Visit Wareham… It’s a town for all seasons!

~ The official tourism website for the pretty Saxon riverside town of Wareham in Dorset;
the ideal holiday base to explore and experience Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast ~

~ The official tourism website to the ancient Saxon riverside town of Wareham in Dorset; the ideal base to explore and experience Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast ~

“Love Wareham! It has been included in our Dorset holiday for years”

– Quote from Visit Wareham facebook page

Saxon Festival in Wareham on the 14th August!

Visit Wareham is putting on a day of Saxon fun at the Swanage & Wareham Rugby Football Club grounds on Bestwall Road. A celebration of the unique heritage of Wareham! The event will also be raising money for Friends of Purbeck MS!

Buy tickets online now!

Wareham Saxon Festival - What's On ...

Living history displays including have-a-go sessions and activities for kids.

Reenactments and displays by Saxon and Viking warriors

History talks & stories to entertain – some with fire breathing dragons!

Food & Drink. Good variety of delicious food stalls – including roast suckling pig, pizzas, burgers etc. Plus the Rugby Club bar will be open!

Arts and crafts stalls

Live music and entertainment! From Wareham Town Band, The Bovington Military Wives Choir and the Wareham Whalers.


Please Note: Although fireworks were planned the organizers have taken the decision to withdraw them due to the increased fire risk caused by the dry weather. BBQs ARE NOT allowed on the Festival site but you are welcome to bring a picnic.

For full updated details of the Festival …

Tickets can also be purchased in Wareham at A.F. Joy, 35 North Street and Not Just Sundaes Community Cafe, Trinity Church, South Street.

In support of ‘Friends of MS Purbeck’

 Friends of MS Purbeck is a project of Swanage and Purbeck Development Trust
Company Ltd by Guarantee – 8743407. Charity Number 1162662.

A town for all seasons!

Welcome to Wareham! We have loads of useful and interesting information for your holiday or visit to Wareham in Dorset…

Find out about the amazing history of our Saxon walled town or read our guide to the many places to explore in and around Wareham. We also have some great ideas for places to visit and things to do nearby in Purbeck, and the Jurassic Coast.

Check out our list of local events happening near Wareham and Purbeck – updated weekly! Perfect for planning your holiday to Wareham in advance of your arrival!

We also have a selection of places to stay from quirky, independent hotels, to cosy bed and breakfasts or scenic, rural campsites.

And to make your holiday or visit to Wareham complete we also have our popular guide to the many fantastic places to eat, in and around Wareham, as well as a guide to our local shops including a fantastic range of good quality, independent retailers.


Wareham's attractions and it's amazing history. Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast
Wareham attractions • Isle of Purbeck & Jurassic Coast • Wareham's amazing history
Let's go!

Food & Drink

Fine dining, fish and chips on the quay and local produce with local brews
Pubs • Restaurants • Takeaways
Let's go!

Things to do

Beaches, castles, animal parks, museums, steam railway...
Animals • Beaches • Castles • Walks • Family days out • Museums • Nature reserves
Let's go!


Shop locally with top quality and quirky independent retailers
Bakeries • Clothing • Galleries • Gifts • Groceries • Health • Jewellers • Speciality
Let's go!

What's on

Castle sieges, music festivals, cinema, tank displays, art festivals
Events • Cinema • Film Festival • Music events
Let's go!


Wareham has a great choice of places to stay, from campsites to hotels
Hotels • B & B's • Self Catering • Camping & Caravanning
Let's go!

What's on around Wareham and Purbeck!

Outside events this Summer near Wareham!

From open air theatre and cinema to fun festivals, carnivals, live music and fantastic fireworks. There’s lots of reasons to get outside and enjoy the summer in and around Wareham!

Holme for Gardens Open Air Theatre with the Folky Theatre production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing 12 August
Holme for Gardens Open Air Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing
Poole Quay Fireworks over the Summer
Poole Quay Summer Fireworks
Every Thursday throughout the Summer from the 21st July!
Wareham Wednesdays Live Music Wareham Quay in August!
Wareham Wednesdays
On Wareham Quay this August!
Wareham Saxon Festival 14 August 2022 in Dorset
Wareham Saxon Festival
Monkey World Summer Challenge activities for children, Dorset
Monkey World: Summer Challenge Activities
Summer Holiday activities for kids!
Sandfest at The Sandford Pub 20-21st August Wareham
The Sandford Pub: Sandfest
Open air cinema at The Blue Pool this summer in Wareha
Blue Pool: Open Air Cinema Encanto

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Official Visitor Guides OUT NOW!

Visit Wareham FREE Visitor Guide Leaflets!

AVAILABLE NOW FROM the new Visit Wareham Visitor Centre at the Not Just Sundaes Community Cafe, Trinity Church, South St.

Or find them in Wareham at Wareham Town Museum. Wareham Library, Antelope Inn, Garden Gate Tea Room, Duke of Wellington, The Bear Hotel, Harry’s Cafe, Horse and Groom, Creative Gallery, Purbeck Artisan Yard, The Italian Bakery.

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