Here Claire hopes to keep you up to date with all our activities and plans at Tanglewood Farm and Research
Dorset Invites you
24 Sep 2019
Welcome to Dorset - a county of contrasts, offering the very best of countryside, coastline, events and attractions. A fantastic playground of beaches, outstanding natural beauty and UNESCO-protected coastline, where the path ahead is visible for miles as you climb high above the fossil flecked beaches below. Why not book a stay with us here at Tanglewood, we have a comfortable apartment that can sleep up to 5 people and also a beautiful, cosy little shepherds hut in the woods,both include a scrumptious breakfast for the first 2 mornings. Minimum stay is 2 nights. Please PM me for more details on how to book.
Tanglewood Guest apartment Oct dates!
24 Sep 2019
We have a limited amount of availability now for October. Please see below for details of the available dates to book into our cosy, self contained apartment for your Autumn get away.
1st - 4th October
7th - 10th October
19th - 26th October
please contact me - email@example.com for further information.
11 Sep 2019
A therapeutic break in these parts needn't cost the earth, Sea, coastline, hills, streams, meadows and woods - Our great outdoors has enough free stuff to keep you goping until the cows come home!
Young Handlers at Dorset County Show
07 Sep 2019
Lola-Rae was a lucky girl as she got to take part in the Dorset County show Young Handlers. Well done Lola-Rae we are very proud of you.
Beside the Sea
03 Sep 2019
With miles of golden sand to build castles and hidden coves to discover, The dorset coastline is a natural attraction. Tr your hand at rock balancing, poke about in rock pools and admire the splash as you cast stones into the sea. Take time though to just lie back, relax and enjoy the ebb and flow of foamy surf over damp pebbles. Blissful
Unplug from the Daily Rush
23 Aug 2019
Jurassic Coast Road - The B3157 follows the line of Chesil Bank and Fleet Lagoon from Weymouth to Bridport providing 18 miles of breathtaking views over countryside and coast. Its one of the most strikingly scenic coastal roads in Britain and the best way to see the World Heritage Jurassic Coast by car, bike or bus
Stay with us to visit Camp Bestival 2020
01 Aug 2019
We are situated at the end of Holme Lane, in a prime location to use as a base for visiting Camp Bestival, whether it is a day ticket or weekend ticket we are within a 10 minute drive or taxi ride away. Contact me for more details on how to book.
Camp Bestival 2020 takes place from Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd August at Lulworth Castle, Dorset. It’s a four-day festi-holiday offering hundreds of things to see and do from music and family shows to comedy, spoken word, arts, science shows and circus workshops for all.
Tickets go on sale 10am, Friday 2nd August. You will be able to split the total cost of your tickets over 10 monthly payments by selecting the instalment plan at check-out.
Harphill Flock of Kerry Hills at New Forest Show
31 Jul 2019
At the New forest show today with some of the team.
Camp Bestival 2019
26 Jul 2019
Welcome to the wonderful world of Camp Bestival a multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday; something that we like to call a Festi-Holiday! In its first year Camp Bestival was awarded Best New Festival in 2008 at the UK Festival Awards and has since won Best Family Festival five times at the awards in 2017, 2014, 2013, 2010 & 2009. Camp Bestival also won Best Family Festival at the Family Traveller Awards in 2017 & 2015.Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun.
Harphill Flock of Kerry Hills
25 Jul 2019
Wow all systems go with the Harphill flock at the moment.
All hay made and stored ready for the winter!!
All lambs separated from the ewes, that was a noisy night!
Next job is to get the show team ready for next week at the New forest show.
21 Jul 2019
Summer is on its way and what better way to celebrate than attending Wareham Carnival. This year celebrates the 60th Carnival over 91 years and will see the return of the Guggi band making plenty of noise whilst the entries walk, drive and dance their way through the town and revellers dance in the street.
Bournemouth Air Festival
25 Jun 2019
Bournemouth hosts the country's largest free Air Festival. The seaside resort is known for its award-winning beaches, historic gardens, bustling town centre and buzzing nightlife.
Toll Bar stream surveys
25 Jun 2019
The fish sampling at Tanglewood has gone amazingly well. The stream is very full of fish, including lots of trout parr, gudgeon, stoneheads, minows, eels, lamphreys and some very ugly bugs!
23 Jun 2019
Purbeck is truly blessed. Studland's secluded sandy bays , the rugged beauty of Kimmeridge and the coastline around Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are qyuite simply awe inspiring.
With more species of animals and plants within a 10 mile radiuoius of the town of Wareham than anywhere in the country, Purbeck is a wildlife haven. Bottlenose dolhins and seals emerge from the waves at Durlston Country Park and rare birds wait to be spotted at the RSPB Nature Reserve at arne.
