The Rock opens new season for Dorset Adventure Park The inflatable water park and mud trail at Corfe Castle, reopens for summer 2022 and this year it's got a new star attraction. 5h · Tourism and events
The Rock at Dorset Adventure Park
Ambitious recruitment target for Swanage’s gentle game of bowls Swanage Bowls Club is aiming to have more than a hundred members by the close of season as it launches a recruitment drive. 1d · Sport
PicoCAT autonomous surface vehicle that will be used to undertake a seagrass study at Studland Robots to explore extent of seagrass on Studland’s seabed A seafloor survey of seagrass - the essential habitat for seahorses - is to be conducted over the summer in Studland Bay. 2d · Environment & weather
Lloyds bank in High Street The last retail bank in Swanage to close Lloyds Banking Group has announced the closure of 28 branches including Lloyds Bank in Swanage. 3d · Business
People undertaking a survey of swifts in Swanage Swift action required as birds return to Swanage for the summer The newly formed Swanage branch of the Swift Conservation group is urging others to join in their effort to halt the dramatic decline in the number of swifts in the ... 3d · Environment & weather
Swanage Coastwatch tower at Peveril Point Swanage Coastwatch webcam back online ‘by summer’ A new panoramic webcam has been installed at the Swanage NCI station after the previous one was damaged by storms. 4d · Environment & weather
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Car in ditch in Wool Lucky escape after car crashes into ditch near Wool Three people were rescued from a vehicle by fire crews after their car came off the road at Burton Cross near Wool in Dorset. 2 weeks ago
Old Harry Rocks with girl Swanage Coastguard dismay as girl risks life at Old Harry A teenage girl had to crawl to safety, coaxed back by Swanage Coastguard, after venturing out along the top of Old Harry Rocks near Swanage. 3 weeks ago
RNLI rescue yacht gone aground at Shell Beach in Studland Stricken yacht drifting towards Sandbanks Ferry rescued by RNLI Swanage Coastguard and Poole Lifeboat crew were quick to respond to a pan-pan radio call from a yacht that had lost all steerage - WATCH RESCUE VIDEO. 4 weeks ago
Air ambulance at Prince Albert Gardens Injured man rescued from Swanage pontoon by air ambulance Swanage RNLI, coastguard teams and paramedics from the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance went to the aid of a man who’d slipped and broken his ankle. 1 month ago
Swanage Lifeboat in Swanage Bay Swanage RNLI called out to kitesurfer in Studland Swanage Lifeboat crew were tasked to investigate reports of a father and daughter in difficulty, who had anchored their boat in Studland Bay. 1 month ago
Election of new mayor Avril Harris and deputy Tina Foster
Swanage community awards launched to recognise local heroes Nominations are being invited for the Swanage Town Council Community Awards 2021/22, to reward individuals and organisations for their outstanding contribution to the community. 1 month ago
New bins in Swanage New bins for Swanage seafront in latest attempt to tackle litter Bigger bins with seagull resistant lids have been deployed at Swanage litter hotspots in a bid to keep the town tidy. 1 month ago
Architect drawings of Old Grammar school housing Planning granted for 90 homes on old Swanage Grammar site The former Swanage Grammar School site next to St Mary’s RC Primary School and nursery has got permission to be redeveloped, despite concerns from some parents. 1 month ago
Burlington Chine toilets Repair bill for Swanage beach toilets to cost thousands The future of the public toilets to the north of Swanage Bay is up for discussion after a sewage pipe fractured. 2 months ago
Swanage Town Hall Swanage Town Council increases its council tax income by 12 percent The amount Swanage Town Council raises from council tax for 2022/23 is to go up by an inflation-busting 12.4 percent. 3 months ago
Disposable barbecue at Arne Swanage and Studland not likely to get Dorset barbecue and fly camping bans Legal bans on antisocial lighting of fires and camping on beaches, are to be introduced by Dorset Council but it’s proposed they won’t cover most of Purbeck. 3 months ago
Swanage Town Council operations team ‘Steep increase’ of dog poo on Swanage footpaths and green spaces Swanage Town Council says members of its operations team have been hit by flying dog poo on at least 20 occasions in the last seven months. 3 months ago
