Sturminster Newton

A haven of history and tradition

This historic, former market town lies in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, once home to one of the largest cattle markets in Europe. Fairs and markets are believed to have been held here since the reign of Henry III and the annual Cheese Festival keeps this tradition alive, bringing thousands of visitors to the town each year.

The ancient flour mill takes pride of place

The much-photographed mill has sat on the same spot since 1086, the present building dating from the 17th Century.  Visitors can enjoy a guided tour by the miller, buying the flour milled on site before taking a walk along the banks of River Stour.

Art and culture thrives

The hub of the town is now The Exchange, a community arts and business venue, opened in 2007 and occupying the site of the former cattle market.  National and international performers are drawn to the 300-seat theatre with superb performance space.

Coming together of traditional buildings and modern life

17th and 18th century thatched cottages, Georgian houses and 19th century brick buildings make up the pretty High Street.  Traditional outlets are complemented by a specialist delicatessen, artisan bakery, fruit & veg shop and florist, along with a selection of cafes and, for the serious tea drinker, Comins Tea House

For something a little different …

Country department store, Harts of Stur has taken pride of place for over 100 years – one of the largest stockists of cookware and kitchen electricals. For a bit of variety, try the Paddock Pantry for all things equestrian, Hansons fabric warehouse and Olives Et Al Deli for delicious culinary ingredients.

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Sturminster Schools:

Primary – Sturminster Marshall First, William Barnes, Sturminster CofE

Secondary – Sturminster High

Prep – Clayesmore, Hancock, Knighton House, Sherborne

Senior – Clayesmore, Bryanston, Milton Abbey,  Leweston, Sherborne Boys & Girls

Rail Links:

Gillingham – Waterloo
Sherborne – Waterloo

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