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Art Exhibition, Fri 21 - Sun 23 Feb 2020, free entry

Intrastellar by artist Steve Messam

Intrastellar by artist Steve Messam


Intrastellar is a new temporary site specific installation by artist Steve Messam commissioned by Forestry England and located in Grizedale Forest.

Intrastellar - ‘within the stars’ bodies of water are mirrors of the heavens. As reflective surfaces they possess little of their own. Their colours are stolen from the sky and surrounding landscape. They glitter with light borrowed from the sun. They move shyly from the wind, retreating to their hiding spots.

By day the pure white orbs that float on Grizedale Tarn add a purity of form in a wild environment. Their constant movement animating this corner of the forest. By night the tarn is transformed by their gentle glow in the darkness. An echo of the stars in the dark skies above. Their presence - quiet and surreal - is strengthened by their temporariness, like spirits or visitors. Here for a short while then gone forever.

Visitors can come and enjoy the installation during daylight hours accessed via the Grizedale Tarn Walking route which is a moderate grade 5.5km (3.5 miles) walking trail on the east of the forest with an estimated time of 2 hours to complete. Maps for all walking and cycle trails can be purchased from the visitors centre during opening hours.

The installation will be lit from 5.30pm – 8pm each night of the festival. Torches will be needed to navigate the trail to the tarn. For those who are less confident at walking in the forest at night there will be some guided tours from the visitors centre to the installation, please contact the visitors centre for further information and details for accessibility.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking in the forest.

From the north (unsuitable for coaches):
Follow the A591 to Ambleside, leave Ambleside A593 to Langdale Coniston. Take first left B5286 to Hawkshead. Bypass Hawkshead following B5286 south then take first right at the sign for 'Grizedale'. Follow the road for approximately 2 miles.
From the south (unsuitable for coaches, see below)
Exit M6 at junction 36 and take the A590 towards Barrow. Follow A590 past Newby Bridge to Haverthwaite Crossroads. Turn right, following tourist sign to 'Grizedale Forest Park', follow signs for Satterthwaite/Grizedale North.
Coaches to approach from the south:
Exit M6 at junction 36 and take the A590 towards Barrow. Follow A590 past Newby Bridge to Haverthwaite Crossroads. Ignore the tourist sign for 'Grizedale Forest Park' and turn right onto the A595 at Greenodd for approximately 1/2 mile. At Penny Bridge turn right for Colton/Oxen Park.
Follow this road for approx. 8 miles to Grizedale Forest.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 21 - Sun 23 Feb 2020 17:30 to 20:00
All day daylight (unlit) (lit) 5.30pm-8pm


Free entry


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality


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Plan route to Grizedale Forest and Visitor Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 335943  Lat: 54.33990 Long: -3.02433

Signposted from Hawkshead village. From the south, signed from the A590 at Haverthwaite (this is also the only route for coaches).

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Windermere station

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