Cancare sanctuary garden official opening New sanctuary garden officially opened in Swanage Designed as a quiet place to sit and reflect, a beautiful garden has been created in Swanage for cancer charity Cancare, made possible by a generous bequest from a local ... 2 days ago
Fonc Lounge shuffleboard Purbeck’s first shuffleboard tournament to raise funds for skatepark Teams of up to four players are being invited to take part in Purbeck’s first shuffleboard tournament in recent times, alongside table football and beer pong, to help buy new ... 3 days ago
Blue flag and seside award Flying the Blue Flag for Swanage again Swanage Main Beach in Dorset has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, alongside the Seaside Award, for a 24th consecutive year in recognition of the bay’s excellent sea water quality. 5 days ago
Newly elected Swanage Town Councillors May 2024 Newly elected councillors mark 50 years of Swanage Town Council Following the local elections, a new team of councillors took their seats in the Swanage Town Council chamber for the first time, 50 years after the creation of Swanage Town ... 1 week ago
Wareham roundabout Motorcyclist seriously injured after collision on Wareham bypass Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to contact them after a motorcyclist and a vehicle collided on the Wareham bypass in Dorset, near to the ... 1 week ago
Swanage Railway Loco derailment at Corfe Heritage loco derails during Swanage Railway diesel gala All services were suspended on Swanage Railway after a heritage diesel locomotive partially derailed as it approached Corfe Castle station on the second day of the diesel gala and beer ... 1 week ago
Northern Lights over Swanage Northern Lights shine over Swanage in rare event: Best photos In a spectacular show of pink and green, the Northern Lights were able to be seen by the eagle eyed and through a camera lens as far south as Swanage ... 1 week ago
Focus Centre launch Under new ownership: Open day at Swanage’s Focus Centre Swanage Children’s Centre and Day Centre has got a new name and a new management team, with the aim of bringing more family and adult services back to the town. 1 week ago
Purbeck Super NNR, Slepe Heath view to Middlebere and Corfe Castle Fear of Purbeck becoming ‘nature theme park’ revealed in new report While improving Purbeck’s natural environment is widely supported, a new report shows many are concerned this could be at the expense of local jobs and the chance to live in ... 2 weeks ago
Lloyds bank in High Street Man attempts to scam Swanage shopkeepers Shopkeepers in Swanage in Dorset alerted the police after a man tried to con a sales assistant by claiming he hadn’t received the correct change. 2 weeks ago
Scott Arms and Kingston Hill No bus service for Langton Matravers while roads resurfaced Roadworks are to take place along Kingston Hill and Haycrafts Lane near Langton Matravers in Dorset, which will mean rolling road closures over a period of two weeks. 2 weeks ago
Swanage Town Hall Swanage election results spring a few surprises Following the elections, the names of the winning candidates were announced for Swanage Town Council, Dorset Council Swanage ward, and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner role. 2 weeks ago
Have a go carving at Corfe Castle Purbeck stone carvers to demonstrate craft at Corfe Castle Keeping the local tradition alive, Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre is offering visitors to National Trust’s Corfe Castle, the chance to have a go at the heritage skill of stone carving. 3 weeks ago
Herston Field May day May Bank Holiday picnic for Herston community to boost wellbeing With wellbeing in mind, local residents are being invited to get outdoors and come along to Herston Community Field in Swanage for a Bank Holiday picnic. 3 weeks ago
Swanage Railway diesel gala beer festival 2023 Mix of diesel and beer goes down well at Swanage Railway Back for a 17th year, Swanage Railway’s popular Diesel Gala and Beer Festival is expected to pull in even more visitors to Swanage with a specially laid on train arriving ... 3 weeks ago
Shore road Bid to enhance closed Swanage seafront road thwarted by £6,000 bill With part of Swanage’s Shore Road permanently closed to traffic and the summer season approaching, there’s a proposal to remove the line markings and parking signs, but there’s a question ... 3 weeks ago
Pigs on Purbeck heathland Plea not to treat Purbeck heathland pigs as pets With the end of winter, woolly pigs have again been put out to roam across part of the Purbeck heathland but there’s a warning for people not to feed or ... 3 weeks ago
Caldron Barn Farm Park Open invitation to explore one of Swanage’s best kept secrets Cauldron Barn Farm Park in Swanage, Dorset, is holding a number of open days inviting everyone to visit the former 1960s caravan park that's now a residential park for the ... 4 weeks ago
