Parking permits for residents to be looked at by Dorset Council It’s been revealed that Dorset Council is considering introducing on-street parking permits for residents across the area including Swanage. 21h · Transport
Cars parked on the road in Swanage
Flight Lieutenant Douglas Rayment Son to fly Spitfire over Old Harry Rocks in memory of WW2 pilot father Eighty years after the death of a pilot during WW2 off the Purbeck coast, his son plans to fly a Spitfire over Old Harry Rocks. 2d · People
Pier volunteers Volunteers prepare Swanage pier for winter weather Volunteers are carrying out essential maintenance work on the Victorian pier at Swanage in preparation for winter weather. 3d · Environment & weather
People outside the Mowlem Second Planet Purbeck Festival in pipeline after success in 2021 Hailing its first festival as “a success way beyond our expectations”, the environment group Planet Purbeck says it’s already planning a festival for next year. 4d · Environment & weather
Sam Crowe Dorset hospitals see sharp increase in Covid patients as cases rise Public Health Dorset is warning that the vaccine is not a magic protective cloak as Covid cases and hospitalisations substantially rise in Dorset. 5d · Coronavirus
Ducks and geese at pond Wildfowl killed in apparent deliberate act in Purbeck Purbeck Police are appealing for witnesses after two geese and six ducks were run over by a vehicle at East Creech near Corfe Castle. 5d · Crime
Footpath markers on wooden stile Woman bitten on leg by dog on Swanage footpath Dorset Police are investigating after a large dog bit a woman puncturing her skin, as she was walking her two Jack Russell dogs. 2 weeks ago
Swanage in-shore lifeboat Swanage RNLI treat injured woman facing long wait for ambulance A woman in a lot of pain on a Studland beach was facing a long wait for an ambulance, so Swanage Coastguard called on the lifeboat crew to help. 3 weeks ago
Yacht stranded on Studland beach Boat stuck on Studland nudist beach Both Swanage Coastguard and Poole RNLI were called out to a 45 foot sailing yacht that ran aground on a Studland beach. 4 weeks ago
Coastguard helicopter rescues walker Injured woman rescued by helicopter from Purbeck coast path Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were called to help a walker who had fallen and sustained a serious leg injury. 4 weeks ago
Yacht towed back to Poole Harbour by lifeboat Swanage RNLI go to the rescue of yacht with a fire on board Discovering a fire below the deck, a yacht just off Old Harry Rocks near Swanage, broadcast a Mayday call requesting immediate assistance. 1 month ago
Cars along Swanage Seafront
Swanage on-street parking charges set to go up The cost of parking in Station Road and Shore Road is to increase, along with Dorset Council owned car parks in Wareham and Corfe Castle, if the plans get the ... 2 weeks ago
Darkie Lane in Swanage Swanage street name to be changed after complaint A street name that a family holidaying in Swanage found offensive is set to be altered after they contacted Dorset Council. 2 weeks ago
Latest on Swanage Ambulance Car In response to concerns from Swanage residents, a special committee is to be set up by Dorset Council to scrutinise proposals about the future of the ambulance car. 3 weeks ago
Langton matravers playground Fundraising hits target to refurbish play area in Langton Matravers Langton Matravers’ Parish Council has successfully raised £36,000 to re-equip the children’s playground, boosted by a £5,000 donation from a housing association. 3 weeks ago
Swanage Household recycling centre Earlier winter opening hours for Swanage tip to meet local demand Residents are being given the opportunity to tip up earlier to the Swanage recycling centre over winter, as new opening hours are introduced. 4 weeks 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. 2 months 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. 2 months ago
Flight Lieutenant Douglas Rayment Son to fly Spitfire over Old Harry Rocks in memory of WW2 pilot father Eighty years after the death of a pilot during WW2 off the Purbeck coast, his son plans to fly a Spitfire over Old Harry Rocks. 2 days ago
Naughty Knitters posing for calendar Naughty Knitters calendar raises more than a smile for Swanage charity A huge cheque for £11,000 was handed over to a local dementia charity by the Naughty Knitters of Swanage. 1 week ago
Coastguard 4x4 at top of Ballard Down overlooking Swanage Tributes paid to Swanage Coastguard volunteer who died suddenly Following the unexpected death of Swanage resident Mark Kilby, tributes have been paid to him by the local organisations that he was involved in. 4 weeks ago
Zoe Wells and Ricky Lucas Locals celebrate as pub owners save village shop in Langton Matravers An historic pub near Swanage is now doubling up as the village shop after the local post office closed. 1 month 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. 2 months ago
Sam Crowe
Dorset hospitals see sharp increase in Covid patients as cases rise Public Health Dorset is warning that the vaccine is not a magic protective cloak as Covid cases and hospitalisations substantially rise in Dorset. 5 days 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. 2 months 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. 3 months 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. 3 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. 3 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. 4 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. 5 months ago
Cars parked on the road in Swanage Parking permits for residents to be looked at by Dorset Council It’s been revealed that Dorset Council is considering introducing on-street parking permits for residents across the area including Swanage. 21 hours ago
Cars along Swanage Seafront Swanage on-street parking charges set to go up The cost of parking in Station Road and Shore Road is to increase, along with Dorset Council owned car parks in Wareham and Corfe Castle, if the plans get the ... 2 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. 3 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. 4 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. 4 months ago
Pier volunteers
Volunteers prepare Swanage pier for winter weather Volunteers are carrying out essential maintenance work on the Victorian pier at Swanage in preparation for winter weather. 3 days ago
People outside the Mowlem Second Planet Purbeck Festival in pipeline after success in 2021 Hailing its first festival as “a success way beyond our expectations”, the environment group Planet Purbeck says it’s already planning a festival for next year. 4 days ago
