In the bowl-shaped valley of the River Brit, deep within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Beaminster, a small town bustling with life. Crisscrossed by rivers and streams and surrounded by rolling Dorset hills, the town has a charming, rural feel while being no more than about 15 minutes’ drive from the large market town of Bridport, and just 30 from the county town of Dorchester. With a beautiful, old town square at its heart, Beaminster has much to offer in the way of amenities. Boutique shops and cafes are plentiful and are accompanied by a hair salon, barber, pharmacy, post office, takeaways and two public houses. Several taxi firms are based locally and the town is served by regular bus services.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, Beaminster boasts a variety of historic homes and buildings, despite suffering three devastating fires in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The town is home to two churches, most notably St Mary’s, the architecture of which is considered among the best in England. A hub for the production of woollens and linen in the 18th and early 19th Centuries, Beaminster’s industry declined when it was bypassed by England’s growing network of railways. Today, however, the town is alive with community spirit and hosts an annual arts and music festival as well as numerous clubs, classes and societies. Quite unique to the town is Disc Golf, which can be enjoyed at Whitcombe Farm, where both British and European championships have previously been held.