats, lambswool and Shetland wool knitwear applique
sweatshirts & embroidered cardigans, white bowls wear and water-repellent
17 The Wool Clip
A co-operative of
farming/craftswomen pooling skills in spinning, dyeing, knitting and
weaving to produce a wide range of high quality, innovative and colourful
items using wool from local sheep. Rugs, sheepskins, jumpers, yarns, felt,
fleece - all in natural colours and dyed.
Lake District Art
18 Betty Fold Gallery
Hawkshead Hill, Hawkshead,
Nr Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 OPS
Visitors to Betty Fold may
browse at leisure viewing unique photographic images by Neil Salisbury of
Lakeland fell hunting, and stunning scenery. Sample delightful
home-made soups and baking while you enjoy the ambience of this
beautifully situated country house.
The Gallery: An exhibition
of paintings, prints, sculpture, and cards of the work of four generations
of the eminent Heaton Cooper family, from the watercolours of Alfred 1863
- 1929 and William 1903 - 1995 to the present day members. Artist
Materials: An unusual range of specialist painting and drawing materials
together with an exceptional range of papers.
20 Havenart Art and
HavenArt artist's studios
create panoramic photographs of your special places in Cumbria. These can
be customised with your words, or a photomontage created from your holiday
photos. See website for details - posted worldwide. Canvas painting,
screen printing and collographs are also created in this Georgian house.
Lake District Food
21 Brysons Of Keswick
Brysons Craft Bakery and Tea Room, which started over 50 years ago on the
same Keswick site, still produces a dazzling array of top quality freshly
baked goods for its shop and Tea Room. Lakeland Plum Bread is a must for
all visitors to the area.
22 The Bridge Cafe and Bistro
Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12
A real home from home in a fantastic
setting, The Bridge Cafe & Bistro offers something for everyone from
the famous Bridge Breakfast to homemade Indian & Thai delicacies to our
outstanding evening meals. A place where food matters!
23 Buttermere Ayrshires
Ice Cream & Buttermere Landscapes & Crafts
Delicious ice-cream made here on the farm, using milk and cream
from the resident herd of Ayrshire cows. Relax in the quaint ice-cream
parlour, or browse in the gallery, featuring photography by Louise Kyle,
locally made crafts, gifts and much more.
24 Hawkshead Relish Company
The Square, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 ONZ
An award winning, family run business with a range of top quality home
made relishes, chutneys, mustards, sauces and preserves. All are available
through the shop and mail order.
25 Kennedys Fine Chocolates
The Old School, Orton, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3RU
Kennedys Fine Chocolates are handmade using the finest chocolate and
ingredients. Visit our Factory Shop and Coffee House with viewing
windows into the production area. Delicious home baking and homemade ice
creams. Mail order service available. Chocoholics welcome!
26 Sarah Nelson's
This unique little shop, built in 1630 as the village school, is the only
place to buy the genuine Sarah Nelson's Original Celebrated Grasmere
Gingerbread. World famous for its secret recipe and freshly baked everyday
since 1854. Worldwide mail order available.
Galleries and Workshops
27 Ambleside Artists'
29 The Gincase
winning farm attraction including a large 1760 stone barn, full to
bursting with high quality crafts and art made by hand in Cumbria, with
regularly changing exhibitions in the gallery. Also visit the popular
tearoom and children's farm animal park and playground.
30 The Lowes Court Gallery
A fascinating gallery showing a wide range of painting, prints and craft
work. Monthly exhibitions by emerging and established artists and
craftspeople. Gifts for sale from Cumbria and surrounding counties. Also
houses the Egremont Tourist Information Centre.
31 Percy House Gallery
Contemporary Art and Design in Cockermouth's oldest town house, dated
1598. Exhibitions ranging from textiles to photographs, paintings and
sculpture. Unique furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glass, metalwork and
32 The Pot Place
Based in the old station yard in Plumpton,
the Pot Place sells garden pots and
ornaments, water features, log cabins, children's play equipment & gifts.
There's a tea room serving home made cakes and snacks.
33 Skylark Studio
The gallery of etcher,
watercolourist and pastel artist Rolf Parker, also
stocks a fascinating range of high quality British crafts including
ceramics, pewter, glass and handmade cards, plus a large selection of
fashion jewellery made on the premises.
Throughout the county, Made
in Cumbria has a network of over 25 Partnership Shops. These partnerships
are an important part of the development of our craft and gift sector.
Creating a "shop within a shop" allows the craftspeople to find a market
for their products through these many varied outlets.
Armitt Museum, Rydal Road Phone:01539431212
Bowness on Windermere
The Burnside Hotel, Bowness Phone: 015394 44530
Wellington Farm Shop and Tea Rooms Phone: 01900 822777
The Post Office,
Yewdale Road Phone: 015394 41937
Beck Steps, The Village Green Phone: 015394 35820
Orton Grange Farm Shop Nr Carlisle Phone:01228 711410
High Head Sculpture
Valley Phone: 016974 73552
The Book Shop, Market Street Phone: 015242 71294
Yew Tree Gallery, Nr Grange Over Sands Phone: 015395 31498
M6 Burton Services, Nr
Carnforth Phone: 01524 781234
M6 Southwaite Services, Nr
Carlisle Phone: 01697 473476
Food From The Fells Phone: 01524 792871
Newbiggin on Lune
Lune Spring Garden Centre Phone: 015396 23318
Discovery Centre Phone: 01768 895598
Sellafield Visitor Centre
Phone: 01946 727027
The Post Office, Main Street Phone: 01539 821247
The Cumbrian Way, Brogden Street Phone: 01229 588906
Heron Glass, The Lakes Glass Centre Phone: 01229 581121
Bridge House Farm Tea
Rooms, Wray, Lancaster, LA2 8QP Phone: 01524 222496