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Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorchester

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Described as one of the most beautiful and unique sculpture parks in the United Kingdom, Sculpture by the Lakes marries the soft beauty of nature’s wild river landscape with the more formal presentation of monumental outdoor sculpture. It is that combination of art and landscape that inspires Sculpture by the Lakes. Whether it is work on a monumental scale that relates to its environment, or smaller works, the sculptures of Simon Gudgeon are prefectly placed in the delicately nurtured natural landscape to visually enhance their surroundings.

The effect is a balance, a harmony of form and context where the experience is central. Without walls, without interpretation, each person can engage with the art and the ever-changing environment.

Through light-handed management we keep our impact on the natural environment to a minimum, creating dramatic planting rooms and views within that environment to frame sculptures and place them in unexpected settings.

Like all of nature, this is a landscape that is constantly evolving and we are continually experimenting both sculpturally and in our planting and design. Apart from a few more mature trees, we started from scratch only three years ago so many of the trees and shrubs are still very young. We hope you enjoy exploring and although there are paths throughout the park there is no set trail to follow so we encourage you to take your time to search out the hidden gems.
By using our Dorchester driving holiday website, you can arrange your visit to Sculpture by the Lakes and other attractions in Dorchester.
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  • Had a very relaxing day wondering around the woodland and the lakes. The beautiful statues all around the park made the visit even more interesting. The only criticism is the lack of toilets. The...  more »
  • Visited on a beautiful sunny day (our second time of visiting). Good points first, the place is stunning and so are the sculptures, they had recently had extra sculptures there as part of an...  more »
  • My daughter is getting married next year and has been looking at venues for their Wedding Breakfast. I saw 'The Retreat' online and I thought that it would make a perfect venue given the private and....  more »
  • Good place to visit, its nice and quiet as children under 14 its no allow entry there. You have planty to walk around lake and if you want you can rent some of that place for some event.
  • I visited on Monday with a terminally Ill friend of mine and her husband. We had a lovely time but unfortunately struggled really hard at times with the wheelchair. We came across another couple facing the same problem unfortunately. It's a truly beautiful and peaceful place to visit but we didn't get to go around all the grounds because of this problem.we also asked if there was a concession for the disabled but were told in a very pleasant manner that there was not .overall I would recommend but not if you are a wheelchair user .
  • So tranquil and peaceful will be visiting again soon and hopefully many times more.
  • Relaxing, peaceful place. Bit cruel but, no children under 14, hence the peace. 😂😂
  • Amazing place, very relaxing and peaceful. Great setting and brilliant sculptures. Could easily spend a day wandering around or sitting in the various beautiful seating areas

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