Here comes the cheese


Savour an array of local delicacies from more than 20 cheesemakers, family fun and live music at the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival drone shot – image Graham Pengelly

Are you a turophile (that’s a lover of cheese, in case you’re wondering)? Then you might want to pop 14th and 15th September in your diary, and set the satnav for the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival.
Always a much-anticipated event in the local foodie calendar, this year the festival boasts more than 20 cheese makers, alongside a wide variety of other local West Country food and drinks traders.
From cheddar to blue cheese, olives to pasties and cakes to chocolates, there is surely something to tempt every taste bud at the festival. And let’s not forget the locally-produced gin and vodka that is also on offer.

image Graham Pengelly

Sit back and enjoy
The two food marquees buzz with activity from the moment the Cheese Festival opens its gate, as visitors sample the delicious offerings from the various vendors. Crafters also showcase their talents at the festival, and you’ll be able to browse a range of handmade goods such as candles, leatherwork, art and jewellery. Visitors can watch demonstrations by the Dorset Lacemakers and the woodworking skills of the Coppice Group, as well as support the local charities and organisations that are present at the event.
One of the major highlights of the festival is the Real Ale & Cider Tent, where visitors can sample a variety of locally-brewed beverages. Everyone’s favourite is to sit on a straw bale and enjoy a pint while listening to some live music – or, if you prefer, there is of course plenty of tea, coffee and a variety of other drinks available while you sit and soak up the atmosphere.
For the younger visitors – and the young at heart – there is plenty of entertainment, including a FREE Punch & Judy show.
When you’re finished working your way through the samples in the food tents, there will naturally be plenty of outside food choices, be it a cheese toasty or an ice cream! The combination of delicious food, live music, and a buzzing, vibrant atmosphere make the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival a must-visit event for foodies and families alike.
For tickets, more information and updates, visit and follow the festival on Facebook or Instagram.
Come and join us for a day of delicious food and live music at the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival – we can’t wait to see you!

The Cheese Festival will take place on 14th and 15th September from 10am to 5pm at the Recreation Ground, Ricketts Lane, Sturminster Newton.
Early Bird tickets are available at a discount until midnight on 31 July –
Weekend tickets are also available and must be purchased in advance from the festival website.



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