Welcome to Sherborne

Sherborne’s festivals act as bookends around our summer: the Abbey Music Festival in May sets the scene and in October, as the weather and the clocks change, Sherborne offers an enthralling month of debate, intellectual stimulation and just pure entertainment with its Literary and International Film Festivals.

The THIRD Sherborne Literary Festival is now fully up to speed with a wonderful offering of authors and activities over five days from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 October. Authors range from Gyles Brandreth and James Wong to Victoria Glendinning and Helen Yemm. Tickets are available from the Sherborne Tourist Information Centre and the events take place in a variety of locations. Get a copy of the Festival programme and indulge!

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The SIXTH Sherborne International Film Festival brings another ten exciting World Cinema films to the town. Taking place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 October, the festival allows you to see some remarkable new films as well as some classics. Louis Malle’s first-ever film, which brought Jeanne Moreau to fame in 1958 is being shown – “Lift to the Scaffold”. The latest film by acclaimed Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi, “The Past” is a penetrating study of the relations of a family going through divorce, set in Paris. For details of the programme see www.shiff.org.uk or get a flyer from the Tourist Office.

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Sherborne – the perfect small English market town

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.