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More Choice with Cheddar Painting Holidays  |  Previous Holidays - What people said   |   Leisure Painter - Holiday of the Month  |   Art Materials - Live Exhibition


PLEASE CLICK HERE to go to Our New Painting Holiday Web Site 

which can be found at 

and includes a restructured site with videos and photo galleries. 

In the future you can go straight to

 Cheddar Painting Holidays  

from the address bar but there will also be a link from the Cheddar Gallery site too. 

We are pleased to announce some exciting new changes for our holidays as follows:

More painting venues around the West Country

Firstly, we have extended our holiday venues to a total of six across the West Country including:

For full details of our 2012 programme click here.

More tutors providing a wide range of styles

Secondly, we have added to our list of tutors and welcome Rob and Sian Dudley, Terry Harrison, Jenny Keal, Roy Lang, Matthew Palmer, David Webb and Peter Woolley as well as the usual favourites giving you a wide range of teaching and painting styles to choose from. Our tutors are some of Britain's top artists who are well known for their books, DVDs, TV programmes and magazine articles and have a wealth of experience in tutoring.

Concurrent Painting, Photography, Walking and Golfing Holidays

Thirdly, have two concurrent painting holidays as follows :-

In addition to that we have concurrent painting and photography holidays as follows :-

We have also introduced walking and golfing holidays that run alongside most painting holidays. 

All this means partners can enjoy a holiday together whilst enabling them to pursue their separate hobbies. We can also cater for a wide range of other hobbies including fly-fishing, bowls and other past-times.

On all our painting holidays we will look after our guests extremely well and the organisers are on location with the group in order to deal with the day-to-day practicalities of the holiday allowing the tutor to concentrate on teaching. With this in mind, the concurrent holidays, the extensive list of some of Britain's top tutors and the six venues across the West we believe we can offer you:-

“The Best of the West”

More Choice with Cheddar Painting Holidays

There is more choice with Cheddar Painting Holidays as we have six different holiday venues, over thirty holidays and twenty tutors all with different skills and styles, together with the concurrent holidays you will be spoilt for choice.

Holiday Programme: The holiday programme pages give details of all the holidays including dates, prices, venue, tutor, a brief summary of what to expect and other information enabling you to choose the most convenient and suitable one for you.

Tutors: Here you will find profiles of each tutor so you can see, along with the holiday programme, who most suits your style of teaching and painting.

Holiday Venues & Painting Locations: Here you will find details about the painting locations and there are photographs to illustrate the beautiful, diverse and stunning scenery that we have in and around the West Country.

Also, you will find details of the hotels, all of which are en-suite, brief directions and their facilities including studio facilities but here is a summary for you to help you choose which suits you best.

  • Webbington Hotel & Spa, Axbridge is a stunning Edwardian Manor that has a choice of some singles, plenty of standard twins and doubles and some large traditional rooms. There are panoramic views across the Somerset Levels and there is a sensational new indoor pool and spa complex with sauna, gym and steam room, so if you fancy keeping fit or going for a swim after a day's painting then this hotel is for you. (2 ground floor rooms)
  • Swan Hotel, Wells is set in the historic City of Wells overlooking the Cathedral. It is close to amenities, has a gym and is a beautiful historic building with a homely feel. (4 ground floor rooms)
  • Rock House Hotel, Lynmouth is an 18th century picturesque hotel uniquely positioned at the harbour entrance with stunning views out to sea, up the coast, across the harbour and up the Lyn Valley. All rooms have superb views and this is in an idyllic setting. (1 ground floor room)
  • Exmoor White Horse, Exford, Exmoor National Park is a traditional 16th Century building with classic features in the heart of Exmoor right on the edge of the river Exe in the small village of Exford.
  • Bells Hotel, Coleford, Forest of Dean is a modern hotel with a traditional school house and is situated in the unspoilt Forest of Dean close to all the locations in the Wye Valley. It has an 18-hole golf course and a bowling green, making it ideal for non-painters and with 36 ground floor rooms makes it an excellent choice for those with limited mobility.
  • Bourne Hall Hotel, Shanklin, Isle of Wight is a beautiful Victorian hotel in a tranquil setting on the slopes of Luccombe Down. It also has indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, gym and steam room. (3 ground floor rooms)
Previous Holidays - What People Said
Here are just a few comments that people have made on previous years holidays.

"Best organised painting holiday I have been on"

"Very happy memories of a wonderful week"

"The tutor was very helpful and encouraging"

"Enjoyed my holiday. My only wish is that it had been longer"

"Enjoyed it immensely & discovered some great locations.thanks for your outstanding organisation"

"Your care and consideration is greatly appreciated and has ensured a most enjoyable course"

"It's been really well organised and fabulous fun with super teaching"

"You have worked very hard to make this holiday a success, especially behind the scenes"

"I enjoyed my holiday very much, good tuition, good company and well organised"

"Had an excellent holiday. The itinerary was great. The scenery and locations were well worth seeing."

"A thoroughly enjoyable experience and a lovely area for painting"

"Exceptionally well organised holiday. Thoroughly enjoyed it"

"Excellent tutor. He went out of his way to be helpful. He was an excellent teacher and artist"

"Much thought was given to the planning to ensure the guests enjoyed themselves and had maximum benefit from the course and everyone was made to feel welcome and valued"

"Excellent organisation and hospitality. Very conscientious and helpful. Very enjoyable course"

"Well organised - as usual!"

"The holiday surpassed my expectations, especially the tuition which I cannot rate highly enough. I will certainly be recommending them to my friends and hope to return next year"

"First class - we hope to be able to come next year"

"The tutor made the course fun and informative and as a total beginner, gave me confidence and the support I needed as well as inspiration to continue my painting"

Leisure Painter - Holiday of the Month - September 2008
"This is what Leisure Painter magazine said about us in their September 2008 edition"
Art Materials Live Exhibition

We have a stand at the Art Materials Live Exhibition at the NEC (3rd-6th November 2011) again where we are promoting our holidays. Why not come along and see us as we have artists demonstrating, as follows:

  • Thursday 3rd Nov - David Webb (PM)

  • Friday 4th Nov - Rob (AM) & Sian (PM) Dudley 

  • Saturday 5th Nov - Peter Woolley (AM) & Roy Lang (PM)

We will have some artists' work on display who tutor for us including a selection of original paintings, demonstration work, their DVDs, books and magazine articles from Leisure Painter, Paint Magazine and others. Many artists such as Charles Evans, Jeremy Ford, Terry Harrison and Matthew Palmer are also demonstrating on other stands at the show and will pop along when they have a spare moment in between working on their own stands.


This is our fourth year now and has proved very worthwhile every time. Why not come along and see one of the above demonstrations.


Joe Dowden Watercolour

Joe Dowden Watercolour

In previous years...

Joe Francis Dowden was demonstrating his techniques of capturing water and light in watercolours. (See the pictures he painted on the left of this page) He had a number of his sketches on display and a number of people were asking him questions.

On Saturday Becky Samuelson demonstrated pen & wash of a picture of Lion Rock, Cheddar Gorge and was talking to people as she painted.

We had Steve Hall producing a couple of demonstrations and about half a dozen of those that came on his holiday met up to watch him demonstrate and catch up with each other since the holiday and had a laugh!

Joanne Thomas did a couple of demos in between times showing how to paint buildings in the landscape and was answering questions as she painted. (See the pictures she painted on the right of this page).

Joanne Thomas Watercolour

Joanne Thomas Watercolour


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