About the local area
Sturminster Newton is twinned with Montebourg in France. It is a North Dorset Market Town lying in the heart of the beautiful Blackmore Vale. It is within easy reach of Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Poole and Bournemouth. This rich agricultural area led Thomas Hardy to call it “The Vale of a Hundred Dairies” and today agriculture is still a very important activity.
Sturminster Newton has its own museum in the centre of town at the Market Cross, which has interesting local information dating back even to the Roman Occupation of Britain. In addition Sturminster has some wonderful tourist attractions including the old mill and the site of the old castle.
Sturminster Newton wouldn’t be ‘Stur’ without its Monday Market. A tremendous variety of merchandise has been bartered, auctioned or sold over the centuries and with the demise of the cattle market in 1997 and the milk factory in 2000, the Monday market stalls shook, staggered but survived.
Steam Fayre – Tarrant Hinton http://www.gdsf.co.uk/
Sturminster Cheese Festival – Annual food fayre attended from far and wide. http://www.cheesefestival.co.uk/
Kingston Lacey House – a 17th century National Trust property at Wimborne. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy/
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury – the steep cobbled street featured in the Hovis advertisement. http://www.goldhillmuseum.org.uk/
Milton Abbas – an 18th century village built by Capability Brown. http://www.miltonabbas.org.uk/
Sherborne Abbey – with beautiful stone vaulting. http://www.sherborneabbey.com/
Abbotsbury Swannery – nature reserve, near Weymouth. http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/swannery/
Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door – spectacular coastal scenery. http://www.lulworth.com/
Poole Quay and Brownsea Island http://www.pooleharbourguide.co.uk/brownsea-island.html
Blandford Forum – an interesting Georgian town and home of the famous Badger Ales.
Stourhead – National Trust gardens & house. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/
Hall & Woodhouse a family brewer who produce the award winning Badger Ales http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/