Sherborne never gets quiet and in July the activity centres around gardens, music and art. Don’t miss the 83rd Annual Open Exhibition of Sherborne Art Club from 19 – 27 July – always an impressive event and with lots of beautiful paintings to refresh your walls!
Also that weekend, on Sunday 20 July, is the 11th ‘Classics at the Castle’ Classic and Supercar event. It will feature over 1,000 vehicles this year, with a spotlight on Jaguar and an impressive display of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and other prestige marques; American hot rods and dragsters and other race and rally cars also take part. A first this year is a flying display of the Model Red Arrows and lots of trade stands, a craft fair, a classic car auction and refreshments stands will make it an enjoyable day out that is not to be missed.
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.