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CHRISTCHURCH & RURAL DORSET Featuring Wimborne Minster Blandford Forum Shaftesbury Christchurch Highcliffe Mudeford Burton Hurn

VISITOR GUIDE

2014

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WELCOME Christchurch and Rural Dorset offer the perfect holiday package; picturesque countryside, stunning coastline, welcoming quality accommodation and beautiful market towns and villages to explore. With a fascinating heritage, spectacular natural harbour, numerous attractions, a wealth of land and water–based activities, major events and fabulous restaurants, pubs and tea rooms, there is plenty to see and do throughout the seasons. Of course if you wish to just relax there are miles of footpaths, glorious gardens and tranquil parks in which to escape and unwind. Use the area as the ideal touring base; Christchurch and Rural Dorset are ideally placed to visit the charming New Forest National Park to the east, cosmopolitan Bournemouth and historic Poole to the west and the cathedral city of Salisbury to the north.

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Countryside

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Coast

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Heritage

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Gardens

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Activities

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Family Fun

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Culture & Shopping

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CONTENTS

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Eating Out, Food & Drink

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Visit Dorset & The New Forest

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Events Diary

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Attractions/Places to Visit

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Accommodation

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COUNTRYSIDE The gently meandering River Stour forms the backbone of this beautiful area; it is one of many picturesque countryside sites and open spaces to explore. Breathe in the scent of bluebells in an ancient woodland, photograph the vibrant colours of traditional heathland or enjoy sweeping panoramas from Iron Age hill forts RYHUSDWFKZRUNĂ€HOGV7DNHLQWKHVHDDLU and stunning views over the coast from the Christchurch coastal path or get the binoculars to the ready at Stanpit Marsh, where an unusual combination of habitats provides a home for

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hundreds of bird species. This beautiful, unspoiled area is rich in wildlife; much of it enjoys protected status with a PXOWLWXGHRIVLWHVRIVSHFLDOVFLHQWLĂ€FLQWHUHVW nature reserves and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. See if you can spot the rare Dartford Warbler, Natterjack Toad or the endangered Sand Lizard, a Smooth Snake or even the shy otter as you explore. Learn more about wildlife and conservation at a special event or at one of our award-winning visitor/information centres at Stanpit or Steamer Point or at our outstanding country parks at Moors Valley and Avon Heath.

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something new, perhaps orienteering, bushcraft

there are miles of footpaths and bridleways,

or even segwaying, all fantastic and fun ways

plus numerous circular and long distance routes

of getting out in the great outdoors!

to explore. The countryside is accessible to all with special wheelchair friendly routes and pathways at Moors Valley Country Park and on the Kingston Lacy Estate near Wimborne Minster.

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COAST Christchurch’s spectacular location at the edge of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and on the shores of its own natural harbour makes it the perfect location to relax and enjoy stunning views across the four miles of coastline and indulge in a host of water activities. Each of the six beaches has its own individuality, some cater for families and people with disabilities and others are less commercial and welcome dogs. Highcliffe Beach, Avon Beach and Friar’s Cliff Beach have all been awarded Quality Coast Awards and the water quality is checked regularly throughout the season. There’s always activity on the water as local

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sailing clubs regularly host regattas and windsurfers travel from all over the country to enjoy the wave sailing at Avon Beach. Picturesque Mudeford Quay with its lobster SRWVDQGÀVKLQJERDWVLVWKHFHQWUHRIWKHORFDO ÀVKLQJLQGXVWU\DQGDKRQH\SRWIRUZDWHUEDVHG activities. You can learn to sail, windsurf, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard and if you are bringing your own boat or watercraft, there are public slipways with good parking too.

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Enjoy a wet hair day and take a RIB blast to the

A ferry service also runs from Christchurch Quay

Isle of Wight, Brownsea Island or Old Harry Rocks

across the harbour to Mudeford Sandbank

or why not hop on a ferry from Mudeford Quay

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to Mudeford Sandbank with its pretty beach

and see the multitude of swans for which

huts. You can walk along Hengistbury Head

Christchurch is renowned.

and catch the Noddy train back, it’s great fun for all the family.

Enjoy the peaceful water of the River Stour and hire a motor boat from Christchurch Quay.

Crabbing from the quayside is great fun for the children whatever the weather and it’s free… all you need is a line, bucket and bait!

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THE EBB & FLOW OF HISTORY 0DJQLÀFHQWFKXUFKHVJUDQGEXLOGLQJV and scenic mills, the historic borough of Christchurch and the heritage market towns of Wimborne Minster, Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury share many links. Christchurch’s historic Priory Quarter is in the heart of the town centre, dominated by the stunning Priory Church with its excellent architecture ranging from Norman through to Renaissance. The gracious Minster Church of

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St Cuthburga in Wimborne Minster also dates from the Norman period; its unusual artifacts include an Astronomical Clock and a rare Chained Library dating from 1686. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of both of these timeless buildings, and each hosts a regular programme of concerts and events. The grandeur continues at Kingston Lacy (NT) with the splendour of the Spanish Room, lavishly gilded in leather and a renowned art collection. The superb cliff-top mansion of Highcliffe Castle, built between 1831 and 1835, is described as “the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture�. Both of these great houses have wide ranging events and exhibitions.

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Originally a motte and bailey construction,

Follow the meandering River Stour upstream

the ruins of Christchurch Castle Keep now offer

and you come across a series of mills, some now

good views over the town. There are glorious

converted to art and craft centres including

vistas from Park Walk in Shaftesbury where the

Place Mill, alongside picturesque Christchurch

ruins of the abbey built by King Alfred in 888AD

Quay, and Walford Mill in an idyllic setting on

are bought vividly to life in Shaftesbury Abbey

the pretty River Allen in Wimborne Minster. View

Museum. Enjoy the area’s history throughout the

the mill machinery at White Mill (NT), located

ages at the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne

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Minster, from our rich archeological landscape

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and treasures to absorbing photographs of

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village life over the last century. The Red House Museum in the heart of Christchurch, was originally the local workhouse and is fascinating to visit.

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GLORIOUS GARDENS Award-winning gardens abound in Christchurch and Rural Dorset. Wimborne Minster was Britain in Bloom Small Town winner in 2012 and the parks and gardens in Christchurch, with their stunning borders, win regular accolades in the South and South East in Bloom competition. The area has a rich horticultural history with some excellent independent nurseries and garden centres to discover, many specialising in particular species including ornamental grasses,

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fuchsias, camellias, heathers, roses and azaleas. The area also has many larger garden centres, including Stewarts, Haskins, Golden Acres and Plowmans, offering a full range of gardenware, plants and accessories. Explore some of our hidden gems, gorgeous gardens that open less frequently and offer tranquil and relaxing havens. Discover the lovely walled gardens of Cranborne Manor or nearby Edmondsham House or Farrs Lodge, the unusual gardens and studio of botanic artist Lys de Bray.

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Knoll’s nationally acclaimed, secluded four

Enjoy the fabulous gardens of some of our

acre garden is a peaceful haven featuring

attractions including Highcliffe Castle, Wimborne

spectacular, naturalistic modern planting

Model Town and the Red House and Priest’s

and unusual trees and shrubs. It is the perfect

House Museums. The latter sits on an old walled,

showcase for their stunning ornamental

burgage plot which extends 100 metres down to

grasses, winners of ten consecutive Chelsea

the clear waters of the River Allen.

Gold Medals. The recently renovated kitchen gardens at Kingston Lacy have been attracting much attention, not least for their popular inhabitants,

Pick up a copy of the ‘Specialist

families of rare breed pigs. The allotments are

Nurseries and Hidden Gardens

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parkland that surround the house itself, pay a

of the Dorset Yellow Open

visit in February to see the grounds carpeted in

Gardens booklet at Wimborne or

snowdrops, a magical sight.

Christchurch Information Centres.

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GET ACTIVE Whether you prefer coarse, sea or game ÀVKLQJ&KULVWFKXUFKDQG5XUDO'RUVHW RIIHUVRPHRIWKHEHVWDOOURXQGÀVKLQJ in the country. Visiting anglers are well catered for with day tickets available in many locations including on the acclaimed Stour and Avon rivers. If you prefer still water there are numerous lakes to discover, further information can be found on RXUZHEVLWH7U\VHDÀVKLQJIRUEDVVDQGPXOOHW in Christchurch Harbour during the summer or beachcasting from nearby Mudeford or Hengistbury Head all year round. If you fancy a day out at sea there are several fully licensed operators providing trips.

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Golfers have a fantastic choice of high quality,

LONG DISTANCE WALKS

varied pay and play courses to challenge them, or perhaps try your hand at orienteering or

The Stour Valley Way

(64 miles)

bushcraft skills. If high adrenalin activity is more

Avon Valley Path

(34 Miles)

Castleman Trailway

(16 miles)

The Wessex Ridgeway

(62 miles)

Dorset Jubilee Trail

(90 miles)

you, head for the treetops on the Go Ape High Wire Adventure course at Moors Valley Country Park.

