September 2019

Here’s What’s Coming Up in Sherborne and surrounding villages. For What’s Coming Up in the surrounding area please click here 

Thursday 10- Monday 14 October/ Family Fun Fair The Terraces, Sherborne DT9 5NS Thu & Fri: 6-10pm, Sat: 2-10.30pm, Sun: 2-8pm, Mon 6-10.30pm

Friday 11 October/Ben Waters @ The Pack Monday Fair, Pageant Gardens, Station Rd, Sherborne, 17.00 – 23.00. Tickets £16.76 from:

Friday 11 Oct/Talk: ‘Friends Against Scams’ Abbey View Residential & Nursing Care Home, Fairfield, Bristol Rd, Sherborne DT9 4HD. 11am Trudi Henderson talks about a National Trading Standards Scam Team initiative, protecting people & communities. Free. 01935 813222

Friday 11 October/ Lunchtime recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne DT9 3BJ 1.45pm Sherborne Music School Brass Recital. Free admission. All welcome.

Saturday 12 October/Book Fair Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL. 10am-4pm Second-hand & antiquarian books for sale. Refreshments available. £1. 01935 850210

Saturday 12 October/ Ballroom Dancing Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 8-11pm Ballroom, Latin & popular sequence. 18+, all levels, smart casual dress. £5pp More info: tel 01460 240112 or email:

Saturday 12 October/ Sherborne Festival Chorus ‘Come & Sing’ & Concert Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ 1.30-5.15pm afternoon of music-making, singers £20, U18free. 6.15pm Informal concert, £5 from Sherborne TIC or on door.

Saturday 12 October/ Story Den @ Sherborne Library Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 2-3pm Build a den in our children’s area, listen to stories and play games. For ages 3+.

​Sat 12 October/Rat Race & Ska Night @ The Pack Monday Fair, Pageant Gardens, Station Rd, Sherborne, 17.00 – 23.00. Tickets £16.76 from:ttps://

Sat 12 October/Fosters & Lord Digby’s Annual Reunion Lunch The Grange, Oborne DT9 4LA. 12.30 for 1pm, AGM at 3.30pm. Open to all past pupils & partners. Application by 2nd October. Waterfall

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.

Mon 14 October/Pack Monday Fair 2019, Sherborne 10.00 – 21.00. Sherborne Town Centre. All day. Traders, food, entertainment & performance stage near the Conduit. Free event, free parking in Dorset Council carparks.   Information about this historic fair:

Monday 14 October/The Sherborne Macular Society Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month, from 10am-12pm, at Cheap Street Church Hall, Cheap Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BJ.   Geraldine Hoad from leading sight loss charity the Macular Society, is guest speaker. Geraldine will be talking to the group about the latest research into macular disease and current treatments for the condition. For more information on the group, please contact Judy Pride on 07947 373 244 or email, or Anne Dearle on 01935 814 887.

Tuesday 15 October/ Antique valuations Trinity Manor Care Home, Bradford Road, Sherborne DT9 6EX 11am-2pm Antique valuations with Gill Norman from Acreman St. Antiques, followed by cream tea. Free but please book: 01935 594030

Wednesday 16 October/ The History of Magic’ Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne, DT9 3RA. 2.30pm Sherborne WI talk by David Beckley. New members & visitors always welcome. £4 inc refreshments. Annie 07709 623889

Wednesday 16 October/ Sherborne Group Dorset Wildlife Trust talk: Butterflies & their Conservation Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL 7pm for 7.30pm Jeremy Thomas, OBE, University of Oxford: the symbiotic relationship between Dorset Blue butterflies & ants. £2.50

Wednesday 16 October/ Lunchtime organ recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ 1pm 40 minute organ recital by Stephen Bell. Retiring collection.

Wednesday 16 October/ Sherborne U3A AGM Cheap Street Church Hall, Sherborne DT9 3BJ 10.30am

Wednesday 16 October/ APS Quiz Night Sherborne Studio Theatre, Marston Road, Sherborne DT9 4BL 7.30pm Amateur Players of Sherborne Quiz Night.

Thursday 17 October/ Castle Gardens Christmas Display opening Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR 7.30-9pm Award-winning Christmas display open until Christmas.

Thursday 17 October/ Tindall Recital Sherborne School DT9 3AP 7.30pm Alexei Grynyuk  (piano) plays Schubert & Rachmaninov. £10 from Sherborne School Reception 01935 812249 or

Friday 18 October/ Sunset Café Stompers Cheap Street Church, Sherborne DT9 3BJ 7.30pm Live jazz with a guest vocalist, Hamish Maxwell. In aid of Rendezvous. £12.50 (inc light supper) from Sherborne TIC

Friday 18 October/ Learn how to cook authentic curry Trinity Manor Care Home, Bradford Road, Sherborne DT9 6EX 12-2pm Cooking demonstration with Forbes Curry Queen,  Dorset based TV Chef Sarah Ali Choudhury. Free but please book: 01935 594030

Friday 18 October/ Lunchtime recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne DT9 3BJ 1.45pm Sherborne Music School Pianists Recital. Free admission. All welcome.

