Events and Festivals in Wimborne

If you want fun and colour in your life then the Wimborne Minster area is the place to visit! 

An amazing range of events, from quality music, arts and food festivals to open gardens, traditional village fetes, vehicle displays, guided walks and even a wonderful winter carnival, fill a packed annual diary.

In town and around

With many festival making use of Wimborne Minster’s wonderful courtyards, squares and open spaces, you can combine an entertaining event with a satisfying shopping spree or a trip to one of the town’s visitor attractions.

Events can also be a great way to discover new venues with festivals and activities at some more unusual and perhaps slightly quirky locations.

Set in 12 acres of working farmland, Family Fest bring the best craft, sweet food and small business traders along with two days of fun-packed live music in June.

We Out Here Festival returns for another year, just a 15 minute drive out of town. Across four days, enjoy the biggest names in Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, Brazilian and sounds from across the globe, and at night, dance to some of the scene's most exciting DJs. Alongside the music, there'll be a wellness programme (yoga, breathwork, massage, dance and more), a Talks Tent, Roller disco, and independent Record Fair.

Discovering Wimborne's past

Explore the area’s heritage with special events at the Museum of East Dorset.

You can also discover fabulous buildings and historic sites, usually closed to the public, as part of the Dorset-wide Architectural Heritage Week organised by the East Dorset Heritage Trust.

At the nearby Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne, find out about life in times gone by or watch a magical performance in their impressive and 'hobbit-house like' round Earthouse.

Tempting treats

Everyone loves a tasty treat and with its rich horticultural heritage the Wimborne Minster area is blessed with quality producers keen to showcase their delicious food and drink.

Set the taste buds (and you're tongue) tingling with the amazing products on offer at the Great Dorset Chilli Festival or nearby Cheese and Chilli Festival at Christchurch.

Perhaps a visit to the annual Beer Festival, will then be needed - just to cool you down! 

Together with regular Farmers’ Markets, in the town centre and at Market Square, there are plenty of opportunities to try and buy scrumptious local produce.

Culture vultures

Holidays are meant to be full of fun and who doesn’t like a good laugh? 

Wimborne Minster’s beautifully restored art deco Tivoli Theatre & Cinema hosts well known and emerging comedians as well as a varied programme of drama, music, dance and the latest film releases.

The town has a very strong arts scene, get your toes tapping at the annual Folk Festival, when the streets are filled with music and dance displays, meet a favourite author or listen to an eminent speaker at the Literary Festival or be enthralled by magical tales at the Earthouse at Cranborne's Ancient Technology Centre.

Regular photography, art and craft exhibitions, together with professional open-air theatre productions bring local scenes and historic settings to life.

And now for something different…

Colourful characters with a quick wit and booming voices, the Town Criers of southern England gather biennially on Wimborne Minster’s delightful Minster Green to perform in the Southern England Town Criers Championships.

Wimborne’s own Town Crier helps to organise the town’s annual Buskers Bash for Cash - where passers by are the judges and decide who has the X-Factor! 

Sometimes it is wonderful to return to a time when life seemed simpler, so take a moment to visit one of the area’s traditional village fetes, flower and plant shows or open garden events. 

Events for all seasons

Whatever the season there is something to entertain all the members of the family, and it doesn’t need to cost the earth with many events free of charge.

If you are coming for a specific event, take the chance to stay a while longer and discover all that the Wimborne Minster area has to offer. 

A great range of guest houses and self catering accommodation is available; start planning your Wimborne weekend (or week!) today.

Events coming soon

We Are Wimborne Art Club Exhibition Feb 24

We Are Wimborne Art Club Exhibition

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Fleetwood Mac Songbook Mar 01

Fleetwood Mac Songbook

Fleetwood Mac Songbook. Friday 1st March 2024, 7:30pm. 'The Fleetwood Mac Songbook' features six experienced musicians who are dedicated to recreating the magical sounds of one of music's...

Harbottle and Jonas Mar 01

Harbottle and Jonas

Partners in life and music, dynamic Devon based folk duo Harbottle & Jonas are one of the most exciting acts on the UK circuit today, combining a love of the richness of traditional folk with...

Allendale Spring Craft Fair Mar 02

Allendale Spring Craft Fair

Always a popular event, the Allendale Spring Craft Fair returns for 2024! In the Minster Hall, Quarter Jack Hall, Canford Room and Foyer, it's sure to be packed with stalls offering a wide range...

Town Mayor's Charity Fashion Show Mar 08

Town Mayor's Charity Fashion Show

Wimborne Minster Town Mayor's Charity Fashion Show. Friday 8th March 2024, 7:30pm. Fashion from the 60s and 70s will be on display at Allendale Community Centre as the Mayor of Wimborne presents a...

Fused Glass Garden Flowers Mar 12

Fused Glass Garden Flowers

Are you interested in learning a new craft or would you just like to explore your creativity? If so, come and join this small friendly evening workshop where you will design and create your own piece...

Spoon Carving Workshop Mar 16

Spoon Carving Workshop

In this workshop you will learn all the skills and techniques needed to craft your own wooden spoons by hand, using just an axe & knife. Jack Fazey has been working with wood for over 10 years,...

Wimborne Railex Mar 16

Wimborne Railex

The annual Railex Exhibition in the heart of historic Wimborne Minster will be open on Saturday March 16th. Drawing visitors from across the county and afar this popular event offers something for all...

Improvers Spoon Carving Workshop Mar 17

Improvers Spoon Carving Workshop

This workshop is aimed at those who already have some experience and want to improve their carving skills. This workshop will focus on adding 'crank', or bends, to spoons. An essential skill...

Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Lacy Mar 28

Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Lacy

Join in the Easter fun this spring in our adventure field. Put on your bunny ears and complete the ten amazing activities before claiming your tasty prize. You can go back again and again to practice...

Pre-History Open Weekend Mar 30

Pre-History Open Weekend

The Ancient Technology Centre welcomes families to one of our Pre-History weekend focusing on the Stone Age to Iron age in the UK and across the world! There will be Living History displays, have a go...

Fairytales for Grown Ups: And Other Wonders Apr 13

Fairytales for Grown Ups: And Other Wonders

In a field in Dorset there is a hill with a door. This is the Earthouse, a 250-seat fire-lit theatre, where audiences sit on wooden benches, under an earth roof, held up by 21 huge oak tree trunks....