The Art of the Sculpture Trail

Posted on February 26, 2018

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Nestled in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside, west of Newcastle, is the incredible Cheeseburn Grange – a family home and gardens that plays host to a sculpture trail of exquisite beauty.

Each summer Cheeseburn Sculpture stages curated exhibitions and a range of new sculptures and sound installations in its 11 acres of gardens. Simon and Joanna Riddell began restoring the 800-year-old site in 1992 and now the grounds boast majestic lawns, a parterre garden, and a sunken woodland walk, making Cheeseburn a sublime destination for nature and art lovers.

Trails lead out from the main house and stables into neatly tended pathways and grassy swathes, divided by high walls and leafy avenues. Sculptures fill the spaces between so that rounding a corner you can find a beautiful abstract piece or mirrored curio next to a hunched half-human grotesque or legions of ceramic squirrels, arranged as if they were bounding joyously for the cover of the hedges.

Throw in a kitchen cafe serving traditional summer salads, quiches and fruit punch and you have a quintessential English destination.

 

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