19 Jun 2019
The Swanage Railway puffs through the picturesque Purbeck countryside from Corfe to visit its pretty seaside town and Blue Flag beach.
Shearing time at Tanglewood
18 Jun 2019
Its been a busy day here at Tanglewood Farm today. The Harphill flock have been treated to a shearing, and just in time before it started to rain!
We have now reached 100 reviews!
12 Jun 2019
We just wanted to a big thank you to all our wonderful guests who have stayed with us here at Tanglewood Farm.
We greatly appreciate your fantastic reviews and it helps us to continue providing a unique getaway on our farm in the woods for you and your family.
Piggies arrive at Tanglewood
31 May 2019
We are so happy to announce the arrival of our newest additions to Tanglewood Farm. Say hello to Porky, Smoky and Gunter our gorgeous Saddleback boys. They are currently happy in the barn but will hopefully be resting in their new home in the woods over the weekend.
Booking a stay with us here at Tanglewood
03 May 2019
Booking a stay with us here at Tanglewood could not be easier.
Includes home grown "Breakfast Platter" for the first 2 mornings. Our light, airy, warm self contained large private upstairs flat of farmhouse complete with a lounge, dining area & kitchenette. Sleeps 2 in double room with option to sleep 2 on the sofa bed in lounge and one on a put up bed.
Click here to take you to the booking site.
Go for a delicious Dorset lunch
03 May 2019
Relaxing in a pub beer garden tucked away in the beautiful countryside, dining alongside one of the pretty harbours as you watch the sun on the sea or sampling the best of Dorset’s menus in one of the many award winning restaurants.
You will be spoilt for choice, there are so many scrumptious places to eat out.
Summer Days in Dorset
03 May 2019
What is the best way to spend a sunny day in Dorset?
There is so much to do it can be difficult to choose, so look no further, we’ve got plenty of ideas for marvelous days out in Dorset.
Whichever one you decide on, you’ll be sure to have a great time and make wonderful memories.
Visit a beautiful Garden
03 May 2019
A glorious sunny day is the perfect opportunity to visit and admire the stunning borders of some of Dorset’s finest manor houses and gardens.
Afterwards you can head to the tea room for a scrumptious light lunch or afternoon tea and cake.
There are so many gardens of all shapes, sizes and styles for you to visit.
World Heritage Coast
03 May 2019
Dorset’s World Heritage Coast is part of the epic 630 mile South West Coast Path.
Pick up the path anywhere along the Dorset coast and your guaranteed to take in one of our breath taking coastal views such as Kimmeridge Bay, Old Harry Rocks, Durdle Door or Lulworth Cove.
There are an abundance of walking routes to help you explore.
02 May 2019
Dorset has a beach for everyone, there are ones perfect for crabbing or if it is rock-pools you are after then Kimmeridge is the place for you.We have beaches with safe shallow waters to walk along or ones where you can just sit, relax and listen to the waves crashing in as the sun sets in the distance.
We also have seaside towns to visit such as Swanage, Lyme Regis and Weymouth or quiet little bays such as Mudeford, Ringstead, and Man O’ War Beach.
Take a picnic and go explore it’s all waiting for you along our spectacular coastline.
Visit a Castle
01 May 2019
A warm, sunny day in Dorset is an ideal opportunity to go and explore one of Dorset’s many castles.
If you have children, re-enacting a medieval battle or playing Knights and Princesses would be fun!
Discover tales of treason, amazing views, and wildlife at some of Dorset’s castles.
Corfe Castle,Portland Castle, Lulworth Castle,Sherborne Old Castle, Sherborne New Castle, Sandsfoot Castle; they’re all just waiting to be discovered.
There are also ancient hillforts of Dorset. You won’t find an actual castle, but you will find an absolutely fantastic view!
New additions to the Harphill Flock of Kerry Hills
30 Apr 2019
The Ewes and their lambs are now strong enough to be let out of the barn to explore the lush pastures at Tanglewood Farm, they grow bigger by the day.
Shepherds Hut refurb
29 Apr 2019
We are excited to tell you that our beautiful little Shepherds hut in the woods has had a recent refurb inside with new paint and gorgeous, comfy new bed and soft furnishings.
If you would liek to know more or would like to make a booking please click on this link to take you to the booking site.
Piglets arriving at Tanglewood Farm
28 Apr 2019
Here at Tanglewood we are looking forward to the arrival of our new animals. Our saddleback piglets will be here soon and we are busy preparing the area for them. We are very excited.
