Swanage Railway is back on track! The heritage railway, that’s been facing a funding crisis due to the pandemic, is to reopen soon but it won’t be back to normal yet. 13h · Tourism and events · Transport
Swanage Railway diesel trains
Old Harry Rocks Swanage Lifeboat rescues paddle boarders being swept out to sea Struggling against an offshore breeze and an outgoing tide, a group of paddle boarders had to be rescued just off Old Harry Rocks. 1d · Emergency services
Disposable barbecue causing grass to burn Fines possible for using disposable barbecues in Dorset Dorset Council has voted to look at measures to ban the use of disposable barbecues, including issuing fixed penalty notices. 2d · Local government & education
Director of Public Health for Dorset, Sam Crowe Now only one new coronavirus case a day in Dorset Council area The Director of Public Health for Dorset says it feels like we’re over the worst but COVID-19 is still here - SEE VIDEO. 2d · Coronavirus
Barriers close off car park Financial cost of Covid-19 to Swanage is over £500k The financial cost of the coronavirus pandemic to Swanage is likely to total over half a million pounds in loss of income to the town council. 3d · Coronavirus · Local government & education
Firefighter at Winfrith Heath fire Swanage Fire crew called to tackle heath fire near Wool Eight fire engines including one from Swanage Fire Station were needed to bring a blaze on Winfrith Heath near Wool, under control. 3d · Emergency services
Disposable barbecue causing grass to burn Fines possible for using disposable barbecues in Dorset Dorset Council has voted to look at measures to ban the use of disposable barbecues, including issuing fixed penalty notices. 2 days ago
Barriers close off car park Financial cost of Covid-19 to Swanage is over £500k The financial cost of the coronavirus pandemic to Swanage is likely to total over half a million pounds in loss of income to the town council. 3 days ago
Wareham social distancing signs Social distancing signs get graphic in Wareham While Swanage has opted for discreet social distancing messages on its pavements, Wareham has plumped for a more eye-catching design. 5 days ago
Barbecues at Wareham fire Dorset Council looking at options to ban disposable barbecues Following the devastating fire in Wareham Forest, Dorset Council is now considering ways to prohibit the use of disposable barbecues in the area. 1 week ago
'leave space' sign on a pavement ‘Leave Space’ signs to make Swanage safer A social distancing message has been sprayed onto town centre pavements to help keep the town safer from the spread of coronavirus. 2 weeks ago
Old Harry Rocks
Swanage Lifeboat rescues paddle boarders being swept out to sea Struggling against an offshore breeze and an outgoing tide, a group of paddle boarders had to be rescued just off Old Harry Rocks. 1 day ago
Firefighter at Winfrith Heath fire Swanage Fire crew called to tackle heath fire near Wool Eight fire engines including one from Swanage Fire Station were needed to bring a blaze on Winfrith Heath near Wool, under control. 3 days ago
Car with burst tyres in Studland Motorist left deflated in desperation for Studland parking space In a crazy attempt to park near the beach, this car ended up with flat tyres and an expensive repair bill! 6 days ago
Cars parked at Studland Studland becomes beach ‘overflow’ as Bournemouth declared a major incident Beach-goers who couldn’t find space in Bournemouth, flocked to Studland, blocking Ferry Road and some using ferry property as a toilet. 7 days ago
Coastguard searching for missing swimmer Search for missing swimmer at Durdle Door over, as body is found A body of a man has been found, following the search for a swimmer who went missing near Durdle Door. 1 week ago
Rescue teams searching for missing swimmer at Durdle Door Search continues for missing swimmer at Durdle Door The coastguard is still looking for a man in his 20's from London, who went missing while swimming near Durdle Door. UPDATE: SEARCH CALLED OFF AFTER A BODY FOUND. 1 week ago
Yacht in collision with the Sandbanks Ferry RNLI rescue a yacht pinned against Sandbanks Ferry The RNLI releases footage of its rescue of a yacht wedged against the front of the Sandbanks Ferry - WATCH VIDEO 2 weeks 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.
Swanage Railway diesel trains
Swanage Railway is back on track! The heritage railway, that’s been facing a funding crisis due to the pandemic, is to reopen soon but it won’t be back to normal yet. 13 hours ago
Car with burst tyres in Studland Motorist left deflated in desperation for Studland parking space In a crazy attempt to park near the beach, this car ended up with flat tyres and an expensive repair bill! 6 days ago
Cars parked at Studland Studland becomes beach ‘overflow’ as Bournemouth declared a major incident Beach-goers who couldn’t find space in Bournemouth, flocked to Studland, blocking Ferry Road and some using ferry property as a toilet. 7 days ago
Traffic queue in Sandbanks From lockdown to gridlock as jams disrupt ferry operation Traffic chaos in Sandbanks leaves motorists stranded in Studland, as ferry has to stop taking vehicles. 1 week ago
