Resources for sites

Capability Brown Festival Education Pack

This resource has been developed for sites ranging from those with absolutely no experience with working with schools and families through to those with lots of experience who may be looking for new ideas for activities.

  • By clicking on the image below you can download the full Education Pack. By clicking on the links beside it you can download each section individually.

​​​          Navigation Key Explanation of Key Sections

          Section 1a  Getting Started with Schools
          Section 1b  Getting Started with School Support Pack
          Section 2    Working with Families
          Section 3a  Schools and Families Activity Bank
          Section 3b  Worksheet Pack for Activity Bank
          Section 4    Working with Different Key Stages




Watch the webinar which accompanies the pack below.


Mr. Brown's Green Directions - Sustainable Travel Toolkit

This toolkit was created to provide support and guidance in using sustainable transport to help market and promote different modes of access to sites of all types.

  •  By clicking on the image below you can download the resource.

A Manual for Owners -
Opening Your Garden or Landscape to the Public

The Owners' Manual aims to provide support and guidance to sites both large and small, private, public and commercial in opening to the public and creating a positive visitor experience. It is intended for use by sites of all scales with varying levels of experience opening to the public.

  • ​By clicking on the image below you can download the Owners' Manual.
  • For further information and resources a separate set of Appendices has been produced that address additional topics in more depth. These can be downloaded individually below.

          Appendix A Volunteers: Recruiting and Managing
          Appendix B Interpretation: Sharing your Venue's Story
          Appendix C Audience Development and Activities Ideas
          Appendix D PR and Marketing Toolkit
          Appendix E How are we doing? A Guide to Evaluating your Project





Film 'They Call Me Capability Brown'

Get to know more about the man and his work. This 5 minute film is available for use at sites and in schools.

​Online Resources - Webinars

The Capability Brown Festival took part in the Landscape Institute's weekly webinar series. Please click on the links below to view the recorded webinars.

Going Wild: Biodiversity in Brownian Landscapes
Leslie Pearman from Natural England highlights how Capability Brown’s landscapes provide havens for wildlife and stepping stones for species to connect with similar habitats in the wider landscape. Of European importance are the ancient trees that were retained or planted by Brown, a key component of wood pasture and parkland habitat, that provide homes for dead wood dependant species such as beetles, lichens and fungi, as well as providing roosts for bats.

Potter and Ponder
Katherine Alker and Rachel Sharpe of National Trust, Croome, Capability Brown's first commission, discuss the 'Potter and Ponder' sensory experience that has been launched at Croome to encourage families with children with disabilities to explore the parkland. The webinar explores the process of working with children who have profound learning and physical differences to create a map locating places in the landscape to unlock sensory experiences, to open up Brown's landscape at Croome for all current and all potential visitors. It also discussed attracting new audiences in ways to ensure they feel comforle enough to become repeat visitors. The Potter and Ponder - Sensory Experiences at Croome map is free to download and printed copies of the map are available to pick up at Croome's visitor reception.

Easy Step to Build a New Green Visitor Base
The webinar explores how “Mr Brown’s Green Directions” (the Capability Brown Festival’s Sustainable Travel Toolkit) can be used to develop a new market of “green” visitors to attractions. This particularly focusses on the potential for increasing cycling visitors and answer some pertinent questions about signing. Heritage Lottery Fund applications ask projects to consider how environmental impacts will be mitigated. This webinar will help you address this issue as well as give you an overview of the wider potential for green transport.


An Overview of HLF Grant Programmes (download)