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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 settled 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 over 150 people. With Dan Pearson as principal designer, Lowther Castle gardens are being gradually reinventednew designs are being planted, breathing life into this historic site. And with the lost castle – one of the largest outdoor play areas in the country – Lowther Castle is rapidly becoming one of Cumbria’s most popular visitor destinations. From 9th January until Easter, Lowther Castle is closed while further improvements are made. We look forward to revealing them to you in the spring.

Jim & Vanessa Lowther

January 2017



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the lost castle is open!

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, you will now find the largest outdoor playground in the country – the lost castle.

Created by the Curious Adventure Play company, the lost castle is a great big wooden fort with a zipwire, a sandpit, turrets, towers and dungeons – a paradise for children young and old. Lowther Castle is open 10-5pm daily. For more information, visit www.lowthercastle.org

The Lowther Show

13-14 August 2016

The Lowther Show is a staple outdoor event for the northwest and returns in ten days’ time. This year, among other highlights, we welcome the Devil’s Horsemen (pictured) – alongside the Lowther Horse Driving Trials, the Lowther Hound Show, a whole range of culinary delights, arts, crafts, gun dog retrieve and main arena shows. A family-orientated traditional country fair, very much part of the Cumbria county calendar. The show opens at 8.30am on both days. For more information, please visit the The Lowther Show website.

Kendal Calling

28th-31st July 2016

Kendal Calling in 2016 was blessed with sunshine and fantastic performances from hundreds of bands, both up-and-coming and established. Madness were a wow as were the chart-topping Rudimental. Catfish and the Bottlemen and Noel Gallagher and his High-Flying Birds were among others that thrilled the capacity 26,000 crowd. For details of next year’s festival, keep an eye on the Kendal Calling website.

Aerial photo by Anna Pigney, apaerial.co.uk

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.