Swanage sea rowing club New gig for Swanage Sea Rowing Club Swanage Sea Rowing Club in Dorset has started the season in a buoyant mood with a brand new training gig boat, a plan for a new racing gig, and an ... 4 weeks ago
Classic vehicle show 2024 Extra sparkle as sun shines on Swanage’s classic motor show A glorious Sunday for a drive, saw classic vehicle owners all heading for Swanage in Dorset to take part in the Carnival Classic Motor Show. 4 weeks ago
Lewis manning day hospice at Swanage Cricket Club Hospice care charity forms partnership with Swanage Cricket Club A new opportunity for those with life limiting illnesses is being offered by the charity Lewis Manning Hospice Care at Swanage Cricket Club in Dorset. 1 month ago
Swanage Railway steam loco T9 30120 at Corfe Castle Swanage Railway embarks on new Victorian loco restoration Not happy to restore just one Victorian steam locomotive, a team from Swanage Railway in Dorset is aiming to get the only surviving T9 locomotive back into action, as well. 1 month ago
Wareham Nature and Wildlife Fair 2023 Spotlight on nature at Wareham wildlife fair Environmental groups and enthusiasts are joining together to provide information about the nature and wildlife in and around Wareham in Dorset, including ospreys. 1 month ago
Ernie the dog on Swanage Downs Golden Labrador rescued after falling over Swanage cliff The coastguard was called in after a dog called Ernie tumbled down the face of a 60 foot cliff on the Swanage Downs in Dorset. 1 month ago
Swanage Beach Local man arrested after alleged ‘public order incident’ in Swanage Following reports of a man acting suspiciously on Swanage Beach in Dorset, police have arrested a man in his 30s. 1 month ago
Costcutter frontage Swanage shop scoops top UK retailer award A convenience store that has been in the same Swanage family for more than 100 years has received recognition for its outstanding contribution to the community. 1 month ago
Swanage Town Hall Names of election candidates for Swanage revealed There’s three elections coming up, in which Swanage residents over the age of 18 can cast their vote and exercise their democratic right. 1 month ago
The Fonc Lounge Swanage nightclub transforms into top new venue Under new management and totally refurbished, The Fonc Lounge in Swanage has opened with a fresh new look in time for the summer season. 1 month ago
Puffins arrive at Dancing Ledge for breeding season 2024 Film footage to help save Purbeck puffins from extinction Puffins have returned to Dancing Ledge in Dorset for 2024 but this year, cameras have been installed on the nearby cliffs to find out why the much loved birds are ... 2 months ago
snorkelling under the sea Environment group reveals its top spots for snorkelling in Dorset Keen to highlight the beauty beneath the sea in Dorset, environment group Planet Purbeck has compiled a list of its favourite snorkelling sites. 2 months ago
Swanage football club Swanage teenagers get new youth club and gym sessions New opportunities for young people in Swanage in Dorset are being offered, after it was felt that the community could do more for teenagers. 2 months ago
Cheque from Swanage Folk Festival donated to Swanage Food bank Festival makes substantial donation to Swanage food bank A hot weekend back in September 2023 brought in the crowds and brought in the cash, allowing the organisers of the Swanage Folk Festival to hand over a large cheque ... 2 months ago
Swanage lifeboat during Storm Nelson Surfer rescued during Storm Nelson by RNLI near Peveril Point During the height of Storm Nelson, an experienced surfer had to be saved from the rough seas by the Swanage lifeboat crew and the coastguard. 2 months ago
Locomotive pulling carriages through Purbeck countryside Swanage Railway ties up with boat and buses for Jurassic adventure In a new marketing push to attract more visitors, Swanage Railway is offering a round trip on a boat and the bus as well as the heritage branch line.  2 months ago
Fire service attend house fire in Swanage Fire crews called to house fire in Swanage Within minutes of a 999 call, Swanage fire crew arrived at the scene of a fire at a cottage in Swanage, closely followed by a crew from Wareham. 2 months ago
Broad Road car park U-turn over learner driver teaching ban in Swanage car parks Following a local outcry, Swanage Town Council has scrapped the controversial rule that banned learner drivers from practising in its car parks. 2 months ago
Historic Swanage Railway goes cashless to save money Swanage Railway in Dorset, while celebrating a weekend of Victorian locomotive action, has announced it's to embrace a digital future and won’t be accepting cash at its tills. 2 months ago
Easter window displays What’s on in Swanage over Easter 2024 Plenty of events are happening in and around Swanage over Easter, as well as the usual attraction of the beach and enjoying the countryside views. 2 months ago
