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Sturminster Newton is a small town found in the Blackmore Vale area of North Dorset. The River Stour runs through it making it extremely pretty. It is easy to understand how poets and writers have used the area as inspiration for their works for so long. Visitors to Sturminster Newton and its surrounding countryside are bound to faill in love with its quiet charm with former residents including William Barnes and Thomas Hardy.

The town’s museum preserves the history of Sturminster Newton and provides a fascinating insight into how life used to here with displays dedicated to Victorian times, Roman times and a former railway that used to pass through the town. Sturminster Mill sits beside the River Stour and is still in excellent working order. You can even discover how this mill once produced ground flour.

Sturminster Newton’s town centre has a thriving selection of independent stores that are well stocked to fulfil your needs while on holiday in the town. Butchers, bakeries and craft stores line the high street, all sourcing their products from local suppliers, meaning you’ll be only purchasing the freshest and finest goods while there.

The annual UK Boogie Woogie Festival takes place in the town and it is well worth planning your Sturminster Newton holiday in order to attend this exciting festival. Festival goers are encouraged to dress in 1930/40s clothing to go along with the theme. Another popular gathering in the town is for the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival where the finest cheeses from around the country descend on the town for a great weekend of tasting. The Exchange is at the centre of the community, playing host to the above mentioned festivals along with being a multi-purpose entertainment complex. Musical acts, theatrical performances, conferences and even the latest films are shown here so be sure to check what’s on before you come on your Sturminster Newton holiday.

Sturminster Newton Carnival is part of the popular West Country Carnival Circuit and is a great family occasion. Local children in fancy dress line the streets in the afternoon before the Carnival processions passes through the streets in a colourful display.

Visitors to Sturminster Newton and its surrounding countryside are bound to faill in love with its quiet charm with former residents including William Barnes and Thomas Hardy

The Blackmore Vale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a favourite for visitors to Dorset for a lengthy countryside walk. Nearby towns and villages are well worth a visit while on holiday in Sturminster Newton each with a unique appeal. Head to Shaftesbury and travel back in time to the famous Hovis advert from 1973 and explore the history at the Gold Hill Museum. Gillingham hosts the annual Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural show which is a fantastic family event, attracting large crowds due to the varied range of displays across the four display rings.

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