North Dorset Trailway

(11.5 miles)

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FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY Whatever the weather Christchurch and Rural Dorset has something to keep even the most demanding members of the family happily occupied. When it’s glorious outside, make the most of the sunshine with a visit to the country’s third largest country park at Moors Valley. With its forest cycle trails, walking paths, narrow gauge VWHDPUDLOZD\ÀVKLQJODNHDQGDGYHQWXUHSOD\ area, plus some stunning wooden sculptures to clamber over on the Play Trail, it is perfect for burning off energy! Let off some more steam at Snow Trax where children can try ski-bobs and ringos as well as dry-slope skiing and the Alpine Adventure Park, packed with fun activities. Blue sky days are ideal for discovering the fantastic Splashpark on Christchurch Quay, an excellent water play park with its interactive features including water sprays, and all free

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of charge! For other free activities think a little more traditionally, take a picnic and go paddling in the picturesque River Stour or WU\\RXUKDQGà \LQJDNLWHDW%DGEXU\5LQJV Hengistbury Head or Hambledon Hill. With three parks in one it is easy to see why Adventure Wonderland is Dorset’s number one family theme park with over 30 fantastic rides and attractions both outdoors in Wonderland and Adventureland, and inside in the Wild Thing! Aztec play centre.

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Overlooking the main runway of Bournemouth

The children themselves will feel like giants at

International Airport, Bournemouth Aviation

Wimborne Model Town. Your own kingdom,

Museum’s hands-on exhibits, including a mock

a faithful 1/10th scale replica of Wimborne

control tower and accessible aeroplane

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cockpits, will have budding pilots itching to get

search for clues and answers to one of the

their wings! Technology and communication

popular quizzes.

skills are in high demand at the Royal Signals Museum where would be spies can learn how

There are hundreds of activities throughout the

to break codes, guide laser beams, set up

school holidays, arts and crafts at our museums,

a satellite network and take the Cyber

sports activities at our leisure centres and lots

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children and you can get to meet some giants of the equine world at the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park. As well as the shire horses and other gentle giants there are donkeys, miniature ponies, alpacas, snow dogs, pigs, rabbits and many more furry friends to meet. As well as the animals there are wagon and tractor/trailer rides and play areas to explore.

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CULTURE & SHOPPING Christchurch and Rural Dorset offer a wealth of cultural activities all year round. Local artists and crafts people regularly exhibit their work at a variety of venues, a full list is available on the website and from our Tourist Information Centres. The Christchurch and District Arts Society (CADArts) also produces a wide-ranging diary of events.

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Music lovers are in for a treat with a feast of concerts, musicals, recitals and shows from classics to rock, opera to folk. Enjoy great performances in one of our charming theatres including The Tivoli in Wimborne Minster or The Regent Centre in Christchurch, or enjoy a show in a more unusual setting such as Wimborne Minster Church or Christchurch Priory Church. Our theatres and arts and community centres offer diverse entertainment programmes with ÀOPGDQFHDQGFRPHG\DVZHOODVPXVLF please visit their websites for full details. Numerous arts and music events throughout the year help bring local traditions alive such as the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival (June), Stompin’ on the Quomps in Christchurch (August) or the truly quirky Ashmore Filly Loo, celebrating midsummer.

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Colourful militia, booming town criers or entertaining street artists, there is always someone around to give a warm and unique welcome to our traditional market and seaside towns. Wimborne Minster, Shaftesbury, Christchurch and Blandford Forum all offer a wonderful mix of historic buildings, cafés, pubs and restaurants and an enticing blend of independent boutiques, contemporary shops and high street stores, perfect for retail therapy! Pick up gifts and souvenirs of your holiday at some more unusual outlets; a local pottery, a quality crafts centre or one of the area’s regular markets. Wimborne Market with its grand bazaar is one of the largest on the south coast.

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ARTS & EXHIBITION VENUES: CHRISTCHURCH CADArts & the Hayloft Gallery www.cadarts.com Highcliffe Castle www.highcliffecastle.co.uk Place Mill www.visit-dorset.com The Regent Centre www.regentcentre.co.uk RURAL DORSET Artsreach www.artsreach.co.uk Barrington Centre (Ferndown) www.barringtoncentre.co.uk Lifestyle Verwood www.lifestyleverwood.com Shaftesbury Arts Centre www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

MARKET DAYS

The Allendale (Wimborne) www.theallendale.org

Blandford Forum – Thursdays & Saturdays

The Exchange (Sturminster Newton) www.stur-exchange.co.uk

Christchurch - Mondays

Tivoli Theatre (Wimborne) www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk

Shaftesbury – Thursdays Wimborne Minster - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

Walford Mill Crafts (Wimborne) www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

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A FEAST FOR THE TASTEBUDS Take time to savour the wonderful variety of locally produced foods on offer at one of the many farmers’ markets, farm shops or delicatessens. Enjoy a full range of foods and meals, from ÀQHGLQLQJLQ$$URVHWWHUHVWDXUDQWVWDVW\ treats in traditional pubs, delicious snacks in contemporary cafÊs to scrumptious cream teas, \RXDUHVXUHWRÀQGVRPHWKLQJWRWHPSW\RX whatever your budget.

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Try a Dorset speciality; some Blue Vinney Cheese, Dorset Apple Cake, or perhaps a Dorset Knob! Many of our local restaurants, pubs and cafĂŠs offer menus bursting with locally sourced ingredients. Local and regional foods are celebrated at a number of major annual events. Christchurch is renowned for its annual Food and Wine Festival which takes place on 10-11 May, including the much loved Festival Food Market in the High Street, with over a hundred traders selling quality local, regional and international food and drink.

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FARMERS MARKETS To try some delicious Blue Vinney for yourself, visit the aromatic Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival on 13-14 September or bring your apples

(9am to 1pm unless stated) Blandford Forum

for pressing at the Apple Day at the Ancient

2nd Friday of the month in the Marketplace

Technology Centre in Cranborne on 11 October.

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There are regular Farmers’ Markets across

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the area as well as visiting French and Italian

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markets in Christchurch and Wimborne Minster.

1st Saturday of the month in the Town Hall

Go direct to the producers, enjoy a summer’s

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day picking your own blueberries at Trehanes near Ferndown, the oldest blueberry plantation in the country, enjoy a delicious, cooling treat in the Ice Cream Garden at Barford Farm, or buy bread straight from the oven at Long Crichel Bakery.

4th Saturday of the month at Ferrett Green Wimborne Minster Every Friday morning at Wimborne Market (8am to 2pm) Wimborne Country Market Every Friday morning at the Allendale Centre

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VISIT DORSET & THE NEW FOREST Christchurch and Rural Dorset’s unique location, close to the New Forest National Park and Dorset’s spectacular countryside and World Heritage Jurassic Coast, guarantees there is plenty so see and do during your visit. Discover more of the captivating, unspoilt county of Dorset, its picturesque countryside little changed from the times of author Thomas Hardy. Visit his home town of Dorchester, soak

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up the atmosphere at the Lyme Regis Jazz Festival or by the harbourside in West Bay, setting for TV drama Broadchurch. Marvel at the natural phenomenon of Chesil Beach and the Fleet where hundreds of swans and their cygnets make their home at Abbotsbury. Follow the Fleet to the rugged coastline of Portland with its famous ‘Bill’ which shelters the safe shallow waters of Weymouth, ideal for families. Watch the day’s catch being unloaded at the Old Harbour or enjoy one of the many watersports available in Weymouth Bay.

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Go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast at

Away from the colour and bustle of the coast,

Charmouth, or enjoy breathtaking views along

the peace and tranquility of the scenic New

this amazing World Heritage site from the South

Forest is just a few minutes drive, meet some of

West Coast Path. Relax on the sandy beaches

its famous wild ponies, visit the National Motor

of Purbeck, spot wildlife in Wareham Forest or at

Museum at Beaulieu or just enjoy an afternoon

Arne on the shores of Poole Harbour. Visit world

walk or cycle ride.

renowned attractions including Monkey World or the Tank Museum. Stroll in the pretty gardens at Bournemouth, soak

Find out more about events and attractions across Dorset at:

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or enjoy a spending spree in the vibrant town

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centre. Wander the harbourside in historic Poole, visit the Poole Pottery outlet, admire the

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stunning yachts on display in the marina or go crabbing along the Quay.

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EVENTS Festivals, fetes, music, dance, sports and arts, Christchurch and Rural Dorset offer hundreds of colourful, fun events for all the family, throughout the year. Here is just a taster, check out our website for full details.