Corfe Castle town hall Landlord’s surprise bequest spurs Corfe Castle museum refit An unexpected but very welcome bequest from a local pub landlord - known for his popular ‘lock-ins’ - will help towards improvements at Corfe Castle museum. 1 month ago
Gabor Molnar Studland’s ‘king of the cocktail’ serves up a romantic surprise A bartender from a Studland hotel, who is used to winning top awards for his cocktails, has won the heart of his girlfriend with a touching musical proposal. 2 months ago
Paul Pettitt Photo taken under Swanage Pier nets diver top award A Swanage photographer has won a top international award for his underwater picture taken beneath Swanage pier. 3 months ago
Handing over cheque at Launch of Jude Morris Foundation Celebrity launch of charity in memory of Corfe Castle teenager With the thousands of pounds raised after the sad death of 17 year old Jude Morris from Corfe Castle in Dorset, his family has launched a charitable foundation. 3 months ago
Polly Neate Seriously injured climber rescued at Anvil Point is charity CEO Volunteers from Swanage RNLI, the local coastguard and air ambulance have been praised by the head of a national charity - SEE RESCUE VIDEO 4 months ago
Covid vaccinations at Wareham Hospital
More Covid cases now in Dorset than at any other time in pandemic Latest figures show that the number of people testing positive for Covid in Dorset, has hit its highest peak than at any other point of the pandemic. 4 months ago
Outside Wareham Hospital New booking system for Covid booster jab rolled out in Purbeck To ensure more residents in Swanage and across Purbeck can get their Covid booster jabs at Wareham Hospital, a new text booking system is being introduced. 6 months ago
Sam Crowe Dorset hospitals see sharp increase in Covid patients as cases rise Public Health Dorset is warning that the vaccine is not a magic protective cloak as Covid cases and hospitalisations substantially rise in Dorset. 7 months ago
Wareham Hospital covid vaccine rollout Covid vaccine rollout to 16 and 17 year olds starts in Purbeck Swanage Medical Practice, along with GP surgeries across Purbeck is sending out letters inviting young people to get a Covid jab at Wareham Hospital. 9 months ago
Swanage Information Centre in Shore Road Get a jab on Swanage seafront as Covid cost is revealed in new figures A mobile vaccination clinic is heading to the beach so anyone may walk in and get a jab, as new statistics for Swanage are released. 10 months ago
Rotary summer fete Rotary cancels Swanage summer fete as Covid cases double in a week Swanage and Purbeck Rotary has called off its summer fete due to a rise in Covid cases and fears the event would attract a large crowd. 10 months ago
Closed sign in window Swanage businesses forced to temporarily close due to Covid Covid rules have left a number of businesses in Swanage temporarily shut because staff have Covid or are self isolating. 10 months ago
Durlston Explorer bus Durlston bus service cut back due to lack of funding The bus service that usually operates from Swanage town centre up to Durlston Country Park and back via the hospital will only run for six weeks this year. 1 week ago
Wareham Railway Station A welcome return to more trains for Purbeck commuters South Western Railway is to once again run two direct trains per hour between Weymouth and London Waterloo via Wareham. 2 weeks ago
Speed watch team in Langton Matravers Campaign for 20 mph through Dorset villages gets a boost The introduction of 20 mph speed limits through villages in Dorset is now more likely, after councillors voted to rewrite Dorset Council's policy. 4 weeks ago
Kings Road West in Swanage Main Swanage road to be closed for repairs Pot holes along Kings Road West in Swanage are to be fixed but it will mean overnight closures for the resurfacing work to be carried out. 2 months ago
Pay machine on Shore Road Cost of on-street parking in Swanage goes up Parking in Station Road and Shore Road to pop to the shops or visit the seafront in Swanage, now costs more. 3 months ago
PicoCAT autonomous surface vehicle that will be used to undertake a seagrass study at Studland
Robots to explore extent of seagrass on Studland’s seabed A seafloor survey of seagrass - the essential habitat for seahorses - is to be conducted over the summer in Studland Bay. 2 days ago
People undertaking a survey of swifts in Swanage Swift action required as birds return to Swanage for the summer The newly formed Swanage branch of the Swift Conservation group is urging others to join in their effort to halt the dramatic decline in the number of swifts in the ... 3 days ago
