Discover Wimborne Minster
The enchanting market town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset is rich in character and steeped in history: a town of kings, smugglers and ancient legends.
Visit Wimborne Minster
For its culture and history. For its wide variety of food and drink. For its mix of national chains and local independent shops. For its range of services.
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.
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.
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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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
National Express coaches come to Poole or Ringwood. You can connect to a local bus service from either of these locations.
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.
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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.
Wimborne Minster – A Fair Trade Town
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.
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.
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
Wimborne Minster, Dorset
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Registered address: C/O Thomas and Woolven, 6 Poole Road, Wimborne, BH21 1EQ
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