Celebrate Christmas in Wimborne Minster

Find out what's on this Christmas in Wimborne

Free Parking

In addition to the regular FREE parking, between 6pm and 8am, Wimborne is offering FREE parking every Saturday in December (3rd, 10th and 17th), and then every day from 18th December to 25th December inclusive, from 10am (excludes Waitrose and Co-op)

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What's on this Christmas in Wimborne Minster

November

Christmas Lights switch on day
Saturday 26th November | All day | Wimborne Square

Advent Candlelight Service
Sunday 27th November | 6:30pm | Wimborne Minster Church

December

All the Fun of the Fair
Saturday 3rd - 4th December | All day | Wimborne Square

Jack and the Beanstalk
Saturday 3rd December | 6:00pm | Allendale Centre

Wimborne Choral Concert
Saturday 3rd December | 7:30pm | Wimborne Minster Church

Q.E. School’s Year 9 Choir
Monday 5th December | Brass ensemble is playing on 7th December.
Venues to be confirmed, look out for details on our website.

Save the Children Parade
Saturday 10th December | All day | Through Town

Christmas Party
Saturday 10th December | 7:00pm | Allendale Centre

Q.E. School Carol Service
Monday 12th December | 7:00pm | Wimborne Minster Church

Alpine Bar opens
Tuesday 13th December until Christmas Eve | 12:00pm | The Square
Check the Christmas Alpine Bar Facebook page for details

 

Sleeping Beauty
Friday 16th December until 2nd January | 7:00pm | Tivoli Theatre

Little Landies
Saturday 17th December | 11am - 3pm | Willow Walk

Shoppers Christmas Service
Saturday 17th December | 11:00am | Wimborne Minster Church

Chamber of Trade Christmas Show
Saturday 17th December | 10:30am | Allendale Centre

Santa’s Grotto
Saturday 17th, Monday 19th-Saturday 24th December | 10am-2pm
Angel’s Café, East Street

Carols in the Corn Market
Friday 23rd December | 6:00pm | Corn Market

Midnight Eucharist
Saturday 24th December | 11:30pm | Wimborne Minster Church

Holy Communion
Sunday 25th December | 8:00am | Wimborne Minster Church

 

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.

Events in Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster is full of colourful events all year round. Dance at the folk festival or sample some of the local delights at the food fair.

Folk Festival
Folk Festival
Spitfire Day
Spitfire Day
Action Sports Weekend
Action Sports Weekend
Wimborne Food and Drink Festival
Wimborne Food and Drink Festival

What's on

If you would like to suggest an event that we should display on our calendar, please click here.

On our Calendar page please click on the Post your Event tab and fill in the online form to submit your event.

The event should be taking place in Wimborne Minster and be open to the public.

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

Upcoming Events

Dec
7
Wed
10:00 am Free Legal Clinic @ Local Epicentre
Free Legal Clinic @ Local Epicentre
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free Legal Clinic @ Local Epicentre | West Moors | United Kingdom
Harold G Walker offer Free legal advice every first Wednesday of the month from 10am to 12pm at the Local Epicentre in West Moors. If you have a query or need guidance on your legal…
1:00 pm Q.E Brass Band @ The Square
Q.E Brass Band @ The Square
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Q.E Brass Band @ The Square | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
The Q.E Brass Band play festive music in the Town Centre and then at Walford Mill this afternoon.
2:30 pm Strictly Come Tea Dancing @ Allendale Centre
Strictly Come Tea Dancing @ Allendale Centre
Dec 7 @ 2:30 pm
Strictly Come Tea Dancing @ Allendale Centre |  |  |
Come and dance to live music provided by the Soggy Biscuit Dance Band, who play Dance Tempo, Ballroom, Latin and ‘Oldtime’ numbers to get you on your feet – or just come and listen to…
Dec
8
Thu
4:00 pm Late Night Shopping at Walford Mill @ Walford Mill Crafts
Late Night Shopping at Walford Mill @ Walford Mill Crafts
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Late Night Shopping at Walford Mill @ Walford Mill Crafts | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
Beautiful Crafts and unique gifts for Christmas. Open tonight until 8pm.
8:00 pm Platinum – The Live ABBA Tribute... @ Tivoli Theatre
Platinum – The Live ABBA Tribute... @ Tivoli Theatre
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Platinum – The Live ABBA Tribute Show @ Tivoli Theatre | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
A Sparkling Night of ABBA, Glam, Glitz & Xmas Fun! Following the success of their many shows at The Tivoli and their latest Christmas Show here, internationally acclaimed PLATINUM – The Live ABBA Tribute Show…
Dec
9
Fri
9:30 am Wimborne Country Market @ Allendale Centre
Wimborne Country Market @ Allendale Centre
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am
Wimborne Country Market @ Allendale Centre |  |  |
Wimborne Country Market is at the Allendale Centre every Friday (except Bank Holidays) from 9.30am until 12 noon. We have cakes, savouries, jams, chutneys, honey, eggs, meat, vegetables, plants, flowers and craft for sale. Everything…
10:00 am Free Valuation Day for Clocks, C... @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers
Free Valuation Day for Clocks, C... @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Free Valuation Day for Clocks, Coins and Postcards @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers |  |  |
On Friday 9th December a specialist in antiques will be available from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm to offer FREE valuations on Clocks, Coins, Postcards and Collectors’ Items. The valuation takes place at…
7:30 pm The Searchers In Concert (Decemb... @ Tivoli Theatre
The Searchers In Concert (Decemb... @ Tivoli Theatre
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Searchers In Concert (December 2016) @ Tivoli Theatre | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
John McNally Frank Allen Spencer James Scott Ottaway “There is no doubt that the decade that gave us The Beatles as well as The Searchers and many others was very special and will go down…
Dec
10
Sat
10:00 am Save the Children Parade @ Wimborne Minster
Save the Children Parade @ Wimborne Minster
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Save the Children Parade @ Wimborne Minster | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
The 28th Wimborne Minster Save the Children parade brings a full day of entertainment for all the family culminating in the parade of floats and music through the town from approximately 2:15pm.
10:30 am Creative Cupcake Decorating for ... @ Walford Mill Crafts
Creative Cupcake Decorating for ... @ Walford Mill Crafts
Dec 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Creative Cupcake Decorating for Christmas @ Walford Mill Crafts |  |  |
Get creative with icing and decorative accents to make some fabulous looking edible treats for the festive season to take home and share with family and friends. Suitable for ages 10+ accompanied by and adult.
1:30 pm Festive Clay Lanterns with Imoge... @ Walford Mill Crafts
Festive Clay Lanterns with Imoge... @ Walford Mill Crafts
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Festive Clay Lanterns with Imogen Charleston @ Walford Mill Crafts |  |  |
Design and make your own festive house tealight lantern at this 3 hour workshop. A great beginners class, handmake gifts for family and friends this Christmas.
7:00 pm The Allendale’s Christmas Party! @ Allendale Centre
The Allendale’s Christmas Party! @ Allendale Centre
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Allendale's Christmas Party! @ Allendale Centre |  |  |
Celebrate in style this year, in association with the WDCA and Wimborne BID. Join us for the Allendale’s Christmas Party! Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival, a gourmet Christmas buffet, fun casino tables, charity…
8:00 pm The Blues Band (December 2016) @ Tivoli Theatre
The Blues Band (December 2016) @ Tivoli Theatre
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
The Blues Band (December 2016) @ Tivoli Theatre | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
Following their sensational show this year, THE BLUES BAND will be returning to the Tivoli in December 2016! The Blues Band: 35 Years and Counting! What does a great, lively musical tradition demand? Discipline, devotion,…

