Welcome to Sherborne

The Christmas trees adorn Cheap Street, the Christmas decorations are up and Sherborne’s magical appearance comes into its own. As usual there are many festive-related events: concerts, tastings, shopping offers – something for everyone.

One of the main attractions of the month is Sherborne’s Christmas shopping day on Sunday 7th December. There are stacks of special things to do and it also kicks off a week of solid fun in the town, including the Christmas Tree Festival in Cheap Street Church – and boasting the South West’s biggest Christmas decoration display and shop at Castle Gardens. You really have to see it!

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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.