• OPENING TIMES

    SHOP and EXHIBITION

    Mon – Friday 10am – 5pm

    Saturday 10am – 1pm

     

    PLAY STATION

    10am to 5.30pm Wednesday to Sunday

    CLOSED MONDAYS & TUESDAYS

    Note:  Sunday 19th November – Opening at 11am due to Maintenance work.

     

    ORION PULLMAN

    Now Closed until Easter

     

    Please see our Opening Times page for information on prices.

     

  • DIRECTIONS TO EX12 3NA

    BY CAR:

    Follow the brown official Tourist Board direction signs indicated with a train symbol for ‘Pecorama Pleasure Gardens’ from the A3052 towards Beer.

    BY BUS:

    Weekdays from 24th July – 1st September look out for the Jurassic Mule, taking passengers from Charmouth, via Lyme Regis and Seaton along the Jurassic Coast on a vintage open-top bus. Some services will stop here at Pecorama! This service will also run over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

    The X52 service travels from Exeter through to Bridport via Lyme Regis, stopping off at Beer Cross which is a 10 minute walk from Pecorama.

    The 9 / 9A service runs hourly from Exeter to Seaton / Lyme Regis and the 20 service travels from Taunton, via Wellington and Honiton, to Seaton where there are bus services to Beer. Both of these services are offered by Stagecoach.

    AVMT provide the 899 service from Sidmouth to Seaton and the 885 from Axminster to Colyton, Seaton and Beer. Some of these buses pass just outside Pecorama and will stop on request.

    For full details please telephone Devon Bus Service on (01392) 382800, Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or any of the bus service providers.

    BY TRAIN:

    The nearest train station to Pecorama is Axminster, on the West of England main line. Trains run approximately every hour from Exeter St Davids and from London Waterloo. The station is approximately 9 miles from us. The 885 AVMT bus service travels from the Station to Colyton, Seaton and Beer, every hour Monday to Saturday.

    Alternatively, taxis from the station can be booked in advance – Axminster Taxis 01297 34000.

  • Information Line

    9.00am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday

    10.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday & Sunday

    Alternatively email: pecorama@pecobeer.co.uk

  • Check the weather

    Pecorama is located high on the hillside, less than a mile from the sea and often seems to have its own micro-climate. Therefore, if you are planning a visit and the general forecast is not that good, why not telephone us for an up-to-date report of what is actually happening here at Pecorama – the chances are we are having a lovely day!

    Call us on 01297 21542

  • TRIPADVISOR

Gardens

The Millennium Gardens

When the Beer Heights Light Railway opened to the public in 1975, the garden area was very small, with only one or two shrubs and a few trees. As the railway grew in size, so did the garden. It was not until 1984 when we purchased a large greenhouse and had some excellent tuition from professional horticulturist, Arthur Faulkner, did we introduce colour into what had become a rather green and uninteresting area. Ever since then, the gardens have been filled with a variety of attractive flowers and have given much pleasure to our many visitors.

To help celebrate the Millennium, it was decided to do away with a tiered putting green and create a new series of garden ‘rooms’. Construction took just over two years and the garden was formally opened in July 2000 by well-known celebrity gardener Anne Swithinbank. Our designer, Naila Green, came up with the idea of a celestial theme; hence the Sun, Moon and Rainbow gardens, all of which are reflected in their planting colour schemes. In this area, you will also find a roof garden, scented walkways, a snake path, a shell grotto and wonderful hard landscaping with particular attention to fine detail – something to interest all the family.

Dogs: we have to advise that Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs only are permitted on site.

Millennium Garden Grotto

Six years after the official opening of the Millennium Garden the extensive work within the Grotto was completed and an official opening took place on 23rd July 2006

The Grotto is predominantly constructed with sea shells and features a Dolphin sculpture leaping out of the sea, trying to touch the moon. The mythological sea theme, with the Greek God Poseidon watching over all, is a most enchanting masterpiece of work. Be sure to find this special feature within the Moon Garden when you next visit.

Secret Garden

Shhhhh… and relax in the seclusion of this walled garden

Hidden somewhere on the site is our Secret Garden, a place separated from the main attraction and ideal for peace and tranquility. It is partially walled and contains herbaceous borders; quite a different planting regime to the rest of the garden, where traditional but popular annuals rule the day. In 2012 professional garden writer and broadcaster Anne Swithinbank helped with the design for new plantings and these have now matured into amazing beds, giving a variety of heights as well as an assortment of colours.

