Welcome to Wareham!

An ancient town and former royal borough, the charming market town of Wareham is a veritable delight wherever you look at any time of the year.

Between the rivers Frome and Piddle, the attractive gateway to the Isle of Purbeck was a major port until the Middle Ages. Now a thriving market town, happily combining the old and the new for locals and visitors alike.

Wareham Town Council was formed after local government re-organisation in 1974 and has 16 Councillors who represent all parts of the town. It has a long tradition of Town Mayors stretching back to 1336, and every name to date is recorded on panels in the Council Chamber.

Wareham Matters - latest blogs...

Your high street needs you - shop local and enjoy local!

Plus articles about the 2020 / 21 Budget, Eric Osmond OBE, Wareham’s new Chamber of Commerce, Purbeck Youth & Community Foundation, Wareham Town museum, and Wareham’s new Town Clerk and Tower Chimes Editor, Vanessa Ricketts… and much more!

Wareham Tower Chimes on Facebook


Wareham Tower Chimes is published by Lewis-Fry Publications Ltd as agents for Wareham Town Council.


This year Wareham will receive a delegation of visitors from Wareham… that is from Wareham in Massachusetts! 

Fairtrade Group

Wareham can claim to be a Fairtrade town through the many activities of this Group, especially from the regular stalls it sets up.

Volunteer of the Year

Wareham is fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers, and in December Jacquie Hall our Town Crier was awarded.


A new wheelchair accessible powerboat has been launched by Wareham Boat Hire. It has been supplied by the Wheelyboat Trust.