• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417

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Creating local history projects - free training on the heritage of Cranborne Chase and the Chalke Valley for teachers, by Historic England: Three available dates.

The Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is delighted to offer a free one day training course to teachers of all age groups in and around Cranborne Chase, to capitalise on the extraordinary, unique heritage of the area, and to suggest great places to go to get started with a local heritage study. Teachers can also learn techniques and ideas to extend children’s understanding of how people lived in the past.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the training.

All welcome to attend. For more information and to book your place please call 01725 517417 or email the team Support Officer: sarahforwood@cranbornechase.org.uk

Jan 27, 2020

Join us in Sixpenny Handley for an evening of stargazing with the Wessex Astronomical Society. To book, email info@cranbornechase.org.uk or call 01725 517417

Jan 8, 2020

Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund – Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)

Oct 25, 2019

Cranborne Chase becomes the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the country to be designated in its entirety as an International Dark-Sky Reserve

Oct 18, 2019

The Cranborne Chase AONB team is moving to Tollard Royal from Tuesday 8 October. 

Sep 30, 2019

Independent review of the running of England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty published - click here for full details

Sep 23, 2019

Ever looked up at the night sky and wanted to know more? Come to our 'Don't be Afraid of the Dark' event at Dinton Village Hall to find out more. Everyone welcome! 

Aug 19, 2019

Cranborne Chase AONB has announced dates of its annual planning seminars: 3 September at Dinton Village Hall and 10 September at Sixpenny Handley Village Hall.
Jun 28, 2019

A £1.68million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund has been awarded today (10 May 2019) to Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for the Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership project.
May 10, 2019

Read our latest newsletter to see what we've been up to here
Apr 5, 2019

Learn how to attract more paying guests: astrotourism expert hosts series of business workshops in Blandford, Shaftesbury & Broad Chalke.
Mar 4, 2019

Cranborne Chase hosts ‘Star Fest’ weekend from 22-24 February
Feb 18, 2019

Wessex Water community fund for Wiltshire based groups
Jan 4, 2019

Free entry in the run up to Christmas from the 10 to 22 December
Dec 13, 2018

Enter our competition to win a fab book: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018
Nov 26, 2018

First World War badge cut into hillside by soldiers in 1916 brought back to life by £32,800 National Lottery grant
Nov 10, 2018

Heritage compendium mapping for the Landscape Partnership Scheme area is now live.
Oct 10, 2018

Your chance to contribute to the work of the AONB - download the plan and fill in a questionnaire to register your views - as much or as little as you like.
Sep 19, 2018

Wimborne’s Priest’s House Museum receives prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education for the sixth time
Aug 3, 2018

Informal Consultations between the 13th July and the 27th July 2018
Jul 10, 2018

Landscape Partnership event brings history enthusiasts to Wiltshire/Dorset border
Jun 6, 2018

AONB seeks enthusiastic individual for marketing role
May 30, 2018

Journalists start work on follow up book to Deepest Dorset
May 30, 2018

Underhill resident becomes new AONB Chairman
May 16, 2018

Successful candidate will help to co-ordinate bid for IDA Reserve status
May 14, 2018

Private estates open their gates for inaugural pleasure ride
Apr 30, 2018

Spectacular private estates open their gates for horse riders
Mar 26, 2018

Seminar audience told of the boundless benefits of dark skies
Mar 21, 2018

Dark Night Skies: Achieving Community Benefits - 20 March 2018
Feb 20, 2018

Find out more at our Annual Planning and Transportation Seminar
Feb 11, 2018

See the stars with our experts
Jan 30, 2018

Newborn lamb becomes AONB mini mascot
Jan 23, 2018

An enthusiastic individual is sought for exciting post
Jan 17, 2018

Plan pledges to conserve and enhance AONBs
Jan 16, 2018

Salisbury Wildlife Group seeks volunteers for conservation tasks in nature reserve
Jan 9, 2018

New gardener and students to return planting scheme to legendary designer's original
Jan 8, 2018

Report calls for examination of Win Green Hill, Fontmell and Melbury Downs
Nov 15, 2017

Springhead Trust raises awareness of the remarkable ash
Oct 4, 2017

View astronomical wonders this autumn/winter on Cranborne Chase
Oct 2, 2017

Rare access granted to Longleat’s old deer park for Ancient Tree Forum walk
Sep 25, 2017

Creative Arts Advisor and consultants for fascinating archival research projects required
Sep 13, 2017

Food and drink fair will not run this year
Sep 13, 2017

World War I badge now gleams white against the green hillside<
Sep 11, 2017

Six-day event is only conference of its kind in the UK this year

Sep 10, 2017

Help us to understand how a countryside centre would be used
Aug 9, 2017

Heytesbury and Martin Down are the venues for two fascinating walks this month
Jul 3, 2017

General Pitt Rivers reveals the secrets of the founding fathers of archaeology
Jun 29, 2017

Discover Julian Wiltshire’s fascinating book in the AONB marquee
Jun 27, 2017

Take a trench tour sponsored by the Foundations of Archaeology
Jun 26, 2017

Turf cutting takes place before Earlcoate Construction begins restoration work
Jun 26, 2017

