The historic market town of Wareham sits on the banks of the River Frome, nine miles west of Poole. Thanks to its strategic position at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, it was the area’s most important port until the Middle Ages. With thousands of years of history, fascinating architecture and great places to eat, drink and shop, Wareham is a popular base for exploring the beautiful county of Dorset. Your holiday cottage in Wareham will be a leisurely stroll from the pretty town centre, where you will discover a variety of independent shops and historic landmarks. There is an excellent market on Thursdays and Saturdays where you can pick up fresh produce from the surrounding countryside. Wareham is one of the UK’s only surviving Saxon walled towns and a walk along the walls is a must for great views and a glimpse into the town’s turbulent history.

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Wareham hosts a number of annual events including a carnival in July with fireworks, a parade and live music by the Quay. There’s also a lively summer music festival with bands performing in pubs and the town hall.

There’s loads to do on self-catering holidays in Wareham. Hop on a ferry for a tour of the River Frome, Brownsea Island and Poole or spend the day sunbathing and swimming at Swanage Beach. Catch a film at the beautifully restored REX Cinema, enjoy a pint of local cider at one of the town’s eight traditional pubs or treat yourself to fish and chips from the Chipperies on South Street. Dorset’s county town of Dorchester, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are all close enough to holiday cottages in Wareham for day trips. Whether you want to hunt for dinosaur fossils or take a breathtaking clifftop walk, the Jurassic Coast is also well worth a visit.