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Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast

Event info

An on-location workshop for up to 6 participants led by Robert Harvey ARPS.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 September.

The Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site (Jurassic Coast) has an outstanding sequence of rocks from the Mesozoic Era. Many of its most interesting photographic opportunities are to be found around the coast of the Isle of Purbeck, which also features the iconic ruins of Corfe Castle. This workshop has been scheduled to take advantage of winter light and spring tides, which will give low water throughout the afternoon. We will practice the use of a range of focal length lenses on the coast to show a variety of coastal landforms including sea stacks, wave-cut platforms, headlands and bays, together with the use of different shutter speeds to show waves in different ways.

There will be two alternative itineraries in order to ensure we make best use of the weather. The meeting point will be advised by email on the day before.

Itinerary 1 (if sky is mostly clear):
• Meet at Corfe Castle for sunrise picture from West Hill (500m walk including a short steep section up hill)
• Breakfast at local café
• Tyneham deserted village, Worbarrow Bay and Pondfield Cove (one mile walk each way)
• Kimmeridge Bay until sunset

Itinerary 2 (if sky is overcast/raining):
• Meet at Studland, walk to Old Harry Rocks for sunrise.
• Breakfast at café in Swanage
• Swanage Old and New Pier
• Tyneham deserted village, Worbarrow Bay and Pondfield Cove 
• Kimmeridge Bay until sunset

Corfe Castle involves a short steep hike up West Hill.  Old Harry Rocks and Worbarrow Bay each involve a walk of one mile in each direction over mostly level ground.  Public toilets are available at Corfe Castle, Studland, Tyneham and Kimmeridge Bay. 

Please wear / bring:

- packed lunch, drinks and snacks to last all day
- means of payment for breakfast at the café 
- your usual camera equipment
- DSLR camera or equivalent
- range of lenses from wide angle (e.g. 16-35mm on a full-frame camera) through standard zoom to short / medium telephoto (e.g. 70-300mm on a full-frame camera).
- sturdy tripod.
- neutral density filters (not graduated) – ideally 4 stop, 6 stop and 10 stop.
- lens hood and rain sleeve in case of wet weather.
- walking boots 
- wellies (for the beach)
- clothing suited to the weather and time of year.

Meeting points

The meeting point will depend on the weather (see itinerary summaries above).  You will be notified of which meeting point a day or two in advance of the event, so please check your emails (and spam folders) regularly.

Meeting point 1:

Corfe Castle
Grid ref: SY959824
Lat/long: 50.641426 , -2.0591453
W3W: scorpions.deploying.mostly
Post code: BH20 5ED
Google maps: here

Take the A351 from Wareham towards Swanage. After 5 miles as you approach Corfe Castle (before entering the village), turn right signed to Kimmeridge (almost opposite the Visitors Centre). There is a road-side car park immediately on the right, park here.

Meeting point 2:
Studland South Car Park
Grid ref: SZ037825
Lat/long: 50.642392 , -1.9479811
W3W: gained.peach.panicking
Post code: BH19 3AU
Google maps: here

Take the A351 from Wareham towards Swanage.  After 5 miles as you approach Corfe Castle (before entering the village), turn left onto the B3351 signed to Studland (just after the Visitors Centre). Continue for 5 miles to Studland village. After entering the village take the first right turn and follow the road road for half a mile to find Studland South car park (pay and display). Park here.


This will be a category C event for up to 6 people.  Category C means events that focus on a particular skill or technique (such as long exposures, composition or night photography) 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. These events are usually led by professionals but sometimes by volunteer members of the landscape group.  

All images (c) Robert Harvey

Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.


Your data

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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


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.

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Weather dependent

Please see event description for details.