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 an eclectic mix of fascinating grey stone buildings interspersed with early timber-framed, gabled-ended houses and local Ham stone structures.
The bustling town and surrounding area offers visitors many attractive sights, a fascinating variety of independent shops and chains plus a choice mix of coffee shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants.
On the surface, Sherborne might appear a quiet town but don’t be fooled, 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.
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.