Welcome to the Blandford Town Team website!

This is the Town Team’s guide to the town and local area. We hope you will find it useful.

We are a community focused group of volunteers who feel strongly about the need to promote the town for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike, and provide support to other community groups (where appropriate). We meet every two months to review work in progress and plan new projects. Email the secretary at [email protected] find out more.

Come to beautiful Blandford and 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

  1. Expression of Interest submitted to Historic England for substantial funding to improve the town centre.
  2.  Read about it here
  3. We welcome Pitmans Removals & Storage as our prime site sponsor.

Visit the Blandford Leisure Centre.

Facilities.

Keep fit and healthy at the Blandford Leisure Centre with its state-of-the-art gym and swimming facilities, including a 25 metre pool, large children’s pool and relaxing Nordic sauna. A huge range of group exercise classes offer something for everyone regardless of fitness levels and goals. The sports halls host a wide variety of sports and activities. So, pay us a visit to relax, unwind, work out or enjoy food and drink in our cafe.

Significance.

As a town on the river Stour with the largest population of young families in north Dorset, the Blandford Leisure Centre is a family friendly, very popular and highly valued asset much enjoyed by people in the town, from the outlying villages and visitors alike.

Future of the Leisure Centre.

The Town Team is committed to promoting the Blandford Leisure Centre and ensuring its future is strongly supported by local government.

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What’s going on in Blandford

August diary

Thursday August 1: Square Dancing, Spetisbury village hall, 4 to 6pm (and every Thursday) Miracle Theatre: A Perfect World, Springhead

August 1 8:00 am August 31 10:00 pmEvent Details

Monday August 12 to Saturday August 17 Open Art Exhibition

August 12 10:00 am August 17 5:00 pmEvent Details

Sunday August 18 SOS Save Our Species Sustainability Fair

August 18 11:00 am 5:30 pmEvent Details

Strictly Come Tea Dancing

Strictly Come Tea Dancing at the Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford Forum, live music from the Soggy Biscuit Dance Band

August 19 2:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 2:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

Event Details

Friday August 23 Borrowers craft workshhop

August 23 11:00 am 3:00 pmEvent Details

Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25 The Borrowers

August 24 2:00 pm August 25 9:00 pmEvent Details
Community

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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Enterprise

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!

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