The Project


For centuries, The Farmer’s Arms at Lowick Green / Spark Bridge saw people, goods and ideas come and go from its location at the top of the beautiful Crake Valley, on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

After closure and two years of neglect, Grizedale Arts is now working with local people to return this historic inn to its place at the heart of the community, where it can once again inspire and nurture both locals and visitors. Just four months since we started we already have busy volunteer days at work refurbishing the building, sold-out education classes and a successful shop both at the inn and here online.

The historic building, and the traditional hospitality and respite of the inn will always remain as its foundation in this renewed enterprise, yet creative thinking and opportunities for learning and taking part underpin every detail of how and why we do things.

We continue to build a multi-generational programme based at the inn, offering access to crafts, horticulture and the arts: We believe that everyday creativity forges new routes to collaborative thinking and doing, as well as to personal growth. We are also committed to developing exchanges between the inn’s local, national and global communities, delivering online events for remote audiences, connecting extensively via social media and taking part in worldwide rural enterprise networks.

Future Plans


As well as a place where food, drink and a bed for the night can be found, The Farmer’s Arms of the future will become a thriving rural community hub supporting all sorts of opportunity and creativity. A volunteer programme for both locals and visitors will offer skills, training and social benefits, supporting the running of the project and informing its direction.

  • Pop-up shops and creative business start-up spaces will encourage local entrepreneurship and a circular local economy.
  • Grizedale Arts network and staff team of acclaimed makers and educators will deliver training and recreational learning in wide-ranging skills from filmmaking to fermentation, digital design to pottery.
  • Public spaces in the buildings will be used as an informal micro-museum and exhibition spaces, sharing local private collections and documenting the culture of the Crake Valley.
  • Multi-generational programming will offer appealing, accessible participation for locals and visitors alike: outdoor film screenings, cookery, crafts & gardening classes, book exchanges, talks, festivals, tailgate picnics and more.
  • Connecting the rich resources held within rural spaces globally, a learning exchange programme will maintain and enhance the value of rural life, inviting other communities to collaborate with the assets of the Crake Valley - its farms, businesses, people and culture.
  • Small-scale experimental agricultural projects (tea, speciality vegetables and fruits, mushrooms, bee-keeping) will provide a testbed for products which can be adopted by the local community.
  • A commitment to environmental sustainability and embracing new green energy ideas will be central to its operations with the ambition of reaching net zero emissions by 2030. 

By  August 2021 we expect the first phase of the project to be open, although work will continue across the site as the ambitions of our community grows.

︎Visit our programme page for details of online courses and volunteer opportunities.

︎If you’d like to support the project’s development as a volunteer, get in touch and let us know what skills you’d like to share and / or what you’d like to learn.

︎For the latest project news and updates, visit our blog.
Panoramic shot taken externally from the west-wing of the pub. The white-walled, two-storey building sits in the centre; with grass and trees to the right and a gravel car park to the left.