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Sculpture by the lakes

On day 101 of lockdown I was given the opportunity via Bournemouth Bloggers to revisit one of my favourite places, Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington near Dorchester. It was an extra special day because I had arranged to take my sister for her 50th birthday, we hadn't seen each other during lockdown as she works in a care home.

Studying the map

Sculpture by the Lakes is pretty unique, it was a breath of fresh air especially after so long in the confines of our homes, 26 acres of peace and tranquility and an absolute haven for art lovers. Owned by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife Monique the grounds are home to at least 30 of Simon Gudgeons larger sculptures and a few other carefully chosen artists.

Obviously not my usual type of post because it doesn't contain any food (shock horror) but anyone that knows me will tell you, I love anything creative. I've visited the lakes on numerous occasions and particularly enjoyed the 'Wellness by the Lakes' last year it really is the perfect location for peace and calm. You can also hire it for exclusive use or hold your wedding there - how wonderful that would be.

As you meander through the grounds you will come across the sculptures and plenty of seating areas to just to stop for a moment and take it all in. I photographed all of the sculptures but you really need to see them for yourself to appreciate the beauty of this place.




Bird of Happiness

'Bird of Happiness'

Copper swing chair - Sculpture by the lakes

'Swinging Sister'

It is easy to spend 4 or 5 hours at Sculpture by the Lakes, artwork is sold or goes on loan and new pieces arrive so, there is always something different to see. I'm always impressed by the thought that goes into the sculpture placement, most can be viewed from a variety of positions giving a totally different perspective each time.

Take a picnic or buy lunch from the cafe, if you want to stay longer consider some of the private hire accommodation - The Pavilion, The River Keeper's Hut, The Island, all pretty special places.

You won't be disappointed.


Mon - Tue Closed

Wed - Sun 10.00am -5.00pm

Tickets are £12.50 and must be booked online.

"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it." Jules Renard

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