(Above) Cyclists stopping to take in a view of Eggardon Hill in west Dorset © Sally Welbourn (below) Cyclists riding on the roads of west Dorset © Sally Welbourn (below) A stop at the pub for refreshments by Sally Welbourn
As part of the programme of events for Dorset Art Weeks, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has teamed-up with Dorset based outdoors activity company Jurassic Electric to invite visitors to the Kingcombe Centre and nature reserve to enjoy the local landscape and wildlife in west Dorset by electric bike.
Cycling is an absolute breeze with electric bikes, allowing people of all fitness levels to explore west Dorset, and with an expert guide on hand you won’t have to worry about anything except taking in the spectacular scenery.
Tours taken at a steady pace
Martin Gershon from Jurassic Electric said: “We are delighted to be adding a new guided electric bike tour from the picturesque Kingcombe Centre to the range of routes we already offer. All our tours are taken at a steady pace, allowing time to admire a wonderful west Dorset landscape or local beauty spot, and there’s always a stop for refreshments along the way. Inevitably, routes around west Dorset including Eggardon Hill and Powerstock do involve some hills, but the electric motor on our bikes provides extra power to one’s own peddling, making a real difference and allowing everyone to enjoy the experience in comfort.”
Artists have taken inspiration from landscape on the bike tour
DWT’s Communication Officer, Sally Welbourn said: “Some of the artists exhibiting at the Kingcombe Centre during art weeks have taken inspiration from the landscape in and around Kingcombe and west Dorset that visitors will see on their bike tour. There will be something for everyone to make a day of it at Kingcombe, whether it’s wandering around the exhibitions, taking part in activities and children’s events or just relaxing in the Kingcombe Café with a cream tea!”
'I got used to it very quickly'
DWT volunteer, Stephen Baynes, recently went out on an electric bike ride trail at Kingcombe. He said: “I’m not an experienced cyclist, but I got used to the bike very quickly, and turning up the settings on the hills made it far easier! We covered an impressive 12 miles which is a much greater distance than I could ever have done on a push bike.”
Interested? Sunday 8th June - taster day!
There will be an electric bike taster day for members of the public on Sunday 8th June with opportunities to try part of the new Kingcombe route on one hour guided tours leaving at 10.30am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm. Minimum age requirement 14 years old. The price for the tour will be £10pp which includes refreshments at the Kingcombe Centre’s cafe.
Book and find out more...
To book your place early and avoid disappointment, please contact DWT on 01305 264620 or email
For more information about the bike tour and Jurassic Electric, please click here or phone 07796135256.
To find out more about the Kingcombe Centre Art Weeks events and activities please click here.
Notes to editor:
The Kingcombe Centre is near Dorchester, in Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ, four miles from Maiden Newton train station.
Artists exhibiting at the Kingcombe Centre:
Sally sculpts animals, birds, portrait heads and figures. She draws inspiration from wildlife visiting her west Dorset garden, cliff top and country walks, and also travels further afield for inspiration.
A master in etching and other ancient printmaking techniques, she creates beautiful letter-pressed and etched art work in an eclectic array of forms. You may also recognise her work from the multi-million selling cards and gifts, ‘The Bright Side’.
Using textured clays and fabrics, Jane draws her inspiration from the area around Eggerdon Hill in west Dorset. History, landscape and nature are all explored in her intriguing pieces.
Bruno creates wooden sculptures using recycled wood found in Dorset. His work includes carvings, boxes and bowls, and he find that the simple shapes, when highly polished, bring the wood back to life.
Mary Fontein (Nee Sutton)
Mary’s unique work is through collaging papers, plastics and fabrics, and drawing over them with coloured machine stitch. Laying sheer fabrics such as organza, Mary creates a sense of depth and atmosphere as with painting.
Sally and Richard Dennis create stunning ceramics and antique glass. The pottery’s output includes vases, bowls, boxes and dishes are of interest to enthusiasts of decorative pottery. The designs reflect the 19th and 20th century Arts and Crafts movement.
Based in Weymouth, Dorset, David’s ceramics are complementated by woven wire sculptures. He is inspired by garden design, and works with galvanised woven wire to produce animal sculptures. He creates owls mounted on wooden blocks, which are suitable for display in the garden, and all year round.
A freelance painter based in Bridport, Antonia’s work is about being near the sea, painting on location or from sketches made on site, including under the sea! Changing light and mood of water, bird flight and movement along coastlines are usual starting points.
Vibrant and evocative abstract paintings, and sculpture using mixed media including textiles, paper and ceramics inspired by geology and organic forms.
Jan paints mostly watercolour and pastel gaining inspiration from west Dorset countryside. She works from home from photos taken on daily walks around Toller Porcorum, including other DWT reserves in west Dorset. She uses a variety of media, incorporating her affection for farming and farm animals into her work.
Max’s work focuses on the wild spaces throughout south west England to create powerful oil paintings. He is intrigued by the varied coastlines and ever-changing moors of this landscape.
List of events
Tuesday 27th May - Bugs & Beasties 10-12pm £3 per child. Booking essential on 01300 321409.
Delve into the world of mini beasts. Small people will shake the bushes, lift logs and net sweep the meadows in this ‘bug fest’! We’ll also take a look around the centre’s pond to see if we can spot any newly emerged dragonflies or damselflies.
Thursday 29th May Plant Detectives. 10-12pm £3 per child. Booking essential on 01300 321409.
Come and test your ID skills at the Kingcombe Meadows Nature reserve where many of the flowers, shrubs and trees will be in bloom. Books and identification guides will be provided.
Everyday drop-in activities include:
- Explorer trail, children can draw on the chalk boardwalk, and make mudfaces in trees
- Willow Weaving create willow fish with our easy step guide to make a keepsake to take home.
- Wildlife snaps for kids Using an ‘I spy’ species sheet, explore the nature reserve and try to snap as many plants and insects on your sheet. Download your snaps back at the Centre and enter them into our monthly ‘Pat Dolbear photographic competition for kids’ with the change to win a £25 prize.
- Let’s go on a poo hunt take our poo guide and explore the nature reserve for the real thing!
- Snail Bakes Decorate your own snail shaped biscuit to take home.
Additional walks and other events will be added to our programme of events. Keep an eye on the website for more information.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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