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Over the past 25 years, the landscape around Kielder Water & Forest Park has become home to a unique collection of visual art and architecture, inspiring the creation of work in response to the scale and complexity of its unique environment and the area's varied and fascinating history. 

Many people visit the park for this open-air art experience, located at sites around the lake, in the forest, and within Northumberland National Park. It's an ideal location, close to Hadrian's Wall and other Northumberland attractions 

 You might choose to visit the award winning futuristic shelter Kielder Belvedere by Softroom Architects; experience James Turrell’s light sculpture Kielder Skyspace; discover the story of Freya and Robin in Studio Weave’s ‘Freya’s Cabin’; or contemplate the play of water on the waves in Chris Drury’s Wave Chamber. There are many other varied works of art and architecture with their own stories to tell such as Fiona Curran’s The grass seemed darker than ever , an artistic response to the history of Kielder Castle and ‘Bakethin Hide’, a new wildlife watching space at Bakethin delivered in collaboration with Newcastle University’s School of Architecture as part our Testing Ground programme.

Our newest artwork is The Nick, situated at the highest point of Forest Drive that links Kielder village with the A696 to the east. The Nick is designed to provide a variety of shelter and seating alternatives from which different aspects of the landscape can be viewed. Download a Travelling Tales guide below to help make the most of your trip along the Forest Drive. The guide details some of the flora and fauna you might expect to see and explores the ways that man has intervened into this wild border landscape. The Nick was developed through a partnership between Kielder Art & Architecture, Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape  and the National Lottery Heritage funded Revitalising Redesdale partnership. For more information see The Nick.

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Most pieces are fully accessible to visitors and along the Lakeside Way there is the opportunity to explore many of these contemporary works, including the three large rotating Janus Chairs and the ever-popular Silvas Capitalis, also known as the 'giant forest head'! Purchase a copy of the Trails Guide from any visitor centre or download it here to find out how to get to each art piece and make the most of your experience.


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    Explore Kielder Forest Drive

    Welcome to England’s longest and highest Forest Drive, which winds through the working forest.