25 Apr 2019
We are proud to unvail our brand new signs. You should have no problem finding us now on Holme Lane.
Spring Lambs at Tanglewood
26 Mar 2019
Fantastic start to lambing on a beautiful sunny Monday morning, lovely little ewe lamb.
Easter in Dorset
23 Mar 2019
Easter is a perfect time to enjoy a day out in Dorset and there are wonderful selections of springtime events happening around our glorious county. There are egg hunts and Easter bonnet parades, craft fairs and kids activity days, as well as traditional Easter Sunday feasts to enjoy some of our fabulous local produce.
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a lovely Easter break away, Dorset promises everything you need to spend some quality time with your friends or family. By spending your Easter break in Dorset, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime and have you returning time and time again.
There’s plenty of egg hunting fun around the county, so wherever you choose to stay, you can be sure you’ll find a hunt or trail not too far away.
Join an Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg hunts are brilliant fun and are a fantastic way of giving the children a bit of exercise before all the chocolate eating begins!
Easter fun for the family
Have an Eggcellent time at Farmer Palmers Farm Park. Spring into Eggciting Easter Egg hunts, plus look out for the Easter Bunny and lots of baby animals too!
Join in the annual Brewery Square Easter Egg Hunt - simply search for the eggs hidden around Brewery Square and return your form for a free Easter prize!
Whatever your preference we’re sure that you will find plenty of fun and excitement from our fantastic visitor attractions in Dorset.
Easter is a fantastic time to see Dorset at its very best, with spring in full swing; Dorset is bursting into life with stunning scenery and breath-taking wildlife to seek out. Enjoy the spectacular spring colour of the camellia groves and magnolias at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. The Gardens are a mixture of formal and informal, with charming walled garden walks and spectacular woodland valley views.
Get your walking boots on and explore the abundance of walking routes or feel the warm spring wind through your hair and enjoy Dorset’s incredible network of cycle routes.
01 Mar 2019
Dorset is the perfect place to bring your wonderful mum this Mother’s Day and is the ideal spot for a bit of relaxation.
There are some fantastic places in Dorset to pamper your mum – why not try Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa near Dorchester, Knoll House Hotel at Studland or the George Albert Hotel and Spa near Dorchester. Indulge in a variety of treatments followed by a luxurious champagne afternoon tea and relax while your every need is catered for.
If your mum loves flowers, take her for a stroll through one of Dorset's splendid houses and gardens and enjoy the spring bloom. Athelhampton House and Gardens is a lovely day out, with outstanding topiary pyramids in the walled gardens, an aromatic kitchen garden and riverside boardwalk to explore.
Does your mum love the countryside? Catch the ferry to Brownsea Island and enjoy a walk through the woods, then treat her to a cream tea in the café.
Abbotsbury Gardens is celebrating spring, feel your spirits lift as you see the beautiful magnolias, camellias and other spring flowering shrubs. After a climb up the hill to see stunning views of Chesil Beach, enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the Colonial Restaurant.
Is your mum an animal lover? Enjoy a wonderful family day out at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, perfect for Mums with younger children – download the voucher from their website and your mum gets in free!
Dorset has an extensive selection of cafes and restaurants and you can be assured they'll be pulling all the stops out for Mother's Day! So take this opportunity to say thank you to your mum by taking her out for lunch or dinner.
The beautiful and historic Priory Hotel, situated on the banks of the River Frome in Wareham, is a perfect place to go for a luxury experience.
The outside courtyard at The Orchard tearooms is a lovely suntrap with views across the pond to the Purbeck Hills. On a sunny day it is a great place to relax outdoors, or sit inside if it is a bit chilly!
If your mum loves local food and seasonal menus, book a table for Clavell's Restaurant which is offering a fantastic mother’s day lunch and a mother’s day special high tea. If you have something special to celebrate why not try the champagne afternoon tea?
Love is in the Air
26 Jan 2019
Make the most of your precious time together and take an idyllic walk to discover Dorset’s many beautiful and charming landscapes, from secluded beachy coves to fairytale woods.
Mosey round quaint market towns and have fun picking out a Valentine’s Day gift or stroll in awe around historic stateley homes and castles.
Some of Dorset’s grand stately homes Kingston Lacy and Mapperton House are surrounded by inspiring and award winning gardens and are perfect for an intimate leisurely stroll to admire the exotic paradises that lie within the grounds.
For another fun way to explore, why not discover the spectacular Lulworth landscape upon horseback? You’ll feel like you’ve jumped out of the pages of a novel as you trot side by side over the cliffs with Lulworth Equestrian
For a quirky twist, wander the hidden valleys and stunning cliff tops of West Dorset with your very own loveable donkey from Donkey Walking Adventures in Dorset.
