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Upfront Gallery and vegetarian restaurant are located near Penrith, Cumbria in a rural setting in beautifully converted 17th century farm buildings.

The gallery is the home of Upfront Puppet Theatre and the workshops of artist, John Parkinson, who is the co-founder and owner of the gallery, along with his wife, Elaine.

The gallery presents a changing programme of exhibitions. It is the home of the “Upfront Cumbrian Artists Open” which takes place every January and February, exhibiting selected work from all over Cumbria.

Please will artists interested in entering the exhibition email for details and an application form. Alternatively you can download our application form.

Open Daily 10.30am to 4.30pm.
(Closed on a Monday unless a Bank Holiday)
Winter Closing:
December 25th, 26th, 27th
January 1st, 6th to 24th.

A self-catering holiday cottage, uniquely designed eco-lodge and two static caravans are also available on site.


Parking is possible directly outside the main entrance door of the gallery and level smooth access is available to all the main downstairs areas of the building.

There is an easy access entrance for wheelchair users, plus easy access and baby changing toilet facilities.

The main downstairs area, which includes the exhibition area, coffee shop and gift shop is all on one level. The puppet theatre has a level entrance, with raked seating and space at the front for wheelchairs. A lift is installed which will give access to the first floor of the new theatre building.

We are pleased to answer any questions by telephone or e-mail in relation to special dietary requirements or specific access issues.