The Day Centre Chapel Lane New focus for Swanage’s Children Centre and Day Centre The Chapel Lane community buildings in Swanage are now under new management and will be renamed the Focus Centre. 2 months ago
BBC antiques roadshow filming on Swanage Pier Swanage Lifeboat to appear in latest BBC Antiques Roadshow episode The BBC is to visit Swanage in Dorset for a third time as part of its latest Antiques Roadshow series presented by Fiona Bruce. 2 months ago
Art work at Purbeck Art Weeks at Rollington Barn New sponsor for fortnight of art across Purbeck Purbeck Art Weeks is gearing up for its annual summer festival and the brochure for 2024 will feature the striking work of a Swanage artist. 2 months ago
Anything Goes at The Mowlem 2024 Anything Goes as ocean liner docks in Swanage The energetic and nautical musical Anything Goes is all set to be performed at Swanage’s The Mowlem, nearly a quarter of a century after the first Swanage Musical Theatre production ... 2 months ago
LSWR T3 No. 563 launch Swanage October 2023 Pioneering past revisited by Swanage Railway for weekend Putting its current challenges aside for a few days, Swanage Railway is celebrating its heyday with a nostalgic Victorian Weekend - a period of drive and ambition for the railway. 2 months ago
Station approach New approach planned for Swanage’s transport hub Work has been approved to make Station Approach in the middle of Swanage town centre in Dorset, more pedestrian and wheelchair friendly. 2 months ago
Swanage Lifeboat launching at night Swanage RNLI night time rescue of head injury casualty Swanage lifeboat was launched after a member of a crew on a yacht suffered a head injury and the vessel was stranded out to sea. 2 months ago
Pineapple Project has already launched in Weymouth Pineapple Project aims to improve safety for young women in Swanage Businesses in Swanage in Dorset are being asked to sign up to The Pineapple Project, an initiative dedicated to safeguarding young women. 2 months ago
The Mowlem BBC radio team arrives in Swanage for live broadcast The stage is set in Swanage, Dorset, for a political showdown in the wake of the government's Spring Budget as the BBC radio outside broadcast truck rolls into town. 2 months ago
Studland sauna Swanage to get seafront sauna and new beach cafe With the increasing popularity of all year round sea swimming, a new service will provide a sauna facility on Swanage seafront in Dorset, alongside a new beach cafe offering top ... 3 months ago
First day of Swanage Railway trains to Wareham 13 June 2017 Swanage Railway scraps plans for regular rail service to Wareham Despite years of battling to reinstate a branch line service between Swanage and Wareham in Dorset, Swanage Railway has dashed any hope of running trains up to the mainline for ... 3 months ago
Swanage Lifeboat Station Swanage RNLI volunteers get invite to Westminster Abbey To mark the 200th anniversary of the RNLI, representatives from Swanage Lifeboat Station will join other volunteers from around the UK at a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in ... 3 months ago
Rescue of walker from Dancing Ledge Injured walker rescued from coast path near Dancing Ledge Swanage Fire crew along with coastguard teams from Swanage and St Albans went to the aid of a man who had injured his lower leg while walking along the South ... 3 months ago
Swanage Bay aerial view Swanage councillors set to pass Motion for the Ocean With the sea being one of Swanage’s most valuable assets, the town council is looking to ensure all its future decisions promote an improvement in the health of our ocean ... 3 months ago
Walkers rescued by Kimmeridge Coastguard Family cut off by tide airlifted from Kimmeridge Bay The coastguard rescue helicopter had to be deployed to save a child and two adults who were stranded at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset by a rapidly rising tide. 3 months ago
Langton Matravers The Old Rectory care home Financial administrators put Langton care home up for sale The Old Rectory care home at Langton Matravers near Swanage in Dorset has been listed for sale after the company running it went into liquidation. 3 months ago
Main beach car park Ban on learner driver lessons in Swanage car parks exposed by review A 30 year old policy which prohibits teaching learner drivers in Swanage’s car parks has come to the forefront following Swanage Town Council’s review of its car park rules. 3 months ago
Peatland restoration at Studland Work starts on new bogs for Studland While spiders in bogs are not always welcome, there’s hope that the restoration of the peatland habitat in Studland, Dorset will see the widespread return of the rare raft spider. 3 months ago
Swanage Carnival procession 2023 What’s on in Swanage: Festivals line-up for 2024 There’s plenty of festivals happening in and around Swanage for 2024 and the dates have just been released. 3 months ago
Seaweed collection from beach Seachange in policy means new plan for Swanage seaweed After 30 years, the local farmer who removed excess seaweed from Swanage Beach during the summer season is retiring and it’s causing a dilemma for the town council. 3 months ago