JANUARY

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10 GLOW IN THE PARK, RUNNING EVENT Kingston Lacy, nr Wimborne

4 PANCAKE RACE The Minster, Wimborne

17-25 TREASURE ISLAND, HIGHCLIFFE CHARITY PLAYERS PANTOMIME Regent Centre, Christchurch 25 STARGAZING LIVE! AT BADBURY RINGS Nr Wimborne 25-26 ANTIQUES FAIR Highcliffe Castle

4 PANCAKE RACE Church Street, Christchurch 8 WHEAT DAY Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne 22 DORSET COUNTY ORCHESTRA CONCERT Minster Church, Wimborne 30 BADBURY RINGS RUN

13 BEAN CAR CLUB NATIONAL DAFFODIL RUN Christchurch Quay 18-21 EASTER TRAIL Highcliffe Castle 19 BUSKERS BASH FOR CASH, STREET ENTERTAINMENT Wimborne

MAY 5 BLANDFORD GEORGIAN FAYRE Blandford Forum Town Centre 10-11 CHRISTCHURCH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Christchurch Town Centre 23-25 BOURNEMOUTH 7S Bournemouth Sports Club

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APRIL 12 STAMP & POSTCARD FAIR Barrington Centre, Ferndown

Christchurch Food & Wine Festival

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12-13 STONE AGE WEEKEND Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne

24–26 CRAFT & GARDEN FAIR Kingston Lacy, Nr Wimborne 25 PDSA FUN DAY Christchurch Quay 25-26 WITCHAMPTON OPEN GARDENS


JUNE

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13-15 WIMBORNE MINSTER FOLK FESTIVAL

4 GERMAN MERCEDES SLK RISTI DISPLAY Mudeford Quay

21-22 CHEESE & CHILLI FESTIVAL Chapel Gate, Christchurch 15 JAZZ & SWING CONCERT: GOJO ON FATHERS DAY Highcliffe Castle 15 FIPENNY FAYRE Okeford Fitzpaine 15-21 CHRISTCHURCH PRIORY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL Christchurch Priory 20 ASHMORE FILLY LOO Ashmore 21-28 FERNDOWN FESTIVAL 25 THE FESTIVAL PLAYERS PRESENT: COMEDY OF ERRORS Highcliffe Castle 28 STURMINSTER MARSHALL OPEN GARDENS 28-29 WIMBORNE IN BLOOM OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND

4-6 CHRISTCHURCH FESTIVAL Christchurch Quay 5 “PRIVATE LIVES”, OPEN AIR THEATRE Kingston Lacy, nr Wimborne 5-6 GOLD HILL FAIR Shaftesbury

26 ROTARY CLUB FETE Highcliffe Recreation Ground 26-27 MUDEFORD ARTS FESTIVAL Mudeford Quay 27-28 VIKINGS GALORE WEEKEND Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne 29–31 NEW FOREST SHOW

9 THE FESTIVAL PLAYERS PRESENT: MACBETH Highcliffe Castle 12 GUSSAGE ALL SAINTS AND HORTON & CHALBURY VILLAGE FETES Christchurch Market

12-13 (Prov) THAI FESTIVAL Christchurch Quay 16 “COMEDY OF ERRORS” OPEN AIR THEATRE Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Gardens 16-20 LARMER TREE FESTIVAL Tollard Royal

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

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EVENTS CONTINUED ... AUGUST

16-17 CHRISTCHURCH CARNIVAL & FIREWORKS High Street and Christchurch Quay 17 THE PANTALOONS PRESENT: A HISTORY OF BRITAIN Highcliffe Castle

Mudeford Lifeboat Fun Day

2 STOMPIN’ ON THE QUOMPS Christchurch Quay 2 PRESIDENT’S SUMMER FETE Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne 3 MUDEFORD LIFEBOAT FUNDAY Mudeford Quay 7 “ROMEO & JULIET”, OPEN AIR THEATRE Kingston Lacy, nr Wimborne 9 ELLINGHAM SHOW Somerley Park, nr Ringwood 15-25 STING IN THE TALE, A FESTIVAL OF STORIES

20 GILLINGHAM & SHAFTESBURY AGRICULTURAL SHOW 23 WIMBORNE IN BLOOM DUCK RACE

25 ROTARY RUSTIC FAYRE Potterne Park, Verwood 27-31 GREAT DORSET STEAM FAIR Tarrant Hinton, nr Blandford Forum 28-31 BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL Bournemouth Pier

SEPTEMBER 7 JAZZ & SWING CONCERT: SWING UNLIMITED BIG BAND Highcliffe Castle

23-24 STOCK GAYLARD OAK FAIR Nr Sturminster Newton

7 WIMBORNE WHOPPA, MOTOR CYCLE TRACK RACING Pilford Farm, nr Wimborne

23-25 CRAFT & GARDEN FAIR Kingston Lacy, Nr Wimborne

10-18 DORSET ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE WEEK

24 WIMBORNE ST GILES CHURCH FETE

13-14 STURMINSTER NEWTON CHEESE FESTIVAL

24-25 MEDIEVAL WEEKEND Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Gardens 25 LIONS CLUB DUCK RACE Christchurch Quay

Duck Race, Wimborne

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20-21 ROMAN WEEKEND Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne

OCTOBER 11 APPLE DAY Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne 23 DIWALI FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Wimborne

DECEMBER 6 MEDIEVAL WINTER DAY Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne

Our local attractions also offer packed programmes of events Adventure Wonderland www.adventurewonderland.co.uk Avon Heath Country Park www.dorsetforyou.com/

6-7 CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Kingston Lacy, nr Wimborne

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13 SAVE THE CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PARADE AND GREAT PUDDING STIR Wimborne

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Christchurch Priory www.christchurchpriory.org

www.highcliffecastle.co.uk Kingston Lacy (NT) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ kingstonlacy

NOVEMBER 8 WIMBORNE IN BLOOM CHARITIES FAIR

19 CAROLS IN THE CORNMARKET Wimborne 13 HANDELS MESSIAH Christchurch Priory Church

29 CHRISTCHURCH CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Town Centre (Prov)

Knoll Gardens www.knollgardens.co.uk Moors Valley Country Park www.moors-valley.co.uk Priest’s House Museum & Garden www.priest-house.co.uk Red House Museum & Gardens www3.hants.gov.uk/redhouse.htm Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden

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All event dates were correct at time of going to press but we recommend that you check dates and details on our website: www.visit-dorset.com to avoid disappointment.

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ATTRACTIONS

Red House Museum & Gardens

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A charming Georgian building filled with a rich variety of displays and objects all with a local theme.

Free Admission Opening Times Tuesday - Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm Closed Sunday & Monday Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BU Tel: 01202 482860 Fax: 01202 481924

www.3hants.gov.uk/redhouse

Place Mill Gallery

The Constable’s Hall, Castle Keep & Motte

Christchurch Quay

Castle Street, Christchurch For more information Tel: 01202 471780

A carefully restored watermill situated at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon. Resident Artist: Cherie Wheatcroft Artist in Residence: Japanese Embroiderer, Robert Fielder

Open: April to September (Tues-Sun) ADMISSION FREE – T: 01202 487626

www.visitchristchurch.info

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HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE

HERITAGE CENTRE, GIFT SHOP & TEA ROOMS

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Open All Year Free Admission

Christchurch Castle was built in the late 11th Century to protect the town’s and river access to the interior of Wessex. The once luxurious Constable’s Hall has the oldest Norman chimney in Britain and was built around 1150. The stone keep, (slighted after 1650), replaced a wooden structure about 1300. The castle saw action in the Anarchy about 1147 and in the Civil War in 1645. www.visitchristchurch.info

ADVENTURE VOYAGES To book call 07968 334441

Rothesay Drive, Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Dorset. BH23 4LE T: 01425 278807 E: enquiries@highcliffecastle.co.uk Website containing full visitor information www.highcliffecastle.co.uk

Memorable Fast Boat Rides WARNING: Will lead to bad hair day "Bay Blast" £5 for 5 minutes • "Needles Lighthouse" £35 for 75 mins Ideal for Birthdays and surprises • Gift Vouchers available Daily summer time departures from Mudeford Quay,Christchurch. BH23 4AB

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Grade 1 Listed mansion set in cliff-top grounds. Visitor Centre inside the Castle has changing exhibitions and events throughout the season. Gift shop and Tea-rooms. Woodland walks and Coastal path. Group booking rates. The Castle is available for Civil Weddings, Receptions and Corporate Hire Castle Open Daily: February 1st to December 23rd 11am - 5pm Last admission 4.30pm (4pm Friday/Saturday) Admission: Adults from £3.35. Accompanied children U16 FREE* "Hard Hat" Guided tours Tues & Thurs at 2pm, Sun at 11am. Booking advisable FREE pedestrian and cycle access to the grounds which are open all year. Parking charges for cars Apr-Sept. Dogs admitted in grounds on leads. TEA ROOMS AND GROUNDS OPEN ALL YEAR Coaches welcome by appointment *Prices correct at time of going to press

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BOURNEMOUTH BOATING SERVICES Christchurch Harbour Cruises leaving from Tuckton Tea Gardens, Wick Ferry and Christchurch Quay, down to Mudeford Sandbank. Dinner Cruises and Party Bookings. Also Self-drive Motor and Rowing Boats.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 01202 429119 Open Easter to End of October (weather permitting)

High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AS

CINEMA & THEATRE Box Office 01202 499199

Open: From 10am Daily (9am Mondays) Parking: Public Pay Car Park at rear The Regent Centre is the cinema, theatre and concert hall serving East Dorset and the New Forest. The Regent was built in 1931 and has been lovingly restored in Art Deco style. The long spacious foyer with its on-going art exhibitions is a wonderful place to stop for coffee or tea.

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Bournemouth Aviation Museum is a hands on experience encouraging you to climb in the cockpits, twiddle the knobs and with a little bit of imagination become a pilot for the day. Aircraft and an RAF Rescue helicopter are set out in a spacious and natural setting next to a busy airport and there are amazing views from our double-decker bus of aircraft landing and taking off. You can also fly a plane around the area in our sit-in flight simulator and view our collections of pictures and models. You are more than welcome to bring a picnic.

Open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm everyday

Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6BA Tel: 01202 473141

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The Museum of East Dorset

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Discover - Explore - Learn Discover our stunning Roman wall paintings, the fascinating childhood gallery and a unique Victorian Valentine card collection. Explore period rooms from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen. Wander through a beautiful and peaceful walled garden. Our gift shop and tearoom complete any visit.

