Winter Wonderland | Christmas at Sculpture by the Lakes

Winter Wonderland

Christmas at Sculpture by the Lakes

A wintry walk through The Sculpture Park, a tasty lunch in The Kitchen café, a feast for the eyes in The Gallery, followed by a wander through The Store and The Pantry perusing unique and beautiful gifts – your perfect day awaits at Sculpture by the Lakes this Christmas! The festive season is a special time to visit this multi-award winning attraction nestled in the heart of the countryside at Pallington, near Dorchester. For those in the know, the combination of The Sculpture Park, where art meets nature across 26-acres of gardens, woodland, rivers and lakes, and The Makers Yard, with its fresh dining and artisan shopping opportunities, is the perfect tonic to the commercialised mayhem December can bring.

The Store is brimming with creations from the hands of more than 80 artists and makers from around Dorset and beyond, and treasures from as far afield as Morocco, including ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more. In The Pantry, visitors can discover exceptional produce from passionate artisanal producers, from small batch chili sauces to botanical gins – the perfect presents for the foodie in your life. The Kitchen is open for coffees, cakes, and lunches, including seasonal delights sourced from the park’s own kitchen garden, and no visit is complete without a wander around The Gallery, where the exhibition closing out the year is ‘Look Up! A Journey Through Print Land’, a stunning celebration of the ingenuity, diversity and sheer magic of contemporary printmaking.

With its delicious food and beautiful venues across the park, which can host between four to 100 people, Sculpture by the Lakes is also the ideal spot for Christmas parties and corporate away days, providing an inspirational setting for colleagues to connect and enjoy time outdoors. And don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for details of additional seasonal events, such as late-night shopping with fire-cooked food and mulled wine, and the popular Saturday night Supper Club in The Kitchen.

Sculpture by the Lakes is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am – 5pm during the winter. Tickets to The Sculpture Park are £14.50, and entry to The Makers Yard, including The Gallery, The Kitchen, The Pantry and The Store, is free. See

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