Celebrating Wimborne’s rich history
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, local district, town and parish councils and Wimborne BID, the first Wimborne History Festival brought the area’s fascinating past vividly to life with exciting events and activities in historic settings in and around Wimborne Minster.
The main festival field at Lake Gates, the site of Vespasian’s vexillation fort, played host to re-enactors and displays from across the centuries, from the Bronze and Iron Ages, through the Roman and Viking eras and the English Civil War, to the 18th century. Authentic weapon and combat displays, battles and skirmishes, ancient encampments, craft workshops, interactive activities, music and storytelling brought history to life and inspired, educated and entertained all ages.
Wimborne History Festival is a not for profit limited company working in collaboration with over 30 partners/organisations to provide a family focused festival and a series of community and educational projects. Wimborne History Festival aims to help interpret the history of Wimborne Minster and the surrounding area, provide better understanding of the region’s heritage and create learning opportunities for local school children and residents, thus encouraging more people to enjoy their local heritage and get involved with history.