Singing in Swanage making a comeback after months of silence The director of music at St Mary’s Church in Swanage, is urging everyone to ‘Come and Sing’ again after Covid stopped everyone singing in public. 22h · Entertainment & arts
Come and Sing at St Mary's Church
Actors on stage Swanage theatre director brings extraordinary show to the Lighthouse After a long 18 months, Swanage-based artistic director Claire Hodgson says it’s incredible to be putting on a stage show again. 2d · Entertainment & arts
Swanage Hospital garden Million pound investment in Swanage Hospital unveiled to residents After years of planning and months of building work, a major refurbishment of Swanage Hospital including a new therapeutic garden for patients has been unveiled. 3d · Health
Rollington Barn Exhibition Purbeck Art Weeks’ Rollington Barn exhibition is back! With plenty of work produced during lockdown, the Rollington Barn exhibition near Corfe Castle is bursting with paintings, photography, prints, ceramics and greetings cards. 4d · Entertainment & arts
Texaco Garage in Swanage Teenage boy allegedly robbed and threatened with knife in Swanage Four people from Poole have been arrested following an alleged robbery and assault on a teenage boy at the Texaco Garage in Swanage. 4d · Crime · Emergency services
Yacht with injured crew member Swanage RNLI go to aid of injured woman who’d fallen on yacht A crew member on board a large yacht that had just rounded Old Harry Rocks near Swanage, needed medical help after falling heavily on some metal fittings. 5d · Emergency services
Texaco Garage in Swanage Teenage boy allegedly robbed and threatened with knife in Swanage Four people from Poole have been arrested following an alleged robbery and assault on a teenage boy at the Texaco Garage in Swanage. 4 days ago
Yacht with injured crew member Swanage RNLI go to aid of injured woman who’d fallen on yacht A crew member on board a large yacht that had just rounded Old Harry Rocks near Swanage, needed medical help after falling heavily on some metal fittings. 5 days ago
Fire in Wareham Forest being extinguished by firefighters Wareham Forest sees more “precious heathland” destroyed in fire Firefighters, including a crew from Swanage, were called to tackle a major blaze in the heart of Wareham Forest, that may have been started deliberately. 2 weeks ago
Aerial view of Poole Harbour with wingwalker plane crass inset Horrifying crash as wingwalker plane ditches in sea by Sandbanks Ferry No stranger to unusual incidents, the Sandbanks Ferry was suspended after a plane taking part in the Bournemouth Air Festival, crashed into the sea - SEE VIDEO AND IMAGES. 2 weeks ago
Swanage lifeboat rescue boat in Swanage Bay Bank Holiday speedboat rescue for Swanage RNLI Swanage Lifeboat crew, who are to feature tonight in the latest BBC TV Saving Lives at Sea episode, were paged to help the owners of a speedboat, who were at ... 3 weeks 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. 1 month 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. 1 month 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. 2 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. 2 months ago
Wareham Hospital vaccination hub staff Walk-in Covid jab clinics start at Wareham Hospital as case rate goes up As the number testing positive for Covid rises in Swanage, people can get the vaccine without an appointment at Wareham Hospital. 2 months ago
Air cadet hut Swanage air cadet hall ‘unfit’ for post-Covid era Swanage Air Cadets branch is to close because of changes needed to the old building in order to meet Covid restrictions. 4 months ago
Exterior of Wordsworth House Swanage care home closes after Covid crisis Following the death of 16 residents from Covid, Wordsworth House in Swanage has closed, after it was unable to financially recover. 4 months ago
Red phone box saved in Studland as another is lost in Swanage Studland Parish Council is to buy the telephone box in the village after an iconic kiosk by the ferry was removed before councillors could act. 1 week ago
Dorset Council bin lorry Dorset Council calls on central government to fix bin lorry driver shortage Regular rubbish bin and recycling collections are being missed in Swanage and across the county due to what Dorset Council calls an unprecedented staff shortage. 1 week ago
