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A visit to Wimborne Model Town and Gardens

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October 12, 2021

I am always on the lookout for unusual things to do with the kids, but one place we had yet to visit was Wimborne Model Town and Gardens, until now.

Wimborne Model Town and Gardens is a 1/10th scale model of 1950’s Wimborne with over 100 shops to see, including the iconic Woolworths.

Wimborne Model Town is a lovely day out as you get to peer inside the shops, which include the Butchers, Ironmongers, Bakery and the Fishmongers.

If you are really observant, you will find some rooms with lights on and even a shop with a working television.

The models are really impressive and obviously well looked after. Lilah loved playing hide and seek around the streets, looking in windows and knocking on the doors to see if anyone was home.


It is also a really fun place to take photographs, making the kids look like giants amongst the houses.

Of course, Wimborne is most famous for its Minster and its model does not disappoint as it looks over the town.

It also comes complete with its chiming Quarter Jack, which rings exactly two minutes after the real one, so it doesn’t clash and a wedding going on inside.

The model town is not the only thing to see, with a large, sensor driven miniature train track, complete with flying planes, a cable car and even Thomas the Tank Engine working hard.

There is also the Life before Lego exhibition, with British building toys including Bayko, Kiddikraft and Minbrix.

Wimborne Model Town is also the new home of the Wareham Bears, who have moved from their old home at Blue Pool.

We spent a couple of hours exploring and there were plenty of volunteers on hand to point out things you would otherwise of missed and help with some good photography spots.

For older children, there is a fun family worksheet to complete and for October half term there is a fun pumpkin challenge too, plus a crazy golf course at a small extra charge.

Entry costs £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for children, with children under 3 free, or save money with a family ticket at £24.

There is also a cafe on site serving light meals and refreshments with plenty of seating inside and out.

Have you visited Wimborne before?

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    Sarah Stockley

    October 19, 2021

    What wonderful photos! The littlun looks like she had a great time running about, got to love a miniature village!

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    Sarah Howe

    October 19, 2021

    aw this looks ace. I remember a model village was one of the highlights of my holidays as a kids.

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    Samantha Donnelly

    October 20, 2021

    This looks like a great place to visit, it looks like you had a great time I have not been to a model village in years but always amazed at how life like they are in a miniture version

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    October 20, 2021

    That sounds like such a fun place for a family day out. The kids would really enjoy seeing everything in miniature.

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    October 20, 2021

    Oooh I love a model village and this one looks amazing. I wonder how many children enact stories there with themsleves as a giant?!

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    October 20, 2021

    I have no idea where Wimborne is, but that model town looks brilliant. I really want to go there! My kids would love it.

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    Lucy Web

    January 29, 2023

    Thank you so much for writing the blog post about Wimborne Model Town and Gardens. Your post was incredibly helpful and gave us the idea to visit this amazing place. The kids absolutely loved it, and we all had a great time exploring the 1/10th scale model of 1950’s Wimborne. It was especially interesting to see the iconic Woolworths. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and expertise, it made our day extra special.

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