Your friendly companion will carry your basket and bubbly while you enjoy precious quality time together.
Or how about creating a memory of an awesome coasteering adventure experience together and then indulging yourselves with a romantic cream tea at Love Cake!? With Cumulus Outdoor Adventures, you and your sweetheart can discover hidden coastal secrets together then reward yourselves with scrummy cakes and scones at Love Cake, located in the picturesque town of Swanage.
Spring break in Dorset
26 Jan 2019
If you’re searching for a welcoming home-from-home environment while on your break in Dorset, choose to stay in our lush countryside and enjoy a peaceful setting amidst gorgeous natural scenery. With amazing walks and outstanding nature on your doorstep, you’ll be able to relax and unwind, whilst benefitting from the hospitality and local knowledge of your hosts.
Includes home grown "Breakfast Platter" for the first 2 mornings.
All yours light, airy, warm self contained large private upstairs flat of farmhouse, with lounge, dining area & kitchenette. Sleeps 2 in double room with option to sleep 2 on the sofa bed in lounge and one on a put up bed.
booking is easy
Top 10 Dorset Views
24 Jan 2019
Want to know where the best places are in Dorset to find the perfect view? With such a stunning and beautiful county, you will be rewarded with spectacular views at every corner. We’ve chosen our top ten, but we’re sure you’ll discover more!
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury
Gold Hill's steep cobbled street is famous for its picturesque appearance. The view looking down from the top of the street has been described as "one of the most romantic sights in England” and was made famous in the 1970s Hovis advert. Take in the stunning vista down the hill and across the stunning Dorset countryside.
The headland of Hengistbury, found south-east of Christchurch was an important trading port even from the Iron Age but is now a Nature Reserve; stand on top of the plateau and you will see views of Christchurch Harbour, Mudeford, Isle of Wight and Bournemouth beach.
Stand on top of this prehistoric hillfort situated near Blandford Forum and gaze at glorious views across the Blackmore Vale. Nearby Fontmell Down offers similarly spectacular views.
One of Dorset’s most attractive hills, Ballard Down offers fantastic views of the Dorset heaths, Poole Harbour, Old Harry Rocks and even the Isle of Wight.
Chesil Beach view near Abbotsbury
The coastal road from Bridport to Abbotsbury (the B3157) offers absolutely spectacular views along the Jurassic Coast and just before you arrive in the picturesque village of Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach stretches before your eyes with views to Portland.
Golden Cap is the highest point along the south coast of England and is definitely worth the climb up! You will be rewarded with some of the most awe-inspiring far-reaching views over the surrounding cliffs and beaches.
Hardy’s Monument, Portesham
A monument to Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, who captained Nelson’s ship HMS Victory at the battle of Trafalgar and was born in Dorset, was erected in 1844; from here you will experience panoramic views of the unique Fleet lagoon, Chesil Beach and the rolling Dorset Downs.
The highest spot in the Purbeck hills near Swanage; the hill commands extensive views from the Isle of Wight to Portland.
Pilsdon Pen is an Iron Age Hillfort on the highest hill in Dorset and is only 30 metres short of a mountain! The hill offers sweeping views across the hedged landscape of the Marshwood Vale and is a perfect spot for a picnic.
Portland Olympic Rings
The view from outside the Heights Hotel overlooks Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon looking west. Watching the sunset from here is simply unforgettable.
These views will simply take your breath away!
Top 10 Dorset Walks
23 Jan 2019
Walking is the best way to see much of Dorset – you can get to the parts of the coast and countryside that are not accessible by car. Why not try one of these walks and experience some stunning scenery? Choose one that you’d like to do and put those walking boots on!
Corfe Castle to Ballard Down
Part of the Purbeck Way, this 8.75 mile route takes you from the historic village of Corfe Castle and along the Purbeck Ridge to Ballard Down. You then follow the South West Coast Path into Swanage. Why not stop at the beach or a tearooms before catching a steam train from Swanage Railway or bus back to Corfe Castle? During the summer, Ballard Down is one of the best sites in Britain to see several species of blue butterfly, including the Adonis blue.
Starting at Lambert’s Castle (owned and managed by the National Trust) this 3 mile walk explores the Iron Age hill fort there. With stunning views of the Marshwood Vale, why not stop for a picnic? The walk then takes you through Fishpond and the landscape that inspired Lucien Pissaro.
