Blandford is a small market town situated in the heart of Dorset, with spectacular scenery stretching in every direction. Nestled in a wooded valley on the banks of the River Stour, surrounded by gently rolling hills; it is one of England’s undiscovered treasures.
The town’s focal point is its grand Market Place fringed by outstanding Georgian Architecture, unrivalled in the South West.
Blandford Forum was destroyed by fire in 1731 and rebuilt in the succeeding decades by two brothers, John and William Bastard.
The Old House, which survived the fire, the Corn Exchange and the Great Fire Monument all contribute to the town’s wonderful architecture.
There are museums, attractions and facilities to suit all interests and the dramatic Jurassic Coast is within easy reach.
Museums and Places of interest are…
Blandford Forum Town Museum, with complete history of the great fire.
Blandford Fashion Museum, a wonderful collection of fashion through the ages.
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, incorporating a Visitor Centre and small museum.
Royal Signals Museum, at Blandford Army Camp, an impressive Military museum.
Blandford Parish Church, a magnificent building and a monument to its designers.
Other attractions include….
Blandford Leisure and Sports Centre, for all your sporting and recreational needs.
Blandford Stour Meadows & The Mildown large open spaces and riverside walks,
The Skate Park, for the young and active, skateboarding, BMX and scooters.
Crazy Monsters, soft play indoor arena for the very young and very active!
The Town boasts a large selection of eating establishments, from
The Crown Hotel to local Tea Rooms, Cafes, Bars and an eclectic array of restaurants including Ghurka, Indian, Chinese, Italian ; many of which serve take-away, and don’t forget our local Fish and Chip shops.
Blandford Forum hosts the Blandford Carnival, The Georgian Fayre and a Yuletide Festival. It is neighbour to the world famous Dorset Steam Fair.
Market days are held on Thursdays and Saturdays.