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  • Two Days in Splendid Sherborne: DayTwo, Around the Abbey

    Two Days in Splendid Sherborne: DayTwo, Around the Abbey

    We forget how powerful and wealthy the church was during the Middle Ages. Sherborne is a good example of this with its heritage of historical buildings that date back to the building of its abbey and the establishment of the world renowned Sherborne School.

  • The Excellent Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, Dorset

    The Excellent Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, Dorset

    The Eastbury Hotel is ideally situated close to the centre of Sherborne in Dorset which features two castles and an Abbey. Its lovely walled garden will make you feel you have travelled to another world not just a train journey from London. Thanks to the friendly and efficient staff, it is a real home from home – enhanced by the super food by chef Matt Street in the two rosette Seasons restaurant.

  • Two Days in Splendid Sherborne: Day One, Castleton

    Two Days in Splendid Sherborne: Day One, Castleton

    Sherborne is steeped in history and a showcase of architectural treasures – its history is on its streets and a walk through this pretty Dorset town is a walk through its history. There is so much to see it merits a two-day visit. Stay at the lovely Eastbury Hotel and enjoy the diversity of the local cuisine.

  • The Bournemouth X Factor

    The Bournemouth X Factor

    some characteristics of Bournemouth make it a very special place to visit. As I was walking towards the crowded sea front that I could see in front of me I noticed a garden below me and decided to visit that first. At the bottom of a flight of stone steps I had a lovely view of the Town Hall bathed in autumn sunshine behind an avenue of majestic trees ...

  • Blandford Forum - A Georgian Gem in England

    Blandford Forum - A Georgian Gem in England

    In 1731 a great fire swept through the small market town of Blandford Forum in Dorset. It destroyed ninety per cent of the town. Thanks to some unusual circumstances it was quickly rebuilt and today it is the best example of a small Georgian town in the UK ...

  • Weymouth in Dorset - a Royal Favourite

    Weymouth in Dorset - a Royal Favourite

    After King George III visited Weymouth in 1789 and declared “I never enjoyed a sight so pleasing.”  this seaside town has been a popular place for holidaymakers. Thereafter George III, who suffered ill-health, regularly visited the town. It was during his reign that fresh air and bathing in the sea became recognised as being beneficial for good health and a cure for tuberculosis. King George himself swam in the sea ...

  • The Walks of Wareham in Dorset

    The Walks of Wareham in Dorset

    Situated between the Rivers Frome and Piddle in idyllic Dorset countryside Wareham is well-placed for walks to suit all ages and standards. The Two Rivers Walks are short, circular trails following footpaths and quiet roads alongside the rivers Frome and Piddle that flow through the town. The Walls Walk and the Town Walk are around the town - a town that is full of history ...

  • A Warm Welcome Awaits in the Dorset Town of Wimborne

    A Warm Welcome Awaits in the Dorset Town of Wimborne

    The welcoming town centre of Wimborne is a large open space filled with the chairs and tables of cafés and restaurants that surround it. When I arrived it was summer and the sun was shining, brightening the blooms that decorated the pavement. It looked more continental than English even though I was in a small traditional Dorset town ...

  • Christchurch - A Dorset Diamond

    Christchurch - A Dorset Diamond

    On arrival in the Dorset town of Christchurch I was intrigued by a sign directing me to the Ducking Stool. I set off down a narrow lane beside Ye Olde George Inn the oldest pub in the town. Originally called the George and Dragon this old coach house was built during the fifteenth century. In the early eighteenth century the old timber framed building was refaced with brick. Princess Victoria who later became Queen Victoria rested her horses here ...

  • Swanage – A Story in Stone

    Swanage – A Story in Stone

    As I meandered through crowds of holidaymakers dodging swinging buckets and whirling spades I found it hard to believe that Swanage had once been a simple fishing village on the Dorset coast. In those days the centre of the community had been the Mill Pond and it was here I began my walk around the town ...

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