Wildway

If you want to get away from the formal gardens, then take a walk or a train ride (request stop only) to the Wildway. This is found to the east side of the main car park and can be accessed through shaded woodland where all things wild and natural abound. The main structure of Lake Charlotte was completed during the summer of 2015 and is slowly developing with its variety of plant life. The mini lake does not contain fish but is a place for frogs, toads and all sorts of different insects. Damson and dragonflies are plentiful and a fascination to watch as they dart over the surface and dash between plants.

Crawlie Hall, the six story bug hotel that has been recently completed, is currently looking for a receptionist! Over time, this will become a paradise for a whole host of insects.

Meadow flowers should add to the character during the summer months beckoning those insects to visit.

This is also the new location for our Zip-Slide!

Station Gallery / Lecture Theatre

Simply a fantastic space to host your special event!

Opened in 2000, the Station Gallery sits alongside Pecorama’s famous 7¼ inch gauge Beer Heights Light Railway and forms an integral part of the Millennium Celebration Gardens.

The Gallery’s versatile, triangular shaped space is ideal for art exhibitions and other displays, meetings, performances, conferences and demonstrations and has recently been extensively upgraded to provide a large drop-down screen, HD projector and WIFI.

The Station Gallery can comfortably accommodate up to 60 people and is available for hire on a half day or daily basis. Hire rates are competitive and with full catering facilities, free parking and the added benefit of extra facilities, including the hire of special train rides. The stunning location of the Station Gallery at Pecorama, makes it the ideal venue for hosting a successful event.

Go To Special Events

Panoramic Views

Stretch your eye along the Jurassic Coast.

Pecorama, one of Devon’s leading tourist attractions, is set on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer offering stunning views across Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill.

Sculpture Trail

A temporary and evolving selection of sculptures have been installed around our beautiful gardens... come and explore.

“Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight, is necessary to it, and for me, its best setting and complement is nature.” Henry Moore

This is the first summer season of art in the garden at Pecorama and the idea was inspired by Sue Smith who makes wonderful colourful glass mosaics. One of her masterpieces you will find within the gardens. Art in many different forms is on display here and it all fits so naturally into the garden just as if nature herself has placed it there. Please take your time to look carefully at the art for there is so much to study and wonder at, but above all enjoy what you see. If you are interested to buy any of the art or to consider commissions please contact our tourism manager or go direct to the artist themselves.

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” Michaelangelo

Greta Berlin

Greta was inspired by Bernard Leach, potter and Philosopher and her father Sven Berlin, sculptor, watching them, for hours as they formed their work under their hands, one the sensual growth of a pot on the wheel the other carving away, bit by bit, to reveal the image.

Making and showing ceramic sculpture since ‘74, her development took her into stone carving and welded steel structures. The latter gave her the freedom to work on a larger scale. In ’92 she moved to West Dorset where she enjoys the space and big skies of her beloved West Country.

In her sculpture, Greta reflects the dichotomy of our inner lives; a woman needing a creative life, maybe, yet fearing her ability to give her children all they need as well. The anomalies of the world around us; The ‘have and have-nots’. The innocent victims of conflict. Her strengths lie with the figure, which she has drawn and sculpted for more than 40 years.

Contact: gretaberlin@aol.com
www.gretaberlinsculpture.com

John Calder

When the days are short, John should be laying his hedges, or coppicing in his woodlands. When the days are long John should be making charcoal, or mending his cob-and-lime walls. However, John finds that the materials he encounters, each day, tend to distract him from these essential tasks, and draw him into making Land Art.

Contact: Via Pecorama Office

Anthony Fagin

The opening line of Blake’s Auguries of Innocence ‘To see a World in a grain of Sand’ gave Anthony the impetus to try and build a world out of clay and to that end, he has been trying to do this ever since. Anthony says he builds large hollow spheres in three different sizes all made by hand from stoneware and these are then fired using a volcanic glaze. The surfaces are coloured and textured in order to create an impression of volcanic craters, lava flows and meteorite strikes! Since these pieces of art are impervious to the elements, they can be displayed either indoors or outside on a plinth or just resting on the ground. Recently Anthony has begun to experiment with using the spherical form as building blocks for composite geometric structures such as tetrahedrons – the world is simply changing and you need to keep in touch with him!

Contact: www.anthonyfagin.co.uk

Adrian Gray

Adrian Gray is the pioneer of stone balancing art. His work is predominantly sculpture and photography based on the natural world of balance. He creates balancing sculptures using weathered stone, photographing them in natural locations to capture their transient beauty.

