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Swanage Fire Station work overnight to tackle Dorset wildfire The first major wildfire in Dorset during the recent spell of dry, warm weather took more than 60 firefighters to bring under control - WATCH VIDEO
Three men arrested after fight in Wareham pub A man in his 20s from Wareham in Dorset, was taken to hospital with facial injuries after an alleged assault in a pub in the centre of the town.
Top artistic talent goes on display across Purbeck A fortnight of open studios, exhibitions, concerts and workshops has kicked off as part of Purbeck Art Weeks Festival 2023.
Corfe Castle May Fair returns after three year absence Perfect weather and a stunning setting combined to make the first Corfe Castle May Fair since 2019 a spectacular success.
Police say ‘music has been turned off’ at illegal rave near Corfe Castle Around 1,500 people, along with an estimated 500 vehicles, attended an illegal rave in Purbeck over the bank holiday weekend.
Sun finally comes out for Swanage’s Big Help Out King Charles’s Coronation event The Big Help Out had to be postponed in Swanage due to wind and rain but eventually took place with the sun shining in all its ...
Second recent crash at Swanage church accident hotspot A grey van ran off Church Hill in Swanage and crashed through temporary barriers that had been put in place following a collision at the same spot a few months ...
Swanage swimming star’s medal wins at regional finals Having achieved remarkable success at Dorset county level, 11 year old Daisy from Swanage has gone on to scoop a silver and three bronze medals at the Swim England South ...
School in Swanage is first in Purbeck to get top sport award A primary school in Swanage is one of only a handful in Dorset and the first in Purbeck to be awarded the Platinum School Games Mark.
Dorset chief constable pledges to fill gaps in Swanage policing team An increase in the number of new officers for Dorset Police means Swanage looks set to fill the vacancies in its neighbourhood policing team.
‘Rural romp’ to be performed in Studland Offering a combination of agricultural antics, farmyard frolics and pizza to draw in the crowds, a two man comedy show has been booked to perform in Studland in Dorset.
BBC Springwatch TV programme to broadcast live from Purbeck The wildlife-rich habitats across Purbeck, including at Durlston, are to star in the latest BBC Springwatch series, presented by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan from RSPB Arne.
In pictures: Coronation events across Purbeck Lots of people across Purbeck got out their picnic rugs and dressed up in red, white and blue to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.
Dad and two children escape intense fire on powerboat at Arne Despite suffering from shock and cold, two boys and their father managed to make it ashore at Arne after abandoning their boat that had caught alight in Poole Harbour in ...
Coronation teaspoons given to Swanage children as memento All children attending Swanage primary schools have received a silver plated teaspoon from Swanage Town Council to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III.
What’s happening in Swanage for King Charles’s Coronation The flags and the red, white and blue decorations are on display in Swanage’s town centre, ready to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.
Police still hunting for owners of dog that bit boy at Swanage pub A seven year old is lucky to be recovering after a dog reportedly bit the boy’s head in a Swanage beer garden.
Swanage Railway brews up popular diesel and beer festival With a growing appreciation of heritage diesel locomotives from the 1960s and the perpetual appeal of beer, Swanage Railway is serving up its annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival ...
Medal wins for 86 year old Swanage runner at world championships A Swanage woman in her 80s has just returned from the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Poland after winning a gold and two silver medals.
Child injured in dog attack at Swanage pub Police officers and the air ambulance were all called to help after a child was injured in an incident involving a dog in a pub garden in Swanage.
Bank holiday rescue for Swanage RNLI as kayaker injured A capsized kayaker was rescued by Swanage RNLI after getting into difficulties near Dancing Ledge along the Purbeck Coast in Dorset.
Swanage minor injuries unit to close on bank holiday due to strike As a result of industrial action in England by the Royal College of Nursing, Swanage Hospital’s minor injuries unit is to temporarily close.
Quiet night in for Corfe Castle as main road closed for repair The main road in and out of Corfe Castle in Dorset is to be closed overnight to repair potholes and improve the road surface.
Swanage Railway saves disposable barbecue charcoal from landfill A supermarket that stopped selling single use barbecues has recycled its old stock and given six tonnes of charcoal briquettes to Swanage Railway.
Swanage RNLI launches three times in four days to help boats in distress A cabin cruiser on fire and two broken down vessels required the urgent assistance of the Swanage all-weather lifeboat over the space of four days.
Bumper turnout for Swanage’s carnival classic car show Swanage’s classic car show was back for 2023 and this time it’s become an official Swanage Carnival event as a curtain raiser to its main week of summer festivities.
Star Wars filming called off as Purbeck caves in danger of collapse Disney bosses have cancelled a film shoot for the latest Star Wars series of Andor at Winspit Quarry near Worth Matravers in Dorset, on safety grounds
Fire crew tackle skip blaze in Swanage Residents in Swanage were woken late at night after a fire crew arrived to put out a blaze that had broken out in a skip full of rubbish, close to ...
Swanage open space gets local nature reserve status Peveril Point and the Downs in Swanage has been officially designated as a local nature reserve giving it extra protection and enhancement.
Church in Wareham burgled and silverware stolen Silver candlesticks, plates and chalices have been taken from the historic Lady St Mary Church in Wareham in a night time burglary.
Star Wars returns to Purbeck: The sequel! The Star Wars: Andor TV series have set up camp again near Swanage in Dorset, ahead of filming for the second season of the popular TV programme.
Business blossoms for Corfe Castle venture From a workshop in Corfe Castle, Dorset Dried Flowers is branching out, boosted by scooping the award for best eco business at the Purbeck Business Awards 2023.
Attempted arson attack on train carriage at Swanage Railway Causing upset to workers and volunteers at Swanage Railway, vandals have smashed windows and attempted to set light to a train carriage.
New campaign to dispose of single use barbecues in Dorset forever While Swanage’s Co-op has restocked disposable barbecues for the summer, Southern Co-op, a separate retailer in Dorset has banned them for good and is recycling its old stock.
Chance to help spring clean Purbeck’s beaches In a concerted effort to clear up the local beaches including Swanage and Studland, the 33rd Great Dorset Beach Clean is taking place.
Swanage and Wareham dementia charities expand across Purbeck Now offering support across Purbeck, two dementia friendly organisations have joined together to benefit the whole local area,
‘Truly shocking’ plastic pollution washed ashore at Kimmeridge Bay An increasingly large amount of plastic pellets known as nurdles are posing a real threat to marine wildlife at Kimmeridge in Dorset.
Helicopter rescues teenagers swept out to sea at Durdle Door Hearing screams from a group of teenage girls clinging to rocks in the sea at Durdle Door in Dorset, mulitple calls were made to 999.
Swanage Railway’s trial service to Wareham gets up and running The campaign to fully reinstate the rail service between Swanage and Wareham has taken a major leap forward.
Swanage group Allsort’d to stage first musical production Already well known locally for its singing performances, Allsort’d is all set to achieve the dream of putting on a musical at The Mowlem in Swanage.
Family of missing Wareham man informed after body found in river Dorset Police say that a body has been discovered in the river in Wareham and while not formally identified yet, the family of a man who’s been missing for several ...
First changing places toilet opens in Swanage The installation of a toilet for those who need extra equipment and space has been completed at North Beach car park in Swanage.
A day’s parking to cost £20.60 along Swanage seafront The price of on-street parking along Shore Road in Swanage is to increase by an inflation-busting 72 percent, making it one of the most expensive places to park a car ...
Poole Harbour oil leak: Europe’s largest onshore oilfield ‘temporarily suspended’ Perenco UK says that it has temporarily shut down operations at Wytch Farm oil well near Corfe Castle after the oil spill into Poole Harbour.
Plans to revitalise Swanage day centre and children’s centre Swanage day centre and the children’s centre in Chapel Lane off the High Street, are to become a health and wellbeing hub for all ages.
Major incident as Purbeck oil leaks into Poole Harbour near Arne The clean up operation is underway after a spillage from Wytch Farm oil well near Corfe Castle, leaked from a pipeline into Poole Harbour.
Second home tax in Dorset delayed Dorset Council was set to charge owners of second homes double council tax from April 2024 but its plans have been thwarted by the slow progress of government legislation through ...
Better breathing clinics expand in Purbeck to meet ‘desperate need’ A new clinic to help those with breathlessness has been launched at Wareham Hospital by a hospice charity, following the success of its clinic at Swanage Hospital.
Sandbanks Ferry toll to increase for vehicles The cost of a trip on the Sandbanks Ferry is to go up for all passenger and goods vehicles although the toll won’t increase for those on foot, bike or ...
