Purbeck Cider Company back from the brink of disaster Two years after fearing his business wouldn’t survive, founder of Purbeck Cider Company Joe Hartle is now looking to expand. 15h · Business
Joe Hartle of the Purbeck Cider Company
Busy Swanage seafront and lifeguard hut Planning starts for revamp of Swanage seafront Work has begun to create a long term vision for the seafront from Swanage Pier to the stream at Ocean Bay in Swanage. 2d · Environment & weather · Local government
Nigel Reeve at Biz awards launch Entries open for new Purbeck business awards A new awards scheme has been launched, not as an excuse for a party but to recognise the quality and range of businesses across Purbeck, according to its organiser. 3d · Business
Lake at Blue Pool Tractor and power tools stolen from Wareham beauty spot A Wareham man has been arrested after machinery was reported stolen from Blue Pool near Wareham. 4d · Crime
Eco home in Langton Pick up energy saving tips by visiting Purbeck’s eco homes Residents in Swanage and across Purbeck are inviting others to come and see the measures they’ve taken to make their homes greener and more energy efficient. 5d · Environment & weather
Tiny plastic pellets called nurdles are an almost invisible killer on sea shores Kimmeridge nurdle hunt to help save Purbeck’s sea life The Wild Seas Centre at Kimmeridge is highlighting the threat of tiny bits of plastic called nurdles that end up on our beaches. 6d · Environment & weather
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sea rowers rescuing two men on a paddleboard Swanage sea rowers rescue paddle boarders in trouble Two men fishing in Durlston Bay on a paddle board with no phone, radio nor lifejackets, were lucky to be spotted by a crew from Swanage Sea Rowing Club. 2 weeks ago
Dancing Ledge viewed from the sea Climber dies after fall near Dancing Ledge Swanage lifeboats, along with three coastguard cliff rescue teams, a coastguard helicopter and air ambulance all dashed to rescue a man in his 60s. 2 weeks ago
The waverley at Swanage Pier Paddle steamer delayed in Swanage after man taken ill On its first visit back to Swanage in four years, The Waverley paddle steamer was held up, when a 71 year old man became unwell on board. 4 weeks ago
Dancing Ledge viewed from the sea No criminal charges to be brought after Dancing Ledge death Following the death of a man in 2019 during a coasteering trip near Swanage, Dorset Police say they will not be bringing criminal charges. 1 month ago
Swanage Fire crew tackle trackside fire Multiple trackside fires break out along Swanage Railway line Swanage Fire Station was called out to three separate fires all on the same day, next to the Swanage Railway track. 1 month ago
Busy Swanage seafront and lifeguard hut
Planning starts for revamp of Swanage seafront Work has begun to create a long term vision for the seafront from Swanage Pier to the stream at Ocean Bay in Swanage. 2 days ago
The mayor Tina Foster and deputy Chris Moreton take book of condolence to care homes Swanage’s care home residents get to offer their condolences The Swanage Town Mayor accompanied by her deputy, took the town’s book of condolence for the Queen to Swanage’s care homes. 2 weeks ago
Royal Proclamation at Swanage Bandstand Swanage turns out to hear the royal proclamation The news of the accession of King Charles III to the throne was announced by the Swanage Town Mayor in a time-honoured tradition - WATCH VIDEO. 3 weeks ago
Burlington Chine toilets Huge queue for Swanage Town Council toilet meeting More than a hundred local residents turned out for a meeting about the toilets at Burlington Chine in Swanage, prompted by inaccurate information on social media. 4 weeks ago
Project Gigabit broadband Rollout of ‘ultrafast’ broadband in Swanage to start soon Swanage schools, Durlston Country Park and the tip in Swanage are to be among the first places in the UK to benefit from ‘next generation’ full-fibre broadband. 4 months ago
New mayor for Swanage elected as Avril Harris forced to stand down In a surprise move, councillors voted for a Tory candidate to replace Labour councillor Avril Harris as Swanage Town Mayor. 4 months 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. 6 months ago
Studland Master of Wine toasts new chapter for Purbeck U3A The first in-person guest speaker after lockdown for Purbeck University of the Third Age was an expert in wine. 1 week ago
Margaret and Peter Brayshaw at their platinum wedding anniversary with a card from the late Queen Swanage couple get a final platinum anniversary card from the Queen One of the very last royal platinum anniversary cards from Queen Elizabeth II has been received by a Swanage couple. 2 weeks ago
Book of Condolences in the priory Church of St Mary, Wareham Purbeck marks King’s accession as tributes continue for the Queen In Wareham and Corfe Castle, events took place to mark the accession of King Charles III, while mourning for the Queen continued.  3 weeks ago
