Outdoor Activities


We are fortunate to have a large garden in the centre of Leek, which is popular with visitors in spring, summer and autumn.  The terrace allows al fresco eating and drinking and overlooks one of two spacious lawns.

Children are particularly welcome to run around and explore, although we do ask parents or carers to keep an eye on them and encourage them to respect the plants and wildlife.  Dogs are also welcome.

ST13 Mar-Apr 2017

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An on-line copy of ST13 (No 44) is now available.

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Brilliant Burns Night


From the piping in of the Haggis, the Selkirk Grace, entertaining toasts and the delicious traditional meal to the creative ceilidh dancing, a buoyant time was had by all.

Many thanks to John and Margaret Knox for organising it, Cuckoo’s Nest for the music and Sarah Clough for calling the dances.  Not least the ‘lassies’ from the kitchen (pictured here), who provided such a splendid meal and service.


Live Like Never Before

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Live Like Never Before, then Transform Your Life.
This new series of meditation classes is open to beginners and those with meditation experience. We will look at the special qualities and benefits of meditation, learning how to develop peace of mind and a foundation for true happiness within ourself through meditation. Come and learn how to live like before, everyone welcome!
The teacher is Gen Kelsang Sangye, an English Buddhist monk with nearly 25 years of teaching and meditation experience from the Samudra Centre, Buxton.
Monday mornings at 10.30 in the William Morris Room (on the first floor beside the Gallery).
Class fee per class £6, concession £5, whole series £38 (in advance on-line @ www.samudracentre.org).

Bottle-top Art

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CRUSO  ROOM    Large colourful Floral works made with Bottle-tops
ST. EDWARDS C of E Middle School Academy



RECYCLING. The current exhibition in the Cafeteria & Cruso room illustrates a breadth of imagination, invention and creativity using scrap/ junk materials.

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Exhibitors  include : Collage and Sculpture –BORDERLAND VOICES
South African Drinks Cans – Remodelled
Papier-mâché — Contemporary
Photographs  Renowned Artists – Reworking everyday objects


New Film Programme for Spring

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The new film programme starts on Tuesday, 17th January.  The documentary films start on Wednesday, 1st February.

For details see What’s On or pick up a programme.  Copies are available in the vestibule at the Foxlowe and elsewhere around town.


ST13 Jan-Feb 2017

ST13-43 Cover

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 43) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:



Gallery – Into the Woods exhibition

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Into the Woods exhibition: Saturday 18 February – Saturday 1 April.

An exciting exhibition by a painter and  a wood turner:

Sue Prince
I am a contemporary British folk artist creating narrative paintings in traditional egg tempera paint (inspired by Swedish folk art); it’s like folk music only paint, in the Peak District National Park.

In a digital world of kittens, I tell stories, responding to current events, celebrating rural life and commenting on our society in a very different way. All over the world folk artists produce an unfiltered view of what matters to human beings; rites of passage, work, food, weather, protest, life and death.

I make my own egg tempera paint, a technique learned in Sweden where I have helped revive this form in its native place. I use egg yolk and a limited palette of natural pigments to make my own paints. I work on herringbone weave, natural linen or stretched cotton canvas with real rabbit skin glue and chalk gesso.

For me, living on my family’s organic farm, this art form is as natural and organic as I can get. I see the world around me and following in ancient footsteps I interpret what I see in the way it’s been done for centuries.

I am running courses through 2017 where you can learn to produce your own folk art painting. www.sueprinceartist.co.uk

Bonad paintings by Sue Prince

Bonad paintings by Sue Prince

Chris Farrow
I have always loved wood and I have always loved simplicity. Woodturning gives me the opportunity to combine these loves to create simple but beautiful bowls that allow the natural beauty of the wood to stand front & centre. Even the ugliest piece of wood can be coerced into a lovely form that releases the hidden beauty inside. I work mainly with fairly fresh ‘green’ wood sourced almost exclusively from within my local area, much of it from my own garden. Most of the wood I turn is still wet and prone to bending, warping and cracking even as it is turned. For me it is these ‘imperfections’ that are the real beauty, imbuing each piece with its own unique character and personality. My bowls are made to be handled and enjoyed, to be explored by touch as well as by eye. They are made to last and to be enjoyed for many generations.


‘Into the Woods’ runs from 18 February to 1 April at the Foxlowe Gallery, upstairs at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of every month (11am-4pm).

A special preview evening takes place on Friday 17 February, 7-9pm, and there will be an opportunity for visitors to meet the artists on later dates.

Meet the Artist
Sue Prince – Sat 4 March, 12-2.30pm
Chris Farrow  – Sat 25 March, 12-2.30pm

St. Edward’s C of E Academy – Mandala Work


St. Edward’s C of E. Academy Middle School Year 7 & 8 work inspired by the MANDALA (A circular figure representing the universe in Hindu & Buddhist symbolism)


Gallery – Symphony of Colour


An exciting exhibition by four professional artists and makers.