After 14 weeks of lockdown, we are able to venture a little further from home, with venues and businesses starting to open and welcome visitors again.
This week, we were invited to visit Sculpture by the Lakes in Pallington, near Dorchester.
Nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside, Sculpture by the Lakes is an oasis for art lovers and collectors, created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife, Monique.
It is worth noting, that this venue is not open to children under the age of 14, so if you are looking for a family day out, this is not for you.
What you get is a peaceful place to walk, amongst carefully landscaped gardens and wild spaces which have been curated to ensure that each sculpture is positioned to enhance its aesthetic qualities as well as the visual surroundings.
You don’t have to be an art lover to visit, it is simply a great place to let the stresses of modern day life just slip away, with some great and meaningful quotes scattered amongst the wildlife.
For the younger visitor, it is an instagrammers paradise.
We arrived at opening time, 10am and had the place to ourselves for the first hour and spent a good 3 hours exploring.
There are plenty of places to sit and watch the wildlife, eat a picnic or enjoy a coffee.
There is Cafe by the Lakes on site which is currently offering both hot and cold drinks, ice cream, cakes and a takeaway menu for a picnic in the park.
There is a larger, socially distanced seating area around the kitchen garden so you don’t have to walk too far to enjoy your coffee.
There are smaller works available to see in the Barn Gallery and they also have a beautiful selection plants for sale.
Admission to Sculpture by the Lakes is £12.50 per person and their summer opening hours are from 10am – 5pm on Wednesday – Sunday until 30th September.
Entrance to Sculpture on the Lakes is by online ticket only and you must purchase your tickets before you visit.
Is Sculpture by the Lakes somewhere where you would like to visit?