Exterior of Dorset Council offices Dorset Council appeal to find homes for Afghan refugees The need to accommodate Afghans fleeing the Taliban has prompted Dorset Council to urge private landlords and owners of second homes in Swanage and across the county to come forward. 3 weeks ago
Site for housing development in Stoborough Planning granted for Stoborough housing but no second homes allowed Outline planning permission has been approved for a housing development in Stoborough on the Isle of Purbeck, on the condition it meets the terms of the Arne Local Plan. 3 weeks ago
Swanage Town Hall Swanage Town Council pays tribute to employee who died suddenly In what has been described as a “terrible shock”, a long-serving enforcement officer for Swanage Town Council collapsed while on duty. 4 weeks ago
Car being removed by tow truck from Ferry Road in Studland (
Tow truck deployed for first time in Studland to control bad parking Over the hot weekend, Dorset Council had to exercise its new powers to tow away illegally and dangerously parked cars. 2 months ago
Speed indicator device on Northbrook Road in Swanage Flashing speed indicator installed on Swanage roads In a bid to remind drivers travelling into Swanage to slow down, Swanage Town Council has purchased a speed indicator device, otherwise known as a SID. 2 months ago
Loading bays in Swanage town centre No parking in new loading bays comes into effect in Swanage While the work to create new loading bays in Swanage town centre was completed in June 2020, the rules to enable fines for illegal parking have just come into effect. 3 months ago
Car parked on double yellow line in Swanage Illegally parked cars in Dorset liable to be towed away under new rules Following a tow away zone in Studland, Dorset Council is now set to introduce a tow away policy across its area, including Swanage. 4 months ago
Durlston Explorer Bus in Swanage The Durlston bus is back in business It’s been a long wait for passengers but the D5 bus between Swanage and Durlston is finally back after a ‘fallow year’ last year. 4 months ago
Cars parked on Ferry Road New Studland parking rules confirmed by Dorset Council A vehicle tow away zone is to come into force along Ferry Road in Studland but Dorset Council says there's still parking on the verge. 4 months ago
Sandbanks Ferry Tolls to rise after Sandbanks Ferry public inquiry ruling The government has given the go ahead to increase the toll for cars from £4.50 to £6.75 by 2031, with a swift rise to £4.75 on Monday 17th May 2021. 4 months ago
Raised beds at the Greengage Project Dorset Wildlife Trust hands over garden to Swanage community In an official ceremony with the Swanage Mayor present, the Greengage Project team has taken over the community garden in Prospect Crescent. 5 days ago
Boats in Studland Bay Voluntary no anchor zone for boats to be introduced in Studland Bay In a bid to protect seahorses in Studland Bay, boats are going to be asked not to drop anchor in the area of seagrass. 6 days ago
Herston Village Hall Plans to be revealed for new village hall in Swanage Residents are invited to see the architect's drawings and give their views on the proposals to rebuild Herston Village Hall in Jubilee Road. 1 week ago
Wanda the fish recycle bin in Lulworth Wanda the Waste Warrior fights plastic pollution in Purbeck A six metre fish sculpture to encourage the recycling of plastic and cans, as well as refilling and reusing bottles, is travelling to Studland, Swanage and Wareham. 2 weeks ago
Strip of bare land on Purbeck heath Rare sand-loving insects boosted by creation of new habitat in Purbeck An attempt to increase the number of endangered Purbeck mason wasps and heath tiger beetles on heathland near Arne has been hailed a success. 3 weeks ago
Happy couple in Swanage
Swanage Railway steam event makes for the perfect coupling The romance of the railways inspired a Swanage Railway steam enthusiast to come up with the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. - WATCH VIDEO. 2 weeks ago
Steam Roller Swanage Railway hosts bank holiday steam extravaganza In its first big event since the latest lockdown, Swanage Railway is staging a four day rally, celebrating steam-powered transport from trains to rollers. 3 weeks ago
