Our Outdoor painting programme


Members are reminded that they are responsible for any entry fees.  The SGA committee is grateful to Andrew Jordan (01458 250725) and Val Sangwine (01458 272049) who planned the programme.

Monday 1 June – CANCELLED

Wells Cathedral Green . 1030-1630. Painting around the Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. Bring Sandwiches or have lunch in one of the many cafes. Meet 10.30 on the Cathedral Green and 16.00 in Bishop’s Palace cafe at the end of the day. 

Saturday 13 June – CANCELLED

Painting together. 10.00 – 16.00  Somerton Parish Rooms.

Monday 6 July  –  CANCELLED

Heale Wold, Curry Rivel. 12.00 – 16.30 Heale Wold, Heale Lane, Curry Rivel.  Beautiful private house and extensive gardens. Go through Curry Rivel towards Taunton. Turn up Heale Lane, last road on the right before end of village. Go up slight hill, as road levels, look out for ‘Heale Wold’ sign on right, white gates.  Unload your painting equipment, chairs etc and drive 100 yards further up Heale Lane to T-junction. Parking on right in large lay-by. 

Monday 20 July –  CANCELLED

Nunney Castle. 12.00 – 16.30. Castle and Village views, good pub next to castle for lunch, The George Inn, Castle Street. English Heritage small moated castle with free entry.  Good parking, delightful ruined castle and river and pretty village to paint including a very interesting church. Lovely tea rooms. Directions – drive to Shepton Mallet and follow Frome road to Nunney Catch roundabout.  Nunney is signed from roundabout. Postcode: BA11 4NJ.

Monday 10 August

Val and John Sangwine’s garden – 12.00 – 16.30. Paint in Val’s garden, neighbours’ gardens or around New Street/Old Hill. Views of the viaduct, distant landscape and gardens. Park in Val’s drive or in street.  Address: Hillhead Cottage, New Street, Somerton TA11 7NS. Telephone: 01458 272049 

Wednesday 26 August – CANCELLED

Zigzag Building – 10.30 -16.30. Quirky old factory building with lots of interesting stuff. Bring sandwiches or lunch in Red Brick Building. Follow road out of Street towards Glastonbury. Red Brick Building is an art gallery and art space on left at the start of the old Moorland factory. Drive past the building to traffic lights, turn left then left towards the Red Brick Building. Zigzag is on the right before the Red Brick Building. Parking nearby, paint inside or out.

Wednesday 10 September – CANCELLED 

Barrington Village. 12.30 – 16.30 Last outing of the summer. Meet 12.30 for lunch in the Barrington Boar or paint from 14.00 around the village.  Lovely village scenes. To book lunch in advance, names to Andrew Jordan nearer the time 01458 250725


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.