Local attractions, pubs, restaurants and activities,

Local attractions, pubs, restaurants and activities,

Local Area
We have provided below (please scroll down) just a flavour of the many local attractions and activities in the area. We keep a large number of leaflets for you to browse for ideas.
Tourist Information Centre
Podimore Roundabout, A303 west of Blackford. 10m BA22 8JG. 01935 841302
Ideas & money off vouchers at: 
http://www.dayvisits.co.uk
www.daysout.co.uk
http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/
http://www.cheaper-days-out.co.uk/southwest.html

We collect discount/money off  vouchers and free passes for local attractions and leave them for our guests to use (free of charge). At different times these included: Longleat, Brean, Wookey Hole, Cheddar Caves, Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovilton Air Museum, Eden Project, Sea Life, Puxton, SeaAquarium, Bowlplex, Glastonbury Abbey, Animal farm and many more throughout Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon. Let us know if you have particular requests!

Click these links to take you direct to a place in the long page below:
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Authors/books/stories
Films/TV series
Local Towns 
National Trust & English Heritage
Walks & Cycle Routes
Good food pubs
Restaurants
Seaside
within half an hour
within an hour
Ideas further away
Activities & sports
Markets/Farmers Markets
Local events and things to do

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Some of our most famous authors based their stories on the area of Dorset, Somerset & Wessex and drew inspiration from people and places. 
Enid Blyton. From the Ginger Beer Shop in Corfe Castle to Brownsea Island and the Isle of Purbeck. 
Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and Tracy Chevalier have all set novels in the area.

Many films and TV series have been filmed in the area ....
Visit Somerset website with some locations including:

The Imitation Game (Sherborne) starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley
Wolf Hall (Montacute House, Barrington Court, Sherborne) starring Damian Lewis, Mark Rylance, Claire Foy
Far from the Madding Crowd (Dorset) starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen & Tom Sturridge
Goodbye Mr Chips (Sherborne) starring Peter O'Toole & Petula Clarke
Warhorse (Castle Combe, Dartmoor) stars include Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson
Harbour Lights (West Bay) starring Nick Berry & Tina Hobley
Broadchurch (West Bay, Lyme Regis, Clevedon) starring David Tennant & Olivia Colman
River Cottage (Bridport, Axminster) with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Sense and Sensibility (Montacute) with Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet & Hugh Grant
The Libertine (Montacute) with Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Samantha Morton and Rosamund Pike
Hot Fuzz (Wells) with Simon Pegg
Elizabeth the Golden Age (Wells) with Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush 
Chocolat (Bruton) with Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp and Lena Olin
Far from the Madding Crowd (Dorset) starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch
Restoration Grand Designs - various west country locations
Various other Thomas Hardy feature film and TV dramatisations in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

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Local Towns
Sherborne with its historic Abbey
Dorchester
Other local towns of interest include:
Castle Cary
Cerne Abbas
Glastonbury (Tor and Abbey ruins)
Bath (Roman city)
Wells (Cathedral town)

Local villages and pubs within walking distance include:
North Cadbury (pub)
South Cadbury (Camelot hill fort and see good food pubs below)
Holton (see good food pubs below)
Maperton (no pub)
Yarlington (see good food pubs below)
Corton Denham (see good food pubs below)

National Trust and English Heritage properties nearby include:
Montacute
Stourhead
Tintinhull
Lytes Cary
Barrington Court
Glastonbury Abbey
Glastonbury Tor
Sherborne New Castle 
Sherborne Old Castle
Corfe Castle 

Capability Brown – 2016 marked 300 years of Capability Brown’s gardens there were various events and celebrations throughout the year. http://www.capabilitybrown.org/map 
We are fortunate that we have several that are open to the public within easy distance. There are other private gardens as well. Check for opening days and times.

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Cycle Hire, Routes & Walks      
Alfreds Tower (folly, wooded, superb views)
Camelot (Ancient grassy Hill Fort at South Cadbury, great views 
              - reputed home of King Arthur)
Ham Hill
Leland Trail (and cycle route)
Somerset Levels
Somerset website (various walks/cycle routes)
Cycle Hire

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Local good food pubs. Please check their websites or ask us if you want advice! Some may be better for food, some for families etc

