Swanage’s king of darts makes his debut for England A man from Swanage has become only the third person from Dorset to play darts for England and is now hoping to take his game a step further. 10h · Sport
Ricky King hits a perfect 180 on his England debut
Just minutes after a freak lightning strike, Clematis Cottages in Stoborough are well alight Stoborough residents lucky to escape lightning strike fire A freak lightning bolt is believed to have started a blaze which gutted a pair of thatched cottages in Stoborough in Dorset. 1d · Emergency services
Purbeck professor Derek Pitman discusses the dig plans on Day One TV’s Time Team reveal results of Wytch Farm dig New light has been shed on Purbeck’s history following TV’s Time Team crew three-day dig carried out in fields at Wytch Farm near Corfe Castle in Dorset. 2d · Entertainment & arts
Cancare sanctuary garden official opening New sanctuary garden officially opened in Swanage Designed as a quiet place to sit and reflect, a beautiful garden has been created in Swanage for cancer charity Cancare, made possible by a generous bequest from a local ... 3d · Health
Fonc Lounge shuffleboard Purbeck’s first shuffleboard tournament to raise funds for skatepark Teams of up to four players are being invited to take part in Purbeck’s first shuffleboard tournament in recent times, alongside table football and beer pong, to help buy new ... 4d · Sport
Purbeck Sounds station manager Graham Turner at the new studio in the Heart of Swanage Sounding good – launch of new radio station for Purbeck A new radio station with many familiar names has begun broadcasting to Purbeck from a studio in the heart of Swanage. 5d · Business
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Just minutes after a freak lightning strike, Clematis Cottages in Stoborough are well alight Stoborough residents lucky to escape lightning strike fire A freak lightning bolt is believed to have started a blaze which gutted a pair of thatched cottages in Stoborough in Dorset. 1 day ago
Wareham roundabout Motorcyclist seriously injured after collision on Wareham bypass Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to contact them after a motorcyclist and a vehicle collided on the Wareham bypass in Dorset, near to the ... 1 week ago
Ernie the dog on Swanage Downs Golden Labrador rescued after falling over Swanage cliff The coastguard was called in after a dog called Ernie tumbled down the face of a 60 foot cliff on the Swanage Downs in Dorset. 1 month ago
Swanage Lifeboat volunteers joined a multi-agency rescue when a yacht caught fire in Poole Harbour Swanage RNLI joins night time rescue mission as yacht catches fire Swanage lifeboat volunteers answered a late night call for help on Saturday 13th April 2024 after a yacht caught fire in Poole Harbour. 1 month ago
Swanage firefighters hold their 2024 charity car wash on Saturday 13th April Swanage fire crews to make a splash with charity car wash Crew members at Swanage Fire Station are to turn their hoses on cars instead of fires for one day only - to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity. 1 month ago
Newly elected Swanage Town Councillors May 2024
Newly elected councillors mark 50 years of Swanage Town Council Following the local elections, a new team of councillors took their seats in the Swanage Town Council chamber for the first time, 50 years after the creation of Swanage Town ... 1 week ago
Swanage Town Hall Swanage election results spring a few surprises Following the elections, the names of the winning candidates were announced for Swanage Town Council, Dorset Council Swanage ward, and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner role. 2 weeks ago
Swanage Town Hall Names of election candidates for Swanage revealed There’s three elections coming up, in which Swanage residents over the age of 18 can cast their vote and exercise their democratic right. 1 month ago
Second home tax to help build affordable houses in Purbeck Double council tax is to be charged on all second home owners in Swanage and across Dorset from 1st April 2025. 3 months ago
Sandbanks Ferry Support for Sandbanks Ferry toll rise ‘strongly refuted’ by Dorset Council Dorset Council has denied claims by the Sandbanks Ferry company that it backs its bid to inflation link toll increases. 3 months ago
Swanage Bay aerial view Double council tax for Swanage second homes back on agenda Owners of second homes are set to be charged twice the amount of council tax by Dorset Council from 2025 and Swanage Town Council will get more cash too. 4 months ago
