Blandford Fashion Museum

The lovely Blandford Fashion Museum is well worth a visit if you like your textiles. And it’s not all about the Buttons (see last week’s post). Now it seems only fair to give some attention to some of the other ‘stuff’. It’s basically the collection of one woman – Mrs Penny – who gathered together…

Mapperton Gardens – Oh for an Orangery

Mapperton Gardens are well worth a visit. Beautiful Italianate gardens cut out of a little valley featuring much splendid topiary and statuary. The house itself and parts of the estate (not open to the public) features in Far from the Madding Crowd – reason enough to visit. Just watch this to find out why. The…