Adrian also creates balanced sculptures as private commissions for the garden, home or workplace. He films the initial balance and then fixes the sculpture in its new location. To show live examples of his work he performs stone balancing demonstrations where he creates new sculptures on site.

In the past 14 years Adrian’s work has evolved to include new ideas and themes, but the predominant feature remains the beauty and seemingly impossible nature of balance.

Contact: Adrian@stonebalancing.com
Tel: 01297 35756

Paul Harvey

Paul has been sculpting since the age of 10 years and has now become a world renowned artist with frequent displays at Chelsea Flower Show. The royal family being one of his clients. Having a particular interest in Birds and Art Deco Paul designs his work to be cast in bronze using the famous Pangolin foundry which gives him almost unlimited freedom.

Contact: www.paulharveysculpture.co.uk

David Holland

Works with mostly clay and plaster to develop ideas before realising them by carving in stone or having them cast in bronze or filled resin. Ideas can come from anywhere – an emotional reaction perhaps or a fleeting form. Not always easy to give them a name but sometimes a metaphor will attach itself.

Contact: Facebook Page – Search for David Holland Sculptor

Carolyn King

Carolyn trained at Sir John Cass, Central St. Martins’ and Chelsea Schools of Art and Design. and her narrative work often shows a serious sense of fun.

Carolyn works with mosaic animals and is also a published writer. Carolyn’s new book will be published in 2017 and will tell of a little bee who wanted adventure; to do everything but learn nothing! Until one day a strange perfume wafted on the breeze and our little bee forgot all about home, honey and how important it was to be part of a team. For without the help of our little bee, the world would have no food, no food at all; especially no apples!

Contact: http://www.westcountryartists.com

Michael Kusz

A Yorkshire based sculptor creating unique works from up-cycled materials.  Growing up in South Wales gave a strong sense of industrial history. With access to various old tools and materials – ideal for an inquisitive mind – I spent hours creating things, exploring methods and processes, setting solid foundations for the work I produce today.

I identify with corvids on a personal level -– they are gregarious, mischievous and demonstrate a clear sense of freedom and fun. I immerse myself in my subject, intensively researching its nature, gaining insights as to how to transcribe into metal. Copper is my predominant material, it brings longevity, taking up to 90 years just for the surface to turn from bright copper to verdigris green. I hope my viewers inner critic smiles, and they too feel the keen sense of enjoyment and fun I experience while creating them.

Contact: http://www.graculus.co.uk

Ian Marlow MRBS

Ian is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. The texture he adds to the stainless steel makes his sculptures shimmer when you move around them or as the daylight changes and the seasons alter. The sculpture picks up the colours from its surroundings so subtly that you hardly notice it, but when you look into the curved forms it’s there, helping the sculpture assimilate with its surroundings. There is a bold freshness in the crisp stainless steel and yet this hard material softens and disappears, lost in the flowing forms – the transformation is almost magical. His use of modern materials to create natural forms allows them to sit comfortably in either traditional gardens or in the minimalist landscape of modern architecture. Wherever you choose to place them they make a statement that is strong and bold and as delicate as their natural counterparts.

Contact: http://www.marlowsculpture.co.uk
Tel: 07967 642 513

Gary Orange

After a life changing accident 10 years ago I decided to pick up my chainsaw and combine it with my artistic instincts to begin creating chainsaw carved sculptures and seating. I now work with private clients, organisations, schools, and festivals to produce bespoke sculptures and seating. I also exhibit my work in sculpture exhibitions nationally. Recent commissions include Burrator Reservoir visitor centre – Dartmoor National Park, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset and recent exhibitions include RHS Rosemoor Gardens Winter Sculpture exhibition and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – Art in The Garden sculpture exhibition. I work in both large scale and small scale, working closely with my clients to design and create bespoke pieces.

Contact: 07967 331724
gryorange@yahoo.ca

Sue Smith

Originally from Devon, Sue has worked in various countries, including the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and has been both influenced and inspired by the different cultures and architecture which combined with a keen interest in the environment and nature, has provided Sue with the possibility of creating unique and individual pieces, whilst helping to preserve the natural beauty that surrounds. Blending a mix of new and recycled materials: mirrors, glass containers, aquariums, bowling balls, these bright mosaics have endless possibilities to reflect and bring beauty, light, and energy into our daily lives. Designed to withstand our English weather, they can be placed as wall panels, among climbing plants, used to liven up a gloomy corner, floated or filled with solar lights to bring a splash of colour to our dormant winter landscapes.

Contact: http://www.suesmithglass.co.uk