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Local to The Piggeries Dorset

Eating Out

Places to eat which all have been extensively tried and tested by myself in the name of research, more than once in many cases, (just to make sure), and all are totally delicious!

The Fontmell
The Talbot
The Cricketers
The Kind John Inn
The Museum Inn
Turnbulls Deli
Salt Celler Cafe
Beggars Banquet Café
The Forester Inn
Compton Abbas Airfield
The Grosvenor Arms
The Beckford Arms
The Castleman Hotel
Pythouse Kitchen Garden

Local village for bits and bobs

Fontmell Magna Village Shop and Post Office
Iwerne Minster Village shop and Post Office
The Butchers Iwerne Minster 
Child Okeford Organic Store


Waitrose, Asda and Lidl in Gillingham
Tesco and Co-Op  at Shaftesbury
Tesco and Morrisons at Blandford

Specialist food

Goldhill Organics
Olive et al
Stoate & Sons Mill
Riverford Organic Farm
The Udders Farm Shop

Delivery Service

Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Goldhill Organics and Riverfords all deliver to the Piggeries.  Please check this service is still available before you choose your items.  The address to use is The Piggeries, Woodbridge Lane, Bedchester, Shaftesbury. SP70JU and specify in special instructions that it is for the 2nd house on the left, after the thatched cottage, the entrance is the gate in the long new fence.

Catered Service – Scarlett Watts Catering

If you would like to have a meal upon arriving at the Piggeries, that you simply put in the oven while you unpack and hay presto a delicious meal awaits, then Scarlett Watts Catering is a brilliant lady who produces one pot wonders for the first night (or more if required).  She also specialises in dinner parties in your own home, so if you have a special occasion to celebrate or just fancy being waited on, then please call Scarlett direct to discuss your requirements, call 01747 838280 or email scarlett@scarlettwatts.co.uk.  Advance booking is essential.

Days out

Within half an hour drive

Falmer Palmers
Bush Farm Bison Centre
Old Wardour Castle
Honeybrook Farm
Moors Valley
Heavy Horse Centre
Cranborne Manor and Gardens
Larmer Tree Gardens
Kingston Lacy House
Upton Country Park

Within an hour drive

Corfe Castle
Swanage Steam Railway
Tower Park Entertainment Centre
Longleat Safari Park
The Tank Museum
Monkey World
Salisbury Cathedral

The Coast

45 – 1 hour drive

Poole Harbour
Brownsea Island
The Jurassic Coast


Events held throughout the year – once again extensive research has been carried out (someone has to!) and having attended all of the events listed, I can assure you that they are all totally worth visiting. Some are definitely a bit quirky and eccentric, with people dressed as fairies at the Larmer Tree, or grown men dressed as trees at the Filly loo. Please google before to check dates and to see if you need prior booking.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair
The Larmer Tree Festival
End of the Road Festival
Point to Point at Badbury Rings
Portman Horse Trials
Dorset Arts Week
Shaftesbury Food Festival
Wimborne Folk Festival
Sherborne Castle Country Fair
Bath and West Agricultural Show
Shaftesbury and Gillingham Show
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
Yeovilton Air show
Poole Quay Thursday Bike Night and Fireworks
Bournemouth Friday Night Fireworks
Filly loo Midsummer Madness Festival
British Beach Polo Championships
The Chalke Valley History Festival
The Christmas Eve Pageant at Sutton
Higher Green Farm Arts
The International Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival

Adult time

I’m looking forward to spending some more time extensively researching this page (except golf, I can’t seem to get the hang of it!) and it is definitely on my “to do” list!


Peaches and Cream
Morley Aesthetics
Oasis Health and Beauty centre
Bath Thermae Spa

Retail therapy

Exclusive boutiques in Shaftesbury, Salisbury, Sherborne, Bath

More fun…

Golf at Rushmoor Park
Flying at Compton Abbas Airfield
Horse racing at Wincanton, Salisbury and Bath.
Theatres at Shaftesbury, Salisbury, Sherborn, Wimborne, Poole and Bournemouth

I have a great babysitter that would be happy to look after your children while you had some “grown up” time.  Advance booking would be required.

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