Long weekend of steam at Swanage Railway for spring gala Five steam locomotives will be in action for Swanage Railway’s Spring Steam Gala including Britannia, which hauled King George VI's funeral train in 1952.
BBC Antiques Roadshow to come to Swanage Swanage Pier and Prince Albert Gardens are to host the popular BBC TV programme Antiques Roadshow presented by Fiona Bruce.
Swanage RNLI rescue motor cruiser with engine failure On Mothering Sunday, the volunteers from Swanage Lifeboat Station went to help the crew of a motor cruiser that had broken down 30 miles offshore in the shipping lane.
Swanage woman charged with attempted robbery at toy shop A woman has appeared in court charged with possessing a knife and attempted robbery at a toy store in Swanage.
Swanage council scraps gender neutral title in documents Councillors have voted to stop using the title ‘chair’ for anyone chairing a Swanage Town Council meeting and will use ‘chairman' instead, irrespective of gender.
Rugby club in Wareham gives community group new lease of life A Purbeck support group for people living with dementia and their carers has been given a new home - by a rugby club.
Swanage Railway confirms trial train service to Wareham and cost of fare Following long delays and false starts,, a trial rail service is to run between Swanage and the mainline at Wareham from April to September 2023.
Special offers in Purbeck for National Lottery Open Week Visitor attractions across Purbeck that have benefited from National Lottery funding are offering free entry, discounts and special offers.
Plea to change Swanage High Street parking hours A proposal to extend the time that vehicles can park along a stretch of the High Street in Swanage is being given serious consideration by Swanage Town Council
Swanage Jazz Festival offers ticket discount to local residents Building on last year's success, Swanage Jazz Festival 2023 will be returning to its traditional home of Sandpit Field and offering a discount to Swanage residents.
RNLI on lookout for new beach lifesavers in Swanage Recruitment has begun for the RNLI lifeguard team in preparation for keeping beachgoers safe on Swanage Beach over summer 2023.
Dorset arts charity brings symphony orchestra to Swanage The Mowlem on Swanage’s seafront is to host an appropriately nautical performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Second home owners ‘unhappy’ over Dorset Council’s tax plan As Dorset Council took another step towards introducing a second home tax, councillors said they had been inundated with emails and letters from many second home owners.
New helipad for Dorset County Hospital As part of the redevelopment of the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, it's to get a new air ambulance landing pad, helped by a £2 million donation.
Sandbanks Ferry returns to service after major delay Following 17 weeks out of action, the ferry that operates between Studland and Sandbanks in Dorset has resumed service.
Purbeck Business Awards 2023 winners announced Winning certificates have been presented to 12 local companies at the inaugural Purbeck Business Awards at a ceremony at Kingston Country Courtyard near Corfe Castle.
No date for return of Sandbanks Ferry service yet The Sandbanks Ferry company says it is still awaiting a final inspection and certification before it can resume operation between Studland and Sandbanks.
Swanage gets share of grant for changing places toilet A toilet for those who need extra equipment and space to use the facilities safely and comfortably is to be installed at North Beach car park.
New film released about Swanage’s sea swimmers The women who swim in Swanage Bay, star in a new film which follows them as they prepare to plunge into the world of theatre performance - WATCH THE FILM
Purbeck Breezer bus fare cap extended till summer Dorset bus company Morebus has confirmed that the £2 cap on the cost of a single bus fare will continue until the end of June 2023.
What’s on in Swanage: Festival line-up for 2023 Dates for the big events in Swanage for 2023 have been released with plenty of festivals taking place throughout the whole of the year.
Injured climber airlifted from base of cliff near Swanage A man whose shoulder became dislocated while attempting to tackle a challenging cliff climb had to be rescued from a rock ledge west of Anvil Point - WATCH VIDEO.
Free party packs for Swanage coronation street parties To help the party go with a swing and to boost community spirit across the town, free party packs are to be handed out to Swanage residents.
Swanage RNLI volunteer retires after 30 years Having attended 300 incidents and clocked up more than 1,000 hours at sea on rescues, Swanage Lifeboat volunteer Colin Marks is handing back his pager for a final time.
Locals snap up Swanage Railway’s open day offer With greatly reduced ticket prices for Purbeck residents, there was a queue outside Swanage station on the first morning of the heritage railway’s public engagement weekend.
Swanage Carnival announces plans and theme for 2023 The programme of events for this year’s carnival is taking shape and the theme for the traditional parade through the town has been revealed.
Ukrainian President and UK Prime Minister fly into Lulworth Lulworth in Dorset got a surprise visit from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as he ended his day trip to the UK.
Wareham ‘cannabis factory’ photos released by Dorset Police New images have been published showing the extent of the large-scale cultivation of what’s believed to be cannabis, in a factory in Wareham.
Sandbanks Ferry returns to Dorset with new Cornish paint job Damaged Sandbanks Ferry has arrived back in Poole Harbour for repairs to be completed, after undergoing scheduled maintenance in Falmouth in Cornwall.
Striking ambulance crews thank Swanage for ‘fantastic’ support A picket line at Swanage ambulance station was joined by local residents in support of the crews who are on strike in protest against low pay and poor working conditions.
Damaged Sandbanks Ferry returns to Poole to complete repairs Sandbanks Ferry, that was damaged on its way to Cornwall for scheduled maintenance, is to return to Poole Harbour for the repair work to be completed
Suspected cannabis factory in Wareham raided by police Five people have been arrested following the discovery of a large-scale operation on the Westminster Road industrial estate.
Video footage released of missing Wareham man in new search effort Dorset Police, continuing their enquiries to find a missing man in his 50s from Wareham, have now released new CCTV footage - WATCH.
Swanage school girl swims to success as Dorset champion Daisy, aged 11 from Swanage, has won a remarkable three gold medals at the Dorset county swimming championships.
Swanage Railway offers discount train tickets to local residents It’s only for one weekend but Swanage Railway is inviting members of the local community to peek behind the scenes at the heritage branch line.
Chance to come and sing in Swanage with top musicians New dates have been announced for the opportunity to tune up the vocal cords and get expert tuition from distinguished church musicians at St Mary’s Church.
Swanage woman jailed for stealing cash from Dorset Police A former Dorset Police staff member from Swanage, has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to the theft of almost £15,000.
New mystery object on Swanage Beach sparks intrigue The sight of a newly installed concrete block with a pole and a camera-like device along Swanage’s seafront has left passers-by mystified.
Swanage Railway volunteer signals his retirement after 31 years The man who set up Swanage Railway’s first signalling school – and helped ensure the safe operation of its trains as a signaller and signal box inspector - has retired ...
Dog plunges 28 metres from top of Studland’s Old Harry Rocks Swanage inshore lifeboat and the local coastguard team were called out to Old Harry Rocks to rescue a dog, a spaniel called Penny.
Back on board: New Swanage Lifeboat role for Dave Corben Well known Swanage resident and local estate agent Dave Corben, who briefly retired as a Swanage RNLI volunteer after 50 years of service, is now returning to the helm.
Cyclist airlifted to hospital after collision with van near Wareham A man in his 30s has received serious injuries after a collision with a van on Bere Road near Wareham.
Swanage and Purbeck Rotary raises a festive £22,000 for charity Bouncing back after the disruption of past years, Swanage and Purbeck Rotary team served up a full festive feast of Christmas events and services.
Swanage car parking fees to go up for spring and summer The cost of parking in a Swanage Town Council long stay car park is to rise for the first time in about 12 years.
Swanage Hospital minor injuries unit to close due to nurses’ strike The health trust which runs Swanage Hospital has decided to close the minor injuries unit during the two days of industrial action by the Royal College of Nursing on Wednesday ...
Swanage man jailed for controlling and coercive behaviour A 25 year old man from Swanage has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after a court heard how he made death threats towards a former ...
Store wars as Co-op objects to new Lidl at Wareham The Co-op has told Dorset Council planners that, “There is no need for an additional foodstore in Purbeck”.
Purbeck ambulance staff go on strike over conditions and pay Ambulance staff from Purbeck say there's a constant shortage of staff, hours spent waiting at hospitals and dying people can be left without the care they need.
Swanage’s panto is back at The Mowlem – oh yes it is! Robbing the rich to give to the poor is the topical theme of this year’s Swanage panto Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.
Rosy outlook for bold new Swanage venture A stylish new shop in Swanage has already received a warm welcome from customers and fellow business owners.
Plans to celebrate the King’s Coronation take shape in Swanage A black tie Mayor's Coronation Ball is one of the events being organised in Swanage to mark the King's Coronation.
