Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale North Yorkshire, DL8 2PS


9th November 2018


RPS Group Member: £17
RPS Member: £47
Non-member: £58

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Book via the RPS website here. 

What's included?

6.5 hours of tuition by Mark

What's excluded?

Entry to the Arboretum - £9.40 (Concessions £8.40) 
Transport to/from location
Travel insurance

Exertion level




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Autumn colours at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Autumn Colour - Thorp Perrow Arboretum
(Royal Photographic Society)

9th November 2018

Autumn has got to be the most exciting time of year for taking photographs outdoors due to its rich and diverse colour - and woodland is where colour is at its most resplendent. Covering 100 acres, Thorp Perrow Arboretum in Bedale, North Yorkshire boasts one of the largest collections of shrubs and trees in the North of England - and November is when it comes alive!

Join Mark for a day of sheer indulgence and learn how to take the most exquisite autumnal images. Mark will be your tutor for the full day offering sound photographic advice and tips and tricks on taking beautiful autumn woodland images. 

  • Achieving a balanced woodland landscape
  • Looking at abstracts of the landscape 
  • Considering lines, shapes and movement within an image
  • Intentional Camera Movement 
  • Macro (close-up) photography

Thorp Perrow Arboretum (RPS)
Thorp Perrow Arboretum (RPS)
Thorp Perrow Arboretum (RPS)
Thorp Perrow Arboretum (RPS)


What to bring:

  • Camera, lenses, tripod, filters if you have them
  • Outdoor, waterproof clothing suitable for the latest forecast with plenty of layers for warmth
  • wellington boots are ideal but good walking boots would also be fine.
  • Please do NOT wear jeans as once they get wet they stay wet!
  • Packed lunch & Drink (optional)

Participants may bring their own lunch but there is a lovely cafe situated by the entrance offering hot soup, sandwiches and a large array of cakes and hot and cold drinks.

Please note: An entry charge of £9.40 is applicable on the day (Concessions £8.40)

If using a sat nav to get to Thorp Perrow, use postcode DL8 2PS.