Blandford Forum Visitor Guide


Blandford Forum in Dorset is a small historic market town on the River Stour, noted for it's Georgian architecture.

The Latin word Forum.....meaning Market.

Ever since the 13th century, Blandford Forum has become an important, beautiful and historic market town attracting thousands of visitors a year.

In 1713 and again in 1739 much of Blandford Forum was destroyed due to a fire. Thankfully, John and William Bastard who were local architects, politicians and entrepreneurs were on hand. During the next 30 years they rebuilt the Town. To this day the majority of buildings in the centre of the town date from the period 1735 - 1760. As a result, Blandford Forum is one of the best preserved Georgian towns in England. 

To this day Blandford Forum still has a weekly outdoor market as well as bi-weekly indoor market. Along with its Georgian Fayre which is held every two years, the annual Great Dorset Steam Fair which can attract 250,000 visitors to the week long event and its general historic feel that one gets when visiting, its no wonder Blandford Forum continues to be as popular as ever.

Blandford Forum Tourist Information Centre

1 Greyhound Yard
Market Place
Blandford Forum
DT11 7EB

01258 454770


Blandford Forum Hospital

Milldown Road
Blandford Forum
DT11 7DD

01258 456541

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015