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What’s on in North Dorset this Spring 

Posted on 02/05/2022 by Nick Johnson
What’s on in North Dorset this Spring 

After the Easter weekend, Spring is well and truly in full swing, and thankfully 2022 sees the return of many local festivals and activities.  Dorset hosts many music festivals as well as food festivals and sporting events for residents and visitors alike. Along with the Purbeck passion for outdoor activities, North Dorset also celebrates its beautiful landscape with the Dorset Cycle Ride and various running festivals. With a range of incredible food festivals, it’s possible to indulge your passion for gastronomy and stay in shape in the most scenic surroundings.  

Upcoming Sporting events in North Dorset 

Dorset Cycle Ride – 15th May 2022

This is a brilliant event that really showcases how glorious the cycling is in North Dorset. It’s organized by Shaftesbury Rotary Club and is split into three categories: a 12, 25, and 50-mile ride.  

This is not a race, but a chance to really savor the beautiful landscape in a route that suits your cycling level for fitness and practicality. 

The shortest is for beginners and families, with the longer routes designed to show off the stunning Blackmore Vale countryside around the town.  Starting times vary depending on the course, but all leave from Castle hill with clearly signposted routes and marshals along the way.  Finishing up the steep Gold Hill with hot food and music on Park Walk to finish. Everyone gets a medal, with cycle clothing for raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Registration is open (£25 for adults, £12.50 for juniors, under-10s free with adults).


North Dorset Village Marathon and Relay –  Sunday May 1st 2022

This picturesque race runs along country lanes through the villages of Hinton St Mary, Marnhull, Stalbridge, Todber, Stour Row, Margaret Marsh, West Orchard, Farrington, Child Okeford and Hammoon.  Starting at Sturminster Newton High School at 8.30 am. A great opportunity for the Bank holiday weekend. 


Shaftesbury Festival of Food and Drink 

Shaftesbury Food and Drink festival  – Shaftesbury – 8th May 

If you have ever seen the bizarre footage of people racing wheels of cheese on a very steep hill, then you have already had a brush with the Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival.  

It’s just a theory, but it seems to me that ’80s British songstress Kate Bush might have been talking about more than the complexity of gender relations when she wrote the 1985 hit single “Running up That Hill.” I’m thinking she unwittingly penned an anthem for the Gold Hill Cheese Run of Shaftesbury, England.”  Jonishna Levi

The Gold Hill Cheese Run of Shaftesbury has its mythic origin in local lore which suggested that medieval cheesemakers, brewers, millers and butchers used to race their goods up to the Abbey gates so that their fare would be chosen by the Abbess for the High Table.  The modern-day enactment involves participants running their truckle of cheese up the hill clutching it close as they scramble past the competition.  The winner is rewarded with a crown, and obviously- cheese.  The fine quality cheeses supplied by Westcombe Cheddar, and Quickes Cheddar are substantial enough to challenge the mettle of any participant and this race must be seen to be believed.   

Aside from this unique contest, there is a lot more going on at this free event with live cooking demonstrations outside Shaftesbury Town Hall, the Anonymous Travelling market, and a sumptuous celebration of local food.   Live music, arts and crafts, and dancing are all woven into the fabric of this festival which guarantees frivolity and fine fare.  An unmissable event in the North Dorset calendar! 


Cranborne Chase, North Dorset’s hidden treasury 

Cranborne Chase is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the first of which to be designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve.  Dark Sky reserves are places recognized for the quality of their night skies and make excellent places for stargazing and night orientation.   AONBs are living and working landscapes where human activities are part of everyday life; villages thrive, the land is farmed, foresters are active, and people enjoy all aspects of the countryside.   Tranquil villages and wonderful pubs are to be found in this varied countryside which is great for cycling and walking.  Cranbourne village has a source of local food and fare and is a picturesque rural delight.  The panoramic landscape is a library of flora and fauna displaying rare orchids and butterflies amidst the sound of songbirds.  A rural getaway with nighttime action for passionate stargazers.  For those looking for pure unadulterated nature. 

Moving to Dorset with Johnsons of Shaftesbury

For many people, the countryside has an ever-increasing appeal, whether it is to retire, bring up the family in a larger space, or simply because of a love of nature.  We see many different reasons why Dorset is the place of many people’s new forever homes.  With nearly 180 years of experience in Dorset, we consider ourselves the expert removals company of Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire.  Always adapting to the needs of our customers we are happy to offer both local and international shipping as well as storage and man and van hire.  We are proud of our comprehensive all-risk insurance guarantee, and our B.A.R approval and can also offer you great prices. 

180 years’ experience in Dorset removals 

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Our guarantee extends to your peace of mind, as we take care of your possessions as if they were our own and make sure they are expertly packed and secure throughout the move.  We work on a friendly basis with a phone call and personal visit to set up a plan and give you a free quote.  This way we can ensure that our plan factors in your every need.  To get the ball rolling call us on …