Inspire the imagination

For those with a creative flair or looking to try something new.

Creative experiences

Summer Lodge is the perfect place to relax, unwind and try something new. The beautiful Dorset countryside has been a creative source for many over the years and there are a number of local workshops and artists to visit and experience.


16th August 2023

Dahlia Masterclass

Explore the amazing history and horticultural significance of these stunning plants with our head gardener, Robin Andrews. As you learn how to propagate, cultivate, and make the most of these flamboyant blooms (and their 42 varieties), you will also be shown how to take cuttings and how to grow these beautiful flowers at home - lessons on lifting and storing the tubers in preparation for the next season will also be included.

Price: £75.00 per person, including all equipment, an arrival and mid-morning drink, and a snack lunch.

Maximum 12 guests per class.

Experiences available year round

Environmental studies centre

Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ

Natural history, wildlife, archaeology, and art & craft courses run all year at Kingcombe Environmental Studies Centre.

Bookings are essential.

Distance: 3 miles
Journey time: 5 minutes

Telephone: +44 (0) 1300 320684

Truffle hunting

Secret location near Dorchester

Join The English Truffle Company and their truffle hounds at a location in search of this edible treasure. Their truffle hunting experience days include an introductory talk, a pub lunch, 2 hours of hunting, and afternoon tea including a sampling of a truffle dish.

Distance: 20 miles
Journey time: 25 minutes

Telephone: + 44 (0) 330 1 330 805

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Dorset Wildlife Trust

Lorton Lane, Upwey, DT3 5QH

The Dorset Wildlife Trust runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops, work parties and other wildlife events. 

Distance: 20 miles
Journey time: 30 minutes

Telephone: +44 (0) 1300 321329

Monkton Wyld Court

Elsdon's Ln, Bridport, DT6 6DQ

Monkton Wyld Court is a one-hour drive from Summer Lodge and runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops, courses, and other countryside events.

Distance: 20 miles
Journey time: 36 minutes

Telephone: +44 (0) 1297 560342