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Let the Creative Pilgrims welcome you into their world — the stunning landscapes of the Kent Downs. Grab a sketchbook and explore an ancient church, take in spectacular views and capture memories — by drawing them! You'll learn to find creative inspiration in nature, improve your art skills and rest and reset, the Creative Pilgrim way.

  • Half a day/Whole Day
  • £50 half day, £90 whole day including food
  • Dover

Nestled in the folds of the Kent Downs, you’ll find the inspiring, quaint village of Stowting. With the help of experienced, passionate artists, you’ll get to explore this hidden gem whilst getting creative with a sketchbook.

The Creative Pilgrims, a collective of local artists and educators, will encourage you to slow down — taking time to discover and respond to the town’s nature and history, through simple mark making and journaling to create lasting memories.

As Kent’s newest Art Pilgrims you will travel through time, starting the day at The Peace Room with its surprising Delft tile fireplace where you can view an ancient Motte and Bailey which was once the meeting place for The Men of Kent.

On the full day we will continue through the fields till we meet the Pilgrims Way, where we’ll treat you to lunch at the favourite local Tiger Inn. Both walks return via the church of St. Mary’s Stowting, where can enjoy centuries-old art, including grand 14th century stained glass and an early Green Madonna window. Examples of the Arts and Crafts movement can be seen in the angel tiles behind the altar and the Henry Holiday windows at the back. A modern work by artist Mark Cazalet painted in 2010 reflects our present-day journey as Pilgrims. Later, we’ll return to The Peace Room for afternoon tea for a half day experience and a chance to share our experiences of the day.

This Experience is suitable for all — regardless of whether you are a fully-fledged artist or even if you have not picked up a pencil in years. If you prefer, you can simply enjoy being able to sit or write in the peaceful, inspiring surroundings. You will be provided with all materials and a sketchbook for you to use and keep as a memento to stick things in later.

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