The HRA Awards took place in Brighton on 10th February 2024. The winners of the Steam Railway Magazine award and the Chairmans award. The 563 Swanage Railway Group Swanage Railway volunteers win two top heritage awards The impressive six year restoration of a unique Victorian steam locomotive has scooped two prestigious national awards for a group of Swanage Railway volunteers. 3 months ago
Sandbanks Ferry Support for Sandbanks Ferry toll rise ‘strongly refuted’ by Dorset Council Dorset Council has denied claims by the Sandbanks Ferry company that it backs its bid to inflation link toll increases. 3 months ago
Purbeck Business awards winners Purbeck Business Awards 2024 winners announced The names of the 11 winners of the Purbeck Business Awards 2024 have been revealed with Wareham’s Italian Kitchen restaurant scooping the top title of b0usiness of the year. 3 months ago
Sandbanks ferry Sandbanks Ferry company bids to raise tolls higher than agreed Only three years after a planning inspector ruled on the maximum tolls that could be charged over the next 10 years for using the ferry between Studland and Sandbanks in ... 3 months ago
Swanage Bay aerial view Double council tax for Swanage second homes back on agenda Owners of second homes are set to be charged twice the amount of council tax by Dorset Council from 2025 and Swanage Town Council will get more cash too. 3 months ago
Swanage Carnival caravan Swanage Carnival theme for 2024 revealed With the world going fossil crazy and visitors flocking to Purbeck in Dorset to see the newly discovered fossilised marine reptile from the Jurassic era, Swanage Carnival has chosen a ... 4 months ago
Swanage Information Centre win gold in Dorset Torism Awards Swanage Information Centre scoops Gold in tourism awards Swanage Information Centre has won Gold in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2024 and in other categories, there was a Silver award for National Trust’s Corfe Castle and Bronze for Swanage ... 4 months ago
Wareham Road outside Romany Works business park Wareham man airlifted to hospital after scooter crash A man in his 70s from Wareham was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries after a collision between his scooter and a car near Holton ... 4 months ago
Shore road on Swanage seafront Permanent closure of part of Swanage’s seafront approved The southern section of Shore Road along Swanage’s seafront in Dorset is to be closed to traffic on a permanent basis to create a safer area for pedestrians. 4 months ago
Popular BBC radio programme to be recorded in Swanage Politicians will be heading to Swanage in Dorset to be quizzed live on BBC Radio 4 by a local audience for the news show Any Questions? 4 months ago
Swanage football club Plans for new Swanage leisure centre kicked into touch A proposal to build a large multipurpose leisure centre at the football ground in Swanage in Dorset, has been scaled back and now there's a new plan. 4 months ago
Henk Artlink Former Swanage postmaster tells of ordeal due to Horizon computer Henk Agelink who was the Swanage postmaster until he was wrongfully sacked in 2005, is now seeking redress after he was made bankrupt as a direct result of the Post ... 4 months ago
The Longest Johns Purbeck gets more music, drama and comedy this spring A new programme of music and theatre performances has been launched by Dorset touring arts charity Artsreach for spring 2024, and The Mowlem in Swanage has announced another new comedy ... 4 months ago
Swanage Community awards 2024 Winners of Swanage’s community awards announced Swanage’s community heroes were recognised for their valuable contribution to society at a special event organised by Swanage Town Council. 4 months ago
Swanage lifeboats launch to rescue dog First rescue for new Swanage lifeboat as dog falls over cliff A family pet dog sustained a leg injury but was lucky to survive after an 80 foot fall at Old Harry near Swanage in Dorset. 4 months ago
Italian Bakery in Institute Road Swanage bakery applies for planning after redesign completed The Italian Bakery in Swanage, Dorset has submitted a retrospective planning application for a new look shop front, a year after the work was done. 4 months ago
Purbeck Coast radio station Purbeck Coast community radio station axed The plug is to be pulled on the popular local radio station Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM based on Swanage Pier, due to, “a lack of funding and practical pressures”. 4 months ago
D Class D884 at Swanage Lifeboat station Come and meet Roy at Swanage Lifeboat Station Swanage RNLI’s latest recruit - its new inshore lifeboat named Roy Norgrove - is to be the star attraction at a specially arranged event. 4 months ago
Beach huts Charities given chance to book free Swanage beach hut With the growing popularity of beach huts in Swanage, the town council is looking to support local charities and community groups by offering an opportunity to hire a hut for ... 4 months ago
