Set in idyllic grounds on the outskirts of Dorchester, Sculpture by the Lakes truly is a magical attraction. Showcasing the work of renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon, the 26-acre estate is a must visit for art lovers or those who appreciate the outdoors.
As you walk around the beautiful lakes, you’ll have the chance to marvel at over 30 sculptures set within pretty, informal gardens. The grounds have been carefully landscaped to complement the artwork and great care has been taken to create a habitat for wildlife to thrive.
Simon is an award-winning sculptor with work on display in many important collections, including several royal residences. He draws his inspiration from nature and the various species of wildlife that frequent the land around his home.
This unique sculpture park was born from a desire to create an environment where art could be appreciated alongside nature. There’s something quite special about seeing these works of art in a natural environment rather than in a gallery. Simon and his wife, who live on site have created a tranquil and peaceful place to relax and unwind.
There are a small selection of exclusive cabins and huts available for private hire at secluded spots throughout the park. Some are set on the water’s edge, whilst others are located on a private island. Overnight stays are not permitted; however, they make the perfect spot for a day spent relaxing or celebrating a special occasion.
There is a café on site where you can indulge in tea and cake or a light bite. The ingredients are sourced from the onsite kitchen garden, so you can enjoy fresh produce straight from t. You could also pack a blanket and picnic and dine in the tranquil grounds if you’d prefer.
A number of events take place throughout the year, showcasing the region’s best artists and musicians. There are also speciality art workshops, where you can join taster sessions or hone your existing skills.
Sculpture by the Lakes is set in a secluded spot in the small village of Pallington. It can be a little difficult to find so we recommend using a SatNav or making a note of the directions before you leave. Please note, Sculptures by the Lakes has a no children under the age of 14 policy (including babies) and dogs are not allowed. Due to the uneven nature of the paths, it may not be suitable for wheelchairs.
Follow signs to Dorchester
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|Opening Times||10am - 5pm|
1st April - 30th September - Open Wednesday - Sunday1st October - 31st March - Open Tuesday - Saturday
What a fabulous place! Our first outing in our new campervan to try it out, the campsite and facilities are... thewardrobem, Nov 2023
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