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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 1000 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. Since 2010, we have been in partnership with a charity to open Lowther Castle and Gardens to the public – it is now a fascinating hub of history and horticulture.

Jim & Vanessa Lowther

March 2016



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Spring, Daffodils and Wordsworth

In 1802, Dorothy and William Wordsworth were walking around lake Ullswater when they came across a belt of daffodils.

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils..”

The Wordsworth family had strong links with Lowther – William Lonsdale was the poet’s patron. And now Lowther, thanks to a world-record bulb-planting session in 2013, is host to its own host. 106,652 bulbs were planted in just under three hours with the help of over 600 volunteers. These daffodils are blooming now – well worth seeing. Lowther Castle & Gardens

Born Survivor 2016

Back for the 3rd year in a row, Born Survivor brings men and women alike the chance to show off their inner Bear Grylls. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to push yourself to the limit tackling the ultimate military obstacle course designed by British Royal Marines Commandos. You’ll be put through your paces as you stampede over, under and through a series of military style obstacles across a 10km course of brutal and unforgiving terrain. Entries still open. For more details, visit our Events page and follow the link. Born Survivor 2016

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.