Lake District: Explore the Sublime | 30th September - 2nd October 2016

Single £595* | Double £795* (* Lodore Falls Hotel, Bed & Breakfast & Friday Meal)

(Fee with no accommodation £350**)

"Together with like-minded people, you will share ideas, we will all learn from each other, everyone bringing their own experiences and knowledge to the weekend …"

The Lake District is a landscape of the sublime. It is a landscape that has inspired JMW Turner, John Ruskin and William Wordsworth. It is a landscape that captures the imagination and a place shaped by the people that have lived and worked in the lakes over millennia. This weekend aims to explore notions of the sublime, the feeling of awe in the mountain’s but also ideas related to the human dimension, to the realities of eking a living in mountains. This weekend will explore through painting, photography, site visits, discussions and lectures a sense of place. To express a personal response to a landscape, which has inspired artists, poets and writers for centuries.

Our base for the weekend will be at The Lodore Falls Hotel in Borrowdale overlooking Lake Derwent. You can choose whether you wish to spend the weekend painting with Kane or exploring the archaeology of the area with John. However, if you wish you can opt into either the painting or archaeology sessions on any of the days.


The programme includes time when we will all be together and time that can be spent either painting with Kane or exploring the archaeology of the area with John.


Numbers are strictly limited to 20. There will be no more than 10 people with either Kane or John. For our weekend events there are no minimum numbers. This is a Palette and Trowel commitment to our future guests and holiday makers.


*IMPORTANT NOTICE: The fee includes accommodation (bed and breakfast) on Friday and Saturday nights, the evening meal on Friday night, and lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Guests may make their own arrangements for a meal on Saturday night or they may choose to join Kane and John for dinner. This Saturday evening meal is not included in the fee.


**IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you choose this option you must make your own arrangement for accommodation.  Fee includes dinner on Friday night and lunches on Saturday and Sunday. 




Friday Evening: Meal at hotel followed by Introductory Lecture by Kane and John

As guests will be travelling from across the country we intend to make the evening light and entertaining. At 9 pm after an evening meal we will give a short talk about our work as an artist and as an archaeologist. This will include slides and an outline of the weekend programme.


Saturday: Castlerigg 

After breakfast the entire group will travel to Castlerigg Stones to discuss a sense of place, to give context to the weekend and what we hope to achieve. Here there will be opportunities to take photographs and to sketch the location.

We will return to Lodore Falls for lunch.  In the afternoon, Kane and his group will paint on site.  John will lead his group on a tour of the archaeological and historical landscape in Borrowdale.

On Saturday evening there will be an opportunity for both groups to come together, to chat about the day and to share thoughts and experience


Sunday: Painting at Lodore Falls Hotel/ Exploring and recording the archaeological landscape of Borrowdale and its environs

The groups will come together for a final time at the Hotel for a final discussion and reflection on the weekend. There will be a group photograph before finishing at 5pm.


Please note that all times given in the Itinerary for the Archaeology and Painting programmes are for guidance only and may be subject to alteration due to the weather on the day.


Detailed Programme




Guests and Partners

We have chosen specific hotels with great facilities to allow partners or friends to come along. They can join us for the evening meal on Friday but please note that we will require notice and a supplement (please see booking form for details). Partners and friends can join in all social gatherings at the end of days two and three.


This weekend will include moderate walking on both the archaeology and painting option.If you do have concerns about your fitness or mobility please get in touch and we will be happy to advise.

What's Included

  • Expert personal tuition and guidance by Kane Cunningham and John Oxley

  • Accommodation at the Lodore Falls Hotel

  • Meal on Friday evening with wine

  • Lunches on Saturday and Sunday

  • Guide Notes

What's Excluded

  • Travel to Lodore Falls Hotel - you must arrange your own travel to and from the Lodore Falls Hotel at the start and end of each day if you are not staying at the hotel

  • Meal on Saturday Evening

Hotel Information: Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale

This year the price of the weekend will include Bed & Breakfast and an evening meal on the Friday at the Lodore Falls Hotel


You may wish to extend your stay at the Lodore Falls Hotel, or you may wish to stay in one of the many cottages, guest-houses and small hotels that are located around and in the Lake District. You can book accommodation at the Lodore Falls Hotel by contacting 0800 840 1246 at Lodore Falls Hotel's website.  If you intend to do this can you please tell us at Palette and Trowell so we are aware of your arrangements.




Important Notice

All painting will be completed outside in the landscape and in the grounds of the hotel. In extreme conditions we will venture back inside local accommodation booked for the event. However, battling with the elements is part of the experience of painting in the landscape. Therefore, please have appropriate clothing ready to wear. This should include a hat, waterproof jacket, warm underwear, boots and gloves. Waterproof clothing and walking footwear are essential for the archaeology group.

Materials Required

Please bring painting equipment to include:


  • an outdoor easel

  • watercolour paints

  • water container

  • brushes

  • paper

  • bulldog clips

  • a painting board

  • tube of Payne's Grey & Titanium White



The watercolour paper should be at least 300lb (640gsm). Watercolour paper is a personal choice, however, Arches, Bockingford or Saunders is acceptable for the weekend.


Stockist: Ken Bromley -



You can purchase a set of brushes designed by myself in the gift set section of Rosemary & Co. The Extreme Range are brushes I use in the landscape, but a set of your own brushes which include a similar selection are acceptable for the course.




Camera equipment

Simply bring whatever camera you have available. We will discuss the technical aspects of taking a good image, such as shutter speed, depth of field and filters. However we will also discuss composition, effects of light and  image content.



The lakes can offer 4 seasons in one day, so best to bring warm clothing, boots, flask and a waterproof.


You can get a train to Penrith then a bus to Keswick. There is a bus service from Keswick, though a taxi may be quicker and more convenient.