St Ives /sənt ˈvz/ is a village in the county of Dorset in the south of England. It lies close to the border between Dorset and Hampshire, near Ringwood, Verwood and Ferndown. The village is adjacent to St Leonards and Ashley Heath. The parish of St Leonards and St Ives has a population of 6,672 (2001); 41.6% are retired. The joint population including two electoral wards (east & west) had risen to 6,859 at the 2011 Census.[1][2]

St Ives
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St Ives, post office
St Ives is located in Dorset
St Ives
St Ives
Location within Dorset
OS grid referenceSU123040
Civil parish
  • St Leonards and St Ives
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBH24
Dialling code01425
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°50′06″N 1°49′30″W / 50.835°N 1.825°W / 50.835; -1.825Coordinates: 50°50′06″N 1°49′30″W / 50.835°N 1.825°W / 50.835; -1.825

The village has a shop and post office, a doctor's surgery, an ex-services club and two public houses. A youth club is situated in Braeside Park, St Leonards, next to the scout hut and the village hall.

St Ives First School has 128 students between the ages of 4–9 years old. In 2008 Ofsted described the school as "outstanding". The school contains a swimming pool which is open to the public during the summer months, and holds several community events such as the strawberry fair and Easter fair.

Avon Castle

To the north is Moors Valley Country Park which has many attractions such as train rides, cycle tracks, a fishing lake and a café. To the south is Avon Heath Country Park which has a large visitor centre, play park and picnic area. To the east of the park, by the river Avon, is Avon Castle, a country house built about 1872 and now divided into apartments.

External linksEdit

  Media related to St Ives, Dorset at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ "St Leonards and St Ives East ward 2011". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  2. ^ "St Leonards and St Ives West ward 2011". Retrieved 1 March 2015.