Surprising success story for Studland butterflies Two species of butterfly are bucking the trend of decline in the UK by dramatically increasing their numbers on Studland Heath in Dorset - and it's partly thanks to ants! 56 mins · Environment & weather
A silver studded blue butterfly on a patch of heather at Studland
A chance to buy into a great British summer tradition, as Lenctenbury Pick Your Own fruit Farm is put up for sale Top of the crops as Purbeck fruit farm goes up for sale There’s a new opportunity for families to live the good life in Purbeck as an established pick your own fruit farm has been put up for sale. 1d · Business
Players from Treehouse Theatre are leading a pilgrimage from Corfe Castle to Shaftesbury Abbey to remember St Edward, King and Martyr Pilgrims progress across Purbeck as murdered king is remembered A modern day pilgrimage has left Corfe Castle to cross Dorset, more than a thousand years after the murder of an English king in Purbeck. 2d · Entertainment & arts
Swanage lifeboat rescues stuck yacht Yacht stuck in strong ebb tide off Peveril Point rescued by RNLI A 36 foot yacht that became entangled in the rope of a lobster pot marker buoy was safely freed after several attempts by the Swanage lifeboat crew. 3d · Emergency services
Knoll beach Studland in the rain Studland starts to plan for more flooding and coastal erosion Much of Studland in Dorset, owned by the National Trust, is expected to be ravaged by flooding and coastal erosion over the next 50 years. 4d · Environment & weather
Swanage lifeboat rescue during Fastnet race Swanage RNLI crew commended for saving life during Fastnet Race Commendations have been awarded to members of the Swanage Lifeboat crew with special praise for the coxswain’s boat handling skills during a challenging rescue, in which a sailor’s life was ... 5d · Emergency services
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Swanage lifeboat rescues stuck yacht Yacht stuck in strong ebb tide off Peveril Point rescued by RNLI A 36 foot yacht that became entangled in the rope of a lobster pot marker buoy was safely freed after several attempts by the Swanage lifeboat crew. 3 days ago
Swanage lifeboat rescue during Fastnet race Swanage RNLI crew commended for saving life during Fastnet Race Commendations have been awarded to members of the Swanage Lifeboat crew with special praise for the coxswain’s boat handling skills during a challenging rescue, in which a sailor’s life was ... 5 days ago
Air ambulance at Knoll Beach Studland air and sea rescues over busy weekend Emergency services were called to help people in trouble in two separate incidents over a warm weekend in Studland, Dorset. 2 weeks ago
Winspit caves Woman in her 80s dies after fall along Purbeck coastline Emergency services including the air ambulance and coastguard helicopter went to the aid of a woman in her 80s, after she fell from a height at Winspit Quarry near Worth ... 3 weeks ago
15 year ol;d boy being treated after falling from Old Harry Miracle as school pupil survives 60 foot fall from Old Harry In a lucky escape, a 15 year old boy on a school trip to Old Harry in Studland, Dorset, managed to avoid serious injury after falling 60 feet off the ... 3 weeks ago
Lloyd Hatton South Dorset MP
Labour MP to represent Swanage at Westminster Labour Party candidate Lloyd Hatton has been elected for South Dorset constituency, defeating former Conservative member of parliament Richard Drax by just over 1,000 votes in the UK General Election. 1 week ago
Hustings candidates for Dorset South in the UK General Election 2024 Swanage election hustings goes ahead without key player Most candidates standing for South Dorset in the 2024 General Election did show up to the event in Swanage to help residents decide who to vote for, however Richard Drax ... 3 weeks ago
Emmanuel baptist church South Dorset election candidates to be quizzed in Swanage Voters are to have the opportunity to put their questions to the candidates standing in the UK General Election in the South Dorset constituency, which includes Swanage. 3 weeks ago
Swanage library job advert Staff facing redundancy as Dorset Council library strategy rolls out Libraries run by Dorset Council including Swanage and Wareham, are being reorganised with changes to staffing roles and opening hours. 4 weeks ago
Swanage library Swanage Library to reduce opening hours on Saturdays A major reorganisation of libraries by Dorset Council means Swanage library will now only open for three hours on a Saturday, although it will be open for longer during the ... 1 month ago
