What’s On: For a comprehensive list view the local ‘freebie’ magazine web-site:

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Cycle Hire: Hayball’s, Salisbury: 01722 411 378

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Stately Homes: Location     Distance
Stourhead + garden Mere 15     miles
Wilton House + garden Wilton 15     miles
Mompesson House Salisbury 15    miles
Athelhampton + garden Dorchester 20    miles
Minterne + garden Dorchester/Yeovil 35    miles
Heale House + garden Salisbury 15    miles
Breamore House + garden Salisbury/Fordingbridge 20    miles
Kingston Lacy Wimborne 25    miles
Longleat House Warminster 25    miles

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Homes of famous people: Location     Distance
Clouds Hill (TE Lawrence)         Bovingdon 20     miles
Max Gate (Thomas Hardy)         Dorchester 30     miles

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Historic Gardens:     Distance
Cranborne Manor:             Fascinating with surprises (Wednesdays) 10    miles
Minterne House:             Sherborne (garden only) 30    miles

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Garden Centres:     Distance
Cranborne Manor, Cranborne Excellent/roses speciality 10    miles
Wolvercroft, Fordingbridge Wide-ranging/ functional 10    miles
Wilton House, Wilton Wide-ranging 12    miles

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Farm Shops:     Distance
Home Farm, Tarrant Gunville + cafe Extenstive; interesting 10    miles
Long Crichel Bakery, Crichel Award-winning bread 10    miles
Udder  Farm Shop, Stour Provost  + cafe Extensive 12    miles
Ansty, Ansty (near Shaftesbury) + café Extensive and PYO 10    miles

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Farmers Markets: Up-to-date information




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Places of Interest: (Dorset)

TankMuseum, Bovingdon.

Hardy’s study in DorchesterMuseum.

Abbotsbury: swannery and gardens.

Hardy’s Monument.



Springhead Trust, Fontmell.

Cerne Abbas Giant.


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Places of Interest:  (South west Wilts)

Alfred’s Tower.

Salisbury Cathedral.



Duke of Monmouth’s Ash.

Longleat House.

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Max Gate.




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Dorset Wildlife Trust

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

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Arne Reserve.

Portland Observatory.

Martin Down Reserve.

Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre, Ringwood.

Hawk Conservancy, Weyhill (near Andover).

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Mammals: Badger Watch:

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Fishing: Fly Fishing:

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Something different . . . . .

Hot-air balloons: Contact Cameron Flights Southern (0845 4564202): a popular take-off spot is the LarmerTreeGardens, just round the corner from Park Farm House.

Fixed-wing experience: Just a few miles from Park Farm House is Compton Abbas airfield. You can buy an ‘experience flight’: fly over the beautiful scenery plus take the controls either in a covered Piper Warrior, an Ikarus sport-plane, or an open-cockpit Tiger Moth. For full details please see:

‘Wings & Wheels’ Day: Day starts at Compton Abbas airfield; ride motorcycle pillion with a qualified instructor for a day’s tour around the local area, including the JurassicCoast, or your location request. Lunch (included) at the airfield restaurant. In the afternoon you fly in a light aircraft around the local area to complete the day’s activities. If you would like photographs of your day this can be arranged. Full details please see: www.

Motorcycling (Advanced Training): Advanced courses can take between 2 to 5 days; designed to incorporate a tour of your choice; by the end of the course you will feel more confident using your motorcycle to its full potential:

Motorcycling (Back to Biking): Designed for anyone re-starting motorcycling after a long break.

On Safari: ‘Off the beaten track’ in west Dorset by Land-Rover.

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Fossicking: Where to find knick-knacks:

Antiques Centres:

Salisbury The Antiques Centre.
Wincanton The Green Dragon Antiques Centre.

Reclamation and Auctions:

Wilton              Smaller than some but interesting.
Semley (near Tisbury)              Smaller than some but interesting.
Bere Regis                                   Wide selection.
Wells                                           The ‘big daddy’, old/new: spend a day !
Bath                                             Walcot Architectural Salvage.
Sherborne Charterhouse.
Wimborne George Kidner.
Dorchester Duke’s.
Crewkerne Lawrences’

Arts and Crafts ‘hotspots’:

Bridport: Slader’s Yard
Warminster:                                 Bull Mill Arts
Wimborne: Walford Mill