Swanage football club Plans for new Swanage leisure centre kicked into touch A proposal to build a large multipurpose leisure centre at the football ground in Swanage in Dorset, has been scaled back and now there's a new plan. 4 months ago
Colin Cattermole in training for the Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge of 100 km in one day Swanage man to run 100k in a day to support mental health charity Swanage estate agent Colin Cattermole aims to run 100 km along the Jurassic Coast inside a day to raise funds for Dorset Mind. 1 week ago
David Kemp is fundraising for Julia’s House while achieving a bucket list ambition From Purbeck to Petra: Raising funds for children’s hospice Retired Corfe Castle teacher David Kemp is to trek across the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan to raise funds for children’s hospice charity Julia’s House. 3 weeks ago
Cancare founders Vicki Fooks and Gill Norman receive Paul Harris Fellow awards from Swanage and Purbeck Rotary President Chris LeFevre Swanage cancer charity founders honoured with top Rotary award An evening of celebration was held by Swanage and Purbeck Rotary to thank everyone who helped it raise more than £36,000, as well as recognising the work of two remarkable ... 3 months ago
Blue Wilson is walking the coastline of the UK for marine charities and has just reached Old Harry Warm Swanage welcome lifts the blues for UK coast walker Generous Swanage families made a real impression on round the UK coast walker Blue Wilson when her 11,000 mile journey took her into Purbeck. 3 months ago
Henk Artlink Former Swanage postmaster tells of ordeal due to Horizon computer Henk Agelink who was the Swanage postmaster until he was wrongfully sacked in 2005, is now seeking redress after he was made bankrupt as a direct result of the Post ... 4 months ago
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Man attempts to scam Swanage shopkeepers Shopkeepers in Swanage in Dorset alerted the police after a man tried to con a sales assistant by claiming he hadn’t received the correct change. 2 weeks ago
Swanage Beach Local man arrested after alleged ‘public order incident’ in Swanage Following reports of a man acting suspiciously on Swanage Beach in Dorset, police have arrested a man in his 30s. 1 month ago
Pineapple Project has already launched in Weymouth Pineapple Project aims to improve safety for young women in Swanage Businesses in Swanage in Dorset are being asked to sign up to The Pineapple Project, an initiative dedicated to safeguarding young women. 2 months ago
Foleys Gararge Harmans Cross Cigarettes stolen from Harmans Cross garage A petrol station at Harmans Cross near Swanage in Dorset has been targeted by burglers. 5 months ago
Three e-scooters next to police car Don’t buy e-scooters for Xmas, warns Dorset Police commissioner Families in Swanage and across Purbeck have been advised not to buy electric scooters as Christmas presents or run the risk of having them confiscated. 6 months ago
Photos found in a tent at Studland may lead to the identity of a man found dead there Police in photo plea to identify body found in Studland Dorset Police have made a public appeal for help identifying a man whose body was found near a tent pitched in Goathorn Woods, Studland. 7 months ago
Swanage Coop Swanage Co-op closed after overnight burglary Thieves have targeted Swanage’s Co-op, stealing cash from the supermarket and causing damage to the till area. 7 months ago
Shore road Bid to enhance closed Swanage seafront road thwarted by £6,000 bill With part of Swanage’s Shore Road permanently closed to traffic and the summer season approaching, there’s a proposal to remove the line markings and parking signs, but there’s a question ... 3 weeks ago
The Old Stables is due to be repaired - but it means three weeks of roadworks through Corfe Castle Three weeks of roadworks to begin in Corfe Castle Just in time for the new school term, a three-week lane closure on the A351 at Corfe Castle begins on Monday 15th April 2024. 1 month ago
Broad Road car park U-turn over learner driver teaching ban in Swanage car parks Following a local outcry, Swanage Town Council has scrapped the controversial rule that banned learner drivers from practising in its car parks. 2 months ago
Station approach New approach planned for Swanage’s transport hub Work has been approved to make Station Approach in the middle of Swanage town centre in Dorset, more pedestrian and wheelchair friendly. 2 months ago
Main beach car park Ban on learner driver lessons in Swanage car parks exposed by review A 30 year old policy which prohibits teaching learner drivers in Swanage’s car parks has come to the forefront following Swanage Town Council’s review of its car park rules. 3 months ago
