Saxons and swords

The quaint market town of Wareham has Saxon roots. Perched between the River Piddle and the River Frome, the ancient town walls and ramparts were built by Alfred the Great in the ninth century to defend the town from the Danes.

Today, Wareham is a pretty mix of artisan cafes, tempting tea rooms, eclectic pubs, bars and restaurants, independent shops and galleries (there’s a supermarket too). Market day is Saturday – it’s a great opportunity to pick up some delicious local produce along with gifts, souvenirs and collectables. If the weather is not so kind, check out what’s on at the Rex Cinema or take a step back in time at the Wareham Town Museum.

At the picturesque quay, ducks quack and boats come and go. Hire a canoe or small motorboat to discover the beauty and wildlife along the riverbanks. Take a boat trip to Poole Harbour, or, simply sit back, enjoy a drink and watch the activity on the water.

Events, concerts and regattas are held throughout the year. There’s lots of family fun to be found at the annual carnival in July with a parade, fireworks and music by the quay. Also, popular throughout July and August are ‘Wareham Wednesdays’ a fun evening of music and market like stalls.

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