Rambling around Grizedale Forest looking for sculpture is one of our favourite days out. The tribe can run about to their heart’s content (waving sticks, climbing over logs and jumping out shouting BOO!), whilst I stand still and contemplate art, and it’s only half an hour’s drive from the cottage in Broughton-in-Furness.
Grizedale has the largest outdoor collection of site-specific art in the UK. Created over 30 years, it holds about 50 permanent pieces but nobody’s quite sure how many as some, inevitably, have rotted away. Last month, two new sculptures were added to the collection. “Concrete Country” by Lucy Tomlins is an out-sized concrete country stile and “Romeo” by Owen Bullet & Rupert Ackroyd is a carved oak totem. This was inspired by the story of Romeo, an urban fox who explored the Shard tower in London.
Grizedale Forest also hosts temporary exhibitions and events, please check out their website to find out what’s on.