Swanage Coastwatch tower at Peveril Point Swanage Coastwatch webcam back online ‘by summer’ A new panoramic webcam has been installed at the Swanage NCI station after the previous one was damaged by storms. 4 days ago
Exterior of the Swanage Co-op Stop selling disposable barbecues this summer plea Litter Free Dorset is renewing its call to end the sale of disposable barbecues in Swanage and across Dorset after the Canford Heath wildfire. 3 weeks ago
Knitson Old Farmhouse Old and new Swanage gardens opening for charity in 2022 An 88 year old gardener is celebrating nearly thirty years of opening her historic gardens, while another garden in Swanage is opening for the very first time. 4 weeks ago
Swanage Bay aerial view Cancer charity’s Big Hike challenge is coming to Swanage Launched as an outdoor fundraiser in 2021 amid the pandemic, Cancer Research UK’s Big Hike challenge is now happening in Purbeck this summer. 1 month ago
Swanage Landers team Plea to stop tossing drink cans onto Swanage’s road verges Volunteers, who annually clear litter from road verges between Swanage and Wareham, are calling for people to stop chucking rubbish out of their cars. 2 months ago
Ian Bradshaw cuts the ribbon on the diesel loco Swanage Railway’s smallest diesel loco steals the show While many eyes were on the 1960s diesel locos at Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Beer Festival, it was the smallest loco that grabbed much of the attention - WATCH ... 2 weeks ago
Diesel loco at Wareham Look what’s rolled into town for Swanage Railway’s first big event of 2022 A convoy of diesel locos has arrived in town, ahead of Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival. 2 weeks ago
Bird's Nest Buffet at Swanage Railway End of the line for Swanage’s buffet car café? A campaign by a local resident has been launched urging Swanage Railway to keep the Bird’s Nest Buffet at Swanage Station. 2 months ago
First Swanage train arrives Wareham Tuesday 13th June 2017 Major delay as rail service between Swanage and Wareham postponed Swanage Railway has just announced it’s postponing its planned trial diesel train service to the main line at Wareham until the summer of 2023. 2 months ago
T3 locomotive Tender loving care – Swanage Railway nears target to finish restoration Swanage Railway has raised £20,000 towards the restoration of the tender belonging to a unique Victorian steam locomotive, but is still £5,000 short. 3 months ago
The Rock at Dorset Adventure Park
The Rock opens new season for Dorset Adventure Park The inflatable water park and mud trail at Corfe Castle, reopens for summer 2022 and this year it's got a new star attraction. 5 hours ago
Swanage Museum exhibition History of Swanage high street revealed in new exhibition A major new exhibition at Swanage Museum features bygone photographs of the town’s shops and restaurants showing what Swanage town centre used to look like. 6 days ago
Feastival poster New street market along the beach comes to Swanage A totally new event will be taking place over a long weekend on Shore Road called The Swanage FreeWheelin FEASTival. 3 weeks ago
Dorset Tourism awards 2019 Swanage businesses invited to enter Dorset Tourism Awards This year’s Dorset Tourism Awards are now open for entry and businesses from across Dorset including Swanage have just six weeks to submit their application. 3 weeks ago
Vintage cars at Swanage classic car show End of an era for Swanage’s classic car show The Swanage Charity Day and Classic Car Show, which motored back into town after a two year break, will be the last for the show’s founder who is handing over ... 4 weeks ago
Tiger tank First ever livestream of Tank Museum’s Tiger Day in Bovington The Tank Museum’s special Tiger tank event will be broadcasting a free live programme via YouTube to help raise funds for Ukrainian children. 1 month ago
Easter shop displays in Swanage What’s on in Swanage over Easter Plenty of events are happening in and around Swanage over Easter 2022, as well as a chance to enjoy the usual attractions of the beach and the countryside. 1 month ago
Christmas Tree Festival 2019-12-22 video thumbnail The Christmas Tree Festival lights up the Emmanuel Baptist Church and brings plenty of festive cheer We find out more about this annual event by chatting to the minister at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Swanage, Mark Hatto and the church's adminstrator, Janet Norley.
