Discover Sherborne, in northwest Dorset, a beautiful, small market town which combines history, culture and a host of events and activities. Whether you are interested in walking in rolling countryside, enjoying a wide variety of pubs and restaurants or finding out about the Abbey and the two castles, Sherborne will provide you with fantastic memories and experiences.
The ancient market town of Sherborne was constituted as a cathedral city around AD 705. When visiting Dorset, Sherborne is an ideal place to stay. The writer Sir Simon Jenkins called Sherborne “the prettiest small town in Dorset”.
Sherborne is definitely a town that should be explored by foot. This illustrated map shows where the main attractions are.
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 Church the town has a number of buildings of architectural note including the 16th century Sherborne 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.
Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday; Country Market in Church Hall, Digby Road, Thursday mornings, 9:15am-11:15am; Farmers’ Market 3rd Friday in each month – Cheap Street, 9am-1pm. Saturday Antiques & Flea Market – held the fourth Saturday every month (exc. April and December), Church Hall, Digby Road. 9am-4pm. Monthly Book Fair –every third Saturday, Church Hall, Digby Road. 9:30am-4pm. Big Little Market – Local Artisan market every fourth Sunday, Digby Hall, Hound Street. 11am-4pm.note: The Big Little Market will not take place in July.
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Saturday 22 August /Vintage Flea Market Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9am-4pm. Every 4th Saturday of the month. 01935 817492
Monday 24 August / Messy Monday Sherborne Museum. 10:30am-1pm. Activities for kids. Free entry (donations accepted). 01935 812252
Wednesday 26 August / Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey 1pm. Free organ recital, approx 40 mins, with retiring collection.
Sunday 30 August / Big Little Market Digby Hall, Hound Street 12pm to 4pm Further information from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
Monday 31 August / Messy Monday Sherborne Museum. 10:30am-1pm. Activities for kids. Free entry (donations accepted). 01935 812252
Monday 31 August / Bank Holiday Special Sherborne Town Walk The walk starts from the Tourist Information Centre, 11am, 1½-2 hrs with Blue Badge Guide Cindy. Take a leisurely stroll and find out everything you ever wanted to know about this beautiful historic town. Cost is £5. Contact: Cindy Chant, Telephone: 01935 815341
Monday 31 August / Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Peter King, director of music at Bath Abbey gives a free recital.
Wednesday 2 September / The Founder and Treasures of the Wallace Collection a lecture by Sherborne Decorative & Fine Arts Society. 2pm and 8pm The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. New members welcome sherborne-dfas.org.uk or phone 01935 872136
Friday 04 to Wednesday 23 September / Charles Anderson & Sandy Murphy Exhibition Jerram Gallery, Sherborne. 9:30am-5pm. Mon-Sat. 01935 815261
Wednesday 09 September / Sherborne Flicks ‘Suite Française’ Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. The arrival of a handsome German officer in an occupied French village causes a conflict of loyalties. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
Wednesday 09 September / Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey.1pm. Free organ recital by Paul Ellis, approx 40 mins, with retiring collection.
Thursday 10 September / Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by David Usher, former head gardener of Hestercombe gardens. £2. 01935 389867
Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 September / Tower Tours Sherbone Abbey. 9:30am-12:30pm & 2pm-4:30pm. Book in advance through Parish Office: 01935 812452
Friday 11 September / S.U.N. Sherborne Ukulele Noodle Ukulele ensemble playing instrumental arrangements led by Samantha Muir. Digby Memorial Hall 7pm to 9pm. Cost is £6 per session. Contact : 01935 812325
Saturday 12 September / The Sacred Heart & St Aldhelm Annual Fete 1pm to 4pm. Fun and games for all the family. Entry by Lucky Programme available on the gate. Stalls including bottle tumble, bric-a-brac, cakes & home-made produce, books, toys. Refreshments available. Pageant Garden, Sherborne. Contact: John Moriarty : 01935 817884
Saturday 12 September / Conservation Workshop Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, The Parade, Sherborne. 2pm-4pm. Rex Lancefield will talk about the best way to handle and store old documents and other items. 01935 389611 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 13 September / Car Boot Sale Friends of Yeatman Hospital. The Terraces, Sherborne. Sellers from 8.30am, £5.00 per car. Buyers 9.00am to 12.00 noon, 50 pence. Free parking.
