The market town of Blandford Forum sits in the eastern section of the county of Dorset. Learner drivers from in and around this area may therefore land on this location as their theory test centre of choice. Before you run off and book your test, though, be sure to have a quick read of our test centre guide.
We delve into everything you need to know about the Blandford Forum theory test centre—from pass rates to local hotels. Let’s get stuck in!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
1-6 weeks (This is a part time test centre) Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
Arriving at Blandford Forum (or simply ‘Blandford’ to the locals) is fairly simple to do if you’re using public transport. We should mention straight off the bat, though, that there is no train station in the town. Rail travel is therefore off the cards.
To reach the theory test centre without having to walk far, your best bet is to catch a bus. Disembark at either St Leonards Court or The Half Moon bus stop (depending on your direction of travel) and it should only take you 5 minutes to walk to the Woodhouse Garden Pavillion, where the test centre is located.
For more information on the transport serving Blandford Forum, check out the public transport section of the Dorset Council website.
Even though you obviously can’t drive yourself, you might be able to think of someone who would be willing to take you to your theory test in their car. Whether it’s a family member or friend, make their life easier by letting them know that the test centre postcode is DT11 7DN. Tap that into a map app or a sat nav and follow the instructions!
It’s likely that you’ll enter Blandford by exiting either the A350 or the A354. The Pavilion sits just to the right of the town’s main post office and should be fairly noticeable because of the surrounding gardens.
Learners that are driven to their theory test may be responsible for pointing whoever’s driving them in the direction of some parking options. Now, most of the time, theory test centres do not provide onsite parking. As this is more of a community centre that sometimes doubles as a test centre, however, there is some street parking available next to the building. You need to be on the street called The Tabernacle, where 8 spaces are available.
Obviously, depending on the time of day, there is a chance that all spaces will be filled. If that’s the case, head instead to the Church Lane car park (DT11 7AR). It’s only a 2-minute walk from the test centre and charges £1.20 for 2 hours of parking.
This is a fairly new test centre, but the pass rates available for Blandford Forum are a little diverse. Learners should take these stats with a pinch of salt, though, because Blandford Forum is more of a part-time test centre. The numbers are therefore based on a smaller pool of data, which can lead to unusual results.
Passing the theory test really doesn’t have to be a struggle. As long as you research the process and revise the material, there’s no reason you can’t come out with a pass on the first attempt. You’re already reading this article, so you’re halfway there!
Plus, there are plenty of revision resources out there that can make the studying process a doddle. Have a browse of the list below to get started!
Travelling to Blandford Forum purely for the theory test? Booking in at a local hotel the night before could be a good idea. You’re likely to have a goodnight’s sleep and won’t have to worry about doing any serious travelling in the morning. Here are a few options in the local area:
Located roughly a 6-minute drive from the test centre (just grab a taxi in the morning!), The Charlton Inn is an affordable, pleasant countryside inn. You’ll be provided with a clean and comfortable room that should help you get a solid night’s sleep before your test. A further bonus is that you will have access to some lovely food and drink which is prepared onsite!
At a very similar 7-minute drive away from the test centre, you’ll find The Anvil Inn. This delightful 17th century pub offers excellent food and drink, along with some beautiful rooms for a cosy night’s stay. Each one is tastefully decorated and they even throw in complimentary WiFi and a free breakfast in the morning!
For the most convenient accommodation option, you don’t even need to worry about getting a taxi—The Crown Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the theory test centre! This place is thought to be the oldest inn in Dorset, having been a residence since the 10th century. History buffs, form an orderly queue! It’s been through many refurbishments since then, and all of its Georgian-themed en-suite rooms come with high quality mattresses, smart TVs and free WiFi.
Ready to shake off the day and enjoy some rest and relaxation? Once the theory test is over it could be time for you to explore some of Blandford’s best haunts. Here are a few places to check out:
This charming family-run pub has been lovingly refurbished to a high standard that mixes traditional pub decor with an updated, fresh look. There’s a very tempting menu of classic pub fare available, along with a wide range of beverages. If it’s nice and sunny out, be sure to enjoy your purchases in the lovely beer garden! You’ll find this place just a 3-minute walk around the corner from the test centre.
If you enjoy entertainment alongside your refreshments, you should definitely pop into The Crown & Anchor for a tipple or two. This top notch pub knows how to keep things lively, with quizzes, live bands and even karaoke taking place multiple nights a week. Be sure to ask about the daily drinks deal too. You only need to walk about 5 minutes from the test centre to reach this gem.
Another great spot that you can find just 5 minutes from the test centre is The Greyhound. Yes, it’s another pub, because that’s what Blandford does best! This one offers a nice, relaxing, traditional pub atmosphere. We’re talking wooden ceiling beams, a woodburner and comfortable chairs. There’s a full food menu available, as well as a range of live sports on the TVs. An ideal spot to unwind!
That’s pretty much all you need to know when it comes to the Blandford Forum theory test centre. Keep in mind that this location only offers theory tests on a part-time basis, so you might want to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Struggling to pass the theory test? Try not to let it affect your driving confidence. Plenty of people slip up at this first hurdle to earning a licence. The best approach is to book yourself another test as soon as possible (leaving the necessary gap of 3 working days between tests) and really buckle down with the revision. You’ll get there in the end—it just takes a bit of work!
If you have passed your theory test, give yourself a big pat on the back, and then turn your attention to the practical test. That’s right, it’s time to hit the road! Find an instructor, schedule plenty of lessons and book a test appointment. If you’re from Blandford Forum, your nearest test centres are likely to be Poole and Dorchester.
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