Pallington Lakes in Pallingon Dorset are recent winners of Gold in the category of ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the South West England tourism excellence awards 2014/2015. And it’s easy to see why.
Nestled in 26 acres sit 30 stunning outdoor bronze sculptures, by world renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon. His wife Monique, a landscape gardener creates the backdrops for Simon’s work, which are carefully placed to enhance their natural surroundings.
What they wanted to create, Simon says, is “A place where people could come and contemplate nature, and relish the beauty of it. To me, art should be beautiful. I don’t see the point of ugly pieces of art or controversial pieces. If something is beautiful, people will engage. If it’s ugly they walk past. And if it’s a pile of rubbish, they’ll laugh. To me, beauty is paramount. What we’re trying to do is enhance the beauty of nature with beautiful art.”
If you are thinking of visiting the area and looking for self catering accommodation in Dorset, River Cottage offers picturesque accommodation and sits a mere 2.7 miles, only a 10 minute drive from Pallington and sits in the grounds of Athelhampton.
Sculpture by the Lakes is open from 11am to 5pm
Entry fee £10 per person 1st April – 30th September Monday to Sunday
Entry fee £5 per person 1st October – 31st March – Closed Sunday
No concessions, no children under 14 and no dogs allowed.