Heritage Open Daydownload
Sunday 10th September, 10am-6pm
Church of the Assumption, Holnest, Sherborne, DT9 5PU

Come and explore our Grade I listed church at Holnest, which will be opened up to visitors to coincide with the nationwide Heritage Open Days programme of events and Dorset Architectural Week (7th-14th September).

Largely dating to the 14th century, the church is a building of considerable architectural and historic interest and was narrowly saved from demolition in the 1950s by Ivor Bulmer Thomas and the Friends of Friendless Churches. Original features include a Jacobean pulpit, a medieval barrel-vaulted roof, consecration crosses and box pews complete with curved candle sconces above. A small display about the building’s history will be mounted by the Friends of Holnest Church.

Tours of the church at 10.30am and 2.30pm (free but booking essential. Contact Luke at or on 07760 261 056).

Holnest Country Fayre
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September, 10am-5pm
Rylands Farm, Holnest, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5PS

Started five years ago to raise funds for the excellent Future Roots programme, Holnest Country Fayre is an excellent day out for all the family. The Friends of Holnest Church will be returning for their second year, pitching up their tent alongside other attractions including vintage cars and tractors, steam enginges, tradtional crafts, live music, main ring entertainment, craft stalls, children’s activities, and much more.

Tickets: £5 per car (to include free programme)