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Summer Treasure Trail1388

Summer Treasure Trail 19/07/2014 - 07/09/2014

Use your detective skills to follow the treasure trail as you explore Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum and win a summery surprise!

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/07/19/summer-treasure-trail.html

 
Spinning on a Spinning Wheel & Drop Spindle1197

Spinning on a Spinning Wheel & Drop Spindle 24/07/2014

Marion arrives with spinning wheels & drop spindles for 7 students. She will take students through every process involved in preparing wool - from the fleece- to carding, cleaning, preparing the fibres to different ways to spin. By the end of the day you will leave with 2 skeins of wool made by 2 different processes working on a wheel supplied by Marion - a lovely woolly day Marion Woolcott is an experienced spinner, weaver, dyer, knitter and crocheter as well as being a tutor and designer. She has taught many individuals and groups different aspects of spinning, specialising in producing exciting fancy yarns. Marion is also a founder member of The Wool Clip co-operative, where she sells her fine silk and merino woven scarves, yarns and clothing. Marion designs and sells patterns and kits inspired by her hand dyed yarns.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/textiles.htm

 
Nature Explorers1003

Nature Explorers 24/07/2014

Pick up your explorer pack and head out into our wild woodland with a National Trust Ranger.

allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 25/07/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
BlueJam Music workshops5601

BlueJam Music workshops 25/07/2014

BlueJam music workshop with Jilly Jarman. An inspiring hands on session of singing, dancing and playing instruments ending with a live performance! Enjoy music games, learn about rhythm through drumming, and explore some more adventurous instruments like trumpets and flutes! 4-7yrs.

enquiries@rheged.com

http://rheged.com/bluejam-music-workshop-0

 
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The Comedy of Errors 26/07/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Life Head Sculpture in Clay with Fliss Watts1179

Life Head Sculpture in Clay with Fliss Watts 26/07/2014

This will be a busy day workshop offering an opportunity to try your hand at modelling a portrait head in clay from a live model under the expert guidance of Fliss Watts. A base board will have been prepared for you onto which Fliss will show you how to prepare the complete armature and create a solid structure capable of holding the clay. You will then be carefully guided through the various stages and considerations of head sculpture with clay - a forgiving medium as you can add, take away and improve ad infinitum. The model will arrive at 10am and the rest of the day will be spent sculpting. There will be further discussions on types of armatures, mouldmaking and casting in various materials. This workshop could also be useful for artists who work in 2-d to study the anatomy of the head in the round.

Annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops.htm#sculpturefliss

 
Castle Alive: Castle Kings and Queens - Henry II1002

Castle Alive: Castle Kings and Queens - Henry II 26/07/2014 - 27/07/2014

This summer, meet the Kings and Queens that were once associated with Carlisle Castle. Every weekend, our duo of costumed actors will let you step into England’s story. This weekend, we introduce visitors to Henry II. Hear how King Henry took Carlisle Castle back from the Scots, retrieved both castle and town and reclaimed it for England.

Carlisle.Castle@english-heritage.org.uk

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/carlisle-castle/

 
Silver Clay Workshop1214

Silver Clay Workshop 27/07/2014

Make your very own personalised jewellery from Silver Clay. Be inspired by the natural world to create truly original pieces.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 28/07/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 29/07/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Wildilfe Illustration with Simon Willliams SBA1189

Wildilfe Illustration with Simon Willliams SBA 29/07/2014 - 30/07/2014

Simon Williams is a highly accomplished artist and teacher in both botanical and wildlife illustration, now the director of the SBA Distance Learning Programme. This course is suitable for all levels. Drawing your subject: If the actual drawing of a wildlife subject is a worry - you'll be glad to know that many students trace the outlines of wildlife subjects. They can then concentrate on applying paint correctly. This course is about all aspects of correct painting techniques, not learning to draw. Those who've been with Simon before often book several days and work on their preferred subject throughout (wildlife or botanical). Simon is relaxed and flexible and this is not a problem; he will demonstrate both on each day as required. Travelling from his Somerset home, Simon is an extremely popular course tutor for the SBA distance learning course. During Wildlife Illustration the group will be working from photographic reference therefore please bring any pictures you might be interested in painting birds or animals. Simon himself brings much materials as well as insects and a variety of other real specimens - butterflies insects feathers etc.

Annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/Art_Courses.htm

 
Wildlife Illustration Class -  Simon Williams SB1134

Wildlife Illustration Class - Simon Williams SB 29/07/2014 - 31/07/2014

This course is set out to master using watercolours and perhaps gouache in illustrating a wildlife subject, whether from photos or specimens. It is also quite common for students to trace the pictures first - the class is not about an ability to draw but learning in depth about painting techniques - so please don't be put off believing you cannot learn to paint because you cannot draw - not true at all. Gouache can be used in different styles either working light to dark, or the reverse, dark to light building layers up a bit more opaquely. It is more versatile then traditional watercolour for being able to over paint light colour onto darker tones. It depends on the subject matter as to which way is appropriate and this course will help you look and observe details, mix colour and application techniques. Building up opaque layers is a careful process but is ideal for finely detailed work such as botanical illustration and a lot of technique will be ‘dry brush’ to render detail. Simon Williams, a highly accomplished botanical artists and a member of the SBA will be coming to Greystoke from Dorset. Class sizes will be limited to 10 people so that people can get the most from a class. There are 3 days planned on each visit Day One is for Botanical Painting, Day Two is for Wildlife Painting and Day 3 is a follow up day for both, but is also open to new students who may not have attended the other days. Often people attend all three and just stick to painting one subject, with Simon there to watch over - whether botanical or wildlife, which is fine. Please note however that Simons demonstrations and group teaching will be specific to the days allocated. All days require a bit of patience as this course requires a tight rather than loose style of painting, but is open to all levels. Gouache in very simple terms is watercolour paint with a white base added.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/SBA_Botanical_Illustration_Courses.htm#simon

 
Botanical Illustration with Simon Williams SBA1181

Botanical Illustration with Simon Williams SBA 29/07/2014 - 30/07/2014

This course can be taken as a one day botanical course, or as a two or three day course including a wildlife day. The course is set out to learn various methods of using watercolours and perhaps gouache in illustrating a botanical subject successfully. Gouache can be used in different styles either working light to dark, or the reverse, dark to light building layers up a bit more opaquely. It is more versatile then traditional watercolour for being able to over paint light colour onto darker tones. It depends on the subject matter as to which way is appropriate and this course will help you look and observe details, mix colour and application techniques. Building up opaque layers is a careful process but is ideal for finely detailed work such as botanical illustration and a lot of technique will be ‘dry brush’ to render detail. Simon Williams, a highly accomplished botanical artists and a member of the SBA will be coming to Greystoke from Dorset. Class sizes will be limited to 10 people so that people can get the most from a class. There are 3 days planned on each visit. Day One is for Botanical Painting, Day Two is for Wildlife Painting and Day 3 is a follow up day for both, but is also open to new students who may not have attended the other days. Often people attend all three and just stick to painting one subject, with Simon there to watch over - whether botanical or wildlife, which is fine. Please note however that Simon's demonstrations and group teaching will be specific to the days allocated.

Annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/Art_Courses.htm

 
Cumbrian Fish Suppers1129

Cumbrian Fish Suppers 29/07/2014

Every Tuesday from 24th June to 26th August Our famous fish supper cruises return with Pete Lashley providing the entertainment and a fish and chip supper (vegetarian option) onboard an two hour evening cruise.

Rachel@ullswater-steamers.co.uk

http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/events/month.php?month=18&year=2013

 
Poetry reading: August Kleinzahler & Tom Pickard1389

Poetry reading: August Kleinzahler & Tom Pickard 29/07/2014

August Kleinzahler is one of the world’s most inventive poets. He was born in Jersey City and now lives in California, but New York continues to inform his work. His poetry is a rich, eclectic modernist mix of high culture and street culture and he is a mesmerizing reader, effortlessly slipping between different registers. He is returning to Grasmere to mark the publication of a new collection, The Hotel Oneira. Tom Pickard has been a significant figure in poetry for nearly fifty years, founding the acclaimed series of readings at Morden Tower in Newcastle, directing poetry films for television, and working with a number of musicians, including Alan Hull of Lindisfarne. He returns to the Wordsworth Trust to mark the publication of Hoyoot: Collected Poems and Songs. His work is both part of the modernist tradition and rooted in his urban Tyneside background.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/07/29/poetry-reading-august-kleinzahler-amp-tom-pickard.html

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 30/07/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Wild Art Wednesdays1002

Wild Art Wednesdays 30/07/2014

Create some wild art using the natural materials in our woodland. Ranger Tips and activity sheets available.

allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

 
Wild Walks on Wednesdays1360

Wild Walks on Wednesdays 30/07/2014

Explore the area around Dove Cottage with our education team as we learn about the wild landscape of the Lake District and get creative in response! Ideal for families. Please dress for walking and wear sturdy shoes. Cost: Free, but booking essential

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/04/16/wild-walks-on-wednesdays.html

 
Family Theatre Old McDonalds Farm5599

Family Theatre Old McDonalds Farm 30/07/2014

Old MacDonald's animals have gone missing! Join the friendly scientist and his amazing time machine to try and get them back. A charming tale told through live action, puppetry, animation and sing-a-long songs by one of the UK's leading theatre companies.

