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Wareham

The gateway to the Purbecks, is an ideal base for a memorable family holiday. Whether you love walking, cycling, fishing or boating, Wareham has it all nearby. Wareham’s history as a ‘port’ along the River Frome dates back beyond Saxon times, evidence of which can be seen in the Saxon walls surrounding the town. A pretty market town, Wareham has a relaxing Quay, interesting curio shops and weekly farmers market. All of this and just 20 minutes from blue flag beaches. You can hire a boat from Wareham Quay, that takes you on a breathtaking trip to Poole Harbour and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island.

Wareham town centre
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Wareham Attractions

Monkey World

A fabulous day out for all your little monkeys.  The ape rescue centre, as featured on TV’s Monkey Business rescues and rehabilitates all apes and monkeys.  A visit here will take up a whole day.

Tank Museum

The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crew to life…
Supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays.

Farmer Palmers

“Hay”, Whatever the weather, Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park near Poole has stacks of indoor play and exciting activites. In fact Dorset’s favourite attraction has a full daily timetable of events and lots of baby animals for you to meet. Children can explore both indoor and outdoor play areas, run, slide, climb and bounce!

Wareham Forest

This is a beautiful 14 square mile haven for wildlife. An open heathland and conifer tree plantation are home to some of Britains rarest wildlife including the elusive Sand Lizard. The Forest is open to the public and provides an excellent day.  The Wareham Forest Way can you over twenty miles to Sturminster Newton and cyclists can enjoy the Sika Trail.

Blue Pool

The Blue Pool at Furzebrook constantly varies in colour. Very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light in different ways, producing a spectrum of colour sometimes green sometimes turquoise. Set in a deep clay bowl, steps lead down to the waters edge or up to views of the Purbeck Hills. The Pool is surrounded by 25 acres of heath, woodland and gorse interlaced with sandy paths  that seem to take you to another world.  The Blue Pool often runs events out of season, which now include a fabulous winter light display.

Old Granary in Wareham at night
Places to Eat in

Wareham

There are lots of places to eat in Wareham from cosy cafes to upmarket restaurants, here are some of our favourites:

Harry’s South St Wareham

Good quality food served with a smile.  Recently refurbished with comfy leather sofas as well as formal dining.

The Old Granary

This lovely pub/restaurant overlooks Wareham Quay.  Complete with roof top terrace, though part of a chain now, the food is varied and of good quality.  Gets very busy during peak times so you must book.

The Italian KitchenA lovely, modern restaurant with top quality food.  In the summer months book early to avoid disapointment.

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Old Stable Cottage
Nr Wareham
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A stylish bolt hole in the heart of ancient heathland, ideal for nature lovers and walkers - a perfect couples retreat.
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Little Westport
Wareham
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Little Westport is a charming 1960s four-bedroom Colt House, in a peaceful setting with a large garden overlooking the Purbeck Hills. A perfect location for a break to enjoy walking, cycling or exploring the area.
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Cherry Tree Cottage
Ridge
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2 Bedroom delightful holiday cottage with log burner in Ridge. Well equipped with all you might need for a family get away in peaceful surroundings, yet still within easy reach of a wide range of attractions and sandy beaches.
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Bronte Cottage
Wareham
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3 Bedrooms. Bronte Cottage is a charming holiday cottage in Wareham, hidden away in a fabulous location a few strides from Wareham Quay and the river Frome.
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Westport Cottage
Wareham
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3 bedrooms. A distinctive period holiday cottage to rent in Wareham, in a unique location with tastefully presented interior. This is one of only three cottages built on top of the old Saxon walls in Wareham.
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Leap House
Wareham
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Leap House is a well-presented three-bedroom semi-detached holiday retreat, sitting peacefully within a short walk of Wareham Quay. This well-presented holiday accommodation, is an excellent base to explore one of England’s Saxon Walled towns and nearby beaches of the Jurassic coast. Entering the house via the patio area, you will be greeted by a fully-equipped kitchen, featuring integrated appliances and all the amenities for your culinary creations, which you can enjoy in the next-door lounge/dining area. The inviting living area features two leather sofas, an armchair, and a wood-burning stove – ideal for those wanting to unwind with a book or a favourite movie.
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Forest Edge
Sandford
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Forest Edge is a two bedroom semi-detached chalet bungalow offering luxury accommodation near Wareham. Mainly laid out on the ground floor, this delightful holiday home has been completely refurbished to a very high standard.
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Mimosa House
Sandford, Wareham
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Mimosa House is a delightful, newly refurbished two-bedroom bungalow, set in a quiet cul-de-sac in Sandford, Wareham. This self-catering accommodation offers plenty of space for a family of 4 and is an ideal spot for a coastal break in Dorset.
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Orchard Cottage
Nr Wareham
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A romantic bolt hole for two, close to the Blue Pool and surrounded by open heathland - you will often see deer walking past your door. A nature lovers delight, ideal for walkers and those who are looking for a romantic retreat.
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