Sandra Peck Watercolours

Each of the enchanting themed gardens created by Geoff Hamilton for the BBC Gardener’s World programmes is an absolute delight and really inspires me to get out my paintbrush.  Some of these have been included in the new subjects selected for this year; together with beautiful flower studies, perfect for wet-into-wet watercolour and other subjects that are a joy to paint. View the Barnsdale Courses List for 2019.


"Ihave been teaching now for over 25 years and wanted the Barnsdale days to be much more than just another painting class, so we have made them rather special.  They are a chance to sit back and watch lots of delicious wet-into-wet watercolour demonstration and then have a go yourself, with plenty of help and encouragement. A beautiful setting and delicious buffet lunch make each of these days a very enjoyable experience."


During Summer months we may be based in the marquee to enjoy the garden, at other times we will be indoors next to the tearooms.  Just bring along your usual watercolour materials, plus extra watercolour paper to try out techniques.  If required, paper and a palette of student colours to use on the day can be provided at a cost of £6, please order these when booking.  Chairs are provided in the marquee, but you may like to bring something portable and more comfy.  I like to work simply with a board on my lap when painting outside, but if you prefer to use an easel or folding table by all means bring one along.  I hope that you will be able to join us on one or more of these special days.  Non-painting partners are also welcome, they may like to look around the gardens and join us for tea.


Classes run from 10.30am – 4.00pm with a detailed watercolour demonstration, refreshments and delicious cream tea.  The price also includes all day entrance to the gardens and makes a unique present, please enquire about our gift vouchers.


You can see Sandra’s watercolours (originals and prints) in the coffee shop.  There is also a range of Artist’s greeting cards available in the Gift Shop.





The Ave, Exton, Oakham

Rutland LE15 8AH

01572 813 200





Barnsdale gardens

All images copyright © Sandra Peck 2019