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Walk this way….to our lovely village of Symondsbury

We live on the edge….the edge of a small and beautiful village, Symondsbury.

Walk to the village of Symondsbury

Symondsbury lies at the heart of an unusually large parish, extending down to the sea at Eype.  The village sits in a hollow at the base of our iconic local landmark, Colmer’s Hill.
It’s a pretty village, and I suggest doing a circular village walk. The houses are mainly built with the local golden stone and a large proportion of them are thatched. Many of the houses belong to the Symondsbury Estate and are rented out, some for holiday lets and some are privately owned properties.

It’s just a 15 minutes walk from Highway Farm to the pub!!
The Ilchester Arms is a traditional thatched pub with roaring fire in winter and great for a local pint, a friendly welcome and good pub food.
It’s the venue for the Symondsbury Flower and Produce Show in August, good local fun and well supported.
SpIMG_2115ecial fun this year was the potato growing competition, or spuds, as we like to call them. This competition was keenly contested, with 35 taking part.
Able commentator and judge, Mr Warren, together with his stewards, presided over the grand opening of the potato growers bags. Hilarious, the winner produced 41 potatoes and the booby prize was 2, and someone produced a bag of Aunt Bessie’s roast spuds!



I’ve got to mention Symondsbury Mummers, they are quite famous and act out their very traditional play (same every year!) in the Christmas season and perform on New Year’s Day in the Pub car park. They have appeared at the Festival Hall in London, on the TV and radio and have many local engagements every year. It’s a man thing, men only!….and its’ done to suport local charities.

The Church Aided School is located next to the pub, about 100 pupils attend, most of whom come in from the surrounding area, as there are very few young children in the village itself.
The school children attend the Church regularly for assemblies and take an active part in services at Easter and Harvest, and there’s always a daytime buzz from the children’s activities in the playground and the playing field!!

Photo by Pete Millson 2011. Mobile phone: 07768 077353. UK. © Pete Millson 2011.

Photo by Pete Millson 2011.
Mobile phone: 07768 077353. UK.
© Pete Millson 2011.










Our church, St John the Baptist, opposite the school, is very beautiful, loved and well cared for. Please pause and take time to have a quiet peep inside.

It’s one of eight churches spread over the four parishes which make up the United Benefice of Askerswell, Loders, Powerstock and Symondsbury in south-west Dorset.
The present day church was built in the early 14th century, although there is evidence to show that there was an earlier church on the same site.
The building is cruciform in design, with a central tower, built in the local golden sandstone. There is a peal of 6 bells, the belfry being reached from outside by a narrow set of steps (bell ringers needed). The interior of the church was last restored in the 1920’s, when the local villagers helped to do the carvings in the choir.
There is a small, but faithful congregation at the Church, many of the village people are not regular worshippers, but view the Church as the centre of the village community and are happy to provide support as and when necessary.

In the midst of the village is Symondsbury Manor Yard and Tithe Barn, it has undergone huge renovations over the last 3 years, sympathically and tastefully restored to its former glory, it now offers workshop areas for crafts and artists, a village shop, Symondsbury Kitchen cafe (knitting group meet here on Thursdays), a dress boutique and a flower shop, cycle shop and bike trail and lots more. Events too. Checkout their website. It’s a buzzy place and well worth a visit or a tasty meal or afternoon tea in the Kitchen.

Symondsbury Manor Yard

Symondsbury Manor Yard


Wedon’t have a village hall, but Symondsbury Estate have generously allowed us to use their beautiful tithe barn for village fund raisers and events, it is the most stunning venue. The last event was a Village Tea Party to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday, everyone came dressed in red, white and blue, and contributed food to share,  we had our very own Queenie to crown, and Symondsbury Male Voice choir lead the flag waving and gloriously patriotic song sing.

We also use the Symene Sports Pavilion and well-kept grounds for functions and lots of team activities – football, cricket, Annual Bank Holiday Sunday Fete and car boot, and voting station!

We’re part of an active group of small rural villages, 13 in all, and there’s always lots going on. The Eggardon and Colmers View Magazine is a fantastic source of local information.

Queens Tea Party

Queens Tea Party.








Village life is good, friendly, busy and always interesting.


Symondsbury folk at work; Thatcher, Book Binder, Builder, Clay-shooting for beginners, Dog grooming, Doggie day care, Yoga Centre, Printing, Large Group accommodation, the Manor and the Rectory, 4 Wedding venues, Camping, Photograher, Fishing, Vintage horse carriage rides, farmer, shepherd, further small enterprises are accommodated at Crepe Business Park, log sales, and the oldest Butcher in England, Mr Balsom!

It’s a quiet village but we love it, lucky to have all this going on right on our doorstep, and to be part of it….and that’s just in Symondsbury!

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