Sketching Days 2024

Come and join in these friendly sessions rain or shine.

Bring sketch books, camera, paints, pencils, something to sit on, and if you prefer an easel.

Work in any medium, on your own or in a group. The venues are chosen for their convenience re. refreshments, shelter, car parks and toilets.

We are pleased to offer you the following schedule of venues where we can meet to draw & paint en plein air this summer. Our proposed schedule is:-

Tuesday 30 April at 2.00pm – Bickleigh Castle EX16

Directions – Heading on the A396 out of Tiverton towards Bickleigh take the right turn onto the A3072 just before the bridge at Bickleigh direction Crediton & brown tourist sign for the castle. After a short distance, take a left turning following the brown tourist sign. Parking is in a designated area before the main drive to the castle. Donation of £2 cash for this venue. Toilets & tea at nearby Bickleigh Mill until 5pm.

Thursday 16 May at 2.00pm – Hope House, Witheridge EX16 8AE 

Meet by the church in The Square, Witheridge. Donation of £2 cash for this venue. We hope to have tea afterwards at the Two Moors Gallery & Cafe in the village

Thursday 6 June – Dulverton TA22 9HL

Join Sandy & Gillian for a light lunch from 12 noon at The Copper Kettle in the High Street before sketching on the riverbank from 2.00pm. Pay & Display car park at Exmoor House TA22 9HL.

Wednesday 19 June at 2.00pm – Ashley Court, Tiverton EX16 5PD

We return to the Regency home of Tara Fraser which is surrounded by woodlands & gardens including a walled garden nestling in the Exe Valley. Tea & cake available for £6 cash. Toilet available. 

Directions – Leaving Tiverton on the A396 towards Bickleigh, at the sign indicating right to Ashley turn right and next left. Ashley Court is on the left a short way along Ashley Back Lane. Park near the verge along the drive to the house

Wednesday 3 July at 2.00pm – Knightshayes EX16 7RQ

A great post-war garden,19th century parkland and grand Gothic Revival architecture. 

Directions – Turn off the Tiverton to Bampton road (A396) at Bolham. Park in the second carpark up the hill at the far end of the drive behind the old stable block. Free for NT members with a membership card, otherwise pay & display. Meet outside the ticket office & garden shop. Toilets & cafe open until 5.00pm.

Tuesday 16 July at 2.00pm – Greengages, 12a Boobery, Samford Peverell EX16 7BS

We are invited to the garden of one of our members, Frances Salisbury. 

Directions – from Sampford Peverell Village Hall continue along Lower Town in the direction of Tiverton Parkway turning left into Withnage Road. The road goes over the canal. Turn 2nd left into Boobery. Donation of £2 cash for this venue.

Wednesday 7 August at 2.00pm – Bridge House, Culmstock EX15 3JJ

Liz Milton has kindly invited us to her garden.

Directions – The house is opposite the Culm Valley Inn, beside the river. 

Donation of £2 cash for this venue. 

Wednesday 4 Sept at 2.00pm – Withypool TA24 7BF

A charming village by the B3223 in the heart of Exmoor on the River Barle with a red sandstone bridge & excellent tearoom which is usually open 10am – 4pm. Parking in the village on the south side of the river. Meet outside the tearoom.

Tuesday 24 September at 2.00pm – RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

Last year’s sketching event was very successful so we are returning! Seating in the galleries will be provided by the museum. We hope the cafe will have reopened by the time of our visit. 

We hope you will join us for some or all of the above events & look forward to seeing you later this summer. 

Kind regards Sandy & Gillian

If you wish to have a lift to a venue or would like to offer space in your car to others, please drop an email to