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About Wareham
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Wareham straddles the divide between the Isle of Purbeck and the rest of Dorset.

Occupying a strategic site between the River Piddle to the North and the River Frome to the South. Wareham has a long and storied past. The great earth walls which were built as a defence against the Vikings are still standing making Wareham one of only two Saxon walled towns in the country.

Today it is a thriving market town where the past and the present co-exist happily. There are shops, pubs and restaurants and there are churches, St Mary's was largely rebuilt in the 19th century whilst St Martins still retains Saxon and Norman features. A notable monument in St Martins is the effigy of T.E.Lawrence. The Priory, now an hotel, was founded by the Carthusians in 1414. There is a museum and a cinema which in itself is of historic interest.

Throughout the year there is a market on Saturday on the Quay and a Produce Market at the United Reformed Church in Church Street.

In July Wareham has a carnival with all the usual that would be expected. Firework displays, a parade and music down by the quay. Money is raised for deserving causes and a family day out is enjoyed.

The main tourist office is located on South Street and is a good starting point for information about the town.

Visitors can make their way down to the quay where they can have a drink, feed the ducks or take a boat out on the river. There are many footpaths, the easiest being down by the river, where a great variety of wildlife can be observed (in the last couple of years sightings of otters has confirmed their return to the river).
 
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Wareham Quay
Wareham Quay
Cettis Warbler
The rare Cettis Warbler thrives along the river Frome's banks.
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