Purbeck Art Weeks Sketching Programme 2017


The dates for this year’s PAW sketching (and photography) days have now been confirmed. As proposed, the number of venues has been increased and the time period extended, to enable more PAW members to attend some or all of the days. We have also included some sessions at the weekend, to cater for those members who work during the week.

If you are interested in taking part, please register your interest by sending an email to rogerlockey@btinternet.com. The cost this year will be £10.00, which will allow you to attend as many of the sketching days as you wish. Payment should be made by BACS transfer to the new PAW Festival account.

Name – PAW Festival     Ref. – Sketching    Sort code – 09-01-29 Account no. 06614371

As in previous years, the entry fee is to cover costs of the related exhibition and Private View, which this year is scheduled to be held at the Etches Collection in Kimmeridge. Dates and information for this will be available later in the year.

Events Details


Little Brenscombe Woods – Tuesday 25th April – 10.30am – 2.30pm

Enjoy the woodland setting in Spring, as well as seeing traditional forestry and charcoal making processes, using working horses.


Trigon Estate – Sunday 7th May – 10.30am – 2.30pm

A new venue this year.  Access to the estate is at the end of Carey Road in Wareham.


Tyneham Village and Worbarrow Bay – Saturday 13th May – 10.30am – 2.30pm

A wide variety of subject matter, from dilapidated buildings in the ‘ghost’ village to a spectacular coastline just a short walk away. Please note – There is a discretionary £2 car parking fee at Tyneham .


RSPB Arne – Saturday 27th May – Sunday 11th June – 10am – 4pm

As part of PAW fortnight, once again there is the opportunity to spend a day in the beautiful surroundings of RSPB Arne. A mess tent will be available as a base, for artists and visitors to use. Please note – There is a £5 daily car parking fee for non-members of the RSPB.


Steeple Manor – Monday 3rd July – 10.30am – 2.30pm

A favourite venue from previous years, with beautiful landscaped gardens, with formal flower beds alongside more informal planting and a large pond.


Encombe House – Monday 17th July – 10.30am – 2.30pm

Another impressive local house and estate to which we have been granted access again this year.


Smedmore House – Tuesday 8th August – 10.30am – 2.30pm

An impressive house and extensive gardens, with sweeping views down to Kimmeridge Bay, make this a venue with multiple opportunities to create a variety of images.

Please note – this date is subject to confirmation by the estate. Members will be notified of any change of date if necessary.


Bestwall Allotments, Wareham – Sunday 3rd September – 10.30am – 2.30pm

Thanks to the kindness of Chris Davenport, we will have the opportunity to work in the fascinating surroundings of Bestwall allotments, and marvel at the range of produce being grown there!

We will meet beforehand at Chris’s house in North Street, before walking to the site.

Please note – Parking may be available at the nearby scout hut, if this can be arranged. Otherwise the nearest public car park is between North Street and Mill Lane. This is also the location of the nearest public toilets.


*Redcliffe Farm Campsite – Sunday 17th September – 10.30am – 2.30pm

* Subject to confirmation

With commanding views over the River Frome and the surrounding countryside, this private campsite can be accessed from the village of Ridge, near Stoborough.


Upton House – Wednesday 11th October – 10.30am – 2.30pm

A chance to record the autumnal colour in the grounds of this well-known venue, with many impressive specimen trees, walled garden, extensive parkland and trails leading to Poole Harbour. A fitting way to end our season of sketching days for 2017!