Dorset Council has sponsored free parking on the following dates; Saturdays 28th November 5th December 12th December 19th December and Thursday 24th December 2020. Because of Covid-19, the Blandford Yuletide Festival is cancelled this year. However, to help shops and shoppers in the town centre, there is a free shoppers Christmas raffle in participating shops in the lead up to Christmas (sponsored by Morrisons).
Visiting the town? 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.https://carparkmaps.co.uk/carparks/view/9064
Scroll down the car parks website to see the Stour Meadows car park – access is from the Tesco roundabout in Blandford St Mary.
The Town Team exists to promote the town for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors. We meet every 2 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]
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.
The Blandford Business Support group provide support to each other, discussing local and national issues and how they affect us and to provide information and new skills to progress our businesses and discuss the development of the town.
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.
Meetings every first Thursday of the month – 8:30 am
Pay monthly websites for £30 per month, built within 48 hours!
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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