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Blandford enjoys the twin benefits of being located within forty minutes drive of the Bournemouth and Poole. The town is the administrative centre of North Dorset and provides a range of shopping, health, education and sporting facilities. A short walk uphill from the market place are the Ryves Almshouses in Salisbury Street and the Old House in The Close, both survivors of the fire in 1731. East Street, West Street, Salisbury Street and the lanes in between are all lined with fine Georgian buildings.
Crown Hotel Blandford is a redbrick Georgian property, this hotel is a 3-minute walk from The Blandford Town Museum and 14 miles from central Poole.
Blandford is notable for its Georgian architecture, the result of rebuilding after the majority of the town was destroyed by a fire in 1731. Places to vist in Blandford
include Bryanston which is a parish full of history which extends over approximately 1,550 acres. The original village of Bryanston was close to the existing Portman Chapel. In the 17th century the site of the village was occupied by a large house owned by the Rogers family.
The Blandford Museum interacts with the local community through a variety of special interest clubs. When you join the museum as a member you can join the museum directly or can join as a member of one of several museum clubs.
Dorset visitors - The Best of Dorset Attractions are reporting some fantastic visitor numbers as everyone who was stuck in doors during the wettest winter in memory suddenly needed to get out and about. www.sealifeweymouth.com Discover over 1,000 amazing creatures including penguins, sharks and seals! Journey down Crocodile Creek log flume and climb aboard the rides in Adventure Island. Also includes the Weymouth Tower where you can take in unrivalled views of the Jurassic Coast. Book online to save up to 30%. www.abbotsburyswannery.co.uk
On the World Heritage Coast. Dorset's World Famous Sanctuary. See over 600 free flying friendly swans, baby swans hatching mid-May to June end. Mass feeding 12 noon and 4pm daily. The Giant Swan Maze (opens May half term). Snacks, lunches and teas served in the licensed Kennels Café by the swinging nest children's play area.
Brownsea island - Famous for our red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting. Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a unique haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers.
Brownsea Island -
There is plenty to do with special trails and the public bird hide. Families can make the most of our tracker pack challenge, children's trails, tree climbing and our brand new natural play area. Brownsea Island Scout & Guide Trading Post. ... Brownsea Island Trading Post ... this experimental camp when the seeds of the Scout Movement were sown. Camping on Brownsea Island
Our outdoor centre campsite is a 50 acre site that contains the very spot where Baden Powell held his first ever experimental camp.
Open exclusively to Scout, Guide, school and other youth and community groups.
Royal Signals Museum is a must to visit. From earliest times some form of signalling has been used by armies in the field. The Greeks had the torch telegraph and the water telegraph, and the Roman army used coloured smoke as a means of communication.
In England, during the 16th century, beacons were used and in 1796 the Admiralty adopted a shutter- type machine, known as the 'Murray Lettering Telegraph', to communicate between London and Devonport. The following year the Army introduced the Radiated Telegraph System, which proved to be a more mobile system than the Murray Telegraph, and was used during the Napoleonic wars.
The Tank Museum brings history to life with the world's best collection of tanks and action packed live displays during school holidays. See almost 300 vehicles as you explore five powerful exhibitions, including; "The Tank Story", "Battlegroup Afganistan", "The Discovery Centre", "The Trench Experience" and "Warhorse to Horsepower". Sherborne Castle & Gardens Discover the historic Digby stately home built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and its great stories.
If visiting try staying at Crown Hotel Blandford