Book of condolence for the Queen Swanage pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II A book of condolences has been opened at Swanage Library and people are being invited to lay flowers at the bandstand following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 3 weeks ago
Town Hall Flag at half mast after death of Queen Death of Queen Elizabeth II: Swanage pays its respects Across Swanage, flags were lowered as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen, the UK's longest-serving monarch. 3 weeks ago
Lake at Blue Pool
Tractor and power tools stolen from Wareham beauty spot A Wareham man has been arrested after machinery was reported stolen from Blue Pool near Wareham. 4 days ago
CCTV images of women wanted in connection with Clipboard thefts in Wareham Two women sought after pensioner loses £1,000 cash in Wareham Dorset Police have issued CCTV images of two women they would like to identify following a distraction theft in Wareham. 2 weeks ago
Sheep in a field Purbeck farmer attacked by man after dog chases sheep Dorset Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following an assault on a farmer in a field near Wool in Purbeck. 2 weeks ago
Escapeline poster Swanage safe haven scheme in fightback against drug gangs Blue ‘S’ posters have begun appearing in shops and businesses throughout Swanage indicating safe places for children to go if they feel threatened. 3 weeks ago
Wareham Quay at night Police arrest man in Wareham after reports of indecent exposure Officers investigating reports that a man exposed himself and sexually assaulted a teenage girl in Wareham are appealing for witnesses. 1 month ago
Sainsbury's in Wareham Woman receives eye injury from thrown keys in Wareham A man has been arrested after a set of car keys were thrown at a woman through an open car window outside a Wareham supermarket. 2 months ago
Car for sale sign Local community warned about second hand car scam in Dorset Police are urging anyone selling a second hand car to be on the lookout for two men who've visited homes in Dorset and tried to scam sellers out of thousands ... 2 months ago
Shore Road Swanage’s seafront road to stay closed to traffic this winter The south end of Shore Road in Swanage, which is closed during the summer from The Mowlem to the junction with Victoria Avenue, is not to reopen to vehicles during ... 7 days ago
Durlston Country Park Durlston Country Park to bring in new way to pay for parking An automatic number plate recognition system to pay for parking is to be introduced at Durlston Country Park in Swanage. 1 week ago
Wareham Railway Station Complete closure of Dorset mainline train service due to strike action The whole rail network across Dorset, including trains to and from Wareham and Weymouth, will cease to operate for two days during the peak tourist season. 2 months ago
Durlston bus Durlston bus is back for summer school holidays ‘Use it or lose it’ is the message, as the Durlston Explorer bus service returns for just six weeks - a much shorter time than previous summers due to rising ... 2 months ago
Ferry at Studland Sandbanks Ferry to be out of service for five weeks The ferry that links Studland to Sandbanks in Dorset is to receive a full maintenance overhaul and refit which means it won’t be operational for about five weeks. 4 months ago
Busy Swanage seafront and lifeguard hut
Planning starts for revamp of Swanage seafront Work has begun to create a long term vision for the seafront from Swanage Pier to the stream at Ocean Bay in Swanage. 2 days ago
Eco home in Langton Pick up energy saving tips by visiting Purbeck’s eco homes Residents in Swanage and across Purbeck are inviting others to come and see the measures they’ve taken to make their homes greener and more energy efficient. 5 days ago
Tiny plastic pellets called nurdles are an almost invisible killer on sea shores Kimmeridge nurdle hunt to help save Purbeck’s sea life The Wild Seas Centre at Kimmeridge is highlighting the threat of tiny bits of plastic called nurdles that end up on our beaches. 6 days ago
Britain's best loved mammal, the hedgehog Mystery surrounds why there’s so few hedgehogs in Swanage A new map shows that Swanage has some of the lowest numbers of hedgehogs anywhere in Dorset. 2 weeks ago
Getting out into the garden at Planet Purbeck Festival 2021 Planet Purbeck to run a ‘fitting’ festival to honour the Queen Events at the Planet Purbeck Festival on the day of the Queen's funeral have been cancelled - but most of what's planned for the 10 day eco festival will still ... 3 weeks ago
Masters Quarry wind turbines Controversial Purbeck wind turbines delayed by another year A windfarm at a Purbeck quarry, which was the subject of a 20-year planning battle, won't now be operational until 2023. 1 month ago
Ant McCourt Volunteers remove piles of rubbish from Durlston Bay by boat A team, including a Dorset-based record breaking swimmer, has cleared discarded lobster pots and other plastic from Durlston Bay in Swanage. 1 month ago
