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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.

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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.

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A jewel in the crown of East Dorset

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

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

Apr
26
Wed
10:30 am Silver Jewellery @ Walford Mill Crafts
Silver Jewellery @ Walford Mill Crafts
Apr 26 @ 10:30 am – Jul 5 @ 2:30 pm
Silver Jewellery @ Walford Mill Crafts |  |  |
This is a 10 week, introductory sliver jewellery making course, intended for those who would like to have a go at designing and making their own piece of jewellery. The jewellery making techniques that will…
May
25
Thu
8:00 pm Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young @ Tivoli Theatre
Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young @ Tivoli Theatre
May 25 @ 8:00 pm
Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young @ Tivoli Theatre | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
Los Pacaminos features Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy (UK’s premier pedal steel player). One of the UK’s most popular Live touring bands, Los Pacaminos play the very…
May
26
Fri
10:00 am Free Valuation Day for Clocks, P... @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers
Free Valuation Day for Clocks, P... @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Free Valuation Day for Clocks, Postcards and Coins @ George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers |  |  |
On Friday 26th May a specialist in antiques will be available from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm to offer FREE verbal valuations on clocks, postcards and coins. The valuation takes place at the…

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

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The Living Outside Big Summer Event this weekend with stalls, activities, a raffle and a BBQ from the award-winning Smoked Pig, it is a perfect family event. Living Outside is at the Old Mill on Poole Road. For more information call 01202 797211 or visit Living Outside Ltd
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The Living Outside Big Summer Event this weekend with stalls, activities, a raffle and a BBQ from the award-winning Smoked Pig, it is a perfect family event. Living Outside is at the Old Mill on Poole Road. For more information call 01202 797211 or visit  Living Outside Ltd

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Images Around Wimborne Minster

Action Sports Weekend 2015
Christmas Lights 2014
F1 mystery driver - F1 Day 2013
Folk Festival 2015
MG Owner's Club Day

Videos Around Wimborne Minster

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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
Allendale House
Hanham Road
Wimborne Minster
Dorset
BH21 1AS

BID Manager
Tammy Sleet
office@wimborne.info

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