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Savernake Forest in Autumn

Savernake Forest in Autumn

From GBP 105.00



Nov 11 2024 07:00 - 16:30
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This workshop is led by professional photographer Robert Harvey and co-led by experienced photographer David Eagle who has exceptional knowledge of Savernake Forest.                

The event will have a maximum of 8 participants. 

Start time 07:00.
Finish time 16:30.

Savernake is an ancient hunting forest near the market town of Marlborough. Established in the 12th century Savernake is privately owned by the Marquess of Ailesbury and has never been bought or sold. Although not well known outside Wiltshire 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. One could wander for days and indeed weeks in the forest, still discovering new subjects to photograph. The leaders will take you directly to the most rewarding locations and provide tuition on composition.

We will photograph around 10 veteran oak and beech trees, a tree-lined avenue and a nearby tree tunnel.

The workshop has been scheduled to coincide with the expected peak of autumn colour. A particular theme will be using telephoto lenses in woodland to isolate compositions, exclude sky, frame subjects and make subjects bigger in the frame whilst ensuring sufficient depth of field.

We will spend most of the day around Savernake Forest on foot. In the afternoon we will drive to two other locations within and adjacent to the forest. You can expect to walk about 5 miles during the day, mostly on footpaths and also over some rough ground. It may be muddy in places.

The event will finish around 4.30pm.

The routes to each viewpoint are not wheelchair accessible.

Bring a packed lunch.

Equipment: DSLR camera or equivalent plus a range of lenses, from wide angle zoom (e.g. 16-35mm on a full frame camera) to short/medium telephoto (e.g. 70-300mm on a full-frame camera). Standard Zoom lens. Fish eye lens if you have one. Polarising filter. Tripod (essential). Lens hood and rain sleeve in case of wet weather.

Clothing: Shoes for driving; hiking boots or wellington boots recommended for forest.

Meeting Point: Grand Avenue, Savernake Forest. NB: Departure of the tour will not wait for latecomers.

There is nearby accommodation at Premier Inn in Marlborough.

Prior to the event participants will be sent directions and What3Words coordinates for the specific meeting point and parking places.

Toilets: Marlborough Town Council - George Lane Toilets Are Open For Business! (                                      or behind trees in the woods.

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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.

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Most of our events have the meeting time and place specified on the relevant event page on the RPS website (this is a link to the Landscape Group events calendar). In some cases, however, the event leader may email you shortly before the event with more detailed instructions. Please keep an eye on your incoming emails prior to an event but if you do not receive any specific instructions, then you should meet at the time and place advertised on the website.

Cancellation by You:

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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 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. 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 and/or to teach you particular skills.

Liability for any accident, injury, medical condition, loss or damage to property, inappropriate behavior, 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.

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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.


Savernake Forest, Grand Ave, SN8 3HN Marlborough


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