February is the perfect time for a winter retreat to Launceston Farm, not to mention a great place to come on a romantic Valentines weekend. Spend the evenings in front of our roaring fires or chin deep in a hot bubble bath. During the day get a blast of lovely fresh Dorset air whilst out exploring. Here are our top recommendations of things to do whilst staying at Launceston Farm this February.
Fancy doing learning a new skill whilst spending the day in the woods? Milborne Wood are holding their first course of the year, green woodworking. The course is held in beautiful ancient woodland and is run by Rodger Lanigan, a highly skilled craftsman who has been working and teaching in woods for over 20 years. During the day you will make a piece of rustic furniture or another item to take home with you. Lunch is provided and usually includes vension from the woods that is hot smoked during the morning, yum! Launceston Farm is excited to be able to offer a night in the B&B and the course from just £115pp. Book here.
Head down to the Corn Exchange in Dorchester to quench your thirst at the 27th annual real ale fest. With a selection of 80 real ales and ciders from all around the UK, as well as some festival special brews, it sounds like it’s going to be a real ale lover’s dream. Don’t worry if you take on too many ales, Sarah’s full English breakfast is a tried and tested hangover cure!
Shaftesbury has started a unique project to create Britain’s first ‘Snowdrop Town’. The people of Shaftesbury have planted thousands of snowdrop throughout the town and public areas to create many scenic snowdrop walks. During the festival their are many events on including exhibitions, workshops, a parade and on Saturday 21st there will be a country living and garden market. If you are looking for somewhere to have a coffee or a bite to eat we can recommend Turnbulls Deli, it is filled with delicious goodies.
Explore the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle on Valentine’s Day then enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day Tea including smoked salmon sandwiches, heart shaped shortbread, chocolate dipped strawberries and a mini Victoria sponge cake.
Corfe Castle is on the Isle of Purkeck and close to some stunning coastline so you could even fit in a cliff top walk or jump on the steam train to Swanage.
This lovely festival aims to explore the landscape through literature. It is holding a variety of creative, comedy and blog writing workshops, poetry, performances and events featuring the works of Enid Blyton, T.E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and contemporary authors many of whom lived in or were inspired by Purbeck. We are expecially looking forward to the Arty Bazaar at the Boilerhouse Gallery.
Sale – 21st Febuaury
A sale at Semely Auctioneers is one of our favourite events of the month and not to be missed. Auctioning antique furniture and objects, you never know what might be in the sale until you get there. Semely Auctioneers is one of Sarah’s best kept secrets and is where she has spent many hours bidding on furniture for Launceston Farm.
This Point-Point, at the beautiful Badbury Rings, provides some of the most exciting horse racing of the season. Not only is there racing but there are also local food stalls, a shopping village and licensed bar. Don’t forget to try your luck with the bookies, you may come home with pockets heavy with your winnings!