Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton is a market town in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset situated in a meander of the River Stour. Blandford Forum lies 9 miles to the southeast.

SAT NAV postcode of the water mill DT10 2DQ (Google Map)

Sturminster Newton Mill
Sturminster Newton Mill

A market is held in the town on Mondays. There is also a Farmers Market on the 4th Saturday of each month. A 2-day Cheese Festival is held just outside of town in September which is increasing in popularity each year. Also see Dorset Market Days

The highlight of the area is the lovely watermill located on the south side of the River Stour and within view of the main road bridge over the river. Sturminster Newton Mill was built in the 16th century and was restored in 1980. It is a fully working flour mill and museum. Tours of the mill can be arranged. When flour was difficult to obtain in the supermarkets during the Coronavirus crisis, the mill was used to produce flour for sale commercially and sold to local residents.

Information board at the mill giving a brief history and information about wildlife on the River Stour
The Stur of the Moment cafe
Old photo sorry but this is now the Sweet Pea Cafe which friends have told me is very good since they have fenced off the land outside the cafe and have outdoor seating.
The Sturminster Newton Museum

Related Pages: Blandford Forum / Hambledon Hill / Hod Hill / Shaftesbury / Sherborne / Cerne Abbas