By Sara Niven.
THE award-winning Sculpture by the Lakes has undergone a redesign.
The premises, at Pallington, just east of Dorchester, has been divided into two parts – The Sculpture Park and The Makers Yard – to more clearly distinguish between ticketed and free-to-access areas.
The former includes 26 acres of gardens, woodland, lake and riverside walks, dotted with more than 30 large-scale contemporary sculptures, where entry costs £14.50.
The latter comprises The Gallery, The Kitchen, formerly known as Gallery by the Lakes and Café by the Lakes, and The Store and The Pantry, previously known as Artisans’ Bazaar and the Artisans’ Pantry. Entry to all these areas of the Makers Yard remains free, with no booking necessary.
Sculptor, co-owner and founder Simon Gudgeon said the rebrand, which includes a new website, was the result of feedback from visitors and taking a step back to consider the attraction as a whole.
“People were telling us that they were surprised at how much we had on offer or were expecting to pay to visit the gallery for example, so we knew we needed to make it clearer and make sure it all made sense, not just to those people we welcome here on a regular basis, but to those discovering us for the first time,” he said.