Shopping in Wareham

Are you looking for individual and interesting shops? Then Wareham is your answer. You’ll find everything from souvenirs to antiques, and because most of the shops are not high street brands, your purchase will be more unique.

Wareham’s shops are focussed around the town cross roads, branching out in all four directions. The shops in South Street end at Wareham Quay: a focal point of the town and somewhere to take a boat trip or stop for a coffee or lunch. You can download a copy of the Wareham town centre map for information.

Amazing art

Dorset artists are lucky enough to have the inspiration of our beautiful countryside and coastline for their work. You will find many of Wareham’s galleries selling paintings or prints of local landmarks such as Durdle Door, Old Harry Rocks and Corfe Castle.

The Creative Gallery is run as a co-operative with artists/makers often creating their works in the shop. Their creations are priced for every pocket, from cards and small gift items to original paintings, glass, jewellery and photography. They also run a monthly programme of guest makers, who produce pieces from a wide range of other disciplines, so there's always something new for visitors to view.

Foodie heaven

There’s nothing like being on holiday and sampling the local food and drink. Dorset specialities include Dorset Apple Cake, Blue Vinney Cheese and Purbeck Ice-Cream. Or if you’d prefer a pint of the amber nectar, then there are plenty to choose from – will you go for Fossil Fuel, Leg Warmer, Tally Ho or Beach Blonde!

If you think you need to do the food shop before you arrive, then think again. Wareham has well-known supermarkets, as well as butchers, bakers, farm shops and markets. And there is always that local convenience store or campsite shop just round the corner.

Go vintage

For those who love buying antiques and collectables, you’ll find some great treasure troves in Wareham. With vintage, retro and upcycling all the rage these days, you’ll be jumping for joy as you wander the eclectic boutiques and second-hand shops in town.