Great days out by train
Said to be the most beautiful town in Dorset, Sherborne brings the past to life amidst a beautiful countryside backdrop. Take in a full sweep of English history in one day.
In the space of a short walk from Sherborne station you can discover two castles, a medieval almshouse, a conduit house, an ancient school and a parish church of national importance. Sherborne is a stunning honey-coloured medieval town with a find around every corner.
Visit the romantic ruins of Sherborne Old Castle built in the twelfth-century as a fortified palacem a perfect spot for a picnic while you soak up the gorgeous countryside vistas. Just across the lake lies Sherborne Castle, a 16th century Tudor mansion home to Digby household since 1617.
The historic town of Sherborne will light up for Christmas with a free-entry ‘Love a Local Christmas’ Festive Shopping Day on Sunday 7th December from 10am–4pm. The event offers a great family day out, while raising awareness for many local charities. There will be a host of different musical, fun and entertaining activities and the main shopping area of Cheap Street is closed to traffic allowing street performers, stilt walkers, choirs, bands, orchestras, carollers, dancers and even a ‘Victorian’ chestnut roaster to provide entertainment. The Abbey Church welcomes visitors to join in its joyful shoppers’ carol services and to wonder at its magnificent ceiling-high Christmas tree and traditional crib scene while The Cheap Street Church stages its ever-popular Christmas Tree Festival. Dorset Farmers' Market, The Pannier Market and The Artisan Market make welcome attractions while Santa will be in his grotto in Digby Road.