Car fire ‘started deliberately’ in Swanage after earlier collision A man has been arrested after a car was spotted on fire at the back of houses in a usually quiet residential area in Swanage - WATCH VIDEO
Increase in Dorset council tax bill proposed for 2023/24 Dorset Council has set out its initial proposals to raise the cost of council tax for residents from April 2023.
The Mowlem getting its act together for 2023 After a number of false starts, there’s a new drive to breathe a fresh lease of life into Swanage’s much loved but architecturally controversial theatre.
Swanage car parking frozen at £1 a day for winter To help boost business, the cost of parking a vehicle in two town centre car parks in Swanage is to remain at £1 a day until Friday 31st March 2023.
Swanage Railway holds first steam and diesel special event of the year A nostalgic mix of steam and diesel trains will be in action over Swanage Railway’s Winter Warm Up weekend.
Injured walker airlifted from Peveril Point to hospital The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was called to rescue a walker who had fallen on the Swanage section of the South West Coast Path.
Huge turnout for Swanage’s Boxing Day charity swim The Boxing Day swim at Swanage Beach was officially back for 2022 and an impressive number of people turned up - VIDEOS AND PHOTOS
Jubilee trees planted across Purbeck for the Queen Swanage, Studland and Corfe Castle have marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting commemorative trees.
Best Christmas lights in Swanage: the winners revealed! A competition to find the best festive lights displayed by a business or local resident in Swanage has yet again proved to be a tricky task.
New village hall for Swanage gets planning approval The 1940s village hall in Herston in West Swanage is set to be demolished and replaced with an energy efficient community building.
Santa goes down a storm on Swanage Pier Due to popular demand Santa’s grotto on Swanage Pier looks set to return next Christmas along with a visit from the donkeys.
Purbeck Breezer bus fare to be capped at £2 Dorset bus company Morebus has confirmed that a £2 cap on the price of a single bus fare for winter will be introduced.
Swanage pub closes due to ‘financial difficulties’ as bills soar The Anchor Inn in Swanage has shut its doors indefinitely due to the financial impact of Covid and rising energy costs.
Last chance to enter Purbeck Business Awards The deadline for entries and nominations for the first ever Purbeck Business Awards is looming and people are being urged to complete their entries in time.
First Christmas in Swanage for newly appointed rector Preparations are well underway to welcome everyone back into church for the Swanage Town Carol Service at St Mary’s following two years of restricted numbers due to Covid.
New video campaign to boost Christmas shopping in Swanage With the Sandbanks Ferry out of service and not bringing its usual daytrippers into Swanage in the run up to Christmas, the town’s Chamber of Trade has been out filming ...
Horse paddock in Swanage tipped for new affordable housing It’s a longshot but a field currently used for horses may become the location for Swanage’s first community-led social housing project.
Grammar school weathervane restored and saved for Swanage! After many years of fighting to save a little bit of local history, the old Swanage Grammar School’s copper weathervane has been restored and handed over to Swanage Town Council ...
Community welcomed back to Langton Matravers school nativity For the first time in six years St George’s CoE Primary School in Langton Matravers is holding a second evening performance of its nativity for local residents.
Purbeck wakes up to snow, ice and fog as temperature drops Black ice on roads and pavements in Swanage and across Purbeck caused a number of incidents - SEE PHOTOS
Sandbanks Ferry return to service update following damage The Sandbanks ferry will be out of service for a few more months as it’s waiting on new parts from Poland.
Purbeck dinosaurs and tanks receive mammoth cash boost Two museums in Purbeck have been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to improve their displays and protect collections.
Plans to convert Swanage care home into flats An application has been made to change Wordsworth Care Home in Swanage into 16 apartments, following its closure after the death of 16 residents from Covid.
Semi-conscious sailor rescued by Swanage Lifeboat crew Both Swanage lifeboats launched into near-gale conditions to rescue a person who was seriously ill on a yacht off Anvil Point near Swanage.
Group of teenagers assault and seriously injure man in Swanage Purbeck Police are appealing for information after a man received injuries to his face when he was attacked by a group of teenagers outside Jewson builders merchants in Swanage.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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 ...
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.
Swanage remembers all those who died in war Remembrance Sunday events took place in Swanage although many attending, including the local MP, were delayed by travel chaos - WATCH PARADE AND CEREMONY
Swanage marks Armistice Day with two minute silence A service took place at the Swanage War Memorial to mark the anniversary of end of World War One and another commemoration will happen in Swanage on Remembrance Sunday - ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2022 There's plenty to do in the run up to Christmas in Swanage and the surrounding villages for 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purbeck to face weeks of transport disruption despite protests Studland Parish Council says it’s ‘appalled’ that a main road into the village is to be closed at the same time as the Sandbanks Ferry is out of action for ...
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.
New 30 mph limit for approach road to Swanage The current 40 mph speed limit on the A351 road coming into Swanage from Harmans Cross is to be lowered to 30mph by Dorset Council.
Cause of Sandbanks wing walker plane crash revealed by report The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has published its report into why, during Bournemouth Air Festival in 2021, an aerobatic wing walker plane lost power and dramatically ditched in Poole Harbour.
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.
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.
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
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.
New plans proposed to redevelop Studland hotel The owners of the Knoll House Hotel in Studland are poised to put in a new planning application to totally rebuild the site, after a previous application was turned down.
Short films starring Purbeck released after festival premiere First shown at The Mowlem in Swanage during the recent Planet Purbeck Festival, three short films featuring among other things, seahorses, cows and beavers, have been released online.
Climbing rope hanging over Anvil Point cliff sparks full scale search A concerned member of the public alerted the emergency services when a climbing rope was discovered on a cliff near Swanage but there was no sign of a climber.
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.
Base jumper breaks both legs near Durdle Door and calls 999 himself A man who parachuted off the top of Swyre Head near Durdle Door in Dorset, received serious injuries to his legs when he hit the cliff part way down.
Swanage Carnival raises record breaking amount for good causes Swanage Carnival has revealed it raised more money than ever before, despite increased costs and two successive years of cancellations.
Studland faces ‘double whammy’ with ferry and main road closure Studland Parish Council is calling for a rethink on the decision to close a main road into the village for roadworks at the same time as the Sandbanks Ferry shuts ...
Swanage Fire crews tackle chimney fire as weather gets colder A chimney caught alight at a cottage in Rempstone near Corfe Castle and was extinguished by crews from Swanage Fire Station.
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.
Entries open for new Purbeck business awards A new awards scheme has been launched, not as an excuse for a party but to recognise the quality and range of businesses across Purbeck, according to its organiser.
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.
Pick up energy saving tips by visiting Purbeck’s eco homes Residents in Swanage and across Purbeck are inviting others to come and see the measures they’ve taken to make their homes greener and more energy efficient.
Swanage’s seafront road to stay closed to traffic this winter The south end of Shore Road in Swanage, which is closed during the summer from The Mowlem to the junction with Victoria Avenue, is not to reopen to vehicles during ...
Durlston Country Park to bring in new way to pay for parking An automatic number plate recognition system to pay for parking is to be introduced at Durlston Country Park in Swanage.
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.
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.
Swanage’s care home residents get to offer their condolences The Swanage Town Mayor accompanied by her deputy, took the town’s book of condolence for the Queen to Swanage’s care homes.
Climber dies after fall near Dancing Ledge Swanage lifeboats, along with three coastguard cliff rescue teams, a coastguard helicopter and air ambulance all dashed to rescue a man in his 60s.
Last bank branch in Swanage closes its doors for final time Lloyds Bank has closed its branch in Swanage, ending its 126 year history in the town.
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 ...
Swanage turns out to hear the royal proclamation The news of the accession of King Charles III to the throne was announced by the Swanage Town Mayor in a time-honoured tradition - WATCH VIDEO.
Swanage pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II A book of condolences has been opened at Swanage Library and people are being invited to lay flowers at the bandstand following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Death of Queen Elizabeth II: Swanage pays its respects Across Swanage, flags were lowered as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen, the UK's longest-serving monarch.
Huge queue for Swanage Town Council toilet meeting More than a hundred local residents turned out for a meeting about the toilets at Burlington Chine in Swanage, prompted by inaccurate information on social media.
Paddle steamer delayed in Swanage after man taken ill On its first visit back to Swanage in four years, The Waverley paddle steamer was held up, when a 71 year old man became unwell on board.
Local musical talent on show at ‘feelgood’ Swanage concert Despite predictions of rain, the sun shone on the Music by the Sea concert in Swanage in memory of Will and Henry, two local lads who died tragically young.
New day hospice service to start in Purbeck Lewis Manning Hospice Care is beginning a new day hospice service for people in Swanage and across Purbeck with life-limiting illnesses.