Open 1 April – 11 November Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm

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Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, nr Wimborne BH21 7ND 01202 873931 www.knollgardens.co.uk

Heritage family fun exploring Wimborne of the 1950s in minature. Take a quiz around the model buildings. RELAX IN OUR EXTENSIVE GARDEN • New Interactive Model Railway • Wendy Street Play Area • New Sensory Garden - See, hear, touch & smell • Tea Rooms and Gift Shop Open April – October 10am – 5pm Check website for exceptions & special events Adult £6.00 Senior £5.50 Child £5.00 Family £19 (2+2;1+3)

King St, Wimborne BH21 1DY www.wimborne-modeltown.com

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Visit Wimborne Minster a town for all reasons a unique destination Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Wimborne’s setting on the River Allen and the historic architecture of the Minster Church of St Cuthburga. Shop in Wimborne’s high-quality modern stores and charming independent boutiques. The colourful Town Square and attractive streets offer a diverse mix of clothing, furnishings, gifts, jewellery, crafts, books, music, fower and antique shops, as well as all those handy food, hardware and everyday stores. Enjoy a relaxing lunch, a tempting afternoon tea, or a delicious evening meal in one of a range of places to eat including cafés, pubs and restaurants. There are lots of places to visit in this unique town: the Tivoli Theatre, the famous Model Town, Walford Mill Crafts, and the Priest’s House Museum, to name just a few.

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A GUIDE TO ACCOMMODATION Your accommodation is an important part of your holiday. All of our hotels, B&Bs, farmhouses, inns, self-catering properties and touring parks offer a warm welcome and excellent service. All of the properties featured in this brochure meet the standards set by the Dorset Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme, which is accredited by VisitEngland. Many properties have undertaken a more comprehensive assessment as part of the National Quality Assurance Scheme operated by VisitEngland and the AA. These schemes use a star rating system of 1-5 stars; all rating levels

Both scheme use an egg cup symbol to show serviced properties whose breakfasts are of exceptional quality. Some properties offer facilities particularly suited to visitors with special needs and these are recognised with the relevant symbols. A separate guide for visitors with special needs is available from Christchurch and Wimborne Tourist Information Centres. Some properties offer additional services or facilities for walkers, cyclists, families or those travelling with pets and have been thus awarded.

offer clean, well run accommodation with 5 stars indicating an exceptional degree of luxury. In this guide you will see the rating shown in the top right of each accommodation entry; a rosette

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AA scheme. Under the AA scheme Gold Stars are awarded to the best guest accommodation within the 3, 4 and 5 star ratings.

Other businesses have shown their commitment to operating in an environmentally sensitive manner through participation in the Green Tourism Business Scheme or, for holiday parks, the David Bellamy Conservation Awards.

The VisitEngland scheme awards Gold and Silver to those that deliver a standard of service over and above their rating.

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CHRISTCHURCH, HIGHCLIFFE & MUDEFORD

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Christchurch, Highcliffe, Mudeford, Hurn and Burton have an excellent range of quality assessed accommodation to suit all budgets and ÀQGLQJWKHSHUIHFWSODFHWRVWD\WRVXLW\RXUSODQV and pocket couldn’t be simpler. So, if you are looking for a stylish hotel a friendly bed and breakfast or guesthouse, a self-catering FRWWDJHKRXVHRUà DWRUSUHIHUWRVWD\DWRQHRI our award-winning caravan parks, Christchurch is bound to have something to suit your needs. Many of our advertisers run special deals throughout the year for short breaks so it’s worthwhile checking out our special offers page on www.visit-dorset.com

61 Stour Road, Christchurch, BH23 1LN t: (01202) 487195 e: christine@riversmeadbb.co.uk w: www.rivermeadbb.co.uk Christine & Dennis offer you a warm and friendly welcome to their home. Our non-smoking en-suite rooms are comfortably furnished to a very high standard and include hair dryers, tea & coffee making facilities and fridges. We are within walking distance to Christchurch town centre, quay and railway station. Lovely sandy beaches, New Forest and Bournemouth airport are close by. (Open all year) Rooms Double x1

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18 Bure Haven Drive, Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4BS t: (01425) 277260 m: 07872 340656 e: burelodge@yahoo.co.uk w: www.burelodge.co.uk Our ‘Breakfast Award’ has now been exceeded by the award of a FIFTH STAR! Angela and Graham invite you to sample their high level of hospitality, comfort and cleanliness. Hungarian goose down duvet’s, Egyptian cotton bedding, memory foam mattresses in rooms decorated to the highest standard. A hospitality tray, flat screen TV showing all SKY entertainment and sports channels, a range of pillows, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, fluffy towels and luxury toiletries by Molton Brown in your en-suite shower room. Breakfast is a delight – don’t expect the basic fry up here! Many guests have said it’s better than some top rated hotels – see what you think! Off road parking, guest lounge, free WiFi. Situated away from the noisy main road Bure Lodge is just a short walk to Avon Beach and Mudeford Quay. Five star luxury at sensible prices. See independent Tripadvisor reports – www.tripadvisor.co.uk (Open all year) Rooms Double x2 Single x1 Family x2

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Top priority: we want you to feel special. Looking after you includes serving breakfast, lite bites and drinks in your room. Details: sparkling glasses, gleaming bath taps. The smell of polish never far away. Pressed cotton sheets, deep piled bathrobes, flat screen DVD/CD, WI FI access and IPod docking. Choice: ground floor rooms opening onto a sunny patio. Deluxe first floor rooms with balcony. Or mini suite with private lounge. Relax in style in our sun lounge, bar lounge or cocktail bar. Location, location. Druid House overlooks a park and tree lined walk leading to Christchurch restaurants, cafes, shops, The Quay and Christchurch Priory. (Some would say number 1). A huge buffet choice, excellent full English breakfast, unlimited supply of warm toast and piping hot tea and coffee. A wide variety of functions are catered for. Prices from ÂŁ70 - ÂŁ140 per room per night. Open all Year. Parking.

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Grosvenor Lodge

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Contact: Yas, Kelli and Kirsti Maybank 53 Stour Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1LN t: (01202) 499008 m: 07958 174251 e: bookings@grosvenorlodge.co.uk w: www.grosvenorlodge.co.uk A stay at Grosvenor Lodge entails more than a comfortable bed and hearty breakfast. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, the rooms are elegantly stylish, and breakfast award winning. Friendly and relaxed, Grosvenor Lodge offers comfort in a way that remains practical; all rooms include a flat screen T.V, WIFI and are ensuite, and are individually designed. Both Yas and her daughters Kelli and Kirsti are now working together to ensure two generations combine the best in local knowledge, successful expertise and modern facilities. Just two minutes from the train station and two steps from bus routes, Grosvenor Lodge is accessible and ideally situated as a base for exploring the local area. Sitting in the heart of Christchurch, a faithful following of anglers take advantage of the River Stour and Avon being close by. Families, tourists and businessmen all benefit from the fantastic location, and combined with the outstanding facilities and service, Grosvenor Lodge provides the perfect place to stay all year round. Ground floor and air conditioned rooms available. (Open all year) from £25.00

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21 Fulmar Road, Mudeford, Christchurch, BH23 4BJ t: (01425) 279102 m: 07896 128026 e: info@avonbreeze.co.uk www.avonbreeze.co.uk

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Jeremy and Sally welcome you to their home for a quiet relaxing holiday, by the harbour and beach, on the edge of the New Forest. (April-October)

All rooms ensuite

107 Bure Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4DN t: (01425) 275498 w: www.burefarmhouse.co.uk

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Salmons Reach Guest House Map ref: C3 CTA

28 Stanpit, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3LZ t: (01202) 477315 e: info@salmonsreach.com www.salmonsreach.com

Comfortable Edwardian Farmhouse, warm friendly atmosphere. Beautiful surroundings, beach 3 minutes walk, New Forest 10 minutes drive. Local historical/natural history knowledge, lived in area 43 years. Flat walking, bus routes (Stop approx, 25-30 meters). garden parking for cars and dingies, secure storage for bicycles. Breakfast with choices at your requested time. Nonsmoking. Winter breaks Nov-Mar. (Open all year) Rooms (PPPN) Double x2

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Chewton Edge

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Helen and Graham offer you a warm and friendly welcome. All our en-suite rooms are non-smoking and have colour televisions plus tea/coffee facilities. We offer a Full English breakfast & special diets can be catered for. (Open all year)

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Brantwood Guesthouse

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51 Stour Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1LN t: (01202) 471373 e: scomfortgh@aol.com w: www.christchurchguesthouse.co.uk Heather and Alan welcome you to their friendly guesthouse with spacious en-suite rooms and choice of cooked breakfasts. We are centrally positioned , just 5 minutes walk from the town centre, train station and local buses The New Forest and beaches are just a short drive away. This is the ideal place for that long awaited holiday or short break. (Open all year) Rooms Double x1 Twin x1 Family x1

55 Stour Road, Christchurch, BH23 1LN t: (01202) 473466 m: 07525 375432 e: brantwoodbookings@gmail.com w: www.brantwoodguesthouse.com Brantwood is a friendly, family run Guest House ideally situated close to Christchurch town centre, Bournemouth, The New Forest and beautiful sandy beaches. Within easy reach of Bournemouth Airport and Christchurch station, it is the perfect place to stopover on those long trips and take a short well deserved break, or stay longer and enjoy the pleasant surroundings and many local attractions. Perfect for holidays or business. Fabulous breakfast, all rooms en-suite. (Open all year) Rooms Double x1 Twin x1 Single x2 Family x1