Lyme Regis undercliff
A challenging but rewarding 7 mile walk from Seaton in Devon to Lyme Regis which takes you through the Lyme Regis undercliff as described in John Fowles’ book The French Lieutenants Woman. This area of landslides and tumbled coastline feels so wild you would not be surprised to glimpse a pterodactyl here! Walk one way and catch the bus back. Lyme Regis was home to the famous fossil collector Mary Anning – why not look round the fossil shops or town museum when you have finished your walk, or enjoy a Dorset cream tea?
Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge
See the landscape which inspired Charles Rennie Mackintosh along this 5 mile walk which starts at Worth Matravers. The route takes in the stunning Purbeck limestone coast between Seacombe and Dancing Ledge, used for quarrying. The return route follows the historic Priests Way. Why not visit Worth Matravers Tea and Supper Room at the end of your walk for a famous Dorset cream tea?
The Cerne Abbas Giant is world famous and its origin is the subject of much speculation! This short 2.5 mile walk can be combined with exploring Cerne Abbas village. You can view the giant and the artworks featured in the Drawing Inspiration Walk Leaflet from the Cerne Giant viewing area.
Have you only got an hour to spare but want a stunning view across Dorset? This one mile walk takes around 30-40 minutes with some hilly terrain, but you will want to linger longer and enjoy the views of the countryside. This National Trust owned site has deep ramparts which date back to the Iron Age and a Roman fort. The chalk downland supports spectacular flowers and butterflies and Hodd Hill overlooks the River Stour.
Starting from the car park near the Portland Bill lighthouse, this 3.3 mile walk is easy with few stretches of ascent and descent. It is a great way to see the fascinating landscape of Portland Bill associated with quarrying. The Portland Race led to many ships being wrecked over the centuries, and the towers of three lighthouses can still be seen here. This is a birdwatchers paradise, particularly during spring and autumn migration.
Studland and Agglestone
Dorset is famous for its heathland, why not explore it for yourself? This 3 mile walk starts at Studland Middle Beach and goes through Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve. Local legend has it that the Devil threw the Agglestone rock from the Isle of Wight with the intention of hitting Corfe Castle! Finish your walk with a swim in the sea, sunbathe on the long, sandy beach at Studland, have a go at water sports or relax in the café.
If you want to ascend the highest point on the south coast of Britain, this is the walk for you! Starting at Highlands End Holiday Park, this 4.5 mile walk takes in the 191 metre high Golden Cap summit, named after the golden greensand rock which can be seen from afar.
A circular route starting at Cranborne, this 5 mile walk overlooks the ridges of Cranborne Chase and takes in farmland tracks, wooded footpaths and quiet lanes.
Spring lambs at Tanglewood
21 Jan 2019
The Harphill flock of Kerry Hills that graze on our land have all been scanned today. Looks like the rams have done their job. Looking forward to March/April.
Farmers Markets in Dorset
20 Jan 2019
Want to know where to find the very best and freshest local food and drink to compliment the gorgeous Dorset vista? The simple answer is at one of Dorset’s farmers’ markets!
Farmers’ markets take place all across Dorset throughout the year and are a great place to get to the heart of real Dorset produce and artisan producers.
The freshness and taste of locally grown food is unbeatable!
Lovingly produced food
A trip to one of our fabulous farmers’ markets is the best place to find high quality food that reflects the character and diversity of the county. Discover, browse and sample a wide variety of Dorset foodie delights from fruit and vegetables straight from the garden to freshly baked pies, bread, organic meats and plenty of other treats.
Savour the Aromas
Dorset farmers’ markets give you the chance to meet the farmers, producers and growers directly. Wander around and savour the aromas and flavours from the samples on offer and marvel at the wonderful array of colourful fresh, local produce on sale.
Listen to the chatter and banter between customers and traders….you’re sure to pick up some great tips on what others have tried and returned to buy again!
Ingredients for all occasions
The quality and diversity of the produce at our markets is impressive. Stock up on local delights to produce an amazing holiday meal from scratch or grab some bits and pieces to rustle up a delicious snack or seaside picnic.
Why not take home a delicious Dorset gift for a foodie friend so that they too can discover the true taste of Dorset!
The producers at our farmers’ markets have to meet specific criteria so that you can be assured of authentic high quality produce. Local really does mean local – all the produce must be grown, reared, caught or processed by the stall holder and all within a 30 mile radius of the market.
Plus, by shopping at a Dorset farmers’ market, you’re helping to support Dorset’s local economy & reduce food miles, which makes those fresh English strawberries taste all the more delicious!!
Check out the list below of all the farmers' markets taking place across the county or visit one of the weekly markets that take place across Dorset.
click the markets link to take you to the local markets.
We are super pleased with our new 'Superhost status!