Custodians art sculpture at Sheps Hollow Pop up sculpture surprises dog walkers on Swanage Beach The Sheps Hollow is constantly evolving due to the climate but the latest change was unexpected - a sculpture of a man running through a door thrusting a baton! WATCH ... 4 months ago
The Mowlem Cultural organisations in Purbeck get £120,000 in grant funding A pot of nearly £1.5 million is being distributed over three years across the Dorset Council area to arts and heritage organisations and accredited museums, with a share going to ... 4 months ago
Pot holes in Shore Road Work begins to assess flood damage to Purbeck roads Purbeck experienced the “biggest issues” in Dorset during the recent flooding according to Dorset Council. 4 months ago
Panto Cinderella 2024 Panto brings Cinderella sparkle to Swanage Promising to liven up the greyest of January days in Swanage in Dorset, the cast of the pantomime Cinderella at The Mowlem is now rehearsing in the theatre as it ... 5 months ago
Langton Matravers The Old Rectory care home Purbeck care home closes due to ‘financial difficulties’ The company running a residential care home in Langton Matravers near Swanage in Dorset has ceased trading with a loss of jobs and with residents now having to find new ... 5 months ago
Flooding in Corfe Corfe River bursts its banks causing flood chaos A deluge of rain left roads flooded and commuters stranded across Purbeck with the worst of the delays at Corfe Castle in Dorset - WATCH VIDEOS 5 months ago
The T3 563 on her way out of Swanage station on the first of many trips Swanage Railway’s Winter Warm Up weekend returns Generating a bit of heat at the start of the new year, steam and diesel trains will be back in action at Swanage Railway for its first main event of ... 5 months ago
Swanage tip Charges scrapped for DIY waste at Swanage tip Households will no longer have to pay to get rid of DIY waste at recycling centres including Swanage, as Dorset Council introduces a new scheme from the start of 2024. 5 months ago
Polar Express at Swanage Railway Catch Swanage Railway’s Polar Express at a discount Golden tickets are being reduced by 25 percent for the last few days of the popular Polar Express train ride before Swanage Railway in Dorset resumes normal service. 5 months ago
Mild weather attracts surge of Boxing Day swimmers to Swanage There was an impressive turnout for the Swanage Boxing Day Swim organised by the mental health and wellbeing charity #Willdoes - WATCH VIDEO AND SEE PHOTOS 5 months ago
Christmas lights switch on 2023 Winners of best festive decorations in Swanage revealed With plenty of Christmas sparkle, many businesses, organisations and residents in Swanage in Dorset have made the town even more festive than usual. 5 months ago
Foleys Gararge Harmans Cross Cigarettes stolen from Harmans Cross garage A petrol station at Harmans Cross near Swanage in Dorset has been targeted by burglers. 5 months ago
Art work at Purbeck Art Weeks at Rollington Barn Art organisation offers bursaries to support Purbeck artistic talent Artists in Purbeck, including those in Swanage, are being encouraged to apply for a bursary to help them develop their careers and access new opportunities. 5 months ago
Field in Washpond lane Affordable housing consultation to take place in Swanage With plans progressing to provide genuinely affordable rental properties for local people in Swanage in Dorset, there’s to be a consultation for those who want to find out more. 5 months ago
Comedian Rich Hall Top US comedian to perform new show in Swanage Following the recent sell out comedy performances of Seann Welsh and Andy Parsons at The Mowlem in Swanage, Dorset, another star comedian has been booked for 2024. 5 months ago
One Life preview showing with Alex Sharp Chadwick actor makes surprise appearance in Swanage A special preview showing of the film One Life starring Sir Anthony Hopkins in Swanage in Dorset was made even more special when a surprise guest dropped by. 5 months ago
Dorset Tourism Awards Purbeck organisations make it to finals of prestigious awards The finalists for the Dorset Tourism Awards 2024 have been announced and there’s some familiar local names that are in with a chance to bag a trophy! 5 months ago
Polar express at Swanage Railway 2023 Swanage’s Polar Express proves popular as more tickets released With 95 percent of tickets sold, the team running the festive Polar Express at Swanage Railway has added extra carriages to the trains in the run up to Christmas. 5 months ago
Flood barriers installed as Storm Babet approaches New attempt to make Swanage flood defences more resilient The temporary flood barrier made up of concrete blocks along Swanage’s seafront in Dorset is to be partly redesigned following the devastation caused by Storm Ciarán. 5 months ago
