Just 2 miles, Best Manor House & Gardens 2013 – they also have a delightful cafe, The Sawmill, open for coffee, lunches and afternoon teas from Easter. Countrylife Magazine awarded these gardens 2nd best in the UK, deservedly so. 01308 862645 – www.mapperton.com Beautiful walled garden, don’t miss this one when you visit us.
Opposite us!! There is always something interesting on show here in the old Priests House, an interesting and beautiful building 400 years old with views of the gorgeous coloured windows from the Lounge
A 17th Century working watermill, open for lunch & cream teas, local crafts and Museum of rural bygones.
The bustling market town of Bridport is just 5 miles away with twice weekly markets, Wednesdays and Saturdays and a monthly farmers market the 3rd Saturday of every month and a vintage antiques market the last sunday of every month.
The local history museum.
A main Tourist Information centre
There is a vibrant arts and culture scene in Bridport and it attracts a variety of programmes and acts for all tastes and ages.
The Melplash Agrigcultural Show held annually on the 3rd Thursday every August is a great day out for the whole family, livestock, heavy horses, show jumping, trade stands, the main ring has events on all day.
Visit www.melplashshow.co.uk for all the latest news.
Bridport Arts Centre box office
01308 424204 – www.bridport-arts.com
The picturesque harbour of West Bay is nestled between the cliffs on the World Heritage Jurassic coast with Golden Cap to the east, the highest point in Dorset with stunning views to Lyme Regis, and to the West, Weymouth and Portland
The jaunty boats in the harbour, fishing boats unloading, daytrippers and locals taking in the breathtaking views and sea air make this spot unrivalled in our area,put on the map by Hugh Fernley Whittingstall and his great escapes on River Cottage down the Brit to West Bay, great if you fancy a spot of fishing or a boat trip along the coast.
Fossil hunters paradise, regular rock falls here bring amatuer and profesional hunters all year round, you are sure to find a jurassic gem.
Delightful Lyme Regis is an ancient seaport but has kept up with modern times and there is plenty to see and do, lots of shops, cafes, tearooms, restaurants, antique and art galleries and the Marine Theatre.
The Life Boat Week is an annual event and will draw thousands of people from 23rd to 31st July 2012, shortly followed by The regatta and Carnival week on 6th to 14th August.
Just 11 miles from Bridport. The River Cottage Canteen & Deli in Trinity Square, showcases the very best of south west produce.
01308 424204 – www.rivercottage.net
Along the Jurassic coast there is an amazing scenic drive from Bridport to Weymouth,through Abbotsbury (with it’s famous Swannery and Tropical Gardens) to Weymouth.