Potfest Hutton-in-the-Forest

This week, we were lucky enough to be invited to Potfest in the Park 2017 at Hutton-in-the-Forest. We were so pleased to be able to attend! I must admit that I don’t know a lot about ceramics, so this was a great opportunity to see something new.

On pulling up to the venue, the first thing we noticed was the beautiful location for the event. Hutton-in-the-Forest, above, is a beautiful property situated on the north eastern edge of the Lake District. Now inhabited by Lord and Lady Inglewood, the property has a rich history that dates back to the 13th century. It’s surrounded by medieval woodlands and the grounds are a delight to explore. We enjoyed heading down to the pond, with cascades, in front of the house.

Cascades - Hutton-in-the-Forest

Next was the ceramics, and we really were spoiled for choice. There were around 100 ceramic artists from all over the UK, Europe and beyond. There were wonderful displays in the marquees on the grounds, and on the lawn in front of the property. We all had fun pointing out the animals and pretty designs; and talking to the artists. These are just some of our favourites.

Left to Right – (1) Sue Dunne Ceramics (2) Annie Peaker Ceramics (3) Katy O’Neil Ceramics

Potfest in the Park - The Daisy Pages
Potfest in the Park - The Daisy Pages
Potfest in the Park - The Daisy Pages

The category for the potters’ competition this year was “Ancestral Voices – echoes of another time, another place”. There were some wonderful entries and visitors were asked to vote for their favourites. We had a tough time deciding, but we all agreed that we liked these two the best (we differed on our third choice!) (1) “Standing Stone Celtic Coo” by Julian Jardine Ceramics, and (2) “Matryoska” with the description “my father was smuggled out of Russia as a baby – never to see his mother again” by Anna-Mercedes Wear.

Potfest in the Park - The Daisy Pages
Potfest in the Park - The Daisy Pages

If you’re in Cumbria this weekend, and would like to visit Potfest in the Park, you can find more information here. It runs from July 28th -30th 2017, from 10am – 5pm. Entry is £6.50 for adults and accompanied children are free. Refreshments, including burgers, ice cream and drinks can be purchased on site or you can take your own picnic. There’s also lots of free parking.

If you can’t make it this weekend, Potfest in the Pens 2017 takes place in Penrith on the weekend of the 4th – 6th August.

If you’re a fan of the Lake District then you might also be interested in:

The Lake District has gained World Heritage status


Crummock Water – a perfect location for a short walk in the Lake District


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17 comments on “Potfest in the Park 2017 at Hutton-in-the-Forest – our visit”

  1. I did a double take when I saw your picture of Sue Dunne’s flowers. They look too delicate to be ceramic. She is talented. Sounds like you had a fun time!

    • They are so pretty and delicate, aren’t they? I’ve just looked up her website for you – http://www.suedunneceramics.com/ I love all the wild flowers used in her designs 🙂 We did have a lovely time, thanks, I had no idea there would be so many things to see!

    • Oh, it was lovely, Jessica. It’s fun pottering around the gardens with the kids and then having so many beautiful ceramics to look at, too 🙂

  2. Wow, looks like an amazing place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Am ashamed to admit I have never been to the Lake District – there is even more incentive to visit now!

    • Yes, there are lots of reasons to come to the Lake District, Joraffe 🙂 Hope you’re able to make a visit!

    • Oh, it was lovely. I think I’ll be a regular from now on. It’s running next year, too, so I hope you can catch it then x

    • Hi, Agness 🙂 I think the Lake District is wonderful to visit in any season…however, my favourite would be spring or autumn as I like to watch the changing seasons and colours. I hope that you have the chance to visit x

  3. Truly beautiful. Adding to my UK holiday places list. Having just had a child, staycations will probably be easier but I like to combine them with interesting events like this one.

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