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BEST WESTERN The Royal Chase Hotel

, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8DB

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3 stars Hotels that are inspected by the AA for their level of service and facilities are reflected in the number of stars awarded.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (101 spaces)
  • Indoor Pool
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • WIFI
  • No Lift
  • 24hr service
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

Hotel Information

Hotel has no lift.

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near the BEST WESTERN The Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury

Gillingham Museum

The Gillingham Museum explores the history of the town and surrounding villages from prehistoric times, through Roman and medieval occupation to the Victorian re-building. It features a 1790 manual fire engine, a John Constable display, an interactive quiz and a photographic presentation.

Available : Daily; not Wed or Sun

End of the Road Festival

The small but perfectly formed End of the Road Festival returns to the delightful setting of the Larmer Tree Gardens in Cranborne Chase. Topping the bill this year are Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo and Wilco.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival attracts thousands, who come for the live music, craft stalls and tours of Sturminster Farm Creamery, as well as to witness the cheese-making process. When you've had your fill of dairy there's also meat, beers, ciders and more.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Stourhead Gardens

This imaginative garden is a retelling through landscape design of Virgil's Aeneid. Created by the banker Henry Hoare II between 1741-1780, the garden was inspired by his Grand Tour of Italy and features a Palladian mansion, a lovely lake, several follies, banks of rhododendrons and an arboretum of rare trees.

Available : Daily

Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Great Dorset Steam Fair takes place on 650 acres in Tarrant Hinton and attracts up to 200,000 visitors each year. Attractions include steam engine exhibits, a music festival, heavy Shire horses and even a few white-knuckle rides.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)

Middle Piccadilly

Not just a quaint 17th-century thatched-roof cottage, Middle Piccadilly prides itself on de-stressing urbanites. With a wealth of treatments to choose from, getting rid of toxins can hardly be done in a nicer way.

Available : Daily

Gaunts House Summer Gathering

Be at one with yourself, others and Mother Earth in Dorset this August, as the Summer Gathering returns to Gaunts House. Over 120 workshops cover topics from tantra to crystal healing and crop circles, led by respected names in the "alternative" field.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Sherborne Castle

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, Sherborne Castle has been the home of the Digby family since 1617. Impressive collections of art, furniture and porcelain are on view and the Capability Brown lake and gardens are open for exploration.

Available : Apr - Nov 2013; not Mon or Fri (annual)

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum focuses on the archaeology and ancient history of the area inside a magnificent Grade 1 listed building, the home of the award-winning Stonehenge gallery, the Monkton Deverill gold torc and the now-famous Warminster Jewel.

Available : Daily; not Sun

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

The Rifles Museum in Salisbury is the museum of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiments. The four rooms hold a chronological display of war artefacts from the mid-18th century to 1994.

Available : Feb 2013; not Mon or Sun (various dates)

Salisbury Food & Drink Festival

The Salisbury Food & Drink Festival, on the Market Square in Salisbury, offers the best in Wiltshire gastronomy. Try the region's famous gourmet ham and locally made ice creams, then browse stalls promoting all manner of quality produce.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Salisbury International Arts Festival

When Salisbury Festival first started, it was centred around classical concerts in the famous, imposing cathedral. Today the annual event has expanded to fill every nook and cranny of the beautiful Wiltshire town with a wide range of cultural events.

Available : May - Jun 2013 (annual)

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is one of the finest in England. Started in 1220, it was completed by 1258, with its famous spire, the tallest in England at 123 metres (404 feet), added a generation later.

Available : Daily

Salisbury Winterfest

Salisbury Winterfest is a small but perfectly formed festival held at the Castle Street Social Club and arranged by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Drinkers can enjoy seasonal ales and cider.

Available : Jan 2013 (annual)

The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show

The Royal Bath and West Showground hosts the annual Bristol Classic Car Show. Spot around 200 vehicles from spectacular turn-of-the-century collectibles to modern classics. The autojumble section features 250 stalls selling second-hand parts, tools, books and memorabilia.

Available : Apr 2013 (annual)

Royal Bath and West Show

The southwest's premier agricultural event, the Royal Bath and West Show is held at a dedicated showground in Shepton Mallet and features the best in livestock, food and country produce - a fun family day out.

Available : May - Jul 2013 (annual)

National Gardening Show

Green-thumbed gardeners gather at the National Gardening Show to pick up tips from gardening experts. Spot television celebrities and admire gorgeous garden displays, featuring an array of colourful flowers, fruit and vegetables at the Royal Bath & West Showground.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton is often cited as one of the finest examples of 15th-century domestic architecture in the country. Essentially a medieval house, it is surrounded by walls and courts, with a great hall, an oriel window and a unique timbered roof.

Available : Nov 2012 - Mar 2013; Sun only (various dates)


Numerous myths surround Stonehenge - that sacred circle of standing stones on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. They are always fascinating to visit - although the day of the Summer Solstice has an extra magic to it.

