August may be a dead month for some people but not in Sherborne. It is packed with activity – to join in with or simply to sit back and enjoy. August is when Sherborne welcomes its Summer School of Music, when all sorts of musicians descend on the town to practise and hone their skills and to benefit the residents and visitors with a huge number of musical performances, large and small, during their two weeks tenure (3 – 17 August). Check their website (see side panel) for more information or watch out for daily performances on noticeboards around town but principally in front of Cheap Street Church.
Meanwhile, Sherborne Abbey runs its own Insight Summer School with lectures and music from 4 – 6 August and towards the end of the month there is an opportunity for younger people in the town to rehearse and take part in a theatrical production (see Artslink for details).
You can catch a performance of Robin Hood, witness the re-enactment of the Siege of Sherborne Castle by the Sealed Knot or reminisce over vintage and classic cars at the Historic Vehicle Rally. Definitely, there is something for everyone in Sherborne!
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.