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Cerne Giant on the hill near Cerne Abbas, North Dorset
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Cerne Abbas

The Cerne Abbas Giant, overlooks the pretty village of Cerne Abbas.  It is an ancient, giant, chalk sculpture, maintained by the National Trust.  The giant lies in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the Blackmore Vale.

The age of the giant is not known, it is thought to date back centuries but the earliest mention is in the 17th Century.   The giant is a popular visitor attraction and is often associated with fertility.

Sturminster Mill, in North Dorset
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Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton is an attractive, small market town located at a bridging point across a sweeping meander in the river Stour surrounded by picturesque countryside. Records show that the town, which was included in the Domesday Book, has been chartered to hold fairs and markets since at least the time of Henry III in 1219. The town is also set in the vale on which Thomas Hardy based his fictional Vale of the little dairies in his Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Historically the town lay in the heart of dairying and cheese-making country and this heritage is celebrated with the wonderful Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival each September which attracts many visitors.

The Mill 

Still in working order, the ancient flour mill built on the River Stour provides a unique opportunity to travel back to much simpler times; you can discover the age old secrets of harnessing the natural power. You are guaranteed to feel tranquil and at peace in the spectacular idyllic surroundings. Informal guided tours take place and are highly recommended, there are also several events that take place at the Mill throughout the year such as afternoon teas and the boogie woogie festival.

Parade in Wimborne, North Dorset
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Sturminster Wimborne

The market town of Wimborne Minster is situated on the banks of the picturesque water meadows of the River Stour.

The town boasts excellent shopping facilities and restaurants within quaint narrow Georgian streets and squares. An annual Folk Festival in June sees a celebration of music, dancing and street entertainment great fun for all the family.

Model Town -The captivating model town, which depicts Wimborne in the 1950s, provides hours of fun for children and adults as they compare the tiny buildings to those in the town today.

Honeybrook Farm is a fantastic haven for children and adults alike. Explore the 84 acres of river meadows, Victorian Farm, adventure playgrounds, farm animals, ponies, river walks and tractor rides. Enjoy the yummy tearoom or take a picnic. You will certainly be able to spend a full day exploring.

Brewery Square in Dorchester, North Dorset
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Dorchester

A historic market town which lies on the banks of the River Frome, in the Frome Valley just south of the Dorset Downs. The County town of Dorchester was also made famous by the works of Thomas Hardy, who used the county as the principal setting for his novels.

Dorchester’s roots stem back to prehistoric times. The earliest settlements were around Maiden Castle, a large Iron Age hill fort that was one of the most powerful settlements in pre-Roman Britain. The remains of the Roman wall surrounding the town can still be seen today. The County Museum harbourers many Roman finds and is well worth a visit.

The lively new development of Brewery Square has a wealth of restaurants bars and shops and an outdoor big screen cinema area, well worth bearing in mind for those evenings you don’t want to cook!

There is a weekly farmers market, Teddy bear museum, The Keep Military Museum, Borough gardens to explore and parks for the children, the town of Dorchester is sure to provide something for everyone.

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