Last Friday, I was invited along for my first press event since lockdown began back in March. The trip was organised by Darren Northeast PR and Bournemouth Bloggers, and was a chance for me to safely get used to visiting local attractions again, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
Sculpture by the Lakes is a total hidden gem, situated just outside of Dorchester, and within a 45 minute drive from Bournemouth. Unfortunately the attraction is unsuitable for children under 14, so I decided to invite my mum whilst Ed was able to have the children at home. I do understand the reasoning behind not allowing children at the venue (there is a lot of deep water and a fast flowing river), but it is a shame as I am sure that my eldest, who is nine, would have loved to visit.
It is naturally easy to socially distance at Sculpture by the Lakes as it is such a vast area of land (26 acres) to explore. The attraction is sticking to regulations by only allowing entry to those who have pre-booked in advance (you can purchase tickets via the website), allowing them to keep visitors to a safe number each day. Whilst walking around, we only saw a small number of other people, and it was so quiet and peaceful, at times it felt like we were the only people there.
There are over 30 sculptures by the venue’s creator, sculptor Simon Gudgeon, to see on your way around, and you can refer to the handy map to make sure you don’t miss any of these, as it can get quite confusing as you decide which path to take next. I have never really been a massive fan of art, and didn’t know much about sculptures before my visit, but you don’t have to be a total art buff to appreciate their beauty.
I really enjoyed exploring all the areas, the hidden nooks and peaceful seating areas on the way around. There are plenty of spots for you to enjoy a picnic from home, or treats from the takeaway food and drink service available at the entrance.
The venue also offers private hire of some of the areas, if you are looking for a unique and beautiful setting for your next corporate away day or meeting. The Retreat space, in particular, would make for a fantastic space – I loved the hanging chair, overlooking the water.
My mum and I had an amazing afternoon walking around Sculpture by the Lakes. It was such a perfect place to go to enjoy nature and art, whilst maintaining social distancing. I even managed to get a photo with a friend and fellow blogger, who I hadn’t seen for ages, which was so lovely.
Tickets for Sculpture by the Lakes can be purchased from their website.
Our entry was complimentary for the purpose of review, however all words and images are my own.