Music in the Wood is a series of music events held in Lucy’s Barn, set in the middle of Lucy’s Wood, 1200’ high up in the Lakeland fells with stunning views. It gives us the opportunity to hear world class music in an utterly magical environment surrounded by nature and beauty.


Welcome to Music in the Wood. We organise music events in a special barn on the fells near Ullswater.

All proceeds go to CRUSE Bereavement Care Cumbria.

Upcoming events

Lute in the Barn

Matt Wadsworth

Sat 13 July 2019 7pm

Lute in the Barn
Lute in the Barn

Matthew Wadsworth lute and theorbo

Music by Dowland, Johnson and Kapsberger.

We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to hear aclaimed Lutenist
Matthew Wadsworth live in the intimate environment of Lucy's Barn on 13 July.

Matthew plays at festivals and concert halls in various corners of
the world, and his
many recordings have been featured as Gramophone editors choice on
several occasions.
 On this occasion however, he is giving a recital in Lucy's Barn, and
you will have a chance to hear the lute up close, just as
people would have done back in the 17th century!

“The playing in this little theatre of shadows is of course ravishing
throughout, with Wadsworth again demonstrating his appreciation of the
lute’s propensity
for subtle gradations of tone and timbre”
(Gramophone Magazine, Editors Choice, August 2017)

To learn more about Matthew, visit his website at

Or watch him on Youtube:

The Venue

Lucy’s Barn is an absolutely unique location for these concerts, set in the middle of Lucy’s Wood, 1200’ high up in the Lakeland fells with stunning uninterrupted views over towards High Street, Place fell and Gowbarrow.

It gives us the opportunity to hear world class music in an utterly magical environment surrounded by nature and beauty. Come rain or shine you will find Lucy’s Barn an awe inspiring venue to hear and see artists in an intimate venue.


Our concerts are normally free. However we do ask that you generously support (suggested minimum of £10 ) our very worthwhile charity to reflect the quality of our musicians who give their time freely to entertain us.

All money raised is given to Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria. It constantly needs funds to continue its invaluable work of offering support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

We normally have a bar available open an hour before the events offering wines, beers and soft drinks.

Eating Out and Staying over

Set above the picture perfect Ullswater valley, Music in the Wood is surrounded by an abundance of great places to eat and lovely places to sleep. From Michelin-starred award-winning hotels and restaurants to idyllic camping barns, Ullswater has something for all pockets and tastes.

For further ideas and inspiration try one of these websites or ask us for help:

Previous events

Here are a few events we have organised recently.

Tales of Love & Ending

Tales of Love & Ending

Kenneth Wilson - The Poetical Cellist

Poet and cellist Kenneth Wilson presents a moving and absorbing solo show telling a story of Love through poetry and music.

Love enthrals and confuses us all.  From the first heady moments of falling into it, through a rollercoaster of better and worse, to an array of possible endings – sad, violent or just inevitable – the poetical cellist is an inspired guide.

The show...

The Renames

The Renames

We are delighted to welcome back the Renames. A full Barn rocked to their own compositions and covers, not to be missed!



In the fifteen years they have been appearing together as Fain, Anne-Marie Kerr (vocals, keyboard, whistles) and Ian Wright (vocals, violin) have entranced and entertained audiences around Cumbria and beyond with their distinctive sound and repertoire, centring on the lyrical clarity of Anne-Marie’s voice and beautiful tone of Ian’s violin.  Combining Anne-Marie’s folk background...

Li Lu

Li Lu

Li Lu will be playing the Bach cello suites.

"My hope is to run, dance and fly to the sound of my cello…” The epitome of international, cool, young and elegant, Li Lu plays with a passion that takes flight both sonically and visually” – Sky Arts.

As a soloist and Chamber musician, Li Lu has a considerable number of performance experiences across Asia and Europe. Highlight...

Redwood River Band

Redwood River Band

With roots that stem from England’s opposite ends, the Yorkshire formed trio swiftly evolved as their paths entwined in the summer of 2017.
From a first song born on a river bank and filmed in a working forge, their sound is the innocent wild environment of its own creation.

Simon Robinson on banjo, Alice Phelps on double bass, Naomi Jane on guitar and 3 part harmonies weaving it...

Twelfth Day

Twelfth Day

In the wordless communication that passes between Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and Peebles harpist Esther Swift as they perform, the strength of their decade-long musical partnership, friendship and shared humour is evident. It’s this depth of connection, and tangible desire to have fun, that gives Twelfth Day its extra edge.

In their own words, this is not so much a duo, but a two...

The Renames

The Renames

Soft and country rock favourites plus a few of our own songs thrown in.



Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious...


Music in the Wood is exactly halfway between Keswick and Penrith with easy access to Ullswater (5 mins), Patterdale (10 mins) and Keswick (15 mins).

Lucy’s Barn is on the side of the fell so it is advisable to wear walking boots or wellies, dress warmly, bring a brolly if rain is forecast and don't forget A TORCH!


Lucy's Barn: there is a path all the way to the Barn down a gentle slope through the wood. Unfortunately it is not possible to get a wheelchair to the Barn.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we'll do our best to help. 07787-140618

Directions to Lucy’s Wood and the Barn:

  • OS Grid Ref: 384217
  • Postcode: CA11 0LG
  • From the Penrith M6 roundabout - take the A66 towards Keswick:
  • After approximately eight miles look out for sign to A5091 Ullswater/Dockray/Troutbeck and turn Left.
  • Follow road for approximately two miles as it rises up a hill, just over the brow of hill.
  • Turn right, signposted 'Dowthwaitehead'. This is a single-track road with a coniferous wood on the right.
  • Follow for approximately two miles and come to a turning to the left signposted 'Dockray'.
  • Park on the right in the Old Coach Road car park. It’s a 5-8 minute walk to the Barn from here.
  • Follow signs to Lucy’s Wood down the road for 100 metres towards Dockray.
  • Turn right into field leading into the wood. Take care *health & safety warning* you are on the fell - it could be slippery, rocky & boggy!
  • Signposted all the way to the Barn.
  • Or ... from Dockray:
  • Take the small single track road up the hill immediately past the Royal Hotel.
  • After 1 mile there is a “T” Jctn, Park here at the Old Coach Rd car park and follow signs.

Map showing car park

CA11 0LG

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