No criminal charges to be brought after Dancing Ledge death Following the death of a man in 2019 during a coasteering trip near Swanage, Dorset Police say they will not be bringing criminal charges.
Flying Scotsman locomotive to make return trip to Swanage The most famous and iconic steam locomotive in the world is to return to Swanage Railway for a visit this autumn.
Multiple trackside fires break out along Swanage Railway line Swanage Fire Station was called out to three separate fires all on the same day, next to the Swanage Railway track.
Swanage emergency services to feature on BBC TV The exceptional teamwork of Swanage RNLI, coastguard and air ambulance is to be highlighted on the BBC.
Swanage teacher, lifeboat volunteer and unsung hero finally honoured In an emotional ceremony in Swanage, a statue of Trevor Chadwick, who rescued 669 children from Prague in early 1939 from German occupation, was unveiled.
Dramatic Purbeck viewpoint gets pop up art installation The ancient landscape at Swyre’s Head near Kingston in Dorset is temporarily getting a modern addition called The Wind Hive.
Swanage and Harmans Cross fete committees join forces In the spirit of cooperation, Swanage and Purbeck Rotary and the Harmans Cross village hall committee have been helping each other out, to make their separate summer fairs a success.
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.
Putting Purbeck’s ‘forgotten’ railway station on the map The smallest station on the Swanage Railway line, Herston Halt has been given a major sprucing up, helped by the Royal Corps of Signals.
Swanage WW2 bomb survivors return 80 years to the day Two brothers, now in their 80s, led a ceremony in Swanage to remember the civilians who died in the town during a series of bombing raids. - WATCH VIDEO.
Moving date for Swanage Post Office announced Swanage Post Office branch is relocating from Kings Road and views are being sought to help improve access and services when it moves to Institute Road.
Swanage RNLI to get new lifeboat in 2023 The news that Swanage RNLI is to receive a brand new inshore lifeboat, comes at the end of its successful lifeboat week.
Summer exhibition of art opens in Swanage to help ‘boost morale’ The Isle of Purbeck Arts Club summer exhibition is back with artwork and poetry plus a chance to find out more about the club.
Swanage RNLI search for missing kids during lifeboat week After a mother reported that her children hadn’t returned from swimming in Swanage Bay, the inshore lifeboat was launched to help look for them.
Studland fire: Cars towed after driving over water hose to park Three cars were lifted and towed away and around 60 fines issued by Purbeck Police to vehicles hampering the work of the fire service following the Studland fire in Dorset.
Campfire and barbecue found at scene of Studland Heath fire Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says it believes the cause of the Studland Heath fire in Dorset was a campfire and barbecue - WATCH AERIAL FOOTAGE OF FIRE.
Fire crews stay overnight damping down hotspots after Studland fire In what Swanage Fire Station called “quite a day”, around 90 firefighters from across Dorset brought a huge fire under control - WATCH VIDEO.
Studland cut off as fire breaks out across tinder dry heath Access to the Studland peninsula is closed as around 90 firefighters from across Dorset tackle a large heath fire that is on either side of Ferry Road.
Four fold increase in fires triggers a red alert for Dorset Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a red fire severity alert across its region after a dramatic increase in the number of fires in the open.
Swanage Lifeboat Week launches for 2022 with brand new ducks! After an absence of two years, the major week-long fundraising event for Swanage RNLI is back, along with the ever popular duck race.
Complete closure of Dorset mainline train service due to strike action The whole rail network across Dorset, including trains to and from Wareham and Weymouth, will cease to operate for two days during the peak tourist season.
Dorset campaign boosted as some Co-op stores stop sale of barbecues Litter Free Dorset says it’s ‘redoubling’ its efforts to get disposable barbecues removed from shops as Southern Co-op said it was stopping sales.
What a week – Swanage Carnival 2022 ends with a bang! With hot weather and top events, Swanage Carnival was a scorcher of a week with crowds flocking into the town - SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS.
Swanage Railway suspends steam loco service after track side fire Following a large fire at Corfe Castle, a diesel train service will replace the steam locos on Swanage Railway "until further notice" - WATCH VIDEO.
Wartime bomb exploded by disposal team on Studland Beach A beach at Studland had to be closed so an old wartime shell could be detonated in a controlled explosion - WATCH VIDEO OF EXPLOSION.
Swanage Carnival photo competition winners revealed The winners of the Swanage Carnival photomarathon have been announced and medals awarded for producing the best photos in just 48 hours.
Swanage painters are back with a splash With plenty of new artwork, Swanage Painting Club’s summer exhibition has opened - the first time in two years.
Woman receives eye injury from thrown keys in Wareham A man has been arrested after a set of car keys were thrown at a woman through an open car window outside a Wareham supermarket.
Local community warned about second hand car scam in Dorset Police are urging anyone selling a second hand car to be on the lookout for two men who've visited homes in Dorset and tried to scam sellers out of thousands ...
Huge Swanage party as carnival parade arrives in town Crowds flocked to Swanage’s seafront to view the carnival procession, back after a two year wait due to the pandemic.
Swanage Carnival kicks off for 2022 after two year break Following an unprecedented two successive years of cancellations due to Covid restrictions, Swanage Carnival is finally back, bringing fun and good humoured mayhem to the town.
Campsites across Dorset urged to think twice before lighting fires Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking campsite managers, particularly in rural areas like Purbeck, to consider preventing the use of barbecues.
Indecent exposure incident on Sandbanks Ferry Officers investigating a report of indecent exposure on the Sandbanks Ferry in Dorset have released a photo of a man they would like to speak to.
Lloyds Bank cashpoint in Swanage to go when branch closes Along with the closure of the Lloyds Bank branch in Swanage, the cashpoint machine service is also to be removed.
Near miss for Studland paddle boarders blown into path of ferry Dorset Police marine officers, out on patrol in Poole Harbour, had to be urgently diverted to help four paddle boarders that were heading into the shipping lane.
Dorset Police update on assault outside Swanage bar A witness to an assault outside the East Bar in Swanage, in which one man received a serious head injury, is being sought by Dorset Police.
Man arrested by police investigating Swanage burglary Dorset Police say that following an alleged burglary in Swanage, a man has been arrested.
Durlston bus is back for summer school holidays ‘Use it or lose it’ is the message, as the Durlston Explorer bus service returns for just six weeks - a much shorter time than previous summers due to rising ...
What’s on in Swanage for summer 2022 With schools out for summer, there’s a full programme of events happening in Swanage and across Purbeck.
It’s no joke – Mr Punch signs three year deal with Swanage Town Council The traditional Punch and Judy puppet show is back on Swanage Beach and the mayor dropped by to deliver some good news.
Have your say on boats mooring in Studland seahorse habitat Views are being sought on how best boats can continue to visit Studland Bay without affecting the seagrass habitat of the local seahorse population
Wareham Fire crew tackle vehicle fires as heat rises With the hot weather continuing, a car at Durdle Door near Lulworth caught on fire, shortly followed by a lorry carrying hay near Dorchester.
Woman breaks ankle slipping on rocks at Kimmeridge Swanage RNLI was called in to rescue an injured woman from the beach at Kimmeridge, as the terrain was too difficult to stretcher her to the ambulance.
Football crazy badgers give Swanage Town Council £30,000 bill Badgers tunnelling under the entrance to Swanage’s football club are causing the road to collapse, leaving Swanage Town Council with a large repair bill.
Friends of Swanage Hospital ‘appalled’ at weekend closure of minor injuries unit The friends group that supports and fundraises for Swanage Hospital says it’s “concerned and disappointed” that the MIU has been closed over the weekend.
Swanage Hospital’s minor injuries unit to close over hot weekend Despite an expected surge in visitor numbers heading to Purbeck’s beaches, Swanage Hospital minor injuries unit is to temporarily close.
Jury deliver verdict on death of Swanage teenager Gaia Pope At an inquest at Bournemouth Town Hall, a jury concluded that Gaia Pope's mental health and mental state probably caused or contributed to her death.
Hospice services in Swanage to be funded by new charity shop A new era of bringing care into the homes of those with life-limiting illnesses in Swanage and across Purbeck, is being piloted by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.
Action to make Swanage Beach easier to access New matting to make it less challenging for wheelchairs and pushchairs to get across Swanage's soft sand, has been installed.
Man with ‘Enzo’ tattoo sought by police after Swanage burglary As part of an investigation into a burglary in Swanage, Dorset Police have issued photos of a man they wish to speak to.
Climber recovering after 15 metre fall near Worth Matravers Emergency services were called to rescue a man who had fallen as he attempted to climb along the rock face at Winspit Quarry near Worth Matravers.