Blue flag and seside award
Flying the Blue Flag for Swanage again Swanage Main Beach in Dorset has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, alongside the Seaside Award, for a 24th consecutive year in recognition of the bay’s excellent sea water quality. 6 days ago
Northern Lights over Swanage Northern Lights shine over Swanage in rare event: Best photos In a spectacular show of pink and green, the Northern Lights were able to be seen by the eagle eyed and through a camera lens as far south as Swanage ... 2 weeks ago
Purbeck Super NNR, Slepe Heath view to Middlebere and Corfe Castle Fear of Purbeck becoming ‘nature theme park’ revealed in new report While improving Purbeck’s natural environment is widely supported, a new report shows many are concerned this could be at the expense of local jobs and the chance to live in ... 2 weeks ago
Herston Field May day May Bank Holiday picnic for Herston community to boost wellbeing With wellbeing in mind, local residents are being invited to get outdoors and come along to Herston Community Field in Swanage for a Bank Holiday picnic. 3 weeks ago
Pigs on Purbeck heathland Plea not to treat Purbeck heathland pigs as pets With the end of winter, woolly pigs have again been put out to roam across part of the Purbeck heathland but there’s a warning for people not to feed or ... 3 weeks ago
Toby and Celine on their way to remove more coppiced logs from an ancient woodland Toby’s two horse power solution for Purbeck woodland An ancient tradition is being kept alive in an 800 year old woodland in Langton Matravers near Swanage in Dorset, to make sure it is in best health for the ... 4 weeks ago
The wooden steps to Sheps Hollow have been destroyed by winter storms and need replacing as a matter of urgency Sheps Steps top priority after North Swanage residents voice concern Replacing the steps down to the beach at Sheps Hollow in Swanage, which were swept away by storms, has emerged as a top short term priority. 4 weeks ago
Steam adventurers Peter Davison, John Sergeant and Paul ‘Piglet’ Middleton are welcomed to Swanage Railway by locomotive driver Matt McManus Purbeck back on TV for Channel 5’s Big Steam Adventure A new episode of a surprise hit TV show features Swanage, Corfe Castle and Kimmeridge, as three well known men of a certain age and charm, take a steam journey ... 1 week ago
Swanage Railway Loco derailment at Corfe Heritage loco derails during Swanage Railway diesel gala All services were suspended on Swanage Railway after a heritage diesel locomotive partially derailed as it approached Corfe Castle station on the second day of the diesel gala and beer ... 1 week ago
Swanage Railway diesel gala beer festival 2023 Mix of diesel and beer goes down well at Swanage Railway Back for a 17th year, Swanage Railway’s popular Diesel Gala and Beer Festival is expected to pull in even more visitors to Swanage with a specially laid on train arriving ... 3 weeks ago
Swanage Railway steam loco T9 30120 at Corfe Castle Swanage Railway embarks on new Victorian loco restoration Not happy to restore just one Victorian steam locomotive, a team from Swanage Railway in Dorset is aiming to get the only surviving T9 locomotive back into action, as well. 1 month ago
Locomotive pulling carriages through Purbeck countryside Swanage Railway ties up with boat and buses for Jurassic adventure In a new marketing push to attract more visitors, Swanage Railway is offering a round trip on a boat and the bus as well as the heritage branch line.  2 months ago
Langton Matravers Museum is telling the true story of how it helped to turn the tide of World War Two
Purbeck’s secret role during WWII revealed in new exhibition The somewhat forgotten story of how Langton Matravers in Dorset helped to win World War Two is being told in the village museum to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. 2 weeks ago
Classic vehicle show 2024 Extra sparkle as sun shines on Swanage’s classic motor show A glorious Sunday for a drive, saw classic vehicle owners all heading for Swanage in Dorset to take part in the Carnival Classic Motor Show. 1 month ago
Cheque from Swanage Folk Festival donated to Swanage Food bank Festival makes substantial donation to Swanage food bank A hot weekend back in September 2023 brought in the crowds and brought in the cash, allowing the organisers of the Swanage Folk Festival to hand over a large cheque ... 2 months ago
