Dinefwr Park is a magical land of power and has been of great historic influence for more than 2,000 years. Situated in a strategic position, the Castle has a commanding view of the Twyi Valley and Newton House is set within a landscape of undulating topography and ancient trees that give it a special ambience.
Managed by the National Trust, Dinefwr Park was designated a National Nature Reserve in 2007 in recognition of the outstanding number of veteran oak trees and the insects that they support. Numerous landscape compositions and wildlife subjects abound here and we will spend time stalking the herd of 100 fallow deer and photographing the famous White Park cattle.
The area comes into its own in the autumn when the woodland is painted in spectacular oranges and reds. A different mood prevails in the depths of the winter months when a hard frost or a sprinkling of snow adds a graphic nature.
Dinefwr Castle and Castle Wood are owned by the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales. Superb panoramic images can be made from the castle's lofty towers and the woodland is famous for its carpet of bluebells in the spring.
This is truly a chance escape to the country and get away from it all in the company of Welsh photographer Andy Davies. This workshop caters for all skill levels, from complete beginners to aspiring professionals. Hands-on expert tuition is provided to small groups who are initially taken back to the fundamentals of photography, rapidly progressing to having full creative control of either digital compact cameras with manual capability or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with interchangeable lenses.
Workshops run on most Saturdays throughout the year. Other dates for groups can be arranged on request.
Saturday workshop dates for 2013
11th, 18th, 25th
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
October 5th, 12th, 17th, 24th, 31st
£95 for one day workshop. Entrance fee £6.70 for adults, National Trust members free.
We meet outside the ticket office in the National Trust car park at the end of the driveway that runs through the Park. Participants must ring Andy the day before on 07977 562321 to confirm their attendance and for an update on the weather forcecast.
How to book
Numbers are limited and workshops must be booked a day in advance. Please call Andy on 01267 268061 or 07977 562321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the AA's route planner for directions. The location of Dinefwr Park (SA19 6RT) can also be found on Google Earth or the Ordnance Survey's Get-a-map.
There is an excellent cafe in Newton House.
Digital compact cameras or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with interchangeable lenses. Lead to connect your camera to a laptop's USB port. Please ensure that batteries are fully charged. Camera manual and software installation disk. Suitable clothing and footwear.
Laptop computer loaded with Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite or Elements. Trial versions can be downloaded from the Adobe website. Tripod.