Jonathan Evans volunteer recruitment officer on platform Volunteers urged to get on board at Swanage Railway There’s a new man blowing the whistle for recruits and volunteers to help run the award-winning Swanage Railway. 4 months ago
Fireman on 80104 locomotive Future for Swanage loco uncertain as it faces costly overhaul Much-loved loco 80104 has been withdrawn from service at Swanage Railway and now it needs a full service costing more than £200,000. 4 months ago
Steam locomotive Eddystone being transported through Swanage Newly restored 1940s steam loco surprises Swanage shoppers Spotting a steam train in Swanage isn’t unusual but it was unexpected to see a 1940s locomotive on the road, rather than in the train station. 5 months ago
Swanage Railway locomotive Full steam ahead as Swanage Railway emerges from lockdown Services on Swanage Railway are set to resume following the easing of Covid restrictions, having stoically survived a turbulent year. 5 months ago
Herston carriage shed site & 80104 April 2021 ANDREW PM WRIGHT (2) Swanage Railway puts fundraiser back on track with new behind the scenes video Volunteers from Swanage Railway are aiming to raise £65,000 by the summer to help fund a new carriage storage shed, and have released a new video offering trackside footage of ... 6 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.
Models and real tank
Modelmakers return to The Tank Museum at Bovington More used to putting on a show with some of the big beasties of the armoured world, The Tank Museum is now preparing for a display on a smaller scale. 3 weeks ago
Henry Bond at the pop up drinks stall Escape the crowds by popping up to the Purbeck viewpoint An idea born out of lockdown has come to fruition for Henry Bond, who's turned a field into a food and drink pop-up next to the Isle of Purbeck viewpoint. 1 month ago
Punch and Judy Swanage’s Punch and Judy man thanks locals for support after making national news The Punch and Judy man has thanked the people of Swanage who rallied round after it was revealed that mean beachgoers had refused to pay. 1 month ago
Prince Albert memorial and the people who made it possible It’s up! The Albert Memorial in Swanage is completed The obelisk in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, that lay in ruins for 50 years has at last been re-erected in Swanage. 1 month ago
Beach huts go like “hot cakes” as Swanage seaside lovers snap them up Swanage beach huts all but sold out within hours of becoming available for this summer, with one man queuing from 6.45 am. 1 month ago
Children undertake the ambulance car summer trail Who’s in the driving seat? Launch of ambulance car challenge in Swanage A new activity trail for children has been launched in Swanage featuring Purbeck's much-loved and appreciated ambulance car. 2 months ago
Filming of Songs of Praise Aled Jones in Swanage for filming of BBC’s Songs of Praise Hundreds of residents and visitors flocked to Prince Albert Gardens for the first Songs of Praise filming of hymn singing for 18 months - SEE PHOTOS. 2 months ago
Come and Sing at St Mary's Church Singing in Swanage making a comeback after months of silence The director of music at St Mary’s Church in Swanage, is urging everyone to ‘Come and Sing’ again after Covid stopped everyone singing in public. 22 hours ago
Actors on stage Swanage theatre director brings extraordinary show to the Lighthouse After a long 18 months, Swanage-based artistic director Claire Hodgson says it’s incredible to be putting on a stage show again. 2 days ago
Rollington Barn Exhibition Purbeck Art Weeks’ Rollington Barn exhibition is back! With plenty of work produced during lockdown, the Rollington Barn exhibition near Corfe Castle is bursting with paintings, photography, prints, ceramics and greetings cards. 4 days ago
Kimberly Hart-Simpson TV soap actress takes on Rita role at The Mowlem in Swanage Coronation Street actress Kimberley Hart Simpson is starring in a new production of Educating Rita at The Mowlem as part of the Swanage Rep series. 2 weeks ago
Swanage seafront What’s on in Swanage in September 2021? With so many events having been postponed due to Covid, there’s lots happening in September 2021 in Swanage. 2 weeks ago
Purbeck View school
