{"LocationDetails":{"Id":588,"Name":"Sherborne","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holiday cottages\u0026nbsp;in Sherborne\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSherborne in the north west of Dorset is a pretty, market town. Close to the River Yeo, Sherborne boasts medieval buildings, castles and picturesque scenery. Holidays in Sherborne are perfect for walking holidays, family breaks and time spent with friends \u0026ndash; whatever your ideal pastime is, Dorset is the perfect place to enjoy it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Sherborne\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Great Dorset Steam Fair is always a hit with locals and visitors. Held in the village of Tarrant Hinton, central Dorset, this incredible event includes hundreds of steam engine vehicles from every corner of the globe as well as horses, live music and children\u0026rsquo;s entertainment. Look out for the old steam funfair with over 60 traditional roundabouts and the live stunt displays with monster truck and motorcycles.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSherborne Abbey in the centre of town is a remarkable sight. Take a look around and admire its striking features. Founded in AD 705, take a guided tour to discover more about the abbeys history. Learn about its architecture, origins and other tales. There are regular services here, as well as concerts, so check to see what events are on before you leave town.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;ve always wanted to experience a hot air balloon ride, now is your chance. Aerosaurus provide balloon rides above Devon and the South West of England. Take a dawn or dusk flight, romantic ride or private flight \u0026ndash; you can also have your picture taken so you have something to remember forever. Enjoy the scenery from great heights and make this a moment to cherish.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSherborne\u003c/strong\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNot many places can say they boast two castles but Sherborne sure does. Sherborne Old Castle resides on the grounds of the new one and is a stunning attraction to visit. Today, it\u0026rsquo;s an English Heritage site and is classed as romantic ruins rather than in its original state. However, that doesn\u0026rsquo;t mean that you won\u0026rsquo;t enjoy a trip here. People love to have a picnic here as they as they admire the beautiful views. You might also spot some local wildlife on your travels.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSherborne Castle itself boasts stunning gardens as well as a lake. The lake is in the heart of the 30 acres of garden and it\u0026rsquo;s a site to cherish. The pretty lawns and trees are the perfect backdrop, whether you want to sit and relax or take a stroll on one of the trails. Keep an eye out for some of the local residents, including ducks and water fowl.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSherborne Museum in the centre of town is housed in a grade II listed building. Since it opened in 1968, its showcased some of the most amazing treasures. From a mummified cat to memorial stone plaque, there\u0026rsquo;s plenty to see here. There\u0026rsquo;s also a vast collection of art to browse too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRestaurants in Sherborne\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFood lovers will enjoy a bite to eat at The Pear Tree. This eatery has a great reputation for serving delicious food at every time of the day. Whether you\u0026rsquo;re after breakfast, lunch or dinner, the gourmet style food and friendly atmosphere will leave you feeling warm inside. In summer, enjoy your food on the outdoor patio or ask to take your food away for a tasty picnic. As well as local produce, you\u0026rsquo;ll find food from as far away as Tuscany.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Bakery Caf\u0026eacute; serves some of the best food in Sherborne. Freshly baked bread, pizzas and light bites are just a few favourites to look out for. The caf\u0026eacute; has a real rustic feel to it, with pizzas served on wood boards and long, wooden tables in the dining room. The menu has many dishes for all the family to relish. We love the homemade soup and sandwiches \u0026ndash; they\u0026rsquo;re perfect for lunch!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCaf\u0026eacute; Baglioni is located in a quiet alleyway but it\u0026rsquo;s one of Sherborne\u0026rsquo;s hidden gems. If you\u0026rsquo;re searching for somewhere to put your feet up for an hour or two, this is the place to be. Grab a refreshing coffee or light bite as you contemplate the next attraction on your itinerary. If you\u0026rsquo;re visiting in summer, have a snack outdoors, next to the colourful hanging baskets that light up the street. With friendly service and a tranquil atmosphere, this is somewhere you\u0026rsquo;ll want to keep coming back to.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"sherborne","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Sherborne.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Aerosaurus Balloons","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;ve always fancied trying a balloon ride, but you\u0026rsquo;d like to make it extra special and do it your way, Aerosaurus offer award-winning flights above the beautiful South West. Aerosaurus Balloons fly above Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and they offer dawn and dusk flights, champagne toasts and private flights \u0026ndash; so you can experience a professional flight just the way you\u0026rsquo;ve always planned. You\u0026rsquo;ll have a professional photo taken to capture the moment as you take off, so many choose flights as romantic outings, special gifts or as a unique proposal setting.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s no secret that Devon is one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s most scenic areas, and a flight from the Aerosaurus Balloons South Devon launch means you can take time out to enjoy the views from above, and as balloon passengers don\u0026rsquo;t feel any movement in the basket regardless of wind all you need to concentrate on is enjoying the experience and seeing what you can see.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eCornwall balloon rides fly above Bodmin, Mid and East Devon rides take in Exeter and its surroundings, and South Devon flights glide above the South Hams, Plymouth and the surrounding areas. Gift vouchers are also available, so why not surprise your party with a treat during your stay in the South West? There are many top 5 things to do lists when it comes to this pretty corner of the country, and balloon rides top them again and again.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7508,"LocationLongitude":-3.38818,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/pink-balloon.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"sherborne/devon/aerosaurus-balloons","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/pink-balloon.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Autumn Colours at Sherborne Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDorset is one of those counties that looks simply stunning when the leaves change colour and everything blazes, and the grounds of Sherborne Castle come into their own. Autumn Colours at Sherborne Castle is an annual event that sees admission prices reduced for those who want to visit the gardens and enjoy autumn in all its glory. The gardens and pleasure grounds were created by Lancelot \u0026lsquo;Capability\u0026rsquo; Brown, and the sight of the trees lining the lake at their centre is beautiful.