Wimborne History Festival 4-5 September

The Museum of East Dorset is taking part in this year’s Wimborne History Festival, with activities and free entry to the museum on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September, 10.00 to 4.30.

Learn about health and disease from a Georgian surgeon. Demonstrations will show how wounds and diseases were treated with traditional methods and practices. Great fun for all the family! Another visitor to the museum over the weekend will be Dr Coffin.

Meet the Georgian cook in Mrs King’s kitchen (Saturday only). Sample delicious biscuits and learn about what life was like for her in the 1700s.

Kids can get creative with Georgian themed crafts including paper basket weaving, masquerade ball masks, silhouette portraits and fashionable fans (10.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30 each day, charge of £2 per child applies).

Follow in the footsteps of hundreds of local families and try your hand at the heritage craft of Dorset button making (10.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30 Saturday only, charge of £2 per person applies, suitable for age 11+).

The museum will also be running guided tours at 11.30, 2.00 and 3.30 each day (£3 per person, places limited, tickets available online at For more than 400 years, many different families lived and worked in this Grade II* listed townhouse. Step inside and discover some fascinating, and often quirky, architectural features. From an enclosed stone courtyard and timber-framed walls to Georgian panelled rooms and a kitchen extension dating back to the mid 1700s.

The Tea Room, located in our wildlife friendly walled garden, will be serving drinks and snacks.