Dorset on ‘full standby’ as crowds head to the beach during heatwave With the temperature set to soar, Dorset Council says it’s prepared for the expected visitors and has put in measures to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe trip to the ...
New charity shop to open in Swanage Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is opening a new shop in the centre of Swanage to fund its work helping those with life-limiting illnesses.
Music fans expected to fill town for Swanage Jazz Festival The popular appeal of jazz by the sea means there’s just a few tickets left for the 31st Swanage Jazz Festival.
Acclaimed author headlines Dorset energy debate on achieving net zero An impressive array of experts have been invited by eco groups Planet Purbeck and DorsetCAN to lead a public debate on the energy crisis.
Swanage Carnival announces new events for 2022 After a difficult few years of cancellations, Swanage Carnival is back with a jam packed programme.
New royal work of art unveiled in Swanage for Platinum Jubilee To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a new mural created by local school children, has been officially unveiled by the Swanage Town Mayor - WATCH THE UNVEILING.
‘Don’t feed the locals’ say Dorset campaign group With greedy gulls becoming increasingly aggressive, especially in seaside towns like Swanage, the Litter Free Dorset team is reminding visitors and the local community not to feed the seagulls.
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 ...
‘Devastating’ Stoborough heath fire caused by barbecue A fire started by a portable barbecue has ‘decimated’ a hectare of RSPB-owned heathland at Stoborough near Wareham, killing rare wildlife.
Heath fire at Stoborough closes main Purbeck road Fire crews from across Dorset and Hampshire, including teams from Wareham and Swanage were called in to tackle a large heath fire - WATCH VIDEO.
Swanage Lifeboat crew launch to another unconscious diver For the second weekend in a row, the Swanage Lifeboat crew and coastguard rescue helicopter had to be scrambled to help a diver in trouble.
Budget supermarket proposed for Sandford The supermarket chain Lidl is holding a public consultation to gauge local support for a plan to build a new store at Sandford near Wareham.
Swanage Fire crew tackles fires in Harmans Cross and Langton Amid an Amber wildfire alert due to the dry weather, Swanage Fire Station has been called out to two fires over separate days.
Girl hospitalised following car collision in Wool Dorset Police are looking for the driver of a black Peugeot, after a car failed to stop in Wool following a collision with a pedestrian - a 10 year old ...
Swanage sea show goes swimmingly well Bathed in sunshine, an extraordinary performance of words, dance and swimming took place in Swanage on midsummer’s evening - WATCH VIDEO.
CCTV image released following theft of e-bikes in Swanage Purbeck Police are appealing for anyone who has any information about the identity of a man, pictured on security camera footage in Swanage, to contact them after the theft of ...
Swanage RNLI and rescue helicopter go to aid of unconscious diver In the first of three rescues in a day, the Swanage Lifeboat crew was called to help a diver pulled unconscious from the water at the location of the Kyarra ...
Wild swimming just got wilder with unique Swanage show An extraordinary double bill of theatre about swimming in the sea is to take place on midsummer’s evening in Swanage.
Swanage to get free air show as Red Arrows fly across bay Ahead of the Isle of Wight festival, Swanage will be treated to a military fly-past by the Red Arrows who will be crossing the bay before heading to the pop ...
Swanage Railway’s vintage steam rally is back and it’s bigger Following the success of Swanage Railway’s first Roads to Rail steam event last year, it’s returning for 2022 with more steam traction engines and the chance to dress up in ...
Missing 23 year old Swanage woman found Dorset Police officers searching for missing Swanage woman Grace Kent say she has been found safe and well.
Action to safeguard Swanage’s footpaths urged by report A report detailing all of Swanage’s 34 miles of public paths and bridleways has made far reaching recommendations to maintain and enhance the network.
Police seek witness to Bovington stabbing An image from CCTV has been released by Dorset Police in the hope of identifying a man who they believe witnessed a knife attack in Bovington in Purbeck.
Local men arrested after serious assault outside Swanage bar Four arrests have been made following a disturbance outside a bar in Swanage which has left one man in hospital with a serious head injury.
Man charged with ‘exposure incident’ in Studland Dorset Police say that a man from Weymouth is to appear in court in connection with an exposure incident in Studland and a second incident near Dorchester.
Swanage RNLI go to aid of sailor with severed finger A crew member on a yacht near St Alban’s Head in Purbeck lost part of his finger and severely damaged two more.
End of the Falklands War remembered in Swanage The 40th anniversary of the Falklands War was commemorated in a ceremony at the Swanage War Memorial - WATCH VIDEO
Swanage Mayor makes a splash at new water refill station A new drinking water fountain to promote the refill of bottles rather than single use plastic bottles has been officially opened by Swanage Town Mayor Tina Foster.
Villages across Purbeck celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Street parties and Jubilee Big Lunches took place across Purbeck to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign, undeterred by the forecast of showers.
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.
Swanage celebrates Queen’s 70 year reign with huge tea party Not a town to shy away from a festival, Swanage marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style - SEE VIDEO AND PHOTOS.
Beacons light up across Purbeck for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Crowds gathered to see the lighting of beacons across Purbeck including at Durlston Castle and Studland to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign - WATCH VIDEO.
What’s happening for the Queen’s Jubilee in Swanage and Purbeck There’s plenty of celebrations planned across Purbeck to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - WATCH SWANAGE ON THE BBC.
New artistic talent given chance to shine at Purbeck Art Weeks After a turbulent few years for creative talent, the premier art festival in Swanage and across Purbeck is providing a platform for new artists to exhibit.
Regeneration kicks off at last for Swanage’s football club After years of delays, partly due to the covid pandemic, work has finally started to upgrade the sports facility at Days Park starting with new floodlights.
Abandoned disposable barbecue destroys boat at a Purbeck cove Despite campaigns across Dorset against the use of disposable barbecues, a boat at Chapman’s Pool in Dorset has been destroyed by fire started by a discarded disposable barbecue.
New mayor for Swanage elected as Avril Harris forced to stand down In a surprise move, councillors voted for a Tory candidate to replace Labour councillor Avril Harris as Swanage Town Mayor.
Sandbanks Ferry to be out of service for five weeks The ferry that links Studland to Sandbanks in Dorset is to receive a full maintenance overhaul and refit which means it won’t be operational for about five weeks.
Swanage RNLI goes to aid of yacht drifting towards cliffs The crew of a yacht between Durlston and St Alban’s Head, had to radio for assistance as the wind dropped.
The Rock opens new season for Dorset Adventure Park The inflatable water park and mud trail at Corfe Castle, reopens for summer 2022 and this year it's got a new star attraction.
Robots to explore extent of seagrass on Studland’s seabed A seafloor survey of seagrass - the essential habitat for seahorses - is to be conducted over the summer in Studland Bay.
The last retail bank in Swanage to close Lloyds Banking Group has announced the closure of 28 branches including Lloyds Bank in Swanage.
Swift action required as birds return to Swanage for the summer The newly formed Swanage branch of the Swift Conservation group is urging others to join in their effort to halt the dramatic decline in the number of swifts in the ...
Massive month of art kicks off in Swanage Over the next four weeks, artists in Swanage will be opening their doors to visitors - first as part of Dorset Art Weeks then swiftly followed by Purbeck Art Weeks.
Wareham man sentenced to animal ban after filming cockfighting A 23 year old man from Wareham has been banned from owning cockerels and dogs for ten years after Dorset Police found distressing videos on his phone.
Durlston bus service cut back due to lack of funding The bus service that usually operates from Swanage town centre up to Durlston Country Park and back via the hospital will only run for six weeks this year.
Supermarket chain buys McColl’s including Swanage store Jobs at the convenience store McColl's in Swanage have been saved after the supermarket Morrisons bought all of McColl’s 1,100 shops across the UK, including the one in Institute Road.
Lucky escape after car crashes into ditch near Wool Three people were rescued from a vehicle by fire crews after their car came off the road at Burton Cross near Wool in Dorset.
Swanage Railway’s smallest diesel loco steals the show While many eyes were on the 1960s diesel locos at Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Beer Festival, it was the smallest loco that grabbed much of the attention - WATCH ...
A welcome return to more trains for Purbeck commuters South Western Railway is to once again run two direct trains per hour between Weymouth and London Waterloo via Wareham.
Look what’s rolled into town for Swanage Railway’s first big event of 2022 A convoy of diesel locos has arrived in town, ahead of Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival.
Financial advice offered in Swanage as cost of living bites A service by Citizens Advice Bureau has restarted in Swanage to help those struggling with their finances.
