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Member Led Event: The Deben - Woodbridge and Bawdsey

Member Led Event: The Deben - Woodbridge and Bawdsey

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Oct 12 2024 06:15 - 11:30
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This is a Member-Led Event, with a maximum of 8 participants, led by Mark Cresswell ARPS.  It follows a similar successful event at these 2 locations in October 2023 to explore two very different parts of the River Deben through Landscape Photography.

Woodbridge is a small river harbour with it’s iconic Tide mill and we will meet there in time to hopefully catch a misty sunrise across the river at high tide framed by the buildings and boats of the harbour. There are a number of view points for this with the chance of some good reflections if the wind is calm.

After a break for breakfast in a local coffee shop we will move 12 miles down the river to the mouth of The Deben at Bawdsey Quay to photograph the shingle banks that lead themselves to different styles of landscape photography including long exposure techniques. Transport to Bawdsey is not included and realistically needs to be by private car

Meet: at Woodbridge Station Carpark, Station Rd, Woodbridge IP12 4AU for a 6:15am start.  The second location is The Quay Bawdsey Ferry, Bawdsey, Woodbridge IP12 3AX

Parking: at Woodbridge (Cash & Ringo app) £1-ish; free at Bawdsey.

Toilets: Woodbridge & Bawdsey car parks and when we break.

Terrain: Woodbridge waterfront is wheelchair accessible.  However, in Bawdsey, beyond the carpark is deep shingle and can be difficult to walk on; there are some views from the car park.

What to wear: Outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for the weather and shingle. Wellingtons with a good tread are useful at Bawdsey, perhaps overtrousers.

Food & drink: there is an opportunity to stop at a coffee shop and buy breakfast between locations at approximately 9:00am

What to bring: camera; tripods and filters could be advantageous.

Bad weather plan: if conditions are marginal eg heavy cloud we will go ahead and might go to Bawdsey earlier. If heavy rain/wind is forecast 24 hrs before I would cancel via email.

Environment: in addition to the £2 carbon-offset in the price, the RPS Landscape group is promoting the “You+2” initiative for us all to do something about the plastic pollution we see. Details on our Website.

Advice: This is a member-lead event, simply to introduce you to a location, with no professional guidance. The leader is also willing to offer general technical support and advice to inexperienced photographers. 

Terms for RPS Landscape Group Events:

Carbon offsets

Tickets for events that involve travelling include a £2 carbon offset charge that will be paid to a carefully researched and selected offsetting partner.

Cancellation by You:

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE tell us with as much notice as possible: a) directly to the event leader / organiser once they have issued the joining email (typically 10-14 days pre-event); or b) if before that email, use the Contact Organiser button. If early enough, we may be able to open up sales on a sold-out event or help the leader decide if numbers are low; if nothing else, it can avoid 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 us 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 cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

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.


You are responsible for your own health and safety and must appraise your own strength, fitness and mobility; and be prepared for the terrain, changing weather conditions etc. The event leader is NOT responsible for your safety, welfare or attendant medical conditions. Strictly the event leader is there to introduce you to a location.

You are responsible for your equipment etc at all times; use suitable bags for carrying it.

Car-sharing lifts with fellow participants, or the event leader, is at your own risk. Those offering car-sharing lifts may only do so provided that they have suitable insurance cover. 

Liability for any accident, injury, medical condition, loss or damage to property, inappropriate behaviour, dress, equipment and third party liability is accepted by you when signing up for the event. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Royal Photographic Society from all claims of whatsoever nature.


You are advised to consider having insurance to cover: event cancellation by you or by us, accident, medical, personal equipment and public liability.

In particular you should also consider, in the case of high cost events, the likelihood and consequences of you having to cancel or not attend at the last minute because of accident, medical or other unforeseeable circumstances.

Using your data:

Your personal details (name, telephone number and email address) will be provided to the leader of the event or workshop you have booked in order to enable them to:

  • send you joining instructions for the event
  • contact you at short notice in case of any emergency or last-minute change to the event.

If you do not want your details to be shared with the event leader please cancel your booking immediately. You will not be eligible for a refund as this information was provided on the web page where you made your booking.

Thank you

RPS Landscape Group Committee


Events organised by the Landscape Group of the Royal Photographic Society.


Station Car Park, Station Rd, IP12 4AU Woodbridge


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