The Bank Holiday Weekend sees a lot going on in Sherborne with several highlights. It is not often that the Sealed Knot Society is in the area and their re-enactment of the Siege of Sherborne Castle that takes place over the weekend should be spectacular…definitely, something not to be missed.
Meanwhile, there is another historical re-enactment of sorts taking place at Sherborne School: the annual Historic Vehicle Rally which promises to show off over a hundred beautiful vintage and classic cars in all of their splendour.
The 40th Historic Vehicle Rally takes place on Sunday 24 August
Looking along Long Street
Sherborne is a delightful, small historic town in the north-west of Dorset. It has a total population of about 10,000, having doubled its population during the last 40 years. It lies on the northern slopes of the beautiful Yeo Valley surrounded by wooded hillsides and green pastures. Dominated by its golden-coloured abbey, the town has a number of buildings of architectural note including the 17th century castle and 18th century school. Within the town the narrow streets are lined with old grey stone buildings interspersed with early timber-framed, gabled-ended houses and local Ham stone structures.
This bustling little town and the surrounding area offers visitors some attractive sights, a pleasing variety of shops and a choice mix of coffee shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. On the surface, Sherborne might appear a quiet town but there is more going on than might be imagined: indeed, the town has innumerable societies and clubs pursuing many interests. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of entertainments from the local amateur dramatic productions to school jazz concerts and classical repertoires, from quiz nights, sporting events and arts lectures, to wine tastings and open gardens. There is definitely something for everyone; you can be as busy or as quiet as you want to be.