Acorn Bank

View of the Watermill by Crowdundle Beck

The working watermill at Acorn Bank 

After centuries of use the watermill at Acorn Bank fell into ruin. A dedicated group of volunteers have worked hard to restore the mill and it now produces our very own flour. Take a look at their remarkable achievement.

The stunning summer flowers at Acorn Bank gardens

Explore a glorious garden 

Enclosed by 17th-century walls, our garden is home to the National Trust's largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs.

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Upcoming events

Silent Space at Acorn Bank

Tue 25 Sep 2018
Acorn Bank is taking part in Silent Space, a project that promotes stopping, switching off phones, cameras and social media, and just enjoying an oasis of quiet away from our often hectic lives.

Garden Tours

Sun 30 Sep 2018
Join one of our volunteers who specializes in plant based dyes for a tour around the gardens of Acorn Bank.

Orchard Tours

Sat 06 Oct 2018
Join an Orchard tour to find out more about the work we do for conservation of heritage varieties of apple in our orchards at Acorn Bank.

October Half Term - Spirit of the Woods Children's Trail

Sat 20 Oct 2018
Celebrate Halloween the Acorn Bank way and go back to nature with a seasonal trail.

Orchard drop in days

Sat 20 Oct 2018
Explore Acorn Bank's orchard and take part in community juicing and learn about pruning for fruit production, how to identify apples, and much more.

Broom and Wand-making Workshop

Sat 27 Oct 2018
Little witches and wizards can make their very own broomstick and wand using woodland materials.
Judith Kerr with 'Tiger Who Came to Tea' artwork

The Tiger Who Came To Tea exhibition at Acorn Bank  

Get up close to the beloved artwork from Judith Kerr’s much-loved children’s classic picture book, 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea', at an exhibition touring various National Trust places from July 2018 until 2020.

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View of Acorn Bank house.

From the Knights Templar to the National Trust 

Learn about the long, fascinating history of this special place, from the 13th century through to the present day.

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An introduction to the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lake District was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in early July 2017. It is now part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and many other world famous locations.