Events in Swanage

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertaining yourself in the Isle of Purbeck. Above all, there are the lovely beaches and wonderful countryside to explore. The suggestions below are only a small selection of the places our visitors enjoy.

Less than a mile from The Limes is Durlston Country Park, acres of beautiful countryside, dog friendly and with an informative Visitors' Centre and a great snack spot at The Lookout Café. Guided Walks and other activities take place regularly. The Park can also form the start of longer walks along the coast.

Swanage Steam Railway runs all year round (except between New Year and February half-term). In addition to the regular timetable it offers dining trains and an evening diesel service in the summer to Corfe Castle, a beautiful village mostly built from stones from the ruined Castle itself. The pubs in Corfe offer good food and entertainment. Enid Blyton's links with the area are celebrated at Ginger Pop and the Model Village will appeal to children and adults alike.

While in Swanage, be sure to stroll the Pier and visit the Heritage Centre. For a special present or treat, it's hard to beat the hand-made chocolates from Chococo, where you can also watch the chocolates being crafted.

There's something for all the family at Monkey World (see the stars of Animal Planet's Monkey Business) and the Bovington Tank Museum nearby.

For garden enthusiasts visit Abbotsbury, Stapehill, Compton Acres and Kingston Lacey. All are within easy reach and theAbbotsbury Swannery is a real treat - particularly when the cygnets are young in May and June. The Blue Pool at Furzebrook is an oasis of calm and the tea room serves wonderful lunches and snacks.  The scones are legendary. The world-famous Lulworth Cove is another must-see and the nearby Lulworth Castle hosts an ever-increasing number of events from jousting displays to open air concerts.

2019 Events Diary

Wilkswood Reggae Festival
Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July
Wilkswood Farm, Harmans Cross
www.dubwood.co.uk 

Wareham Carnival
Sunday 21 July
Wareham Town centre
www.warehamcarnival.com 

Camp Bestival
Thursday 25 July to Sunday 28 July
Lulworth Castle
www.campbestival.net

Swanage Regatta and Carnival
Saturday 27 July to Wednesday 03 August
Various Venues    
www.swanagecarnival.com
        
Bestival
Monday 26 August to Thursday 29 August
Lulworth Castle
www.bestival.net

Rotary Summer Craft Fair & Fete
Thursday 08 August
Sandpit Field, Swanage
www.swanagerotary.org

The Purbeck Rally
Friday 09 August to Sunday 11 August
The Showground, Worgret Road, Wareham
www.purbeckrally.com 

Swanage Rowing Regatta
Friday 10 August
Swanage Beach, Shore Rd, North Beach  Car Park
www.ssrc.org.uk 

Swanage Lifeboat Week
Friday 09 August to Sunday 18 August
Various Venues
www.swanagelifeboatweek.org.uk

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
Thursday 15 August to Sunday 18 August
Purbeck Valley Farm
www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk

Bournemouth Air Festival
Thursday 29 August to Sunday 01 Sep
Bournemouth
www.bournemouthair.co.uk

Purbeck Chamber Music Festival
Thursday 29 Aug to Sunday 01 September
Various Venues
www.purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk
                
Swanage Folk Festival
Friday 06 September to Sunday 08 September
Sandpit Field, Swanage    
www.swanagefolkfestival.com

Purbeck Running Festival (Ultra/Mara/16/10k/5k)
Saturday 14 September to Sunday 15 September
Swanage/Purbeck    
www.thepurbeckrunningfestival.co.uk

Purbeck Outdoor Weekend    
Friday 13 September to Sunday 15 September
Sandpit Field, PAG, Downs
www.t-pow.co.uk
                
Swanage Blues & Roots Festival
Thursday 03 October to Sunday 06 October
Various Venues
www.swanage blues.org 

Autumn Steam Gala
Friday 11 October to Sunday 13 October
Swanage Railway    
www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events

Purbeck Film Festival
Friday 18 October to Saturday 02 November
Various Venues
www.purbeckfilm.com 
                
Santa Specials and Christmas Festivities
Swanage Railway    
www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events

Artisans on the Beach
Sunday 01 December to Tuesday 01 January 
Shore Road Beach Huts, Swanage 
www.facebook.com/ArtisansOnTheBeach

Swanage Christmas Market
Sunday 08 December
Station Road, Swanage
www.swanagerotary.org