Castles and Coast

Sketching outdoors in the sunshine!  Find inspiration in the colours and shapes of the wild Northumberland coast.  Out and about, sketching and painting en plein air,... Read more

From £825 per person sharing (including VAT)
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23 May - 27 May 2022

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Coastal views and castles

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Karen Pearson

Feel the sea breeze in your hair and listen to the crash of waves as you sketch dramatic ruins, castles, picturesque villages and puffins! 

Sketching outdoors in the sunshine!  Find inspiration in the colours and shapes of the wild Northumberland coast.  Out and about, sketching and painting en plein air, we spend time on Holy Island and at Lindisfarne Priory, Bamburgh Castle, and the delightful coastal village of Alnmouth.

There is also the exciting option of a boat trip to the Farne Islands, a sanctuary for seabirds and seals. June is the height of the puffin breeding season, so there will be plenty of opportunities to paint these endearing and unforgettable birds too.

Art Safari tutor Karen Pearson leads this short art break with demonstrations, exercises and one to-one tuition time. She encourages you to fill your sketchbooks with sweeping brush strokes, vast skies, watery reflections and colourful fishing boats.

Suitable for artists of all abilities, join Karen for days filled with creativity and inspiration.

Our base for this Art Safari is in the stylish, self-catering accommodation on the Middleton Hall country estate, where there’s plenty of space for living and painting, as well as flexibility for eating.  Middleton Hall itself is a grade 2 listed country mansion dating back to 1871; it is surrounded by beautiful grounds with mature woodland, calming lakes, a Victorian walled garden, and wonderful countryside.

TUITION ONLY places available, please ask us for details.


Day 1Arrive at Middleton Hall, approx 3pm
Day 2Holy Island
Day 3Bamburgh
Day 4Dunstanburgh and Inner Farne
Day 5 Alnmouth; departure approx 1 pm
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From £825 per person sharing (two twin rooms available)

Single supplement £270pp


The joining point for this tour is Middleton Hall country estate, NE70 7LF.

The nearest train station is Berwick-upon-Tweed.

There is a direct train service from London Kings Cross and from Edinburgh.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or


Accommodation with breakfast, all art tuition and excursions as detailed on the itinerary.


Transport to/from Middleton, transport to painting locations, lunches and suppers, drinks, art materials and personal expenses.

Group Transport: 

Share of transport costs will be on a sliding scale from £75 per person in a shared 9-seater vehicle if there are 8 people in the group (or up to £150 per person if there are only four people in the group).

Please note: unlike ‘Hire and Reward’ operators we do not make profit on transportation and charge it at cost price divided by the number of participants.  There is no obligation to use our transportation to join the tour and paying to join the tour does not give you the right to be carried in our vehicle. Transportation is provided as a courtesy between guided locations.  If preferred, you can join the tour by following us in your own vehicle.

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