Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was probably England’s greatest landscape designer. His life and times will be celebrated in 2016 with a kaleidoscope of events centred round his Northumbrian birthplace at Kirkharle, culminating in a Capability Brown Festival weekend, over August bank holiday.

This page shows the events that have taken place as part of those celebrations.

January

26 November-4 December 2016 – Tree Plantings

Throughout National Tree Week, families were invited to plant new trees into Capability’s landscape. 60 Children from 3 local schools and 10 volunteers helped us to plant 420 trees donated by the woodland trust.   We had a wonderful 2 days and the pupils worked extremely hard.  They are now looking forward to watching the […]

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September

Thurs 8, Fri 9 & Sat 10 September, 11am – 4pm – Heritage Open Days

For the third year running, Kirkharle hosted this event and were delighted to welcome school and family groups as well as adult visitors who learned about Capability Brown, his boyhood at Kirkharle and his life as the ‘Shakespeare of Gardening’.

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September

Bioblitz Survey Thursday 1st September

  Activities were carried out throughout the day to try to find as many species as we can in 24 hours. All were welcome to drop in and join us on any of the guided walks, then enjoyed  a cup of tea and a cake afterwards! The environmental records centre joined us to keep a […]

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August

Monday 29th, 2-5pm – Church fete

A traditional church fete was held on the field below the church.  Fun was had by all and the fete included displays of traditional crafts, story telling, games and pony carriage rides. The Cherry pickers provided musical entertainment on this beautiful summers day.

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August

Sunday 28th, 11am – Church service

A Service of Holy Communion and thanksgiving for the life and works of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown took place in St Wilfrid’s Church, conducted by The Rt Revd Christine Hardman Bishop of the Newcastle Diocese. It was a wonderful celebration.

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August

Saturday 27th, 7pm – ‘Capability Brown – A Very Northern Gardener’

Visitors were offered a second chance to hear historian and broadcaster John Grundy’s talk about Brown, his Kirkharle life and the extent of his influence on English landscapes. John, as always, was extremely entertaining and interesting – his knowledge of Northumbrian history is neverending.

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August

Fri 26-Mon 29 August – Bank Holiday Weekend – The Big Birthday!:

Events climaxed with a birthday Festival starting on August Bank Holiday Friday in Kirkharle’s St Wilfrid’s Church, where the great man was baptised on 30 August 1716.

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August

Friday 26th, 7pm – Evening concert featuring Alexander Armstrong

An evening concert featured Rothbury-born, TV presenter and entertainer, Alexander Armstrong – another local boy made good and now nationally renowned. The evening began with a glass of bubbles and canapes overlooking the beautiful Northumbrian countryside surrounding St Wilfrid’s church. Alexander Armstrong’s beautiful voice entertained us singing some wonderful songs.  He was supported by Andrew […]

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August

Flower festival

Visitors were amazed at the wonderful flower displays that had been created by willing volunteers from the community.  St Wilfrid’s Church was brim full of vegetables and blooms, the majority of which were culled from local gardens, and all were chosen for historical interest.   The arrangements were all copied from 18th century paintings and […]

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August

Tues 23 August – Kirkharle to Fenstanton Bike Ride

Five cyclists will tackle the gruelling marathon route from Brown’s birthplace in Kirkharle, Northumberland, to his final resting place in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire. Come and see them off!

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