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See What’s On in Shaftesbury throughout the year

Christmas is coming to Shaftesbury.

More dates for your diary. See below for details on the Christmas Market, and we’ll be open late to join in the fun on Monday 4th Dec. for the Shaftesbury Christmas Spectacular, the best shopping opportunities bar none, expect to consume endless Turnbulls Hot Chocolate Specials!

The famous street fair is back.

Christmas comes but once a Year, and so does the massive market at Shaftesbury. Filling the streets from one end of the town to the other, this is probably the biggest, and the busiest Christmas market in Dorset. This Year the market will be held on the 17th of December, 10am until 3pm.


Shaftesbury Festival of Food and Drink Sunday 14 May 2017


Come and join us on Sunday 14th May 2017 for a celebration of the best in local food and drink. Not to be missed, it’s a day jam packed with food, fun and frivolity.

There’ll be stalls the length of the town, featuring the fabulous Anonymous Travelling Market on Park Walk, as well as producers from The Dorset Farmers Market and Dorset Food and Drink in the High Street.

Live cooking demonstrations will be taking place outside the Shaftesbury Town Hall at the ‘Chef’s on Stage’ demonstration Kitchen with Local Chefs David, Mark and Steve backed up by Sarah Ali Choudury cooking up an array of very tempting dishes from fish, meat, savoury and sweet using the finest quality local produce for you all to try.

And of course, the utterly bonkers Cheese Racesup the iconic Gold Hill! Not for the faint hearted but oh so entertaining. Are you up for the challenge?

Swans Yard will be hosting Live Music as well as showcasing some of the best in local art and crafts and make sure to pop along to the Shaftesbury Abbey Gardens for dancing with our very own Steps in Time.

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