Sherborne takes on a unique charm during the winter months. As the temperature drops and the town gets adorned in a blanket of frost, visitors can discover a different side of Sherborne—one that is equally enchanting.

Take in the historical ambience

One of the key attractions of Sherborne during winter is the town’s historical charm. Sherborne’s medieval architecture, including the iconic Sherborne Abbey, stands out against the crisp winter skies. The Abbey, founded in AD 705, is a sight to behold with its ancient stone walls and Gothic arches. The abbey often hosts special events, including candlelit concerts and choir performances that add a magical touch to the season. Visitors can experience the unique acoustics of the abbey and enjoy the warmth of the music echoing around the stunning vault ceilings.

Sherborne Abbey in the winter

Embark on a winter walk

For those who appreciate the brisk winter air and the beauty of nature, Sherborne offers a plethora of walking trails that showcase the town's natural wonders. The Sherborne Old Castle Walk takes visitors through lush countryside, providing stunning views of the ruins of the Old Castle and the surrounding landscape. In winter, the bare trees reveal glimpses of the town and its historic buildings, creating a unique and tranquil atmosphere.

Sherborne's Pageant Gardens are another hidden gem, even in winter. While the vibrant colours of blooming flowers may be absent, the gardens' water features and the peacefulness of the surroundings make it an ideal spot for a leisurely winter stroll. The carefully manicured lawns, even under a blanket of frost, add a touch of elegance to the winter landscape.

winter walk in sherborne with girl smiling at camera

Sample foodie delights

For those looking to explore local produce, the Sherborne Farmers' Market is a must-visit. Even in winter, the market comes alive with stalls offering fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and homemade preserves. It's an excellent opportunity to experience the warmth of the local community and indulge in some winter-inspired culinary delights.

Experience Sherborne’s shopping scene

No visit to Sherborne during winter is complete without indulging in some retail therapy. Sherborne’s shopping scene is famous for its cornucopia of quaint, independent shops nestled amidst medieval buildings and narrow streets.

From artisanal craft stores to vintage boutiques, visitors can explore a variety of retailers, each exuding its own character. For those seeking antiques, Sherborne boasts an array of antique shops where treasures from bygone eras await discovery. The town also caters to contemporary tastes with trendy fashion outlets and stylish home decor stores. Charming cafes and eateries line the streets, providing a perfect respite for shoppers to relax and savour local delights.

a man and his dog entering a quaint shop in Sherborne

Stay a while

Sherborne is a wonderful place to enjoy a tranquil winter getaway, whether you’d like to unwind at a cosy B&B adorned with roaring fireplaces and antique furnishings or a quaint cottage surrounded by frost-kissed gardens, you’ll be sure to have a memorable stay.