There is no where like this on earth. A truly magical experience and an unexpected encounter in this pristine corner of sleepy Dorsetshire, a leisurely 30 minute drive from Launceston Farm. The sculptures themselves are dotted around the 24 acre park, each one an absolute marvel in itself. Simon Gudgeon, creator of the living gallery, aspired “to create an environment for enthusiasts that blends nature’s beauty with inspiring works of art free from the constraints of enclosed spaces of a traditional gallery.” And that has certainly been achieved. With sculptures rising out of the lakes, from between trees and amongst meadow grasslands, the whole place feels like a giant treasure hunt – but with no children. Sculpture by the Lakes is strictly for grown-ups so there is a level of peace achieved here which you don’t find in too many other places…
So if you are staying at the farm with the family and want to slope off for the day, this is the perfect breath of fresh air . The new Gallery Cafe just opened this week so we haven’t it made it there yet but we will be sure to stop off on our next visit. Otherwise the owners are happy for you to take a picnic and lay out your rug in the grounds. We weren’t that organised and stopped off on the way back to Launceston Farm at The Blue Vinny in Puddletown for Popcorn Pheasant and Fossil Farm sirloin steak with Blue Vinny sauce. Heartily recommended.
Sculpture by the Lakes entry is £10 per person with a 10% discount if you book on line. Open 10am-5pm from 1st April – 30th September, Tuesday to Sunday.
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