Swanage homes from aerial view Eight candidates compete to become next MP for South Dorset The names of all those standing in the South Dorset parliamentary constituency covering Swanage have been officially confirmed, ahead of the UK General Election 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 ... 2 months ago
Carmela steps out along Swanage beach to raise funds for Julia's House children's hospice Wareham superhero Carmela takes steps to fund children’s hospice A brave 10-year-old with Muscular Dystrophy is making a hundred mile journey across Purbeck to raise £10,000 for Julia’s House children’s hospice. 3 weeks ago
Joanna Weaver displays an SAS regimental flag, one of her father's souvenirs from his days as a wartime hero Daughter of Purbeck SAS hero to lay memorial wreath in France A woman from Harman's Cross in Dorset will take part in a moving ceremony in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the worst ever massacre of SAS operatives. 3 weeks ago
Dave Corben Swanage lifeboat volunteer named MBE in birthday honours Chair of Swanage RNLI and well known local estate agent Dave Corben has been made an MBE for his distinguished voluntary service. 4 weeks 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. 2 months 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. 2 months ago
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Teenager with suspected stab wound after incident in Swanage A 51 year old man and a 17 year old boy have both been arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm after a disturbance at Prince Albert Gardens in ... 3 weeks ago
Brook tea rooms Burglar jailed after stealing from Swanage and Wareham businesses A man has been sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to more than 30 burglaries in Dorset including four in Swanage and Wareham. 3 weeks ago
Corner of Rempstone Road and Station Road in Swanage Man in Swanage has jaw broken in violent assault Eyewitnesses called 999 after a group on motorcycles approached a man in his 30s and he was punched to the ground in Swanage town centre. 4 weeks ago
Drugs seized in Swanage Parents warned after illegal drugs seized in Swanage raids Colourful pouches containing cannabis but designed to look like sweet packets have been seized from several addresses in Swanage in Dorset. 1 month ago
Lloyds bank in High Street 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 months 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. 3 months 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. 4 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 months 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. 3 months 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. 4 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. 4 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. 5 months ago
A silver studded blue butterfly on a patch of heather at Studland
Surprising success story for Studland butterflies Two species of butterfly are bucking the trend of decline in the UK by dramatically increasing their numbers on Studland Heath in Dorset - and it's partly thanks to ants! 56 mins ago
Knoll beach Studland in the rain Studland starts to plan for more flooding and coastal erosion Much of Studland in Dorset, owned by the National Trust, is expected to be ravaged by flooding and coastal erosion over the next 50 years. 4 days ago
Conservationists on safety ropes set about the long and dangerous job of clearing Corfe Castle's Outer Bailey from invasive plants National Trust’s £100,000 plea to save Corfe Castle Local residents and visitors are being asked to raise £100,000 to help repair the walls of Corfe Castle in Dorset, which have been damaged by extreme weather. 6 days ago
Taking an interest in bugs' lives, youngsters had great fun at the Downs open day Bug’s life revealed on Swanage Downs One of Swanage’s most overlooked beauty spots got its day in the sun when residents were invited to explore the secret lives of its local minibeasts. 2 weeks ago
Swanage Bay's new visitor, the Jenny D, prepares to take another load of rocks on board Jenny D tug nears end of mission to protect Studland Bay Work costing £10 million is nearing completion, to help prevent the Dorset coastline from Studland to Highcliffe from flooding. 4 weeks ago
The recovery barge had to use a crane lift to recover the grave slabs Medieval cargo of Purbeck stone is raised from Studland Bay Purbeck stone grave slabs dating back 750 years are to go on display after being raised from a medieval shipwreck within sight of Old Harry. 1 month ago
Water bottle Tree by Robert Marshall for PAW 2024 Plastic bottle waste from one Purbeck home pops up as tree A year’s worth of plastic bottles from just one household has been used to create a sculpture for Purbeck Art Weeks to highlight just how big the problem is. 1 month ago
