BRANTWOOD is always a special place to visit.

A pure paradise of art and nature, the former Coniston home of John Ruskin is an awe inspiring environment for artists and craftmakers of all forms with unique and beautiful mountainside gardens set in a 250-acre wood estate with spectacular views over Coniston Water and the fells beyond.

This weekend Brantwood holds its Winter Craft Fair, featuring a wide range of quality crafts from around Cumbria, and on display throughout Brantwood house. Crafts will include pottery, jewellery, fused and stained glass, felt bags, swill baskets, wood turning, photographs, driftwood clocks, handmade books, silk pictures, cakes and preserves. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am-5pm, until 4pm on Sunday.

The following weekend (November 17-18) artist Sarah Casey runs Life Lines, a hands-on drawing workshop, offering people the chance to become a clothing detective by exploring John Ruskin’s clothes. Sarah will show how drawing clothes helps people unlock their many mysteries and those attending can take along their own. The workshops, start every 30 minutes, runs from 11am-3pm and are part of the Being Human Festival 2018.

In February 2019, Sarah Casey's exhibition will open in Brantwood's Blue Gallery. The exhibition title is Ruskin’s Good Looking! Absence and presence in John Ruskin’s clothing. Ruskin thought of architectural and natural ornament as forms of dress which simultaneously cloak and reveal.

For further information telephone 015394-41396.