Blandford is a picturesque market town situated in the North Dorset countryside.

South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park is in an ideal location, perfect for exploring Dorset’s best attractions. We’re close to a number of Dorset towns and villages, which offer fun filled days out for all the family.

Blandford Forum is a traditional market town, situated on the banks of the River Stour in North Dorset. The town’s architecture has a strong Georgian influence, with plenty of interesting buildings dotted around the central market place. Blandford is home to a number of pubs and cafes offering a tasty selection of food and drink. It’s the ideal place to spend a leisurely afternoon perusing the independent shops and treating yourself to a present or two!

blandford forum market town

Picture credit: Jonas Lowgren, Flickr

Things to do in Blandford

Despite its small size, Blandford boasts a number of things to see and do. One of the highlights of many visitor’s trip is a tour of Hall and Woodhouse Brewery. Beer has been brewed at this historic site since 1977 and the process has changed very little during this time. Find out more about how each of the popular beers are made and hear unique stories about the people behind the scenes. After your tour be sure to stop at The Brewery Tap in the maltings, where you can sample a selection of beers alongside a delicious meal.

Keneston Mill also offers a great day out. It’s home to the largest private botanic gardens in the UK and grows and distils the key ingredients for luxury perfumes in its grounds. Wander around the stunning gardens to smell the aromas or take part in one of their workshops to make your own fragrance.

Museums in Blandford

If you’re interested in history, there are three museums that are well worth a visit during your trip. The Blandford Town Museum gives an insight into the region’s heritage through a number of displays and exhibits. You can learn more about Blandford Railway station, World War II and over 400 years of local history, detailing major events and industries.

The Blandford Fashion Museum showcases a range of historical clothing dating back to the 18th century. There are 13 collections spread over 2 floors and detailed information on the changes in fashion and styles.

Military enthusiasts will love the Royal Signals Museum at Blandford Camp. Here you can see some of the finest examples of military communication equipment, alongside a soldier’s detailed perspective of their experience at war. Interactive displays provide plenty of opportunity for visitors to get ‘hands on’.

Events in Blandford

Every year the world’s largest heritage festival, the Great Dorset Steam Fair takes place in Blandford. This fantastic family event is a must visit if you’re in the area. Over the course of five days, there are hundreds of exhibits, stands and displays

Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Walks near Blandford

There are some excellent countryside walks that can be accessed from Blandford, if you’re hoping to explore the region by foot. A walk along the beautiful River Stour is great in the summer months and the North Dorset Trailway is a popular route, which follows a disused railway line from Sturminster Newton to Spetsbury, nearly 14 miles in total.

bridge over the river stour at blandford

Picture credit: Chris Parker, Flickr

A walk up nearby Hambledon Hill offers far reaching views across the Blackmore Vale. From the top you can see into neighbouring counties. This Iron Age hill fort is one of the best preserved examples in Great Britain and is of great archaeological significance. It is owned and managed by the National Trust and is the perfect place to walk the dog and admire North Dorset’s magnificent scenery. In the spring and summer wildflowers are plentiful

Picturesque market town in North Dorset.

Blandford Tourist Information Centre

Riverside House, West Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AW

Tel: 01258 454770

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We had a great stay in our caravan at South Lytchett Manor. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The park had lovely toilet facilities and the site was immaculately clean. Great pub just down the road too. Will definitely return.

Emma, March 2018

We were totally gobsmacked by this amazing site. We arrived on the second snowfall of the area and were blown away by the helpfulness of all the staff, even offering assistance to site van if required. Nothing was too much trouble for the team and we were made to feel like we were visiting VIP’s. Definitely a lovely clean and well kept site.
We have put this as our number one site when visiting the area. The shop is well stocked with all the paraphinailia you normally forget too.. Can’t wait to return at latter part of the year.

Skipess123, March 2018

Couldn’t fault this site – spacious, level plots with lovely views, mine had a picnic table too!, extremely helpful staff (nothing was too much trouble), perfect location with bus stop outside. Lovely walks, ideal for dog owners, families, couples and solo travellers like me. Very clean toilet/shower block, games room, shop and even fresh bread from the onsite bakery! Lovely and quiet at night too. Will definitely be back as this is such a great site.

Anne, March 2018

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