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The Coach House, The Pines, Quay Reach House and Cottage

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Contact: Vikk Jolly, 51 Mudeford Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3HN m: 07766 164765 e: info@roserentals.co.uk www.roserentals.co.uk Four top class holiday homes, minutes’ walk from the picturesque Mudeford Quay and the sandy Avon Beach. The Coach House: (sleeps 2) “The Coach House has all the home comforts you could wish for & should definitely be recommended.” The Pines: has two bedrooms (sleeps 4) with a secure garden for children. “Immaculate and comfortable”. Quay Reach House: with its “lovely conservatory and garden” has two bedrooms (sleeps 4); the adjoining Quay Reach Cottage: has 1 bedroom (sleeps 2). The house and cottage can be rented separately or together for family groups. On and off road parking. Great pubs nearby! Sorry, no pets. 10% discount when booking 2+ properties. (Open all year) No Price increase for 2014

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121 Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4AF t: (01425) 279541 m: 07876 633722 e: seapoint121@talktalk.net

Seapoint is 1 minute walk to the sea and harbour, 15 minutes from the New Forest. Hengistbury Head by Ferry. High standard, warm welcome, attentive service. Sailing, golfing, fishing nearby. Units 1

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50 Ridgeway Avenue, Newport, Gwent, NP20 5AH t: (01633) 664899 e: albproctor@gmail.com

38 Augustus Road, Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, MK11 1HJ t: (01908) 635906 m: 07887 992192 e: bookings@holidaysbythewater.co.uk If you are looking an adrenaline - fuelled, action packed, fun filled family holiday, or just a relaxing break by the sea, then book a stay with Holidays By The Water’s award winning holiday home and experience all the joys that Dorset has to offer. (Open all year) Units Sleeps 1 6

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121 Stanpit, Mudeford, BH23 3LX

11 Wickfield Avenue, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1JB t: (01202) 481166 e: martin.bateman@yahoo.co.uk www.hornbeams.net

c/o Alex Wiseman/Melanie Wiseman, Meadowbrook, Ringwood Road, Sopley, BH23 7BB t: (01425) 673003 m: 07818 541263 e: enquiries@vistaholidays.co.uk

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Horseshoe Lodge

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Units 1

Sleeps 8

from

to

£500.00

£950.00

Quarterdeck

Units 1

Sleeps 5

from £450.00

to £855.00

350 3

Riverside Park Map ref: BB3 CTA

28 Willow Way, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1JJ t: (01202) 471090 e: holidays@riversidepark.biz

Lovely holiday homes set in a picturesque and quiet location on the bank of the River Stour. Ideally situated in the centre of Christchurch, just an easy five minute walk to the shops, restaurants, Priory Church, Quay and Splash Park. Each townhouse features: • its own parking • side views of the river and Tuckton parklands • patio with bistro table and chairs overlooking the garden • fully fitted and equipped contemporary kitchens • modern, comfy lounges with digital TV’s • Master bedroom with balcony • Free Wi-Fi, onsite laundry room and bicycle storage A BBQ and seating area set in a stunning location on the riverbank is available for our guests. Just a stones throw from the Harbour Ferry, Riverside Park is the perfect location to enjoy this active English riverside, the beautiful natural harbour and local sandy beaches, or within a few miles, the New Forest, Jurassic Coast and Rural Dorset. (Open all year) Units 8

44

Sleeps 1-6

from £330.00

to £980.00

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Spacious 5 bed chalet bungalow with secluded garden overlooking Stanpit nature reserve. Walking distance to Mudeford Quay, beaches, pubs, restaurants, local shops and Christchurch. (Open all year) 1

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Map ref: BB3 CTA

14 Malmesbury Close, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1NU m: 07779 593205 e: julieharman@btinternet.com

Chewton Common Road, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 5LX t: (01425) 273952 e: info@horseshoelodge.co.uk www.horseshoelodge.co.uk Part thatched, Grade II listed cottage with 18th Century origins, plus modern comforts. Great location for beaches and forest. Short breaks available October to March. (Open all year)

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Map ref: D3 CTA

Units 1

Sleeps 4

from £495.00

to £695.00

www.quarterdeck-christchurch.co.uk Luxury house on riverside development, close to Christchurch Quay. Tastefully furnished with a contemporary nautical theme. 1 double/1 twin bedroom. Upstairs bathroom (shower over bath). Breakfast kitchen, lounge, downstairs cloaks, patio garden with dining furniture, private parking. (April - September) 600

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Suhaili

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Map ref: D3 CTA

Riverbank Holidays

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Map ref: BB3

8 Rodney Drive, Mudeford, Christchurch, BH23 3JF t: (01425) 279102 m: 07896 128026 e: info@suhaili.biz Contemporary open plan 2 bedroom/shower room bungalow with spacious sun lounge, secluded garden. Friday changeover. Full details on website. (Open all year) Units 1

Sleeps 4

from £550.00

to £850.00

300

Captains View

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Map ref: AA3 CTA

57 Willow Way, Christchurch, BH23 1LA t: (01202) 422632 m: 07801 519380 e: info@christchurch-holidays.co.uk www.christchurch-holidays.co.uk

Units 1

Sleeps 5

from £350.00

to £770.00

Stylish holiday home, with stunning river views and every comfort and convenience. Close to Christchurch, perfectly located to explore the sea. Children and dogs welcome. (Open all year) 400

Mallard Cottage, 17d Willow Way

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Map ref: BB3 CTA

Mr & Mrs Gibson, “Toad Hall”, 8 Willow Way, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1JJ t: (01202) 477813 e: pat-toad@tiscali.co.uk Quality non smoking apartment with water frontage and superb views of river from lounge and large balcony where a patio set and sun loungers are provided. Quiet location close to town centre, beaches, riverside walks and bus stops. Easy access to Bournemouth and the New Forest. Garden with fishing available. Off road parking and storage for bikes and fishing gear. Discounts for 2 people and fortnight bookings. (May-Sept) Units 1

Sleeps 4

from £300.00

to £565.00

Sundorne, 16 Hynesbury Road

26 Tredgold Crescent, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorksire, LS16 9BR t: (01132) 619885, 0113 2577864 e: sundorneholiday@tiscali.co.uk www.northdorsetbandb.co.uk

www.mallardcottagechristchurch.co.uk

Spacious home super location beach 400m. Gardens, conservatory, ample parking, local shops, close to Bournemouth New Forest. Utilities included. Linen available small charge. Downstairs shower. (Open all year)

Mallard Cottage is a 3 bedded Town House which offers selfcatering holidays for 4-6 people. It has been awarded 3* AA rating. (Open all year) Sleeps 6

from £350.00

Units 1

to £800.00

Saffron

7

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Map ref: E3 CTA

Swan Lodge, 17 Willow Way, Christchurch, BH23 1JJ t: (01202) 475967 e: willowway17c@gmail.com

Units 1

100

Sleeps 6

from £345.00

to £720.00

100

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Map ref: E2 CTA

117 Saffron Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4UL t: (01425) 277507 e: info@saffronholiday.co.uk www.saffronholiday.co.uk Modern house with kitchen, bathroom, lounge/diner, and two bedrooms. Open-plan sheltered garden. Parking freely available. Local owner maintains. (Open all year) Units 1

Sleeps 3/4

from £250.00

to £395.00

500 4

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ACCOMMODATION

The Holiday Cottage

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Map ref: A3 CTA

61 Southwick road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 5PR t: (01202) 420673 e: valbrewer@btinternet.com

Units 1

Sleeps 5

from £270.00

to £450.00

www.the-holiday-cottage.co.uk Cosy comfortable terraced cottage within walking distance of the town centre. Near rivers for fishing and boating. Short drive to beaches, golf courses, New Forest and Bournemouth. On road parking. (Open all year) 100

Pedralves

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Map ref: F2 CTA

48 Nea Road, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4NB t: (01425) 273858 Secluded, first floor, self contained flat, lounge, twin-bedded bedroom, kitchen, bathroom with shower, separate entrance via own external staircase, use of garden. Ten minutes walk from the beach and shops. (Open all year) Units 1

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Sleeps 2/4

from £175.00

to £275.00

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ACCOMMODATION

Meadowbank Holidays Ltd Map ref: A1

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Harrow Wood Farm & Caravan Park Map ref: F1 CTA

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Richard Frampton or Ingrid Poplar Lane, Bransgore, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 8JE t: (01425) 672487 www.caravan-sites.co.uk e: harrowwood@caravan-sites.co.uk

A small friendly family run park. An ideal base from where to explore the surrounding forest and coast. Sorry no dogs allowed (Open March-January) from £122.50

Stour Way, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2QT t: (01202) 483597 e: enquiries@meadowbank-holidays.co.uk w: www.meadowbank-holidays.co.uk Meadowbank Holidays is a high class riverside caravan holiday and touring park, located on the lovely river Stour in Christchurch. Family owned and managed since 1950, we pride ourselves on our customer service and the quality and cleanliness of our accommodation and touring caravan facilities. Please see our informative website for further information including a link to our exceptional Tripadvisor reviews. Pitches 45

from (PW) £170.00

to (PW) £925.00

Static 75

Touring night £10.00 to £32.00

150

to £206.50

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ACCOMMODATION

WIMBORNE MINSTER

Honey Lodge

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Map ref: L5

The historic market town of Wimborne Minster lies on the pretty River Allen at its junction with the Stour. Surrounded by tranquil water-meadows, the town is dominated by the gracious Minster Church of St Cuthburga which has attracted visitors for centuries. Winner of the Small Town Category of Britain in Bloom 2012, this colourful, attractive town offers much to explore from the extensive market to a fantastic range of high street stores and independent shops, from the fascinating Priest’s House Museum and famous Model Town to picturesque Walford Mill Crafts. The town and neighbouring villages offer great access to Rural Dorset’s countryside with walking trails and cycle routes a plenty!

