A FORMER South Lakeland pub is officially under new management.
Grizedale Arts completed their purchase of The Farmer’s Arms at Lowick Bridge on Tuesday.
The arts organisation plans to return the inn back to the heart of the community.
More than £300,000 was raised during six months of fundraising.
Local investors and donors, on top of a matching loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund, contributed to the fund.
The Grade II listed pub had been empty for nearly two years before the charity took it over.
Grizedale Arts will now work together with the community to transform the neglected building.
They aim to make The Farmer’s Arms a welcoming pub and community hub.
It is hoped the oldest part of the inn, the Stable Bar, will be ready to reopen by summer, with rooms available by Autumn.
The Farmer’s Fete will be the first public event at the site.
On May 29/30, the organisers will welcome stalls by local producers selling food and drink, wood-fired pizza, fresh produce, bric-a-brac, antiques, crafts and more.
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