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Kirkharle Courtyard in Northumberland

Kirkharle is a unique destination. Just a short drive from Newcastle is a collection of boutique shops, arts and crafts workshops set in a converted 18th Century farm courtyard. These beautiful buildings were the birthplace of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's most famous landscape architect. Here, as well as visiting one of our many specialist shops, or dining in our cosy coffee house and restaurant, you can wander around our gardens and lake or take a countryside walk to the nearby 14th Century Church.

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Your visit to Kirkharle Courtyard

There is plenty to see and do at Kirkharle Courtyard all year round.The Kirkharle Gallery exhibits original works of fine art and photography by local artists, together with ceramics and decorative items for the home and garden. These complement the handcrafted English furniture displayed and made in the courtyard by Robinson Gay Cabinet Makers.

Frederick Alan Designs occupies a gallery displaying gold and silver jewellery, made in the adjacent workshop, whilst Dennis Kilgallon Sculpture offers classic and contemporary ceramic sculptures inspired by antiquity and mythology.

Behind the courtyard, the Georgian Stone Barn houses further specialist artists and shops. No.1 is the home of Spirit of Colour Jewellery selling handmade semi-precious necklaces, earrings and bracelets, and  John Speight creates finely detailed papercut art. Dianne Fox creates iridescent papier mache artworks and stylish jewellery. There are two shops upstairs - Cosy Country Living selling a carefully selected collection of country gifts, local books, homeware, socks, baby gifts and accessories. Arcade-Antiques and Vintage has an ever-changing stock of antiques, collectables, toys and vintage clothing. Both upstairs shops have a ground floor cabinet of their goods in the entrance to The Stone Barn by the stairs.

In the Grainshed you can find the Kirkharle Gift Studio featuring local crafts and designer gifts, inspiring and affordable. Visit them for something totally different. The Wildside of Art displays a 'must see' exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by our renowned resident artist Peter Phillips.

The "Back to Nature" Capability Brown range of toiletries are available from The Wildside of Art and Arcade-Antiques and Vintage.

Once you have shopped in the artisan workshops and galleries, or enjoyed a relaxed walk to St Wilfrid's church or round Capability Brown's lake which is set in the midst of beautiful and unspoilt Northumbrian countryside, the Coffee House's special Capability Brown cream tea, served al fresco in the summer, or beside a roaring log fire in winter, is sure to complete the Kirkharle experience.

Every effort has been made to welcome disabled visitors, but listed building constraints mean that some workshops are not accessible.

Further information about Kirkharle Courtyard:
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