Lawson Park Open House & Gardens

Join us for a very special celebration of ten years' life and work at our unique hilltop HQ & artists' residency, Lawson Park, launching many new on-site architectural, art & garden initiatives.

“This garden is a triumph”
Eric Robson (Broadcaster, writer & presenter of BBC R4 Gardeners’ Question Time)

Ranging from a vast new picture window onto the awe-inspiring Old Man of Coniston and Coniston Water, to a new outbuilding using the ancient Japanese preservative technique of wood charring (‘Shou-Sugi-Ban’), new features add to existing attractions such as the Lawson Park Library (an extraordinarily wide-ranging cultural reference library with bespoke furnishings) and the Lawson Park Collection, a working collection of British 19th & 20th century domestic design & craft curated by Grizedale Arts’ director of twenty years, Adam Sutherland.

  • Guided expert tours (see below)

  • Artists' talks

  • Light lunches & home-made teas

  • Crafts & publications for sale

  • Exhibition of 'The Black Shed' architectural project

  • Kitchen Gardens & Polytunnels showcasing 'no dig' techniques

All ticket proceeds will support the charitable work of the Stroke Association.
Recommended donation £7 per adult, including free shuttle minibus.


Lawson Park is situated up a Forestry Commission track with extremely limited parking on site. We therefore provide a free minibus shuttle (10.45am - 4pm) to and from Machell’s Coppice car park on East of Lake road (LA21 8AD) all day, or invite access on foot or bicycle.

On site parking is reserved for disabled visitors only. No coaches.

Lawson Park’s main house is wheelchair-accessible, but large areas of the gardens are not.

No dogs or unaccompanied under children in the garden.  

All enquiries to


Lawson Park
East of Lake
LA21 8AD
United Kingdom

+44 (0)15394 41050

Guided Tour 1 (booking essential - link to follow)

Guided Tour 2 (booking essential - link to follow)

Guided Tour 3 (booking essential - link to follow)