Kingcombe celebrates 30th anniversary with summer fayre

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Kingcombe Centre is hosting a weekend of events and activities to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve from Saturday 24th– Sunday 25th June.

On Saturday 24th, there will be a flowers, folklore and fields walk with DWT conservation officer and wildflower expert, Nick Gray.  This walk promises to be entertaining and interesting, where you can learn about the fantastic array of local folklore in the species rich pastures and hay meadows that make Kingcombe so special.  Nick will also talk about the history of the wildflower names, such as ‘bacon and egg’s and ‘bellies and bums’.  £8 per person, advanced booking essential. 2pm – 4.30pm.

The Kingcombe Travelling Show will also be performed at the Kingcombe Centre on both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.  Entrance is free.  An outdoor performance, suitable for all ages, the Kingcombe Travelling Show tells the story of a unique family who love nature and use street dance, live music and puppetry to celebrate the bees, bats and wildflowers of the countryside.  

On Sunday 25thJune we’ll be celebrating with a Summer Fayre, with stalls and local crafts and produce and family activities.  The Kingcombe Tea Rooms will also be open, serving up delicious snacks and refreshments, including a BBQ, ice creams, and there will also be a bar for the adults!  

DWT’s Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said, “Kingcombe is proud to be an important part of the local community, and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from closer to home, as well as from afar.  It will be a great family day out, and a chance to explore the centre and nature reserve, which are hidden gems in west Dorset.”

In May 2017, HRH Prince Charles visited the Kingcombe Centre and Kingcombe Meadows, including Dorset’s Coronation Meadow, Lady’s Mead, which is at the heart of the nature reserve.

There is free entry and parking for the Kingcombe Travelling Show and the Summer Fayre (open 10am – 4pm).  To book the flowers, folklore and fields walk, visit

The Kingcombe Centre is in Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ.