Events to celebrate the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown

To mark the tercentenary of the birth of one of the UK’s most celebrated landscape gardeners, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, we’ve got plenty of activities taking place throughout the year to help you find out more about his work while exploring some of his finest landscapes including exhibitions, walks and talks.

'Capability' Brown's Golden Valley

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

The year-long exhibition held in the visitor centre will explore how the Ashridge Estate looked before ‘Capability’ Brown arrived, as well as delving into his influence on the landscape, in particular the Golden Valley.

Delicarta mannequins in the staircase hall

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

Celebrations begin with the creation of outdoor exhibition ‘Genius Loci’. In partnership with Arts Council England, the project will tell the story of Brown’s work at Berrington alongside the restoration of the parkland. Visitors can see environmental artists, Red Earth, at work during the school holidays and take part in workshops. Life-size paper costumes, a textile exhibition and talks all make up the packed agenda for this year.

Two children creating their own landscape

Croome, Worcestershire

The exhibition, ‘Brown at Croome’ will explore Brown’s time here through paintings and archive material. Visitors can see Nathaniel Dance’s portrait of Brown, loaned from the National Portrait Gallery as well as personal items on loan from the Hive, such as bills, letters and surveys.

Visitors riding horses at Takeley Hill in Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Forest, Essex

Here's your chance to get involved and play your part helping to return this Capability Brown landscape to its original design. Join us for The Big Brown Bash on 31 August where we'll be clearing scrubland to restore 'Capability' Brown's original view looking out across the lake.

The Embroiderers Guild exhibition at Petworth House

Petworth House and Park, West Sussex

From exhibitions of beautiful textiles, artworks, animations and films, to themed walks and talks by historians and archaeologists, Petworth’s Brownian tribute provides a unique insight into this most prolific of landscapers, combining archive material with the latest interactive technology.

Digital sandbox at Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park, East Sussex

In a new Brown-inspired trail, ‘Playing with Perspectives’, visitors are encouraged to walk barefoot to experience different textures, discover mirrors replicating the garden’s famous lake reflections and glimpse historic views through carefully positioned frames.

Richard Wheeler, National Trust Gardens Expert and historian is a distinguished man, in his late middle years, dressed in a cream linen suit leans on the Palladian Bridge at Stowe looking over the Octagon Lake

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

At Stowe the life and work of ‘Capability’ Brown is being celebrated with talks, walks and an exhibition space in the Temple of Concord and Victory. Visitors can sit on the terrace overlooking Brown’s Grecian Valley while tea and coffee is served with a selection of cakes.

A man adjusting a piece of textile art on display at Wallington

Wallington, Northumberland

Discover a new exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of local boy Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Explore his connection to the Wallington estate with textile art made by the Embroiderers’ Guild and a display of some of Brown’s original drawings.

A visitor looks at one of nine three metre high structures, which are part easel and part viewing glass.

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Wimpole has a diverse programme of themed Capability Brown events this year, starting with a contemporary artwork installation in the North Park called ‘Scene’. You will find nine, three-metre-high structures that are part easel, part viewing glass that capture different elements of Brown’s landscape design. Exhibitions, talks and performances will also celebrate the work of the great landscape designer.