Arley Hall & Gardens Event – Itinerary & Info

THIS WEEKEND, Sat August 3rd, 11-4pm: Arley Hall & Gardens Nature & Drawing Event!

PLEASE NOTE WE WILL BE THERE WHATEVER THE WEATHER & we do have alternate sheltered options there such as: The Vinery (greenhouse), The Coach House (that has been reserved) & The Cruck Barn if we need to avoid the odd shower! Plus there's also a lovely cafe. All being well you will find us drawing amongst The Herbaceous Border & The Walled Garden.

Please do make sure to fill in the super quick survey (linked below) if you haven't already, to let us know if you are attending so we can gather exact numbers! And make sure to read the equipment list recommended below.

We are so thrilled to be offering goody bags* at the event which have kindly been sponsored by Derwent Art & Pink Pig Sketchbooks - www.the-pink-pig.co.uk who are providing amazing quality pens & sketchbooks! (*Goody bags will be limited in number based on our attendance survey results & will be given on a first come first served basis).

Please note the event is *free to attend, we are hosting out of good will as we like to give something back to the design community, connect creative folks & we also wanted to share our love of Arley Hall Gardens (*however participants do need to pay the small garden entrance fee)

Looking forward to meeting you all there!

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Please fill in this quick under 1 minute, 1 question >> SURVEY << to let us know if you will be attending the event or not.

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Itinerary for the event:

11.00am - 11.15am - Everyone to arrive at the event / Location: Coach House (next to the gift shop) 

We will wait for everyone to arrive & have some lovely informal chats.

Please make sure to:

  • allocate enough time to purchase your garden entrance ticket from the shop. (If you intend on visiting the Hall as well please ask at the shop or check the Arley Hall website for the best ticket option. The event will be held in the Coach House & gardens only).
  • pay the car park fee for the visitors car park - check the Arley Hall website for more information or call 01565 777 353.
  • grab a map from the gift shop or you can download one here so that you can meet back up with the group at any point in the day.

11.15am - 11.45pm - Brief introduction & talk from Rachael Taylor / Location: Coach House (next to the gift shop)

Rachael will introduce herself & summarise her diverse career, discuss her design & drawing processes & will show you examples of nature-based designs from her portfolio. You will also get the chance to look through Rachael's exclusive & unseen work & original drawings.

11.45pm - 12.15pm - Inspiring walk around the gardens / Location: All gardens

There will be a short walk around the beautiful gardens available at Arley Hall to gain inspiration from their renowned Herbaceous Border, the stunning Walled Garden, Arbour Garden, Shrub Roses Garden and the aromatic herb & scented gardens, The Vinery greenhouse, The Rootree, as well as the unique Quercus Ilex Columns. Rachael will provide design insights into how she would use this bountiful plant inspiration in her drawing & design process. As you walk you will be able to gather inspiration to use later on in the day.

12.15pm - 1.30pm - Warming up drawing exercises / Location: Herbaceous Border

Rachael will give the group tips on how to get started as you take your inspiration from the morning's walk & use it to create nature-based drawings, sketches & motifs.

1.30pm - 2.15pm - Lunch

You will be able to buy your lunch at Arley's restaurant The Gardeners Kitchen or we would encourage you to bring your own little picnic & really enjoy the stunning gardens!

2.15pm - 3.30pm - Time for more motif development / Location: Walled Garden

Enjoy some freestyle drawing time as you get to play & experiment further with the opportunity to get feedback & tips from Rachael while you do. You will be encouraged to work on different styles from abstract to representational drawing.

3.30 - 4.00pm - Informal Q&A with Rachael Taylor / Location: Walled Garden

A chance to ask Rachael any questions as you enjoy some last drawing time & finish up what you've done for the day.

4:00pm - Finish & head home feeling full of inspiration and lots of nature drawing and design knowledge!

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Equipment list:

We advise that you bring with you:

  • A sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Black drawing pens in different weights (Rachael favours Derwent LineMakers, Berol & Papermate pens)
  • Picnic blanket
  • Sun cream
  • Folding chair
  • Clothing for all weathers
  • Water
  • Sunglasses

Whilst we do intend on trying to make sure every attendee receives a goody bag with materials from our kind sponsors, they will only be available on a first come first served basis.

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Extra information:

  • Location: Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA.
  • Date: Saturday 3rd August.
  • Tickets for the gardens are to be purchased at the gift shop.
  • Maps of the gardens are available at the gift shop or you can download one here.
  • The gardens are open from 10am to 5pm.
  • The event will run from 11am to 4pm.
  • For The Gardeners Kitchen restaurant there is an option to pre-order your lunch. If you wish to do this please make sure to allocate enough time in the morning. It is open from 10am to 5pm.
  • Timings are confirmed but we will send a final itinerary 48 hours before the event if anything has changed due to weather (we are in the UK after all!)
  • Please make sure to visit the Arley Hall website: www.arleyhallandgardens.com for more information about the location or garden tickets, or call 01565 777 353.

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Contact:

Please contact Kelly at kelly@rachaeltaylordesigns.co.uk if you require any extra assistance or information about the event.

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We're so looking forward to meeting you! Don't forget to click the link above and answer the survey to let us know if your are attending or not.

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