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Discover Wimborne Minster

Welcome to the pretty historic town of Wimborne Minster with its wonderful variety of shops, eateries and places of interest, including the ‘Treasures’; six charming visitor attractions each with something a little different to offer visitors.

Explore the gracious interior of the Minster Church of St Cuthburga with its ancient stone spiral staircase leading to the unique Chained Library. Discover the hidden garden and fascinating galleries of the Priest’s House Museum & Gardens, where period rooms bring history to life. Navigate the small streets of the famous Model Town, an authentic replica of 1950s Wimborne, or admire quality craftwork at picturesque Walford Mill Crafts on the banks of the River Allen. In the town’s charming streets and hidden courtyards, visitors can enjoy browsing a delightful range of high street stores and independent shops and boutiques and the weekly Wimborne Market (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday) is just a short stroll from the town centre. With the beautifully restored Art Deco Tivoli Theatre offering shows, music and the latest films and a tasty selection of tearooms, cafés, pubs and restaurants, Wimborne Minster has everything for the perfect day or half day visit.

Discover Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster is a thriving market town in East Dorset with great shopping, facilities, restaurants, accommodation and attractions to appeal to everyone.

Whether you want a fine dining experience or simply a hot drink and a slice of cake, Wimborne has a plethora of restaurants, coffee houses and amazing local pubs that will meet your taste and budget.
Over and above some great national store chains, Wimborne boasts a wide range of unique independent shops that offer great service and a relaxed, friendly shopping experience.
Ideally located for visiting the beautiful Kingston Lacy country house, Wimborne has its own treasures - the Minster Church, art deco Tivoli theatre, Priests House Museum , Walford Mill Craft Centre and its famous Model Town, to name but a few.
Seeking financial, legal, banking or insurance services, Wimborne can offer you a wide choice of businesses to meet your personal needs. The town's business sector covers everything from health and beauty to re-upholstering your favourite armchair.

How to get here

We are delighted that you are looking at how to get to Wimborne Minster. Wimborne Minster is set in the beautiful East Dorset countryside, but only 8 miles approx from Bournemouth and Poole, just 40 minutes from Southampton and Salisbury and just 2 hours from London and Bristol.

What to do in Wimborne

Ideally located for visiting the beautiful Kingston Lacy country house, Wimborne has its own treasures – the Minster Church, art deco Tivoli theatre, Priests House Museum, Walford Mill Craft Centre, its famous Model Town and its covered market, to name but a few.

Where to stay

For the perfect break in the town, take a look at our collection of accommodation in Wimborne Minster, including hotels, cottages, B&Bs, and holiday parks. With our wide selection, you are sure to find something to suit your needs and requirements.

Food and Drink

Whether you want a fine dining experience or simply a hot drink and a slice of cake, Wimborne has a plethora of restaurants, coffee houses and amazing local pubs that will meet your taste and budget.

What's on

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All events are subject to change. For more information please contact Wimborne Tourist Information Centre on 01202 886116.

Upcoming Events

Apr
24
Tue
9:30 am Nordic Walking Workout @ Kingston Lacy House
Nordic Walking Workout @ Kingston Lacy House
Apr 24 @ 9:30 am – Dec 11 @ 10:30 am
Nordic Walking Workout @ Kingston Lacy House | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
These Nordic Walking workout classes are suitable for competent Nordic walkers who have already completed their “learn to” course and are looking for a regular exercise routine, every Tuesday morning, led by a qualified Nordic…
Sep
21
Fri
10:00 am Free Valuation Day for Medals, C... @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers
Free Valuation Day for Medals, C... @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Free Valuation Day for Medals, Coins and Clocks @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers |  |  |
On Friday 21st September a specialist in antiques will be available from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm to offer FREE verbal valuations on medals, coins and clocks. The valuation takes place at the…
3:00 pm Community Consultation Event @ Hanham Room, East Dorset Heritage Trust
Community Consultation Event @ Hanham Room, East Dorset Heritage Trust
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Consultation Event @ Hanham Room, East Dorset Heritage Trust | Wimborne Minster | United Kingdom
Land South of Leigh Road, Wimborne Prior to submission of a planning application to East Dorset Council, Gleeson Strategic Land invite residents to view and comment on their plans for a New Neighbourhood and Sports…
Sep
22
Sat
all-day Mini Steam & Vintage Day @ Wimborne Model Town
Mini Steam & Vintage Day @ Wimborne Model Town
Sep 22 all-day
Mini Steam & Vintage Day @ Wimborne Model Town | England | United Kingdom
It’s Wimborne Model Town’s fourth annual Mini Steam and Vintage Day with mini steam rides around the model buildings; vintage bus rides around Wimborne. There a line up of classic cars and motorbikes, full size…
all-day Mini Steam and Vintage Day @ Wimborne Model Town
Mini Steam and Vintage Day @ Wimborne Model Town
Sep 22 all-day
Mini Steam and Vintage Day @ Wimborne Model Town | England | United Kingdom
Wimborne Model Town presents the 2018 Mini Steam and Vintage Day with a collection of miniature steam traction engines to take you on trips around the model buildings. The Bear Cross Bus Company’s classic 1950s…
all-day Somerset & Dorset Family History... @ Queen Elizabeth's School
Somerset & Dorset Family History... @ Queen Elizabeth's School
Sep 22 all-day
Family History & House History themed day with stalls connected to these themes together with local stalls. Two Speakers: Dr Nick Barratt “Behind Closed Doors” and Gill Blanchard “Tracing the History of Your House. Free…
all-day Somerset & Dorset Family History... @ Queen Elizabeth School
Somerset & Dorset Family History... @ Queen Elizabeth School
Sep 22 all-day
Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Open Day @ Queen Elizabeth School | England | United Kingdom
All Welcome to the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Open Day at Queen Elizabeth School. Entrance FREE with several Stalls (family history related and local) with two expert Speakers, both of whom has been…

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Wimborne Minster – A Dementia Friendly Community

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Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community exists to address four key priorities. These have been identified at a National level but tailored to meet the needs of local communities:-

  • To raise the awareness of dementia in the local community
  • Commit to Action Plans
  • Sign up to a National Dementia Declaration
  • Create Dementia Friendly Communities

On the local scene, our aim over the past 3 or 4 years has been to identify and address as many of the barriers that people living with dementia face when out and about in Wimborne. It has been found nationally that 47% of people living with dementia no longer felt part of their community. Our aim is to improve on this disturbing figure for both local residents and those who choose to holiday in this popular tourist area.