11 Jan 2019
At Tanglewood we are delighted to have been named as an Airbnb Superhost. The Airbnb Superhost programme recognises 400,000 hosts for their exceptional standard of hospitality and customer service. Th award isnt one that can be paid for. They do a quarterley assesment on all of their hosts to see if they meet the criteria for "superhost" status. In order to receive the "superhost" badge on heir page, the host must have
* Completed at least 10 trips
* Maintained a 50% review rate or higher
* Maintained a 90% response rate or higher
* Had zero cancellations
* Received a 5 star rating at least 80% of the time
We are really proud of our Guest Suite and Shepherds Hut and guests come here to leave behind the stresses and strains of everyday life and relax in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
We do our utmost to make sure our guests are comfortably accommodated and that all thier needs are met. In addition to the little hme comforts we provide such as fluffy towels, soft linen and a scrumptious breakfast platter for the first 2 mornings, we make sure that we are always available should our guests have any enquiries, special requests or unexpected problems.
We are extremely grateful to all those past guests who left us such complimentary reviews on Airbnb. A huge thank you to each and every one of you.
Happy New Year from Tanglewood
01 Jan 2019
We would like to wish all of our guests old and new a Happy and Prosperous New Year from all the team here at Tanglewood Farm.
We are looking forward to our exciting plans for 2019 and for the arrival of our new Chickens and Piglets very soon.
The Harphill flock of Kerry hills will be having their lambs in the Spring too, so watch this space for exciting news of their arrival.
Latest addition to the Harphill flock
08 Dec 2018
Latest addition to the Harphill flock of Kerry Hills , goes by the name of Bailey
Christmas and New Year in Wareham
27 Nov 2018
The build up to Christmas is a bustling time in the town of Wareham. The historic market town is decorated with Christmas lights and a wonderful Christmas tree which stands on the town cross roads.
Cosy cafes and pubs with log fires welcome friends and families meeting over the festive season and entertain groups and parties through to New Years Eve. See further information about Eating Out at Christmas in Dorset.
Support The Local Retailers
The owners of independent shops have carefully selected Christmas stock for you and welcome you with their cheery customer service.
The Salt Pig Farm Shop offers the best of Purbeck produce and Purbeck Artisan Yard community of artists busy preparing for their customers. Purbeck Living sells gorgeous Christmas decorating and gifts all inspired by the beautiful countryside and wildlife of Dorset and the Picture Frame Gallery offers original paintings and prints of local scenes. There is always something new to tempt you!
The weekly Saturday market based at Wareham Quay draws people into town and the Local produce markets fortnightly on the second and the fourth Thursday’s in the mornings at Wareham Town Hall and the Home Producers Market is also on Thursday mornings at the United Reformed Church (next to Sainsbury’s). Just another great reason to shop in Wareham.
You will often find bands playing Christmas music or carol singers to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Make sure that you pop in to browse the largest range of Charity Christmas Cards in town at Discover Purbeck Information Centre and while you are browsing we can help you make the most of your visit to our beautiful area.
Christmas films can be enjoyed at The Rex Cinema on West Street including family matinees and To search the list of Christmas events happening in Wareham and throughout Dorset please see the What’s On listings
Wareham’s Christmas celebrations have a lovely family atmosphere and generations come together to enjoy the traditional spectacle of Father Christmas going down the chimney of the Red Lion Hotel!
The Christmas parade starts after 4pm on Sunday 9 December 2018 and everybody is welcome to come and join the residents of Wareham for their traditional Christmas celebrations around the Christmas tree.
Afterwards Father Christmas will be in a Grotto at the back of The Red Lion Hotel - Have you been good this year? Hot refreshments are available in the Town Hall.
Book a table at one of the local restaurants or pubs and make an evening of this special event.
Free parking in December
Support your local shops on Small Business Saturday, 1 December, and enjoy free parking in car parks at Bonnets Lane, Connegar Lane, Howards Lane, Streche Road and the Rempstone Centre, Wareham. The District Council and Wareham Town Council will also be waiving parking charges in their Wareham car parks on 22, 23 and 24 December. (Please note Dorset County Council-owned car parks at the Quay and St Johns Hill, Wareham are not included in the free parking offer).
New Tarmac driveway for Tanglewood Farm
01 Oct 2018
We have recently upgraded our winding woodland drive with brand new tarmac making the the approach to our beautiful Farm a lot smoother for our guests. Read more about us and Tanglewood Farm.
1st for Young Handlers
22 Sep 2018
We are excited to share with you the news that in the young handlers class at the New Forest show one of the young handlers from teh Harphill flock of Kerry Hills was placed 1st this year. Congratulations Georgia.