Swanage school race team ‘Unique’ Swanage school gets results in classroom and on race track With extra curricular opportunities like driving a racing car, The Swanage School in Dorset has been praised for the outstanding personal development of its pupils following an inspection by Ofsted. 5 months ago
New inshore lifeboat Roy Norgrove D884 Swanage RNLI takes delivery of new lifeboat The gift of a brand new inshore lifeboat named Roy Norgrove has arrived at Swanage Lifeboat Station in time for Christmas. 5 months ago
Trevor Chadwick Statue Chadwick link gets Swanage special preview of top movie Starring the actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, the film One Life about the rescue of children from the Nazis on the eve of World War Two, is to be released in ... 5 months ago
Seafront stabilisation consultation Swanage seafront survey result gives council splitting headache The results of the public consultation on controversial multi million pound plans to stabilise the eroding cliff along the seafront in Swanage in Dorset have been published. 6 months ago
Greengage Project Christmas fair preparations Plans for growth at Swanage community garden Going from strength to strength, the Greengage community project in Swanage, Dorset is opening its greenhouse doors for its Christmas fair. 6 months ago
Corfe christmas lights 2023 Corfe Castle celebrates a big birthday at Xmas Corfe Castle in Dorset again served up a dazzling show to mark its 70th year of community Christmas decorations in the village - WATCH VIDEO 6 months ago
Swanage Christmas lights in the High Street Competition launch for Swanage’s best Xmas decorations Homes and businesses in Swanage are being urged by the local chamber of trade to enter into the festive spirit by decorating their houses, flats and windows for Christmas. 6 months ago
Gas works on the High Street No end yet in sight for Swanage gas leak roadworks Emergency work to repair multiple gas leaks along the main road in and out of Swanage in Dorset is continuing, as escaping gas is still being detected. 6 months ago
Three Swanage RNLI volunteers receive long service medals Long service medals awarded to three Swanage RNLI volunteers Having clocked up a total of 70 years of volunteering between them, three members of Swanage RNLI have been recognised for their dedication. 6 months ago
Cars in Washpond lane Cars collide head on along narrow lane in Swanage Swanage Fire Station was called to assist when a Renault Clio ended up in the hedgerow following a collision with a Mercedes car, travelling in the opposite direction along a ... 6 months ago
Christmas lights switch on 2023 Christmas lights bring extra festive sparkle to Swanage The Polar Express actors joined in the excitement at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Swanage - WATCH VIDEO. 6 months ago
Santa and his sleigh in Station Road in Swanage Full steam ahead for Santa and Swanage Xmas lights switch on Characters from The Polar Express are to join Santa for the Swanage festive lights switch on before he heads off around the town and over to Langton Matravers and Corfe ... 6 months ago
Harry and Sandra Rednapp Celebs back appeal to raise funds for hospice care in Purbeck Well known personalities have recorded video messages to raise money for hospice support and bereavement services across Purbeck - WATCH VIDEOS. 6 months ago
Super Vets championship at Swanage 2023 Swanage Sea Rowers celebrate club success The annual awards ceremony for the Swanage Sea Rowing Club in Dorset has taken place, highlighting the achievements and challenges of 2023. 6 months ago
Polar express 2023 Polar Express magic arrives in Swanage for Christmas With twinkly lights, singing, dancing, hot chocolate, cookies and even some snow, The Polar Express railway experience will be running trips from Swanage station, up to the North Pole 6 months ago
Swanage houses Plan to restrict second homes in Purbeck faces further hurdle The Purbeck Local Plan is to face another consultation, delaying further the implementation of new rules on second homes in Purbeck. 6 months ago
Exterior of Swanage Town Hall on High Street Chance to influence future of Swanage Town Council There’s a big opportunity to change what Swanage Town Council does and how it does it, as all 12 seats on the council are up for election in May 2024. 6 months ago
Remembrance Sunday Parade 2023 Poppies on parade over three days of remembrance in Swanage With Armistice Day - the occasion that marks the end of World War One - falling on a Saturday, there was a long weekend of events in Swanage, Dorset to ... 6 months ago
Kevin Dimarco and Keith Parkinson with defib Heart attack victim says he owes ‘huge debt’ to Swanage man A regular visitor to Swanage who narrowly escaped death, has returned to Ulwell Holiday Park to thank local resident Kevin Dimarco who saved his life using a defib and CPR. 6 months ago
