Famous the world over as the setting for the memorable Hovis “boy on the bike” advert of the 1970s, Shaftesbury appears the image of an Acradian small town idyll.
But some people see the town in a rather different light.
An anonymous poster wrote a stinging review of Shaftesbury on the website, iLiveHere, saying it has a high street of “woe”.
They said how the town is a mixture of charity shops, coffee shops, is not a good place to shop, has expensive parking and not much goes on there.
They finished by saying the average person may die from boredom and isolation after not too long.
You can read the review in full below, and have your say about Shaftesbury, or the review, in the comments below.
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Perched atop of the famous Gold Hill of the Ridley Scott Hovis advert, Shaftesbury has a high street of woe.
A mixture of charity shops, coffee shops (last count 10 for a population of 5,000 odd) and gift shops for the grockles. If you need to buy something useful such as a paintbrush or a pair of socks, be prepared for a 45 minutes drive each way to the nearest proper shopping.
Shaftesbury Market Day
Thursday is market day in Shaftesbury. Revel in the heights of country living with a fish stall, a bread stall and a few sad plants among the hoards of living dead that Shaftesbury High Street brings out because the market is on.
Public transport in Shaftesbury
Car parking is in short supply and expensive. It would be nice to get public transport but alas the hill prevents a train station and there have never been any buses in Dorset.
For the young-uns, the highlight of the year for any 13 year old is the fair which visits around carnival time in September. Underage cider and chips on Park Walk followed by a vigorous shaking on a rickety “ride” that hooks to the back of a Landrover only ever has one result – yes its puke.
Adults aren’t much better. The Carnival is an excuse to go out and overdo the cider, get involved in a screaming match or a kicking with your ex and end up barred from every establishment until the next big occasion which will be Christmas Eve.
Property prices in Shaftesbury
Forget being able to buy a house as the property prices are high with the local wages being minimum. And if you are not white, be prepared for stares by the locals. They may even try and touch your hair if you are a kid.
On the whole, if you want to live to be old, the Enmore Green borough has one of the highest rates of longevity, but your average person may die from boredom and isolation long before then.