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Wiltshire in Autumn

Event info

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


Savernake is an ancient hunting forest, established in the 12th century, privately owned by the Marquess of Ailesbury (it has never been bought or sold).  The forest has one of the highest densities of veteran trees to be found anywhere in Europe. A magnificent beech-lined Grand Avenue runs two miles through the heart of the forest and is exceptional at the peak of autumn colour.  The forest is also rich in fungi during autumn.  We will photograph veteran trees and (weather permitting) backlit mist on Grand Avenue.

The Kennet and Avon Canal is a masterpiece of late 18th/early 19th century engineering connecting London to Bristol across two watersheds. We will visit its most wooded section to photograph canal boats (if any are present - which they usually are).  

In the afternoon we will photograph a wooded section of the former Roman road from London to Bath, now a picturesque green lane, and end the day at Roundway Hill where characterful beech trees line the ramparts of an Iron Age hillfort, making ideal sunset compositions.

The field trip has been scheduled to coincide with the expected peak of autumn colour in all the locations to be visited. A particular theme of the day will be learning to use telephoto lenses in landscape photography to isolate compositions, exclude sky in woodland, frame subjects and make subjects bigger in the frame; whilst maintaining front-to-back sharpness.

All images (c) Robert Harvey


During  the day travel between locations will be by car but at each location there will be walking on footpaths - some with a tendency to be muddy - of up to about 700m distance.  There are some moderate slopes and steps.  

There are no public toilets at the shoot locations but they are normally available in the nearby towns of Devizes, Pewsey and Marlborough.

Please wear / bring:

- packed lunch, drinks and snacks to last all day
- your usual camera equipment
- lenses ideally covering the range 70mm - 300mm 
- rain cover for camera
- tripod
- walking boots and/or wellies

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.  


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


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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Venue Information

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Follow the A4 from Marlborough east towards Hungerford. A couple of miles from the town centre, take the unsigned Grand Avenue into Savernake Forest. It is on the right, soon after the signs to Savernake Hospital and Marlborough Cricket Club. Look for a pair of stone columns at the entrance to the Avenue. Although unpaved, Grand Avenue is straightforward to drive with care in a regular car.  Eight Walks is the hub of eight tracks in the forest, 1.35 miles from the entrance.

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.


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