Attraction's Around Verwood.
The Verwood Heathland
Heritage Centre (0 Miles)
The "Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre" project has preserved and restored a unique Primitive Country Pottery workshop, focusing on the Dorset Heathland and local Crafts.
The Exhibition Area, contained in the original Potters' Workshop, has been extended for further Exhibition Space.
The Coffee Shop serves Tea, Filter Coffee, Hot Chocolate, soft drinks, biscuits and locally home made cakes at reasonable prices and in a convivial atmosphere.
This mini museum with its coffee shop and changing
exhibitions is well worth a short visit. It is situated next to the main car
The Potters Wheel,
Manor Way, Verwood,
Dorset. UK - BH31 6HF
and Coffee Shop is open Monday to Saturday from 09:30 a.m. to noon
Verwood Memorial Hall
A formal opening ceremony was held on the 9th May 1959. The hall was built for the benefit of the Parish and was dedicated as a tribute to those who gave their lives during the 1939-1945 war. The auditorium will seat a maximum of 200 with a stage and adjacent dressing rooms. The general purpose wooden floor was marked out as a Badminton Court though this did have its problems as the roof was really a bit too low.
The venue hosts a Friday market (morning) plus other events
details of which can be found on the "What's
On" page on this site.
Verwood Memorial Hall,
Manor Way, Verwood,
Dorset. UK - BH31 6HF
The Verwood HUB
- now part of lifestyles
- (0.3 Road Miles from Verwood)
This venue contains a 300 seat theatre / cinema
as well as a
Bistro serving meals and snacks. Live Shows are regularly
held and details can be found on the "What's
On" page on this site. It also contains meeting
Brock Way (Between the Police Station and Chemist)
Dorset UK - BH31 7QE
Heavy Horse Farm Park
- (2.0 Road Miles from Verwood)
Set Amongst scenic countryside our friendly park offers you the chance to
experience farm life "hands on". Come and see the magnificent Shire
All age groups will enjoy interesting daily shows. Free wagon and tractor
rides. Full programme of hands-on-activities with friendly farm animals.
Blacksmith museum gypsy wagons pony rides straw fun barn go cart arena cafe/gift
shop. (Animal Collection) .
The Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
House and Gardens
Road Miles from Verwood)
Edmonsham House is a
fine Tudor Manor House with Georgian additions, which has
remained within the ownership of the same family since the
sixteenth Century. The house & gardens: All Bank Holiday Mondays &
Wednesdays in April & October, 2 - 5 pm. Gardens: April - October, Sunday
& Wednesday, 2 pm - 5 pm.
Location - From Verwood follow the B3081 towards Cranborne
and follow the signs to Edmondsham
Phone: 01725 517207
Sutton Holms Nature Reserve
- (2 Road Miles from
Location- (Map ref. SU 058100). Leave Verwood on the B3081. After the left
hand junction, Sutton Holms is 1 mile along on the right just before left hand bend, along a small wooded
drive with Parking for 2 cars.
Traditional pasture with hedges, pond and a small flower rich copse.
by arrangement. Contact Dorset Wildlife Trust office Tel: 01305 264620.
Valley Country Park
- (4 Road Miles from
Set in 750 acres of Forest, Moors Valley Country Park caters for all
tastes. Follow the play trail and cycle routes (bycycles can be hired) or
enjoy a peaceful walk through the Forest. Experience a ride on an
authentic narrow-gauge steam train or even Go Ape on a high wire forest
adventure swinging through the tree tops. Have a meal, enjoy the shop and
childrens play areas. Ther is also a golf couse and lake. Entrance is FREE but car parking charges
Directions - by car from Verwood turn south to Three Legged Cross then left to
Ashley Heath and Moors Valley is on your left after about 2 miles.
Alternately you may walk along Crane River Valley from Pottern Park, Verwood or
from the Verwood end of the Ringwood Forest.
Location:- Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET
Please note: Be aware that due to the rural nature of the location, some satellite navigation systems and route planners may not be accurate when using our postcode.
Knowlton Church and Earthworks
- (4.7 Road Miles from Verwood)
The main earthwork at Knowlton is of a type known as a henge. Though they are generally believed to have been ceremonial sites, it is likely that they fulfilled many functions, and may have changed their role through time. Church Henge, as it is now known, has been protected from plough
There are three other main earthworks nearby: the Northern Circle and ‘Old Churchyard’;
and the Southern Circle, which encloses Knowlton Farm, and is surrounded by a ditch 240 metres (790 feet) in diameter.
The siting of this ruined medieval church at the centre of a Neolithic ritual
henge earthwork symbolises the transition from pagan to Christian worship.
Location: Wimborne St Giles (SW of Cranborne on the4 B3078)
Cranborne Manor Gardens (& Garden Centre)
- (5.1 Road Miles from Verwood)
For a day out in Cranborne, there is plenty of variety on offer. The Cranborne Manor Garden Centre, The Old Potting Shed tearoom and Cranborne Stores are open daily.
