JULY 14, 2023

As you might have gathered, we are pretty proud of the place we call home.  

 If you are travelling to VERVE from a distance, or it will be your first time to Tisbury, we highly recommend tagging on a day or two and exploring our beautiful countryside.

Here’s a suggested itinerary, taking in some of our top picks:

Walk around Fonthill Estate. 

Pick up a coffee and map from the Beckford Arms (5 mins drive from the festival) and walk around the estate taking in the vast lake, woodland, cute villages and estate stud farm.


Visit the Indie Shops of Shaftesbury

Wander around the market town of Shaftesbury, home to the famous Gold Hill as well as lots of independent shops including

 Art & Nature Bookshop Folde

Lifestyle Boutique Mine

Flower & Coffee Shop Pamplemousse

Handmade Soaps Farm Soap Co

Eco Products Coconut and Cotton

Soy Candles & Ceramics The Botanical Candle Co

Lunch at Pyhouse Kitchen Garden or a Chickpea Pub

Site of VERVE 2021 and one of Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants (The Good Food Guide), Pythouse Kitchen Garden serves fire-cooked food in a Victorian walled garden.

Or for something more casual check out the Chickpea Group who have 5 local ‘Country Boozers’ which we love

Stargazing at Win Green 

Observe our Dark Skies at the highest point in the Cranborne Chase, with uninterrupted views all the way to the Isle of Wight.

if you would like other ideas, check out this recent article by Conde Nast (who also recommended us as a top wellness festival for 2023!)