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Wareham holidays: Stay in this gateway to Purbeck in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Wareham river view

This curious town dates back over 200 years and is steeped in history. As the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck and a hub for rural communities, this is the perfect place to stay to explore Dorset’s South West charm. The town also has a literary link, as Thomas Hardy based the town of ‘Anglebury’ in his novels on Wareham.

Wareham Quay is the real focal point of the town. Historically, sailing vessels docked here to take passengers to France. Now, it’s the perfect place to relax. For something a little different, why not admire the pretty scenes from a boat ? Take to the River Frome in a canoe or rowing boat to explore one of Dorset’s prettiest rivers. If you’d rather roam through the area on foot, you’re ideally situated on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Wareham is just 20 minutes away from Old Harry Rocks, one of the region’s most iconic landscapes. Take the walk along the cliff tops through Studland.

Wareham by night

For a family day out, don’t miss a trip to Monkey World . This rescue centre cares for primates including woolly monkeys, chimpanzees, orangutans and spider monkeys. If you’re keen to browse this ancient town, discover independent shops, restaurants and cosy, traditional pubs lining the streets. Stop by Kaffs Coffee Pot for a delicious lunch or a homemade cake while you’re browsing through the centre. Look out for Wareham Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

“Wareham is a picture-postcard Dorset town set on the banks of the River Frome.”

For dinner, you’ll be spoiled for choice with this array of traditional and contemporary eateries. The Salt Pig is a popular choice, serving delectable dishes such as Tyneham Valley lamb skewers in spicy marinade with roasted vegetables and pan fried Poole Bay sea bass fillet with spring onions and lobster butter. The Old Granary is another fine choice. Set on the riverfront, expect warming dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie with confit duck filling or smoked haddock chowder with curry oil and crunchy Wensleydale croutons. For an afternoon tea with a view, visit The Orchard Tea Rooms. With views over the Purbeck Hills, the tea room offers outstanding homemade cakes.

If you’re venturing out of the area, Wareham is close to Poole, Bournemouth and Swanage. Poole and Bournemouth are perfect for a spot of retail therapy and are home to numerous family attractions.

While you’re there

Corfe Castle

One of the most stirring castles in South West England, Corfe Castle has a fascinating history.

Wareham Golf Course

This 18-hole golf course, enjoys beautiful views over places such as Poole Harbour and Corfe Castle.

The King’s Arms

Sourcing food from local producers has earned The Kings Arms in Wareham a great reputation for its pub food.

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