The weekend’s here at last, which means it’s time to get out and about with your camera. If you’re undecided where to start snapping, here are our pick of five locations worth photographing in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.
1 Furzey Gardens
Furzey Gardens in the New Forest are a beautiful woodland gardens dating back to the 1920s. They are packed with a huge collection of rare and beautiful plants from across the world and because of this are renowned for their year-round beauty. However, this time of year is a particularly good time to visit as new flowers come into bloom, and fans of flora and fauna photography will be in their element.
The gardens are located at Minstead near Lyndhurst and admission costs £4.50.
2 Companion Dog Show & Doggie Fun Day
If you like photographing our four-legged friends, this event on Sunday is a chance to have some fun and snap some dogs in action as they take part in agility classes. Held in Wimborne in aid of Strays of Greece, which raises funds to feed Greece’s street dogs. It’s a good opportunity to practise your animal photography skills and it’s only £1.50 to enter. If you have your own dog, you can bring him along and capture him in action on the agility course. Running from 10am to 5pm, the show is at High Trees in Mannington, near Wimborne.
3 Salisbury St George’s Day 2010
A huge St George’s Day celebration is taking place in The Market Place, Salisbury this Sunday from 11am. A wide range of subjects will be available for keen photographers, from morris dancing to dragon slaying, medieval knights and battle re-enactments. There’s also a plethora of street entertainment and family fun.
4 Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
Dorset’s Durdle Door is one of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic Coast. The rock arch has been formed by soft rocks being eroded behind the hard limestone, and the archway and surrounding cliffs and beaches make a spectacular location for hobbyist and serious photographers alike. Durdle Door has been used as a film location for Far From The Madding Crowd and Wilde, as well as in music videos for Tears for Fear and Cliff Richard. Nearby Lulworth Cove is a short, steep hike away and is a perfect horse shoe shaped cove with more amazing photo opportunities. For local photographers, now is the time to visit.
5 Compton Abbas Airfield, near Salisbury
Many vintage and historic aircraft are based at this working airfield near Salisbury, offering some great photo opportunities for plane spotting enthusiasts. Standing 800ft above sea level, the airfield also offers breathtaking views across an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The airfield is also frequently busy with visiting aircraft, which can often be seen practising aerobatics – perfect to get some practice snapping before the Bournemouth International Air Festival in August.
Wherever your photographic adventures take you this weekend, we hope you have a great time and get some excellent shots. For cameras and camera accessories to help in your mission, visit our online store.