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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 park.
    The Potters Wheel, 
    Manor Way, Verwood,
    Dorset. UK - BH31 6HF

    The Museum and Coffee Shop is open Monday to Saturday from 09:30 a.m. to noon

Verwood Memorial Hall (0 Miles)
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 rooms. 

   The Hub
    Brock Way (Between the Police Station and Chemist)
    Dorset UK - BH31 7QE

Verwood 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 horses.

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
    Edmundson Road,
    BH21 7NB
    01202 824040 

Edmondsham House and Gardens  
- (3 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

    Edmondsham House
    BH21 5RE
    Phone: 01725 517207

Sutton Holms Nature Reserve  
- (2 Road Miles from Verwood)

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. 
Access by arrangement. Contact Dorset Wildlife Trust office Tel: 01305 264620. 

Moors Valley Country Park  
- (4 Road Miles from Verwood) 

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 children's play areas. There is also a golf
course and lake. 
Entrance is FREE but car parking charges apply.

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
the postcode. 

Sixpenny Brewery Cranborne
- (4 Road Miles from Verwood)

Scott Wayland launched his own commercial brewery in 2007 in North Surrey but in 2009 he decided to move home, family and business to a more rural area and, after much searching, found suitable premises for the brewery in an old dairy building on a farm in Sixpenny Handley, on the beautiful Cranborne Chase. The beer range was expanded, and a small bar soon added to the building, principally for offsales, with the chance to taste beers fresh from the cask before buying.

In 2014 Sixpenny won the prestigious “Best Drinks Producer” category at the Taste of Dorset Awards, followed a year later with “Best Brewer 2015”. In 2016 the decision was made to relocate the brewery to bigger premises in nearby Cranborne village. The new site, a restored Victorian barn and stable, has allowed the business to expand further and meet growing demand for both on and off site sales. Currently, Sixpenny produces a range of three regular beers, and a number of seasonal beers.

Location:-  Sixpenny Brewery, Holwell Farm, Holwell, Cranborne. Dorset, BH21 5QP
- (It is situated about 1 mile out of Cranborne on the Alderholt Road.)

Contact :-  Tel: 01725 762006, for information and to arrange visits to the Brewery if required

Note that the TAP room closes at 20:00 every day. Also note that on alternate Mondays a mobile Fish and Chip van turns up at 18:30 supplying excellent food and on every Friday fresh Pizzas can be bought from the Bakery next door.

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 damage.

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 left;

Garden Centre - 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.) 

Ringwood Brewery  
- (6 Road Miles from Verwood

Ringwood 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 1988.

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.

It is now owned by Marstons Brewery.

Directions - 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)

 Avon Heath Country Park  
(6 Road Miles from Verwood)

 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.- 

Directions - From Verwood take the B3081 towards Ringwood pass under dual cariagway & onto it. Continue straight towards Ferndown. Avon Park is on your left.

Location:- Brocks Pine, St. Leonards, Ringwood, BH24 2DH (Using a Sat Nov system may send you to the wrong place.)
Grid reference:- SU 121 029

The Heathland Discovery Centre opens 11am - 4pm everyday
- (except 25th & 26th Dec and 1st Jan.)
The Park gates open 8am and the entrance closes at 06:30 p.m. or dusk. - Exite gate closes at 07:30 p.m.

Libertys Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centrer 
- (7 Road Miles from Verwood) - 

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

Knoll Gardens
- (7.8 Road Miles from Verwood)

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, clearly 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.
  Knoll Gardens, Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

Walford Mill Crafts 
- (7.3 Road Miles from Verwood)

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.
Tel:-  01202 841400. (Craft Centre) . Location: Wimborne Minster

Deans Court
- (7.4 Road Miles from Verwood)

An elegant historic house set in ancient gardens, a stone’s throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster in Dorset. Run by William and Ali Hanham, Deans Court has been in William's family for nearly 500 years. Today the estate hosts a venue for weddings and events, a vintage lifestyle shop, health-food café and holiday cottages & houses. Pop-up social suppers, open-air theatres, courses and workshops, tours, beekeeping, fly-fishing, rearing sheep and growing organic vegetables in a walled kitchen garden - are just some of the other activities taking place here - all of them under the ethos of living sustainably within a heritage environment in the 21st century.

Lawns specimen trees shrubs semi-woodland paths. Vegetable garden with serpentine wall. Sanctuary for rare vegetable species. Chemical-free produce for sale.
Tel:-  01202 886116. (Garden) Location: Wimborne Minster 

The Priest's House Museum
- (7.4 Road Miles from Verwood)

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: Wimborne, Dorset 

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 Verwood)

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 full details. 

Charming faithful 1/10th scale recreation of 1950s Wimborne a delightful historic market town set in beautiful award-winning gardens. Tearooms and gift shop.
Tel:-  01202 881924. (Model/Miniature Village) . Location: Wimborne Minster

Snowtrax - Skiing and Snowboarding
- (10 Road Miles from Verwood)

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

Breamore House  Nr. Fordingbridge,Hampshire, SP6 2DF
- (8 Road Miles from Verwood)

Set in its own beautiful parkland amid surrounding farms and fields, the grandeur and magnificence of the house has changed little over the past 400 years. The Elizabethan Manor House and Countryside Museum are open for visitors from April until the end of October. Breamore House is also available as a reception venue for weddings and as a unique filming location.

Tel: 01725 512858

Honeybrook Country Park
- (9.7 Road Miles from Verwood)

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, Dorset 

Honeybrook Farm offers nature based activities an adventure playground and a well stocked farm shop offering locally reared and produced products.
Tel:-  01202 881120. (Farm) . Location: Wimborne

Bournemouth Aviation Museum 
- (10
.7 Road Miles from Verwood.)

B3073, Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset. BH23 6BA
Contact:- 01202 473141

The independent registered charity Located next to Adventure Wonderland has 20 hands on exhibits relating to the world of aviation. “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 with young people”

  • Come and see piston-powered & jet aircraft and an RAF Rescue helicopter, displayed in a spacious & natural setting.

  • Clamber into cockpits, twiddle the knobs and imagine you are the pilot.

  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the busy Airport from the top of our double-decker bus.

  • Take off in a light aircraft from the Airport opposite in our sit-in flight simulator and fly around the area using realistic scenery.

Adventure Wonderland  
- (10.7 Road Miles from Verwood)

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 Only). 

Adventure Wonderland
Merritown Lane
Hurn, Christchurch
Dorset, BH23 6BA 

Kingston Lacy Estate - National Trust wood  
- (12.6 Road Miles from Verwood)

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 Verwood)

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 occupation.
Location: Wimborne, Dorset.

White Mill - National Trust
- (14 Road Miles from Verwood)

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 

Tower Park
- (14.4 Road Miles from Verwood)

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.

Tower Park
Poole, Dorset
BH12 4NY 

Sturminster Newton Museum & Mill
(24.5 Road Miles f
rom Verwood)

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 



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