Events & Attractions in Bere Regis, the Isle of Purbeck & Dorset

The Old Mill B&B in Bere Regis is perfectly situated for those wanting to explore Dorset. It is less than 10 minutes' drive from Monkey World and the world-renowned Tank Museum at Bovington army camp.

There is a lot to do right on our doorstep, from visiting the farm animals in our paddocks to exploring Bere Regis village and its two traditional village pubs. You can walk through May's Wood which was created by Queen guitarist, Brian May, to Black Hill Heath, a nature reserve and SSSI, home to rare species including the Dartford Warbler and the Sand Lizard.

Our beautiful medieval village church of St John the Baptist has the tomb of the real Turberville family who were the inspiration for Thomas Hardy's 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'. It also has a unique carved roof which dates from C1500, featuring the Twelve Apostles.

If you're looking for an energetic stay, we have the wonderful Jurassic Coast and the Purbeck Hills to explore either on foot or by bicycle just minutes from our B&B in Bere Regis.

The village is at the western terminus of the A31 road (Guildford - Bere Regis), where it joins the A35 (Southampton - Honiton), so we are a perfect stopover place for those heading to and from the West Country.

Bere Regis is also conveniently situated for passengers using the Poole Ferries to travel to/from France and the Channel Islands.

Please also see our event calendar to find out what's on throughout the year.

explore the gardens and animals at the old mill

The Old Mill Grounds

You don't even have to step foot outside The Old Mill to get a taste for life in the Dorset countryside! Guests are welcome to share our beautiful garden, to breath the fresh air, and to the visit the alpacas, chickens, and (sometimes) Shetland ponies in the paddocks at the back. Guests also have direct access to some wonderful river walks alongside the Bere Stream!
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Bere Regis

Bere Regis is a quaint village, with a shop, a post office, a farm shop, two pubs, and the Bere Stream. The unique parish church of St. John the Baptist with its medieval carved roof, and the Turberville family tomb, Hardy's inspiration for Tess of the D'Urbervilles. For the adventurous, you might enjoy Quad Biking, Gliding & Clay Pigeon Shooting.

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Local Attractions in Bere Regis, the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

The Isle of Purbeck

Isle of Purbeck

Home to some of the country's most well-loved towns and landmarks including the Jurassic Coast, Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove Door & Durdle Door.

B&B near Monkey World

Monkey World

The rescue centre has assisted governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild since 1987. Victims of the trade are rehabilitated.

bed and breakfast accommodation near the tank Museum

Tank Museum

This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world's first ever tank and the feared German Tiger tank.

B&B near Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle

A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, all ages are captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.

bed and breakfast near Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

Formed by the combined forces of the sea and a river swollen by melting ice at the end of the last Ice Age. Lulworth Cove is world famous for its unique geology.

Jurassic Coast B&B

Jurassic Coast

A hugely diverse and beautiful landscape underpinned by incredible geology of global importance. In 2001 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dorset gliding club

Gliding Club

Situated close to the Purbeck Hills, Purbeck Gliding Club is a friendly local club that fly most weekends and some weekdays during the summer.

Purbeck Shooting School

Shooting School

Purbeck Shooting School occupies 80 acres of mixed heathland and conifer plantation and has been voted as the Best Shooting Ground in the UK.

Quad Biking in Bere Regis

Quad Biking

A challenging and fun quad ride within a truly stunning setting. This multi-activity centre also offers rage buggies, clay pigeon shooting and archery.

Accommodation near Dorset adventure park

Adventure Park

Dorset Adventure Park is a family fun Waterpark and Mud Trail. Featuring 18 acres of woodland and lakes with stunning views of Corfe Castle.

Accommodation near Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmers

Kids love exploring the Little Farmer's Fun Barn, whooshing down slides in Straw Mountain, and meeting and cuddling cute Guinea pigs in the Animal Barn.

B&B near Swanage Railway

Swanage Railway

Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.

Eating out...

The Drax Arms

Highly Recommended!
A delightful village pub, located in the middle of the village, offering a section of great real ales and bar drinks, great coffee and home-cooked food in this lovely Dorset Village Pub.

The Royal Oak
Highly Recommended!
Good traditional pub food is cooked and served daily in the bar, or you can take advantage of eating in our sunny beer garden or shaded courtyard. Gluten Free menu!

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Event Calendar...

Wessex Folk Festival
30th - 31st May
Now one of the biggest free folk music festivals in England, the Wessex Folk Festival has grown to become one of Dorset's favorite events, with thousands of music lovers flocking to the event every year!

Wareham Carnival
19th July
The procession moves through the town centre and on to the recreation ground where the fun will continue right through to the evening.

Camp Bestival
29th July - 1st August
CAMP Bestival is a family friendly music festival which takes place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset - organised by Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank.

Great Dorset Steam Fair
August Bank Holiday
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a typically British event offering a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment. Come and soak up the special festival atmosphere whether as a day visitor or taking the full five days by staying with us at The Old Mill B&B.

Bournemouth Air Festival
2nd - 5th September
Be a part of the biggest and best aviation event - attended by more than 9.25 million people since 2008!

Dorset County Show
2nd - 5th September
The 2 day spectacular Dorset County Show is held at Dorchester Show Ground and has been running for 180 years!! It is a celebration of rural life and the agricultural roots of Dorset, and is a staple of the annual Dorset events calendar.

Dorset Seafood Festival
12th - 13th September
Be sure to catch the award-winning, free-to-attend Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival taking place around Weymouth's famous historic harbourside.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
24th - 25th October
Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science. So many activities for enthusiasts of all ages!