Welcome to Sherborne

Welcome to a website dedicated to Sherborne in Dorset – its aim is to tell you what’s happening in this vibrant market town and what events are coming up. You’ll also find useful information about things to see and do in Sherborne and the surrounding area. We hope you enjoy your visit!

With its quaint, quintessential high street overseen by romantic castle ruins decorating the top of the hill, and Capability Brown designed gardens in a location once enjoyed by dashing Tudor Sir Walter Raleigh while residing in the “new” castle, Sherborne is perfect for the Instagram Generation. The magnificent glorious golden Abbey takes centre place in the town alongside the charming arches of the picturesque almshouse and whatever the season, or the weather, the town provides the perfect frame!

Never heard of it? Discover Sherborne, in northwest Dorset, a beautiful, small market town with a population of about 12,000 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 is famous for its historic buildings including its Abbey Church, the renowned Sherborne Boys’ School and two castles. The Abbey and many of the medieval and Georgian buildings are built from  distinctive ochre-coloured hamstone.

Sherborne is a popular centre of activity for locals and visitors alike. It is known for its cultural events and festivals as well as its beautiful high street. Cheap Street is home to a wide range of independent shops offering fashion, gifts, antiques, local food, specialist chocolates, wine and more.

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 – the perfect English market town

Sherborne is a surprising, small historic town in the north-west of Dorset. Surprising because of its history reverberating with tales of Wessex kings, uprisings and rebellion, but also its sense of spirituality embodied in its historic abbey and the influence of its famous public school with its role call of influential alumni from Alan Turing to John le Carré and more recently Chris Martin from Coldplay.

It has a growing population of about 12,000, 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 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.

Sherborne Abbey at night ©AndréDurand

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.

Cheap Street in the summer, Sherborne, Dorset

WEEKLY MARKETS in Sherborne

Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday

Country Market in Church Hall, Digby Road, Thursday mornings, 9:00am-11:30am

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.

 

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