In a beautiful setting, with amazing drinking & dining houses, a choice of entertainment and glorious outdoor pursuits on its doorstep – what isn’t there to love about Wimborne? Wimborne Minster is a charming, historic market town with spades of character. Steeped in heritage with its gracious Church and surrounded by the picturesque location on the banks of the rivers Stour and Allen – it most certainly is worth a visit!
With such a wide variety of activities and attractions – you will find something for everyone in Wimborne Minster.
Too many options to include them all, but a small selection:
Badbury Rings and The Oaks, Kingston Lacy – enjoy some excellent views across the Dorset countryside, whilst exploring this fascinating area with the Iron Age hill fort, rich in history, flora and fauna.
Walk at Pamphill and Cowgrove, Kingston Lacy – enjoy a gentle walk through the beautiful unspoilt villages of Pamphill and Cowgrove with good views across the Stour Valley.
Walk at Shapwick and Droves, Kingston Lacy – a fairly flat walk from the old village of Shapwick along tracks and droves including the Kingston Lacy Beech Avenue.
Wide variety of cycling routes to choose from also, but a small selection:
Spring cycling tour along the River Winterbourne: 21.8 miles – explore Wimborne Minster and discover some new bicycle path and tracks. If you enjoy water, you’ll certainly enjoy this route.
Taking a detour to St Mary the Virgin: 31.8 miles – this cycling tour takes you along the nicest roads in the municipality of Wimborne Minster. Fully paved roads along this route.
Exploring along an abbey: Tarrant Abbey: 27.3 miles – there is little (no) chance you will be seeing cars along this route. This route is certainly not flat.
Sporty along a river: River Winterbourne: 57.4 miles – a route with something extra. Certainly stop at Larmer Tree Gardens before getting on the road again.
Wimborne Tennis Club is set in the open space grounds of Redcotts Park, just on the edge of Wimborne – only a two minute stroll from Wimborne town centre. It is warmly run by Phil Loose and successfully provides a service to those who want to play tennis for fun, socially and competitively. From a beginner level right the way through to performance level. It is also unique, in that you don’t have to be a member to enjoy the facilities or the clubs on offer, so if on holiday and wish to enjoy a game or need to keep up a level of performance. Furthermore, by Easter of this year, Wimbonre Tennis Club will have three new all weather hard courts in addition to two grass courts.
Riverside Wimborne – a tucked away park adjacent to the River Stour with play area, picnic benches, boat house and pontoon.
Dream Boats – running April through to September, Dreamboats offer an idyllic recreational facility for boat hire in Wimborne, using the beautiful surroundings of the River Stour. Take a trip on a rowing boat down the river stour and enjoy the wonderful wildlife in the summer sunshine
At Moors Valley Country Park and Forest there is something for everyone, whether you want to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the Forest, experience a ride on an authentic narrow-gauge steam train or even Go Ape on a high wire forest adventure swinging through the tree tops.
Wander around Kingston Lacy house and discover the Spanish Room with its gilded leather and gilded ceiling brought from the Contarini Palace in Venice. Witness paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel and explore the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK. Stroll around the Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house or take a sheltered walk through the woodland.
Spot their resident herd of Devon cattle and don’t forget to pop into the restaurant to try their home made cake and scones.
The Tivoli Theatre and Cinema – In the heart of the community, the unique Tivoli was built in 1936 as a theatre and cinema and has kept many of its original Art Deco features – it is like stepping back in time. Run by volunteers, it hosts a wide variety of theatre productions, bands, comedy shows and films. The films are shown approximately 6 weeks after first release.
The Priest’s House Museum & Garden is a local museum and tea room. Discover stunning Roman wall paintings, the fascinating childhood gallery and a unique Victorian Valentine card collection as the museum tells the story of East Dorset. It also has a delightful tea room; formerly the 1920s Boathouse, also in the garden and on the banks of the River Allen, is open to visitors.
Wimborne Tourist Information Centre provides a warm welcome to visitors and local residents and can help you find what you’re looking for.
Wimborne Model Town and Gardens – built well over 50 years ago, the magnificent 1/10th scale models continue to surprise and amaze visitors from all over the world with their superb quality and realism, will delight children and adults alike.
Pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and tea rooms
Wimborne hosts a plethora of fantastic places to eat & drink good food, in warm & welcoming environments, here is small selection:
Take a step back in time whilst you put yourself in the hands of a skilled bartender. Boasting one of the UK’s largest gin menus.
The Thirsty Bird is a relaxed and beautifully designed café serving speciality coffee, delicious cheeses and charcuterie alongside a decent wine menu. They believe in serving quality produce, whilst creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where you can truly relax and take some time out.
Choose from fourteen different craft beers on tap, over fifty different bottles in our bottleshop, a selection of organic wine and fine spirits and some butcher’s bar snacks to nibble on.
In a warm, inviting, trendy setting, The Tickled Pig use only locally sourced products, grown and reared by themselves, or other Dorset suppliers who share their similar values. The Tickled Pig ensure very dish has been carefully designed around the best of the season and showcases the amazing produce that this beautiful region has to offer.
The Minster Arms cook elegant, rustic, honest food that flicks your senses from classic, nostalgic flavours to new, inspired dishes. Using British produce, prepared on site every day, and paired with ingredients so good they really speak for themselves. Live music every Thursday night from 8pm!
Renoufs Cheese and Wine Restaurant in Wimborne offers a variety of local and international cheese and wines from across the globe. They also offer a charcuterie boards and wine flights.
Le Petit Prince – serving fresh breads, pâtisserie and savouries which are all baked on site, using local natural ingredients. Truly delectable!
The Squash Court – a mixture of vintage and modern design provide a quirky backdrop for simple, healthy and delicious food, all homemade and mostly created with produce grown in their own kitchen garden, just a wheel barrows push down the drive. Free parking too!
Cloisters – a warm friendly atmosphere welcomes you to Cloisters coffee lounge in the town centre, providing a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy breakfasts, lunches, cream teas or their famous tea cake! All food is prepared and cooked in their own kitchen and also provide a vast selection of smooth coffee sourced in the south west.
Wimborne town centre is flat and so is accessible for buggies and wheelchairs.
There are 11 car parks situated around Wimborne.
Check it out out – you won’t be disappointed!