Gussage All Saints revamps signage with SDF money
Jun 14, 2017

Go on a unique journey with Martin Green at the Chalke Valley History Festival
Jun 12, 2017

Linda Nunn receives the Joy Griffiths Award on behalf of team
Jun 7, 2017

AONB food fair returns in October
May 24, 2017

The perfect post for those with an understanding of landscape issues
May 24, 2017

See our list of the top 10 Stargazing locations in the AONB
May 2, 2017

Channel 4 TV invites applications for its Village of the Year 2017 contest
Apr 19, 2017

Two lucky winners will attend conference for free
Apr 19, 2017

Why quality artists are flocking to the Deverills this year
Apr 10, 2017

AONB will be represented at hearing examining Blandford+ Neighbourhood Plan development
Apr 4, 2017

Cranborne Chase AONB's first chairman dies
Apr 3, 2017

Wessex Water-funded project beats off strong competition
Mar 28, 2017

Learn how to get the most out of your valuable asset
Mar 22, 2017

Discover new interests with rewarding Landscape Trust role
Mar 22, 2017

Early bird discounts are available for Foundations of Archaeology one-day celebration of the past

Mar 22, 2017

AONB chairman passes away
Mar 7, 2017

Wiltshire Life magazine shortlists conservation project
Mar 1, 2017

Could you be our new Landscape Partnership Development Officer?
Feb 21, 2017

Chasing Stars at Sixpenny Handley
Feb 17, 2017

The North Dorset LAG next deadline for applications is Feb 23rd.
Jan 14, 2017

This is a fantastic opportunity to help run a new charity – the Cranborne Chase Landscape Trust
Jan 9, 2017

Cancelled for forseeable future
Jan 5, 2017

A grant of £1,684,100 has been given initial approval by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme.
Nov 23, 2016

Many thanks to the Wessex Astronomical Society for attending last Friday's event..
Oct 25, 2016

Free entry to the Priest's House Museum, Wimborne 22 Oct
Oct 11, 2016

Gussage Community Benefit Society win Award
Oct 11, 2016

Free support & promotion for your business located in, or working in the AONB
Sep 13, 2016

Using Landscape Character Assessments in Neighbourhood Planning - An opportunity to sustain, conserve and enhance the local distinctiveness of where you live.
Sep 13, 2016

A collection of resources to help boost visitor numbers and to ensure that your visitors connect with the area
and all it has to offer.
Sep 1, 2016

New state of the art facility opens in Tisbury
Sep 1, 2016

Find out about the many benefits to you and your village hall
Aug 24, 2016

Help IMPROVE public paths and open space in Dorset for walking, horse-riding and cycling
Aug 16, 2016

We have reached the first milestone of 50 people signing our Dark Skies Pledge
Aug 14, 2016

Congratulations to Helen Gibson, winner of the Autumn/Winter category
Jul 20, 2016

New interactive maps offer most detailed ever picture of England’s light pollution and dark skies
Jun 16, 2016

Local food & produce at the Chalke Valley Stores
Jun 16, 2016

Help Needed!
Jun 16, 2016

including Donhead St Mary, Alvediston and Chilmark
Jun 10, 2016

..at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Coombe Bissett Nature Reserve
May 19, 2016

Help us to gather information in support of a funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund
Apr 14, 2016

Find out about the Cranborne Chase Food Fair
Apr 14, 2016

Producers from the Natura 2000 site network can get free Europe-wide promotion!
Jan 26, 2016

..at the Cranborne Chase Woodfair
Oct 13, 2015

Find out all about this year's Woodfair, and how you can get involved supporting this wonderful community event.
Sep 29, 2015

Pledge your support of the AONB's bid for International Dark Skies Reserve Status
Sep 29, 2015

Our year-long photography competition which runs from Autumn 2015 to Autumn 2016.
Sep 27, 2015

Help to improve Public Rights of Way and Public Green Space
Sep 1, 2015

Latest news from the Cranborne Chase Woodfair team
Aug 30, 2015

Tracy Adams from South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project received the Bowland Award from NAAONB Chairman Philip Hygate.
Jul 14, 2015

Check out the latest news from the Dorset Association of Parish & Town Councils Summer 2015 Magazine
Jul 14, 2015

The Heart of Wessex Launch Event - how to apply for funding
Jun 23, 2015

AONB supported tree project in the Donheads and Vale of Wardour
Jun 17, 2015

Get your business listed on our new Interactive map for free
Jun 10, 2015

The Great Tisbury Brocante was a huge success - here is a short summary
Jun 3, 2015

Help the Forestry Commission gather information about the health of the nation's trees
Jun 2, 2015

Launch Night - Friday 15th May
May 11, 2015

£25 million will be made available to provide hundreds of new minibuses to community transport operators in rural and isolated areas
Jan 7, 2015

Cranborne Chase AONB is looking for a new independent Chairman!
Dec 10, 2014

Find out how the South Wiltshire Farmland Birds project is working to protect this rare species
Dec 3, 2014

New scheme for rewarding farmers for environmental management
Dec 2, 2014

Get refurbished computers for your community group
Nov 26, 2014

The Cranborne Chase AONB Partnership is keen to work closely with everyone in and around the AONB to attain ‘Dark Night Sky Reserve’ status.
Oct 19, 2014