Time and Tide – sketching Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill is one of only two tide mills in the country to be fully restored and operational.  The gigantic oak water wheel still turns... Read more

£75 per person
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12 Mar - 12 Mar 2021

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Woodbridge Tide Mill
Woodbridge, Suffolk

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Drawing, watercolours

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Claudia Myatt

A unique opportunity to spend the day sketching inside a working tide mill.

Woodbridge Tide Mill is one of only two tide mills in the country to be fully restored and operational.  The gigantic oak water wheel still turns and is capable of grinding wholemeal flour.

The Tide Mill which stands on the River Deben was first recorded on this site over 800 years ago; the current building dates back to the 17th century and its machinery showcases the innovation and technology of the early Industrial Revolution.

There is plenty in this atmospheric building to inspire, from the working machinery and mill wheels to the artefacts and tools with their handles worn smooth by hundreds of years of use.

Outside the mill there is the millpond, a gallery overlooking the tidal river and busy harbour, and plenty of quiet space to draw.

There will be mini-masterclasses on topics like colours of the mill and river, how to choose a subject and resolving drawing difficulties; there will be time to make a series of quick sketches and/ or work on a more considered painting, with help on hand from tutor Claudia Myatt.

Art Safari’s riverside studio is very nearby and we will take our tea and coffee breaks here.

Lunch is an hour, please bring your own packed lunch or pop into one of the many cafes in Woodbridge.

To help you prepare we will send you a short list of suggested art materials to bring with you.


9:30Arrive at Art Safari Studio for coffee & tea
10:00Visit the Tide Mill and start sketching
12:00Break for lunch etc
16:00Time for tea - and a chance to admire our work before packing up to go home
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Group size:

A minimum of 4 and up to 10 participants, depending on current government guidelines on social distancing.


£75 including VAT, refreshments and admission to the Tide Mill

Places must be pre-booked using the form below or by calling us on 01394 382235


Art Safari Studio, The Harbourmasters Office, Ferry Quay, Woodbridge, Suffolk 1P12 1BW


Woodbridge is a picturesque Market Town on the Deben Estuary with a good selection of pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops.  Find out more about the town on the Visit Woodbridge website.

Here is a small selection of places to stay which Art Safari guests have enjoyed:

The Station Guest House – 01394 384831

The Crown Hotel – 01394 384242

The Bull Inn – 01394 392089

The Cherry Tree Inn – 01394 384627

Hill House Hall – 03194 383890

Seckford Hall – 01394 385678

There are many more options available, including holiday cottages – have a look through Suffolk Secrets and Suffolk Hideaways for holiday rental cottages in the area.

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