Yacht in collision with the Sandbanks Ferry RNLI rescue a yacht pinned against Sandbanks Ferry The RNLI releases footage of its rescue of a yacht wedged against the front of the Sandbanks Ferry - WATCH VIDEO 2 weeks ago
The Swanage Town Mayor, Mike Bonfield officially opens the town centre improvement works Kings Road East traffic flow to stay reversed as Institute Road reopens Swanage town centre road works are complete and Institute Road has reopened but like lots of things, it’s only back to ‘near normal’ - SEE VIDEO OF THE MAYOR 2 weeks ago
Sandbanks Ferry Sandbanks Ferry ready to return to service Barring any last minute hitches, the Sandbanks Ferry is to resume operating from Wednesday 17th June 2020 but there are new rules in place. 2 weeks ago
Front page of the The Purbeck Gazette The Purbeck Gazette keeps going, despite cash crisis A collapse in advertising revenue means The Purbeck Gazette isn’t currently being printed but the June edition is out online from today. 1 month ago
David Hollister in his home studio Defying studio closure, Purbeck Coast FM stays on air Despite government guidelines forcing the community radio station to close its studio on Swanage Pier, it’s managed to continue to broadcast throughout the pandemic crisis. 2 months ago
Swanage Carnival parade Further blow to Swanage, as Carnival is cancelled With a "heavy heart" organisers say Swanage’s biggest annual event, that brings in over a million pounds into the town, won't go ahead. 2 months ago
Pebble bearing the message NHS Painted pebble mania sweeps Swanage Swanage Bay is famous for its beautiful sandy beach but now pebbles have started to pop up everywhere! 2 months ago
Cast members of Swanage Rep on a steam train 2020 season announcement by Swanage Rep Theatre Company The Swanage Rep Theatre Company says that regretfully, this year's performances are to be postponed. 2 months ago
Seahorse at Studland
Studland boat party scrapped after seahorse protest Conservationists relieved after Dorset Cruises cancels boat party and jet ski soirée among the seahorse breeding ground in Studland Bay. 1 week ago
Scorched heath at Wareham Forest viewed from a drone The “vast scar” of Wareham Forest fire revealed Drone pictures of scorched heathland in Wareham Forest have been released to warn of the extensive damage that can be caused by disposable barbecues. 2 weeks ago
Guillemot chicks jumping Durlston guillemot chicks jump off cliff The guillemot chicks at Durlston Country Park are now bravely taking a leap of faith off the cliff ledge and into the sea - WATCH THE LATEST FILM. 2 weeks ago
Camping gear and rubbish dumped in Studland “Appalling” mess left by Studland campers The rubbish dumped by people camping overnight in Studland is “appalling and simply not acceptable” says Purbeck Police. 3 weeks ago
Ron the Seal Ron the Seal spotted in Swanage Bay Back to his old antics playing with the buoys and surfing the waves, Ron the Seal has been filmed playing in Swanage Bay. 3 weeks ago
Sprout the tortoise having his first bath Tortoise turns up nearly a year after disappearance A Swanage family has been surprised and delighted after finding their missing tortoise, that had been on the run since last July. 1 month ago
Green shoots appear on heath First green shoots of recovery after fire “There is always hope” says Wareham Fire Station as it posts a photo of the first green shoots appearing after the Wareham Forest fire. 1 month ago
Swanage Railway diesel trains Swanage Railway is back on track! The heritage railway, that’s been facing a funding crisis due to the pandemic, is to reopen soon but it won’t be back to normal yet. 13 hours ago
People queuing at Swanage Market Swanage Market is back in business! Much missed during lockdown, Swanage Market is now fully operational, increasing its number of stalls and offering more than just fruit and veg. 2 weeks ago
Visitors at Durdle Door Durdle Door by appointment only A car park pre-booking system is introduced from today by the Lulworth Estate to prevent overcrowding and antisocial behaviour at Durdle Door. 3 weeks ago
Albert Memorial Swanage’s Albert Memorial to be re-erected Hopes have risen that an impressive obelisk that was erected in Swanage to commemorate the life of Prince Albert, will be restored to its full glory. 4 weeks ago
Rubbish at Durdle Door Respect our communities pleads Dorset Ahead of a meeting to prevent a repeat of last weekend's scenes at Durdle Door, visitors are being asked to head home if it's too busy. 4 weeks ago

Swanage News – Independent local breaking news

Swanage News is an independent and daily source of news and information about Swanage and Purbeck, published online.

Our news coverage is thoroughly comprehensive and aims to inform and engage both visitors and the local community.

We love Swanage and want to support the town to continue as a fantastic place to live, work and visit, while preserving the best of the traditional feel of the local area.

For all the latest news updates, visit this site regularly or follow us on social media. If you have news to share, please contact us.

Swanage