WIMBORNE & The bid

About Wimborne

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

Rising majestically above its quaint streets, riverside walks and pretty bridges is the 12th century Minster Church with its famous chained library – one of only four surviving in the world and second largest in the UK.

Modern Wimborne Minster is an oasis of charm where the old and new softly merge in its meandering ancient streets, open green spaces, flower gardens, and plethora of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. 

Wimborne is the food and drink capital of Dorset, with unique independent shops and cafes alongside quality national chains. You’ll find every legal, financial and property service in Wimborne and there’s a diverse mix of events to keep you entertained.

Big attractions include the restored Art Deco Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Model Town, the newly refurbished Museum of East Dorset and Walford Mill. 

Wimborne is famed for its festivals. Visit our events calendar to find out about the many events and activities to enjoy in Wimborne Minster.

All conspire to make Wimborne Minster a town for all seasons to visit, enjoy and return to time and again.

Wimborne Bid

Wimborne is proud to be a Business Improvement District (BID) town.

A BID is a business-funded body established to improve the environment to do business in a certain geographical area. Eligible businesses pay a levy into the BID to deliver projects that will benefit them as a business. The projects are delivered through a consultation of businesses and outlined in a 5-year business plan. Businesses vote on the business plan in a ballot, and if the ballot is successful, the BID levy becomes a compulsory levy on all eligible businesses. The BID levy is 1.5% of the rateable value of business premises.

Current Wimborne BID PROJECTS

Cleaner, Greener, Safer keeping the town clean, tidy and safe to encourage longer dwell times

Promotion – marketing Wimborne as a destination

Events – Supporting events to drive footfall and promote the town

Christmas A vital trading time in Wimborne, Christmas activity has it’s own BID project area and budget

Representation and Collaboration – providing networking opportunities, training, an e-commerce platform, representing businesses, providing useful information

King's Court

Supporting Business

For years to come. The current BID term runs until 31st March 2026.

Eligible businesses will be consulted on their current needs and an updated Business Plan will be voted on before then.

For more information on the BID projects, levy, boundary, governance and other rules, please see the BID Business Plan