Blackbrook Lodge is set within 12 acres of grounds and gardens.
With small lake and ponds, which brings in an abundance of wildlife.
Day fishing tickets available for our well stocked Lake

Contact: John Mc Donald [resident artist]

or call 07715531887 [julie]

Blackbrook Lodge camping & caravans

Canvas to canvas

Art Trail
The Gateway to Derbyshire

About us:

1 to 4-day Art Trail & camping experience, suitable for Beginners to experienced, all welcome.
World Heritage site locations, resident artist and guide.

Hoping to include:
The paintings of Joseph Wright,
Dovedales famous stepping stones, local towns & villages of Matlock
Bakewell, Cromford and Ashbourne, all located within a short drive from the site.



Bring your own tents or caravans for a fabulous Art Trail mini break

‘Canvas to Canvas’
Peak District Art

Lose yourself, indulge yourself and then rediscover yourself with a few days of ‘art under canvas’
Do something you have always wanted to do… give it a try… honestly, we don’t bite! and can assure you of a warm friendly welcome.
This will be a relaxed ‘chilled out’ experience.
Friendliness assured, no pressure, suitable for absolute beginners, intermediate, or experienced, this has something to offer all levels.
Booking can be from 1 to 4 days


We are a small quiet pretty little campsite, described as the ‘gateway ’to the stunning peak district and Derbyshire Dales.

We have a full but relaxing program planned on the Peak District Art Trail

1st course Art Trail

Dates: march 23rd, 24th, 25th 26th and continuing each week thereafter

Group size: 4 to 6 persons
Cost: from £40 per day [art trail]
Camping: from £5 per person per day
Caravans: from £22 per night

Thursday 9th March: arrive from 10am -1 pm
Set up camp
Afternoon art session starts with ‘meet n greet’ from 1-3pm
3pm -5.50pm on site art with time for some ‘no pressure’ sketching or painting,
End of day,
Will be Followed by an optional evening ‘get together’


We are hoping to keep the group numbers to between 4 – 6 people
This allows time for ‘one to one’ support which will, hopefully, create a fun, relaxed but inspiring atmosphere.


We are happy to support artists to work entirely on their own initiative, but will also provide a choice of tasks, exercises and briefs for each session, offering step by step guidance to those who would like this throughout the trail


Art supplies and beginner’s kits available to purchase on site

Pre-ordered breakfast rolls and/or packed lunch available to order at extra cost,
– breakfast rolls from £3.00 pp
– packed lunch from £7.50 pp
be sure to mention any dietary requirements when ordering [or feel free to bring your own]

Wet weather marquee also provided

Art trail site visits to surrounding areas to be arranged [weather permitting of course]

We hope that everyone can take home a ‘little something’ from Blackbrook
On site art starts on afternoon arrival and ends just before you leave.
Work in progress throughout your stay…. Sketches or paintings of Blackbrook and surrounding……

4-day course itinerary

Thursday 23rd March arrive from 10am to 1.00pm

1.00-3.00pm afternoon meet & greet in the marquee

3.00-5.00pm On-site Art
We hope that everyone can take away something from Blackbrook. On-site Art starts after our meet & greet and continues until day of departure:
Work in progress throughout your stay: sketches and painting from Blackbrook.

7.00pm optional get together – Comprising of:
Pub visit [walk or drive]
Or, Camp fire at marquee
Or, Fish n chips at Matlock Bath

Friday 24th March morning meet and travel to our first beautiful location. The stepping stones, Ravine, and caves at Dovedale

Arrival up to 1pm

Morning session: choose your view or subject
packed lunch: bring your own picnic or pre-order packed lunch from Jules at the office

Afternoon session: option to stay in your chosen spot to develop work, or take a short walk along the river Dove to Milldale, a beautiful Village for sketching, with refreshments available from Polly’s Café


Saturday 25th March 9.00-9.30
Meet and travel to our 2nd Location, the stunning Lumsdale Mill near Matlock.

Morning session: choose your spot and enjoy this beautiful site, with pond, waterfalls and old ruined mill buildings

1.30-2.30pm packed lunch and group feedback and support

Afternoon session: again, continue developing work from the morning, or move on to a different scene.

Evening: [optional] a trip out, camp fire, local pub or travel to Derbyshire pub with live music.

Sunday 26th March 9.00-9.30am
Morning meet, On site Art

11.30 am visit to Derby Art gallery focus on the great Joseph Wright followed by sketching in the museum
Artists welcome to disperse and draw in any preferred area of the gallery.

2.30pm group meet back on site to exhibit work and celebrate our achievements, a fun vote will be held to award a prize to the artist who has progressed the most over the trail