This’ll be the best Sturminster Newton Christmas ever!


Goods from our local producers, shops and craftspeople are not stuck in a container – they’re here already. And our traders are doing their utmost to meet your needs. Here’s what Stur Christmas and New Year’s Day offers…

4th December is our Small Business Saturday.
Thanks to the authorities working with retailers we’ve got free parking and special offers from our traders.

As Christmas is galloping towards us do not forget our two community shops turning your pre-loved items into new to be-loved goods for our residents and for the benefit of our community. We have:

The Boutique

Officially renamed as The Boutique (from The Community Chest) by Alice Fox Pitt in November, the shop is full of lovely, good quality clothes at easy prices – treat yourself!

The Emporium

Gentlemen – remember the Dapper Chaps boutique, everything you need for your Christmas outfits.
Also look out for children’s toys at The Emporium and children’s clothes at The Boutique. The clothes are inexpensive and the quality is good – just what a parent of growing children needs. And you can buy new toys and donate the ones no longer played with.

Stock is turning over all the time and makes shopping fun – without breaking the bank.
Do also support our other two charity shops – Stur has four fun ‘pre-loved’ shops to browse in while supporting good causes – it’s a shopaholic’s paradise for buying good quality goods at low prices.
Profits from our other charity shops go to The Friends of Blandford Hospital – raising funds to support our local hospital – and also Brainwave, helping children with disabilities reach their potential through specialist therapy programmes.

The Country Market

On Tuesdays in Stur. there is the special treat of The Country Market in the ground floor of The Exchange, open 9 until 11.30am.
Here you will find everything homemade, home grown and hand crafted. The Country Market is a cooperative, and sells the produce directly to the public (or through selected retailers) under the Country Markets label. A brilliant place for all those unusual Christmas gifts – and lovely food treats. And when you have done your shopping linger for a coffee and a chat – there is always someone to talk to.

Christmas Events coming up in Stur:

From 1st December keep your eyes open for Christmas Angels appearing around the town. They are for you to take home to keep, to give a name to, and if you like, to bring to the Christingle Service at St. Mary’s Church, 4pm on Christmas Eve afternoon.

Look forward to these ten treats:

  1. The Car and Bike enthusiasts will be meeting as usual in the Station Road Car Park on Saturday 4th December (weather permitting)
    – bring your pride and joy or just come to admire.
  2. From 4th December to 18th December take part in the SturShops quiz to win a hamper – pick up a form from The Emporium, the Exchange, Holebrooks Fine Foods or Hansons
  3. 10th and 11th December Christmas at the Opera raising money for The Exchange and the Pantry (event now sold out)
  4. Join The Rotary’s ‘Santa Stride’ on 12th December along the Trailway.
  5. St Mary’s Church Carol Service on 19th December .
  6. 23rd December 5pm – Carols in the Railway Gardens
  7. St. Mary’s Church Christmas Eve First Mass of Christmas – 11.15 pm
  8. Christmas Day at St Mary’s Church Holy Communion 10.00 a.m.
  9. 27th December FREE PARKING for you to come into Stur and shop in the sales.
  10. And finally, 1st January The Classic Cars (and other vehicles) Run sponsored by Harts to raise funds for the Air Ambulance. The beautiful selection of vehicles will assemble in Station Road Car Park from 10 am to noon. Come and revisit the history of road transport. For more information and regular updates visit


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