A robin for Robin: Corfe Castle switches on its festive lights There’s a special addition to the Corfe Castle Christmas lights this year to remember a local man who was a stalwart of the community. 6h · Tourism and events
Santa arrives in Corfe Castle square for lights switch-on
Crowds of shoppers flocked to Swanage Christmas Market despite the cold and windy weather Swanage Christmas Market bids to expand as popularity grows Swanage Christmas Market may get bigger and better from next year as organisers begin talks to close a second road to accommodate more stalls. 1d · Tourism and events
More than 30 Christmas trees have been decorated for the festival at Langton Matravers Record number of entries for Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival It’s the season to be jolly at St George’s Church in Langton Matravers, where a festive winter wonderland of Christmas trees go on display - SEE PHOTOS 2d · Tourism and events
Heddlu Police sign Swanage man and Corfe Castle woman jailed after drug gang bust A man from Swanage and a woman from Corfe Castle have been imprisoned for their part in an organised crime gang which trafficked cocaine and cannabis from Dorset into Wales. 3d · Crime
steam & lights departure from Swanage Railway station Swanage Railway gives a Steam and Lights thank you to its volunteers Swanage Railway prepared for its Christmas Steam and Lights service with a special trip for railway volunteers and invited guests - WATCH VIDEO 3d · Swanage Railway
Swanage CC members Craig Wells, Chris Wood and Natasha Norman receive the trophy from Nick Douch Swanage Cricket Club comes top of the league for community spirit Members of Swanage Cricket Club were bowled over with pride after being presented with a prestigious sporting trophy. 4d · Sport
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RNLI rescue paddle boarder Paddle boarder rescued after blown a mile offshore from Studland The RNLI has released a video of the rescue of a paddle boarder near Old Harry Rocks warning of “deceptive weather” conditions - WATCH VIDEO 1 week ago
Car crashes into house Car crashes into terraced house in Swanage The owner of a property in Swanage was lucky not to be at home at the time, when a car crashed into their front room. 3 weeks ago
Poole Lifeboat out in rough sea conditions Rough seas warning as Swanage RNLI search for person in difficulty In challenging weather conditions, Swanage Lifeboat crew joined Poole RNLI to look for a person after a sighting of someone in potential difficulty - WATCH VIDEO. 4 weeks ago
Man with head injury rescused by Swanage and Poole Lifeboat crews Swanage and Poole RNLI join forces to rescue man with head injury A multi-agency evacuation effort was launched after a yacht heading towards Poole Harbour reported that a crew member was drifting in and out of consciousness. 1 month ago
Fire engine and Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway Fire crews navigate railway crowds to reach Swanage garage fire Shortly after the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman arrived in Swanage, the local fire station received a report that a garage was on fire. 2 months ago
Swanage Town Council currently has just six charging points for electric cars
Surge in electric cars could lead to £1 million charge for Swanage A rapid move towards electric cars could lead to a shocking £1million charge for Swanage Town Council by 2030 6 days ago
Swanage railway at Station approach Changes proposed to improve pedestrian safety in Swanage The provision for pedestrians in front of Swanage station is ‘very poor’ according to a report being considered by Swanage Town Council. 1 week ago
Ukrainian flag over Ballard Down More Swanage residents urged to consider hosting Ukrainian refugees Chance for residents in Swanage and across Purbeck to find out more about hosting Ukrainian refugees in a spare room, annex or AirBnB over winter. 4 weeks ago
Swanage homes from aerial view Swanage aims to take back control over town planning Work has begun to create a neighbourhood plan for Swanage which is likely to include new policies on affordable housing, second homes and new building developments. 1 month ago
Audience at Swanage Community Awards 2022 ( Winners of the Swanage Community Awards 2022 announced Swanage residents, who were judged to have excelled in their contribution to the town in 2022, were presented with a community award at a ceremony in Swanage. 2 months ago