Sandbanks jetty now has four services a day sailing to Brownsea for Purbeck folk More Purbeck visitors urged to take trip to Brownsea With the National Trust now running its own ferry from the jetty at Sandbanks, it’s hoping to encourage more people to explore Brownsea Island in Dorset. 2 months ago
The amphibious Valentine tank at Knoll Beach Studland D-Day 80th anniversary to be marked by tank patrol at Studland An amphibious World War Two tank will once again roll onto the beaches of Studland Bay, 80 years after a major training exercise was held there to prepare for D-Day. 2 months ago
Plumes of purple smoke at Corfe Castle mark the official opening of Rang Barse, the Holi festival of colours Holi smoke! New landmark event in Corfe Castle’s history For the first time, an official Hindu celebration has been held at a National Trust property, and the festival at Corfe Castle in Dorset was a joy-filled success. 2 months ago
Easter window displays What’s on in Swanage over Easter 2024 Plenty of events are happening in and around Swanage over Easter, as well as the usual attraction of the beach and enjoying the countryside views. 2 months ago
Purbeck professor Derek Pitman discusses the dig plans on Day One TV’s Time Team reveal results of Wytch Farm dig New light has been shed on Purbeck’s history following TV’s Time Team crew three-day dig carried out in fields at Wytch Farm near Corfe Castle in Dorset. 2 days ago
Steam adventurers Peter Davison, John Sergeant and Paul ‘Piglet’ Middleton are welcomed to Swanage Railway by locomotive driver Matt McManus Purbeck back on TV for Channel 5’s Big Steam Adventure A new episode of a surprise hit TV show features Swanage, Corfe Castle and Kimmeridge, as three well known men of a certain age and charm, take a steam journey ... 1 week ago
Lucy Tidbury's moo-perstar cow will feature on a giant lighthouse during an art trail on the Isle of Wight Swanage artist’s moo selfies likely to head to Cowes Swanage artist Lucy Tidbury has been chosen from hundreds to paint a design on a huge model of a lighthouse as part of a summer art trail. 2 weeks ago
Have a go carving at Corfe Castle Purbeck stone carvers to demonstrate craft at Corfe Castle Keeping the local tradition alive, Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre is offering visitors to National Trust’s Corfe Castle, the chance to have a go at the heritage skill of stone carving. 3 weeks ago
One of the production numbers from City of Dreams in 2018 It’s Showtime again for Swanage dance school There’s going to be a very special Showtime at The Mowlem, when Swanage’s Ranger School of Dance stages its first full company production in 20 years as a tribute to ... 3 weeks ago
Cancare sanctuary garden official opening
New sanctuary garden officially opened in Swanage Designed as a quiet place to sit and reflect, a beautiful garden has been created in Swanage for cancer charity Cancare, made possible by a generous bequest from a local ... 3 days ago
Focus Centre launch Under new ownership: Open day at Swanage’s Focus Centre Swanage Children’s Centre and Day Centre has got a new name and a new management team, with the aim of bringing more family and adult services back to the town. 2 weeks ago
Maggie Hardy, Mike Bonfield and Deidre Selwyn launch campaign for second Admiral nurse Campaign kicks off for second dementia nurse for Purbeck A £100,000 fundraising appeal has been launched to fund another Admiral nurse - a registered nurse who specialises in dementia - due to the increasing demand in Purbeck, Dorset. 4 weeks ago
Lewis manning day hospice at Swanage Cricket Club Hospice care charity forms partnership with Swanage Cricket Club A new opportunity for those with life limiting illnesses is being offered by the charity Lewis Manning Hospice Care at Swanage Cricket Club in Dorset. 1 month ago
Swanage Food Bank volunteers Lyn Barnett and Angela Taylor at the charity's Salvation Army base New home for Swanage food bank as churches rally to the rescue Swanage food bank is on the move after the surprise closure of the Salvation Army Church building. 2 months ago
The Day Centre Chapel Lane New focus for Swanage’s Children Centre and Day Centre The Chapel Lane community buildings in Swanage are now under new management and will be renamed the Focus Centre. 2 months ago
Rob and Alice Cattle, with daughters Amelia and Isla, want to everyone who played a part in saving Isla's life Swanage family’s fund raising thank you for saving their baby’s life Swanage parents Rob and Alice Cattle are on a fund raising mission to thank those who helped as their baby daughter fought for her life. 3 months ago
