Sturminster Newton Museum & Mill Society | Welcome


Sturminster Newton is an attractive, small market town in North Dorset, located at a bridging point across a sweeping meander in the river Stour. Records show that the town, which was included in the Domesday Book, has been chartered to hold fairs and markets since at least the time of Henry III in 1219.

View of Stur In modern times it was the capital of the Blackmore Vale and its Monday market, which was reputed to be the largest calf market in Europe, together with the traditional street market attracted the farming community from the Vale into the town to purchase, sell or merely take the opportunity to gossip with friends. Unfortunately the market was closed in 1995 followed shortly by Sturminster’s renowned cheese factory home of the delicious Sturminster Tasty Cheddar. With the demise of these facilities Sturminster has reverted to being just a pleasant and interesting old town set in the heart of beautiful Dorset and well worth a visit. Apart from the town Sturminster also offers a small museum and working water mill as added attractions. The Sturminster Newton Museum Society (registered charity no. 1044018) manages both the Museum and Mill.  These features are manned by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring that visitors gain the most from their visit.


The Museum

The Museum Sturminster Newton

The museum is the thatched building prominently located in the centre of the town in Market Place with nearby parking. The museum holds exhibits showing the history of the town including the cattle market, the railway, the milk factory and local poets together with a souvenir and gift shop.

O.S. Grid Ref. St 787141 Sat. Nav. DT10 1AN Contact: 01258 817116

Free admission to the museum and shop

The Mill

The Mill Sturminster Newton

Still in good working order, the Mill provides a unique opportunity to journey back to a simpler time, where you and your family can discover the age-old secrets of harnessing natural power amidst the tranquil beauty of the read Dorset countryside.

Informal guided tours by our Mill Supervisors are highly-praised features of visits to the Mill. The Mill is close to the Town Bridge and has a car park and picnic area by the river.

OS Grid Ref. - St 782135 Sat. Nav. – DT10 2HW Contact: 01747 854355

Admission: Adults £3 Children £1


How to find Sturminster Newton


Chairman - Pat Ager - 01258 473313
Mill Supervisor - Peter Loosmore - 01747 854355
The Museum (opening hours) - 01258 471878
The Mill (opening hours) - 01258 473 760
Extra Contact - 01258 817116

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