Roads to Rail steam rally at Norden 2024 Steam rally helps Swanage Railway get visitor numbers back on track While other heritage railways continue to struggle after the pandemic, Swanage Railway’s recovery plan seems to be working with a bounce back in visitor numbers boosted by special events. 2 weeks ago
Roads to Rail Swanage Railway steam rally Norden near Corfe Castle Swanage Railway steam rally gains traction Now in its fourth year, the Roads to Rail steam rally is to take place near Corfe Castle in Dorset and looks likely to be bigger and better for 2024. 4 weeks ago
97 year old Gordon visits Swanage Railway Thursday 16 May 2024 Swanage Railway dream day out for 97 year old Gordon A Swanage man who hadn’t left his house for three years except for health appointments, enjoyed a rail day trip on the heritage line, thanks to Swanage Railway and a ... 2 months 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 ... 2 months 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 ... 2 months ago
For 2024, expect the party to go on for the whole weekend at Swanage Jazz Festival
Arts Council funding brings young blood to Swanage Jazz Festival An outstanding lineup of musical talent is in store for Swanage in Dorset as more than 80 events are lined up for the town’s 2024 Jazz Festival. 1 week ago
Santa Fe pirate ship ride being dismantled Swanage fun park ride removed after controversy A funfair ride that towered over Swanage seafront in Dorset, has been dismantled and sold by its owner, following the realisation that it required planning permission. 1 week ago
Pirate ship ride on seafront New funfair ride divides Swanage community Described as a ‘monstrosity’ by some but a ‘wonderful addition to the town’ by others, the future of a newly erected pirate-themed funfair ride in Swanage, Dorset, has yet to ... 2 weeks ago
Swanage carnival programme Swanage Carnival programme 2024 arrives in shops Hot off the press, Swanage Carnival’s programme for 2024 is being distributed across the town, ready to be snapped up by those keen to plan their week of festivities. 2 weeks ago
Swanage seafront and Shore Road What’s on: Swanage summer 2024 The Swanage Fish and Food Festival has been rescheduled for August 2024 and will now be taking place over the summer along with lots of other events in Swanage, Dorset. 2 weeks ago
Fishmonger Julia Noone and Swanage Bay Fish led a live cooking demonstration Gutted! Swanage’s fish festival cancelled due to bad weather With heavy rain and wind gusts forecast, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Swanage Fish and Food Festival for 2024. 1 month ago
Rexy the dinosaur for Swanage Carnival Sneak preview of Swanage Carnival’s monster selfie op! As unlikely as it sounds, Rexy the dinosaur from the blockbuster film Night at the Museum is to rock up during Swanage Carnival week 2024. 2 months ago
Players from Treehouse Theatre are leading a pilgrimage from Corfe Castle to Shaftesbury Abbey to remember St Edward, King and Martyr Pilgrims progress across Purbeck as murdered king is remembered A modern day pilgrimage has left Corfe Castle to cross Dorset, more than a thousand years after the murder of an English king in Purbeck. 2 days ago
For 2024, expect the party to go on for the whole weekend at Swanage Jazz Festival Arts Council funding brings young blood to Swanage Jazz Festival An outstanding lineup of musical talent is in store for Swanage in Dorset as more than 80 events are lined up for the town’s 2024 Jazz Festival. 1 week ago
Water bottle Tree by Robert Marshall for PAW 2024 Plastic bottle waste from one Purbeck home pops up as tree A year’s worth of plastic bottles from just one household has been used to create a sculpture for Purbeck Art Weeks to highlight just how big the problem is. 1 month ago
Allsort'd at Sandy Hill Arts Allsort’d choir perform Corfe Castle concert after Mowlem triumph Fresh from the success of its stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Mowlem in Swanage, the Allsort’d choir is back in action. 2 months ago
The studio at The Mowlem The Mowlem in Swanage shows off its new studio Following a £100,000 makeover, the Community Room at The Mowlem in Swanage has become a new performance space and its got a new name - The Studio. 2 months ago
Dan Scott and assistant Abbie at Studland's new Sae Seaweed Spa
Dorset’s first seaweed spa opens in Studland A new health experience is making waves on the beach at Studland, and it’s all thanks to an abundance of Purbeck’s overlooked superfood - seaweed. 2 weeks ago