Swanage Library New consultation on future of Swanage Library Dorset Council is undertaking a second consultation on the future for libraries in its area including Swanage, with the promise that closing them isn't part of the plan. 2 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 months ago
Drummer Lawrie Sandford is setting up a new samba band in Swanage Lawrie drums up support for new Swanage samba band Music master Lawrie Sandford hopes to bring some Brazillian warmth to winter nights in Swanage by starting up a local samba drum band 2 weeks ago
A friendly welcome as Chris Lewis, partner Kate Barron baby Magnus and Jet the dog arrive in Swanage Warm Swanage welcome for the former Para who’s raised £300,000 Swanage has given a hero’s welcome to a former paratrooper on an 8,500 mile charity walk around the entire UK coastline. 3 weeks ago
Nicole Faraday won Best Actress award at the Marbella International Film Festival Swanage star charged extra to take home Best Actress award Swanage actress Nicole Faraday has picked up the biggest award of her life at an international film festival - and was promptly charged excess baggage fees to bring it back ... 1 month ago
Audience at Swanage Community Awards 2022 ( Winners of the Swanage Community Awards 2022 announced Swanage residents, who were judged to have excelled in their contribution to the town in 2022, were presented with a community award at a ceremony in Swanage. 2 months ago
Fund raiser Lorna Haines with signed skateboards at Swanage Skatepark Top Swanage fundraiser achieves her half pipe dream One of the best half pipe ramps in southern England has been unveiled at Swanage Skatepark thanks to the impressive determination of Swanage resident Lorna Haines. 2 months ago
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Swanage man and Corfe Castle woman jailed after drug gang bust A man from Swanage and a woman from Corfe Castle have been imprisoned for their part in an organised crime gang which trafficked cocaine and cannabis from Dorset into Wales. 3 days ago
A World War 2 tank has been nearly destroyed at the bottom of Sandbanks Bay WW2 Valentine tank damage in Studland Bay prompts police inquiry Dorset Police are investigating the near destruction of a World War Two Valentine tank at the bottom of Studland Bay. 1 month 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. 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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. 3 months ago
Studland Road Studland Road reopens after five week closure for water works The controversial closure of the main road between Studland and Corfe Castle, coinciding with the Sandbanks Ferry stoppage, has now ended. 5 days ago
Swanage railway at Station approach Changes proposed to improve pedestrian safety in Swanage The provision for pedestrians in front of Swanage station is ‘very poor’ according to a report being considered by Swanage Town Council. 1 week ago
Ferry at Studland ‘Severe damage’ to Sandbanks Ferry delays its return to 2023 The ferry that normally operates between Sandbanks and Studland has been badly damaged while being towed to Falmouth for planned maintenance. 3 weeks ago
roadworks near Corfe Castle ( Roadworks near Corfe Castle to continue for ‘further three days’ Temporary traffic lights, which are causing traffic queues on the A351 near Corfe Castle, are expected to stay in place for a few more days while BT repairs a collapsed ... 3 weeks ago
New 30 mph signs on road into Swanage New 30 mph signs installed on main road into Swanage Drivers should now slow down sooner as they approach Swanage along the A351 road from Harmans Cross, following the reduction in the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph. 1 month ago
Swanage Town Council currently has just six charging points for electric cars
Surge in electric cars could lead to £1 million charge for Swanage A rapid move towards electric cars could lead to a shocking £1million charge for Swanage Town Council by 2030 6 days ago
Middle Beach Cafe boss Paul Brown at Studland National Trust to demolish Studland beach cafe due to coastal erosion Climate change has been blamed for the decision to permanently close a beach cafe which has been a vital part of Studland for 120 years. 2 weeks ago
