Nestled in the north Cotswolds, Hidcote, which is now owned by the National Trust, is one of the best-known and most influential 'Arts and Crafts' gardens in Britain. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. This world-class landscape garden is an absolute gem and overflowing with photographic opportunities.

Hidcotes 'rooms' have various characters and themes which are achieved by the use of box hedges, hornbeam and yew, and stone walls. Many such as the 'White Garden' and the 'Fuchsia Garden' are linked, some by vistas, and furnished with topiaries. Others have ponds and fountains and all are planted with flowers in bedding schemes. At every turn, the photographer is presented with a stunning display of colour and design.

This workshop will allow you to fully explore Hidcote through the eye of your camera. You will be guided through the many considerations of lens choice, composition, exposure and filtration, all enabling you to best capture the wonderful vistas this garden has to offer. After completion of the workshop, you will be invited to submit your images to a dedicated Hidcote Flickr group for personal critique.

We start early at 7:30 in order to take advantage of the early morning light and will have the garden to ourselves until it opens to the public at 10am. This is a wonderful opportunity to wander at leisure and discover these intricate gardens and its many plants. The workshop continues until 1:30pm however you are free to stay in the gardens as long as you wish.

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More information and how to book

Workshop Fact File

  • Location

  • Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR

  • Available dates

  • May 10th & 31st, June 18th, July 5th, September 3rd

  • Start/finish time

  • 7:30am - 1.30pm

  • Tutor

  • Sarah Howard/Andy Page/Martin Stubbings

  • Max group Size

  • 8

  • Cost

  • £110

  • What's included?

  • Admission, photographic tuition and demonstrations, welcome coffee and mid morning tea/coffee and cake

  • What's Excluded?

  • Transport to and from Hidcote, personal insurance eg: Cancellation Plan, equipment insurance

  • What will I learn on location?

  • Appropriate camera settings (semi auto & manual), working with the available light, composition techniques, lens choice, understanding depth of field & focusing, exposure and use of the histogram, using filters

  • Ability level

  • Suitable for all

  • Fitness level

  • Suitable for all

  • Deposit

  • £60

  • Places remaining

  • Please call or email to check availability