41 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AB t: (01202) 694247 m: 07752 647408 e: honey_lodge41@hotmail.com w: www.honeylodge.co.uk Award winning B&B, situated between Wimborne Minster and Poole, near A349. Ideal for New Forest, Bournemouth and Jurassic Coast. Outstanding hospitality and service. Immaculate ground floor ensuite rooms, private to main household, guest sitting room and private entrance, allowing access at all times. Excellent accommodation for a family or couples. Equipped with every home comfort. Delicious locally sourced breakfast. Walk to Broadstone centre, shops, restaurants, excellent pub and golf course. (Open all year) Rooms (PPPN) Double x1

from £35.00

Twin x1

All rooms ensuite

Elms Lodge B&B Map ref: L4

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7 Cogdean Way, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, BH21 3XD t: (01202) 699669 m: 07766 617167 e: elmslodge@hotmail.com w: www.elmslodge.co.uk Gold award winning, flexible en-suite accommodation with excellent in-room amenities including fridge & free WiFi. Ideally located between Poole & Wimborne for business; events or enjoying Dorset’s beautiful countryside and coast. Spacious 1st floor suite for couples/families/groups (max. 5 + cot). Includes king-size bed, sofa, Sky TV, additional bedroom area & en-suite with luxury walk-in shower. Ground floor suite for twin/ double/single occupancy with Freeview TV & en-suite shower. (Open all year) Rooms (PPPN) Double x1

from £30.00

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Map ref: L4

Large Edwardian country home, set in a quiet rural location 1½ miles from Wimborne Minster town square. Delightful garden and open views of the countryside. One spacious double room with ensuite shower room. One single room with private bathroom. Tastefully decorated throughout, the accommodation is relatively self-contained with guest own entrance, staircase, sitting room and dining room. Excellent facilities for walkers and cyclists. Ample parking and three good pubs within 10 mins walk. (Open all year) from £35.00

to £45.00

Single x1 4 150

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Long Lane, Wimborne Minster, BH21 7AQ t: (01202) 887829 m: 07796 146910 e: viv@longlanefarmhouse.co.uk w: www.longlanefarmhouse

Double x1

Family x1

All rooms ensuite

Long Lane Farmhouse

Rooms (PPPN)

Twin x1

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ACCOMMODATION

St Algars B&B

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Map ref: L4

Holt Lane, Holt, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7DQ t: (01202) 883325 e: davieskimberly@googlemail.com w: www.dorsetbedandbreakfast.vpweb.co.uk Situated in a picturesque village 2½ miles from Wimborne Minster with beautiful views, quality accommodation, good food, and a friendly welcome. A relaxing retreat for those on business and an ideal base for visiting the New Forest, Purbecks, Bournemouth and beaches. Located in an area surrounded by footpaths with an excellent pub only a few minutes walk. Special diets catered for. Walkers and cyclist welcome. Long stay discounts offered. (Open all year) Rooms (PPPN) Double x1

from £35.00

Petersham Lane, Gaunt’s Common, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4JN t: (01258) 840281 m: 07799 376621 e: dollscottagewimborne@gmail.com A warm welcome awaits you at Doll’s Cottage, a beautifully appointed, thatched property, built recently in a very secluded garden in a village 3 miles from Wimborne Minster. Bedrooms are equipped to a very high standard with flat screen TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Elizabeth, the proprietor, is a Ballymaloe trained cook and cooks breakfast and dinner (the latter by prior arrangement) using local, organic produce wherever possible. (Open all year) from £80.00 All rooms ensuite

Double x2

Family x1

Double & Twin ensuite, Family private

Fernhead Guest House Map ref: HH1

Double x1

Map ref: L3

Rooms (PRPN)

Twin x1

Rooms (PRPN)

Doll’s Cottage

from £50.00

to £85.00

Twin x1 Family x1

(£60.00 Single occupancy)

11

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Map ref: J4

Map ref: L4

7 Wimborne Road, Walford, Wimborne, BH21 1NW Tel: (01202) 881248 e: fernhead7@btinternet.com www.fernheadguesthouse.co.uk

76 Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3LG t: (01202) 693394 e: bow.cottage@hotmail.co.uk www.bow-cottage.co.uk

Comfortable, spacious accommodation. Ten minutes walk from Wimborne town centre. T.V, free WiFi, hospitality tray and fridge in every room. Plenty of

Friendly family home offering double ensuite & twin rooms. Extensive continental breakfast. 5 miles from Poole train station and ferry terminal. Local buses to Poole and Wimborne. Self-contained annexe (sleeps 4) also available. (Open all year)

off-road parking. (Open all year, except Christmas)

Double/Family ensuite, Twin with private shower room

Brook Farm

Bow Cottage

Rooms (PPPN) Double x1

from £35.00

to £40.00

Twin x1 Double ensuite, twin shared bathroom

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Riversdale Guest House Map ref: HH3

Winterborne Zelston, Blandford Forum, DT11 9EU t: (01929) 459284 m: 07920 775918 e: rosebrookfarm@hotmail.co.uk www.brookfarmdorset.co.uk

Rooms (PPPN) Double x2

from £35.00

Twin x1 Doubles ensuite, twin with private facilities

Friendly working farm in pretty hamlet between Wimborne and Dorchester. Comfortable rooms with TV and tea/coffee facilities. Lovely views, hearty breakfasts, secure parking, pubs within walking distance. (Open all year)

33 Poole Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1QB Tel: (01202) 884528 e: charles@riversdaleguesthouse.co.uk www.riversdaleguesthouse.co.uk

Rooms (PPPN) Double x2 Twin x2

from £30.00

to £40.00

Family-run Georgian Guest House, central to Wimborne, Single, Twin, Double and Family (EnSuite) rooms, recently renovated, tastefully furnished, WiFi, special rates for extended stays. (Open all year)

Single x3 Family x1

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Florence House Bed & Breakfast

Denbur

Map ref: II4

Map ref: L3

 1 Burts Cottages, Gaunts Common, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4JW t: (01305) 267611 e: sj@clarke-eaglelodge.co.uk www.denbur-dorset.co.uk

38 Newborough Road, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1RB t: (01202) 880568 m: 07968 248287 e: sandyandpete@googlemail.com w: www.florencehousewimborne.co.uk Come and stay with us, Sandy and Pete, at our traditionally decorated and furnished, large Victorian terraced home, within walking distance of Wimborne town centre with its Minster, attractions, shops and restaurants. We have two double ensuite rooms and one twin room with a private, separate shower room. All bathrooms have power showers. We use fresh, locally sourced ingredients for our breakfasts, that we serve at a mutually agreed time. Guests’ lounge available. Lots to see and do in the area; Bournemouth beaches, Poole Harbour, New Forest and more. (Open all year) Rooms (PPPN)

from £35.00

to £45.00

Units 1

Sleeps 4+ Baby

from £305.00

to £760.00

Parkfield Cottage

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Map ref: K4

1 Parkfield, Newton Road, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne, BH21 4BT t: (01258) 857804 e: mikeroyles@yahoo.co.uk www.parkfieldcottage. sturminstermarshall.co.uk

Sleeps 4

from £300.00

Twin x1

Units 1

Linden Lea

The Old Exchange

Map ref: L4

Map ref: L3

Double x2

A lovely country cottage in this delightful part of Dorset refurbished to a high standard retaining many of its original features. Excellent location for exploring. (Open Easter-Sept)

to £400.00

Cosy cottage in picturesque village. Ground floor double bedroom. Upstairs gallery with 2 single beds ideally for children. Perfect for walking and cycling, beaches 25 mins away. Close to Kingston Lacy(NT). Local pubs with excellent food. (Open all year) 100

 Witchampton Lane, Witchampton, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5AF t: (01258) 840809

e: enquiries@theoldexchange.co.uk www.theoldexchange.co.uk

Units 1

Sleeps 2

from £275.00

to £370.00

On outskirts of pretty Witchampton in the Vale of the River Allen, ideal for Dorset coast, New Forest and Cranborne Chase. Double ensuite bedroom, fully fitted kitchen, lounge with lovely views, WiFi, linen and towels provided. (Open all year)

Higher Merley Lane, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, BH21 3EG t: (01202) 886215 m: 07775 921947 e: enquiry@linden-lea.co.uk w: www.linden-lea.co.uk Linden Lea Bed and Breakfast, our family home, provides superb, clean and modern B&B accommodation with ample off-road parking. All double and twin rooms are beautifully appointed and equipped to a high standard, featuring fresh white linen and towels with large ensuite bathrooms, WiFi access is available. Situated between the famous Jurassic Coast and the New Forest, only 2 miles from Wimborne Minster, 5 miles from Poole and close to the A31. A perfect base for exploring Dorset. Rooms (PPPN) Double x2 Twin x2

from £37.50

to £50

All rooms ensuite

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Laurie’s End

Wilksworth Farm Caravan Park

Map ref: II3

Map ref: L4

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Wimborne, Dorset t: 01258 860157 m: 07704 485549 e: cyclewise@aol.com www.lauriesenddorset.co.uk Quiet location in heart of Wimborne. Perfect for walking and cycling. Luxury 5’ bed, single/twin. Wood stove. Pretty garden vista. BikeStore, Cycling Confidence short breaks available. (Open all year) Units 1