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 and its famous Model Town, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is 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.

Maps search / GPS post code - BH21 1JA

What is the parking like?

The town has over 2,000 parking spaces in central car parks, and the Market has an additional 600 spaces.  Each car park is well signed with easy access to the Town Centre.

Click here for more information about the car parks and charges.

There are a limited number of spaces for free parking for a limited time period in the High Street and East Street, however you are advised to find your way to a car park.  Some businesses also have their own private car parks that you may wish to check with them prior to your visit.

Are there bus routes into the town?

There are two bus companies operating regular services to and from Wimborne Minster.

For more information please click here.  Ask for Wimborne Square or High Street stops for the most central, or Wimborne Market for Riverside Park.

Wilts & Dorset services

Yellow Bus services

Where is the nearest train station?

The nearest train station is Poole. There are regular services from London and Weymouth, amongst others.  Taxis or buses are regularly available for the short 8 mile journey.

National Train Enquiries

Where are the nearest airports?

Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport is located approximately 5,1 kilometers (3,1 miles) southeast of Ferndown and about 7,0 kilometers (4,4 miles) northwest of Christchurch. Bournemouth Airport IATA code is BOH.

www.bournemouthairport.com

Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport is located approximately 1,9 kilometers (1,2 miles) south of Eastleigh and about 2,7 kilometers (1,7 miles) southwest of Bishopstoke. Southampton Airport IATA code is SOU.

www.southamptonairport.com

Is there a coach service into town?

National Express coaches come to Poole or Ringwood.  You can connect to a local bus service from either of these locations.

National Express

Is there parking for large vehicles?

Coach, minibus and motor home parking can be found in Allendale Car Park, again central to town, with just a 2 minute walk.

Free parking is available to pre-registerd vehicles carrying more than 8 passengers.

Click here for coach and group information and the free parking offer.

Is there a local taxi service?

There are usually several taxis to choose from in Wimborne Minster.  The taxi ranks are in High Street and West Borough, both central to the town.

Ask for Wimborne Square or High Street for a central drop-off, or Wimborne Market for easy access to the market.

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Some businesses in Town will be opening late on Thursday 8th December. Come along to experience a lovely intimate festive atmosphere at your favourite businesses. Check individual businesses for participation. ...

Some businesses in Town will be opening late on Thursday 8th December. Come along to experience a lovely intimate festive atmosphere at your favourite businesses. Check individual businesses for participation.

The 28th Save the Children Parade is this Saturday, 10th December. For a brilliant day out for all the family. #WimborneforCulture #DiscoverWimborne #SavetheChildren ...

The 28th Save the Children Parade is this Saturday, 10th December. For a brilliant day out for all the family. #WimborneforCulture #DiscoverWimborne #SavetheChildren

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Hope you enjoyed the free parking in Wimborne today. Other dates are 10th, 17th and 18th to the 25th inclusive from 10am. Please note Coop and Waitrose are NOT included in this scheme. ...

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Andy MunningsThe information is nowhere near clear enough. I parked in coop, sign next to it says free parking in Wimborne. So I didn't pay. If I had been fined I'd not have been happy. Other people parking were unaware of the scheme, and I'm sure wouldn't have used coop or Waitrose if they were aware. It's a great idea, but promote, and be accurate with the information.

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Images Around Wimborne Minster

Action Sports Weekend 2015
Christmas Lights 2014
F1 mystery driver - F1 Day 2013
Folk Festival 2015
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Wimborne Minster – A Fair Trade 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

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Wimborne Minster, Dorset

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

BID Manager
Tammy Sleet
office@wimborne.info

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