Coronavirus: Status update, 31/3/20



The Allendale Centre is now closed to the public, until further notice.



  • The Centre will be open to receive NHS staff and blood donors for NHS Blood Service donation sessions. Blood donation is an essential public service to help the NHS and vulnerable people, and it's permissible to travel to give blood. Please see



Due to the closure, the Allen Valley milk machine and the Community Fridge are not available at present.

Cafe @ the Allendale is now closed to the public, until further notice.



  • As per Government and NHS guidelines, if you have a fever or continuous cough please do not visit the Allendale Centre

  • If you begin to feel unwell while at the centre please leave immediately, head home and follow current Government advice. Please see the latest NHS guidance.




The majority of the Allendale team have been placed on Furlough Leave.

For urgent issues only, please email:


​While the Allendale Centre's closed, sadly, we can't host all the regular, occasional and one-off events that would normally be happening this time of year. Two of the largest annual events are the Wimborne Literary Festival and the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival:

The 2020 Wimborne Literary Festival has been cancelled, though the Michael Portillo event has been moved to 3rd December. Please see here for any other updates.

The Wimborne Minster Folk Festival has been moved to 7 - 9 August 2020. Please see more here.

Thank you to all our hirers, customers and visitors for your understanding during this difficult time.

Like everyone else, we hope to be back to normal as soon as possible. In the meantime, take care and stay safe!