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A small town that packs a big punch, Wimborne is one of the most vibrant, attractive, and historically interesting towns in Dorset.

Head to the big attractions of the restored Tivoli theatre, Wimborne Model town, Walford Mill and the newly refurbished Museum of East Dorset.

Rising majestically above the streets is the 12th Century Minster Church with its’s famous chained library, only one of four surviving in the world.

Wimborne has a real sense of individuality, its varied cultural scene, festivals and calendar of exciting events is waiting to be discovered.

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Affordable Studio Art

Art courses and classes.

Affordable Studio Art is a working studio situated in centre of Wimborne, Dorset, England.We provide a wide range of Visual Art courses and workshops, including sculpture; printmaking. We are now offering Tailored Summer Workshops.

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Allendale Community Centre

Community centre, theatre and live music venue. Halls and rooms available for event bookings and parties. Bar and café.

The Allendale Community Centre was opened on the 31 January 1975 and is situated close to the centre of Wimborne, next door to Allendale House alongside the river Allen and is easily accessible from Bournemouth or Poole. The Centre features the Minster Theatre and Hall, an adaptable performing arts space with capacity for 300 seats. […]

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Coral Racing Limited

National chain of bookmakers.

Is the First Choice for Great Odds! Betting shop with screens, betting faciltiies and regular updates. Please Play Responsibly.

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East Dorset Heritage Trust

East Dorset Heritage Trust is a small educational charity established over 30 years ago.

Our home is Allendale House, centered in the wonderful market town of Wimborne Minster and we offer the opportunity to learn no matter what your age or ability. It’s the place to learn something new or brush up on old skills. Take a course to improve your French, Spanish or Italian. Awaken your creative writing […]

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East Dorset Information Centre

Tourist information centre in the centre of town.

Wimborne Tourist Information Centre promotes the areas tourist attractions, local shops and businesses to incoming visitors and assists those who call in whilst on holiday or day visits. Local residents are also very much encouraged to make use of its wide range of services.

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Layard Theatre

Theatre on the campus of Canford School open for Shows and available for hire.

We are a small scale receiving House, and we also hire to local community and commercial groups.

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Museum Of East Dorset

Museum of East Dorset

A grade II listed building dating to the early 17th century complete with gardens and tea rooms.

Step into an historic town house in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne. Discover the stories of the people who lived there over the centuries. Explore the themed galleries and find out more about Wimborne and the towns and rural areas of East Dorset. There is something for everyone, from a unique […]

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The Tivoli Theatre

Original 1936 Art Deco Theatre venue showing live shows and films.

Having survived the threat of demolition in 1979 for a rapidly abandoned road scheme, the Tivoli celebrated twenty five successful years in November 2018. Following a lengthy campaign to save the building, restoration could finally begin. All through 1993 volunteers worked long and hard to get the building into a fit state to open to […]

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Walford Mill Crafts

Walford Mill Crafts is a contemporary craft centre on the northern edge of Wimborne town centre, which offers an exhibition gallery, onsite café/restaurant, studios with on-site makers selling their work and a comprehensive programme of craft workshops for adults and children. Housed in an 18th Century mill, on the banks of the River Allen, the […]

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Wimborne Community Centre


Community Learning Resource Centre, known as CLaRC, is open five days a week, our ‘What’s On’ guide shows the activities already on, here: https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/clarc-whats-on/ Regular activities include baby sessions, yoga, pilates, mixed media painting, Slimming World, creative writing and Wimborne’s own wine club. We hold Artisan Makers Markets, a great opportunity to buy and sell […]

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Wimborne Library

Community library.

Welcome to Wimborne Library! Wimborne Library is a public library, which means it is free and open to everyone. We go beyond books by providing many varied resources, from free Wi-Fi and computer use to regular events; or even just a warm place to sit and read the newspaper! You don’t have to be a […]

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Wimborne Minster Church

Site of historical interest open to the public.

For over 1300 years Wimborne Minster has been a living centre for pilgrimage, prayer, mission and worship. In 2015, we joined with the villages to the north of the town – Holt, Hinton Martell, Horton, Chalbury and Witchampton. As from 1st July 2020 the benefice will be known as Wimborne Minster and the Wimborne Villages. […]

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Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

In the second weekend of June, bringing the town alive with an exciting mix of music & dance.You can wander through Wimborne and enjoy any of the free shows, or buy tickets to see one of our headline acts.Includes Music, Dance and Comedy in 31 venues town-wide.Select from the options below to purchase your tickets […]

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Wimborne Model Town & Gardens

An extensive 1/10th scale model town of 1950s Wimborne.

Dating from 1951, the Model Town is a 1/10th scale accurate diorama of Wimborne town centre in the 1950s. Set in mature gardens with plenty of seating, You can get really close up and even touch the buildings, checking out every minute detail of over 100 shop fronts. The fun family worksheets suitable for all […]

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  • I love that Wimborne has lots of independent businesses to visit. The town has a real buzz and there always seems to be something going on.>

    Regular visitor of Wimborne

  • We made the trip from Lymington and had an early supper at the Wimborne Pig. Lovely evening out, stunningly good concert with an exceptional bass soloist (who sang at Harry and Meghans wedding).>

    Lovely concerts via Bournemouth Bach Choir at The Minster.

  • Saw the model town on Susan Calmans Grand Day out so decided to visit. A really great place to spend some time. The lady and gent on the entrance were extremely friendly and explained a lot about the history of the model town. If your in the area highly recommend a visit.>

    Wimborne Model Town visitor