A spiny seahorse in Studland Bay New research claims eco moorings could save Studland’s seahorses A new type of boat mooring in Studland Bay could be the key to protecting seagrass – the essential habitat for seahorses - according to university researchers. 3 weeks ago
A nodding donkey oil pump at Kimmeridge Bay Kimmeridge oil well to stop contentious burning of waste gases A controversial gas flare which burns off methane along the World Heritage coastline at Kimmeridge could be extinguished within three months. 1 month ago
Swanage homes from aerial view Swanage aims to take back control over town planning Work has begun to create a neighbourhood plan for Swanage which is likely to include new policies on affordable housing, second homes and new building developments. 1 month ago
Swanage 24/7 webcam showing Swanage Bay New Swanage webcam launched with panoramic view of bay A new webcam with a spectacular view over Swanage Bay has just started streaming 24 hours a day. 2 months ago
Tour of Durlston Pleasure Gardens project celebration What next for Durlston after pleasure grounds success? The team who made the restoration of the pleasure grounds at Durlston Country Park in Swanage possible, gathered to mark the end of the highly successful four year project. 2 months ago
steam & lights departure from Swanage Railway station Swanage Railway gives a Steam and Lights thank you to its volunteers Swanage Railway prepared for its Christmas Steam and Lights service with a special trip for railway volunteers and invited guests - WATCH VIDEO 3 days ago
Swanage sign at Swanage station with festive lights Swanage Railway facing ‘dire’ times as passenger numbers fall Following a gloomy summer which saw passenger numbers down by 25 percent compared to 2019 Swanage Railway is hoping for a boost over Christmas. 2 weeks ago
Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway Flying Scotsman boosts Swanage economy as thousands visit Fresh from a major overhaul, the iconic steam locomotive’s visit to Swanage Railway has attracted crowds of admirers. 1 month ago
Fire engine and Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway Fire crews navigate railway crowds to reach Swanage garage fire Shortly after the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman arrived in Swanage, the local fire station received a report that a garage was on fire. 2 months ago
Flying Scotsman Swanage Flying Scotsman: World’s most famous loco arrives in Swanage Welcomed by crowds eager to get a good photo, the record breaking locomotive steamed into Swanage for a three week flying visit - WATCH VIDEO 2 months ago
Santa arrives in Corfe Castle square for lights switch-on
A robin for Robin: Corfe Castle switches on its festive lights There’s a special addition to the Corfe Castle Christmas lights this year to remember a local man who was a stalwart of the community. 6 hours ago
Crowds of shoppers flocked to Swanage Christmas Market despite the cold and windy weather Swanage Christmas Market bids to expand as popularity grows Swanage Christmas Market may get bigger and better from next year as organisers begin talks to close a second road to accommodate more stalls. 1 day ago
More than 30 Christmas trees have been decorated for the festival at Langton Matravers Record number of entries for Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival It’s the season to be jolly at St George’s Church in Langton Matravers, where a festive winter wonderland of Christmas trees go on display - SEE PHOTOS 2 days ago
Christmas lights in Station Road Swanage’s countdown to Christmas begins as festive lights shine Crowds gathered to witness the switching on of the Christmas lights in Swanage marking the beginning of festivities for 2022 - WATCH VIDEO 1 week ago
Donkeys Donkeys on Swanage Pier for Christmas When Santa visits Swanage Pier in the run-up to Christmas, he will have some extra help from his donkey friends. 1 week ago
Santa and his sleigh in Station Road in Swanage Santa’s coming to Swanage – check out when he’s in your street! Helped by elves from Swanage and Purbeck Rotary and Crazy4Corfe, Santa will be travelling across Purbeck in his sleigh again this Christmas. 2 weeks ago
Seven huge sections of the Berlin Wall are now on permanent display at Carey's Secret Garden near Wareham Berlin Wall is rebuilt in Purbeck forest as symbol of hope Seven huge sections of the Berlin Wall have been rebuilt in a Purbeck forest as a moving tribute to the fight against oppression. 3 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.
