Art Gene’s Summer 2019 programme


Calling all explorers, speakers, thinkers, dreamers, artists, activists, ecologists, historians, dog walkers, builders, bus drivers, foodies, families, visitors, locals and lovers of nature and this amazing place…

This is an opportunity to express your views in places of untold potential!


*Please note there are changes to the advertised dates*


Duddon Estuary Guided Walk
With Askam Naturalist Pete Burton

Extreme Views Pt. 2

Sunday 7 July 2019

Explore with us the natural and industrial spaces around Askam and the Duddon Estuary with Naturalist and local expert Pete Burton.

Tell us about your vision for the future of our area

After the walk there will be time to get changed and relax. Art Gene will host a free hot meal outdoors in front of ‘Extreme’ views across Duddon Estuary, and invite you into a conversation about the future of our area. We will then walk to Millom through Hodbarrow Nature Reserve finishing at Millom train station.

9am start at Duddon Road car park, Askam-in-Furness LA16 7FB
2pm finish at Millom train station to catch train back to Askam.

Walkers fee £5 on the day, all proceeds will be donated to Duddon Inshore Rescue.

Booking essential. Contact Anna on or call 01229 825085

More about Art Gene’s Extreme Views Programme.


Wild Wednesdays

Free family nature activities

In association with Rewilding Barrow Project

10.30am – 12pm, Every Wednesday throughout the school holidays

Join Eve at Allotment Soup, the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space for a series of nature activities exploring our local wildlife this summer. Happening every Wednesday morning. The activities are aimed to introducing families to our Re-wilding Barrow project at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space and educating about the value of our local biodiversity with an emphasis on our coastal wildflower species, through a range of hands-on fun, family activities.

The series of events will gather together community ideas, art and poetry to produce an online booklet to educate our Borough about some of our key natural assets.


July 24 – Wildflower Foray Discover what’s growing in our meadows and explore with local poet Kate Davis.

July 31  – Bee active Perfect for pollinators. Make your own bee bombs and bring wildlife to your backyard.

August 7 – Rock pooling  Join us on the beach and bring a picnic. Meeting at Earnse Bay car park, West Shore Road, Walney, LA14 3XZ.

August 14 – Nature Hunt A journey to explore the wildlife on Walney and get creative with your finds.

August 21 – Making Meadows, family gardening. Get your wellies on and help make a Walney wildflower patch.

August 28 – Bushcraft celebration Forage our field, light a bonfire and cook over the fire.


Booking essential. Contact Eve at or call 01229 825085.

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Barra Night Life

*Please note the date of this event has been changed due to wild weather*

The Isle of Walney Community Growing Space

FINAL DATE!! 5pm Saturday 24th August – 10am Sunday 25th August 

Camp out under the stars, wildflower safari, outdoor cinema, moth trapping, campfire feast, night garden, bat walks, and more…

Following huge demand in 2018, Barra Night Life is back, offering new outdoor adventures, opportunities to learn about nature at night and a unique social Saturday Night out.

Highlights for this year include the illuminated night garden, a feast cooked from our produce on the campfire and a guided wildflower safari on the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space.

Pitch your tent from 5pm on Saturday 25th August, with a range of family friendly activities throughout the evening and the chance to explore the allotment at night (camping optional). Finishing 10am Sunday 25th August.

The Isle of Walney Community Growing Space, Mill Lane, Walney Island, LA14 3XX


Free family friendly event, booking essential

Camping spots must be booked in advance

Contact or call 01229 825085.

When booking please give numbers of adults and children, and specify how many tents you will bring if camping. 



  • This event is weather dependent, and may be postponed at short notice 
  • The site has uneven terrain and is only partly accessible by wheelchair or pushchairs
  • Family friendly event. You will be required to supervise your own children at all times
  • Basic toilet facilities are provided 
  • Campers should checkin at 5pm to pitch their tent
  • Sorry, no dogs


  • Bring your own meat for BBQ choices (bread rolls, sauces, vegetarian food and drinks provided) Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements
  • A tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, change of clothes (if camping)
  • A torch 
  • Weather appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, waterproofs and warm clothing for the evening
  • Water to drink
  • Spare clothes and a towel
  • A sense of adventure

More about Art Gene’s Allotment Soup Project


Art Gene & Environment Conference

*Please note the date of this event has been changed from that advertised*


9:30am – 6pm, Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th October 2019

The collision of Art Gene, industry and environment in the coastal landscape.

Following Art Gene’s ‘Extreme Views Think Tank’ in April, this two day event puts the focus on Art Gene and the Environment, featuring expert speakers, excursions into Barrow and the surrounding landscape and the chance to get reacquainted with the town.

Art Gene’s Extreme Views programme prompts communities to take a different view of the place where the live. Through collective intelligence and collaborative working, Extreme Views brings together locals and specialists from diverse backgrounds. You are invited into a conversation, to imaginatively devise strategies and projects which empower whole communities to build sustainable, locally relevant and meaningful change. More about Art Gene’s Extreme Views programme.

All welcome, booking essential. Contact or call 01229 825085.

Please note no accommodation is provided, however you may choose to attend Barra Night Life where camping space is available.

Other Art Gene Events

Allotment Soup Work Days

11am – 3pm, Every second Saturday of the month throughout summer.
Join our community of gardeners on the allotment and work with Hannah Brackston (artist in residence) to learn about resilience, growing your own food and sustainable living. Every second Saturday during summer.

Learn more about Art Gene’s Allotment Soup project.