Available : Daily

Yeovilton International Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton plays host to the Yeovilton International Air Day, offering an extensive flying display as well as a more earthbound exhibition of military and civilian aircraft - both historic and modern. Ground-based entertainment includes sideshows, a funfair and vintage vehicles.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Mompesson House

Built in 1701 for Charles Mompesson, Mompesson House is an architectural gem near Salisbury's cathedral. A splendid example of Queen Anne architecture, it contains exquisite plasterwork, an original oak staircase and a collection of Turnbull 18th-century drinking glasses.

Available : Mar - Oct 2013; not Thu or Fri (annual)

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury has been held on organiser Michael Eavis' property, Worthy Farm in Somerset, since its inception almost 40 years ago. Commonly regarded as the UK's biggest and best music festival, it attracts the world's most famous and celebrated musicians. 2012 is a rest year but the festival will return in 2013.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Sevens International Rugby, Netball & Music Festival

The Bournemouth Sports Club welcomes nearly 200 teams to compete at the annual Bournemouth Sevens rugby tournament. Twenty thousand spectators over the weekend enjoy a mix of sport and family entertainment, including parachute displays and celebrity appearances.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival commemorates the bravery of a group of locals who fought against poverty and stood up to authority to form the first farm workers' union in England. The event features music, speakers and family entertainment.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

May Day at Cerne Abbas

Get up close and personal with the Cerne Abbas Giant during this ancient May Day celebration. Traditionally the Wessex Morris Men dance on the mighty chalk figure at the crack of dawn before celebrations in the village of Cerne Abbas.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Ammerdown Centre

The Ammerdown Centre in Bath is a little-known Somerset oasis "dedicated to peace, tranquillity and reconciliation". Feed your mind and soul, tap into the huge menu of events, activities and courses, or just drop in and chill out.

Available : Daily

Waterfront Museum

Poole's Waterfront Museum traces 2000 years of the town's history. Permanent displays include a typical street scene, details of the Roman occupation, trade with Newfoundland, Poole Pottery, ship models and the Studland Bay Wreck.

Available : Daily

Grand Firework Display

The seaside town of Poole celebrates Guy Fawkes night with an impressive pyrotechnic display over the waters of the Quay. Live bands and street entertainers keep the crowd amused before the grand firework finale.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Castlepoint Shopping Centre

Bournemouth's Castlepoint Shopping Centre has become a major new trading centre since opening in 2003 and offers a wide range of major retail names including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, WH Smith and Boots.

Available : Daily

British Beach Polo Championships

The British Beach Polo Championships returns to the beaches of Sandbanks, Poole along with the world's greatest polo players. Two days of exciting arena polo are dovetailed by glamorous, star-studded evening parties and fashion shows.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Summer Breeze on the Beach

In the same vein as its sister event, Summer Breeze on the Quay, Summer Breeze on the Beach presents a host of free entertainment at Sandbanks Beach every Thursday during the month of August. Each evening ends with a fireworks display.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013; Thu only (annual)

Animal Windfest

The south's largest free water-sports festival returns once again to Sandbanks beach in Poole. Expect the biggest names and the biggest games in action sports to combine for a fun-filled family day which promotes water- and beach-based activities.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Christmas Market

The Bournemouth Christmas Market sees a continental Christmas strike the Dorset coast, with a Germanic mix of stands and food outlets. Bournemouth Square is transformed into a winter wonderland with a host of activities.

Available : Nov 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)

Christmas Lights Switch On

Bournemouth Square kicks off the festive season with the annual "Christmas Switch On" of lights in the town centre. Entertainment is provided by Heart FM and the occasion marks the official start of the town's Christmas shopping season.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Compton Acres

The ten acres of gardens at Compton Acres sit in splendour, with an impressive view of Poole Harbour. They are the brainchild of Thomas William Simpson, who had a vision of creating a garden made up of separate areas, each illustrating a particular style from around the world.

Available : Daily

Rallye Sunseeker National Car Rally

Drawing 10,000 spectators every year, the Rallye Sunseeker sees cars hurtle through the streets of Bournemouth along a seafront course. The best vantage point is at Pier Approach, but packages bundling food and tickets to the Motorfair are also available.

Available : Feb 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Bay Run

The annual Bournemouth Bay Run is Dorset's premier half marathon (13 miles/20.8km). The race attracts over 1000 competitors each year, starting and finishing on the seafront. This is the perfect chance to motivate yourself, family and friends to get fit.

Available : Apr 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Air Festival

Begun in 2009, the Bournemouth Air Festival is already regarded as the largest event of its kind. Taking place over the bay between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, it features spectacular air displays and plenty of free family entertainment.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Carnival Week

Bournemouth Carnival Week, originally known as Bournemouth Regatta Week, has been running since the late 1800s. Activities take place on the beach, in the Pier precinct and the Pleasure Gardens, with contests and competitions for all.

Available : 29 July to 4 August 2013 with the procession on Sunday 4 August.

Bourne Free Pride Festival

Bournemouth's Gay Pride Festival takes the town over for three days in July. There's special tribute acts, parade through Bournemouth's streets, family activities, live shows and an outdoor street party in the Triangle with entertainment and an outdoor bar.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

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