Drummer Lawrie Sandford is setting up a new samba band in Swanage
Lawrie drums up support for new Swanage samba band Music master Lawrie Sandford hopes to bring some Brazillian warmth to winter nights in Swanage by starting up a local samba drum band 2 weeks ago
Swanage Musuem archive Delve into Swanage’s history as centre opens its doors for weekend For the first time in three years, the Swanage History Centre is opening its archive to the public so they can find out more about Purbeck’s past. 1 month ago
Doctor Who featured a regeneration scene set on top of Durdle Door BBC faces Lulworth ban after Doctor Who ‘deceit’ at Durdle Door The BBC may be banned from filming at Lulworth Cove again after it was accused of irresponsibility by showing Doctor Who regenerating on top of Durdle Door. 1 month ago
Rachel Bright signing her new book Top author from Wareham gives boost to local library Successful children’s author Rachel Bright has cleared a space in her busy autumn diary to support Wareham Library. 1 month ago
Nicole Faraday won Best Actress award at the Marbella International Film Festival Swanage star charged extra to take home Best Actress award Swanage actress Nicole Faraday has picked up the biggest award of her life at an international film festival - and was promptly charged excess baggage fees to bring it back ... 1 month ago
Steve Darrington is organiser of the Swanage Blues Festival Swanage festival is best value in UK as entrance fee stays at 2012 price The best-value entrance ticket in live music events anywhere in the UK has just gone on sale in Swanage - and it hasn’t risen in cost since 2012. 2 months ago
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 months ago
Alania Lawton of Harmans Cross with son New parents urged to join Swanage study to beat ‘silent killer’ Mums and dads in Purbeck are being urged to enrol their young babies in a ground breaking study at Swanage Medical Practice. 2 weeks ago
Sunflowers at opening of the Lewis Manning shop in Swanage Hospice care charity expands its clinical team in Purbeck Two new members of staff have been recruited to the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care team to deliver services in Swanage and across Purbeck. 2 weeks ago
Poole Hospital Nurses across Dorset vote for strike action Royal College of Nursing members at all of the NHS trusts that cover Dorset have voted to strike in a dispute over pay. 4 weeks ago
Swanage beach will be lit up by a thousand candles Thousand candles to light up Swanage Beach for loved ones A hospice care charity is organising a festival of lights on Swanage Beach to reflect, celebrate and remember everyone we love and care about. 4 weeks ago
Swanage Hospital Meeting about future of Swanage Hospital and local healthcare Amidst a national crisis in the NHS, the Friends of Swanage Hospital is holding a meeting, open to all, about future local healthcare changes. 1 month ago
Swanage School students on Swanage Pier
Swanage students open a new art trail to celebrate the pier’s past Art students have helped create a new interactive arts trail on Swanage Pier, linking the heritage of the town's tourism with its industrial past. 2 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. 5 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. 6 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. 6 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. 6 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. 6 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. 7 months ago
Middle Beach Cafe boss Paul Brown at Studland National Trust to demolish Studland beach cafe due to coastal erosion Climate change has been blamed for the decision to permanently close a beach cafe which has been a vital part of Studland for 120 years. 2 weeks ago
Corfe Castle Club steward Brian Chubby Varney is presented with a framed award for the best Wessex real ale club Corfe Castle Club regains top title after two difficult years Real ale fans at the Corfe Castle Club have raised a toast to their bar which has been declared the best in Wessex - again. 3 weeks ago
Shoppers at Swanage Co-op have helped to raise £24,000 for local charities Swanage shoppers co-operate to raise bumper payout for charity An impressive £24,000 has been handed out to three local good causes by the Swanage Co-op. 4 weeks ago
Station Road Swanage to pilot scheme to improve access to cash after bank closures An action group made up of financial institutions and consumer groups has visited Swanage to work out a plan to ensure the town still has a guaranteed supply of cash. 1 month ago
Andrew Sinclair farmer with pumpkins at Lectenbury Farm Purbeck farmer expands pick your own pumpkin to meet growing demand There’s no trick about the latest treat from a Purbeck fruit farm - pick your own pumpkin month at Lenctenbury Farm, near Corfe Castle, has become a screaming success. 2 months ago
Swanage CC members Craig Wells, Chris Wood and Natasha Norman receive the trophy from Nick Douch
Swanage Cricket Club comes top of the league for community spirit Members of Swanage Cricket Club were bowled over with pride after being presented with a prestigious sporting trophy. 4 days ago
Sam Whaley at European Championships 2022 Swanage sailor stays on track for Olympics with success in Europe British sailing team member and Swanage resident Sam Whaley has come a remarkable fifth in the laser sailing European Championships in France. 2 weeks ago
Derek Marsh stand at football ground with his daughters Legendary Swanage family remembered at football ground Swanage Town and Herston Football Club has named its newly refurbished spectators’ stand after Swans legend Derek Marsh. 3 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 3 months 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 ... 5 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. 6 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. 6 months ago

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