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Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard - an oasis of tranquility in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside

An all year round destination.

last updated on 21/05/14

The shops and workshops at Kirkharle operate independantly and opening times may vary

Scything courses in September 2014


Our first venue for this year is the birth place of world renowned garden designer Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

Kirkharle is set in the rolling hills of Northumberland off the A696 near to Kirkwelpington village and National Trust Wallington estate.

Training starts on Saturday 6th of September at 8.30 (to be confirmed) and you will spend the morning learning how to set up your scythe and maintain the blade so mowing is as easy and graceful as possible. In the afternoon we will venture out into the wild flower meadow near the lakes to practice mowing. Sunday will be a day of mowing and refining your new found skill. You can spend as long as you like cutting on Sunday.


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Kirkharle Country Markets begin on Sunday 1st June


Local, artisan producers from our great region - everything from local cheeses, handmade soaps, rare breed pork, fresh fruit and veg and fresh bread.
Live music from Reely Coel.

Come along for a great day!




The Bishop of Dudley's cross and ring were made at Kirkharle

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Our Capability Brown Playarea was opened by the great man himself!!












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Set beside the Lake inspired by Capability Brown’s original plan, Kirkharle promises Creativity and Culture in the beautiful Northumbrian Countryside. Enjoy a great day out to explore the inspirational landscape and courtyard at the birthplace of the most famous of British heritage landscape gardeners.

Home to many crafts and a diverse range of arts, Kirkharle Courtyard in Northumberland is a truly unique shopping experience in the relaxed atmosphere of an historic farm courtyard, just thirty minutes from Newcastle upon Tyne.

Here you can have the rare opportunity of speaking to the artists and designers on site, and seeing the products being made and sold in a beautiful rural setting.

The Lake at Kirkharle is the inspirational vision of Capability Brown and may be one of his first ever landscape designs. Brown’s plan shows hundreds of trees - in clumps, small groups and single trees - with the great sweep of a serpentine lake as the centre piece. Thanks to a local historic landscape specialist, who interpreted and adapted Brown’s design to fit the present day landscape, and the vision of the present landowners, Brown’s plan has been brought to life and you can now enjoy his birthplace for yourself by taking the pleasant walk around the lake on the fully accessible footpath.

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