On the banks of the River Stour sits the market town of Blandford Forum. In 1731 the town was completely destroyed in the Great Fire of Blandford. It started after sparks flew out of a soap boiler’s house and onto a nearby thatched roof. This devastation led to magnificent replacement buildings designed by renowned architects of the Georgian era, the Bastard Brothers. During the first week of May, there is a festival to celebrate its Georgian heritage that includes stalls, music and historical re-enactment.
Why visit Blandford Forum?
It’s attractive 18th century, Georgian architecture makes this town a delightful place to explore. It is so gorgeous that Thomas Hardy used the village in his novels, hidden as the Wessex town of Shottesford Forum.
Things to do in Blandford Forum:
Take in the fabulous scenery of the spectacular landscape, sit by the river, meet the local wildlife and visit the farmer’s market. There are delightful independent shops to explore dotted throughout the town centre as well.
Why stay in a Blandford Forum cottage?
Our cottages in Blandford Forum are ideal if you’re looking for relaxation, seclusion and a taste of local history. Set in a wonderful countryside location, our cottages make excellent bases for those wanting to experience the Dorset countryside. Excellent for family breaks, walking tours, and romantic getaways.
Three must see things in Blandford Forum:
- Stop by for one of the world’s largest heritage events: The Great Dorset Steam Fair
- Enjoy coffee and cake after exploring archives and artefacts at Blandford Museum.
- Discover the Venetian and Egyptian culture at the magnificent 17th century National Trust-owned mansion, Kingston Lacy.