enquiries@rheged.com

http://rheged.com/childrens-theatre-old-macdonald

 
Scrumptious Scone Making Workshop2

Scrumptious Scone Making Workshop 30/07/2014

Gillian Harris shares with us her many hints and tips gleened from a lifetime of baking. This is a very hands-on cookery day experimenting with different mixes and recipes, even the ladies taking the class use different recipes, do we use eggs, marg, butter, baking powder? And how do these ingredients change the basic scone. Then moving onto savoury as well as sweet and then the fun begins. We will be working with an Aga and a conventional oven. There should be plenty to take home at the end of the day. Please bring a pinny, a mixing bowl and a container for all your scones to take home and impress friends and family.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/CookeryCoursescumbriagreystokecyclecafe.htm#breadbyhandday

 
Statesman Rail 'The Fellsman'1128

Statesman Rail 'The Fellsman' 30/07/2014

The popular steam hauled ‘Fellsman’ returns to the spectacular Settle to Carlisle railway in 2014 for its sixth summer season, running on Wednesday’s over the roof of England – With great limestone peaks and deep valleys the legendary ‘Settle to Carlisle’ line is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering including the great 24 arched viaduct at Ribblehead, with time available for either sightseeing in Carlisle - or an optional tour of the Lake District by vintage coach and cruise on beautiful Ullswater. The train is steam hauled throughout and the locomotive will be chosen from the historic pool of engines based at Carnforth including: LMS Royal Scot 46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’ – LMS Jubilee 5690 ‘Leander’ – LMS Stanier Black Five 44932 – LMS Jubilee 45699 ‘Galatea’. Book online save 5% Generous group discounts are available for bookings of 15 or more – call reservations for details 0845 310 2458 or 0845 310 2489

Rachel@ullswater-steamers.co.uk

http://statesmanrail.com/fellsman.html

 
Steam to the Hills with an LDNP Ranger5035

Steam to the Hills with an LDNP Ranger 31/07/2014

Enjoy a guided walk with a National Park Ranger. Meet at Ravenglass Station, take the train from Ravenglass to The Green and walk back to the sea over Muncaster Fell. Tickets include train journey and guided walk. Pre booking is essential. Volunteer led guided walk

steam@ravenglass-railway.co.uk

http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/events/upcoming.php

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 31/07/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Wildilfe Illustration with Simon Willliams SBA1189

Wildilfe Illustration with Simon Willliams SBA 31/07/2014

Simon Williams is a highly accomplished artist and teacher in both botanical and wildlife illustration, now the director of the SBA Distance Learning Programme. This course is suitable for all levels. Drawing your subject: If the actual drawing of a wildlife subject is a worry - you'll be glad to know that many students trace the outlines of wildlife subjects. They can then concentrate on applying paint correctly. This course is about all aspects of correct painting techniques, not learning to draw. Those who've been with Simon before often book several days and work on their preferred subject throughout (wildlife or botanical). Simon is relaxed and flexible and this is not a problem; he will demonstrate both on each day as required. Travelling from his Somerset home, Simon is an extremely popular course tutor for the SBA distance learning course. During Wildlife Illustration the group will be working from photographic reference therefore please bring any pictures you might be interested in painting birds or animals. Simon himself brings much materials as well as insects and a variety of other real specimens - butterflies insects feathers etc.

Annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/Art_Courses.htm

 
Botanical Illustration with Simon Williams SBA1181

Botanical Illustration with Simon Williams SBA 31/07/2014

This course can be taken as a one day botanical course, or as a two or three day course including a wildlife day. The course is set out to learn various methods of using watercolours and perhaps gouache in illustrating a botanical subject successfully. Gouache can be used in different styles either working light to dark, or the reverse, dark to light building layers up a bit more opaquely. It is more versatile then traditional watercolour for being able to over paint light colour onto darker tones. It depends on the subject matter as to which way is appropriate and this course will help you look and observe details, mix colour and application techniques. Building up opaque layers is a careful process but is ideal for finely detailed work such as botanical illustration and a lot of technique will be ‘dry brush’ to render detail. Simon Williams, a highly accomplished botanical artists and a member of the SBA will be coming to Greystoke from Dorset. Class sizes will be limited to 10 people so that people can get the most from a class. There are 3 days planned on each visit. Day One is for Botanical Painting, Day Two is for Wildlife Painting and Day 3 is a follow up day for both, but is also open to new students who may not have attended the other days. Often people attend all three and just stick to painting one subject, with Simon there to watch over - whether botanical or wildlife, which is fine. Please note however that Simon's demonstrations and group teaching will be specific to the days allocated.

Annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/Art_Courses.htm

 
Nature Explorers1003

Nature Explorers 31/07/2014

Pick up your explorer pack and head out into our wild woodland with a National Trust Ranger.

allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 31/07/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 01/08/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 01/08/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 

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