Baffling Blandford

A hatful of history and mindblowing mystery

Spellbinding town walk starts from the Crown Hotel
Every Sunday 4.00 – 5.30
in July and August 2018

Welcome to our page! Have a look around (also see our Gallery) and, if it tickles your fancy, discover the secrets of Blandford! Come along and be baffled!

Season Premiere – 1 July 2018!

buy now to get online discounts

Or you can also get tickets on the day from us or the Crown at the normal ticket price!

Adults £7 (normally £8)
Concessions £6 (normally £7)
Children £4 (normally £7)
Family £20 (4 or more)

Every Sunday in July & August!

Jana and Paul, Baffling Blandford
Art of the Impossible Ltd

A percentage of our proceeds will go to the Blandford Town Museum for educational projects.

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Frequently Asked Questions…

How long does the walk take?
Depending on the size of the crowd, it’s a half-hour walk which takes 90 minutes or so, because we stop to perform at various sites throughout Blandford.

Is there nearby parking?
Yes. Parking is free on Sundays at the nearby Marsh & Ham Car Park (DT11 7AW).

What is your rain policy?
The show will go on in light or scattered showers, so bring a poncho or umbrella! If it’s really blowing a gale or tipping down, we will give you a soggy but cheerful Rain Check or Refund. Fortunately, all of our illusions are waterproof.

Is the walk suitable for people with pushchairs and wheelchairs?
Yes. The vast majority of the walk is on level ground with dropped kerbs and gentle slopes. There is one point near the River Stour where the group walks down some steps and there is one steep slope over a railway bridge, but people with wheels can take alternative routes to the same destination without missing a trick.

Is the walk suitable for children?
Yes. Although our tour is designed for grown-ups, children (5+) will enjoy it too.

Do you do private tours?
Yes! We’ll work to accommodate you if you e-mail your numbers and proposed date to (or use the form under Contact/Booking if you wish).

Who is Baffling Blandford?
Baffling Blandford is led by husband-and-wife team, Paul and Jana.

Paul Hyland was born and raised in Dorset. A magician from the age of nine, he is a professional member of the Magic Circle. He makes mystery and fun in the hands of celebrities and party-goers here and abroad. Jana Bundy hails from Arkansas. She began performing magic when she was twelve. A past president of the Wessex Magical Association, Jana adds a little levity and mind-reading, American-style, to the Baffling Blandford walk.

Aside from their magical life they wear more serious hats: Jana is respected internationally as a legal/environmental translator, while Paul is a poet, broadcaster and author of books about Purbeck, Wight, Congo, Andhra Pradesh, Portugal etc. You may have seen his texts engraved in stone or glass in various Dorset places. He also wrote the dramatic audioguide to Dorchester’s Roman Town House. You can see what else they get up to elsewhere on this website.

Why don’t you take your show to a major tourist destination?
Because Blandford is our hometown. We not only wanted to perform publicly more often (since our events are usually private), but we want to give something back. So the Baffling Blandford tour is a loving look at the quirky character of the town, with lots of facts as well as bafflement. You’ll see this Georgian gem with new eyes–guaranteed!

Is fluent English required to enjoy the walk?
Hmmm. If you don’t know English well, you will be especially baffled!

Any further questions please email Paul and Jana at

Just show up – no pre-booking required

AND…to learn more about our books, poetry, translation and magic (we’re into a lot of things), visit the rest of our website!