Swanage Coastguard dismay as girl risks life at Old Harry A teenage girl had to crawl to safety, coaxed back by Swanage Coastguard, after venturing out along the top of Old Harry Rocks near Swanage.
New street market along the beach comes to Swanage A totally new event will be taking place over a long weekend on Shore Road called The Swanage FreeWheelin FEASTival.
Swanage businesses invited to enter Dorset Tourism Awards This year’s Dorset Tourism Awards are now open for entry and businesses from across Dorset including Swanage have just six weeks to submit their application.
Stop selling disposable barbecues this summer plea Litter Free Dorset is renewing its call to end the sale of disposable barbecues in Swanage and across Dorset after the Canford Heath wildfire.
Stricken yacht drifting towards Sandbanks Ferry rescued by RNLI Swanage Coastguard and Poole Lifeboat crew were quick to respond to a pan-pan radio call from a yacht that had lost all steerage - WATCH RESCUE VIDEO.
End of an era for Swanage’s classic car show The Swanage Charity Day and Classic Car Show, which motored back into town after a two year break, will be the last for the show’s founder who is handing over ...
Campaign for 20 mph through Dorset villages gets a boost The introduction of 20 mph speed limits through villages in Dorset is now more likely, after councillors voted to rewrite Dorset Council's policy.
First ever livestream of Tank Museum’s Tiger Day in Bovington The Tank Museum’s special Tiger tank event will be broadcasting a free live programme via YouTube to help raise funds for Ukrainian children.
Illegal rave in Purbeck goes ahead despite police presence More than a thousand party goers descended on Ministry of Defence land at East Lulworth on Easter Saturday - WATCH VIDEOS.
Injured man rescued from Swanage pontoon by air ambulance Swanage RNLI, coastguard teams and paramedics from the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance went to the aid of a man who’d slipped and broken his ankle.
Cancer charity’s Big Hike challenge is coming to Swanage Launched as an outdoor fundraiser in 2021 amid the pandemic, Cancer Research UK’s Big Hike challenge is now happening in Purbeck this summer.
Swanage RNLI called out to kitesurfer in Studland Swanage Lifeboat crew were tasked to investigate reports of a father and daughter in difficulty, who had anchored their boat in Studland Bay.
Swanage community awards launched to recognise local heroes Nominations are being invited for the Swanage Town Council Community Awards 2021/22, to reward individuals and organisations for their outstanding contribution to the community.
What’s on in Swanage over Easter Plenty of events are happening in and around Swanage over Easter 2022, as well as a chance to enjoy the usual attractions of the beach and the countryside.
New bins for Swanage seafront in latest attempt to tackle litter Bigger bins with seagull resistant lids have been deployed at Swanage litter hotspots in a bid to keep the town tidy.
Planning granted for 90 homes on old Swanage Grammar site The former Swanage Grammar School site next to St Mary’s RC Primary School and nursery has got permission to be redeveloped, despite concerns from some parents.
UK’s biggest men’s cycle race to go via Corfe Castle and Wareham The route of the Tour of Britain cycle race has been revealed and it’s going through Purbeck, taking in Lulworth, Church Knowle, Corfe Castle and Wareham.
Plea to stop tossing drink cans onto Swanage’s road verges Volunteers, who annually clear litter from road verges between Swanage and Wareham, are calling for people to stop chucking rubbish out of their cars.
Repair bill for Swanage beach toilets to cost thousands The future of the public toilets to the north of Swanage Bay is up for discussion after a sewage pipe fractured.
The Pig Hotel at Studland sold to private equity group A private equity firm that specialises in travel and leisure, has bought the parent company of the Pig Hotels with a view to increasing the number of its properties.
Midnight rescue by Swanage RNLI and coastguard Following a medical incident on the cliff path above Durlston Bay in Swanage, the lifeboat crew were paged to help get the casualty to hospital.
Perfect marriage of pencil and metal at Durlston’s latest exhibition Finely detailed wildlife pencil drawings and exquisite silver and copper metal work, combine to make up the new exhibition at Durlston Country Park in Swanage.
Woman bitten by dog on Corfe to Swanage footpath Purbeck Police are appealing for witnesses, especially a horse rider, who saw a dog bite a woman in her 60s on her back.
Exciting new Swanage play area aiming for Easter opening A new children’s play area is starting to take shape next to the skatepark in the centre of Swanage.
National Trust buys Worth Matravers farm and Winspit Quarry The National Trust has purchased a 350 acre farm with the aim of returning the fields to wildlife-friendly grassland and protecting rare bats
Air ambulance rescue for climber hurt in fall from Purbeck cliff A climber who received head and chest injuries after a fall near Worth Matravers, had to be rushed to hospital by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Historic aerial photos of Swanage go online for first time Fascinating aerial photos have been newly published online by Historic England including hundreds capturing Purbeck from the skies over the last 100 years.
End of the line for Swanage’s buffet car café? A campaign by a local resident has been launched urging Swanage Railway to keep the Bird’s Nest Buffet at Swanage Station.
As energy costs rise, Swanage businesses invited to join forum A new business group is being launched in Swanage to help local companies become more sustainable while reducing their carbon footprint.
Large quantity of fuel stolen in Studland Purbeck Police are appealing for information after the theft of a large amount of diesel from a location in the central area of Studland in Dorset.
Chimney blaze at Studland hotel tackled by fire crews Swanage and Wareham Fire crews were called out to the historic building and former home of the Bankes family.
Brand new Swanage parkrun gets off to a flying start The first ever parkrun at Durlston Country Park in Swanage, attracted more than 100 participants on a gloriously sunny Saturday morning.
Major delay as rail service between Swanage and Wareham postponed Swanage Railway has just announced it’s postponing its planned trial diesel train service to the main line at Wareham until the summer of 2023.
Plenty of drama going on at The Mowlem A weekend of gripping theatre and film is planned for The Mowlem in Swanage - one production in support of the local school and the other for Ukraine.
Regular Swanage visitor bequests large gift to lifeboat crew The family of a long serving RNLI volunteer, who died at the age of 101, visited the Swanage Lifeboat Station to hand over a generous donation to the crew.
Chance to take part in the Great Dorset Beach Clean 2022 Dates have been announced with events taking place in Studland, Lulworth, Kimmeridge and Chapman’s Pool.
Wareham shop has £2,000 worth of cigarettes stolen CCTV footage of a man and woman has been released by Dorset Police following a theft from a shop in Wareham.
Rapid community response saves Swanage Ambulance Car! The power of a community, united behind the single cause of keeping the Swanage Ambulance Car in Purbeck, has been credited for the decision by NHS bosses to retain the ...
Health bosses announce they will not withdraw Swanage Ambulance Car It’s just been confirmed that the Swanage Ambulance Car has been saved from being scrapped and will continue to serve Purbeck.
Swanage rallies round and raises thousands of pounds for Ukraine Moved by the distressing images of the Ukrainian people under attack from the Russian military, Swanage has quickly sprung into action to help those fleeing their country.
Swanage’s missing defib turns up after three months! To the delight of the Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership, the defib and trauma pack that went missing just before Christmas 2021, has now been returned.
Village turns out for a grand opening in Langton Matravers After much anticipation, the impressive new playground at Langton Matravers near Swanage has been officially opened.
Tourists following satnav to Old Harry Rocks get stuck in mud The Swanage Coastguard team were expecting to see cows but discovered to their surprise a stranded camper van, far off the beaten track in Studland.
Swanage Town Council increases its council tax income by 12 percent The amount Swanage Town Council raises from council tax for 2022/23 is to go up by an inflation-busting 12.4 percent.
Cost of on-street parking in Swanage goes up Parking in Station Road and Shore Road to pop to the shops or visit the seafront in Swanage, now costs more.
Sandbanks Ferry toll increases to £5 for cars and vans The cost of travelling on the Sandbanks Ferry for vehicles is to rise, although the toll won’t go up for those on foot, bike or motorbike.
Wareham Hospital still has a future, confirms NHS bosses NHS Dorset Healthcare says it will continue to provide services for Purbeck residents at Wareham Hospital despite withdrawing from health hub plans
Swanage responds to Ukraine crisis Spurred to help Ukrainians fleeing from the Russian invasion, essential supplies are being sent from Swanage and Purbeck.
Swanage and Studland not likely to get Dorset barbecue and fly camping bans Legal bans on antisocial lighting of fires and camping on beaches, are to be introduced by Dorset Council but it’s proposed they won’t cover most of Purbeck.
‘Steep increase’ of dog poo on Swanage footpaths and green spaces Swanage Town Council says members of its operations team have been hit by flying dog poo on at least 20 occasions in the last seven months.
