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Wareham - the Gateway to Purbeck

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Holidays in Wareham

Wareham is the perfect base for a memorable family holiday in Purbeck. Whether you love walking and cycling, enjoy birdwatching, fishing or boating, Wareham, has it all nearby.

There is plenty of excellent accommodation in the town ranging from self-catering cottages and B&Bs to hotels and nearby campsites

Wareham offers the convenience of a range of interesting shops and restaurants, banks, 8 pubs, a museum and a very helpful Tourist Information Centre. Click here for guidebook.

Wareham Quay

Plenty to see and do

Take the ferry from the Quay down the River Frome to Poole and Brownsea Island, or jump on the no.40 bus for a day on the beach at Swanage. Catch a film at the wonderfully restored REX cinema, or enjoy a quiet pint and a bite to eat on the balcony of the Granary, watching the boats go by. Do not miss the amazing 'Chipperies' traditional fish & chip shop on South Street !

Wareham has a Saturday market on the Quay and a Thursday market at Cottees saleroom on East Street. There is also the Wareham Home Producers market in the United Reformed Church, Church Street, every Thursday, 8.30am - 11.00. Other nearby attractions include: Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, County Town of Dorchester and the Jurassic Coast - a World Heritage site.

Transport - getting to Wareham Wareham has a railway station on the mainline from Weymouth to London Waterloo offering two services per hour [timetable]. The X53 bus from Exeter to Poole calls at Wareham every other hour and the 40 'Breezer' Bus goes to Poole and Swanage every hour.


BBC News for the Wareham area of Dorset.

Historic Wareham - walled Saxon market town The first recorded settlement in Wareham was in 700AD and since then, the town has had a rich history including a devastating fire in 1762 which destroyed most of the town centre.

You will find a wealth of town history in this excellent book by renowned local archaeologist Lilian Ladle. The town Museum makes no entry charge and is well worth a visit. You can also walk the ancient Saxon walls - a distance of about a mile.

Once a year, the Wareham Court Leet meets to attend to essential town business - one of the few examples remaining of a once powerful feudal court system of local government.

Music in and around WarehamEvery Wednesday throughout the Summer a programme of fundraising events from music to fireworks takes place down at the Quay. Some of the town's pubs also stage live music at weekends and bank holidays.

Several annual music festivals are held in the area, including Wareham Music Festival and Swanage, Purbeck and Bournemouth Folk Festivals. Also look out for the famous Wareham Whalers shanty crew.

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