Elizabethan manor garden containing a Jacobean Mount garden herb and walled
gardens, a river garden and daffodils are open once a week in the Spring and Summer for the public to
enjoy (Wed Only), Note that the Manor House itself is not open
Location of the Garden Centre - Follow the B3081 all the way to
Cranborne. - As you enter the village the Garden Centre can be found on your
- normally open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm.- Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm.
The Manor Garden - Open Every Wednesday only between 1st March and 30th September
from 9am - 5pm. (Last entry 4pm.)
- (6 Road Miles from
Brewery's first brewhouse was in a former bakery in the old station yard
brewing Best Bitter and Fortyniner for
a handful of local customers. 1979 saw the production of Old
Thumper, which has since become the flagship brew. Old
Thumper was voted Champion Beer of Britain by CAMRA in
The brewery tour experience takes approximately one and a half hours. The tour includes a complimentary drink in
the Pin Room, a tour of the brewery where you can taste the malted barleys, have a sniff of the hops, and see the fermentations bubbling away in the TunRoom.
Unfortunately, due to the nature and layout of the Brewery, there is limited access to certain areas which may not be suitable for all.
If you have any concerns regarding access please call the brewery on 01425 470303.
- Take the B3081
to Ringwood and then follow Christchurch signs and
the Brewery can be found on the right
Location:- 138 Christchurch Road. Ringwood Hants (BH24 3AP)
Heath Country Park
- (6 Road Miles from
The miles of tracks offer an opportunity to explore some of Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.
It is dominated by lowland and wet heath, acid grassland and heather, which is broken only by clumps of birch and pine. Some of the rarer species to look out for are Sand Lizards and Smooth Snakes, Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks and Silver-studded Blue butterfly.-
- From Verwood take the B3081 towards Ringwood pass under dual
cariagway & onto it. Continue straight towards Ferndown. Avon Park is on your left.
Brocks Pine, St. Leonards, Ringwood, BH24 2DH (Using a Sat Nov
system may send you to the wrong place.)
Grid reference:- SU 121 029
(except 25th &
26th Dec and 1st Jan.)
The Heathland Discovery Centre opens 11am - 4pm everyday
The Park gates open 8am and the entrance closes at 06:30 p.m. or dusk. - Exite
gate closes at 07:30 p.m.
Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centrer
- (7 Road Miles from
Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre is located near Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest. It is home to a large collection of birds of prey and other creepy crawlies such as snakes, lizards and spiders in our indoor reptile house.
Observe these magnificent birds flying free and the reptiles up close and personal in various displays held throughout the day. In the event of wet weather - our displays are held indoors.
Directions: - Take the B3081 to Ringwood and the Owl Sanctuary.
Locations:- Crow Lane, Ringwood, Hants. BH24 3EA
Gardens (7.8 Road Miles from
Within a superb
framework of mature trees and shrubs there is a wealth of
colour and form throughout the season - bright colours of
early spring through to autumn's mellow hues. Open to the public, the four acre
garden at Knoll is a show garden, featuring the specialist plants
available in the nursery.
One of the country's most extensive collections
of grasses can be found within Knoll’s informal English setting,
demonstrating how grasses can work in the visual context of a real
garden. Knoll is at the forefront of changing gardening styles and the Show
Gardens offer beautiful working examples of how to create maximum effect
for minimum general maintenance as well as addressing environmental
concerns: Knoll features a Mediterranean style gravel garden as well as a
small scale meadow garden and most recently the Decennium border planted
in Neil's version of the modern naturalistic style.
The garden at Knoll is never static; it constantly evolves as owner Neil
Lucas introduces new plants and themes to what he lovingly describes as
his 'four acre exhibit'.
Directions:- From Verwood travel to Ferndown and then turn right onto main Wimborne Rd.
then left into Award Road.
Location:- Knoll Gardens, Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND
Walford Mill (7.3 Road Miles from
The history of the mill at Walford is clouded in uncertainty. In David
Popham's book 'The History ofWimborne' there is a reference to a 'mille at
Wimburn Town Centre end' which is believed to refer to Walford Mill in the 16th
century.. Location: Wimborne, Dorset
A converted mill building by the river with a gallery and shop showing the
best in contemporary British design workshops a craftschool and a bistro.
841400. (Craft Centre) . Location: Wimborne Minster
Deans Court (7.4 Road Miles from
Lawns specimen trees shrubs semi-woodland paths. Vegetable garden with
serpentine wall. Sanctuary for rare vegetable species. Chemical-free produce for
01202 886116. (Garden) Location: Wimborne Minster
The Priest's House Museum (7.4 Road Miles from
The Priest's House Museum is set in an historic town house where a series of
period rooms takes the visitor back through the centuries. From the 17th Century
Hall to the Georgian Parlour and working Victorian Kitchen (Not Sun). Location:
Award-winning museum. Period rooms. Victorian Kitchen. East Dorset Villages
gallery. Childhood and Archaeology galleries. Hands-on activities for all ages.
