Steeped in history, the enchanting market town of Wimborne Minster is a historic painting peppered with ancient buildings, rolling countryside and towering church steeples. The faint murmur of kings, smugglers and old legends wafts through the air, softened by the rippling waters of the River Stour and the gentle buzz of the bustling markets.
An oasis of charm, Wimborne is peaceful and tranquil, with quaint streets, perfectly landscaped gardens and an impressive 12th Century Minster Church that retains its chained library of theological tomes — one of only four surviving in the world and second largest in the UK.
A flock of prominent figures have been drawn to the area over the years, including the likes of famous authors Thomas Hardy and Enid Blyton, who lived and set many of her Famous Five tales here. Other famous faces include Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and the Scottish folk singer Al Stewart, all of which have called Wimborne home. A place of allure, Wimborne continues to captivate and inspire a mix of artistic folk, including artists, academics, writers, musicians and historians, with its rich history and vibrant culture.
As a thriving market town, there are plenty of bustling bazaars to rifle through, selling their wares. Markets run regularly in the centre of the town, from Friday through until Sunday, selling everything from fresh local produce to antique furniture and vintage fashion, as well as a weekly car boot sale for local residents.
The beautiful Kingston Lacy country house is nearby, and well worth a visit, but of course, Wimborne has its own treasures to explore, including the Minster Church, art deco Tivoli theatre, Priests House Museum, Walford Mill Craft Centre and its well-known Model Town, as well as a variety of delightful restaurants, cafes and charming local pubs.
The Wimborne Folk Festival [http://wimbornefolk.co.uk/ ] takes over the market town each summer, with a whole weekend of live performances from celebrated talent all over the UK, as well as Morris dancing, workshops, dancing and heaps of family-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained.
There are plenty of quaint B&Bs, inns, farmhouses and campsites for friends and family to take advantage of when visiting the area, as well as boutique shops, live concerts, museums, gardens and a great selection of food. Meander through the town’s charming streets and hidden courtyards to discover Wimborne’s endless collection of delights.
Surrounded by Dorset countryside, Wimborne Minster is blessed with an array of pleasant traditional villages and Hamlets. Gaunts Common, Holt, Witchampton, Furzehill, Pamphill, The Kingston Lacy Estate, The Tarrants are just a few notable mentions that are nearby and close enough to explore.
Although the population is relatively small — the whole town has around 15,000 inhabitants — Wimborne has everything you need on your doorstep. Excellent schools in both the private and public sector, quaint shopping, arts, culture and charming countryside, as well as being close to neighbouring towns of Bournemouth and Poole — less than 10 miles from each — and within easy travelling distance to London, Ringwood, Southampton, the New Forest and the east via the M27 and the A31. A peaceful retreat close enough to get a taste of city action but far enough away to remain a haven of tranquility.