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Wimborne Minster is a Great British High Street

Wimborne Minster Town Centre has been shortlisted for the Great British High Street award.

The awards, run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and supporting partners, is recognising and celebrating local achievements on our high streets and supporting the communities in which we live and work.

The awards are judged on four themes: community; customer experience; environment; and digital transformation, and Wimborne certainly has a lot going for it.

The town was built around the Minster itself, the first stones being laid in the 700s. Tours of the Minster run through the year, and we have one of the few surviving chained libraries in the world. Wimborne Model town depicts 1950’s Wimborne Minster in miniature form, and provides lots to do for kids of all ages, including regular model railway days. Walford Mill is a centre of excellence for arts and crafts, providing educational workshops, demonstrations and beautiful artwork from Dorset and beyond. The lovely art deco Tivoli Theatre hosts music, comedy, drama and movies in splendid comfort. The Priests House museum specialises in social history in East Dorset and Wimborne Market, on the site of the old railway station, is the biggest indoor market in the South of England.

Wimborne boasts a great mix of unique independent businesses and national chains, a heady mix of eating and drinking establishments and is one of the most dog friendly towns in Dorset, where you can enjoy a quality cup of coffee while your pooch enjoys a pat and a biscuit.

there is always something to do, from catching a football game at Wimborne Town Football Club to watching live music most nights of the week. There’s a host of festivals through summer, from Discover Wimborne in April, to The Wimborne Minster Food and Drink Festival in October with Buskers Bash, Wimborne Folk Festival, Literary Festival and History Festival in between! If you’re expecting the ordinary in Wimborne, you won’t find it.

We are hoping that the Great British High Street Judges feel the same way! To find out more about what to do in Wimborne, please visit, follow Wimborne BID on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit the Tourist Information Centre at 29 High Street.

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