For more information, please contact Debbie Horlock through the Alzheimer’s Society local office in Branksome (01202 764352 or email to Debbie.Horlock@alzheimers.org.uk), email Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community at Wimbornedfc@gmail.com or visit our web page here.

Wimborne Minster – A Fairtrade Town

Wimborne Minster – A Fair Trade Town

Why Fairtrade?

Fairtrade puts more power into the hands of such producers and demonstrates that there are alternatives to large-scale trade, alternatives that work for the producers and for us as consumers.

The Fairtrade Foundation certifies products as fairly traded and awards the Fairtrade Mark.

Representatives of local businesses, schools and the Town Council, working with fairtrade volunteers, helped Wimborne achieve Fairtrade Town status in 2006. Since then the number of shops, cafes, restaurants and residential accommodation offering fairly traded goods has more than trebled.

For more information on the work of the Wimborne Fairtrade Group, please contact its conveyor, Robert Pearce, on 01202 886651.

Town Twinning

Wimborne Minster is twinned
with Valognes, France and Ochsenfurt, Germany

Wimborne / Valognes

The Wimborne/Valognes Twinning Association was founded in 1968 under the auspices of Wimborne Town Council and is one of the oldest such associations in the country. Valognes is a town of similar size to Wimborne and is situated about 13 miles south of Cherbourg in the Manche Department, which is itself twinned with the county of Dorset.

The objectives of the Association are to foster and promote goodwill between organisations and individuals of these two communities in a variety of ways, e.g. school exchanges, exchange visits and by encouraging a greater knowledge of the other community’s environment and lifestyles. Anyone interested in furthering these objectives may become a member on payment of a small subscription, which includes a quarterly newsletter.

The Association currently has around 200 members who enjoy a full and varied programme of events throughout the year, which help to raise funds for the entertainment of our French visitors, usually a group of about 25 to 30, on their visits every other year, hosted by members. In alternate years, a group from Wimborne visits Valognes when they are in turn hosted and receive a very warm welcome and a full programme of entertainments. Many lasting friendships have been formed in this way.

Wimborne / Ochsenfurt

Ochsenfurt is Wimborne’s twin Town in Germany. It is situated south of Würzburg, roughly half way between Frankfurt and Nurnberg, and stands on the River Main, a navigable tributary of the Rhine. This area of northern Bavaria is famed for its beers and white wines.

The region has had a connection with Wimborne since 740 A.D. when nuns from the powerful monastery in Wimborne were sent as missionaries to that part of Germany (Franconia). They are remembered to this day as Patron Saints of towns and villages there.

The Wimborne/Ochsenfurt Twinning Association was founded in 1989, when Wimborne Minster Town Council agreed to the formal twinning of the two towns.

Some visits have been made by specific groups e.g. students, orchestral musicians, choirs, scouts and sportsmen, but the majority of the exchanges have been general visits to and from Ochsenfurt, usually in alternate years. This enables members who do not belong to any formal group to stay with a family and get to know people, the picturesque town and the surrounding area. Visitors from the Wimborne area have always been most hospitably received.

Wimborne / Valognes
Wimborne / Valognes
Wimborne / Ochsenfurt
Wimborne / Ochsenfurt

The Historic Town Trail

The Historic Town trail consists of three separate trails which can be combined into one enjoyable two hour trail around historic Wimborne or done individually, according to time available.

Positioned around the trail are 12 green plaques located at places of special historic interest (see below). A leaflet including a map showing the location of the plaques is available for £1 from the Tourist Information Office and the Town Council Office.

  • First Methodist Church
  • Old Grammar School
  • Deans Court Lane
  • Albion Inn
  • Matthew Prior’s Birthplace
  • Allendale House
  • Wimborne Parish Workhouse
  • Priest’s House Museum
  • The Tivoli Theatre
  • Gulliver House
  • Victoria Hospital
  • Wimborne Railway Station

Contact the BID


BID Directors

Wimborne BID Directors

Martin Brunt Chairman
Email: martin.brunt@sjpp.co.uk

Mike Dyer East Dorset District Council representative
Email: cllr.mdyer@eastdorsetdc.gov.uk

Ben Richardson Deputy Chair and Marketing and advertising
Email: ben@harkerandbullman.co.uk

Laura Green Events
Email: laura@butchersdogdorset.com 

Simon Thomas Events
Email: simoncthomas@outlook.com

Richard Nunn Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Wimborne Minster Town Council representative
Email: richardnunn@talktalk.net

Georgie Boyd Cleaner, Greener, Safer
Email: enquiries@thethirstybird.co.uk

Martin Pate Business Support
Email: mp@mjplaw.co.uk

For media enquiries please contact office@wimborne.info.

Contact Us

Wimborne BID Office
Allendale House
Hanham Road
Wimborne Minster
Dorset
BH21 1AS

BID Manager

Tammy Sleet
office@wimborne.info

Wimborne BID
Chamber of Trade & Commerce
Wimborne Minster Town Council

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