Our courses - lasting from two hours to five days, weekdays only, must be booked in advance. And once the course is over, you can always chill out in the woods, go to the beach at Lyme Regis for fish and chips or swim in the sea off the beaten track at Eype.
Jurassic Electric BikesDiscover the spectacular landscapes of West Dorset in a unique way on an electric bike guided tour run by an award-winning local business. These amazing machines make cycling an absolute breeze whatever the terrain. Tours run throughout the year and have been designed to reveal the spectacular landscapes and vibrant history of the area. Quote JE10 on booking to receive 10% discount off the price of a midweek tour.
Forde AbbeyDown the lane, 3 mile drive
Forde Abbey is well worth a visit. The estate borders our wood and as well as the wonderful medieval monastery itself there are beautiful gardens and a nursery. Either drive to the main abbey or walk down the track after turning left out of our car park - it's a two miles as the crow flies walk.
Forde Abbey Pick Your OwnForde Abbey pick your own strawberries and soft fruit - from June onwards for as long as it lasts; it's weather dependent so do ring first to check.
Pilsdon Pen3 miles
The highest point in Dorset, the top is just a short steep walk uphill from the car park (on the road to Broadwindsor). This is a great stop off point for cyclists and motorists - there are superb views across the Marshwood Vale to Golden Cap and out to sea.
Flamingo Swimming PoolAxminster, 5 miles
Public swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool, along with Aqua Fit and Aqua Yoga.
River Cottage HQ coursesPark Farm, 7.5 miles
Wide range of courses including making bread ovens, butchery, growing, curing and smoking, foraging, beekeeping and lots of fantastic cookery options to choose from.
Fossil HuntingCharmouth, 10 miles
A great excuse for a walk on the beach with a difference. Our part of the Jurassic Coast is world famous for its fossils that can often be easily found washed out of the cliff. The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre offers free advice and is well worth a visit.
01297 560 772
Harry May Boat TripsLyme Regis/The Cob, 10 miles
Mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing trips. A great day out on the ocean waves before bringing back your catch to enjoy on your BBQ in the woods - booking is essential.
Lyme Regis CinemaLyme Regis, 10 miles
An old fashioned and charming cinema showing the latest releases. Well worth paying the extra for a big red velour seat on the balcony with side table and a cup of tea.
0871 230 3200
Bridport Market12 miles
Wednesday and Saturday, and there's the Vintage Quarter at St Michael's trading estate on Saturdays - booths and warehouses stuffed with well priced bric-a-brac, antiques and everything in-between.
Electric PalaceBridport, 12 miles
This classic renovated cinema has films, live music, comedy and offbeat events. Popular artists get booked up very quickly so worth booking as early as you can.
Bridport Arts CentreBridport, 12 miles
Theatre, Comedy, Music, Film, Dance and much more.
01308 424 204 (Box Office)
Galleries, caves and fishing cove - a great day trip with shopping, exploring, walking and boat hire.
Hyde Real Tennis CourtWalditch near Bridport, 13 miles
Real Tennis (which is quite unlike the tennis that most people are familiar with) is Guy's other passion when he's not woodworking. Visitors always welcome to come and have a look at the strange goings on.
Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical GardensAbbotsbury, 25 miles
Abbotsbury Swannery is unique. This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The close-by Sub-Tropical Gardens are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were the first introductions to this country, and there is also a nursery with a superb range of plants and palms.
The Tytherleigh ArmsTytherleigh, 2 miles.
Our local pub, down the lane from the woods. Local Otter Ale, excellent evening dining and Sunday lunches.
The Bottle InnMarshwood, 5 miles.
Best known for hosting the world nettle eating championships, this popular local pub is under new management, who've introduced a wide range of real ales. No restaurant yet, but sandwiches available as well as the excellent curry bus which operates from the car park on Friday nights (call first to check and best get there early as it's very popular with locals).
River Cottage Canteen and DeliAxminster, 5 miles.
As you would expect, Hugh Fernleigh Whitingstall's canteen is all about great local food. Whether dining or buying provisions for your stay, it is well worth a visit.
River Cottage HQPark Farm, 7.5 miles.
Join the famous River Cottage dinners on Friday and Saturday nights or book the farm house for groups of 10+ for private dining. (There are discounts available for Crafty Camping whole site bookings. Click here for details.)
Hix Oyster and Fish HouseLyme Regis, 10 miles
A special treat, this famous fish and seafood restaurant has unrivalled views overlooking the Cobb, harbour and The Jurassic Coast.
01297 446 910
The Harbour InnLyme Regis, 10 miles
A very popular pub situated on the Beach front, overlooking the Cobb and Lyme Bay. Family run with good pub food, specializing in seafood.
Town Mill BakeryLyme Regis, 10 miles
Not just great freshly baked bread and home-made jams, it's also a popular and casual meeting place all day with pizzas, scones, cakes, savoury dishes, sweet deserts and great coffee.