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are 30 acres of gardens to wander, and the cost of entry also includes access to the 40 acres of grounds. Follow the many paths and trails that encourage walkers to enjoy every area of the garden and showcase the views of the lake to perfection. Sherborne Castle was built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh, and its impressive 50 acre lake dates back to 1753.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAutumn Colours at Sherborne Castle is a peaceful event and a great way to escape from it all as the summer dwindles. Many bring their dogs along to let them stretch their legs, others sit and enjoy a picnic and parents bring bread for the little ones to feed the ducks, making this a special annual event.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.9495,"LocationLongitude":-2.50205,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/autumn-tree.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"sherborne/dorchester-country/autumn-colours-at-sherborne-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/autumn-tree.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Sherborne Castle and Gardens","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe lake at Sherborne Castle is all thanks to Lancelot \u0026ldquo;Capability\u0026rdquo; Brown, and it\u0026rsquo;s made the gardens one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s finest attractions since he had it built in 1753. The lake sits at the heart of 30 beautiful acres of garden in the grounds of the historic Sherborne Castle, and the 40 acres of grounds that lead on from the gardens make a visit to Sherborne one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s greatest days out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe gardens have a section to suit every taste and style, from sweeping lawns, pretty borders and inspiring specimen trees \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;ll be completely up to you whether you sit back and watch the children play, wander one of the trails or sit and enjoy the peace and quiet beside the lake. There\u0026rsquo;s one thing you\u0026rsquo;ll be guaranteed no matter when you visit or what you do, the gardens will be ablaze with colour. 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The attraction opened in 1968 and since then its collections have expanded so much that it\u0026rsquo;s had to buy what was once a shoe shop next door to expand.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eInside, the museum\u0026rsquo;s home to some of Sherborne\u0026rsquo;s most fascinating treasures, and there\u0026rsquo;s a story attached to each one to help you learn more about the town and its past. Take the mummified cat that was found in a roof space for example \u0026ndash; was it hidden up there by a former resident in the hope of warding off evil?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnd then there\u0026rsquo;s the memorial stone plaque discovered in the former police station that seems to two men \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s thought they were victims of the plague who were buried under what\u0026rsquo;s now the hospital but we can only study the artefacts and speculate about the people that inspired them. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a diverse collection of art too, and many of it captures the wild side of Dorset and the heritage coast. Sherborne Museum opens between Easter and Christmas from Tuesday to Saturday, and special opening times can be arranged if you\u0026rsquo;d like to visit out of hours. Admission\u0026rsquo;s just \u0026pound;1 and children under 18 and those with disabilities go free.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.9468,"LocationLongitude":-2.51578,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/12/stone fossil.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/sherborne/sherborne-museum","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/12/stone fossil.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Sherborne Abbey","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s only right that Sherborne Abbey sits right in the heart of the town as it\u0026rsquo;s one of the area\u0026rsquo;s most loved buildings. You\u0026rsquo;ll be welcome to visit for a look around even if you don\u0026rsquo;t plan on attending one of the services or the many events that the abbey hosts throughout the year, and one of the most striking features of this Sherborne treasure is the tranquillity that you\u0026rsquo;ll experience as you make your way around.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe abbey was founded in AD 705 and there are regular guided tours to bring you up to speed on the abbey\u0026rsquo;s long history. The guides know everything there is to know about the building\u0026rsquo;s origins, architecture and influence on the town and will bring it to life as you wander with tales and facts. Events include concerts, carol services and organ recitals so it\u0026rsquo;s worth having a look to see what\u0026rsquo;s on before you visit so you don\u0026rsquo;t miss out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe\u0026rsquo;ll leave the abbey\u0026rsquo;s history to the experts when you get there but here\u0026rsquo;s one tip, take a moment to stop and look up so you don\u0026rsquo;t miss the stunning vaulted ceilings and look forward to a warm welcome.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.9467,"LocationLongitude":-2.51666,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/07/Sherborne.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/sherborne/sherborne-abbey","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/07/Sherborne.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Green Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAs Sherborne\u0026rsquo;s number one restaurant The Green Restaurant more than deserves its reputation for good food and an impressive menu. Set inside a Grade II listed building, the restaurant looks gorgeous from the outside and serves up meals that have its diners returning time and again.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDescribed by one reviewer as \u0026ldquo;a consistent delight\u0026rdquo;, The Green Restaurant serves a varied lunchtime menu as well as a la carte menus and lighter bites so there\u0026rsquo;s something to suit your appetite no matter what time of day you call in. If you\u0026rsquo;re planning on visiting during an evening we\u0026rsquo;d recommend you phone ahead and reserve your table as the restaurant fills up fast.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe head chef ensures that all ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible, and far from just including one or two local dishes on the menu for effect he takes his time to prepare a menu that reflects each season and the very best tastes the region has to offer. 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The caf\u0026eacute; specialises in light bites, pizza and flatbreads, and the glory of it is that you can choose your favourite toppings and wait for your custom dish to be created.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pizzas come served on traditional wooden boards which give something of a rustic feel to the meal, and the dining area has long wooden tables so you can sit as a group and tuck in. The caf\u0026eacute; also offers homemade soups, crusty breads and a selection of sandwiches so it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for lunch or a light snack during your visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is a family-owned bakery so you can expect a warm, friendly welcome whether you\u0026rsquo;re visiting for the first time or like many, you visit regularly. 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