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Things to do this Christmas in Wimborne

PUBLISHED: 15:55 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 02 January 2018

Santa Claus in front of the Minster (Photo by Darren Lovell Photography)


There are festive events both ancient and modern happening in town this year, writes Andy Greeves

Wimborne’s festive season begins on Saturday 25 November, with the Christmas Lights Switch On. There’s entertainment from local musicians, choirs and dance in the Square from 10.30am and the switch is flicked at 4.30pm.

The ‘Dorset Team’ Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair is at the Allendale Centre 2 & 3 December (10am - 4pm) with work from local artists and makers. It’s a great place to find a special present, as is Walford Mill’s annual winter exhibition with its vast array of handmade items for sale. Small Business Saturday on 2 December takes place in East Street and the Square, with late-night shopping to 8pm.

Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellows is one of the guest readers at Julia’s House Carols by Candlelight at Wimborne Minster on 6 December ( or call 01202 644220 for tickets).

East Dorset Heritage Trust (EDHT) is staging Sir Gawain: A Christmas Storytelling by Graham Rogers on 2pm, 7 December at the Castleman Suite Allendale House (advanced booking required

Two great Wimborne Christmas traditions are happening on 9 December. The Great Pudding Stir at the Priest House Museum, and the Save the Children Festival of Christmas which includes the spectacular Grand Parade in the afternoon.

More festive cheer is provided by the Carols in the Corn Market (6pm, 22 December) and Dorset Youth Marching Band are playing in the Square from 11am on 23 December. Radio Wimborne’s Son et Lumiere light show is displayed on the walls of the Minster from 5pm on 16 December and the Minster has a packed programme of traditional services including: Shoppers’ Carol Service (16 December), Crib Service (23 December), Midnight Eucharist (11.30pm, 24 December) and Holy Communion (8am, Christmas Day).


My Wimborne Christmas - Anthony Oliver MBE

This is a very busy time of year for me. I’ve been Parade Marshal for the Save the Children Christmas Parade for around 20 years. The event, started in 1989 by the then Mayor, Margery Ryan, now has around 50 floats together with walking tableaux. Then there’s Carols in the Corn Market on 22 December which I’ve jointly organised with Hilda Butler for 11 years and more recently with the help of Corn Market resident Clive Grant.

On 23 December I’ll assist the Mayor with the traditional Christmas Eve collection (a day earlier as Christmas Eve is a Sunday). This year it’s for Wimborne in Bloom which I founded when I was Mayor, along with my wife. It’s the 25th anniversary of an organisation which has truly put the town on the ‘In Bloom map’!


Click here to see our full Dorset Christmas guide.

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