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3 Reasons to Visit Child Okeford

3 Reasons to Visit Child Okeford

And all of them at Gold Hill Farm in North Dorset one of the first ever organic vegetable farms in the UK when it was started by Andrew and Sara Cross almost 30 years ago. Head here for the amazing farm shop, vegetables, fruit and salad to blow your tastebuds, our favourite cheese from James’s Cheese (also made here at Gold Hill, the Okeford Beacon covered in crush chilli flakes is a family obsession), high welfare organic meat and a vast range of health ingredients. On Thursdays to Saturdays there is also a café here for high end coffee and cakes, soups and salads. If you can’t make the trip Gold Hill comes to you through its brilliant veg box scheme

Right next door you’ll find Kelly Ross’s The Art Stable,  now in its 10th year of delivering impeccably chosen art to the West Country.  Here you’ll find an inspiring mix of renowned artists from the 20th century Norman Adams. Peter Sedgley, Brian Rice (currently on show) with a broad mix of contemporary art in various mediums, artists such as Charlie Baird, Tom Hammick (pictured) and Ursula Leach. Kelly’s unfailing eye means you can rock up and expect to fall in love with something, prices range from affordable to pieces to save up for but whether buying or window shopping it’s a gorgeous space with works to inspire.

MMethod Pilates Studio.

A boutique fitness studio specialising in high intensity pilates with wellbeing and fitness expert Minna. Classes are tiny (max 5 at one time) with specialist equipment and focus on individuals. Classes are 55 minutes, aim to challenge every muscle and offer either pure pilates or combined classes mixing interval training, barre work and classes specially geared to runners and cyclists. Expect the level of expertise and tuition you’d find in the capital, this one's a real find.  Classes cost £10,  one to ones with Minna are also available from £25.

And one more, Emsie Sharp, glassblower who joins this small colony of artisans from her studio The Cow Shed. Beautiful hand blown glassware, lamp bases, jugs, vases and her speciality wine glasses, a skill she learned working in Venice on the island of Murano. The best thing is to watch Emsie at work, check her site for regular glass blowing demonstrations. You won’t leave empty handed that’s for sure.

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