Sculpture By The Lakes

This spot cannot be missed: a must-see hidden gem in Dorset that should immediately appear on your bucket list of places to see. The sculpture park belongs to one of Britain’s most talented contemporary sculptors, Simon Gudgeon, and features over 30 of his monumental sculptures placed by the lake in Dorchester.

Sculpture by the Lake
This is the swan sculpture that welcomes you at the entrance of the enormous garden by spreading its wings.
Sculpture By the Lake
You can buy Simon’s sculptures and display them in your garden. I’d love to have this mysterious, turquoise face.
Sculpture by the Lake
This face sculpture made the biggest impression on me since it looks as if it were almost merged with the trees and grew out of a trunk.

I guess the biggest encouragement to visit the place would be to look through some of the photos I took while visiting Sculpture by the Lakes. I got carried away with my imagination and tried to imitate some of the sculptures’ poses. It really is a unique place where you can take creative and memorable photos.

Sculpture by the Lake
Why not play the trumpet?
Sculpture by the Lake
Two ladies entering the pond.
Sculpture by the Lake
You can get melancholic at times…

The place will strike you with its tranquillity, the soothing sound of tree leaves, flowing water of the surrounding lake and river, and the majestic look of ‘minimalist and semi-abstract’ sculptures. Some of them are placed directly in the water, and their reflection intensifies the effect of their monumental character.

Sculpture by the Lake
Even though it was quite cloudy when I visited, I enjoyed the melancholic surroundings and it made me think that this place must feel different in every season and type of weather. I will definitely go back there in the autumn.
Sculpture By the Lake
Sculpture by the Lake

Sculpture by the Lakes is an idyllic place for picnics, family or friend gatherings, or even corporate events. You can buy some of their delicious homemade food in a café or bring your own food.

Sculpture by the Lake
Sculpture by the Lake
Unfortunately you can’t eat this fruit sculpture despite its alluring look…

You can also hire one of the venues on-site (little huts or a bigger double-storey pavilion) and spend the day in nature, eating food in a lovely environment and appreciating works of art.

  • Sculpture by the Lake
  • Sculpture by the Lake

There are also a lot of spots with thought provoking sentences that really make you reflect on life.

  • Sculpture by the Lake
  • Sculpture by the Lake
  • Sculpture by the Lake

I couldn’t recommend visiting this place more (but booking tickets in advance is necessary, so check here)! You’ll spend time in a unique way, close to art and nature and far away from the everyday noise of life.

*Ad – press event* I was gifted tickets to enter Sculpture By The Lakes, but my opinion in this post is a genuine and honest reflection of what I think about the place.