Artisans on the Beach 2019-12-18 video thumbnail “I thought I’d have a go at this ‘being an artist’ thing” – Andy Knill from Artisans on the Beach Every Christmas the beach huts in Shore Road become pop up shops selling artwork and handmade crafts. We find out more by speaking to event organiser, Andy Knill.
Swanage and Purbeck Rotary Club 2019-12-10 video thumbnail “There’s a lot of really good food stalls today…I’ve spotted the olives!” – Rotary’s Steve Parsons Every year the Swanage and Purbeck Rotary organises a Christmas market in Station Road. The club's president, Steve Parsons explains more.
Swanage Bandstand 2019-12-10 video thumbnail “Ours is a sunken bandstand and it’s rare”- Alan Houghton, who campaigned to save Swanage Bandstand. After many years of neglect, the Swanage Bandstand has been restored to its former glory. We speak to the man who led the rescue mission, Alan Houghton.
Love Swanage Beach 2019-11-28 video thumbnail “Clear sewers equals clean seas!” – Sarah Spurling, Love Swanage Beach campaign Love Swanage Beach is a campaign to help improve and maintain the bathing water quality in Swanage. We speak to the project officer, Sarah Spurling.
Pictures at Purbeck New Wave Gallery
Massive month of art kicks off in Swanage Over the next four weeks, artists in Swanage will be opening their doors to visitors - first as part of Dorset Art Weeks then swiftly followed by Purbeck Art Weeks. 1 week ago
The Boilerhouse Gallery Corfe Castle art gallery branches out A new arts hub - based around the old Boilerhouse Gallery - has been launched in Corfe Castle with exhibitions, music and spoken word events planned throughout the summer. 2 weeks ago
Jurassic Rock 'n' Roll Getting back in the swing – a series of summer concerts for Swanage A programme of concerts in Swanage, aiming to raise a smile as well as money for charity, are hoping to hit the right note this summer. 3 weeks ago
Andrew Birt with tape Lost BBC comedy tape found in Swanage Museum archive A recording of a long-lost BBC comedy show has been discovered among archive tapes belonging to Swanage museum. 1 month ago
Katy Harrald at On wing and shore exhibition at Durlston Perfect marriage of pencil and metal at Durlston’s latest exhibition Finely detailed wildlife pencil drawings and exquisite silver and copper metal work, combine to make up the new exhibition at Durlston Country Park in Swanage. 2 months ago
Made in Dagenham production New Swanage musical rolls off production line after three years Swanage Musical Theatre Company is back after a three year gap with a production of Made in Dagenham, the show about women factory workers and their fight for equal pay ... 2 months ago
Aerial photo of Swanage seafront in 1925 Historic aerial photos of Swanage go online for first time Fascinating aerial photos have been newly published online by Historic England including hundreds capturing Purbeck from the skies over the last 100 years. 2 months ago
Swanage Linking Lives Community group concerned by increase of lonely people in Swanage A growing number of people in Swanage are suffering from loneliness with some not even having left their homes since the start of Covid according to a local group which ... 2 weeks ago
5G monitor Swanage resident pioneers new 5G care monitor A Swanage resident is one of just three people in Dorset who helped in a ground breaking trial of a new 5G monitoring system for vulnerable and disabled people. 4 weeks ago
Purbeck Paramedic Car Rapid community response saves Swanage Ambulance Car! The power of a community, united behind the single cause of keeping the Swanage Ambulance Car in Purbeck, has been credited for the decision by NHS bosses to retain the ... 2 months ago
Health bosses announce they will not withdraw Swanage Ambulance Car It’s just been confirmed that the Swanage Ambulance Car has been saved from being scrapped and will continue to serve Purbeck. 2 months ago
defibrillator and trauma pack Swanage’s missing defib turns up after three months! To the delight of the Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership, the defib and trauma pack that went missing just before Christmas 2021, has now been returned. 2 months ago
Stone carving at Burngate Centre
Stone carvings by Swanage students to go on pier to mark anniversary To help celebrate the 125th anniversary of Swanage Pier, pupils from The Swanage School have been learning the ancient local art of stone carving. 5 days ago
