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Dec 17, 2021

Why is Sculpture by the Lakes closing in January?

If you haven’t heard yet, we are closing the sculpture park this Christmas for just over a month.

We’ll be bidding farewell to our last visitors of the year on Thursday December 23, and when the gates shut at 5pm they will remain closed until we reopen again on February 1 2022.

A little rest – a burst of activity!

While we will certainly be enjoying a bit of rest and giving our hard-working teams a well-earned break over Christmas and New Year, we won’t be putting our feet up for the entire stretch – far from it in fact!

The jobs which can build up across our 26 acres over the course of a year always keep us busy at this time of year, with much to be done to tidy up the gardens and grounds, and to tackle those maintenance and repair jobs which can’t easily be done with visitors on site.

But more than this, we also have plans for some major works too – so when Sculpture by the Lakes reopens there will be a few new things for you to enjoy…!

New ideas, new additions

So, what can you expect to see when you come back to see us in 2022?

While we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise by revealing all the details here, we can say that the works will include some important improvements including a new toilet block and new seating areas, as well as some more expansive additions!

To complement the hugely successful Artisan’s Bazaar, next year will begin with the launch of the Artisan’s Pantry, our new shop which will bring together fantastic food and drink created by craft, artisan and independent producers from across Dorset and beyond. We’ve been hard at work tasting and sampling the incredible array on offer, and we’re going to be bringing you the very best the county has to offer.

Another significant change will be a new permanent outdoor staging space where we’ll be bringing you a series of live music performances during the summer months. This is going to be a really special addition to our calendar of bespoke, small-scale events, and another way we can make the most of this beautiful and tranquil setting.

2022 here we come!

We can’t wait to share much more on the new shop and the music events, and all the exciting things we have going on in 2022, so watch this space. And, of course, we can’t wait to welcome you all back next year.

If we don’t see between now and December 23, then may we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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