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Christmas events and things to do in Wimborne - 2015

PUBLISHED: 16:11 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:37 09 December 2015

Carols in the Cornmarket

Carols in the Cornmarket

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From parades to pantomime, Wimborne and its historic Minster have a busy calendar of festive events, as Andy Greeves discovers C

Wimborne’s famous Minster, which is dedicated to Saint Cuthburga who established the church here some 1300 years ago, is at the heart of local Christmas celebrations. Over the Christmas period many charity events are held at the Minster including, on Wednesday 9 December, Carols by Candlelight in aid of the Dorset-based children’s hospice Julia’s House (doors open 6.30pm). This year it features readings by Martin Clunes of ITV’s Doc Martin and fashion designer Jasper Conran. Tickets are £15 each (under 12s free) more details and tickets at juliashouse.org or call 01202 644220. Another philanthropic venture is a pop-up Christmas Cards for Good Causes shop in the Church House on 17 December. The popular Shoppers’ Carol Service is on Saturday 19 December (11am) and the traditional Crib Service is at 3.30pm on Christmas Eve, while the Midnight Eucharist starts at 11:30pm. Full listings at wimborneminster.org.uk.

The countdown to Christmas in Wimborne gets underway on 28 November with the turning on of the Christmas Lights. The festivities continue on 5 December at All the Fun of the Fair, with fairground rides in the square and entertainment throughout the town.

Online market place Etsy.com is supporting 13 Made Local Christmas Fairs across the UK. One of these is on 5 December at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne (10am - 4pm). There will be over 70 different stalls selling handmade items, vintage and also crafting supplies if you want to create your own Christmas gifts. More details at dorsetteam.blogspot.co.uk.

Wimborne is renowned for its independent retailers and experienced shoppers know to beat a path to East Street, Leigh Road and the High Street. Almondsburys (24 High Street) is a family-run business specialising in furniture, lighting, mirrors, jewellery and homeware. Another gem is Fair Ground (Cornmarket next to the White Hart) which sells Fairtrade products from around the world including clothing, cards, gifts and confectionary.

Wimborne’s late night shopping event, which is on 10 December, includes a market and live music from the Bournemouth-based Guggenmusik band Gugge 2000. On 12 December the Save the Children Parade, a stalwart of Wimborne’s Christmas celebrations, gets underway at 2.30pm with floats representing local schools, organisations and charities, together with live music and face painting. On the same day the Great Pudding Stir, using a classic pudding recipe of Mrs Beeton’s, takes place at the Priest’s House Museum in the High Street (priest-house.co.uk). To finish the day, there’s a performance of Cinderella (7pm) at the Allendale Centre (theallendale.org).

Carols in the Cornmarket, on Friday 18 December (6pm) is a very popular local Christmas events. On the same night Jack and the Beanstalk starts its run at the Tivoli Theatre from 18 December to 3 January (box office 01202 885566). Other events happening in Wimborne over the festive season include a special Christmas-themed Ghost Walk of the town; it’s led by former town mayor Malcolm Angel and start at 2pm on 19 December from Minster Green. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from Gullivers Bookshop at 47 High Street or by calling 01202 882677. At 4.30pm on the same day there is also a fabulous free Light Show in the square by the Minster.

From ghouls to spirits, an Alpine Bar will be on the square outside the Tap House (thetaphousewimborne.co.uk) between 17 - 20 and 22 - 25 December (midday- 9pm and midday - 2pm on Christmas Day). And if you’re seeking out a cuppa or a coffee try No 9 On The Green, Minster Arms, Cantina, Le Vie En Rose or Café on the Square. In addition to the regular free parking (6pm and 8am) there is free parking every Thursday in December (3, 10 & 17) and from 17 – 24 December.

For more details visit wimborneminster.net

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