Photography Courses County Durham

Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, England

photography courses at hardwick park

In the 1750′s, wealthy Tyneside merchant John Burdon set about transforming the Hardwick Estate into his own pleasure grounds. He employed some of europe’s finest craftsmen and designers. Their grand plan was to create a garden that, although heavily engineered, was meant to look completely natural, in the latest fashion of the time. Architect James Paine created ornamental buildings, ruins, lakes and woodland, which looked like they had always been part of the landscape. Even the serpentine was created to look like a river flowing through the park. ¬†When it was complete, it was a stunning series of vistas and scenes – a kind of northern Stourhead.

The buildings and structures in Hardwick Park were designed to be experienced from the circuit walk, set around two artificial lakes. Visitors encountered classical buildings (their styles becoming more complex and decorative as the route progressed) alternating with Gothic structures. The classical buildings were carefully finished and situated in open areas, while the Gothic structures were designed to look old or ruined, and presented in dark and gloomy surroundings.

There is a good variety of wildlife, on the lakes, and a great variety of buildings and views giving clues to the former grandeur of this important garden.

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Your course price includes entry to Hardwick Park. There is a great cafe. For more details and how to get there see the Hardwick Park website.

Thanks to Hardwick Park for allowing us to hold photography courses at this amazing venue.


  • “Thank you for a great day Saturday, I really enjoyed learning how to venture from AUTO :) The day was very well put together and delivered to perfection. I am going to keep on practicing with a view to booking on another of your photography courses.”
    Lisa, Shugborough

    5/5 stars
  • “Thank you so much for your time and humour on the Shugborough Hall photography course on the 26th of June. I found it to be extremely useful and have already been putting my new found knowledge to good use! I must admit I thought I would have been out of my depth but you really made me feel comfortable and at ease! A completely great day all round and would recommend one of your photography courses to anyone!”
    Dave, Shugborough 2011