Sculpture by the Lakes
A place to reflect. Hidden away in countryside close to Dorchester lies the peace and serenity of Sculpture by the Lakes, 26 acres of botanical gardens dotted with inspiring contemporary sculptures. Wander the grounds and discover more than 30 permanent pieces by acclaimed sculptor Simon Gudgeon, designed to be viewed outside in the changing light. Follow trails that lead through woodland and among formal borders. Then visit the three galleries in the park to view ever-changing displays by international and local artists. Created to instil a sense of wellbeing, these are gardens designed to be savoured. Bring a picnic and find your favourite spot by the water. Or enjoy the ‘field to plate’ ethos of the Gallery Café, with produce grown just a few feet away in the kitchen garden. Workshops and events throughout the year are closely linked to the local arts; the Dorset Arts Festival in July celebrates the artists and crafters of the area.
Garden audio tours
Listen in on the secrets of selected gardens from their head gardeners. Our audio tours take you through seasonal planting, histories and stories.
Sculpture by the Lakes Garden Tour
Join renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife, Monique, creators of Sculpture by the Lakes for a tour around their Dorset gardens that fuse art with horticulture. Learn about the stories behind Simon’s works and how they enhance the beautiful landscape around them.