Flying Scotsman in Swanage March 2019 Flying Scotsman locomotive to make return trip to Swanage The most famous and iconic steam locomotive in the world is to return to Swanage Railway for a visit this autumn. 1 month ago
Swanage Fire crew tackle trackside fire Multiple trackside fires break out along Swanage Railway line Swanage Fire Station was called out to three separate fires all on the same day, next to the Swanage Railway track. 1 month ago
Herston Halt railway station Putting Purbeck’s ‘forgotten’ railway station on the map The smallest station on the Swanage Railway line, Herston Halt has been given a major sprucing up, helped by the Royal Corps of Signals. 1 month ago
Fire at Corfe Castle Swanage Railway suspends steam loco service after track side fire Following a large fire at Corfe Castle, a diesel train service will replace the steam locos on Swanage Railway "until further notice" - WATCH VIDEO. 2 months ago
Roads to Rail steam rally Norden Saturday 28 August 2021 Swanage Railway’s vintage steam rally is back and it’s bigger Following the success of Swanage Railway’s first Roads to Rail steam event last year, it’s returning for 2022 with more steam traction engines and the chance to dress up in ... 4 months ago
Kimmeridge pop up restaurant
Pop-up restaurant at Kimmeridge gets two years to prove itself Despite a recommendation to turn down the scheme, an alfresco restaurant along the Purbeck coastline has been given temporary permission to operate. 2 weeks ago
Harmans Cross Fete sign Swanage and Harmans Cross fete committees join forces In the spirit of cooperation, Swanage and Purbeck Rotary and the Harmans Cross village hall committee have been helping each other out, to make their separate summer fairs a success. 1 month ago
Ducks at Lifeboat week 2022 Swanage Lifeboat Week launches for 2022 with brand new ducks! After an absence of two years, the major week-long fundraising event for Swanage RNLI is back, along with the ever popular duck race. 2 months ago
Carnival fireworks across Swanage Bay What a week – Swanage Carnival 2022 ends with a bang! With hot weather and top events, Swanage Carnival was a scorcher of a week with crowds flocking into the town - SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS. 2 months ago
Sand Swanage Carnival photo competition winners revealed The winners of the Swanage Carnival photomarathon have been announced and medals awarded for producing the best photos in just 48 hours. 2 months ago
Huge Swanage party as carnival parade arrives in town Crowds flocked to Swanage’s seafront to view the carnival procession, back after a two year wait due to the pandemic. 2 months ago
Swanage Carnival caravan Swanage Carnival kicks off for 2022 after two year break Following an unprecedented two successive years of cancellations due to Covid restrictions, Swanage Carnival is finally back, bringing fun and good humoured mayhem to the town. 2 months 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.
Collection of maps
Historic maps to go on display in Swanage An exhibition featuring a private collection of maps and charts of Dorset, the world and the universe, is to open for just two days at All Saints Church Hall in ... 3 weeks ago
Music by the sea concert Local musical talent on show at ‘feelgood’ Swanage concert Despite predictions of rain, the sun shone on the Music by the Sea concert in Swanage in memory of Will and Henry, two local lads who died tragically young. 4 weeks ago
The wind hive at Swyre Head Dramatic Purbeck viewpoint gets pop up art installation The ancient landscape at Swyre’s Head near Kingston in Dorset is temporarily getting a modern addition called The Wind Hive. 1 month ago
Isle of Purbeck Arts Club exhibition Summer exhibition of art opens in Swanage to help ‘boost morale’ The Isle of Purbeck Arts Club summer exhibition is back with artwork and poetry plus a chance to find out more about the club. 1 month ago
Richard Digance Songwriter returns to Swanage for ‘the most beautiful views’ Folk legend Richard Digance is making a return visit to The Mowlem in Swanage, a theatre he describes as having ‘the most beautiful views from a dressing room’ anywhere in ... 2 months ago
Fantasy Orchestra Psychedelic orchestra cycles from France to Corfe Castle for concert A very unusual orchestra is to arrive in Corfe Castle by bike, as part of a musical tour that started in France and will end in Dorset. 2 months ago
Painting Club summer exhibition Swanage painters are back with a splash With plenty of new artwork, Swanage Painting Club’s summer exhibition has opened - the first time in two years. 2 months ago
Opening of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care shop in Swanage. Clinical staff Yewande Akinlade, Jo Foster, Nicky Charrett, Hayley Bonner, Debbie Tallick-Wyatt and Louise Hopley. New day hospice service to start in Purbeck Lewis Manning Hospice Care is beginning a new day hospice service for people in Swanage and across Purbeck with life-limiting illnesses. 4 weeks ago