Old explosive device found in Studland pond Purbeck Police had to put in place a 50 metre cordon near Ferry Road in Studland after the discovery of old ordnance.
Purbeck Health Hub scrapped as NHS pulls out of plans A new vision for the old Wareham Middle School site is being proposed after NHS Dorset Healthcare decided not to build new hospital facilities on the site.
Power cuts, travel disruption, flood alert and another wind warning for Swanage Storm Franklin has blown into Swanage with westerly gusts up to 50 mph, prompting the Met Office to issue a Yellow wind warning.
Legacy to Will becomes a reality as #Willdoes bus launches in Swanage An impressive fundraising drive by the founder of the charity #Willdoes in memory of her son, has provided for a mobile youth bus.
Storm Eunice blows through Swanage with gusto As Storm Eunice approached Swanage, the Met Office upgraded its wind warning for the area from Amber to Red - the highest level of alert - WATCH VIDEO.
Celebrity launch of charity in memory of Corfe Castle teenager With the thousands of pounds raised after the sad death of 17 year old Jude Morris from Corfe Castle in Dorset, his family has launched a charitable foundation.
Amber wind warning sees Swanage batten down the hatches The Friday Market is cancelled and students are being asked to work from home as Storm Eunice sweeps through Swanage.
No more Sandbank Ferry paper tickets to be sold for vehicles The Sandbanks Ferry company has announced the end of the sale of paper ticket books for cars, vans, lorries, buses and coaches.
New access to Tilly Whim caves as part of Durlston project For the first time in decades, visitors to Durlston Country Park in Swanage will be able to peek inside Tilly Whim caves.
Plastic bottle, believed to be 65 years old, washes up on Jurassic Coast One of the oldest examples of plastic packaging ever to be recovered on a beach, has been found at Chapman’s Pool near Swanage.
Developer wins battle to scrap affordable homes at Swanage site In what’s been called ‘a travesty of planning’, a building company has won its case not to provide social housing at the former St Mary's School site. .
New rules on Blue Badges in Dorset Council car parks set to come in Under new proposals, Blue Badge holders will have to pay when visiting Dorset Council owned car parks in Corfe Castle and Wareham.
Police investigate after rare eagle found dead in Dorset Dorset Police are appealing for information after a white-tailed eagle was recovered by a multi agency operation, one of two found dead in the south of England.
Ambitious £60m plans for Studland hotel rejected by councillors The general manager of Knoll House Hotel in Studland says he’s disappointed that proposals to transform it into an upmarket five star resort have been refused planning permission.
Jobs up for grabs at Swanage Town Council With 13 vacancies, Swanage Town Council is holding a jobs fair so people can find out more about the roles based in the Dorset seaside town.
Man in 70s airlifted from Swanage to hospital with broken leg Swanage and St Albans Coastguard went to the rescue of a 73 year old walker who had broken his leg on the South West Coast Path - WATCH VIDEO.
Motorist jailed after car crash in Wool which killed popular teacher and dad A 41 year old man from Bournemouth has been jailed after it’s believed he fell asleep at the wheel causing a fatal multiple vehicle collision.
Planning officers agree affordable homes aren’t viable at Swanage site A row over whether new housing on the former St Mary’s School site in Swanage should include affordable homes, is expected to blow up again.
Purbeck Police stop driver with smashed in car A driver in Wool near Wareham was told by police to stop driving a vehicle with no front bumper, lights or number plate.
Seriously injured climber rescued at Anvil Point is charity CEO Volunteers from Swanage RNLI, the local coastguard and air ambulance have been praised by the head of a national charity - SEE RESCUE VIDEO
Decision due on plans for £60m redevelopment of Studland hotel Ambitious proposals for Knoll House Hotel in Studland to be transformed into a luxury five star resort are to be considered by Dorset Council.
Opportunity to train as a riverfly monitor at Corfe River A training workshop is being run by Dorset Wildlife Trust for those willing to don their wellies and paddle in the River Corfe to assess its water quality.
Radical rethink by Dorset Council to reduce building in countryside Environment groups across Dorset including Purbeck are welcoming proposals to delay a key planning document and reduce the number of homes to be built on green fields.
Seriously injured climber rescued from rock face at Anvil Point Emergency services managed the tricky task of rescuing a woman with a broken ankle from a cliff ledge near the Anvil Point Lighthouse to the west of Swanage.
Police appeal after 14 year old assaulted in Wool Following reports that a 14 year old boy was punched by two other teenagers in Wool near Wareham, Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come ...
Big year for Swanage events as Diesel Gala and Beer Festival confirms date Swanage is facing its biggest year ever for events in 2022 and one of the most popular is the return of Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Beer Festival.
Langton pre-school gets surprise donation from Swanage Folk Festival St George’s Pre-school leader, Sabrina Moss, was delighted when she received an unexpected donation of £250 from Swanage Folk Festival.
Visitors to Swanage Hospital need to take lateral flow test New rules are being introduced for people visiting patients on the ward at Swanage Hospital, to help reduce the spread of Covid.
RNLI on the lookout for new Swanage Beach lifeguards Getting ready for summer 2022, the RNLI is inviting applications from those who would like to be beach lifeguards along the South Coast including Swanage.
Police hunt for driver of car ‘hidden’ in Swanage The driver of a Mercedes car is being sought after they failed to stop for police and tried to hide the vehicle behind some flats in Swanage.
Dig this – Swanage seafront gets spruced up! The operations team for Swanage Town Council has been busy planting out more trees, shrubs and perennials to improve the appearance of the town and its eco credentials.
More than £20,000 raised over Christmas by Swanage Rotary Christmas activities organised by Swanage and Purbeck Rotary brought not only seasonal cheer but also raised an impressive £20,000 for good causes.
Purbeck businesses among finalists of Dorset Tourism Awards In yet another seesaw year for tourism, a number of businesses in Purbeck have reached the finals of the Dorset Tourism Awards for 2021 / 22.
Three men arrested on suspicion of kidnapping in Swanage Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after reports that a man was assaulted and forced into a car in Swanage and driven away against his will.
Swanage and Wareham firefighters do animal rescue! Ideally equipped for reaching the top of buildings and trees, animal loving fire crews were called to save a bird in Swanage and a cat in Wareham.
More Blackpool than Blue Pool, Purbeck attraction gets illuminated Blue Pool near Wareham has undergone a dazzling transformation bringing light and music to a winter evening’s stroll.
Purbeck commuters face slower rail journeys due to staff shortages The ‘significant impact’ of the Omicron Covid variant means the introduction of a reduced rail timetable from Wareham Station to London and Southampton.
Cyclist’s leg bitten by dog in Swanage Purbeck Police are asking for the owners of a dog that caused a puncture wound to a man’s leg, to come forward and tell their side of the story.
Swiss Army gifts Bovington Tank Museum a present too big to wrap A Swiss variant of a British post-war tank has been delivered back to the UK and is now on display at The Tank Museum in Bovington in Dorset.
First shout of the year for Swanage Lifeboat crew Following reports of a kayaker in difficulty in Swanage Bay, both lifeboats from Swanage Lifeboat Station launched for the first time this year.
Durlston Castle to get solar panels to reduce carbon footprint Planning permission has been granted to install solar panels at the Victorian Grade II listed Victorian folly near Swanage.
More Covid cases now in Dorset than at any other time in pandemic Latest figures show that the number of people testing positive for Covid in Dorset, has hit its highest peak than at any other point of the pandemic.
Councillors angered by bid to remove affordable housing in Swanage In a heated debate, Dorset Council nearly threw out the requirement for affordable housing from a proposed development in Swanage but settled on deferring the decision.
Celebrity couple share photos of New Year trip to Swanage While many famous people visit Swanage and keep it quiet, one well-known couple let everyone know what a good time they were having by posting on social media.
Swanage Coastguard investigates reports of ordnance on beach A suspicious metal item that looked like a landmine was discovered at Sheps Hollow, the area of beach to the northern end of Swanage Bay.
Swanage Railway on brink of restoring service to Wareham after 50 year battle A special diesel train service on Swanage Railway has marked the 50th anniversary since British Rail closed the branch line from Swanage to Wareham - WATCH VIDEO.
Helicopter rescue for cyclist from top of Purbeck Hills A woman sustained injuries when she fell off her bike, close to the top of Nine Barrow Down near Swanage.
Swanage streets to be closed for roadworks A series of new year road closures in Swanage will mean drivers will have to take diversions to get round town.
Children tackle tree planting at Swanage and Wareham rugby club As part of a game plan to combat climate change, Swanage and Wareham RFC and Sustainable Wareham teamed up to plant 30 new trees.