Read more about livestock at Tanglewood
Dorset county show 2018
02 Sep 2018
The Harphill flock of Kerry Hills are at the Dorset County show 2018 winning 1st and 2nd in the fleece competition.
They exhibited at 6 different shows this summer. Starting on 28th May at Sherborne Castle RBST (Rare breeds survival trust) show. New forest show 25th July, Honiton 2nd August, Gillingham and Shaftesbury 15th August, Melpash 23rd August and finishing Dorset County show for the weekend 31st August.
New Manager for Tanglewood
01 Sep 2018
New Manager for Tanglewood.
A big welcome to Claire Davis who will manage the B&B guest-suite , Shepherd's Hut and the farm activities (assisted by husband Paul).
Young handlers at Dorset County show
01 Sep 2018
Georgia a young handler from the Harphill flock of kerry hills winning 1st in young handlers at Dorset county show and then went on to take reserve champion throughout the weekends young handlers competitions. Absolutely amazing Georgia!
How does this years heat wave compare with summer 1976?
08 Aug 2018
Two things seemed endless in 1976 - Elton John and Kiki Dee’s run at Number One in the charts, with Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - and the heat of a record-breaking summer.
A minister for drought had to be appointed, and, as reservoirs dried out, gardeners were banned from using hosepipes.
Will our current heat wave eclipse that memorable year?
There are some indications that 2018 is mirroring that unforgettable summer.
Water companies are issuing warnings. United Utilities are among several urging people to conserve supplies.
Back in 1976 the country was hit by a plague of ladybirds. This time around we’ve seen a big increase in horseflies - they are now at levels commonly found in Mediterranean countries. The reason was because a warmer than average spring saw larger than usual populations of aphids, creating more food for ladybirds.
But the hot, dry summer meant plants matured and dried early, leaving the aphids without food. Their population collapsed in late June and early July, so hungry ladybirds moved on in their billions, searching for nutrition, with swarms invading coastal resorts.
And, at the end of June, for the first time in five years, all four of the UK’s nations saw temperatures hit 30c.
Only time will tell when it will rain - but it will have to stay dry for months to match the energy-sapping summer of ‘76.
Hay making at Tanglewood Farm
29 Jun 2018
Hay making is the process of turning green, perishable forage into a product that can be safely stored and easily transported without danger of soilage, while keeping nutrient loss to a minimum. This involves reducing its moisture content by drying the forage in the sun.
Feeding hay to livestock helps reduce the amount of concentrate feeding, and thereby, the cost of feeding. Hay can be fed to sheep and goats, both of which are selective feeders. This means that, if enough hay can be made, then the sheep and goats can be fed excess hay.
Swanage Blues Festival
01 Mar 2018
60 Great Gigs, 30 Top Bands, 15 Indoor Venues
ALL £10 Support Wristband
Artists playing are here
Behind the scenes Winter Watch at Arne RSPB
26 Jan 2017
The RSPB is hosting the BBC Program Winter Watch down at the reserve on Arne, this is the second time that they have filmed from Arne. Unusal that they film twice from the same place this is testament to the value and volume of wild life there. I was invited along with my fellow board members of Dorset's Local Nature Partnership
The 27th Swanage Blues Festival 2 - 5, March 2017
25 Jan 2017
The 27th Swanage Blues Festival is on 2, 3, 4, 5, March 2017
Be first served, beat any price increase and pre-order now
Despatch at beginning of February 2017 or earlier if possible.
60 Great Gigs, 30 Top Bands, 15 Indoor Venues - all for a £10 Support Wristband!
The Next Pirate Festival 2017 Swanage
25 Jan 2017
The SECOND Purbeck Pirate Festival! After a great first festival in 2016, we are holding the second Purbeck Pirate Festival from July 1st -July 2nd in Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.
The Frigate Shtandart will once again be joining us, allowing the public to come a'board and experience how it feels to stand on the deck of a 1703 frigate!
Stalls, pirates, entertainment, music and more - fun for the whole family.
Once again, this is a CHARITY event, with funds from 2017 going towards the 'Save the Pier' Appeal and the Purbeck Admiral Nurse Appeal. The 2017 event is run by Swanage & Purbeck Rotary Club, in partnership with Swanage Pier and the Frigate Shtandart.
We have 170 Reviews
01 Nov 2016
Here's what they say!
Looking after the Orphan Lambs
25 Apr 2016
More New Arrivals
25 Apr 2016
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25 Apr 2016
Well Frank and Ginger and Scratchy are now proud parents!
