Take a round trip of Dorset, from Dorchester up through Cerne Abbas to Sherbourne before heading east passing through Blandford and Kingston Lacy to the market town of Wimborne Minster. Then drop down through Bere Regis to Bovington before arriving back in Dorchester.
Dorchester, or Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge, has a vibrant new quarter at Brewery Square, formerly home to brewers Eldridge Pope. Elsewhere you will find military, Tutankhamun and Teddy Bear museums. Follow the Durnovaria town walk to take in the sights and discover the history of Dorchester.
Minterne House is a lovely Georgian country house set in a stunning parkland setting and has starred on the TV screen. Explore the Himalayan gardens and wild woodland to relax and unwind.
Surrounded by green hills and valleys Sherborne is a lovely village where you can wander the town trail and to take in castles, the abbey and almshouses. Relax in a tearoom or café before browsing the antique shops or search for a bargain at the flea market.
The Georgian town of Blandford has stunning Victorian architecture and a fascinating market place where you will find the Fire Monument, marking the great 18thc fires. Explore the history of Blandford Museum, time your visit right and take in the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Don’t miss the chance to drive to Wimborne via the stunning beech avenue.
Kingston Lacy is stunning National Trust property built in the style of an Italian Palace surrounded by 8500 acres. The house rooms are abundant with art and be sure to stop at the Egyptian room. Outside you can visit the woodland, water meadows, Japanese gardens and lawns.
Set between the River Stour and River Allen, Wimborne Minster is a bustling market town with a range of independent shops and boutiques. A regular winner of “In Bloom” the sights and smells of flowers will delight your senses as you explore the streets and courtyards of this pretty town.
The River Frome runs through the village of Bovington where you can explore The Lawrence Trail and uncover the life and story of T.E. Lawrence. Visit Bovington Tank Museum to see the collection of armoured fighting with over 300 vehicles on display.