North Dorset

The Area

Sturminster Newton is situated at the heart of the Blackmore Vale.  This area is surrounded with gorgeous landscapes dotted with oak trees, arable fields and dairy farms. The River Stour divides the town in two and runs past the ancient Sturminster Mill, which is still working and makes an idyllic spot for a picnic.  

The town centre offers The Exchange, which is a modern 300 seat performance venue hosting a range of fantastic shows all year round.  There is no shortage of pubs, restaurants and coffee shops to choose from as well as a host of independent shops and convenience stores.  The town provides a great base for exploring the wealth of attractions that Dorset has to offer.   Whether you are popping in for a short stay or planning a long visit, Sturminster Newton is the perfect location for your Dorset holiday.

Festivals and Events

Local ​Walks & cycles

There are eight circular walks starting from Sturminster Newton and taking in the surrounding area. These walks range from  1.5 to 5.5 miles.  Maps are available at the CL.

The North Dorset Trailway is a 14 mile (22.5 km) walking, cycling and horse riding route from Sturminster Newton to Spetisbury.  For more info read here.

Shaftesbury and Gold Hill is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Shaftesbury.

Where to eat & drink

Sturminster Newton has 3 pubs, 2 clubs a few restaurants and a great selection of cafes & tearooms,  There are a number of take-away options including fish & chips, Indian, Japanese and a kebab shop.  There are some lovely village pubs in the surrounding areas too.  You won't go hungry here!  The pubs are an easy 20 - 30 minute walk from the caravan site.

Nearby activities

Stourhead Gardens

Longleat Safari Park

Monkey World

Todber Manor Fisheries

Fishing at Brickyard Farm, Bagber.  Tel: 07970115825

Sherborne Abbey

Gold Hill in Shaftesbury 

The Jurassic Coast

For retail therapy there is plenty of choice from market towns to bustling commercial centres.  Dorchester, Wimborne, Sherborne  and Shaftesbury are all recommended.