Walled garden. Tel:- 01202 882533. (Museum) . Location: Wimborne Minster.
Wimborne Minster Model Town (7.5 Road Miles from
Built well over 50 years ago, the magnificent 1/10th scale models continue to
surprise and amaze visitors from all over the world with their superb quality
and realism.. Opening days & Hrs vary seasonally-please use the web link for
Charming faithful 1/10th scale recreation of 1950s Wimborne a delightful
historic market town set in beautiful award-winning gardens. Tearooms and gift
Tel:- 01202 881924. (Model/Miniature Village) . Location: Wimborne Minster
Skiing and Snowboarding
(8.1 Road Miles from
From taster lessons to advanced coaching. We offer the best for the ski
enthusiast, catering for company groups wanting to enjoy an evening of fun or
skiers preparing themselves for their holiday. Location: Hurn, Christchurch 6.3
Miles from VERWOOD
Honeybrook Country Park (9.7 Road Miles from
Honeybrook Country Park is part of the Gaunts Estate. Visitors are free to
wander in 84 acres of river meadows and woodland, they have also created
exciting activities for children and groups (Not Mon). Location: Wimborne,
Honeybrook Farm offers nature based activities an adventure playground and a
well stocked farm shop offering locally reared and produced products.
881120. (Farm) . Location: Wimborne
Aviation Museum (10.7 Road Miles from
Bournemouth Aviation Museum is a registered charity operated entirely by
volunteers.Our aim is to provide an interesting and informative visit for people
of all ages and to share the enjoyment of the exciting world of aviation.. Open
daily Apr-Oct. Winter opening varies .please check using web link.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum
Merritown Lane - off the B3073
Dorset, BH23 6BA
Tel: 01202 473141
Follow the signs for Bournemouth International Airport or Adventure Wonderland.
- (10.7 Road Miles from
Adventure Wonderland, opposite Bournemouth Airport, is Dorset's number one
family theme park and when you get here you'll see why! It's just packed full of
so much fun and excitement for all our young visitors that you'll want to stay
all day.. Winter opening varies. Please check using web link (Sat & Sun
Dorset, BH23 6BA
Lacy Estate - National Trust wood
- (12.6 Road Miles from
Kingston Lacy is an elegant 17thC house designed for Sir Ralph Bankes by Sir
Roger Pratt and altered by Sir Charles Barry in 19thC. It is a country mansion built to resemble an Italian
Palace set in a 250-acre wooded park with a herd of Devon cattle. 01202 883402.
(Historic House/Palace) .
There’s plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs and even strange curiosities such as an ‘I owe you’ note from a king.
An art lover’s dream, take a look at rooms teeming with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel. In the Egyptian Room you can discover the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK.
Enjoy the Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house, take a sheltered walk through the surrounding
woodland and in spring enjoy the display of Snowdrops. Don’t forget to pop into the restaurant to try
home made cake and scones
Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA
Telephone: 01202 883402
OS Grid Ref: 195:ST980019
Opening days & times vary seasonally. Please check via web link.
Location: Wimborne, Dorset
Badbury Rings (13 Road Miles from
Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort dating from 800 BC and in use until
the Roman occupation of 43 . The 330 ft high, 7 hectare fort is encircled by
three 40 ft ramparts and four Bronze Age round barrows indicating an earlier
Location: Wimborne, Dorset.
Mill - National Trust
(14 Road Miles from
Rebuilt in 1776 on a site marked in the Domesday Book, this substantial corn
mill was extensively repaired in 1994 and still retains its original elm and
applewood machinery (now too fragile to be used). It is situated next to the
River Stour. (Sat & Sun Only).
Sturminster Marshall, near Wimborne Minster, BH21 4BX
Telephone: 01258 858051
OS Grid Ref: 195:ST958006
Park (14.4 Road Miles from
Tower Park in Poole has something for everyone. With our indoor Splash Down water centre with exciting water rides, a recently refurbished 16 screen Empire cinema, bowling, bingo, fitness club, kids play area, amusement centre and plenty of places to eat, there is more than enough to entertain you.
Tower Park is located just 3 miles from the centre of Poole and five miles from Bournemouth plus has FREE parking for all visitors.
Newton Museum & Mill rom
(24.5 Road Miles
Still in good working order, the Mill provides a unique opportunity to journey back to a simpler time, where you and your family can discover the age-old secrets of harnessing natural power amidst the tranquil beauty of the read Dorset countryside.
Informal guided tours by our Mill Supervisors are highly-praised features of visits to the Mill. The Mill is close to the Town Bridge and has a car park and picnic area by the river.
OS Grid Ref. - St 782135 Sat. Nav. – DT10 2HW Contact: 01747 854355
Admission: Adults £2.50 Children £1
Sturminster Newton Museum & Mill Society
1 Lane Fox Terrace, Penny Street, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DE
Tel: 01258 472568