There’s so much to enjoy in and around Wareham for visitors and holidaymakers. Don’t miss the ancient Saxon walls, or the beautiful riverside walks. Or take a trip along the river or for the more adventurous hire a boat or a paddle board! And if you’re still looking for some more fun activities in Wareham then check out the local town museum or catch a movie at Dorset’s oldest running cinema! Find out more below…
Walks close by Wareham...
Wareham is famous for the monumental Saxon defensive walls which surround the town. The walls stretch around three sides of the town with the river on the south side and are the best examples of Saxon Walls in the country!
Wareham River Walks
Enjoy walking along the River Frome and the River Piddle in Wareham. With its water meadows and wildlife it is an area of outstanding beauty and is really worth exploring.
Make a splash on the river !
Boat trips from Wareham Quay
Throughout the year there are boat trips from Wareham Quay to Poole Quay, along the Frome river.
Or you can take a round trip river cruise along the river. More information and details on river trips can be found on our ‘Getting to Wareham’ page.
Boating at Abbots Quay!
If you are looking for something more adventurous then cross over the road to Abbots Quay – where you will find Wareham Boat Hire. Here you can hire motor boats, kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, rowing boats and much more.
Shopping in Wareham
Market day is Saturday on Wareham Quay – it’s a great opportunity to pick up some delicious locally made food and fresh produce along with gifts, souvenirs and collectables. It takes place from 8.00 am on the Quay.
Shop local in Wareham!
Wareham has an array of independent shops, boutiques and galleries, and there’s even a supermarket or two. Check out our guide to local shops including local bakers, butchers, independent clothes shops, arts, crafts and gifts.
Attractions in town centre
The Rex Cinema!
The oldest running cinema in Dorset. The Rex is a much loved community cinema run by volunteers. The cinema boasts a full programme of recently released movies as well as live streaming of theatre, ballet and opera.
An interesting local museum located in the heart of Wareham on East Street by the main traffic lights and the Town Hall. It tells the story of Wareham from prehistoric times until the present day.
Just 10 minutes drive from the town centre
The Blue Pool
Established in 1935 The Blue Pool Nature Reserve and Tearooms is a gem in the heart of Purbeck. A natural parkland, surrounding a scenic pool with many lovely walks and views to enjoy.
Careys Secret Garden
A rediscovered Victorian walled garden, restored for the imagination of the modern age. Carey’s Secret Garden is a welcoming space that aims to inspire a return to nature.