WHF PosterA FREE family friendly Living History event celebrating the late 1700s and early 1800s.

A two-day, 200 year journey back in time to Georgian Wimborne. Learn about military life, crime and punishment and Wimborne’s smuggling past through live demonstrations and re-enactments, displays and with children’s activities on Minster Green. 

Wander around Wimborne over the two days between 10 – 5 p.m. and be transported back in time with fascinating static displays, talks and encampments with timetabled arena activities. Wimborne Square will be our Smuggling zone where you will be able to discover more about Dorset’s smuggling past through a fantastic 27ft Smuggling boat and meet Wimborne’s celebrated smuggler Isaac Gulliver. At Allendale House you can enter the world of the middle classes and learn about the costumes, Georgian pastimes, medicine.  At Willow Walk find out about military life during Georgian times through authentic Living History encampments and arena displays. The Museum of East Dorset will have free entry all day with a resident Georgian surgeon on site and other activities. Join us in Wimborne and wander around the following sites and have an authentic Georgian experience. These are the main Festival sites:

Allendale HouseMuseum of East DorsetWillow WalkMinster GreenWimborne SquareAllendale CentreWalford Mill・Wimborne Model Town


Festival Programme now available at venues across Wimborne, or view a copy here!



Important Notice: Firing of Guns


As part of this year’s Wimborne History Festival our re-enactment groups will be demonstrating in the arena on Willow Walk.  As part of their displays they will be firing within the times shown below on both Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September.

We recommend that those with dogs, young children, or sensitive to loud noise, leave Willow Walk during these sessions.

Wimborne History Festival Firing Schedule

11.15am - 11.30amAssociation of Crown Forces
11.45am - 12.00pm32nd Regiment
12.45pm - 1.00pmRoyal Navy (possible firing, but limited)
1.15pm - 1.30pm95th Rifles
1.45pm - 2.00pmAssociation of Crown Forces
2.15pm - 2.30pm32nd Regiment
2.15pm - 2.30pmRoyal Navy (possible firing, but limited)
3.45pm - 4.00pmRoyal Navy (possible firing, but limited)
4.15pm - 4.30pm95th Rifles


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