Camelot

www.thecamelotpub.com

01963 441685

2m

South Cadbury

Kings Arms

 

www.thekingsarms.co.uk

01963 220281

2m

Charlton Horethorne

Mitre Inn

 

www.mitreinn.co.uk

01963 220271

6m

Sandford Orcas

Montague Inn

 

www.themontagueinn.co.uk

01749 813213

4m

Shepton Montague

The Old Inn

 

www.theoldinnrestaurant.co.uk

01963 32002

2m

Holton

Queens Arms

 

www.thequeensarms.com

01963 220317

3m

Corton Denham

Red Lion

 

www.redlionbabcary.co.uk

01458 223230

8m

Babcary

 

Stapleton Arms

 

www.thestapletonarms.com

01963 370396

7m

Buckhorn Weston

Stags Head

 

www.thestagsheadinn.co.uk

01963 440393

3m

Yarlington

Beckford Arms www.beckfordarms.com
01747 870385
22m Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury
The Kingsdon Inn www.kingsdoninn.co.uk
01935 840543
10m Kingsdon
Nr Somerton
       

White Hart

www.whitehartsherborne.co.uk01935 817668

7m

Sherborne

Digby Tap

www.digbytap.co.uk

01935 813148

7m

Sherborne


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Tea Rooms/Coffee Shop: Chapel Cross Tea Rooms, 
South Cadbury, BA22 7ET. 01963 440501 (2m)
Open Wed to Sat 11.00am - 5.00pm. Scrummy cakes & light meals in an ancient Chapel!
Local Restaurants - check the websites for menu, prices etc.

At The Chapel

 

www.atthechapel.co.uk 

01749 814070

7m

Bruton

Capozzolis

 

www.capozzolis-restaurant.co.uk

01935 840033

10m

Ilchester

The Green

 

www.greenrestaurant.co.uk

01935 813821

7m

Sherborne

 

Little Barwick House 

www.littlebarwick.co.uk

01935 423902

9m

Barwick

Paprika Indian Restaurant

www.paprikarestaurant.co.uk

01935 816429

7m

Sherborne

Plumber Manor

www.plumbermanor.co.uk

01258 472507

15m

Sturminster Newton

Rajpoot Tandoori

 

 

01935 817606

7m

Sherborne

 

The Grange www.thegrangeatoborne.co.uk
01935 813463
6m Oborne
Tamburino  http://www.tamburino.co.uk/
01935 700400
11m Yeovil
Tamburino  http://www.tamburino.co.uk 
01935 389053
7m Sherborne
       
 
Seafood at the Seaside!
The Riverside Restaurant

http://thefishrestaurant-westbay.co.uk/ 01308 422011

35m West Bay, Bridport
The Watch House Cafe http://watchhousecafe.co.uk
01308 459330
35m West Bay, Bridport
Hix Oyster and Fish House

www.hixoysterandfishhouse.co.uk/
01297 446 910 

37m Lyme Regis
Hive Beach Café www.hivebeachcafe.co.uk
01308 897 070
36m Burton Bradstock

Crab House Cafe

http://www.crabhousecafe.co.uk
01305 788 867 

35m

Wyke Regis, Weymouth

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen is in Axminster. 32m www.rivercottage.net/

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Sea with a variety of sandy to pebble beaches, seaside towns to quiet coves etc
South to the Jurassic Coast including:
Weymouth (site of Olympics 2012 Sailing), Portland, Lulworth Cove, Lyme Regis, Studland, West Bay, Charmouth, Burton Bradstock, Ringstead and many moreDorset beachesDevon BeachesDevon Beaches Somerset Beaches
                                    
North to North Somerset & Devon coasts including Weston-Super-Mare, Brean, Lynton, Lynmouth, Braunton and many moreDevon BeachesDevon Beaches Somerset Beaches

Along the Jurassic coast you can look for fossils, go rock pooling, paddling and swimming. Places for Fossil hunting along the world famous Jurassic Coast include Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Seatown, Burton Bradstock etc   

The Dorset Coastal Path is part of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site which is England's first natural World Heritage Site - it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. www.jurassiccoast.com The heritage Centre in Charmouth organises regular walks. www.charmouth.org
Some of the local seaside places offer boat trips and you can even spend a day in the Channel Islands (Guernsey or Jersey) – Condor Seacat runs from Weymouth.