The current emergency department at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester Out of hours service at Dorset hospital put patients at risk says coroner Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester has been urged to improve its out of hours services after a Wareham woman bled to death following a hip operation. 4 weeks ago
Swanage Hospital Swanage community invited to support local hospitals Swanage Hospital and Wareham Hospital in Dorset are separately holding events and asking everyone to come along and show their support. 1 month ago
Emily McDonald, pictured centre, at the surprise welcome home party thrown for her at Gee Whites Welcome home for Swanage teen after life changing US treatment Friends and family of Emily McDonald joyfully reunited with the 17 year old in Swanage, Dorset, after medical treatment in the US allowed her to walk again free from pain. 1 month 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 ... 2 months 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 months 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. 3 months ago
David Potts, senior instructor at Cumulus Outdoors, with his border collie, Ruby Teaching kids about dogs as Swanage outdoor company expands activities Swanage outdoor adventure company Cumulus Outdoors is getting a helping paw from man’s best friend for summer 2024. 3 weeks ago
Maple Class, St George's School, get ready for their maypole dance rehearsal Langton school revives old tradition, come what May St George’s Primary School in Langton Matravers, Dorset have dusted off a maypole in order to bring back an ancient May custom - and the whole village has been invited ... 2 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 months 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. 3 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. 5 months ago
A chance to buy into a great British summer tradition, as Lenctenbury Pick Your Own fruit Farm is put up for sale
Top of the crops as Purbeck fruit farm goes up for sale There’s a new opportunity for families to live the good life in Purbeck as an established pick your own fruit farm has been put up for sale. 1 day ago
Bell Street friends and neighbours who have bought the tenancy of the Globe pub, from left, Hannah Jameison, Paul Jameison, Sue Honess, Nick Honess, Martin Patterson, Sharon Patterson and Nicola Honess Locals aim for global success in Swanage pub takeover A group of Swanage friends who liked their local pub so much that they bought the tenancy are ready to return the Globe to its former glory. 1 week ago
Dan Scott and assistant Abbie at Studland's new Sae Seaweed Spa Dorset’s first seaweed spa opens in Studland A new health experience is making waves on the beach at Studland, and it’s all thanks to an abundance of Purbeck’s overlooked superfood - seaweed. 2 weeks ago
David Potts, senior instructor at Cumulus Outdoors, with his border collie, Ruby Teaching kids about dogs as Swanage outdoor company expands activities Swanage outdoor adventure company Cumulus Outdoors is getting a helping paw from man’s best friend for summer 2024. 3 weeks ago
Scoles Manor in Kingston, dating to the 17th Century and incorporating an 800-year-old chapel, is on the market for £4 million Historic Kingston manor house goes on market for £4 million One of the oldest continuously occupied homes in Dorset has been put on the market and comes with a view that is absolutely priceless. 1 month ago
Anvil Point lighthouse was built in 1880 to keep mariners safe along the Jurassic Coast Anvil Point lighthouse clock sells at auction for thousands over estimate A Victorian clock which was made for Anvil Point lighthouse near Swanage in Dorset, was estimated to sell at between £800 to £1,200. 1 month ago
Coop cashpoint Boost in services for Swanage’s cash economy Following an outcry over the closure of the last bank branch in Swanage in Dorset, a new multi-bank cash deposit machine has been installed in the town - one of ... 1 month ago
Swanage skate park open day June 2024 Swanage skatepark campaign takes off at fun packed open day Swanage Skatepark launched its fundraising mission for better sports facilities in Purbeck with an open day attended by hundreds. 1 month ago
Your name here ... Swanage Town and Herston FC is raffling the chance to become club shirt sponsor for just £75 Swanage and Herston FC offers local firms chance to strike it lucky A Purbeck company could get to emulate the likes of Nike, American Express or Etihad Airways, and all for a bargain price of just £75. 1 month 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. 2 months 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 ... 2 months 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 ... 3 months ago

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