Bowerchalke is a pretty meandering village with a church, village hall, and cricket pitch with new pavilion. On Saturday mornings there is a weekly market in the village hall, run by volunteers, which supplies home-made and home grown fare (cakes, bread and pastries, vegetables and salad, soups, conserves, locally produced meats, trout from the trout farm in the village, etc.)
The neighbouring village of Broadchalke has a good pub, an excellent shop stocking local produce and incorporating a cafe and post office. There are also watercress beds, where you can buy fresh watercress and free range eggs at any time of day.
There is a good selection of traditional pubs right down the valley and in the surrounding area. A beautiful walk over farmland and footpaths leads to the Horseshoe Inn, which specialises in traditional ales and hearty food.
A visit to Salisbury is a must with its magnificent cathedral and close, and its many shops, cafes and restaurants. A bus service operates from Bowerchalke to Salisbury.
Further afield is the Jurassic Coast (the famous Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove), the seaside town of Weymouth, Stonehenge, Longleat House and Wildlife Park, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole caves, and attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World, all within an hour’s drive.
Local events during the summer months include The Chalke Valley History Festival, The Larmer Tree Festival, The Great Dorset Steam Fair and the Shaftesbury and Gillingham Show.