Opening of the Langton Matravers play ground Village turns out for a grand opening in Langton Matravers After much anticipation, the impressive new playground at Langton Matravers near Swanage has been officially opened. 2 months ago
St George's preschool leader receives a cheque from Swanage Folk Festival Langton pre-school gets surprise donation from Swanage Folk Festival St George’s Pre-school leader, Sabrina Moss, was delighted when she received an unexpected donation of £250 from Swanage Folk Festival. 4 months ago
Tea party fundraiser for the charity Willdoes Bumper fundraising effort in Swanage to get #Willdoes bus on the road A launch date in early 2022 has been set for a mobile youth centre based in Swanage, thanks to youth charity #Willdoes. 5 months ago
Victoria Pendleton at RAC Saddle Club Olympic medallist inspires Swanage students at Dorset stables Pupils from The Swanage School were lucky enough to get to meet three-times Olympic medallist Victoria Pendleton at a Dorset horse centre. 6 months ago
Big toy swap Swanage families invited to swap toys for Christmas A Swanage childcare group is inviting local families to take part in a toy swap to spread a little Christmas joy. 6 months ago
U3A Nordic walking activities Opportunity to join in U3A activities in Purbeck post lockdown Covid restrictions have played havoc with social groups in Swanage, so now Purbeck U3A is enticing new members to venture out. 7 months ago
Lloyds bank in High Street The last retail bank in Swanage to close Lloyds Banking Group has announced the closure of 28 branches including Lloyds Bank in Swanage. 3 days ago
McColl's store in Swanage Supermarket chain buys McColl’s including Swanage store Jobs at the convenience store McColl's in Swanage have been saved after the supermarket Morrisons bought all of McColl’s 1,100 shops across the UK, including the one in Institute Road. 2 weeks ago
Brook Tea Rooms Popular seaside tea rooms to reopen in Swanage The much-loved Brook Tea Rooms in Swanage is reopening after a lengthy closure following the death of the previous owner. 3 weeks ago
Haymans Bakery Swanage bakery goes Italian as new owners take over The well-known Hayman's bakery in Swanage – popular for traditional British bread, cream cakes and pasties - has been bought by a Wareham firm that specialises in Italian cuisine. 1 month ago
Chococo Swanage Chocolate firm founded in Swanage emerges from ‘challenging’ times Production has been flat out for the first ‘normal’ Easter in three years at the chocolate makers, which was founded in Swanage in 2002. 1 month ago
Ambitious recruitment target for Swanage’s gentle game of bowls Swanage Bowls Club is aiming to have more than a hundred members by the close of season as it launches a recruitment drive. 1 day ago
Cyclists on Tour of Britain UK’s biggest men’s cycle race to go via Corfe Castle and Wareham The route of the Tour of Britain cycle race has been revealed and it’s going through Purbeck, taking in Lulworth, Church Knowle, Corfe Castle and Wareham. 1 month ago
From l to R Simon Manager of Swanage Co-Op store, Masie Junior Club Member, Paul and Ryan Professional LTA tennis coaches at the club and club members Rob and Susie. Ace new facilities for Swanage Tennis Club after cash boost Swanage Tennis Club is to improve another of its tennis courts thanks to a generous donation served up by the Co-op. 2 months ago
Runners at First Durlston parkrun Brand new Swanage parkrun gets off to a flying start The first ever parkrun at Durlston Country Park in Swanage, attracted more than 100 participants on a gloriously sunny Saturday morning. 2 months ago
Isle of Purbeck Golf Plans to drive Isle of Purbeck golf club into UK top 100 revealed The Isle of Purbeck golf course in Studland is undergoing a million-pound makeover aimed at establishing it as one of the best in the country. 2 months ago
Handing over cheque at Launch of Jude Morris Foundation Celebrity launch of charity in memory of Corfe Castle teenager With the thousands of pounds raised after the sad death of 17 year old Jude Morris from Corfe Castle in Dorset, his family has launched a charitable foundation. 3 months ago
Ian Rand, left, self defence class New self defence classes in Swanage to ‘help control fear’ A martial arts expert has started teaching self defence classes in Swanage, turning a bad experience of his own into something useful. 4 months ago

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