An Inn for the 21st Century

The Project

For centuries, The Farmer’s Arms 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. Today, as well as a place where food, drink and a bed for the night can be found, The Farmer’s Arms is a thriving rural hub that enhances the lives of local and visitors alike.

We believe in everyday creativity, and creativity everyday. It’s our mission to nurture this in everyone who works at The Farmer’s Inn and in everyone who visits us.

The acquisition of this much-loved historic institution was initiated by the local community, who succeeded in mobilising a campaign to save The Farmer’s Arms at the height of the first Covid19 lockdown. The present redevelopment is led by locally-based arts organisation Grizedale Arts, following a fundraising campaign that attracted community investors and donors from all over the world to join the purchase. Working collaboratively with the inn’s local and global communities and embracing a hard-working, hands-on renovation approach, The Farmer’s Arms is once again alive, inspiring locals and visitors alike.

Our Future Plans

Our ambitions for The Farmer’s Arms are big, and they won’t be realised overnight. We have plans for the 6 acres of farmland around the inn, making kitchen gardens and spaces for rest and rejuvenation for our visitors. Building on the success of our student-built outdoor oven (designed by Hayatsu Architects), we will run schools in architecture and self-build techniques, making new facilities for the inn’s expanding education and social programmes. Our gardens and workshops will be in continuous use as learning spaces for all ages and skill levels. 

We will expand our support of local businesses by hosting pop-up shops and creative start-up spaces. We will continue to host car boots and craft fairs and hope to develop the market for a regular farmer’s market on site, encouraging local entrepreneurship and a circular local economy.  

We will welcome small-scale experimental agricultural and food projects such as apiculture, brewing and baking, assisting businesses to grow both their vision and their market.  

A commitment to environmental sustainability and embracing greener energy is central to our operations. But we still have a lot to do in our old building! 

We aim to reach net zero emissions by 2030 and are already retrofitting energy saving features wherever we can. We are currently seeking funding to support the sizeable investments needed to renovate our fossil-fuel based heating and cooking facilities, and to better insulate this listed building. We produce minimal kitchen waste, and compost all kitchen and plate waste on site to feed our gardens. 

Find Out More About The Farmer's Arms...

Café

Open Thursday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.  
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STABLE BAR

Open Thursday - Saturday, 12 midday to 10pm.
See further details here.

Get In Touch

The Farmer's Arms
Lowick Green
Nr Ulverston
LA12 8DT

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