News & events


Our summer exhibition in 2016 featured the work of sixteen, popular, talented artists from the Eden Valley, most of whom have proven to be favourites amongst our many visitors since we started putting on summer art exhibitions eight years ago.


Debra Esterhuizen

Debra’s work is in felt, inspired by her environment. She exhibits locally and nationally and is well known for her love of hares, whose numbers are declining. She enjoys teaching and believes strongly in felt art’s therapeutic value.  She is a co-director of a community gallery in Appleby and also has a new studio there.


Haydn Morris

Haydn paints in oils and watercolours.  His landscapes are impressionist as, to him, atmosphere is more important than exact detail. Last year he was joint winner of the vote for best picture by our visitors.


John Sibson

John’s studio is in Hilton, near Appleby. His style varies and his subjects are very varied.  In watercolour he captures the sharp lines of buildings, boats and machines amid the softer surrounding landscape.  In oils and acrylics his work is freer and more colourful.  John won Favourite Picture in 2013.


Margaret Brown

Margaret comes from a farming background and thinks this inspired her love of the countryside.  Her contrasting subjects are created using a variety of media and she is passionate about capturing light.


Maria Burton

Having been a successful photographer, Maria threw her emphasis back on to painting after she had breast cancer.  She is broadening and deepening her skills by studying with other artists.  She applies whichever medium is most appropriate to achieve her goals in a painting.


Marion Munro

Marion is fellside born and bred and loves the local scenery.  She works with other local photographers.


Roy Fleming

Roy lives in Appleby and is a landscape photographer. His subjects are usually inspired by the harsh, rugged wild landscapes that exist underneath the picture postcard views.


Simon Whalley

Simon is a professional photographer and writer. His work is mainly of the outdoors and it highlights natural beauty whilst tackling environmental and social concerns. He has a gallery at Brougham Hall.


Louise Lockwood

Louise lives in Dufton where she tends her house and garden and regularly walks the fells with her dog. It is these environments that are reflected in her art.  She enjoys working from her imagination, using colour to create an emotional response, with less priority given to detail.


Phil Sampson

For the first time we are exhibiting wood turning by Phil who is developing a reputation for his creations. He exhibits at the Courtyard Gallery, Appleby.


Kate Durdy

Kate uses textiles, hand stitching and haberdashery to create charming pictures.  Most of her work has a strong narrative element.


Syl Macro

Syl creates wonderful ceramic landscapes, inspired by the Pennines. Ray produces magical lights in ceramics. Together they run Gallery 1611 in Alston.


Patricia Cook

Patricia has spent much of her life teaching art, working as a designer and illustrating books.  Her favourite subjects are landscapes, still life, bird and flower studies.  

As usual the art exhibition runs concurrently with a continuously evolving display of the geology of the local area (see below).  

Julie Sandilands

Fresh from her appearance on Julia Bradbury’s Unforgettable Walks, we have Julie’s books on sale.  There is her adult book, The Perils of Skinny- dipping, and her Tales trilogy for children and adults.


Geology of High Cup Nick 


Geology displayA special exhibition of the geology of High Cup Nick and the surrounding local area has been put together with the help of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and is housed permanently at the winery. The display includes interpretational and explanatory panels describing the geology, all illustrated with exhibits of rocks and fossils from the area. The display is open at the normal winery opening times.

This year the display has been expanded to include more information on the oldest rocks which lie along the Pennine escarpment and underlie the winery and surrounding area - the so-called Cross Fell Inlier. We now have on display an impressive three-dimensional model of the area constructed by Elizabeth McIntyre.

We also have available a range of North Pennines AONB Partnership publications including the following which have just been published:

Geology and Landscape around Dufton - an illustrated 6 km geological walk around Dufton Pike.

Reading The Rocks - a guide to the geology of the North Pennines by Dr Elizabeth Pickett. Price £8.00