Baby red squirrels 'kittens' on Brownsea Island Surprise discovery of baby red squirrels in mild Purbeck autumn Rare baby red squirrels, normally born in spring, were an unexpected find in a nesting box on Brownsea Island, part of the recently designated Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve. 7 days ago
View towards Durlston Castle Durlston receives international award in record breaking year The international quality mark for parks and greenspaces - the Green Flag Award, has been awarded to Durlston Country Park, alongside five other Dorset Council countryside sites. 1 week ago
Tom Greasty Swanage anglers claim fishing rules could threaten livelihood Fishing and the wider economy of Swanage could be adversely affected by new marine conservation zones, anglers fear. 3 weeks ago
litter pickers in canoes Cleaning up Wareham rivers to prevent pollution in our sea Thirty volunteers turned out for a litter pick along the River Frome and Piddle to help stop plastic and other rubbish from heading down to Poole Harbour. 3 weeks ago
Swanage Household recycling centre Earlier winter opening hours for Swanage tip to meet local demand Residents are being given the opportunity to tip up earlier to the Swanage recycling centre over winter, as new opening hours are introduced. 4 weeks ago
The Steam and Lights train Swanage Railway’s Steam and Lights train trip is back for Christmas The surprise success that lit up the festive season during a period of gloom in 2020, is returning for 2021. 1 month 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 months 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. 2 months 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. 5 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. 6 months ago
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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 3 months 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. 3 months 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. 3 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. 3 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.
Purbeck Film Festival posters
Film festival returns to Purbeck for silver anniversary After a year away, the longest running rural film festival in the UK – the Purbeck Film Festival – is back! 6 days ago
Light show backstage at the Mowlem Local community gets to see Swanage’s theatre in a new light A multi-sensory backstage tour of The Mowlem in Swanage has been a surprise hit giving people a chance to peek behind the scenes. 3 weeks ago
Lawrence on the Brough just outside Kingston on the Kingston to Lychett Matravers Road New Lawrence of Arabia film made in Purbeck finally gets its premiere The release of the film Lawrence: After Arabia was delayed in 2020 but there will be special screenings this autumn across Dorset including Swanage. 3 weeks ago
Artwork on display Prizes awarded to support young artists across Purbeck The Isle of Purbeck Arts Club has awarded cash prizes to the latest winners of its annual children and young people’s art competition, made possible by a generous legacy. 4 weeks ago
Steve and Friends Blues party returns to Swanage after Covid intermission The much-loved Swanage Blues Festival shuffles into town this weekend with an eclectic mix of musicians and singers - the first since March 2020. 4 weeks ago
Sports presenters with Purbeck Coast banner on golf course Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM nominated for radio awards Local community radio station, Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM, has been shortlisted in the annual national Community Radio Awards. 4 weeks ago
Swanage Bandstand Swanage Town Band back at new bandstand for Chadwick fundraiser Bright sunshine greeted Swanage Town Band’s first performance at the bandstand since it was refurbished - WATCH VIDEO. 1 month ago
Exterior of Swanage Hospital Campaign success as Swanage Hospital walk-in access restored Hailed as a victory for common sense, Friends of Swanage Hospital say that patients will now be allowed to turn up at Swanage Hospital Minor Injuries Unit without an appointment. 1 week ago
Latest on Swanage Ambulance Car In response to concerns from Swanage residents, a special committee is to be set up by Dorset Council to scrutinise proposals about the future of the ambulance car. 3 weeks ago
Exterior of Swanage Hospital NHS boss confirms end of walk-in access to Swanage Hospital MIU NHS Dorset Healthcare Trust says the 111 first approach to access minor injuries units is working extremely well but Dorset councillors are to scrutinise the decision. 1 month ago
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. 1 month 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 ... 2 months ago
The exterior of The Swanage School
Secondary schools in Purbeck holding open evenings again Open evenings for prospective parents and children to look round secondary schools in Purbeck, including The Swanage School, are happening again this autumn. 1 month 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 ... 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 4 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. 6 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. 6 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. 8 months ago
Swanage Cricket club £50,000 grant secures bigger pavilion for Swanage cricket A £50,000 grant from the English Cricket Board means Swanage Cricket Club can continue at pace to extend the pavilion. 2 weeks ago
Swanage rowing boat Seafront road closure for Swanage Rowing Club event With 30 boats taking part in the Swanage Rowing Club SuperVets Championship, the south end of Shore Road in Swanage will be closed for the day. 2 weeks ago
Extreme E car Bovington to host ‘extreme’ electric motorsport race In a strange twist, Bovington in Dorset is one of the international destinations for a unique motor racing series to be televised by the BBC. 2 weeks ago
Sea rowing competition at Swanage Sea rowing’s competitive spirit returns to Swanage Leading the way, Swanage Sea Rowing Club hosted the Jurassic regatta and is now looking forward to the Super Vets event. 4 weeks ago
Justin Rose with Tom Bastow Rising Swanage golfer gets dream chance to meet his sporting hero Talented 17 year old golfer Tom Bastow from Swanage, walked in the footsteps of golfing legend Justin Rose - quite literally, when he was chosen to caddy in a group ... 1 month ago

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