Claude the Dorking Cockerel
19 Feb 2016
RIP The Three Degrees and Claude
19 Feb 2016
Very Sadly we have to report that 4 of our lovely hens and Claude our lovely Dorking cockerell have been the victims of a hungry fox. We are now working with Posh spice and Ginger Spice. Posh spice has taken a couple of weeks to overcome the trauma of being in the mouth of the fox and somehow getting away with only a load of missing feathers down her neck.
Claud, Scary Spice Audrey Scratchy and Itchy are no more :-(
Happy New Year From Tanglewood Farm
31 Dec 2015
08 Dec 2015
If proof were needed this years hay has proved to be of winning quality - so say the judges at this years County show giving it a third prize. I guess the proof of the pudding will be in the eating and how well it looks after the ewes, rams and lambs! Well done to Jane and John and Sally and George who made it!
The management of our paddocks is based on mimimum intervention. We have a very small soil depth there being clay at about 8 inches down which means that it is not free draining during the winter months. John and Jane rent the grass for grazing their growing flock of sheep Beltec cross Texels. Currently the rams have been on honey moon with their ladies here. Hopefully there will be a good crop of lambs in the new year. Did you know that Chicory, which is deep rooting has great anthelminitic properties for those grazing it as well as providing enhanced drainage and drought resistence. Its draw back is that it is not as palatable as Italian and Perenniel ryegrass and is somewhat less productive than the these commercial grasses. Other herby grasses can be sown in the ley to encourage organic matter in the soil and palatability. There is much new thinking now in farming circles particularly the organic farmers that tissue sampling of your plants gives you a better idea of what is limiting your grass growth. In the old days Nitrogen Phosphates and Potassium were regarded as the limiting growth factors however now we know that the elements in the organic matter are. Soil and organic matter it is a big,very interesting subject!!!!
New Photos of our Shepherds Hut
05 Aug 2015
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24 Jul 2015
This weekend at the Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
More details here
Five consecutive 5 star ratings in a row
18 Jul 2015
We have achieved "Superhost Status with Airbnb"
11 Jul 2015
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Swanage Jazz Festival
08 Jul 2015
10th - 12th July 2015
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08 Jul 2015
Charitable fun events coming up in Wareham - hoping for another sucessful year
of fun and fund raising!
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15 Jun 2015
Lets hope we dont get any rain. John has cut the grass for hay yesterday. Turning it today.
Swanage Fish Festival - 5th -7th of June - this week end
01 Jun 2015
Swanage and Wareham Voice report that the excitement is building for this event this weekend
Read all about it here http://www.swanageandwarehamvoice.co.uk/news/13215950.Excitement_building_for_first_Swanage_Fish_Festival/?ref=ebln
Refurbished Shepherds Hut now ready for visitors!
01 May 2015
Finally our lovely old modernised Shepherds Hut has been installed in the woodland and is ready for visitors. We received our first visitors last weekend.
18 Mar 2015
Our ladies are only in their first season of laying and are just coming to the point of lay. Unbelievably the first egg is a double yolker! Thank you girls:-)
Fist day of Freedom
17 Mar 2015
Checking out the house!
16 Mar 2015
In their true nosey style madam rushes straight into the house to check it out and is seen reporting back to the hareem!
New Family Members at Tanglewood Farm
15 Mar 2015
We have chosen 4 Black Rock hens. They are very inquisitive and are great free rangers enjoying the woodland. They have a great strong scratching motion and are great layers
Busy in the Wood Yard
23 Jan 2015
With the cold weather here Bill and Mark are very busy in the wood yard. There is a new recruit called Archie.No not Tony's grandson but a four legged friend. Hes one of two but we never see the other one as he likes to stay in the warm with Mrs J, Bills Mum. So Bertie and Archie are busy hunting round looking for mice. At times Nancy the Doberman likes to skip around with the boys but cheeky Archie is already trying to jump on her head. She doesn't mind though - luckily!
New Software Launched
12 Dec 2014
Anatrack Ltd, the sister company of Tanglewood Farm and Research Ltd (TanFAR), today launches a new website and the software Ranges 9. The Ranges suite was developed in the 1980s to help biologists analyse data from radio-tagged animals, and is now the standard used by scientists and managers worldwide. It is gradually becoming a tool for modelling animal populations in farmed landscapes, with Tanglewood Farm in the middle of the area of Dorset used for pioneering modelling of buzzards. Our local buzzards can be seen or heard every day from Tanglewood and the picture is of habitats used by some of them within 2km of the house.
01 Dec 2014
New Manager for Tanglewood.
A big welcome to Jenny Myers, who will manage the B&B guest-suite and the farm activities (assisted by husband Tony). She will also help with other web portal systems (e.g. www.naturalliance.eu), including ones like this but with many more types of page, and self-editing facilities).