Our Outdoor painting programme


Following the successful ‘painting outside’ programme last year, we are proposing to repeat the exercise twice a month on alternate Mondays and Wednesdays in May, June, July, August and early September. Toilets are available at all venues. All meetings are half-days, 2.00-4.30pm unless stated otherwise. The SGA does not subsidise entry costs anywhere.

Wednesday 15th May

National Trust, Lytes Cary, near Kingsdon, TA11 7HU. 01458 224471. Follow A372 towards the the Podimore junction onto the A303, turning left at the brown sign just before the roundabout

A medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden. Small café, footpaths, old orchard. Car park near house.

Monday 3rd June

Mrs Scriven, Windsor Grove Farm, High Ham, TA10 9DN. 01458 259257.

Follow main road to High Ham and turn right at the crossroads just before the village, following sign to Windmill & Playing Fields. After 300 yards turn right into Long Street, then after about quarter of mile sign to the left “Hilltop Caravans” on your left, and Windsor Grove Farm is directly opposite. Lovely garden on a working farm.

Wednesday 19th June

Barry and Valerie Morse’s garden. Crabtree Mead, Long Load, TA10 9JX. 01458 241707.

On left, past Village Hall and Newbridge (yellow house). Street parking.

Lake, Summer House and views over the moors.

Monday 1st July (full day out)

Nunney Castle, Castle Street, near Frome. BA11 4LW. Take A361 from Shepton Mallet – approximately five miles east towards Frome, and turn left at the first roundabout.

A picturesque moated medieval castle dating from 1370s. English Heritage. Free entry with good parking. Attractive village with a very nice café. Car park at the entrance to Main Street.

Wednesday 17th July (full day out)

Watchet. The fun way of getting there is by steam train (West Somerset Railway from Bishops Lydyeard to Minehead), TA4 3RU. If you want to book tickets, call 01643 704996. All information is on their website. If getting there under your own steam, car sharing is a good idea as parking can be difficult in town.

Ancient port of Watchet. Lovely harbour, full facilities, museum. Small container art gallery on the quay. Gathering point is by the statue of the Ancient Mariner on the quay.

Monday 5th August

The Viaduct Fishery, Dew Water Lane, Somerton, TA11 6LJ. 01458 274022.

Meet at café at 14.00. They are happy for us to sit by the ponds or walk through to the Cary River or the Viaduct. Please don’t obstruct the fishing platforms.

Monday 2nd September

Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre, Stoke St Gregory, TA3 6HY. 01823 490249. Free entry,

Café. Basket Museum and Retail Courtyard. Small lake. Footpaths onto moors and withy beds.

Any queries, please call Roger on 01458 241472 or Wendy on 01458 270887

. This is always a great opportunity for socialising and enjoying lunch or tea and cake somewhere before or after our painting.  


Morning sessions at Long Load village hall

Any member of the Group is free to gather for ‘do your own thing’ painting time at The village hall in Long Load on Tuesday mornings. The hall is ours from 10am to 12:30pm during which time you can come and go as and when you please. The hall and refreshments are paid for by the Group so there is no charge additional to your membership fee. Toilets are available.

The dates are:

Autumn 2019
Ten sessions from Tuesday 1st  October to Tuesday 10th December, excluding Tuesday  26th November as there will be a needlework exhibition taking place this particular week. 2020 dates to follow.

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