Wareham is ideally situated as a base to explore beautiful Dorset and the Jurassic Coast as well as the bustling seaside resorts of Bournemouth and Weymouth and busy Poole Harbour – heaven for sailing enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Wareham sits on the River Frome and at Wareham Boat Hire, you can hire motor boats, kayaks, canoes, rowing boats and paddle boards to help you explore this beautiful place. starting from Abbots Quay, Wareham they can accommodate all ages and offer a variety of experiences from kayaking tours and canoe trips to harbour cruises
A bit further afield, you might enjoy visiting:
The Jurassic Coast
This 95 mile stretch of the Dorset and East Devon coastline has been created England’s first natural World Heritage site. The stunning coastline with its fascinating rock formations and abundance of fossils is well worth exploring. Wareham has been designated one of the ‘Gateway’ towns to the Jurassic Coast – nearby places worth visiting are Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, the Fossil Forest, Old Harry Rocks and many more. Visit the Jurassic Coast website for information and suggestions on the best way to see the coast.
The ruins of this thousand year old castle stand on a hill overlooking the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. Now owned by the National Trust, there are lots of activities and events here for adults and children alike! Check out the National Trust website for opening times and more information.
This world famous ape rescue centre is an educational and fun day out for all the family. Visit their website for opening hours and details of what’s happening in this haven for rescued primates.
Bovington Tank Museum
The Tank Museum is the museum of the Royal Tank Regiment & Royal Armoured Corps and houses the world’s best collection of tanks and action packed displays. Visit their website for details of their current exhibitions and activities.
Arne RSPB Reserve
From their website “This is an unusual and special landscape where you can enjoy a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland. Arne is a fantastic place for family walks at any time of year and we have regular children’s days that enable all the family to learn about the unique nature of the heaths.
There is a variety of special wildlife to see. In summer look out for Dartford warblers nesting in the heather, nightjars flying at dusk and as many as 22 species of colourful dragonflies. The reserve overlooks Poole Harbour where you can watch thousands of wading birds, ducks and geese including avocets, black-tailed godwits and brent geese in winter. Ospreys are regularly seen on migration in late summer and in autumn.”
Dorchester is the vibrant county town of Dorset. There is lots to do – the newly opened Brewery Square development with its many restaurants – including Carluccios, Wagamama, Nandos, Pizza Express, Zizzis and Vivo Lounge amongst others, shops, a cinema and many events taking place in the Fountain Square, is well worth a visit. There are many museums and attractions – the Dorset County Museum with sections devoted to the counties’ rich historical, archaeological and geological heritage as well as world famous local author, Thomas Hardy. There is a Tutenkhamun Museum, a Teddy Bear Museum, a Terracotta Warriors exhibition