Each Thursday during the autumn, winter and spring months, PEDAS members meet for evening sessions to learn more about art techniques. These are usually active practical sessions. We meet at St. Aldhelm's Academy,
Herbert Ave, Poole, BH12 4HS, 7-9pm

Please try to arrive a little before 7pm, so we can start promptly. Members £3, visitors £5. BMOYC - bring materials of your choice
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Thursday Sessions
Thursday 7th June:
10 - 4pm
There will be a match playing today, so please respect the area and do not make a noise near players. An opportunity to paint and sketch the panoramic views of the Isle of Wight and Old Harry Rocks; close by are the Sub-tropical Gardens in Alum Chine and plenty of seating and a path down to the sea. Further along is the suspension footbridge over the Chine. Make your way to St. Ambrose Church, on West Cliff Road, Westbourne, turn right (if coming from the west) into West Overcliff Drive (The church is on the corner) continue to follow the road round and eventually you will see the Bowls Club. Toilets and café available, free parking along West Overcliff Drive.

Thursday 14th June EVENING:
BH15 4RW
6 - 8.30pm
Rockley Point Beach, a small and sandy little bit of beach near Hamworthy, has just 150 metres of beachfront. There is a small payable car park for approximately 30 cars and is down a steep slope. Toilets available

Thursday 21st June:
BH19 3BA
10 - 4pm
Beautiful headland, heather walks and white sandy beach to explore. I suggest you cross on the Sandbanks ferry as a foot passenger, having hopefully found a space in Panorama Road to park. When you get off the ferry, go to the right of the restaurant where it is quieter and there are views of Brownsea and Poole Harbour. There is a small National Trust carpark if you want to drive. Free to members when you scan your card. 5 min walk to Shell Bay/ beach along a board walk. Toilet facilities available

Thursday 28th June EVENING:
6 - 8.30pm
Lovely village with watermill on the river. There is a small car park (for approximately 20 cars) about 25 yards down the road from Throop Mill (see the Google map image). From there, cross by the bridge and paint along the river Stour.

Thursday 5th July:
BH23 1DT
10 - 4pm
Parking: There is a car park within three minutes of the
site, on Bridge street, postcode for satnav: BH23 1AZ;
£3.50 for 4 hours.
Bridge Street has a pretty bridge overlooking the castle. Turn left out of the carpark and walk for 3 minutes until you see the bridge, castle and Norman house, opposite the King's Arms hotel. The mound-top keep or great tower here was part of a large Norman castle that once dominated Christchurch. Nearby is the 12th century riverside chamber block known as the Norman House, built in about 1160. Plenty of painting opportunities including the castle ruins, river, boats and bridge, short walk to Christchurch priory if you wish. The bar at The King's Arms hotel does food and drink. If you wish to book a table in advance (as it gets very busy in summer), please ring 01202 588 933 at least a week in advance Toilets at Bridge Street carpark and in the King's Arms Hotel

Thursday 12th July:
BH20 6AQ
10 - 4pm
Garden centre and farm shop with beautiful vast gardens. Teashop and toilets. Why not enjoy a Dorset cream Tea while painting the landscaped ponds!
There would be no fee for sketching around the ponds. You would also be welcome to sketch and draw in the gardens but there would be £3 entrance fee to pay.

Thursday 19th July:
BH19 2JL
10 - 4pm
Countryside paradise and National Nature Reserve,
consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland,
haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland .
Take the A351 to Swanage and go through the town and up the hill, following the brown tourist signs for Durlston Country Park. Parking is pay and display (£5 for the day) There is an excellent café and toilet facilities are available. Plenty to paint around the park and lighthouse and wonderful views of the sea. If you want to reserve a table in the cafe, call 01929 421111.

Thursday 26th July:
KEYNESTON MILL, Tarrant Keyneston
DT11 9HZ
10- 4pm
Broadstone Art Society are joining us for this day.
The creative and experimental home of Parterre
Fragrances, Keyneston Mill is the largest private botanic gardens in the country dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants – over 2000 varieties in a 50-acre estate. Here the key ingredients of Parterre perfumes are grown, harvested and distilled. Plenty of painting opportunities including the botanical gardens, mill, pond and open countryside. £6 per head with tour of distillery and gardens

Thursday 2nd August EVENING:
BH15 4DQ
6 - 8.30pm
Lovely sea views with colourful beach huts. Parking at Hamworthy Surface carpark BH15 4DJ is free after 3pm.
Toilets and refreshments available on Hamworthy Park beach

Thursday 9th August:
DT11 9HB
10 - 4pm
Marsh Lane, Anderson, Bere Regis. An opportunity to paint and sketch in the grounds of one of Dorset's finest manor houses in its setting of old walls, beautiful gardens and mature topiary. Beyond the garden the enclosed pasture is gradually being converted to woodland.
Entry costs £5.00 per person with £1 extra to include
light refreshments throughout the day. Plants grown in
the gardens may be on sale.
The 12th century church of St Michael's (now a private
chapel) is also open to view and money raised from your visit will be used to help maintain this lovely old building.
Take the A31 travelling west from its junction with the A350 at Sturminster Marshall or east from Bere Regis and proceed until you arrive at the Red Post crossroads. Turn towards Winterborne Kingston and Anderson Manor will be found approx 300 yards on the right. There are toilets & ample parking.

Thursday 16th August:
DT11 0BZ
10 - 4pm
Come and paint or sketch in the grounds of the stunning Milton Abbey School. The parklands were landscaped in the late 18th century by Capability Brown. There are steps up to St. Catherine's chapel which also offers a lovely view of the abbey. Tearoom with toilet facilities available. There will be no charge but we have been encouraged to support their tearoom.

Thursday 23rd August:
10 - 4 pm
Before the Second World War, Tyneham was just one of many small isolated Dorset villages. In 1943 the villagers were moved out by Winston Churchill's War Cabinet prior to the area being used for D-Day preparations. They never returned. Plenty of
painting and sketching here, in or around the village.
Tyneham does not have a postcode but please see map and directions below:
From Poole/Bournemouth direction on the A351:
As you approach Wareham you will go over the main railway line. At the first roundabout, take the second exit signposted 'A351 Swanage' and continue on the Wareham bypass. At the second roundabout, again take the second exit signposted 'A351 Swanage' and continue on the Wareham bypass. The next junction you come to is staggered: take the right-hand turning signposted to 'Creech Steeple Kimmeridge'. Stay on this road, which passes Creech Grange, straight to the top of Grange Hill where you will pass a viewpoint on your left. Shortly after the viewpoint, the road you are on bears round sharply to the left, but you need to turn right (in effect, heading straight on along the top of the hill) taking the road signposted 'Tyneham Lulworth via Army Ranges'. After a third of a mile, take the road on your left down into Tyneham valley.
There is carparking and toilets available, but no café or water, so please bring a picnic and enough water for the day! No charge to enter the village.

FRIDAY 31st August:
BH21 7ND
10 - 4pm
Knoll Gardens can be found on Stapehill Road, Hampreston. Planted with thousands of their own grasses & flowering perennials, Knoll Gardens is renowned for its naturalistic style. Carparking and toilet facilities, with tearooms available. No charge.
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