Things to do near Sturminster Newton

 Activities to try


 There are many footpaths and bridleways starting right on our doorstep, and all have fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.  Owl Barn has its own OS map. 


Blandford has a great Indoor Swimming Pool and even has a water slide too – check for opening times. Tel: 01258 455566

Oxley sports cenre, Sherborne has a full size pool, squash and badminton courts and exercise   
Tel: 01935 818270 for more details.

Bike Hire and Cycling

Torico Unit 3 North Dorset Business Park, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2GA
Tel: 01258 473 770. Hire of bikes.

Dorset Cycles, 31 High Street, Stalbridge, DT10 2LL Tel: 01963 362476
The repair specialist. Everything from custom built bikes, new, used & hire bikes, a large range of children’s bikes. Easy parking available.

Shaftesbury Cycle Hire free delivery and collection. Includes helmets, lights, pumps, toolkits and combination locks. Contact Pete Saunders 07711 432 371.

UK Bike Park for downhill mountain biking, located at the top of Okeford Hill, near Shillingstone (about 10 minutes away by car).

Children’s Activities

Cool Play Ltd, Spiders Farm, Rivers Corner, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2AB
Tel: 01258 474666. Indoor play centre, including laser games. Just a minute’s drive away.

Climb Aboard, Ambassador Business Park, West Stour, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5SE
Tel: 01747 839888. Children’s soft play centre. Situated just off the A30 betweenWest Stour and Henstridge, about 30 minutes by car.

Crazy Monsters, Unit 8,SunriseBusinesssPark, HigherShaftesbury Road, Blandford Forum,Dorset DT11 8ST. Tel: 01258 456688. Three tier adventure play zone with café. About 25 minutes away.

Adventure Wonderland, Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6BA
Tel: 01202 483444,Dorset’s No. 1 theme park. About one hour away.

Honeybrook Farm Shop and Park, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 4JD
Tel: 01202 881120. Adventure playground, toddlers’ play houses, farm animals to meet, tractor trailer rides. About 45 minutes away.

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park for children up to 8 years old.
Tel: 01202 622022. Situated at Organford, four miles fromPoole.

North Dorset Trailway Details are given under the paragraph on Walking above.

Places to visit

Sturminster Newton (about 1 mile)

Sturminster is a small market town situated in the heart of the Blackmore Vale. It has a working 17th Century Mill, just a short walk from Owl Barn, and the TownMuseum is worth a visit.

Look out for the medieval town bridge which is mentioned in a poem by Thomas Hardy.  There are many historic buildings and all the necessary amenities; banks, doctor, dentist, pharmacy, coffee shops and pubs.  Local bus services go as far asSalisbury,Bournemouthand Yeovil. 

Sherborne (about 11 miles)

Sherborne is a most attractive and historic town, with two castles and the Abbey being well worth a visit. 

Dorchester (about 18 miles)

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and has many interesting features and attractions, including the Dinosaur Museum and the Tutankhamun Exhibition, as well as its links with Thomas Hardy, who called it Casterbridge.

 Lyme Regis (about 37 miles)

Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.

Weymouth (about 25 miles) Venue of the Olympic 2012 Sailing Event 

Weymouthis home to a safe clean sheltered family beach with three miles of level promenade, providing access to the beach, Town Centre, Harbour andCountryPark.

Salisbury (about 31 miles)

 Salisburywith its attractive range of shops and facilities also has the Cathedral with the tallest spire inBritainand dates from the 13th Century.

  Why not also visit………..

Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub-Tropical Gardens and Children’s Farm

Bovington Tank Museum

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Lulworth Cove

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

Chesil Beach

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Milton Abbey


Kingston Lacy National Trust Property

Longleat Safari Park and House

Wimborne Minster Model Town

Swanage Steam Railway