A DAY AT SCULPTURE BY THE LAKES IN DORSET

Saturday

*Press Visit - all opinions are my own.
I recently went for a day out at Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset with my friend Kitty, which was organised by Bournemouth Bloggers and Darren Northeast PR. This was actually my first event with Bournemouth Bloggers and I'm looking forward to attending more with them.

Face Sculpture

Sculpture by the Lakes is a beautiful sculpture park near Dorchester. It was really easy to find with a satnav and as we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff. They have social distancing measures in place to make sure the park is safe for everyone, tickets must also be bought in advance from their website.

It should be around a 45 minute drive from Bournemouth, however, I was travelling from my home in Wiltshire and it only took me an hour and 3 minutes to get there.

Near the entrance, there was a cafe doing takeaway food and drinks. They also had an art gallery and a little bit where they kept rescue dogs. There was a spaced out seating area to eat lunch near the entrance. However, there are lots of quiet seating areas dotted about the whole park.

Children under 14 and dogs are unfortunately not allowed to attend, due to the depth of the lakes.

Quote at Sculpture by the Lakes
Lauren at Sculpture by the lakes
Sculpture

We spent about 3 hours at Sculpture by the lakes. Any time we thought we were nearly finished walking round, we would discover a new path with more sculptures. It is such a photogenic place as you will see from my pictures.

It was so much fun looking at the sculptures and due to all the lovely seating areas, we were able to sit right by the lake and have a nice catch up as well. There were a couple of huge fish that would flop out of the lake from time to time. We also saw some sort of water snake swimming along the top of the lake, which is something I'd never seen before.

Sculpture head
Birds

There are really pretty places to hire here for parties too, for when big parties will be able to go ahead again. 

I would definitely recommend visiting Sculpture by the Lakes to see some wonderful art and nature. It is such a peaceful place and allows you to walk but also take breaks and sit down, to take in the scenery. I know lots of people have been doing a lot of walking lately, and this is the perfect chance to see something different as you can walk but also stop to look at the sculptures and take pictures.

Bird Sculpture
Lauren on swing

Where is your favourite outdoor place to go? Let me know in the comments.

If you are looking for playlist inspiration for the car journey for a a day out, check out my 20 Songs to Chill Out to post.

42 comments

  1. This looks like such a beautiful place! Sculptures and lakes are two of my favourite things so this place sounds like a dream!!

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  2. Sounds like a beautiful place for a day trip! The sculptures look so unusual!

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  3. Thanks for sharing, I have had heard about this in one of the local Dorset magazines, hope to visit one day :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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    1. You should visit it was so pretty and peaceful :)

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  4. Wow lovely place to chill out, I love the sculptures
    specially the swan.. Great art near the lake..

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  5. This looks like such a lovely place to visit! I love parks and nature reserves so may just have to add this to my list, I'm looking at a holiday down south soon ☺x

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  6. This looks like a great place to visit. I love walking around places that are calm and quiet, but also have something to look at. I bet it was a great day out, especially meeting up with your firend!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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    1. It was so nice. Especially because we could walk round and see new things :) x

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  7. What a beautiful day trip! Looks great; and well done on the press trip - I hope that you go on many more. Thanks for sharing.

    Paige // Paige Eades

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  8. This looks gorgeous! I'm not too far from Dorset when I'm at uni so I might have to take a day trip one day next year!

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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    1. Aw that’s good yeah you should go :) I go to Bournemouth uni so I’ll be in Dorset next year!

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  9. It is great that you got to spend some time at Sculpture by the Lakes!! The scenery looks amazing. Love the pictures that were taken - looks super peaceful :). Glad you had fun out there!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thanks Nancy is was definitely really peaceful and was so pretty :)

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  10. Wow looks like an amazing place, thanks for sharing this. There's so many places we want to visit in the UK!

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  11. I love the photos, the sculptures are incredible!! The lakes look really idyllic and I love that there are animals there :) xx

    Holly | www.gollymissholly.uk

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  12. Those sculptures look so cool but also creepy lol. I feel like i'd be initially creeped out by some of the face ones, but then i'd get used to them. Thanks for sharing!

    Deandra|theblackprincessdiaries.com

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    1. Haha it might be creepy to go there at night! They looked pretty cool in the day though

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  13. This looks like a lovely day out, it’s a shame about no children as I have 3 but we’ve been looking at a no kids break away in Bournemouth and my fiancĂ© is really in to art so this would be a hit for him.

    Thank you for sharing, hopefully we can make the trip soon x

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    1. Yeah that’s the only thing with it but it’s not far from Bournemouth!x

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  14. This looks like such a lovely place for a day out. The pictures are great! I'd love to be able to visit here sometime - I have a list of places I'd like to visit so I'll be adding this to the list. x

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    1. A list is such a good idea I might make one with UK places like this :) x

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  15. This place is so pretty! What a great way to spend the day. I love getting out and exploring places nearby.

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    1. Yeah I’m the same! It’s just no nice to explode what’s local to you isn’t it☺️

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  16. I had no idea this place existed. I would love to visit some day.

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    1. No me neither until recently! It’s definitely a hidden gem :)

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  17. Stunning photos, I want to go to Dorset now! Great post x

    Sarah

    https://www.dreamcashe.com/

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    1. Thank you! I would definitely recommend it I love Dorset :)

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  18. Those are some really beautiful images, thank you so much for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you! I had such a great time taking the pictures :)

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  19. It's nice to have somewhere a little different to visit like that. It looks great. We have a similar place near us in West Yorkshire and it's always an ace day there.

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    1. Yeah I agree I love discovering places like this :)

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  20. This is a great combination- nature and art! Enjoying outdoors with arts and lovely creatures too! I hope every community or city can build similar as this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yeah I agree we are lucky to have one that’s close!

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  21. This looks a beautiful place to visit. I spent today walking along the local canals and parkland and it really makes you appreciate it! Lovely post

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    1. Thank you! It was really nice, the canals sound nice :)

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