The Bridge House HotelBeaminster, 10 miles
A traditional Dorset Country House Hotel in this popular town, they also run the Beaminster Brasserie. They offer excellent seasonal homemade food that varies daily depending on what's available locally.
Leakers BakeryBridport, 12 miles
This specialist bakery sells a fine range of breads, savories and cakes to take away as well as making the pizza dough that we sell in the woods.
The Bull HotelBridport, 12 miles
This popular, easygoing and informal boutique hotel in the centre of Bridport offers everything from Moules-frites to market day brunch or a selection from the more substantial daily menu. In warm weather there is a lovely stable courtyard at the back. Also The Venner cocktail bar serves canapes on Friday nights - something of a local institution!
The StableBridport, 12 miles
Tucked away behind the Bull Hotel (above) these converted stables provide the ideal setting for great pizzas, pies and salads as well as an eye watering selection of ciders!
Sladers Yard CaféWest Bay, Bridport, 13 miles
An untouched Maritime Warehouse in West Bay/ Bridport makes a perfect showcase for artists and high quality makers in all media. As well as top quality exhibitions they also have an excellent organic café for delicious meals or cream teas and cakes.
The Watch House CaféWest Bay, Bridport, 13 miles
There's an outside deck on the beach looking out to sea and excellent local fresh ingredients on the menu; this café is well known for their 'Fisherman's breakfast' and fish soup, or there's wood-roasted seafood and pizza for lunch. (Closed evenings).
The Anchor InnSeatown, 14 miles
Perched on the cliff just above the beach at Seatown, next to Golden Cap with great views along the Jurassic Coast and out to sea. With a varied menu of home cooked food this is a particular favourite with coastal path walkers and sea swimmers alike.
The George InnChideock, 14 miles
Run by ex River Cottage Steve and Emma this popular pub offers fabulous food and beers as well as Thursday night Wood fired Pizzas using the same oven as the one in our field kitchen. Highly recommended for food lovers who care about local and fresh ingredients.
Hive Beach CaféBurton Bradstock, 17 miles
Enjoy delicious freshly caught fish and local food on their balcony overlooking the beach on the Chesil bank. Open for breakfast, lunch and sometimes for dinner - call first to check as it's weather-dependent.
01308 897 070
Crab House CaféOn the fleet between Weymouth and Portland Bill, 33 miles
A bit further away but well worth the trip: out-of-the-tank crustaceans served with hammers, buckets and bibs in an informal atmosphere overlooking the sea.
01305 788 867
Boo MallinsonGuy's wife Boo is a contemporary landscape painter inspired by the Dorset surroundings. Studio visits by arrangement; her work is also on show at selected galleries.
SiseroneThe people who designed and made this lovely web site, and who we can always rely on to keep everything online working for us.
Dorset CerealsOne of our other simple pleasures, breakfasting on Dorset Cereals here in the woods.
Clipper TeasAs found here in the woods, a huge range of teas, coffee and the ever popular hot chocolate.
Black Cow VodkaLocally made vodka from cows milk - yes - a great bit of diversification for our local dairy farmers. It's really very good too!
Paynes Premier TravelOur preferred local taxi firm including group bookings and hybrid vehicles to and from the woods.
Practical Car and Van RentalHappy to collect guests either from the site or from Axminster Station during their opening hours. http://www.practical.co.uk/locations/england/southwest/axminster/
Bridport RadioFor news and useful up to the minute information about Bridport, the Bridport Radio site is a good bet.
Heritage Crafts AssociationThe HCA supports and promotes heritage crafts as a part of our living heritage. It believes craft skills should be protected, promoted and recorded - all aims we can only agree with!
i tre furniturePetter Southall is also local and specialises in steam bending; also works to commission.
David SaltmarshA local friend and excellent chairmaker who featured in the BBC 'Mastercrafts' programme. I couldn't resist buying one of his chairs for myself.
The Bodgers WebsiteThe Bodgers website (or, more correctly, the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers) is the place to look for everything you ever wanted to know about bodging and bodging events.
Designer MakersThis site is run by a group of leading Designer Makers in the UK, specialising in furniture.
Living WoodMike Abbott - the Guru of Green woodwork and author of "Living Wood" - the 'bible' that we sell.
Dorset Art WeeksHere you will find details of over 600 artists, makers and galleries in Dorset.
Big FishThe wonderful design company who are responsible for creating Oscar the owl amongst other things.
Charles HooperCharles Hooper spent 6 weeks training with us for the BBC's 'Mastercraft' series and is now running Shovelstrode, a forest garden and green wood craft centre in Sussex.
The Greenwood Chair ProjectTom Vaughan, one of the BBC 'Mastercraft' trainees and episode winner, has a new website dedicated to his Greenwood Chair Project - a diary of his journey into green woodworking.
Ashridge TreesAshridge trees supply us with all of our needs for planting (including 700 whips used to plant our 'heritage' hedge), are very helpful and a mine of knowledge. They will deliver throughout the UK. They come highly recommended for hedging, standards, fruit trees and soft fruit.
Holiday LettingsThe place to go for rented accommodation, including ours!