So, you’ve got some time to spend in Wimborne and you are wondering what to do. Come rain or shine, there are lots of fantastic things to do in Wimborne. We’ve put together a list which we think includes something for everyone, so whether you like a bit of history, the great outdoors, a spot of culture or you just want to relax, you will love our list of things to do in Wimborne.
Museum of East Dorset
Well, of course we are going to start with ourselves. We are a double award winning museum located right in the heart of Wimborne. Step into our historic house and discover fascinating stories of the people who lived and worked here. There is something for everyone from Roman wall paintings and ancient archaeological artifacts to our beautifully preserved kitchen. If you want to relax why not enjoy a drink, slice of cake or seasonal refreshment in our Tea Room overlooking our beautiful garden, or pop into our Gift Shop to pick up a treat for yourself or someone special?
Book your tickets here https://museumofeastdorset.co.uk/product/book-your-visit/
Wimborne Model Town and Gardens
Fun for all ages! This beautiful miniature version of 1950s Wimborne is set in listed gardens with a tearoom and shop. There are even indoor attractions, including a display of Wareham Bears, a Doll’s House Collection and a model railway.
Find out more on their website https://www.wimborne-modeltown.com/
The Tivoli Theatre was built in the 1930s and shows both films and live stage shows. You can catch a comedian, ballet, play or some live music. Whether you fancy a matinee or an evening performance, the Tivoli Theatre is sure to have something amazing on.
Find out more on their website https://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/
Ok, so this beautiful National Trust property is not in Wimborne, but it is well worth the short drive out to visit. A stunning period property, with extensive gardens and parklands, two play areas for the kids and a café and gift shop – it is the full package.
Find out more on their website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/kingston-lacy
Walford Mill Crafts
See the resident artists, designers and makers working in open studios or enjoy a drink and a snack in the waterside café. This Grade II listed Mill also offers exhibitions, pop-up studios and craft workshops for adults and children.
Find out more on their website https://www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk/
The Streetlife Centre
Something to wear the kids out at the Streetlife Centre with an indoor skate park and soft play…and for the adults…relax with a drink and a slice of cake in the café. Perfect for a rainy day or to get out of the hot sun for a few hours.
Find out more on their website https://www.streetlightproject.org.uk/
The Minster in Wimborne is dedicated to St Cuthburga. Most of the building dates to the 12th Century, although it was restored in Victorian times. It is still a centre for spiritual life as it has been for over 1300 years.
Find out more on their website http://www.wimborneminster.org.uk/
Another short jaunt outside Wimborne brings you to Badbury Rings, an Iron Age hillfort now home to protected wildlife such as ground-nesting birds and orchids. A beautiful spot for a walk with amazing views of the surrounding countryside.
Have fun on the river Stour by hiring a rowing boat, kayak or canoe. Experienced boatmen are on hand and all safety equipment is provided to ensure everyone is kept safe on the river. Open every day from May to September 11am – 5pm.
Find out more on their website https://www.dreamboats.org/
Shopping in Wimborne
As well as a Farmer’s Market, held on the third Saturday of the month from 9am – 1pm in the Square, Wimborne also boasts a range of well-known brands such as Crew Clothing, Fat Face and Phase Eight, plus a plethora of smaller independent retailers.
Eating in Wimborne
As well as a selection of cafes and restaurants, Wimborne also has delicatessens and patisseries, plus a range of farm shops nearby. So, whether you want to eat in or pick up a few things for a delicious picnic you will be spoilt for choice.
Whether you are visiting Wimborne for the day or staying for a whole week, we think this list of things to do in Wimborne will keep you and your friends or family very busy.