The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh alongside the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were in Poundbury today.
The Queen has just left Poundbury after unveiling the Queen Mother Statue having earlier visited Waitrose Poundbury, The Gallery and the as yet unopened Duchess of Cornwall Inn.
The Queen was easy to spot in an elegant outfit, which is believed to be sky-blue cashmere.
Today Queen Mother Square has been alive with activity as officials marshalled the area for the special visit. By late-morning the Square was bustling with flag-waving crowds.
Security banners blocked off the square but members of the public were able to catch a glimpse of the action from behind these barriers.
The sunshine and half-term holidays made this a popular event, drawing crowds from far and wide.
Details of the day’s activities were kept under wraps but we do know that the new Duchess of Cornwall will be officially opened by The Prince of Wales.
The Duchess of Cornwall Inn is a joint venture between the Duchy of Cornwall and Hall & Woodhouse. Named at the suggestion of The Prince of Wales in honour of Her Royal Highness, the new inn is located in the heart of Queen Mother Square. It will provide 20 bedrooms as well as restaurant facilities and traditional public house offerings. Their Royal Highnesses have long supported local pubs as a hub of community life.
Today will mark the Queen’s first visit to Dorset since 2009 and to Poundbury itself since 1998.
To help you find the details you need for the day please see the questions we’ve been asked by readers below.
Am I able to drive to Poundbury and where can I park?
Yes, the only roads closed are those immediately around Queen Mother Square. The Duchy of Cornwall have requested that people walk if they can to avoid excessive parking issues. Free parking is available on residential roads but please be considerate to residents and businesses and not block their access. There is no official carpark but if you are driving please try and park South of Bridport Road.
Will the businesses and cafes be open?
Yes, absolutely, there are now 185 businesses in Poundbury and all of them (bar Waitrose and Dorset Wine which open at 3pm) will be open tomorrow. Please support Poundbury’s unique independent businesses by stopping off to browse the shops or have a bite to eat.
Will there be anywhere to get food and drink?
Yes, there are seven cafes and one pub open tomorrow listed below.
- The Potting Shed(Olives Et Al) will be open from 9am. The team will be serving sausage rolls, pasties and brownies from a stall outside.
- The Engine Rooms(attached to Poundbury Gardens) will be open from 7am-10.30am and serving hot bacon rolls.
- The Gallery on the Square will be open from midday
- Bonjour Cafe in Babeny Walk is just a short walk away and Emma has baked a raft of patriotic cakes
- The Buttermarket Bakery in the Buttermarket, again just a short stroll, is a beautiful artisan bakery.
- Bramble cafe & Deli (owned by Mat Follas) is also in the Buttermarket and has a great menu on offer for breakfast and lunch.
- Cafe on The Green, just up from House of Dorchester chocolate factory in Dinham Walk is an amazing place staffed by employees with learning difficulties, which gives them essential life experience and skills to move on to new jobs.
- The only pub open will be the Poet Laureate in Pummery Square, again just a few minutes away, and is offering their comprehensive menu as well as take away fish and chips at lunchtime (£7.50 and can be order ahead on 01305 251511)
- The Octagon Cafe in Pummery Square always has a great selection of cakes and lunches and is a nice relaxing getaway
There is also a range of fantastic shops to try, If you walk towards The Buttermarket there is new men’s clothes shop Clath, heading into the Buttermarket there is The Buttermarket Stores Post Office, Christabel’s Linen, the popular Boo’s Toy Shop and the beautiful Magpie, selling lots of top designers including Orla Kiely and Cath Kidson. Along Bridport Road there is furniture shop Gallimaufry and the iconic Cherryade, which sells incredible designer goods from cards, to lifestyle gifts and beautiful items for your home.
If you are a bike fan pop to one of the two bike shops Poundbury Cycles and the electric bike shop Dorset Cycle Life.
Head up to Challacombe Square for the bridal quarter including Boutique at No 6, Bridal Reloved, Angel Cake Company, The Poundbury Florist and around the corner Butterfly Brides.
Are there any special events for the public?
At 3pm when the public is allowed back into the square Dorset Wine will be hosting a Royal Afternoon Champagne Tea. Glasses of champagne and homemade scones from Yalbury Cottage are on offer for £7.50.
Will the new Duchess of Cornwall be open?
The inn will be officially opened by the opened by the Prince of Wales on Thursday. However this week the finishing touches will be made and it will open its doors to the public on Friday 4 November at noon.
Where can I find more information about Poundbury?
Our team will be running a stall on Peverell Avenue East tomorrow giving out FREE commemorative newspapers and selling copies of Celebrating Poundbury alongside FLAGS and bottles of water for £2. It provides all the information you need about Poundbury, its development, with an events guide, a food and drink guide and a map. Please come and see us and say hello.
To read more about Poundbury see our interactive version of the Magazine by clicking here.
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