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Welcome to Lowther

Lowther is the name of a river, a village, an estate and one of England’s oldest dynasties. Proudly today, the family remains where it first arrived from Denmark around 850 years ago. And equally proudly, the estate – as it has since the late 12th century – continues to shift and bend with the times.

Farming, forestry, property and events are the mainstay of the Lowther Estate today, and from here we operate three UK-wide land-based businesses employing 150 people. The Castle and Gardens are marching forwards with the times and as a hub of history and horticulture, are rapidly becoming one of the top visitor attractions in the northwest.

Jim & Vanessa Lowther

June 2016



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Adventures new at Lowther

If you go down to the Lowther woods today, or at least deep into the gardens, you may be in for a big surprise. For somewhere beyond the old rose garden, deep in the mixed woodland, a lost castle is being uncovered.

CAPco has been creating adventure play hubs around the UK for many years now. Their creations are inventive and unique to each site and the idea is to offer fun and stimulus to visitors of all ages. It is CAPco who is creating the Lost Castle in the woods in the gardens at Lowther. The project is currently under way and will be complete in July 2016. Keep an eye on local press and this website for further details.

Born Survivor 2016

On 9th April 2016, Born Survivor gave 2,600 competitors the opportunity to test their inner Bear Grylls over a gruelling 10km obstacle course. The weather was glorious and the conditions fair – although crossing the River Lowther, which was high at the time, did cause a few competitors a moment of angst. “Freezing!” was the general concensus.

The event grows year on year and Born Survivor will be back in 2017. Keep an eye on our Events page.

Upcoming Events

We had a great summer at Lowther in 2015. Our showcase events, Kendal Calling and the Lowther Show, played to capacity houses and will be returning this summer. For more information about what’s on at Lowther, please visit our Events page

Lonsdale Battalion: A History

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities in First World War, archivist David Bowcock compiled a fascinating history of the battalion’s formation Lonsdale Battalion Timeline. To find out more, please visit the Lowther Family Archive page.