Join local landscape artist Jenni Robinson for an immersive day of art, based around the beautiful Walled Garden in Bangor.

You will meet at Boom! Studios for a relaxing tea/traybake, receive your sketching pack and some basic drawing tuition, before moving to the Bangor Castle Walled Garden for a morning of sketching. The gardens will be in full bloom and there will be a wonderful array of botanicals to study, as well as the garden structures and sculptures of the annual ForM exhibition. The garden is approximately 15 minutes walk from the studio.

Full of inspiration, you will return to Boom! for a delicious deli-style focaccia sandwich and treat, supplied by Lightfoot Bangor, local zero-waste market.

The afternoon will take place in the workshop at Boom! Studios, starting with some discussion around composition and mark-making, before painting a mini canvas board in acrylics, based on your sketches and photos from the morning session.

All materials are included, and the sketching kit is yours to keep. It is recommended you bring a camera, ideally on a smart phone or tablet, if you would like to capture some more inspiration to work from alongside your drawings in the afternoon.

This is a small group, enabling flexible tuition. Less experienced artists can be guided throughout their work, whereas more experienced artists may benefit from experimenting with sketchbook use in their existing practice. Creative individuality is thoroughly encouraged!

Things to note

  • Meet 15m prior, at 8.45am
  • Meeting Point is at Boom! Studios, 80A Main St, Bangor, BT20 5AE (door next to Cex on Main St).
  • This experience is suited to all levels of artistic skill, however it is recommended that participants have at least some basic experience of drawing and painting in order to maximise their enjoyment of the day. Hobbyist level upwards is absolutely fine.
  • This event is not suitable for those under 15yrs.
  • Participants under 18yrs can purchase a ticket, but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Please dress for warmth and comfort as dictated by the weather for the short walk between locations.
  • Tickets close 1 day before

Dietary requirements

Please ensure that you check with all members of your party regarding food allergies, intolerances, and dietary requirements prior to booking tickets. It is the responsibility of the ticketholder to inform a member of staff at the host venue about food allergies, intolerances and specific dietary requirements.  This must be done 72 hours before the experience by contacting Jenni:

Getting there

By car: from Belfast follow A2 to Bangor Town Centre. On street parking nearby.

Car parking

By Bus or Rail: Nearest station is Bangor Station. From the station walk straight out of the main entrance, heading down Main Street (past The Ava and the Post Office) and walk approximately 5-10 minutes down until you reach CEX, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street. There is a door to the right of CEX, on the Main Street, which is the entrance to Boom! Studios. See Translink NI for timetables.


Boom! Studios has a service lift that is suitable for people to use (with assistance available to operate if required), however does not have accessible toilets. Please contact the organiser to discuss accessibility before booking.


Where practicable providers within the Experience Programme will aim to accommodate carers and be as inclusive as possible. With such a diverse range of activities, operated by a number of providers, it is necessary for this to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Bangor Visitor Information Centre on 028 9127 0069, and they will be able to address your enquiry.

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All details subject to change.

Part of Experience Ards and North Down 2024. Click here to see the full programme. 

Tickets & Pricing
  • Admission £145
Sat, 22 Jun 2024 9:00am - 5:00pm

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