If you’re planning a move to Beaminster then here is a bit of local info including, schools, supermarkets and house prices – along with a taste of local culture. Situated just a few miles North of Bridport, Beaminster lies within in a stunning valley, surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside, close to the source of the river Brit. Not much has changed here over the centuries. The town retains many historic buildings and the surrounding countryside is relatively unspoilt and a haven for wildlife, adding to the charm of the local area.

How do you pronounce Beaminster?

Beeminster? Bearminster? Beermonster? No, it is actually pronounced ‘Behminster.’

19th-century Dorset dialect poet William Barnes gives a clue to the pronunciation in his poem about the town:

Sweet Be’mi’ster, that bist a-bound
By green and woody hills all round,
Wi’ hedges, reachèn up between
A thousand vields o’ zummer green.

As does Thomas Hardy who used Beaminster as the fictional location for “Emminster” in Wessex which featured in his popular novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Beaminster is also the unlikely setting for part of John Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic novel The Day of the Triffids – when Bill and Coker travel to Beaminster looking for Beadley and find Stephen Brennell.

Art and Culture in Beaminster

The town’s annual festival every June features a week of events celebrating music, theatre, art and literature. The week starts with a traditional street party with local bands, dancing, food stalls and children’s entertainment. Following a week of cultural events the festival is usually  rounded off with a community picnic in Manor Gardens which also features local bands and circus entertainers.

Well known for its artists, there are also many other cultural events and exhibitions going on in Beaminster throughout the year.

Living in Beaminster

Beaminster has good transport links and several good schools. Primary schools include St Mary’s Church of England Primary School and Mountjoy School. The town only has one secondary school, Beaminster School which has a combined sixth form with The Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport – which is about 7 miles away. With a population of around 3,000 the town does not have a large supermarket, but it does have a Co-op and the nearest supermarkets are in Bridport and Dorchester.

House prices in Beaminster

The majority of houses sold in Beaminster over the last year were detached properties which sold for an average price of £399,050. Terraced properties averaged around £225,250 and semi-detached houses were around £222,150.

With an overall average price of £286,850, houses in Beaminster are similar in price to those in nearby Bridport (£286,200), but cheaper than other local towns such as West Bay (£319,100) and Burton Bradstock (£423,650).

In the past year house prices in Beaminster were down 5% from the previous year and similar in price to 2008 when they averaged around £292,150.

If you’re thinking of renting in Beaminster, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £750 – £800 per month. 2 bedroom flats start at £510.

(Prices shown as of September 2018)