Capturing the Past in Paint - Dorset's Jurassic Coast
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Meadows & hills
Journey to a bygone era as we explore the timeless beauty of our magnificent coastline; capture both landscape and seascape features of the Dorset coast through drawing and painting, from simple sketches to finished works of art. During the course of each day we’ll walk up to 2 miles (3km) carrying our equipment.
- Capture life from the fossilised tropical jungle to the English seaside
- Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
- Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: price includes Full Board en-suite accommodation, guidance from our expert leader and transport to locations
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Lulworth Lodge
- Expert leaders: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment
Just a stone's throw from the beach at Lulworth Cove, Lulworth Lodge is a walkers lodge with magnificent sea views from the private terrace.
As one of our smaller properties, it makes a comfortable and exclusive base for smaller groups.
We have 12 bedrooms at Lulworth Lodge, some with spectacular views to the sea.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Lulworth Lodge has a relaxed lounge area with open fireplace. There is also a bar and dining area. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms.
Outside the raised private terrace has seating with delightful views down to the cove.
Complimentary parking is available for guests in the public car park about 100 metres from Lulworth Lodge.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Friday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Saturday: Exploring Lulworth Cove
This is a great opportunity to take a closer look at some fantastic views nearby, with your leader there to encourage and help you to capture some of these unique coastal features in paint.
Sunday: The Portland Peninsula
We’ll travel west to look at the wonderful Chesil Beach from a fantastic viewpoint above Weymouth Bay. We’ll then draw and paint amongst the scenery of the iconic Portland Bill lighthouse.
Monday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House.
Tuesday: From Corfe to Studland
We’ll travel to the Purbeck Hills to capture the marvellous Corfe Castle in paint before moving towards the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast at Old Harry Rocks, around the bay from Swanage and Studland.
Wednesday: Timeless Lyme Regis
We’ll take the scenic coastal route to historic Lyme Regis where the various features here can challenge your creativity.
Thursday: Farewell finishes
Staying at the Country House we’ll take another look at Lulworth Cove, with its spectacular cliffs and views, to reflect and finish off our work. Our leader will share more tips and techniques so that you leave your holiday with wonderful artwork of the area and skills to use at home.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
What to bring
Please feel free to bring whatever art equipment you may have already and are happy to work with - listed below are some suggested basic watercolour requirements:
- A4 or larger cartridge sketch pad, watercolour pad at least 140lb, preferably thicker
- 2B, 3B, 4B pencils and charcoal pencil if you wish, black or sepia ink pen(s), eraser (not putty rubber)
- 6, 10, 14 Pointed round and ¼, ½“ flat brushes (Sceptre Gold or Cotman Blue)
- Tubes of primary colours for mixing (Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow), extras you could bring Alizarin Cerulean Blue, Crimson or Rose Madder, Cadmium Yellow or Yellow Ochre
- Portable set of pans would also work well on smaller studies or alongside tubes
- Water tub and mixing palette
NB: Most important to buy minimal materials of really good quality rather than cheaper items
Lulworth Cove is a justifiably popular destination, with day-trippers and holiday-makers drawn by the stunning local scenery. The Cove itself is a near-perfect circle which has been carved by the waves into the soft rocks. A 20 minute walk along the cliff path will take you to Durdle Door, the area's other geological wonder. This impressive natural sea arch has been carved from the harder chalk rocks. The free Heritage Centre next to the public car park is well worth a visit during your stay.
Facilities in Lulworth Cove are limited to a selection of pubs, cafés and souvenir shops. The nearest towns are Wareham, Dorchester and Weymouth, which all have a good selection of banks, chemists and supermarkets.
During your visit to Dorset you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum at Bovington, 20 minutes' drive north of Lulworth Cove, houses a particularly impressive collection of tanks from around the world. Trace the history from the tank's origins in the First World War to the present day. www.tankmuseum.org
Situated just a couple of miles inland from the cove, Lulworth Castle is a 17th century mock medieval castle that was once the heart of an extensive estate. Having been gutted by fire in 1929 it was derelict for many years, but has since been completely renovated. www.lulworth.com/castle
The iconic ruins of Corfe Castle stand guard over a natural gap in the Purbeck Hills, about 30 minutes' drive from Lulworth. Dating from the 11th century it is now maintained by the National Trust. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle
Ride on this lovingly restored branch line through the glorious Purbeck countryside. Steam hauled trains run throughout the year. You may want to leave your car in the Park & Ride at Norden, about 30 minutes' drive from Lulworth, and use the railway to visit the attractive seaside resort of Swanage. www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Located near Wool, 20 minutes' drive north of Lulworth Cove, Monkey World is a great family attraction. Orginally set up to rescue mistreated monkeys from overseas, it is now home to a huge collection of primates of all shapes and sizes. www.monkeyworld.org
Brownsea Island is located in the middle of Poole Harbour – boats depart from Poole Quay and Sandbanks, about 40 minutes' drive from Lulworth Cove. The island is now a nature reserve, managed by the National Trust and one of last remaining places to spot red squirrels in the UK. Brownsea is also famous as the location of the world's first scout camp in 1907. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island
Weymouth is a fine Regency seaside resort with an ever-popular beach and bustling harbour.
Thomas Hardy’s Cottage
The writer Thomas Hardy was one of Dorset’s most celebrated residents who used the local towns and villages around Dorchester as the setting for many of his novels. His birthplace near Dorchester is around 30 minutes' drive away and now owned by the National Trust. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-country
Athelhampton House & Gardens
Located near Dorchester, about 30 minutes' drive away, Athelhampton House is a fine Tudor building dating from 1485. The surrounding formal gardens are also impressive and were built between 1891 - 1899. www.athelhampton.co.uk
This fine country house and estate is located near Wimborne Minster, about 45 minutes' drive from Lulworth Cove. Dating from 1665, and now managed by the National Trust, it houses a fine collection of antiques, with many notable examples from the Middle East and Egypt. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
Kingston Lacey image ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey, Swanage Railway image © Brian Robert Marshall
Travel to Lulworth Cove
Our address is: Lulworth Lodge, Lulworth Cove, Dorset BH20 5RJ
The nearest railway station is at Wool. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 5 mile journey from Wool railway station takes approximately 10 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £13 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the West Lulworth House Manager.
The recommended route is via Bere Regis and Wool – although slightly longer this avoids the traffic through Bournemouth and Poole. From Bere Regis follow signs to Wool. At Wool cross the level crossing and turn left following signs to Lulworth Cove and West Lulworth. Continue for a further 4 miles to Lulworth Cove. As you enter Lulworth Cove Village, turn in to the public car park at the turning circle. Park your car here. This car park is free for HF Holidays’ guests. Pick up a parking permit from Lulworth Lodge. Exit the car park on foot by the Heritage Centre and follow the road towards the sea. Lulworth Lodge is 50 yards down this road on the left hand side.
Richard was born near to the heart of Constable Country, first exhibiting at the famous Gainsborough's House during his schooldays, and now enjoys the natural wonders of coastal Suffolk. He loves the chance to share his own natural abilities, tips, techniques and many years of far ranging lecturing, demo and tuition experience with newcomers and all abilities to help create or develop their own individual styles. Since an early career in design, publishing and business advice he has worked with the National Trust, English Heritage, Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton and many other organisations, truly believing the wonders of practical art can be enjoyed by everyone, given that all-important friendly guidance, patience and encouragement.
Dates & Prices
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|15 Sep 2017||MHPCP - Capturing the Past in Paint - Lulworth Lodge||7||£889.00||£824.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person