Sturminster Newton, more commonly known locally as Sturnewton or simply Stur, is small town surrounded by picturesque Dorset countryside an easy day trip from Weymouth and the Dorset coast. What was once a traditional market town is now a popular music and cultural festival location offeringa fine choice of quality self catering accommodation to visitors. The town features some pretty Victorian architecture and plenty of nearby grass areas and park, giving visitors a choice of scenic walks. Sturminster Newton also prides itself on the large amount of independent stores, bakeries and butchers within the town. For a traditional holiday holiday lets in the picturesque countryside while still being close to shops amenities, Sturminster newton is perfect.
The Stables, situated amidst the owners’ 130 acres of wooded farmland in the rural village of Fifehead Neville, Dorset, is a dog-friendly countryside cottage offering spectacular views across the Blackmore Vale, a barn conversion lovingly renovated to an exceptionally high standard.
The Old Tack Room is a child-friendly Dorset country cottage in lovely and peaceful setting near Sturminster Newton, this converted tack room on the grounds of a working farm is a holiday delight. Up to four guests can enjoy this great, fully modernized dog-friendly Dorset holiday cottage.
For a peaceful getaway to the Dorset countryside, Belview Cottage immerses you deep in its picturesque greens and boundless hills. Based in the hamlet of Blackmore Vale, the two-bedroom cottage is a cosy base for exploring the Dorset countryside and its Jurassic Coast.
A popular and recent building in Sturminster Newton is The Exchange, which acts as a community and arts centre for the town. It’s a great place for those interested in live music or art exhibitions, and has an art gallery with café open every afternoon. The monthly market also takes place at The Exchange, offering arts, crafts and delicious produce, which is all locally sourced.
Sturminster Mill, the town’s most iconic building, sits directly next to the sleepy River Stour, which meanders through Sturminster Newton. It is now open to the public through the summer months, offering a look at how the beautiful flower mill operated. There’s also a museum near the town centre, giving more of an historical insight into the town and the old railway. Both are ideal for those who want to get to know more about the town and it’s fascinating history.
Sturminster Newton has a thriving town centre, with a wide selection of independent stores that are well stocked with everything you’ll need while on holiday in the town. There’s also a coice of excellent of bakeries and butchers, all offering locally sourced goods, allowing you to stock your holiday cottage kitchen with some of the best in local produce.
The introduction of The Exchange in the town has also brought in some fun and quirky festivals too. The annual UK Boogie Woogie Festival (possibly the best named festival yet!) celebrates an African-American style of blues music that was popular around the 1930 with musicians, singers and dancers. The Sturminster Cheese Festival takes place every September, offering a huge platter of cheeses to taste and wash down with some of the best Dorset cider.
The seaside towns of Weymouth, Bournemouth and Poole are not too far from Sturminster Newton. All offering their own interesting landmarks, along with an abundance of retail stores, delicious food and excellent nightlife.