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Some local attractions that are well worth combining with a visit to us include:
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery Tour
Just 10 miles north of Wimborne through the amazing two mile long beech avenue road at Kingston Lacey, the Hall & Woodhouse brewery is well worth a visit. Our passionate and knowledgeable guides can relate our history and the whole beer making processes. You can get a good look around the brewery and see the stages of the brewing process in action. Finish the tour with a pint in the Brewery Tap bar and then visit the brewery shop and stock up on our numerous award winning beers.
Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort in east Dorset and was in the territory of the Durotriges. In the Roman era a temple was located immediately west of the fort, and there was a Romano-British town known as Vindocladia a short distance to the south-west.
Kingston Lacey is a country house and estate just outside of Wimborne owned by the National Trust. From the 17th to the late 20th Centuries it was the family seat of the Bankes family, who had previously resided nearby at Corfe Castle until its destruction in the English Civil War after its incumbent owners, Sir John Bankes and Dame Mary joined the side of Charles I.
The Tivoli was built in 1936 as a cine/theatre and continues the tradition of showing both films and live stage shows to the present day. Having survived the threat of demolition in 1979 for a rapidly abandoned road scheme, the Tivoli underwent and lengthy restoration campaign which was completed in 1993.
Wimborne Model Town
Built well over 50 years ago, the magnificent 1/10th scale models re-create the historic market town of Wimborne Minster exactly as it was during the 1950s, you can get really close up and even touch the buildings. Peer into the butchers, the ironmongers, the bakery and the fishmongers, not forgetting the stunning interior of the Minster church. There's also a model railway, giant outdoor chess game, putting lawn, Wendy houses and tea rooms to keep the family entertained.
Priest's House Museum
The Priest's House Museum & Garden are located just around the corner from us. The museum tells the story of East Dorset. Period rooms, from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, show how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. The are 10 galleries to explore with displays, audio descriptions and children's activities. A beautiful walled garden, gift shop and tearoom complete any visit.
Wimborne Market was originally founded in about 1855 as a livestock market, following the arrival of a railway to the town. During the late 19th and 20th century the market built up a very large produce auction with thousands of lots of fruit and vegetables, flowers, plants and eggs sold every Tuesday (market day). The market continued to trade as a livestock and produce market until about 1972. A separate stall market was established in the 70s, followed by a small antique and bric-a-brac market which both grew rapidly. By 1990 Wimborne Market had grown into one of the largest open and covered stall markets in the South of England.
Hall & Who?
In 1777 Charles Hall, a Dorset farmer, founded a Brewery in the Dorset village of Ansty to provide beer to troops who were stationed on the South Coast before being shipped to America to fight the pesky colonists.
60 years later, his son Robert made his nephew, Edward Woodhouse, a partner in his brewing business, and Hall & Woodhouse was born. In 1875 Edward established the “Badger” as the logo and mark of quality for the beer (it’s one of the world’s oldest trademarks), and in the early 1900s Edward’s three sons - George, Alfred and Frank - moved the Brewery from Ansty to Blandford Forum and bought their first pub.
Today, Hall & Woodhouse is owned and run by the seventh generation of the Woodhouse family; the family are still passionate about serving the perfect pint and entertaining guests with good food, drink and hospitality in the perfect pub.