What’s On: For a comprehensive list view the local ‘freebie’ magazine web-site: www.thisisblackmorevale.co.uk
Cycle Hire: Hayball’s, Salisbury: 01722 411 378 www.hayball.co.uk
|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|
|Homes of famous people:||Location||Distance|
|Clouds Hill (TE Lawrence)||Bovingdon||20 miles|
|Max Gate (Thomas Hardy)||Dorchester||30 miles|
|Cranborne Manor:||Fascinating with surprises (Wednesdays)||10 miles|
|Minterne House:||Sherborne (garden only)||30 miles|
|Cranborne Manor, Cranborne||Excellent/roses speciality||10 miles|
|Wolvercroft, Fordingbridge||Wide-ranging/ functional||10 miles|
|Wilton House, Wilton||Wide-ranging||12 miles|
|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|
Farmers Markets: Up-to-date information
Places of Interest: (Dorset)
Hardy’s study in DorchesterMuseum.
Abbotsbury: swannery and gardens.
Springhead Trust, Fontmell.
Cerne Abbas Giant.
Places of Interest: (South west Wilts)
Duke of Monmouth’s Ash.
Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust www.wiltshirewildlife.org
Martin Down Reserve.
Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre, Ringwood.
Hawk Conservancy, Weyhill (near Andover).
Mammals: Badger Watch: www.badgerwatchdorset.co.uk
Fishing: Fly Fishing: www.famousfishing.co.uk
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: www.comptonabbasairfield.co.uk
‘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. bikemaverick.co.uk
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: www.bikemaverick.co.uk
Motorcycling (Back to Biking): Designed for anyone re-starting motorcycling after a long break. www.bikemaverick.co.uk
On Safari: ‘Off the beaten track’ in west Dorset by Land-Rover. www.jurassicsafari.co.uk
Fossicking: Where to find knick-knacks:
|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.|
Arts and Crafts ‘hotspots’:
|Warminster:||Bull Mill Arts|