Friday 18 October to 8 November/ Exhibition of New Work Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne DT9 3LQ 9.30-5.00 Tues to Sat. New art works by Ana Bianchi, Emma Dunbar & Fiona Millais.

Saturday 19 October/ Oxfam Coffee Morning Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL. 10.30am-12.30pm Coffee Morning to raise money for Oxfam

Saturday 19 October/ Sherborne Autumn Craft Fair Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL. 10am-4pm An antiques, crafts & collectors market, up to 35 stalls. Free admission. West Country Fairs 01749 677049

Saturday 19 October/ SDFHS Talk Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL. 2.30pm Talk by Aidan Dodson: ‘British royal burials: from Sherborne to Windsor’. Members £3, non members £5. inc refreshments.

Saturday 19 October/ #Walkforfreedomsherborne Sherborne Abbey DT9 3LQ 10.30am registration. 11am walk in single file to raise awareness of Modern-Day Slavery.

Saturday 19 October – Sunday 20 October/ Autumn Colours at The Castle Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR. 10am-4.30pm Tearooms & gift shop open. Reduced price entry to the gardens & grounds: adult £4, U16 free.

Sunday 20 Sherborne/5km Run From the Terraces, Sherborne DT9 5NS. 8am registration, 8.25am warm-up, 8.30am 5km run organised by CommuniFit. Everyone welcome.  or

Tuesday 22 October/ ‘How to look after your skin in Winter’ Trinity Manor Care Home, Bradford Road, Sherborne DT9 6EX 11am-1pm  Make up demonstration with Margaret Balfour Beauty Centre followed by afternoon tea. Free but please book: 01935 594030

Tuesday 22 October/ Sherborne Historical Society talk:  Cottage Ornés: ‘The Charms of a Simple Life’ Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 7.15 for 8pm Roger White explores the ornamental cottage. Non members £5

Wednesday 23 October/Sherborne Science Café AGM & Talk Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL. 6.30pm AGM, 7.30pm Dr Hannah Little, UWE, talks about ‘Sci Fi Influences on Evolutionary Linguistics’. £2 on door, open to all.

Wednesday 23 October/Lunchtime organ recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ 1pm 40 minute organ recital by Simon Gregory. Retiring collection

Thursday 24 October/ Dementia Friends Session Trinity Manor Care Home, Bradford Road, Sherborne DT9 6EX 2-4pm Free but please book: 01935 594030

Wed 23 – Fri 25 October/Sherborne Literary Festival, The Merritt Centre at Sherborne Girls School. 3 days of workshops & talks by authors including novelists, historians, photographers & more. Day tickets £25 or purchase a three day ticket for £70 from Sherborne TIC. More details:

Thursday 24 October- Sunday 27 October/ Sherborne International Film Festival Powell Teatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne DT9 3AP. Various times. Annual festival of international films not ordinarily seen in this part of the world. £7/£12/£50 Sherborne TIC.

Friday 25 October/ Sherborne Museum’s Big Fat Autumn Quiz Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL. 6.30 for 7pm. Teams up to 6, come alone or in pairs to join a group. Light refreshments, BYO drink & glasses. £5pp Sherborne TIC from 1st Oct.

Saturday 26 October to Saturday 2 November/ Halloween Maize Maze at The Toy Barn. Free pumpkin for every person who finds the pumpkin patch hidden in the Maze! Once you’ve explored the maze, enjoy a selection of refreshments and snacks provided by DOODLES pop up cafe while your children have fun on the play equipment or try their luck around the track on our famous pedal-powered go karts. A fun day out for the whole family!  Ticket and Info from or 01935 815040

Saturday 26 October/ The Treorchy MVC concert Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne DT9 3LQ. 7pm Blackmore Vale Lions present Treorchy Male Voice Choir, in aid of D&S Air Ambulance. £12-£25 from Sherborne TIC or

Saturday 26 October/ Wedding Fayre Sherborne West End Hall, Littlefield, Sherborne DT9 6AU 11am Wedding Fayre.

Wednesday 30 October/ Lunchtime organ recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ 1pm 40 minute organ recital by James Henderson. Retiring collection.

Wednesday 30 October/ Sherboard Games Oliver’s Coffee House, Cheap Street, Sherborne DT9 3PU 7-9pm Eurogames such as Carcassonne, Catan & Ticket to Ride. Refreshments available. Free event.  Facebook & Twitter: @bored_sher

Thursday 31 October/Halloween Hullabaloo Sherborne Library, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 5-6pm Dress up and join us for scary stories, crafts, snacks and activities for ages 3+.

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

Sunday 1 December / Festive Shopping Day Details to follow


Welcome to Sherborne

Welcome to Sherborne in Dorset, a picture perfect town full of history, independent shops and plenty to see and do. Browse the headings and drop down menus to find out what’s happening in this vibrant market town and what events are coming up. You’ll also find useful information about where to stay and what to visit in 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 with a main line railway station straight to Waterloo, London. The writer Sir Simon Jenkins called Sherborne “the prettiest small town in Dorset”but come and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! Click on the videos below to enjoy more of this beautiful town.

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 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.

Sherborne Abbey at night ©AndréDurand

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.


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.

Click the link below for the top ten Things to do in Sherborne on