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Minster Theatre at the Allendale, Wimborne

Time for some entertainment! The Allendale's Minster Theatre can host standing gigs, seated concerts, comedy, plays, talks, dance events and more. Discover what we can do for your show...

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The Minster Theatre has a pros arch stage, lighting and sound system, sprung wooden floor and, when required, a fully stocked and staffed bar. It's the perfect, multipurpose space for live music (see our YouTube channel), live theatre and similar events. Professional projector and screen also available. 

Seating can be arranged theatre, cabaret or herringbone style, thrust/in-the-round for floor-based performances, or all-standing. Maximum seating capacity 301; maximum standing capacity 350-400. 

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We have the Canford Room and Julian Room available as Green/dressing room(s), plus the Quarter Jack Hall as an extra large dressing room or rehearsal space.


We can also help with marketing, and run your ticket sales.

The Allendale is centrally located in Wimborne Minster, an easy journey from Bournemouth, Poole, M27 or A31.

You can get in from our private car park, and there's plentiful, adjacent customer parking (free after 6pm). It's also home to Cafe @ the Allendale, available to supply catering and bar services for your event.


Floor area (excluding stage and entrance/exit passage):

Length 14.7m. house right (bar side), 14.4m. house left (storage room side)

Width 12.4m.

Ceiling height 4.9 m.

Stage info

Proscenium arch stage with wings both sides, and rear crossover.

Entry to stage via door & steps stage right.

Performance area (performers visible to audience, with tabs and mid-blacks fully open):

Upstage centre to downstage centre 6570mm.

Stage right to stage left (excluding wings) 7850mm.


Standing (gig etc.), 350-400. 

Seated, rows of chairs facing stage for show/talk, 301 max. (limited room for any other furniture). 

Seated, rows of chairs facing projector screen, 301 max. but 261 advised - avoids audience in front rows looking side-on at screen (limited room for any other furniture). 

Seated, cabaret style, 140, depending on dance floor requirement.

Tables & chairs around the walls (parties etc.), up to 150, with dance floor.

All capacities may be affected by space required for DJ/band/catering etc.  

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