Greggs manager Emma Tabor and staff member Courtney Carr raise funds for St Mark's School breakfast club Baking a difference for Swanage school breakfast club A breakfast club for a school in Swanage has just received a healthy donation thanks to a fancy dress fundraising scheme cooked up by bakery chain Greggs. 2 weeks ago
Swanage football club Swanage teenagers get new youth club and gym sessions New opportunities for young people in Swanage in Dorset are being offered, after it was felt that the community could do more for teenagers. 2 months ago
Pupils at Sandford St Martin's School are making hedgehog homes to keep the animals safe on school grounds Purbeck pupils fix up new homes for hedgehogs Hedgehogs waking up from hibernation are in for a treat at Sandford St Martin's School, where pupils are making homes to keep them safe, warm and well fed. 4 months ago
Swanage school race team ‘Unique’ Swanage school gets results in classroom and on race track With extra curricular opportunities like driving a racing car, The Swanage School in Dorset has been praised for the outstanding personal development of its pupils following an inspection by Ofsted. 5 months ago
The Swanage School celebrates 10 years Celebrating 10 years since return of secondary schooling in Swanage The extraordinary vision of a group of determined parents, residents and local councillors which created The Swanage School marks its 10th anniversary. 8 months ago
Purbeck Sounds station manager Graham Turner at the new studio in the Heart of Swanage
Sounding good – launch of new radio station for Purbeck A new radio station with many familiar names has begun broadcasting to Purbeck from a studio in the heart of Swanage. 5 days ago
Caldron Barn Farm Park Open invitation to explore one of Swanage’s best kept secrets Cauldron Barn Farm Park in Swanage, Dorset, is holding a number of open days inviting everyone to visit the former 1960s caravan park that's now a residential park for the ... 4 weeks ago
Andy Knill is welcoming shoppers to the heart of Swanage Hidden heart of Swanage launches new campaign to woo visitors Independent and artisan businesses in a tucked away part of Swanage town centre in Dorset, are hoping a new initiative will help shoppers beat a path to their door. 1 month ago
Charlotte Walker and Skippy with Swanage's new animal ambulance Scare for Skippy inspired Swanage’s new animal ambulance A new 24 hour pet ambulance service has been launched by Swanage woman Charlotte Walker after her boxer dog nearly died in a late night emergency. 1 month ago
Costcutter frontage Swanage shop scoops top UK retailer award A convenience store that has been in the same Swanage family for more than 100 years has received recognition for its outstanding contribution to the community. 1 month ago
Wareham Sheddies with the raft spider viewing platform they made for RSPB Arne Future in doubt for Wareham Sheddies after eviction threat Talented woodworkers are facing an uncertain time as an eviction wrangle leaves their future in Purbeck very much in the balance. 1 month ago
Luke Robinson addresses the public meeting to discuss plans for a seaweed farm in Swanage Proposed Swanage seaweed farm takes care not to make waves A seaweed farm more than a mile off the Swanage coast could help to lead a revolution in aquaculture if it is granted permission to go ahead later this year. 2 months ago
Ricky King hits a perfect 180 on his England debut Swanage’s king of darts makes his debut for England A man from Swanage has become only the third person from Dorset to play darts for England and is now hoping to take his game a step further. 10 hours ago
Fonc Lounge shuffleboard Purbeck’s first shuffleboard tournament to raise funds for skatepark Teams of up to four players are being invited to take part in Purbeck’s first shuffleboard tournament in recent times, alongside table football and beer pong, to help buy new ... 4 days ago
Swanage sea rowing club New gig for Swanage Sea Rowing Club Swanage Sea Rowing Club in Dorset has started the season in a buoyant mood with a brand new training gig boat, a plan for a new racing gig, and an ... 4 weeks ago
Another tricky manoeuvre mastered at the skatepark Campaign launches to make Swanage skatepark best in Dorset An ambitious fundraiser to refurbish the popular skatepark in Swanage has just gone live and there’s an open day planned for everyone to come and have a go. 1 month ago
Swanage football club Plans for new Swanage leisure centre kicked into touch A proposal to build a large multipurpose leisure centre at the football ground in Swanage in Dorset, has been scaled back and now there's a new plan. 4 months ago

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