Sunday 13 September / Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre Oborne Road, Sherborne DT9 3RX Open Day 11.00am to 16.00pm. See an extensive collection of Victorian engineering featuring the massive 26ft diameter waterwheel built in 1869. Admission to the museum : Adults £5.00, Couples £7.00 Children FREE
Monday 14 September / ASK Dorset Engagement 2015 Council Chamber, The Manor House, Sherborne. 12noon-7pm. Come along to tell the Council what you think about:· Where we locate essential services and if it is acceptable to put different services under one roof. · Whether it matters who provides what services. · What you could do to help support yourself and your local community. Staff will be on hand to take note of your comments. 01935 816961
Wednesday 16 September / Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey 1pm. Free organ recital by Stephen Bell, approx 40 mins, with retiring collection.
Wednesday 16 September / Dorset’s Weird and Wonderful Fungi Bryan Edwards from Sherborne Dorset Wildlife Trust invites you to discover the amazing world of fungi. Non-members welcome.
Wednesday 16 September / W.I. Meeting Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. A presentation by Castle Gardens, Sherborne: entitled “Winter Hanging Baskets and Primrose Balls”. New members and visitors always welcome, at a cost of £3 to include refreshments.
Friday 18 September / S.U.N. Sherborne Ukulele Noodle Ukulele ensemble playing instrumental arrangements led by Samantha Muir. Digby Memorial Hall 7pm to 9pm. Cost is £6 per session. Contact : 01935 812325
Saturday 19 September / Christain Aid Coffee Morning Cheap Street Church Hall, Sherborne. 10am-12noon. Fairtrade & other stalls – all welcome.
Saturday 19 September / Book Fair Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9:30am-4pm. 01803 613356
Saturday 19 September / Charity Choral Concert Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. Choirs from the local community & schools in aid of cancer charities.
Saturday 19 September / Annual Display of Quilling Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 1pm-5pm, by the quilling guild. Displays, demonstrations & competitions. £1 entry. www.quilling-guild.co.uk
Sunday 20 September / Jazz Brunch Eastbury Hotel, Long St. Sherborne. 12noon-2pm. Live Jazz with Julie Dunn, 2 course meal & wine or 3 courses without. £23. Book via: 01935 813131
Tuesday 22 September / The Modern History of the Castle Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 8pm. Lecture by Christopher Moule. 01963 370899
Wednesday 23 September / Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey 1pm. Free organ recital James Henderson, approx 40 mins, with retiring collection.
Wednesday 23 September / “Apres le Deluge” How we might live with flooding Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by Dr Hadrian Cook, Kingston University. Contact : email@example.com
Saturday 26 September / Vintage Flea Market Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9am-4pm. Every 4th Saturday of the month. 01935 817492
Saturday 26 September / Last Night of The Proms Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Sherborne Town Band Concert. Tickets: Sherborne TIC.
Sunday 27 September / Big Little Market Digby Hall, Hound Street 12pm to 4pm Further information from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
Monday 28 September / Gospel Truth – Message and Medium Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Insight Lecture. 01935 812452
Wednesday 30 September / Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free organ recital Paul Ellis, approx 40 mins, with retiring collection.
Wednesday 30 September / Film “Ida” at the Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road. 7 for 7:3 0 pm. Oscar winning film “Ida”, BAFTA best European film of 2014. Tickets £6 from TIC or Winstone’s Bookshop. Hosted by Sherborne Douzelage Chojna Committee, in aid of student exchanges between Sherborne & Chojna, Poland.
Wednesday 30 September / The Bombing of Sherborne Remembered Around Shebrorne Town. Commemorating the bombing of Sherborne in 1940, there will be a talk in the Digby Hall, a ceremony at the War Memorial, a Special Sherborne Town War Walk and a Spitfire fly-over! Further information available closer to the time. Call Sherborne TIC for details.
Friday 9 October / Concert to Celebrate the life of Pete Shutler, in aid of the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital. Featuring Pete Coe, Tim van Eyken, Nick Pickett, Bonny Sartin, Sherborne Town Band, Yetminster Irish Dancers. Wessex Morris will greet the audience. The concert will start at 6.45 for 7.30pm. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. Tickets £15.00 from 01935 477884. Contact Rosie Tomlinson 01935 814985
Saturday 10 October / Stamp & Postcard Fair Yeovil & District Philatelic Society annual fair. Refreshments available. Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. From 10.00am
Sunday 11 October / Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre Oborne Road, Sherborne DT9 3RX Open Day 11.00am to 16.00pm. Admission to the museum : Adults £5.00, Couples £7.00 Children FREE.
Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 October / Sherborne Literary Festival
Friday 27 November / The New Cold War in Europe A talk by Edward Lucas. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 7.00 for 7.30pm.
Saturday 5 December / Baroque Christmas Sherborne Chamber Choir. Praetorious Christmas Mass. Schütz Christmas Story. With Ensemble Intrepidi and the Altenburg Ensemble. Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Tickets tba.