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Period Portraits at Waverley Abbey Statley House and the Romantic Ruins of Waverley Abbey, Thursday 22nd August 2019

Join us as we take you back to the 1940's, to Waverley house and Abbey for what promises to be a highly varied and inspiring day of photography.  With 4 period models and 2 fantastic locations we aim to have you coming home with plenty of eye catching images! The historical settings will aim to push the boundaries of your photography, giving you the opportunity to photograph both in an indoor and outdoor setting.

Our day will begin at Waverley House, built in 1725, the house is steeped in history and has had several owners including Florence Nightingale's uncle. It was also used as a military hospital during the first world war and over 5000 soldiers received care here. During the morning session we have exclusive use of our own room and also have use of the main staircase for photography which will provide us with some lovely period interiors.

In the afternoon we will be spending our time amongst the picturesque ruins of Waverley Abbey, which is located along the river from the house itself. Waverley Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in England. It was founded in 1128 by William Giffard, Bishop of Winchester. Nestled next to the River Wey, its impressive remains include the fine 13th century vaulted refectory or dining hall for the lay brothers, the Cistercians' labour force. We have permission from British Heritage to use the site which will provide us with plenty of variety to capture our models amongst the crumbling walls and arches of history!

This event is open to 20 photographers only. 


What to expect:

  • Beautiful Re-Enactors
  • A stately home full of character
  • A photo opportunity everywhere you turn 
  • Masses of atmosphere
  • Wonderful period backdrops


This event will start at a very reasonable 10.00 with coffees and introductions. Shooting will start soon after and we will work on location at the house until lunchtime. Our afternoon session will see us work through to around 17.00, giving us plenty of shooting opportunities at the Abbey. There is no food catering on site so please bring your own lunch at the Abbey, we are hoping to have inclusive teas and coffees available at Waverley house.

Event cost £95.00 per person.

Model images are for illustration purposes only, exact models for the day will be confirmed.




Lenses- suggest bringing primes, wide angles and zooms

Spare batteries

Memory cards


Photography Knowledge:

Any level welcome

Fitness Level:
Medium- High - The Abbey is located about a 15 minuet Walk from Waverley House. We will be spending the afternoon at the Abbey, and your car will be parked at the house as there is no road access to the Abbey. Toilets are located at Waverley house as the Abbey has no facilities.


Appropriate warm outdoor clothing and walking footwear. Please wear sturdy shoes and be aware that there are areas of rough ground although most of the grounds are well kept there may be some mud depending on the weather.