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Visitor information for Blandford in Dorset

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Sitting on the banks of the River Stour, the market town of Blandford is one of the best-preserved Georgian towns in England. Ravaged by fire in 1713 and again in 1731 very few earlier buildings remain, except the Ryves Almshouses in Salisbury Street and the Old House in The Close. Today, this thriving town has a wide choice of shops that sit around the attractive marketplace. Markets are held on Thursdays and Saturdays, with regular indoor markets at the Corn Exchange and a Farmers' Market on the second Friday of each month.

The town celebrates its Georgian heritage with a biennial colourful street fair, which sees the town centre thronging with musicians, entertainers and costumed stallholders. The Great Dorset Steam Fair takes place at nearby Tarrant Hinton over 5 days in late August and is the largest event in the area's calendar. Literally hundreds of steam-driven engines, merry organs and fair rides of yesteryear attract annual crowds in excess of 200,000, many of whom set up camp in nearby fields. The Royal Signals Museum offers entertainment for all the family: visitors can discover what it was like to be a secret agent or spy, break the Enigma code, or learn more about our special forces. Those who enjoy walking can take their pick from riverside paths or head out to some of North Dorset's finest countryside, there are plenty of country lanes and waymarked trails to explore.

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26 Aug 2021 to 30 Aug 2021
Great Dorset Steam Fair

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8 Aug 2019
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11 Jul 2019
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24 Jul 2018
Sunday Carvery in Dorset Let's be honest, nothing really beats a Sunday roast, and just because you're on holiday doesn't mean you have to miss out! Dorset has an ever-growing reputation as a foodie destination, and what better way to put this to the test than to sample a Sunday carvery at one of the excellent Dorset pubs and restaurants featured below. Already have a favourite place for a spot of Sunday lunch in Dorset? Let us know in the comments below! Find Your Sunday ... Read more...
24 Jul 2018
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26 Mar 2018
Resort Dorset Magazine 2018 The popular Resort Dorset magazine for 2018 is out today. Our free title offers visitors the chance to discover all the best things to see and do across the county. Resort is packed with great attractions, activities, food and drink, shopping, events and more ideas for great days out. You'll also find lots of money-saving vouchers! Keep an eye out for the bright yellow dispensers and pick up your copy soon - they'll be found in many hotels, holiday parks, shops, ... Read more...

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