Wareham is the best place to live. There is something that delights and intrigues around every corner: A Saxon archway here; a Norman church there; ducks on the thatched roof; foxes thatched on another roof down the road; a glorious Priory with the best coffee and biscuits I have ever tasted and exquisite gardens that lead down to the river; a town square that is always sunny lined with pubs, cafes especially bustling on market days. There’s the fantastic Old Granary that has balconies and terraces over the river banks. There is the Rex Cinema which shows all the latest films and theatre. There is even a beauty spa and wellness salon, a yoga centre and the ever popular coffee saloon. At the local garden centre where a peaceful cafe has settled itself around a pretty pond and their beautiful gardens are open all year round. During summer they hold outdoor shows at their amphitheatre, creatively moulded into the landscape and set amidst trees and birdsong.
To be enjoyed every season some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world are equidistant, just 20 minutes away: Studland, Swanage, Poole, Sandbanks, Ballard Down, Lulworth, Shell Bay, and Kimmeridge. You can swim all year round – although most elect to wear a wetsuit in winter.
The people are so friendly and give you the time of day. People have horses and geese, ducks and dogs, cats and alpacas, hens and sheep, goats and deer, boats and log fires. The nature reserve on the edge of Wareham that leads to Poole Harbour has trees that are positively Tolkienesque and elegant deer. I saw a white hart there yesterday, in amongst an inquisitive group of impossibly gorgeous deer.
There are Saxon earth walls that go all the way round the town, river walks, and boats to hire. Views over the harbour and cosy dog friendly pubs. Italian restaurants, artisan bakeries, florists, and a well-stocked pet shop. I love Wareham. It is the best town to live in.