Temple Newsam, Rembrandt and SticksArtStones
For those of you who live in and around the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire, you will no doubt of heard of Temple Newsam. It is one of the most celebrated historic Tudor-Jacobean mansions in England and also the birthplace of Lord Darnley, the notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots.
Great for family days out Temple Newsam offers something for everyone, from picturesque walks and picnic areas to visitor attractions.
Its attractions include an exhibition showcasing paintings by Rembrandt (19th November 2013 – 30th March 2014) to exploring life on a real working farm, which is home to over 400 sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and goats. You can also enjoy traditional crafts and see demonstrations on traditional butter making and blacksmithing!
Located within the estate’s stable courtyard you can enjoy refreshments served in the Courtyard Tea Rooms, as well as purchasing gifts from the estate gift shop where you can also obtain more information about Temple Newsam house and its estate.
The stable courtyard is also home to the farm shop, which is located directly opposite from the gift shop. Here you can treat yourself to a delightful range of cottage industry goodies, including wine, beer and even fresh eggs – all made by local producers and the estate farm.
But what really brings the shop to life and already seems to be attracting interest from lots of visitors is the range of handmade woodcarvings that depict traditional Green Men, forest men and tree wizards. All of which are hand carved and reasonably priced to help bring unique character to your home and your garden.
Working with newly established, family-run Leeds-based fair-trading retailer, SticksArtStones, Temple Newsam first came across the range of woodcarvings during a visit to the renowned Leeds ‘Briggate Farmers’ & Carft Market’, which takes place on the first and third Sunday of each month.
“Our handmade woodcarvings already get lots of attention from visitors to our York, Leeds and Wakefield market events, and because of their individual style we are confident that every item within the shop’s collection will be well received by the thousands of people who visit Temple Newsam each year. The hand carved pieces may even become a tourist attraction in their own right.” Stated SticksArtStones co-owner, Dave Maginnis.