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Within half an hour:
Beautiful Somerset villages and churches.
The Bath and West Show/Showground 
The Fleet Air Arm Museum 
Haynes’ Motor Museum.
Hauser and Wirth gallery and arts centre
Jungle Jungle, Yeovil (under 12's)
Longleat 
Wincanton Racecourse. 
The historic towns of SherborneShaftesburySomerton and Wells
Sherborne Abbey and Wells Cathedral. 
Glastonbury and Glastonbury Tor 
Clark’s Village, Street. 
Ham Hill Country Park 
explore Thomas Hardy country of Wessex

Within an hour:
Bath and Bristol 
Salisbury and the Cranborne Chase 
Stonehenge 
Wookey Hole 
Cheddar Gorge 
Cheddar Caves 
Dorchester 
The Tank Museum, Nr Dorchester
Abbotsbury Swannery
Monkey World. 
Chesil Beach and Weymouth 
Brean Leisure Park (with Sooty!)
Splashdown, Tower Park

Ideas further away include: DartmoorExmoor, Eden Project etc

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Activities & Sports
Somerset:
http://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/sport-and-health/leisure-facilities/ 
http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/yeovil  all sorts of ideas across the area

Wincanton: 
http://www.wincantonsports.co.uk/  inc swimming, badminton
http://www.wincantonsportsground.co.uk/  inc tennis

Yeovil:
http://www.mfabowl.com/yeovil  ten pin bowling
http://www.goldenstones-leisure.co.uk/  inc swimming

Bruton:
http://www.millonthebrue.co.uk/  activity centre

Barnstaple:
http://www.letsgobarnstaple.co.uk/  inc ice skating, ten pin bowling

Poole:
http://www.thearkpoolepark.co.uk/  inc ice skating
 

Cinemas: Yeovil & Strode (Street)

Swimming Pools: WincantonYeovil, Street (indoor & outdoor), Poole (Splashdown, Tower Park - waterslides)

Horse Riding:  www.wessex.me.uk
Pevlings Farm.Cabbage La, Templecombe BA8 0DA 01963 370990 
Brimsmore Equestrian Centre, Yeovil Tel: (01935) 410854
Naydon Equestrian nr Somerton www.naydonequestrian.co.uk 

Golf: Sherborne, Yeovil, Folke, Wincanton, Long Sutton, Wheathill

Ice Rink: Barnstaple: http://www.letsgobarnstaple.co.uk/  inc ice skating, ten pin bowling
Poole: http://www.thearkpoolepark.co.uk/

Ten pin bowling: Yeovil:
http://www.mfabowl.com/yeovil

Theatres: Yeovil, Bristol, Bath etc

Farmers Market
Middle, Street, Yeovil: 4th Saturday each month (9am to 1pm)
Cheap Steet, Sherborne: 3rd Friday each month (9am to 1pm)

Wincanton Country Market: Balsam Centre, every Friday (9.30 – 11.30am)
Sherborne Country Market: Digby Church Hall, every Thursday (9.15 – 11.15am)

Market Day: 
Yeovil, Lower Middle street - Tuesday & Friday every week   
Sherborne, Cheap Street  - Thursday & Saturday weekly
There are many others - including Dorchester, Bridport etc

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A selection of local events & things to do:

Dorset: http://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do

Somerset: http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/things-to-do/

Devon: http://www.visitdevon.co.uk/things-to-do

Wiltshire: http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/site/things-to-do/

This is a calendar of a few of the many annual events:
May

Sherborne Castle Country Fair  

Royal Bath and West Show  

Dorset Arts Week 

June
Glastonbury Festival  

July
Galhampton Party in the Park 

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 

August
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza  

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show  

Great Dorset Steam Show & Music Festival 

September

Somerset Arts Weeks 

October
Sherborne Pack Monday Fair 

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Towns in the area include: Bournemouth, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Weymouth, Portland, Studland, Lyme Regis, Lyme Bay, Lulworth Cove near smaller towns and villages include: Templecombe, Charlton Horethorne, Maperton, Holton, Sparkford, North Cadbury, South Cadbury, Compton Pauncefoot, Woolston, Yarlington, Yeovil, Wincanton, Castle Cary, Sherborne (Dorset), Mere (Wiltshire)

Kingfisher Cottage is a detached house in the style of a converted barn (barn conversion), holiday let, letting, farm, farmhouse, apartment, rent, premier rural holiday, vacation rental, walk, walking, dog, short break, self catering, selfcatering, Short breaks & weekends available

Our local area is known as the Camelot are of Wessex and in the area you will also find Olympics sailing (Weymouth), Hauser & Wirth (Bruton), Montacute, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Stourhead, Longleat, Barrington House, Gardens, CenterParcs, (Centreparcs, centerparks, centreparks, centre parcs), the jurassic coast, explore Thomas Hardy country of Wessex, Clarks Village, Shepton Mallet, Bath & West Showground  and much more.
 

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