Is there parking on site?

All of the venues are within Wimborne town centre, so please use town centre public, pay and display car parks (visit the Dorset Council website for full parking information, including location of disabled parking spaces).  If public car parks are full, overflow parking is available at Queen Elizabeth’s School.  Please take care walking in to town from this car park.

Please note: Waitrose car park is short stay only, to avoid a fine please use one of the other public car parks.

Can I bring my dog?

The site at Willow Walk is public access, so dogs are permitted.  We ask all owners to ensure that they clear up after their dogs.

Please note:  The military displays will include short bursts of gun fire.  This will be announced ahead of time to allow people (and dogs) to leave if necessary.

Dogs can be taken into the town centre but are not permitted in the Allendale Centre, East Dorset Heritage Trust or Priest’s House Museum (except for assistance dogs).

If the weather forecast is warm, and as the town will be busy, we strongly recommend that our four legged friends are left at home if possible.  Please do not leave unattended in vehicles.

Are there toilets at Willow Walk and in the Town Centre?

Yes we will have event toilets, including accessible event toilets, available for use on Willow Walk.  There are also public toilets in Cook Row and the Hanham Road Car Park.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes of course you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at a suitable spot in town.  Please ensure that you tidy up after your picnic and use the bins provided for any litter.

Is it all free?

All of the living history events are free.  Everything on Willow Walk will be free, as will all events and activities taking place on the Square, Minster Green and in the Allendale Centre, East Dorset Heritage Trust and Priest’s House Museum.

The only ticketed (payable) events are:

  • Baroque Music Concert – on Friday at 7pm (Wimborne Minster)
  • Tolpuddle Martyrs Talk/Play – Talk and Theatre Performance on Saturday at 7.30pm (Tivoli Theatre)
  • Talks and Lectures available in the two weeks leading up to the festival.