Join us to get creative along The Ridgeway!

24th May 2019

Follow in the footsteps of famous artists, writers and photographers including Robert Macfarlane, Richard Jefferies, Eric Ravilious and Fay Godwin, by joining us for a day of talks and workshops on Saturday 29th June 2019 at St Dunstan's church in Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire. 

Anna Dillon, landscape painter, and James Crowden, published poet, will share their experiences of The Ridgeway and show us theirs and others' work inspired by walks along the Trail and visits to related landmarks and places. Mike Pringle, from the Richard Jefferies museum, will focus on the great nature writer Jefferies who enjoyed The Ridgeway in the 19th century. After a BBQ lunch, there will be afternoon workshops at the church and on Whiteleaf Hill offering you the opportunity to explore outdoor photography, art journalling and poetry. Paul Mitchell (photographer), Jo Beal (artist and maker), James Crowden (writer) and Chris Kirkham (local historian) will be leading the workshops.

The 11th century church of St Dunstan's makes an ideal setting for creative inspiration, with it's deep history and artwork including painted Penn tiles on its floor. Beyond the church, there is rich material for the outdoor workshops. Monks Risborough is a historic village with thatched cottages lying at the foot of the Chiltern Hills marked by the Whiteleaf Cross (a chalk mark). Whiteleaf Hill is a nature reserve on the hills above the village, offering panoramic views across the vales and chalk grassland flowers.

An exhibition of artwork inspired by The Ridgeway will be on show in the church hall throughout the day, illustrating how today's artists respond to the Trail.

Tickets must be booked in advance by completing the booking form attached below and making a payment of £10 per person via our online donation page:

An event flyer, programme and booking form can be downloaded below. 

The Ridgeway Partnership is hosting this event to raise awareness of The Ridgeway National Trail and to encourage people to visit the Trail to enjoy it and get creative too! We are thankful to the congregation and Reverend of St Dunstan's for hosting us and hope the event will prove a great start to this year's Princes Risborough town festival which runs from 29th June to 6th July.


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View of Lodge Hill by Anna Dillon - Anna Dillon
James Crowden, one-time poet in residence for the Wessex Ridgeway - James Crowden
St Dunstan's church, Monks Risborough - St Dunstan's church, Monks Risborough