The town is in the Blackmore Vale of North Dorset but also relatively close to the border with Somerset, with both Yeovil and Wincanton within easy driving distance. The town has many amenities including a primary school, supermarket, doctors, dentist, pharmacy and opticians as well as a butchers and post office. The 10 metre market cross in the town centre is reputed to be the finest in the Country. The town also has a tennis club, cricket club and junior football club. A golf club is also available in nearby Henstridge. Local indoor activities include Yoga, Zumba and Martial Arts, and Nordic Walking is also available locally. Local restaurants include a Chinese and a traditional fish and chips. Sturminster Newton is some 4 miles from the town offering secondary education at Sturminster Newton High School, rated as Good by Ofsted. Yewstock School is also at Sturminster Newton which is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. Sherborne is some 6 miles west of the town, notable for the Abbey and two castles as well as numerous antique shops. Independent education is offered at Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls School and there are two supermarkets with Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in the area.