Places to visit in the local area

Broadwinsor craft and design centre
Workshops including artists, crystals and gems from around the world. Award winning restaurant.

Mapperton House and Gardens
16th – 17th Century manor surrounded by spectacular formal valley gardens with pools, orangery and walks.

UK Llamas
Guided treks with Llamas. Pre-booking essential. 

Market Days
Dorchester - Wednesdays
Bridport - Wednesdays and Saturdays
Sherborne - Thursdays and Saturdays

Farmers Markets
Poundbury - First Saturday of the month
Bridport - Second Saturday of the month
Sherborne - Third Friday of the month

Beaminster
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 again in
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.

Beaminster Museum
Exhibitions about the local history, archeology and agriculture.

Around Chard
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. 

Chard Museum
The award winning local museum is full of exhibits.

Perry's Cider Mills 
Making award winning ciders since 1920.

Around Bridport
Historic market town with markets held Wednesdays and Saturdays and Farmers Markets held second Saturday of the month. Famous for rope making.

Bridport Museum
A walk through the towns interesting and varied history. 

Palmers Brewery
One of the few traditional breweries left in Britain. Tours available.

Mangerton Mill
A 17th century working water mill and museum. Also trout fishing, riverside walk and tea room.

National Trust Grounds

Eggardon Hill Fort
Very atmospheric fort dating from the Iron Age. Picnic area. Dogs accepted.

Pilsdon Pen
Iron Age hill fort with panoramic views towards the sea.

Golden Cap
Highest point along the Jurassic Coast.

West Bay
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.

Around Abbotsbury

Chesil Beach
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. 

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
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.

Abbotsbury Swannery
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.

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm
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.

Around Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis is a picturesque seaside town with a maze of narrow streets full of shops, galleries, crafts, restaurants and tea rooms. Its most outstanding
feature is its delightful 13
th 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.

Dinosaurland
Collection of fossils, optional walks, shop etc.

Forde 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 centre.

Around Dorchester
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.

Poundbury
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 area.

Maiden Castle
Prehistoric Hill fort

Minterne Gardens
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.


 
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