Artists Workshop at Lorton Meadows

Lorton Meadows barn

Artists Workshop at Lorton Meadows

Location: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5QH
Calling all budding botany artists. Join us for the first Lorton Meadows Artists Workshop. Led by renowned local artists, Sally Pinhey and Margaret Tebbs, and held over a weekend, the course will improve illustrating skills, teach new techniques and provide a deeper understanding of the wide range of wildflowers that grow at the nature reserve. Booking essential.

Event details


10:00am - 4:00pm
A static map of Artists Workshop at Lorton Meadows

About the event

This two-day weekend course will be led by renowned local artists, Sally Pinhey and Margaret Tebbs. Sally taught art at Kingston Maurward College, and has illustrated her own best selling books. She gives talks and demonstrations to societies, and is a member of the Association of Illustrators, a Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and holder of RHS medals. 
Margaret is a freelance artist, working in watercolour, ink and pastel. She specialises in botanical illustrations for Kew Gardens, the Linnean Society and the RHS. She also illustrates for science journals and runs courses for artists wishing to improve their knowledge of botany. Both artists are based in Dorset. 
Running between 10am and 4pm each day, and based at the historic Lorton Barn, the workshop starts with a short guided walk to introduce participants to the nature reserve and the resident wildflowers. With tutoring from both artists and using samples of wild flowers/plants collected in the field, the aim is to improve illustrating/painting skills and knowledge of botany. 
There will be microscopes on site for close-up views of the samples, and free parking and hot/cold drinks are provided. PowerPoint aids will run over the weekend. Participants will need to provide their own packed lunches and materials (paint, brushes, easel etc). Please find the kitlist which details the materials participants will need for the workshop here


Phone number

01305 206191


£80 per person. Any children attending must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Additional booking information

Booking is essential. Places are limited, please telephone 01305 206191 to book a place.

What you can expect from us:
Booking is essential, as there are limited spaces.
Bookings can only be made up to, and including, the day before an event. We are unable to take any bookings on the day.
There will be a health and safety talk at the beginning of the activity which will cover the event and current Covid-19 safety information.
Face coverings are not required outside but may be worn if preferred.
Handwashing facilities are available in the centre and in the public toilets.
If we provide equipment, it will be cleaned down before and after use with virucidal spray.
Any bookings are based on current government advice and may be subject to change.

What we ask of you:
If you, or a member of your group has any Covid-19 symptoms please stay home.
Please be mindful of others' space.
As spaces are limited, if you are booked onto an event, please inform us as soon as possible if you are not able to attend so that we can offer your place to somebody else. This helps us invest more in local wildlife conservation.
Please take any litter back with you to recycle or dispose of it in a bin.

Know before you go


Guide dogs only

Wheelchair access


What to bring

Participants will need to provide their own packed lunches and all materials required (paint, brushes, easel etc). More details about materials will be provided when booking.
Hot and cold drinks provided but additional water bottles are recommended. Hats, coats, stout footwear, sun-cream etc should also be considered. Please dress for the weather on the day. Although the event will be held under cover, there will be field trips out into the adjacent meadows.


Parking information

Free parking available.

Bicycle parking



Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Wild Chesil Centre
Contact number: 01305 206191