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Sun, shade, pool and local activities to suit all the family. We have it here at the Grange.

Like the rest of the UK we've been having fabulous weather here.  Despite the sun our garden has been bearing up well although the lawn is very brown and rather crisp. There are lots of shady areas to sit and enjoy a long, refreshing drink between dips in the pool whiole watching the House Martins feed their babiea. The house remains cool and welcoming and there are always squashy sodas to collapse on in the cinema room if the heat becomes too much. For those who want to explore further afield in August there's lots going on and here are a few suggestions:

21/07-09/09 Maize Maze The Toy Barn, Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne DT9 4JX. Mon to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am to 4pm.Giant maize maze, refreshments, play equipment, pedal-powered go karts.. £6 (U3s free), £20 4 person group ticket inc. 1 adult.Larger group bookings contact  www.toy-barn.co.uk  

29/07-12/08 Sherborne Summer School of Music Various venues in Sherborne 30 events: Chamber Music, Choral, Orchestral & Jazz concerts/recitals. Programme available from Sherborne TIC  www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk

9th Walking in the Past - Over 1,300 years of Sherborne history Sherborne 2pm A 2 hour guided stroll with Cindy Chant .  Meet outside the Abbey. Tickets £5 in advance from Abbey Fryer, West Street, Sherborne.  joybennetts@hotmail.com

11th Fleamarket Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 10am-4pm. 1000s of collectables, antiques and crafts. Free entry. 01749 677049 www.westcountrycraftfairs.co.uk  

15th Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show Motcombe Turnpike Showground, SP9 7PL 8.30am – 6.30pm Displays, trade stands, education area, food hall, Scarecrow Trail plus much more. Tickets from Sherborne and Dorchester TICs: A £13, C (5-16) £3, U5s Free, Family (2A 3C) £31. On Showday: £16/£4/free/£39

19th Buckham Fair Beaminster Down DT8 3SH 9 am. Pony & Dog Show in aid of DCH Cancer Appeal. Fair, food and drink until 9pm. £8, C free.  www.buckhamfair.co.uk  Home of Martin Clunes

18th - 19th Yesterday's Farming Dillington Park Estate TA99 9DQ  www.yesterdaysfarming.co.uk

22nd Children's Fancy Dress Party Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne, DT9 5NR 2-5pm Dinosaur Adventures. Free to Attend. 01935 814345 

23rd-27th Great Dorset Steam Fair South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford DT11 8HX 8am 50th anniversary celebration. Day ticket: A £17.50, OAP £16 C(5-16) £7 in advance. 01305 267992 dtic@dorset.gov.uk  

25 Wings and Wheels Henstridge Airfield (BA8 0TF), 10am onwards. In support of Dorset and Somerset Ambulance Service. A £5, U16s free 07787 744163 

26th Sherborne Historic Vehicle Rally Courts of Sherborne School.   

26th Giant Flea Market   Bath and West Showground www.bathandwest.com

30 Illyria Open Air Theatre Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne, DT9 5NR 6.30 for 7.30pm. The Hounds of the Baskervilles. Bring picnics & blankets for open air performance. All ages.  www.illyria.uk.com