West Woods
CREDIT: Paul Mitchell FRPS


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Event info



This field trip is aimed at both the beginner and more experienced photographers who want to create stunning images of this remarkable annual display.

As well as the wider view we will also explore creative techniques such as intentional camera movement and the use of a macro lens.

The trip will last approximately five to six hours. Please aim to arrive approximately half an hour before the start of the workshop.

The trip will include the following:

• Paul’s thought processes as to how he looks for compositions in a bluebell wood

• Practical guidance as to the use of filters in woodland including the most useful filter - a polariser!

• Focussing and exposure techniques

• Choosing the right focal length and aperture

• The importance of white balance

• Basic introduction to intentional camera movements

Meals : No arrangements have been made for meals, but do please pack a few snacks and a drink.

Clothing and equipment : Please wear suitable outdoor clothing, it can also still be quite chilly in May so bring gloves. There are areas of the woods that are quite muddy so we would recommend bringing waterproof walking boots or wellingtons. Please also ensure you bring along appropriate bags for carrying your photographic equipment.

Challenges and accessibility : The terrain is not difficult but the walking will be extensive to cover as much of this stunning location as possible.

Toilet facilities : Please note that there are NO WCs on the site. The nearest WCs are situated at the George Lane car park in Marlborough SN8 4BX.

Additional costs : There are no parking charges at West Woods.

Other considerations : Please do not offer lifts unless you have suitable insurance cover, or your passengers accept lifts at their own risk.

This will be a category C event for up to 10 people. These are events that focus on a particular skill or technique and/or on getting the best from a particular location. The event leader will have good location knowledge to ensure that the best is made of the prevailing conditions and will be a skilled landscape photographer able to offer tuition at all levels.

Your data

Please note: your personal data (name, address, email address and telephone number) that you supply when booking an event will be passed to the event / workshop leader in order to enable them to:

  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.

  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (e.g. because of weather).

By booking this event you are deemed to consent to this transfer of your data.

Event Organiser

Paul Mitchell FRPS


Venue Information

West Woods is situated just south east of the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire. Take the A345 and head towards the village of Pewsey. Drive along the A345 for approximately 3 miles, you will pass a left hand turn signposted Clench Common, about half a mile past this turning you will see another turning on the right signposted Manton / Clatford. Turn into this single track and continue until come to a very sharp right hand bend. Continue along this road for about a mile and a half and the entrance to West Woods will be on your left. Continue along this rough track until you see the car park on your right hand side, just before the main barrier that prevents you from going any further.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


West Woods (Forestry England)

OS Grid reference : SU 163 667