June 2019

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Wednesday 17 July / Sherborne WI Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne, DT9 3RA 2.30pm Anna McDowell presents ‘The History of Dorset Buttons’. New members/visitors welcome. £4 (includes refreshments)  

Friday 19 July / Sherborne Literary Society Lunch Leweston School, DT9 6EN 12.30 for 1pm Two course lunch then speaker John Hare OBE FRGS, explorer & conservationist. £32 from Sherborne TIC and www.sherborneliterarysociety.com  

Saturday 20 July / Oxfam Coffee Morning Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL. 10.30am-12.30pm Monthly Coffee Morning to raise money for Oxfam  

Sunday 21 July / Sherborne 5km Run From the Terraces, Sherborne DT9 5NS. 8am registration, 8.25am warm-up, 8.30am 5km run.Sign up at  or www.facebook.com/sherborne5km/www.communifit.co.uk  

Sunday 21 July / Classic & Supercars Now in its 16th year in the beautiful grounds of Sherborne Castle, Dorset, the Classic & Supercars Show has the largest display of Vintage, Classic & Supercars in the South West. 9.30am to 16.00. Sherborne Castle. For more information and tickets click here

Monday 24 July / Sherborne Science Café Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL. 7.30pm Talk by Prof Andrea Russell, Southampton University: Not so Fantastic Plastics. £2, open to all. 

Monday 24- Sunday 27 July / Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 6.00pm Sherborne Choral Course singing Choral Evensong, conducted on different days by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, or James Henderson.

Tuesday 25 July / Wildlife Friendly Garden Awards Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR. 6.30-9pm Guest speaker George McGavin, with Dorset Wildlife Trust. Awards ceremony tickets available in store. 01935 814633 www.illyria.co.uk  

Saturday 27 July / The Photographic Legacy of the American Civil War (1861-1865) (SDFHS talk). Robin Ansell will briefly touch upon some of the earlier conflicts that were photographed, before reviewing in greater detail the extensive and amazingly varied photographic legacy of the Civil War. Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne DT9 3NL, 2.30pm. £5 (SDFHS members: £3).

Sunday 21 July / Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show 16th Annual Charity Classic & Supercars Show. Porsche will be the 2019 marque feature, with an historic line up of cars including race, rally and road cars from 1948 to the present day. Visitors will also see over 2,000 Classic, Supercars, Veteran, Race, Rally, American, Custom, Hot Rod and Special cars, together with 40+ car clubs, all in the magnificent grounds of Sherborne Castle. With 150+ Trade, Autojumble and Craft stands plus children’s amusements, live music, large catering village and beautiful picnic areas, the show has something for all the family.  Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5NR Contact : Show Secretary Telephone 07769 114211

Monday 05 August / Messy Museum Monday There will be lots of glitter, glue and sticky stuff as we welcome younger children to our activity, painting and craft session. Older children and adults (if they’re brave enough!) can participate in indoor and outdoor treasure trails or browse our latest exhibitions. Sherborne Museum, Abbey Gatehouse, Church Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3BP. Admission free but donations welcome.  

Sunday 11 August / Sherborne Steam and Water Wheel Centre Open Day Come along and see the new waterwheel and the Hindley steam engines under steam on open days. 11.30am to 3.30pm. Oborne Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3RX.  Limited parking on site, additional parking available nearby on Oborne Road.

Saturday 31 August / Fete Church of the Sacred Heart and St Aldhelm’s Fete. 1.00pm Pageant Gardens, Sherborne DT9 3NB.  All welcome. Contact: Sherborne Tourist Information Centre 01935 815341

Friday 6 September / Festival Plus Event – Henry Hemming : Our Man in New York A gripping interactive talk inspired by Henry’s new book the eye-opening story of how the British used ‘fake news’ to help bring the United States into the Second World War. 7 pm. Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road. Tickets £9 / £10 from Winstone’s Bookshop, Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 and online https://ourmaninnewyork.eventbrite.co.uk/

Sunday 8 September / Friends of the Yeatman Hospital Car Boot Sale The Terrace, Sherborne DT9 5NS. Sellers: £5.00  from 8am. Buyers: 50p 9am-12noon.  Free Parking. No dogs. Contact : elizabethturnbull70@btinternet.com or 07790 863518

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September / Sherborne Steam and Water Wheel Centre Open Day Come along and see the new waterwheel and the Hindley steam engines under steam on open days. 11.30am to 3.30pm. Part of Dorset Heritage Week. Entry by donation. Oborne Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3RX.  Limited parking on site, additional parking available nearby on Oborne Road.

Sunday 15 September / Third Concert by Sherborne Town [Brass] band. Enjoy the last of the THREE concerts today, FREE, open air concerts by the wonderful Sherborne Town [Brass] band. Sit back, enjoy the pageant gardens, bring the family and a picnic and be entertained! 2.30pm. Pageant Gardens, Sherborne DT9 3NB

Friday 21 September / Words with Wine and AGM – Lucy Sewill on Horses and Humans Lucy Sewill has photographed some of our most familiar and well loved faces and become known for her particular style of one-on-one personal portraiture. In this remarkable new collection  Lucy Sewill turns her lens to the animals that she has loved her whole life. Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL.  Tickets £5 each (including a glass of wine and canapés from Winstone’s Bookshop. 

Sunday 13 October / Sherborne Steam and Water Wheel Centre Open Day Come along and see the new waterwheel and the Hindley steam engines under steam on open days. 11.30am to 3.30pm. Oborne Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3RX.  Limited parking on site, additional parking available nearby on Oborne Road.

Friday 25 October / Sherborne Museum’s Big Fat Autumn Quiz Come and join in with our fun general knowledge quiz with a smattering of questions about the Dorset you know and love. Teams of up to 6 are encouraged or you can book individually and we will introduce you to a team. Light refreshments will be available but please bring your own drink and glasses. 
Doors open from 6.30 pm. Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. Tickets are £5 pp in advance from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre from 1st October. Tel: 01935 815341.

Friday 15 November / Festival Plus Event – Lost Dorset by David Burnett Lost Dorset could easily be called ‘Unknown Dorset’, for few of the 350 photographs chosen from Barry Cuff’s remarkable collection of Dorset postcards have been published before, and many are extremely rare. The result is a 200 page hardback documenting Dorset’s villages and rural way of life through a period of extraordinary upheaval and change. 7pm Digby Memorial Hall in Digby Road. Tickets £9 / £10 from Winstone’s Bookshop, Sherborne TIC or online https://lostdorset.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday 1 December / Festive Shopping Day Details to follow


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!

Discover Sherborne, in northwest Dorset, a beautiful, small market town with a population of about 10,000 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

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 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.


Cheap Street in the summer, Sherborne, Dorset


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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