Our Heritage Events

Lesser-Known Bournemouth

Tuesday 7th September – 2pm

Steve Roberts, the author of ‘Lesser-Known Bournemouth’, takes us on a colourful and mysterious tour of Bournemouth, the ‘Greenfield Resort’ that allegedly has no history (or does it?) Steve searches out the town’s history, the stories of some of the many authors with links to the place, tales of ghosts, creatures and murderers, the plaques that tell us more, the sports that came and went He also recalls interviews with interesting folk and recommends walks we should undertake to find out even more

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Steve Roberts

Visit to New Forest Honey Producers The Noble Bee

Wednesday 8th, 10am and 2pm

Furzedown Farm Conservation Area has been managed as a wildlife conservation area for the last 50 years by The Noble family. Bees are an integral part of the conservation efforts and has seen a small hobby develop into a growing business.

 Come and enjoy a talk about bees and nature from founder, Simon Noble while enjoying tea and cake. Watch a live beehive inspection and make your own beeswax candle to take home with you, as well as a complimentary pocket guide to Planting for Honeybees.

 This event is subject to nice weather and also involves a five-minute walk into the woodland valley. Learn more about The Noble Bee at www.thenoblebee.co.uk

Tickets: £40.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

Scenes from a Hampshire Childhood

wedneday 15th september – 2pm

Allow yourself to be transported back sixty years to life in an unspoiled countryside, to a time of carthorses and hay-wagons. Milk is delivered by bicycle, flocks of geese graze freely on the green … and the privy is at the bottom of the garden. Rural life was dependent on the bus service and on local shops, with few of the amenities and technologies which we take for granted today. Come and enjoy this slice of social history or if you lived through the many changes of the 1940s and 1950s, reminisce and enjoy the nostalgia

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Gerald Pointing


Abbotsbury and South Dorset Ridgeway Walk

Thursday 23rd September 10am

A 7 mile walk with stunning views and plenty of sea air. The route takes us to a chapel, a walk through the yellow stoned village of Abbotsbury to the local parish church and to an ancient fort. We travel along the South Dorset Ridgeway and the South West Coast path which a goes beside Chesil beach but not on to it. Both easy going but there is one relatively steep ascent and one steep descent between these paths. Please bring a packed lunch, and allow time for tea afterwards, (not included in the ticket price). Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.

Tickets £6.00

Meet: Details on ticket.


Britain’s First Railway Murder

Tuesday 5th october 2pm

In 1864, Britain took pride in the development of its railway providing the infrastructure to service the demands of Empire and revolutionising passenger travel. But its reputation was rocked by the violent and unexplained murder of a city gentleman, the very icon of all that was Victorian society. The presentation explores the subsequent criminal investigation and leaves the audience to decide on the guilt or otherwise of the man tried for the crime. 

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Paul Stickler

Visit the Great Bustards of Wiltshire

Wednesday 13th october 9.30am and 10am

The Great Bustard (Europe’s heaviest flying bird) was re-introduced to Salisbury Plain 20 years ago and since then The Great Bustard Group has worked tirelessly to sustain the population. On this visit take a trip in a rustic Land Rover (be ready for a bumpy ride!) for a bespoke tour of the chalk downland and see the majestic bird in its natural habitat. Stop at the visitor centre for a presentation and displays about the project. Binoculars would be very useful on this visit! Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.


Tickets £25.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

The New Forest – Some Little Known History Walk

Thursday 21st october 10am

An 8 mile walk that loops around the woods east of Burley in the depths of the stunning New Forest. Learn about the link between the Duke of Windsor and sled dog racing. The walk is gently undulating on forest tracks. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.

Tickets £6.00

Meet: Details on ticket.


It started with a kiss… the life and times of Dylan Thomas

wednesday 3rd november 2pm

It really, really, did start with a kiss!  Come along and find out!  Dylan Thomas was both a famous and infamous Welshman.  As a poet/writer he published 90 poems and will always be remembered for his ground-breaking work ‘Under Milk Wood’.  However, his life became one long drink at the bar encouraged by his exhibitionist wife, Caitlin, and his friend and fellow drinking companion, Augustus John.  Dylan died aged 39 in 1953 leaving behind him a dysfunctional family, a pile of debts and lyrical writing that has become part of our heritage.

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Brian and Jaqueline Sutton

The German Occupation of the Channel Islands in WW2

friday 12th november 2pm

An exploration of the events leading up to the occupation of the Channel Islands in 1940 after the fall of France, and the soul-searching around the evacuation of some of the population. What happened when the German soldiers arrived and how did everyday life on the islands change? What did the British do to help as war progressed and life became so difficult for the islanders, when food became increasingly scarce for everyone, including the occupiers?


Tickets £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by James Porter

The Prince’s Murderous Mistress

monday 15th november 2pm

A true story about the affair the Prince of Wales (soon to become Edward VIII) had with a French prostitute, Marguerite, in the 1920’s.

    • What was contained in the letters he wrote to Marguerite?
    • How did she react when he finished the relationship?
    • What were her main reasons for marrying the wealthy Charles Laurent?
    • How many times did she shoot Ali Fahmy?
    • How many people did she confess to?
    • Was she found guilty of murder, manslaughter or was she acquitted?

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Steve Herra


The Sewing Room

Thursday 2nd december 2pm

This is a tale of mystery and intrigue. Taken from Heather’s grandmother’s recently discovered journal of 1902, when she was just 20 years old and working in service as a dress maker in a large manor house in Kent. Essentially, it is a ghost story which may or may not be true…….


Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Heather Wylde

The Great EDHT Quiz

Wednesday 15th december 2pm

Bring your friends and pit your wits against each other! Test your general knowledge and have some fun; with picture rounds to frustrate and intrigue, mixed in with a lot of friendly banter. Tables of six, will battle it out for the coveted ‘Castleman Cup’. If you can’t find five friends, we will find them for you.  Bring your own nibbles but some seasonal treats will be provided.


Tickets £5.00 per person

Maximum of 6 per table.

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

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