Places to visit in the local area
craft and design centre
Workshops including artists, crystals and gems from
around the world. Award winning restaurant.
House and Gardens
16th – 17th Century manor
surrounded by spectacular formal valley gardens with pools, orangery and walks.
Guided treks with Llamas. Pre-booking essential.
Dorchester - Wednesdays
Bridport - Wednesdays and Saturdays
Sherborne - Thursdays and Saturdays
Poundbury - First Saturday of the month
Bridport - Second Saturday of the month
Sherborne - Third Friday of the month
Lying about 4 miles away from Bakers Mill, protected as
a conservation area with over 200 listed buildings Beaminster is a charming old
town. It once thrived from woolcloth, sackcloth, sailcloth, shoe thread, rope
and twine, but has been destroyed by fire three times over the centuries. The
first time was in 1644 during the Royalist Occupation, then again in 1684, and
1781. Few of the finest 17th century houses survived.
Beaminster is at the head of Dorset’s ‘Hidden Valley’;
the historic Vale of the River Brit. You can see rare flowers, badger setts,
old water mills, and glorious views. We have walked it ourselves and thoroughly
recommend it to our more energetic visitors.
Exhibitions about the local history, archeology and agriculture.
At 500 feet Chard is the highest town in Somerset.
Dating back to Saxon times it has a tremendous history. In more recent times it
is re-known as the place the first powered flight airoplane was launched in
1843, some 50 years before the Wright Brothers. The first artificial limbs were
also made here.
The award winning local museum is full of exhibits.
Perry's Cider Mills
Making award winning ciders since 1920.
Historic market town with markets held Wednesdays and
Saturdays and Farmers Markets held second Saturday of the month. Famous for
A walk through the towns interesting and varied
One of the few traditional breweries left in Britain.
A 17th century working water mill and museum. Also trout fishing, riverside walk and tea room.
National Trust Grounds
Very atmospheric fort dating from the Iron Age. Picnic
area. Dogs accepted.
Iron Age hill fort with panoramic views towards the sea.
Highest point along the Jurassic Coast.
Outstanding beaches, bustling harbour, fish and chip
kiosks, rowing boat hire (upriver to Bridport), crabbing; just some of the
things on offer in West Bay.
This shingle bank stretching 18 miles from West Bay to
Portland is one of the finest barrier beaches in the world. The pebbles range
from pea size in the west to potato size in the east at Portland. Behind the
beach is a magnificent lagoon – “The Fleet”, home to free flying mute swans and
a haven for many other species of bird.
20 acres of wooded valley with palm trees and rare
exotic plants, both formally and informally
arranged and world famous for Camellias and Rhodedendrons. Tea and gift shop.
600 year old nesting site for mute swans and from end of
May cygnets can also be seen. Audio visual show and Ugly Duckling Trail.
Ancient tythe barn site housing friendly farm animals
including rabbits, donkeys, pigs, goats and ponies, many of which can be
stroked and fed at regular intervals throughout the day. Excellent for under
11’s. Undercover play barn. Goat racing and toy tractor racing and pony rides.
Lyme Regis is a picturesque seaside town with a maze of
narrow streets full of shops, galleries, crafts, restaurants and tea rooms. Its
feature is its delightful 13th century harbor known
as The Cobb. The town has been a popular tourist spot since early Victorian
times and was often visited by Jane Austin. It still supports a bustling
fishing harbour which you can walk around. Alternatively you can take the river
walk. There is a small golden sandy beach.
Collection of fossils, optional walks, shop etc.
Abbey and Gardens
Near Chard these gardens are listed as one of the top
10 gardens in England. Covering an area of 30 acres, dating from 1700’s they
display one of the earliest examples of landscaping with their monastic great
pond linking to a series of smaller ponds and cascades. The centenary fountain
is the highest powered fountain in England. Restaurant, gift shop and plant
Historic market town with markets held Wednesdays.
Farmers markets held first Saturday of the month at Poundbury.There are several museums in Dorchester including Dorset County Museum, Teddy Bear Museum and Dinosaur Museum. Tutankamun Exhibition.
Thomas Hardy country
Dorset is Thomas Hardy country. There are many places associated with the author and a trail.
Designed by Prince Charles
Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park
Formal Edwardian gardens and ornamental lake, miniature
Shetland ponies, donkeys, rabbits and guinea-pigs. Refreshments, shop, play
Prehistoric Hill fort
Important collection of rhododendrons,
gardenslandscaped in 18th century with lakes, cascades and streams.
Setting for Great Hintock House in Thomas Hardy’s novel ‘The Woodlander’.
Athelhampton House and Gardens
15th century manor house with Grade 1 listed
gardens with fountains, pools and waterfalls.