Friends of Swanage Hospital ‘appalled’ at weekend closure of minor injuries unit The friends group that supports and fundraises for Swanage Hospital says it’s “concerned and disappointed” that the MIU has been closed over the weekend. 3 months ago
Swanage Hospital MIU sign Swanage Hospital’s minor injuries unit to close over hot weekend Despite an expected surge in visitor numbers heading to Purbeck’s beaches, Swanage Hospital minor injuries unit is to temporarily close. 3 months ago
Opening of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care shop in Swanage. Hospice services in Swanage to be funded by new charity shop A new era of bringing care into the homes of those with life-limiting illnesses in Swanage and across Purbeck, is being piloted by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. 3 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 ... 5 months ago
Burngate Stone Carving Centre
‘Critical summer’ for future of Langton stone carving centre Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre at Langton Matravers has relaunched this summer following a tough two years when the pandemic threatened its existence. 3 months ago
John Patrick, Swanage Museum archive Swanage museum doubles size of archive to cope with extra donations Swanage Museum is doubling the size of its archive to handle the influx of items and provide additional meeting, research and exhibition space. 3 months ago
Project Gigabit broadband Rollout of ‘ultrafast’ broadband in Swanage to start soon Swanage schools, Durlston Country Park and the tip in Swanage are to be among the first places in the UK to benefit from ‘next generation’ full-fibre broadband. 4 months ago
Land & Wave Surge in school bookings means Swanage firms set for record year Swanage outdoor education businesses are riding the wave of a boom in school bookings with a record number of children signed up for 2022. 4 months ago
Swanage Grammar School reunion Last celebration for the old Swanage Grammar School A final reunion for the old Swanage Grammar School brought together 170 people including former pupils and teachers. 4 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 months 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. 7 months ago
Joe Hartle of the Purbeck Cider Company Purbeck Cider Company back from the brink of disaster Two years after fearing his business wouldn’t survive, founder of Purbeck Cider Company Joe Hartle is now looking to expand. 15 hours ago
Nigel Reeve at Biz awards launch Entries open for new Purbeck business awards A new awards scheme has been launched, not as an excuse for a party but to recognise the quality and range of businesses across Purbeck, according to its organiser. 3 days ago
St James Church in Kingston sold for half a million at auction Kingston’s old church finally sells at auction for half a million pounds The former church in Kingston near Swanage with spectacular views of Corfe Castle, has finally sold at auction after an earlier million pound deal fell through. 1 week ago
Lloyds bank on last day before closure Last bank branch in Swanage closes its doors for final time Lloyds Bank has closed its branch in Swanage, ending its 126 year history in the town. 2 weeks ago
Wedding at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding Refocus for Purbeck wedding venue after Covid shutdowns The Covid pandemic has prompted a prestigious wedding venue near Corfe Castle to push forward with its redevelopment plans and to diversify its business. 4 weeks ago
Members and VIPs of Swanage Tennis Club line up at the new of their new Astro-Turf court
Fundraisers rally round to serve up new court for Swanage Tennis Club A new Astro-Turf court at Swanage Tennis Club is a smashing new hit, according to delighted club members 4 weeks ago
New floodlights installed at football club Swans to take on Poole Town football club in Swanage Poole Town football club has been invited to play a pre-season friendly at Swanage Town and Herston‘s home ground at Days Park to mark the official switching on of the ... 3 months ago
Gary Miell Swanage man wins trip of a lifetime to Vegas poker tournament A Swanage poker player is finding it hard to keep a straight face after being dealt a place in a competition in Las Vegas after winning a regional final. 4 months ago
Sam Whaley competing at world sailing championships 2022 Swanage sailor beats illness to take 11th place in the world Despite a gruelling experience, Sam Whaley who learnt to sail at Swanage Sailing Club, has achieved a personal best at the Laser World Championships in Mexico. 4 months ago
Swanage football club Regeneration kicks off at last for Swanage’s football club After years of delays, partly due to the covid pandemic, work has finally started to upgrade the sports facility at Days Park starting with new floodlights. 4 months 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. 5 months 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. 6 months ago

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