Milton Abbas

The small picturesque village of Milton Abbas can be found about 17 miles Sherborne.

The village was built between 1773 and 1780 along a single street on a valley slope. The attractive thatched cottages with small greens lining the  road are evenly spaced and very photogenic.

For a great family day out visit the annual Milton Abbas Street Fair, held in July. The main street is closed to traffic and creating a festive air, bunting is put up in the street and hung from hooks already in place under the thatch of the village houses. Market stall holders as well as residents are asked to dress in 18th century costume and visitors are welcome.

With music and dancing, craft stalls and demonstrations, there is also a farmer’s market and a wide choice of refreshments available.

In 2015 the fair is on Saturday 25th July, from 11-00am to 5pm.


Founded by King Athelstan (925-939), nearby Milton Abbey was built to commemorate his brother, Edwin, who died at sea.  In 1309 the abbey and its contents were decimated by a fire which broke out after a lightning strike.  The church which we can see now was built in the 14th century.



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