Love Dartmoor? Love nature? Love art? Love learning? You’ll love Wildwood!
We are located in the beautiful Walkham Valley on Dartmoor in a pretty village called Horrabridge. Wildwood celebrates the wealth of incredibly talented artisans here on Dartmoor and is a showcase for their high-quality art inspired by Dartmoor and its wonderful variety of nature and wildlife. Original oil, acrylic, watercolour, ink paintings, textile art, photography, wood art, book binding, calligraphy, glass-etching, embroidery, sewing, hand-made designer jewellery, felting and ceramics are among the plethora of original unique art works to be discovered here.
Explore. Imagine. Learn. Create.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a competent artist, Wildwood arts offers small, friendly, informal and fun workshops, classes and courses meeting the needs of all ages and abilities in a range of mediums covering a variety of subjects. Workshops are run all year by established Dartmoor artisans in all creative disciplines and are an opportunity for self-exploration, artistic development and escapism whilst sharing in the wonderful inspirational scenery of this stunning area.
Weekly classes for children 10-17yrs covering all aspects of art (including GCSE)
Weekly English tuition KS3 & KS4 (including English 11 plus, SATS and GSCE)
Children’s Creative birthday parties for up to 5 children are also available.
Why not give someone a unique gift?
Our beautiful gift certificates make fabulous presents for: anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, engagements, Valentines Day, Mother’s and Father’s day, Christmas, retirement, christenings or
even just to say, ‘Thank you!’.
Gift certificates can be used against any of our lovely handmade products such as jewellery, art, clothes, pottery, glass and ceramics as well as for workshops and classes.
We offer advice on art for your home and will work with you or your interior designer to find art that best suits your home and your tastes.
We offer a ‘try before you buy’ service, meaning we will bring the art to your home and you can see the works in situ. If none of the artworks are appropriate you may choose to commission one of our artists to create a unique original artwork for you.
Got a business? We offer local businesses the opportunity to hire artwork and will change it periodically for you. Alternatively, you could become one of our gallery associates and sell artwork for us from your place of business.
We have a variety of frames to choose from and work in conjunction with local framers to bring you the best quality and choice right to your door.
We are inspired by Dartmoor and in return we support Dartmoor National Park and donate a % of our sales to conservation of this beautiful area .
June – September Moor Otter Trail
September 2nd -10th Open Studios Drawn to the Valley
Horrabridge is picturesque ancient village on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park. It is situated in the Walkham Valley on the banks of the River Walkham: a fishing river famous for its salmon. The village’s name may have been taken from the 15th century pack-horse bridge which is the only vehicular route from one side of the village to the other, and featured in the children’s television programme Bagpuss. There are moorland walks from all sides of this lovely village.
The gallery, workshop and studio is situated in an old stone building in the centre of the village just meters from the River Walkham.
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The surrounding area.
Why not have a short break? There’s lots to do after the workshops or if you have a partner or spouse who isn’t arty there’s so much to see in this area they won’t get bored. The stunning scenery of the tors ,valleys, rivers and woodland abound on Dartmoor and it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are numerous walks, places to explore, great places to eat and a plethora of ancient historical sites to discover but here are some of the nearest ‘must see’ places full of inspiration for budding artists and their families.
Only 3.5 miles away is Tavistock, a World Heritage Site and an ancient stannary and market town. It is the largest town in West Devon. It is situated on the River Tavy from which its name derives. Tavistock Abbey, whose ruins lie in the centre of the town, was founded in AD 961 Tavistock’s most famous son is Sir Francis Drake. Situated at the very heart of the historic town is the ancient Pannier Market. The Market was granted its Royal Charter in 1105 and has survived without a break for over 900 years.
Tavistock has a yearly programme of history, musical and artistic events . With its architecture of local stone, wide range of interesting shops, market, riverside park, leisure centre and theatre, it is excellent for visitors. It is also a great base for exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside, the wild Dartmoor scenery, the many nearby pretty villages of Devon and Eastern Cornwall, and a variety of National Trust properties.
Events range from
- Tavistock carnival in July
- Arts and Crafts Fair in August
- Heritage Festival September
- Drawn to the Valley Open art studio event
- Goose Fair in October
- Dickensian evening in November
1.4 miles away is Pew tor ‘Pew Tor (SX 532734) looks great in photographs and you can also just sit on top of it and enjoy the views over Tavistock and towards Brentor church. Though you may not want to linger too long as there is a Dartmoor legend about Pew Tor being the home of the piskie king and piskies can be mightly mischievous!’
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2.2 miles away is Burrator reservoir.’ The tranquil water and surrounding mixed woodland contrasts sharply with the open moor and the rugged Dartmoor tors. A trip here can be combined with a walk across the moors, or enjoyed as a trip of its own with plenty to do- from walking and taking in the views, to bank fishing for rainbow and brown trout from the banks (just be sure to get a permit from the garage in Yelverton). Devon has relatively few lakes, but the situation and quality of these make them a hidden gem in Devon’s crown.’
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2.2 miles away is Buckland Abbey. ‘When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.
The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.
You’ll discover meadows, orchards and woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley. Our way-marked trails are a riot of colour through the seasons, with an unmissable carpet of bluebells in spring.’
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5.7 miles is Merrivale. ‘Dartmoor is rich in prehistoric remains, and the group of monuments at Merrivale is one of the finest on the moor. Side by side here are the remains of a Bronze Age settlement and a complex of ritual sites, including three stone rows, a stone circle, standing stones and a number of cairns – earth mounds associated with burials. The monuments were probably built over a long period, between about 2500 BC and 1000 BC.’
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11 miles away is Plymouth. Plymouth has a wealth of maritime history but is a buzzing cosmopolitan ocean city. It is home to the Mayflower Steps from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail in 1620 to and founded the United states of America.
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