Purbeck View School in Swanage graded as inadequate for social care The regulator, Ofsted, has told the management of the Purbeck View School in Swanage it must not admit any more students following its latest inspection, which found the social care ... 7 days ago
Air cadet in training glider No reprieve for Swanage Air Cadets as it merges with Wareham With its headquarters deemed "past its sell-by date" the decision has been made to combine Swanage Air Cadets with the squadron in Wareham. 1 month ago
Musical instruments in cupboard Purbeck musical instruments urgently seek a new home A scheme that enables children in Swanage and across Purbeck to borrow a musical instrument is under threat due to a lack of storage space. 3 months ago
Swanage Primary School pupils Non-uniform day raises £2,000 towards Swanage-based youth bus Local charity #Willdoes says it’s delighted with the success of its first Dorset Schools non-uniform day and wishes to thank everyone who took part. 4 months ago
Exterior of the Allnatt Centre Swanage outdoor education centre up for sale at £2m The Allnatt Outdoors centre in Ulwell Road is being sold off after Covid restrictions wiped out its income. 4 months ago
School road sign Help for parents as children in Swanage go back to school Dorset Council is offering support to parents and carers whose children are anxious about returning to the classroom this week, after an extended time away from the school environment. 7 months ago
St Mary's, Shaftesbury Views sought on use of £10m former school by Dorset Council Dorset Council wants to hear the views of Swanage residents about using St Mary’s School near Shaftesbury as a special school for pupils with additional needs. 8 months ago
Outside Divers Down UK’s oldest diving school up for sale as Swanage couple retire The well-known diving school, Divers Down on Swanage Pier is looking for a buyer after its owners decided to retire. 3 weeks ago
Jude Morris Father pays tribute to Corfe Castle teenager who died in motocross race A talented 17 year old from Corfe Castle in Dorset, has been described by his father as a “really, really good kid” and his “best friend”. 3 weeks ago
Police close road after car collision near Kingston with picture of Sam Christopher inset Family pay tribute to 25 year old Corfe Castle man who died in car crash The family of a man who sadly died in a road traffic collision near Corfe Castle in Dorset say he will “never be forgotten”. 1 month ago
Three charity walkers A million steps for charity – Swanage three on track Three charity fundraisers are out to walk a million steps for charity by the end of September. 2 months ago
Princess Royal at St Albans Princess Royal’s visit to Swanage – official photos released The Princess Royal flew in to visit volunteer coastwatchers from the National Coastwatch Institution stations in Swanage and St Albans Head.. 2 months ago
Swanage cricket team
Swanage Cricket Club celebrates first team success at awards night Outperforming expectations, Swanage Cricket Club’s first team clinched the runners up trophy in Dorset's Division One League. 2 weeks ago
boats on the shore Swanage Sailing Club is booming – meet the brave beginners! Sailing in Swanage has seen a surge in new members as more people than ever want to get out on the water. 2 months ago
England flags flying from building in Swanage Swanage gets behind England team for Euro footie finals Football is coming home to Swanage! With England flags flying across the town, there'll be plenty of noisy support in this corner of Dorset. 2 months ago
Ricky King Swanage darts player takes aim at national title A Swanage darts player has won a shot at a national title after winning a competition held online because of Covid. 2 months ago
Players at Swanage Cricket club Pavilion plans at Swanage Cricket wait on grant decision Cricket in Swanage is undergoing rapid expansion, as the junior section grows and the club plans a major extension to its pavilion. 3 months ago
Coastal rowing regatta in Swanage 2018 Sporting events return to Swanage as Covid rules ease After a year’s absence, Swanage Coastal Rowing Regatta and the Swanage Triathlon are back on for 2021. 3 months ago
Playing croquet Croquet in Swanage hits a new high point Croquet is back at last and the Swanage club is boasting a record number of members. 3 months ago

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