Discovery of unexploded bomb closes off Studland car park The car park at Middle Beach has been cordoned off by Purbeck Police until an explosive ordnance can be made safe.
Swanage yachtsman sails into 2022 with an eye on Paris Olympics With plenty of peaks and troughs in 2021, sailor Sam Whaley from Swanage is looking to establish himself next year as a contender for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Brave Swanage swimmers take a Boxing Day dip Disorganised in the best possible way, hundreds took the plunge for the annual Boxing Day swim in Swanage - WATCH VIDEO.
Winners revealed of best Christmas lights in Swanage A competition to find the best festive decorations in Swanage has proved a tricky task, as many residents created dazzling displays .
Tree 4 Henry – Holm oak planted in memory of much loved Swanage man Family and friends gathered to plant a tree at Prince Albert Gardens in Swanage in memory of Henry Searle, who sadly died aged just 25.
Swanage’s theatre on financial knife edge as Covid impacts again With audiences staying away due to renewed fears over Covid, The Mowlem is launching a winter appeal to raise £5,000.
Heartfelt plea to return missing Swanage defibrillator Essential life saving equipment costing £1,000 has gone missing from outside the Swanage Sea Rowing Club near the pier.
Bumper fundraising effort in Swanage to get #Willdoes bus on the road A launch date in early 2022 has been set for a mobile youth centre based in Swanage, thanks to youth charity #Willdoes.
Bin collections across Purbeck still disrupted admits Dorset Council Apologising to residents in Swanage and across Purbeck, Dorset Council says it is trying to fix the problem of missed or delayed bin collections.
Man facing death by dangerous driving charge after fatal crash in Wool Following a three vehicle collision, in which a man died, a 41 year old man is to appear in court for an offence of causing death by dangerous driving.
Behind the scenes as Extreme E car racing arrives in Bovington More used to army tanks, Bovington in Dorset has been transformed into an off-road racing track for Extreme E and it's helping beavers too!
First Christmas for Swanage Town Band at the new bandstand Breaking tradition for the first time, the Swanage Town Band performed Christmas carols at the newly refurbished bandstand - SEE VIDEO AND PICTURES.
New Purbeck Christmas fair may become regular event Word of mouth and the power of social media ensured the success of the first ever Christmas fair at Hartland Stud near Norden.
Fundraising effort to get Victorian loco back on Swanage Railway’s tracks Work to restore a Victorian locomotive is steaming ahead after it was gifted to Swanage Railway by the National Railway Museum.
Competition launch to find best Christmas decorations in Swanage Swanage’s Chamber of Trade is inviting entries for its annual competition to find the best festively decorated residences and businesses.
Plans to redevelop Harrow House in Swanage revealed Local people are invited to a public exhibition to see the proposals for the former Harrow House site in Swanage.
Parents object to plans for Old Swanage Grammar School site A house builder is being asked to reconsider its planning application for 90 homes in Swanage to take into account the health and wellbeing of school children.
New clinic at Swanage Hospital to help with breathing difficulties A better breathing clinic has been launched at Swanage Hospital organised by a charity that provides care to patients facing life-limiting illness.
Super Saturday as sun shines for Swanage Christmas market and events Swanage buzzed with activity as the Rotary Christmas Market took over Station Road, the artisan beach huts were busy and runners finished racing on the beach.
Dog rescued after falling over cliff in Swanage Both the Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were called in to save a dog that had gone over the edge of the cliff on Swanage Downs.
Investigation into Studland heath fire reveals cause Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says the fire that destroyed around 20 hectares of heathland in Studland in Dorset was started accidentally.
Travel on Swanage Railway for 50p to mark 50th anniversary The heritage railway in Swanage is offering a limited number of tickets at 1972 prices to mark 50 years since the last British Rail train trip.
Santa is coming to Swanage! Track his progress across Purbeck Find out where Santa will be and when, as he travels across Purbeck bringing his seasonal cheer.
Fire destroys large area of rare Studland heathland habitat Firefighters are battling a blaze that has spread quickly across internationally important Studland heathland in Dorset - SEE VIDEO AND IMAGES.
Swanage man arrested after woman in hospital with serious injuries Dorset Police have detained a man in custody following reports of an assault at an address in the centre of Swanage.
New booking system for Covid booster jab rolled out in Purbeck To ensure more residents in Swanage and across Purbeck can get their Covid booster jabs at Wareham Hospital, a new text booking system is being introduced.
New Road to Studland temporarily closed for resurfacing A section of New Road (B3351) that links Studland and Corfe Castle is to be temporarily closed for four days for resurfacing works.
Swanage lights up for Christmas with switch on event despite gales Shoppers braved the strong winds of Storm Arwen to venture into Swanage town centre for the annual Christmas Lights switch on - SEE VIDEO
Police praise bystanders who tried to save life of woman in Swanage The importance of knowing where life saving defibrillators are in Swanage has been highlighted by Purbeck Police, after a woman collapsed at Swanage Market.
Injured woman rescued from Dancing Ledge by Swanage RNLI A walker who’d fallen and injured her leg at Dancing Ledge along the Purbeck coastline had to be rescued by the Swanage lifeboat crew, in order to get to hospital.
What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2021 In stark contrast to last year’s festive season, events are going ahead in 2021 to celebrate Christmas in Swanage and across Purbeck.
Swanage Railway signals start to Christmas with first festive test run Residents got a first glimpse of the Swanage Railway Steam and Lights train service and the offer of a 25 percent discount on tickets - WATCH NEW VIDEO
Swanage residents’ views sought on a pocket of open land The future of the old St Mark’s School playing field and sports court in Herston is under discussion since Swanage Town Council signed a lease to take over the land.
Gainsborough Care Home in Swanage rated as ‘Good’ by regulator To the delight of the team at Gainsborough Care Home, it has moved from the grading ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ following a recent inspection.
Ban on BBQs and anti social camping not proposed for Swanage and Studland A legally enforceable ban on antisocial behaviour is being proposed by Dorset Council for some areas but not for the majority of Purbeck.
Swanage Carnival recognises long serving dedicated volunteers Swanage Carnival volunteers with a collective 365 years of service between them, have been honoured with long service awards, following a difficult two years.
Volunteers at Swanage Railway Museum celebrate a cash boost Audio recordings from Swanage branch line staff and passengers in the 1950s and 1960s, will transport visitors back in time, after the museum was awarded grant funding.
Swanage remembers all those who died in war This year, Remembrance Sunday was able to be marked in Swanage with a parade, church service and the laying of wreaths at the war memorial.
Purbeck pub game finals take place after pandemic delay The winners of the Purbeck Longboard Shove Ha’penny competition finally got their hands on their trophies at an awards night in Swanage.
Firefighters extinguish abandoned campfire in Wareham Forest The crew from Wareham Fire Station had to put out a campfire that had been left to burn in Wareham Forest.
Remembrance Day service at Swanage War Memorial A service to mark the end of World War One and to remember those who died was held at Swanage War Memorial - WATCH VIDEO
Chadwick raffle winner donates prize to Swanage community A raffle of a miniature version of the full size statue of Swanage World War Two hero Trevor Chadwick, has raised more than £3,000.
New sport and leisure centre for Swanage back on track after delay Plans to replace the Swanage Town and Herston Football Club sports hall are now progressing, after a temporary solution was ruled out.
Car park at Norden escapes Dorset Council parking charge hike Purbeck Park car park at Norden, developed to encourage visitors to take the train to Corfe Castle and Swanage has got a last minute reprieve.
Swanage-based radio station scoops silver at national awards Community radio station, Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM located on Swanage Pier, has achieved recognition in the prestigious 2021 Community Radio Awards, less than three years since its launch.
Launch of plan to build affordable homes to rent in Swanage Local residents fed up with the lack of reasonably priced housing in Swanage are launching a new charitable trust to build affordable homes to rent.
Swanage Fire crew rescue woman and dog from town centre fire A woman and her dog had to be given oxygen after a fire broke out in a building in the centre of Swanage.
Warning to beach hut users after Dorset carbon monoxide poisoning Beach hut users are being urged to install carbon monoxide detectors after an elderly couple and their dog were overcome by fumes in their Portland Bill beach hut.
Owners of dog that bit woman in Swanage have come forward Following a media appeal, Dorset Police say that the owners of a dog involved in a bite incident in Swanage have contacted them.
Poppy shop pops up in Swanage for Royal British Legion As part of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, fundraising events are being held across Purbeck including a pop-up poppy shop in Swanage.
Route into Purbeck remains closed as work to clear 10 trees starts The main road into Wareham and through to Swanage is expected to remain blocked all day as the huge task of clearing the road starts - SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEO
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Swanage street name may 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.