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Haynes International Motor Museum
(7 miles)

With more than 400 cars and bikes from around the world from nostalgic classics to contemporary super cars, Haynes International Motor Museum is dedicated to restore, retain and preserve motoring and motorcycling items of historical and cultural interest in England.  Exhibitions, live actions days, stunt shows and dream drives are all seasonally available so keep an eye on the website for more information!

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Fleet Air Arm Museum
(8 miles)

Representing the flying arm of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm Museum four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft, two million records and 30 thousand artefacts the museum is Europe's largest naval aviation museum. In addition, it houses the first British Concorde which you can go on board, view the cockpit and visit the award winning aircraft carrier experience.  

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Mapperton House & Gardens
(14 miles)

Home to the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, Mapperton is a glorious sandstone manor house and romantic garden surrounded by unspoilt Dorset countryside. Check the website below for visiting times which do vary and look out for seasonal events such as  Easter garden trails for children and outdoor theatre.  The light and airy Sawmill Café serves light meals, coffees and cakes;  unfortunately no dogs are allowed in the house or gardens.

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South West Deer Rescue
(16 miles)

Home to four species of deer, the South West Deer Rescue Centre is set in over 110 acres of Somerset countryside.  Learn about the deer, and even touch them in their ‘Touching the Wild’ experience, a completely magical event for anyone involved.  Visits are arranged by appointment, for more information visit the website.

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Athelhampton House & Gardens
(17 miles)

A spectacular 15th century manor house surrounded by beautiful gardens near the Dorset town of Dorchester.  Athelhampton provides a fascinating historical experience, and with an on site shop and restaurants, an excellent day out for all ages. 

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Half Moon, Sherborne
(Less than a mile)

Welcoming, traditional stone inn with an old wood-panelled bar and patio area, serving excellent British pub food with a modern twist, accompanied by a fabulous selection of drinks.

Half Moon, Half Moon St, Sherborne DT9 3LN (T: 01935 812017)

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Tippling Philosopher
(3 miles)

Family-run, down-to-earth, 16th-century pub offering a superb selection of ever-changing real ales, as well as lagers, ciders and a modest, well-priced wine list. Home-cooked food on the premises by owner-chef, Dave. Often feature specially themed nights, BBQs, pub quizzes, pool, skittles and darts competitions, which all create a friendly atmosphere and community spirit.

Tippling Philosopher, High St, Milborne Port, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5AQ (T: 01963 250999)
 

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The Mitre
(3 miles)

A quintessential English rural pub in the small Dorset village of Sandford Orcas.  Sample local beers and ciders and traditional home cooked food either inside by the fire or, better still,outside in the sunny garden.  Veggie’s and kids are well catered for, and the pub is dog friendly. 

The Mitre Sandford Orcas, Sherborne DT9 4RU (T: 01935 851525)

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Something Else Fishy
(3 miles)

Award-winning fish & chips to takeaway and stylish seafood & fish restaurant in the centre of Milborne Port.

Something Else Fishy, 1 High Street, Milborne Port, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5DG (T: 01963 250225)

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The White Post
(4 miles)

Award-winning high-quality restaurant offering fine dining and stunning rural views across Dorset and Somerset.

The White Post, Rimpton Hill, Yeovil BA22 8AR  (T: 01935 851525)

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Hive Beach
(20 miles)

A National Trust beach in Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach is part of an estate that forms one of the main gateways to the Jurassic Coast and the South West Coast Path.  Around it are beautiful cliff top walks, and surrounded by the sandstone cliffs, Hive Beach perfect for visiting families.  Made of shingle, it forms part of the larger Chesil Beach and is on a World Heritage Site that has the largest shingle ridge in the world.  The nearby Burton Cliff is an example of extraordinary geology in the area, which appears to glow bright gold in the sunlight.  Perfect for picnics, the beach has a car park and toilets nearby, linked to the Hove Beach Café which specializes in serving fish.  From 1st June to the end of September there are restrictions for dogs on the beach, but they are welcome on at least part of it all year round.

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Cogden Beach
(20 miles)

A National Trust beach, Cogden is a little known, secluded sand and shingle beach that comes complete with a members’ car park.  It has a wonderful sense of feeling remote but being surprisingly easy to access – the bus even stops there!  There aren’t any facilities, but it’s a beautiful setting, and in truth, the lack of goings on is part of its charm.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round and it’s a haven for walkers looking to explore the area with the National Trust’s two mile/one-hour circular walk passing through it from flower-filled farmland, past ground nesting birds and along this striking section of the Jurassic Coast, known for having the largest shingle ridge in the world.

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There's a lovely 2 mile circular walk through the fields from the NT car park - through late spring and early summer orchids are to be found

May 2017



West Bay Beach, Bridport
(20 miles)

Under the golden glow of the majestic sandstone cliffs and the Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast, West Bay Beach (made famous by the popular drama series Broadchurch) is in the south of the historic market town of Bridport.  At the western end of Chesil Beach, the area forms part of the Dorset Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site within Lyme Bay and is a wonderful location for family holidays.  Bridport Town is a short bus ride away or a very pleasant 20-minute walk.  The beach itself is shingle, sand and pebbles with steep shelving, a slipway and a harbour.  There’s an auxiliary coastguard and lifeguards at your service, toilets, disabled toilets and a beachside refreshment kiosk.  Nearby activities include kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, swimming surfing and jet skiing.  There are also car parks close by and while dogs are banned from May to September, they are allowed out of the summer season.

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we loved West Bay very much did not eat at any of the restuarants there apart from the George Hotel (one night) as Gluten Free options were either poor choices or non existant.

July 2017



Eype Beach
(20 miles)

A small pebble beach close to the historic market town of Bridport, Eype Beach is a steep shelved beach (Eype means ‘steep place’) with beautiful views of the West Dorset coast.  Dogs are permitted all year round and refreshments are available at Lower Eype.  The beach is part of one of the most beautiful little villages in the area, where buildings can be traced back to the late 18th century.  Consisting of Lower Eype and Higher Eype, it’s the lower part of the village that has access to the beach, which also boasts the magnificent Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast at 191-metres above sea level.  The beach is favoured by swimmers and fishing fans as well as avid fossil hunters, and there is parking nearby for a few cars as well as toilets and a pub.

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Very narrow single track access road with limited passing places. Would not recommend purely due to access difficulties.

June 2017



West Bexington Beach
(20 miles)

A shingle beach that shelves steeply, West Bexington Beach is in Bridport, and like many beaches in the area is popular with walkers with beautiful views in all directions.  There’s parking close by so remember to bring cash, as well as toilets and facilities, shops, restaurants, a refreshment kiosks and a picnic area.  Dogs are allowed on the beach but there are restrictions and seasonal bans, so keep that in mind before you visit.  The village of West Bexington itself is a small coastal village surrounded by National Trust land, so as you can imagine, it’s all suitably scenic.  The area is perfect for sea fishing off the beach, catching mackerel in the summer and bass in the autumn on a landscape that consists of the beach, a reed bed, wet meadow and scrub – it’s a birdwatchers paradise.  The beach is also good for swimming, but only if you’re a strong swimmer, and the entire Jurassic coastline is ideal for budding adventurers to hunt for fossils.

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Always quiet, usually sunny and sometimes dramatic. Treat the pebbles like a beanbag and you can settle in for a sunbathe.

May 2017


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