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

Earth Photo exhibition – extended opening.

Earth Photo exhibition – extended opening.



The Earth Photo 2019 competition and exhibition, developed by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) offers a series of stunning and thought-provoking images of the planet.

Grizedale Forest is only one of four locations around the UK to be lucky enough to host the exhibition. Located in Grizedale’s exhibition gallery, at the Visitor Centre, it includes 35 captivating photographs focussing on four key themes - People, Nature, Place and Changing Forests, a brand new category for this year which encourages photographers to explore what a changing forest meant to them.

The images have been carefully selected by a panel of experts from over a thousand submitted for the Earth Photo competition. They include stunning images from the Artic exploring the impact of climate change, rare insights into communities living amongst huge landfill sites in Indonesia, striking images of forest fires in Catalonia and poignant pictures of wildlife having to adapt to more urban environments.

Closer to home David Green’s image ‘Old Hedge, Venton Wood, Devon’ the winner of the Changing Forests category explores the survival instinct of our forests. It displays a long-forgotten boundary hedge which has grown free of the barbed wire surrounding it.

Grizedale Forest provides a perfect setting to explore these breath-taking images from around the world. The gallery is located next to Grizedale Forest visitor welcome. The exhibition is free and open from 10am until 4pm daily and during the festival 5pm – 8pm.

For those going on to enjoy the Steve Messam installation please bring torches and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the forest environment. For more information on getting to the Steve Messam installation please contact Grizedale Forest visitor information on 03000674495.

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 17:00 to 20:00


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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