Sleeps 4

from £400.00

to £490.00

2 100

Willowcombe Studio Map ref: L4

Stapehill, Wimborne, Dorset t: (01202) 891171 m: 07773 215379 e: lisa.ottley@talktalk.net A luxurious, light and spacious self-contained studio in a tranquil rural location, off a private woodland lane. Style is modern and contemporary, with ensuite. (Open all year)

Units 1

Sleeps 2

from (Min 2 Night Stay)

£90.00

Cranborne Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4HW t: (01202) 885467 e: info@wilksworthfarmcaravanpark.co.uk w: www.wilksworthfarmcaravanpark.co.uk Family owned and run since it was established in 1972, Wilksworth Farm Caravan Park is now a five star Premier Park. The park surrounds a Grade 2 listed farmhouse once belonging to Henry VIII and listed in the Domesday Book. Excellent facilities include newly re-furbished outdoor heated pool, toilet block with under floor heating and recently updated play area. Coffee shop for light meals and take-aways. Practical Caravan Top 100 Sites (2010). With a special charm and magic all its own, regulars that return year after year say it feels like coming home. (Open April-October) Pitches 167

from £16.00

to £32.00

Charris Camping & Caravan Park Map ref: L4

Candys Lane, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3EF Tel: (01202) 885970 e: bookings@charris.co.uk www.charris.co.uk

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Well-maintained 3 acre park on edge of Stour Valley with terraced, tree-screened grassy areas with flat and gently sloping pitches. A warm welcome and friendly service. (Open all year)

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Pitches 45

from £13.50

350

to £19.25

Springfield Touring Park Map ref: L4

Candys Lane, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3EF Tel: (01202) 881719 e: stay@springfieldtouringpark.co.uk

www.springfieldtouringpark.co.uk

Quiet family run park with mature trees, shrubs and well spaced pitches. Special offers low season. Voted Practical Caravan’s best 100 parks for many years. (Open April – mid Oct) Pitches (Per Night) 45

from £12.00

to £22.00

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FERNDOWN, VERWOOD & CRANBORNE

Cashmoor House

Cashmoor, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8DN t: (01725) 552339 e: mary@cashmoorhouse.co.uk www.cashmoorhouse.co.uk

The welcoming small towns of Ferndown and Verwood are surrounded by East Dorset’s internationally important heathland with its rare ÁRUDDQGIDXQD

Rooms (PPPN) Double x4

from £35.00

to £50.00

Twin x1

Explore the colourful heath at Avon Heath

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Map ref: K2

All rooms ensuite

Attractively furnished 17th century cottage with pretty garden. Award winning breakfasts with own free range eggs, homemade bread and preserves. Excellent location for walking, exploring the countryside, local pubs. (Open all year) 50

Country Park or visit one of England’s foremost country parks at nearby Moors Valley. Discover other varied attractions in the area including

Chase House

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Map ref: L2

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park near Verwood and

Deanland, Sixpenny Handley, Salisbury, SP5 5PD Tel: (01725) 552829 e: chasehouse1@gmail.com www.chasehouse.info

award-winning Knoll Gardens near Ferndown. Cranborne Chase, a former Royal Hunting Forest, is now an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, LWVVZHHSLQJGRZQODQGKRPHWRUDUHÁRUDDQG

Rooms (PPPN)

fauna, numerous archaeological sites and

Double x1

welcoming villages including Sixpenny Handley

2 x Ensuite

from £40.00

to £45.00

Warm welcome to comfortable house. Two ensuite twin rooms, one double with adjoining bathroom. Lovely views of countryside. Ample parking. Good breakfast using local produce. (Open all year)

Twin x2

and Cashmoor.

White Owls B&B Map ref: M3

Horton Way, Verwood, BH31 6JJ t: (01202) 821772 e: whiteowlsbb@aol.com

www.whiteowlsbbfordogsand horses.co.uk

Rooms (PPPN) Double x1 Twin x1 All rooms ensuite

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from £35.00

to £40.00

Set in 4 acres of paddocks, surrounded by fields, adjacent to walking, cycling and riding tracks, less than 2 miles from Verwood. FreeSat TV, homecooked breakfast, ideal for nearby countryside and coast. (Open all year)


ACCOMMODATION

Forester’s And Keeper’s Cottages Map ref: M3

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Church Farm Map ref: M4

Church Lane, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8TR t: (01202) 579515 e: churchfarmbournemouth@gmail.com www.churchfarmcottages.co.uk Attractively converted barns provide accommodation of two spacious 3 bedroomed cottages, and units with one and two bedrooms. Fishing. Separate laundry and games room. (Open all year) Units 4

Cottage Farm, Verwood Road, Three Legged Cross, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 6RN t: (01202) 820203 e: jeanbaylis@btinternet.com w: www.foresterscottages.co.uk

Sleeps 2-6

from £250.00

to £500.00

West Farm Lodges Map ref: M3

Two beautifully maintained, detached cottages on our farm. Both ground level accommodation, full central heating, well equipped including dishwasher, washer-dryer, digital TV’s, furnished patios. Forester’s - king-size double and twin bedrooms each with ensuites. Keeper’s queen-size double en-suite, second bedroom accommodates up to three singles. Plus a family bathroom. Quality linens, towels, gas, electricity included. Ideal location for coast, forest, open countryside, excellent walking, cycling, riding, a wealth of pursuits and events. Pets welcome by arrangement. Short breaks / couple’s Discounts. (Open all year) Units 2

Sleeps 4/5 + Cot

from £350.00

50

to £820.00

The Bungalow

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Map ref: M4

West Farm, Romford, Verwood, Dorset, BH31 7LE t: (01202) 822263 e: west.farm@virgin.net w: www.westfarmholidays.co.uk Our converted farm buildings are now four attractive and comfortable two-bedroom lodges. We hope you will enjoy the peaceful rural setting although Verwood is just a mile away. Walk to our lake and Crane Valley golf course. We are pleased to show you the farm and our friendly animals. We offer short breaks and you can start and end your holiday on the days of your choice. Children’s rates available. (Open all year) Units 4

West Moors, Ferndown, c/o 22 West Drive, Cheam, Surrey, SM2 7NA t: (0208) 241 7498 m: 07958 209493 e: annette.leach@blueyonder.co.uk w: dorsetholidaybungalow.co.uk This very attractive, well decorated bungalow sleeps 6. It is situated approx 5½ miles from the New Forest boundary and 7 miles from Bournemouth pier and beaches. There is a front garden conservatory and enclosed rear garden. There are 2/3 bedrooms, 1 ensuite, family bathroom, lounge with Freeview and kitchen/diner. Parking for 2 cars plus garage. The Bungalow is situated in an ideal location to enjoy both the beaches, harbours and New Forest with all its natural beauty. (Open May - Sept) Units 1

Sleeps from 6 + Cot £280.00

to £475.00

2

Each sleeps

4

from (PPPN) £19.00

to (PPPN) £23.00

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St Martin’s House

BLANDFORD FORUM & STURMINSTER NEWTON

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Map ref: QQ2

Whitecliff Mill Street, Blandford Forum, DT11 7BP t: (01258) 451245 e: info@stmartinshouse.co.uk www.stmartinshouse.co.uk

Blandford Forum, on the banks of the River Stour, is one of the most complete Georgian market towns in England. Explore the town’s delightful selection of shops, cafes and restaurants and the nearby Royal Signals Museum, where the history of military communications and covert

Rooms (PPPN)

from

Double/Family x1 £32.50

to £60.00

Twin/Double x1

A home with a hugely generous heart! All our guests love it! Light and spacious rooms, huge baths, great showers, delicious breakfasts. Inspection welcome or visit our website. We really do look forward to welcoming you. (Open all year) 100

All rooms have private bathroom

operations await discovery! Once home to Thomas Hardy and Dorset dialect

The Old Bakery Bed and Breakfast

poet William Barnes, pretty Sturminster Newton

Church Road, Pimperne, Nr Blandford Forum, DT11 8UB

is the hub of the Blackmore Vale. Visit the

t: (01258) 455173 e: jjtanners@hotmail.com

picturesque Mill on the Stour or learn about the

www.theoldbakerydorset.co.uk

area’s rich dairying heritage in the charming thatched museum or at the tasty annual Rooms (PPPN)

Cheese Festival!

