Are you thinking of moving to Beaminster in Dorset? Perhaps you’ve visited on holiday and fallen for the charms of this beautiful Dorset town. This week we’re taking a look at why Beaminster is so special along with some useful local information for anyone thinking of moving to Beaminster or one of the neighbouring villages.  Located just a few miles north of Northover and Gilbert’s HQ, here in Bridport, Beaminster is situated in a beautiful valley, flanked with stunning Dorset countryside, close to the source of the river Brit, which meets the sea at West Bay. The town Beaminster retains a lot of historic buildings and features. It is renowned for it’s award-winning gardens and home to many artists who are inspired by the beautiful surroundings.

How do you say Beaminster?

Before we go any further, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – how do you say Beaminster and what will people think of you if you get it wrong – will they smile quietly to themselves or jump at the chance to pull you up. If you want to blend in with the locals it is important to get it right! It is not Beeminster, Bearminster or Beermonster. It is pronounced ‘beh-muhn-stuh’ and ranks top 3 in this list of Dorset place names that people struggle to pronounce!

Dorset dialect poet William Barnes calls it Be’mi’ster in his 19th-century ode to 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.

Thomas Hardy also hinted at the pronunciation of the name when he used Beaminster as the inspiration for the location his fictional town “Emminster” in Wessex featured in his much-loved novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles. The town is also the unlikely setting for some scenes in John Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic novel The Day of the Triffids but apart form sightings of Himalayan Balsam growing in the river Brut, thankfuly no triffids have been reported here in real life.

Art and Culture in Beaminster

Every June, Beaminster plays host to an arts festival, featuring a week-long program of cultural events celebrating music, theatre, art and literature in the local area.

The area is well known to be home to a large amount of artists and there are lots of other cultural events such as Dorset arts week taking place throughout the year in Beaminster and the surrounding area.

Living in Beaminster

Beaminster has great 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. The nearest large supermarkets are in Bridport (6.5 miles).

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 £660,525. Semi-detached properties averaged around £350,575 and flats went for about £139,495.

With an overall average price of £402,521, in the past year house prices in Beaminster were up 17% on the previous year and 29% up from the 2016 peak of £310,925.

(Prices shown as of August 2022)