Welcome to the Blandford Town Team website

This is the Town Team’s guide to the town and local area.

Town Team current activities include collaboration with the Town Council and others on Climate Change initiatives and enhancements to make the town centre more attractive for visitors, businesses and residents alike, and bring more people into the town. We meet every two months to review work in progress and plan new projects. If you would like to be involved or find out more, email the Chairman at [email protected]

COVID-19 Restrictions & Parking. In these difficult times people will not be visiting Blandford to enjoy the town and its unique architecture, but the reasons why they should when leisure travel restrictions are lifted are explained below. Park in the free Blandford Stour Meadows car park, enjoy the meadows and the river, and take the short walk over the blue bridge into the town centre.

Come to beautiful Blandford to see what the Bastard brothers did! Blandford is a market town steeped in history since its origins in the 9th century, but characterised by its unique Georgian town centre created after a fire in 1731 destroyed most of the buildings. The resultant rebuilding by architects and craftsmen of the time earned its description by architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner as ‘a most satisfying Georgian ensemble’ with which hardly any other town could compare. Today, a thriving and bustling centre now serving its own growing population and that of the numerous surrounding villages, and taking pride in its wide variety of independent and national shops and businesses, markets, services and recreational facilities.

News Update as at 9th April 2020

  1. Improvements to the Markets Area. The Town Council set-up a working group to produce a plan to pedestrianise the Markets Area and recommend the same to the full Council for approval. This uses money allocated for improvements to the town centre from Lidl 106 funding and therefore must be used for enhancements rather than to replace paving slabs. The latter will happen with money from a different Dorset Council Highways pot. Following a number of meetings in early 2020, the working group decided to focus on enhancements to the markets area rather than the single issue of full or partial pedestrianisation. While advocating progression to pedestrianisation and a shared space approach, the Town Team was tasked with conducting a survey to find out what people in the town think. We plan to launch the survey in May 2020. The Blandford and District Civic Society and the Town Team are represented on the working group in an advisory capacity.
  2. We are pleased to have Pitmans Removals & Storage as our prime site sponsor.

Upcoming Events – as elsewhere, most events have been cancelled or postponed. We will keep the diary below up to date as the situation changes.

Visit the Blandford Leisure Centre.

The Town Team is committed to promoting the Blandford Leisure Centre and securing its future through local government and the community.

Everyone Active website


Example of Blandford Town Team community project

The Town Team obtained Lidll 106 grant funding to install tourism signs on the by-pass to promote the attractions of the town and the local area to visitors and the passing public. These provide important physical promotion as part of the marketing package aimed at bringing more people into the Blandford area.

Get the latest updates for this project

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Just some of our local businesses

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St. Martin’s House

The house forms the central part of a large Victorian building which was built as the choristers’ house for St. Martin’s church, Bryanston, by the Portman family who then owned the estate. The estate is now home to Byranston School. Built in approx 1886 the house was originally called St Martin’s House, but this name appears to have been dropped in the l940s after the house was divided. The northern section was again divided in the early eighties and we bought the middle part shortly afterwards. Having gradually brought the heart of the building back to its former elegance, we felt it to be only right to also reinstate its original name! Although the whole building, and our central part, has undergone many changes, the principal features were fortunately left intact. We particularly love the huge etched and stained glass window in the stairwell. We have had many years of restoring damaged (one might even say vandalised!) mouldings and architraves, stripping back wooden features to show off the beauty of the grain. Now re-wired, re-plumbed, with central heating throughout and a bathroom for every bedroom, St. Martin’s is once again elegant, comfortable and a much loved home. We hope that

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Forum Focus

Blandford’s brilliant monthly community magazine – news, views and events

Tourist Information Centre

Tourist Information Centre

As well as a wealth of information call in too for gifts, souvenirs, accommodation bookings, bus tickets and more!