Double x1

from £30.00

to £32.50

Twin x1 All rooms ensuite

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Map ref: QQ2

Fishmore Hill Farm

Rooms (PRPN) Double x2

from £65.00

to £120.00

Twin x2 Family x1

10

All rooms ensuite

Lower Bryanston Farm Map ref: J3

Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum, DT11 0DL Tel: (01258) 881122 e: sarah@fishmorehillfarm.com www.fishmorehillfarm.com

Rooms (PPPN) Double x1

from £35.00

Twin x1 Single x1

Arnewood House Map ref: I3

Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0LS t: (01258) 452009 e: andrea@bryanstonfarm.co.uk www.brylow.co.uk

Rooms (PPPN) Double x2

from £37.50

to £60.00

Twin x1

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Winterborne Houghton, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0ED t: (01258) 880611 e: margaret_thorne@btinternet.com www.arnewood-house.co.uk

Our homely farmhouse B&B enjoys space, peace, rural views, off-road parking, WiFi, TV/DVD, hospitality tray, and fantastic full English Breakfast. (Open all year apart from Christmas and New Year)

Rooms (PPPN)

Family x1

Double x2

All rooms ensuite

Family x1

www.visit-dorset.com

Friendly modern farmhouse accommodation with valley views in outstanding countryside within walking distance of Milton Abbey and the idyllic thatched village of Milton Abbas with its pub. Fabulous onsite stabling for horse riders. (Open all year, except Xmas) 50

All rooms ensuite

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Whitecliff Mill Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11, 7BP t: (01258) 453727 m: 07785 971743 e: enquiries@portmanlodge.co.uk www.portmanlodge.co.uk This elegant Victorian House, close to Blandford town centre, offers first class hospitality with great breakfasts and ensuite bedrooms, WiFi access and off-road parking. (Open all year)

John and Joyce welcome you to The Old Bakery. Tea/coffee and a friendly welcome await. Our well-equipped, clean and comfortable ensuite rooms and extensive breakfast menu with homemade goods make for a relaxing stay. Ideally located for walking and exploring Dorset. 10

(Open all year)

Portman Lodge

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Map ref: K3

from to £45.00 £35.00 All rooms ensuite

Delightful country house with spectacular views, ideal for a relaxing break. Spacious ensuite rooms with tea/coffee and digital TV. Hearty full English breakfasts with homemade bread, preserves and free range eggs. (Open all year)


ACCOMMODATION

Belview Cottage

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Dairy Cottage

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Fifehead Neville, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2AL t: (01258) 818397

e: stay@belviewcottagedorset.co.uk www.belviewcottagedorset.co.uk

The perfect rural holiday location ideal for exploring countryside and coast. Equipped to a high standard with one double and one twin room. Free WiFi. (Open all year) Units 1

Sleeps 4

from £350.00

to £575.00

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Units 2

Sleeps 3 each

from £222.00

to £475.00

Greygles

Sleeps 7

from £500.00

Sturminster Newt

Hillyground Cottage, 86 Newton, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2DQ t: (01258) 473890 e: hillyground@tiscali.co.uk www.hillyground.co.uk Two well-equipped, comfortable cottages in shared garden overlooking River Stour and Newton Mill. Accommodation: kitchen/diner/lounge, double bedroom (super-kingsize bed), single bedroom, shower room. Dogs welcome. (Open all year)

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Units 1

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to £975.00

Melcombe Bingham, Dorchester. c/o 22 Tiverton Road, London, NW10 3HL t: (0208) 969 4830 m: 07979 860266 e: enquiry@greygles.co.uk www.greygles.co.uk Rural peace in spacious wellequipped 4 bedroom stone house with lovely views. Enjoy walking or relaxing. Charming towns nearby. (Open all year)

Broadlea Farm, Sutton Waldron, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8NS t: (01747) 811330 e: j.s.asbury@btinternet.com Detached single storey cottage in the grounds of Broadlea Farm. The spacious and cheerful sitting room has access to a terrace and full use of an attractive garden. Two bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin. Separate kitchen and bathroom. Ideally situated for walking, exploring the coastline and visiting National Trust properties. Excellent restaurants, inns and good local shops all nearby. (Open all year) Units 1

Sleeps 4

from £300.00

to £325.00

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Pimperne, Blandford Forum, DT11 8BX t: (01258) 458623 m: 07899 792106 e: bookings@newfieldholidays.co.uk

www.newfieldholidaysdorset.co.uk

Units 4

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from

to

£220.00

£1050.00

4 converted barn cottages in peaceful countryside location, Ideal for exploring Dorset, cycling and walking from doorstep. Games room, climbing frame, BBQs, garden furniture. Linen and towels included. Cottages available individually or together for groups. (Open all year)

on Mill © RH

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ACCOMMODATION

SHAFTESBURY

The Coppleridge Inn

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The hilltop town of Shaftesbury, at 700ft, is Dorset’s highest town and offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Its unique location inspired Kings to settle here; its Saxon Benedictine Abbey was founded in 888AD by King Alfred. Soak up the atmosphere at the Abbey ruins or stroll the cobbles of one of England’s most iconic streets, Gold Hill, made famous by director Ridley Scott and his popular 1970s Hovis advert. Pay a visit to some of the traditional shops and contemporary stores, discover Gold Hill Museum and recharge the batteries with lunch

Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9HW t: (01747) 851980 e: thecoppleridgeinn@btinternet.com w: www.coppleridge.com The perfect retreat at any time of the year. We have 10 tastefully converted bright ensuite rooms all with great views. The main Inn is the 18th century converted farmhouse with a cosy bar, restaurants and garden room. With 4 log fires during the winter it’s the perfect place to drink, dine and unwind. During the summer months dine on our Vine clad terrace with wonderful views across the Blackmore Vale. (Open all year)

or afternoon tea at one of a selection of cafés

Rooms (PPPN)

and restaurants.

Twin x4

Double x4

from £50.00

to £65.00 300

Family x2

All rooms ensuite

La Fleur De Lys

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Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8AW t: (01747) 853717 e: info@lafleurdelys.co.uk www.lafleurdelys.co.uk

Rooms (PPPN) Standard x4

from £55.00

to £80.00

King/Twin x3

Family run restaurant with rooms in centre of this beautiful hilltop town. Eight luxuriously appointed rooms, award-winning restaurant serving some of the finest cuisine around, relaxing lounge bar and rear courtyard garden. (Open all year) 200

Four Poster x1 All rooms ensuite

The Retreat

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Map ref: LL2

Rooms (PPPN) Single x1

from £52.00

Double x3

56

All rooms ensuite

www.visit-dorset.com

For further information or assistance with your accommodation requirements please contact our Tourist Information Centres (See back cover). Updown Cottage

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Map ref: LL3

47 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AE t: (01747) 850372 e: info@the-retreat.co.uk www.the-retreat.co.uk

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8HB t: 07710 307202 e: info@updowncottage.co.uk www.updowncottage.co.uk

Large, light and airy bedrooms await you in this family run Georgian townhouse. We are situated in a quiet part of town and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and local beauty spots. (Open all year)

Luxurious elegance, combining rustic antiques with contemporary design in this C16th tardislike cottage on ‘Hovis’ Hill. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, baby grand piano, WiFi, spectacular views. (Open all year)

Twin x4 Family x1

Please mention this guide when making an enquiry or booking

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Units 1

Sleeps 6

from £695.00

to £1295.00

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ACCOMMODATION

DORCHESTER, POOLE & BEYOND

HIDEAWAYS

Visit the pretty County town of Dorchester, once home to author Thomas Hardy, now a bustling

Discover Dorset from one of our delightful cottages, many of period character, situated in rural and coastal locations throughout the county.

market town with a vibrant shopping and dining scene. Meet the dinosaurs of the Jurassic Coast at the County Museum or discover the courtroom where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried. Discover the bustling quayside, picturesque harbour and historic old town of Poole. Head for its sandy beaches or try a multitude of watersports in its safe waters.

Tel: 01747 828170 Email: enq@hideaways.co.uk

([SORUHIXUWKHUDĂ€HOGWUDGLWLRQDOYLOODJHVPDUNHW towns and fabulous varied countryside to enjoy all that Dorset has to offer.

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Acorn Inn

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Rockley Park, Privately Owned Caravans Map ref: L5

28 Fore Street, Evershot, DT2 0JW t: (01935) 83228 m: 07811 441071 e: amackenzie@rchmail.com www.acorn-inn.co.uk

Price (PRPN) from ÂŁ99.00 All rooms ensuite

Gold Hill, Shaftes

to ÂŁ205.00

Dorset’s Best Dining Pub Finalist 2010-2012, this 16th century village inn is the perfect base for exploring Hardy country. Award-winning restaurant serving local produce, real ales, ciders. 10 beautifully decorated ensuite rooms including a fourposter. (Open all year)

Prices Prices on application (prices do not include amenity passes)

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Stan Pretty Caravans (RD) 80 Parkway Drive, Bournemouth, BH8 9JR t: (01202) 394423 m: 07818 616954 e: stay@caravansrockleypark.co.uk www.caravansrockleypark.co.uk 5* Haven Holiday Park, on the shores of beautiful Poole Harbour, 2 miles from Poole town centre. Entertainments, indoor and outdoor pools, shop, restaurant, beach, fishing and boating. (March - December) 20

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TOURIST INFORMATION Christchurch Information Centre

Shaftesbury Tourist Information Centre

Address: High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AS Tel: 01202 471780 Email: cic@regentcentre.co.uk

Address: 8 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AE Tel: 01747 853514 Email: tourism@shaftesburydorset.com

Wimborne Tourist Information Centre

Blandford Information Centre

Address: 29 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR Tel: 01202 886116 Email: wimbornetic@eastdorset.gov.uk

Address: Riverside House, Blandford, DT11 7AW Tel: 01258 454770 Email: blandfordtic@btconnect.com

This Guide is produced for information only and Christchurch Borough Council & East Dorset District Council do not accept any responsibility for ensuring the accuracy or otherwise of the descriptions of visitor attractions and holiday accommodation or that the necessary consents and permissions have been obtained.

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