Painting days at Barnsdale Gardens

Special painting days at Barnsdale

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.  Views of the garden, together with beautiful flower studies are perfect for wet-into-wet watercolour and have inspired the special painting days held here.

"I have 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 cream tea in the afternoon make each of these days a very enjoyable experience."   Sandra

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.

View the full list of special painting days at Barnsdale Gardens.*

*Please note classes planned for December 2019 at Barnsdale will 

no longer take place due the tea room being closed.

What to bring

Just bring along your usual watercolour materials, plus extra watercolour paper to try out techniques.

If you arrive a little early on the day you can enjoy a complimentary drink in the Helenium Tea Room. You may also wish to pre-order your lunch from the menu of fresh, seasonal fare on offer, to save waiting later.  We will then take a walk through the beautiful gardens to the Garden Studio.

You may also enjoy browsing the range of Artist’s greeting cards available in the Gift Shop.

Painting day details


Painting days run from 

10.30am – 4.00pm 

Lunch and refreshments:

Tea and coffee throughout the day, and a delicious cream tea in the afternoon are included.

At lunchtime you can visit the Barnsdale Garden Tea Rooms.


£67.50 per person

The price also includes all day entrance to the gardens and makes a unique present (gift vouchers are available).

Materials to use on the day can also be provided at a  cost of £6 per person, please order these when booking.

Booking details:

For more information please contact Barnsdale Gardens.

Telephone - 01572 813200

Email  -

Please click on the link below to book online.

Download the full list of special painting days at Barnsdale

List of Barnsdale painting days 2019 (pdf)


List of Barnsdale painting days 2020 (pdf)