About Us

About Us

Bee at Kingcombe ©CBolado

Owned and run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Kingcombe Centre is one of Dorset’s premier environmental education establishments. Set in 450 acres of nature reserve, Kingcombe is a tranquil oasis.

Find out more about the various workshops and courses we run here, how to stay in our Cowshed B&B or Orchard Hut accommodation here, or fantastic tearoom here. Click the arrows below to find out more about our beautiful centre and the courses you can take part in while you are here.

What we believe in

We believe that re-connecting with the natural world should be at the heart of everything we do. So whether it is through joining us on one of our many courses, enjoying a wonderful walk in the unspoilt countryside that surrounds us, or simply relaxing in our café whilst you enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee and listen to the sounds of the countryside all around you, we aim to put the environment and education at the centre of all we do.

It doesn't matter whether you are a wildlife expert or simply want to enjoy our peaceful and tranquil surroundings, by providing a thoughtful, relaxing and helpful environment, free from the noise and pressure of our modern world, we aim to help, encourage and support you as you enjoy, experience and re-connect with the world outside the window and re-discover the joy of the natural world and all it has to offer.

Where we are and how to find us

Set amongst the ancient landscape of Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve, a visit to the Kingcombe Centre is like stepping back in time.

The hedgerows, fields and hay meadows that surround us remain pretty much as they were when Queen Victoria came to the throne and are almost untouched by artificial fertilisers and pesticides. As a result they are home to a huge array of wildlife, some common and easy to see, others rare elsewhere in the UK.

Our wildflower meadows are a reminder of how the countryside used to look, and rich with the heady scent of a multi-hued carpet of flowers. Above this be-petaled tapestry, the air is buzzing with bees, butterflies and other insects, whilst the hedgerows, resplendent with flowers and leaves of all shades and shapes, are full of birdsong.

Whether you are a writer, a poet or simply someone who enjoys being outside, amidst all this beauty, the tranquillity and peace that surrounds you reaches deep inside to awaken something within us all; a real feeling of harmony and belonging, ‘a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused’ according to Wordsworth ­ the magic of Kingcombe!

Our facilities - from accommodation to tearoom

Study room - We have a large open-plan study room equipped with overhead projector and screen, which comfortably seats 25 people.

Accommodation - Our Cowshed B&B accomodation can sleep 17 people (+tutor/leader) in individual rooms, but as many of our rooms are, or can be set up to be, twin rooms. At Kingcombe we can accommodate nearly 30 people if they are willing to share bedrooms, (19 in the Cowshed, 9 in Beech Cottage and two in the Orchard Hut.) To find out more about our accommodation click here. We also have our Orchard Hut, which sleeps two (and one well-behaved dog) and our Beech Cottage, which sleeps up to nine.

Kitchen & tearoom - Our fully fitted kitchen can supply all your meals in the Kingcombe Tearoom, from cooked breakfast, through buffet lunches to three course evening meals, and we have a well stocked bar as well. To find out more about the tearoom click here.

Our address, parking and contact details

Pop our address into your SatNav: Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ. We have lots of parking at Kingcombe.

You can find out more about how to contact us by clicking here.

Got a question? We're happy to help! Email us via kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or call our team on 01300 320684.

Join us as a volunteer

Would you like to get outside more? Meet new friends and learn new skills? Why not join us as a volunteer helping with our organic gardens at Kingcombe?

Please call: 01300 320684 for more information or email kingcombe@kingcombecentre.org.uk. Or to find out more, click here.

What can I see in the local area?

The Kingcombe Centre is set amidst winding country lanes, delightful rivers and superb, unspoilt countryside. From here you can visit our Kingcombe Meadows  or Powerstock Common Nature Reserves and take a walk through unspoilt countryside and ancient woodland. Simply click on the names to find out more.