Official opening of Flooding Swanage with art trail Street artists inspect damage to Swanage seafront art trail Despite the ravages inflicted by Storm Ciarán on the new flood barrier artwork along Swanage seafront in Dorset, the official launch of the art trail went ahead as planned. 7 months ago
Pop up poppy shop 2023 Swanage Poppython to raise vital funds for Royal British Legion With a thriving Royal British Legion branch in Swanage in Dorset, there’s a whole programme of events to raise money and awareness in the run up to Remembrance Sunday. 7 months ago
Swanage Drama Company Variety performance rehersals 2023, with Ro Smith, James Chelton, John Attwood, Phil Eades, Jacqueline Chater, James, Becky Stares, Anthony, Natasha Norman and Lizzy Yates Lots of variety as Swanage star performers take to the stage One of the longest running Swanage showbiz traditions - the annual evening of entertainment for charity - is returning again to The Mowlem in Dorset. 7 months ago
Lower High Street after Storm Ciaran Storm Ciarán sweeps into Swanage brushing away its flood defences Concrete blocks along Swanage seafront to protect against flooding were strewn across the road by the force of Storm Ciarán, while Studland beaches had about five years of coastal erosion ... 7 months ago
Christmas Carols at the bandstand in December 2022 What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2023 There’s lots planned for this Christmas, perhaps more than ever in Swanage and across Purbeck as festivities return in full swing. 7 months ago
Art on flood defence Street art floods Swanage to protect from winter storms Once grey and drab, the concrete flood defence barrier along Swanage’s seafront in Dorset, has been brightened up, making it easier to spot for those with a visual impairment. 7 months ago
Swanage Coop Swanage Co-op closed after overnight burglary Thieves have targeted Swanage’s Co-op, stealing cash from the supermarket and causing damage to the till area. 7 months ago
Road works on High Street Swanage traffic delays due to ‘complex’ repair of gas main Drivers will continue to find it difficult to get in and out of Swanage via the High Street while emergency work takes place to fix a gas main. 7 months ago
The band the Soothsayers Corfe Castle music event made possible by new marquee A music performance at Sandy Hill Arts in Corfe Castle has been able to go ahead this autumn, thanks to the Arts Council England providing the funding for a marquee, ... 7 months ago
Soaring costs of dental materials and electricity are helping to push dentists away from NHS contracts Access to NHS dentistry in decay across Dorset Latest figures reveal there’s been a further decline in the number of adults in Dorset who got to see an NHS dentist and it’s having, “long term health and wellbeing ... 7 months ago
Emergency Services at Swanage Community Awards 2022 ( Nominate a Swanage community hero for 2023 The annual Swanage Town Council community awards have been launched for 2023 which recognise local people and organisations for their contribution towards the town. 7 months ago
Lucy the dog Missing Swanage dog Lucy returns home after giving coastguard the slip Two coastguard teams and the Swanage Lifeboat crew had nearly given up hope of finding Lucy the dog, stuck 150 feet up the cliff above North Beach in Swanage, when ... 7 months ago
Lower High Street during Storm Babet Storm Babet: Race against tide to install Swanage flood barrier Swanage in Dorset was hit by Storm Babet as the Environment Agency battled the wind and the rain to put the winter flood protection blocks in place - WATCH VIDEO 7 months ago
Sandpit Field and weather station field Only days left to shape Swanage’s seafront for next 100 years Controversial multi million pound plans to stabilise the eroding cliff along the seafront in Swanage in Dorset are nearing the end of a public consultation process. 7 months ago
Nigel Reeve at Biz awards launch Purbeck Business Awards: Entries open for 2024 Following the success of the first Purbeck Business Awards in 2023, entries are now open for 2024 and there’s some new categories. 7 months ago
Opening of the Green Goat in Corfe Castle 2023 ( New kid in Corfe as local business expands A new delicatessen - The Green Goat - has opened across the road from The Pink Goat restaurant and cafe in Corfe Castle in Dorset, boosting the number of shops ... 7 months ago
Kevin Dimarco at Ulwell Holiday Park Swanage man saves a life using a defib A local man is being recommended for an award after saving the life of a person who had a heart attack while staying at Ulwell Holiday Park in Swanage. 7 months ago
Milo the dog Milo the dog falls 70 feet down Swanage cliff face A coastguard descended down the side of the cliff on ropes to rescue a black labrador called Milo that had tumbled over the edge on Swanage Downs in Dorset. 8 months ago
Swanage Hospital MIU sign Reduced hours at Swanage’s minor injuries unit to continue Dorset Healthcare Trust which runs Swanage Hospital has announced that the temporary reduced opening hours of the minor injuries unit over the summer, will now remain until the end of ... 8 months ago
Poole Hospital sign Health trust scraps another clinic for Purbeck residents Following the closure of the chemotherapy clinic at Wareham Hospital, University Hospitals Dorset has now scrapped the rheumatology follow up clinic at Swanage Hospital with no warning. 8 months ago
Filming Swanage Lifeboat Swanage and Poole RNLI on BBC TV saving life of young sailor The popular BBC TV Saving Lives at Sea programme is back for an eighth series and includes rescues by Swanage Lifeboat crew and Poole RNLI. 8 months ago
Swanage super vets championship 2023 Super supervets Saturday for Swanage Sea Rowing Club It was billed as a big deal for Swanage in Dorset and the day did not disappoint as hundreds arrived to compete in the first national supervets gig rowing championships. 8 months ago
Man that police wish to speak to Police investigate alleged assault on woman cyclist in Wareham An image of a man that police wish to speak to has been issued following a report of a woman on her bike being hit round the head 8 months ago
Corfe Castle sewage works tour Corfe Castle sewage works comes clean Residents from Corfe Castle in Dorset were treated to a tour of their local sewage works and were able to quiz Wessex Water officials about why sewage still gets into ... 8 months ago
sand lizard art installation at Corfe Castle Giant sand lizard migrates to Corfe Castle First it popped up at East Creech in Purbeck and now the 20 metre long Sand Lizard has been caught on film spending the last couple of weeks in the ... 8 months ago
Sea rowing competition at Swanage Major gig rowing championship to take place in Swanage Swanage is to host the first national supervets gig rowing championships which will see 66 crews, 33 gig boats and 400 competitors descend on the town. 8 months ago
High Speed Train arrives in Swanage High Speed Train arrives in Swanage As unlikely as it sounds, a High Speed Train formerly known as the Inter-city 125 due to its top speed of 125 mph, visited Swanage station - WATCH VIDEO 8 months ago
Ice cream kiosk on beach at Swanage seafront Swanage ice cream kiosk business up for grabs The chance to sell ice cream and snacks along Swanage seafront in Dorset is being offered to businesses, along with other opportunities on Swanage Town Council owned land including the ... 8 months ago
Swanage rotary fete Swanage fete profits help disaster relief effort in Morocco and Libya A donation of £3,000 has been sent from Swanage and Purbeck Rotary to help those who have lost their homes in the recent disasters. 8 months ago
California meadows Purbeck ploughs on with making homes greener Homeowners in Purbeck who’ve reduced their energy bills and carbon footprint are opening their doors to inspire others to do the same. 8 months ago
Sandpit field Multi million pound scheme proposed for Swanage seafront Two options to stabilise the eroding cliff under Sandpit Field - Swanage’s major event space - have been drawn up by architects, and both will cost Swanage Town Council millions ... 8 months ago
Swanage lifeboat rescue of boat Yacht drifting in shipping lane rescued by Swanage RNLI Swanage lifeboat crew successfully recovered a yacht with engine failure in the English Channel, in what turned out to be a six hour rescue. 8 months ago
Steam cleaning the Globe George Burt’s Great Globe gets a steam clean at Durlston As the crowning glory to the restoration of the Pleasure Grounds at Durlston Country Park in Dorset, the iconic stone Great Globe has been given a clean - WATCH VIDEO 8 months ago
Hundreds of candles on Swanage beach in memory to loved ones Candles on the Beach returns to Swanage to remember loved ones The magical sight of Swanage Beach lit up with candles to reflect, celebrate and remember loved ones is to return, organised by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. 8 months ago
Swanage seafront Teenagers attempt theft of cash from Swanage fundraiser Police were called during a fundraising event in Swanage, when four teenagers attempted to snatch a charity box containing the money raised during the evening. 8 months ago
The Swanage School celebrates 10 years Celebrating 10 years since return of secondary schooling in Swanage The extraordinary vision of a group of determined parents, residents and local councillors which created The Swanage School marks its 10th anniversary. 8 months ago
Tomasz and son Man who tried to paddle board to Old Harry with son, tells of ordeal A 45 year old man from Bristol has spoken for the first time of his near death experience after spending nearly seven hours clinging to his paddle board in Studland ... 9 months ago
Swanage Fire station training Have a go at being a firefighter in Swanage Swanage Fire Station is offering those keen on becoming a paid on-call firefighter, the chance to find out what it’s really like. 9 months ago
Waverly and RNLI Poole RNLI treat injured woman on paddle steamer returning to Swanage A RNLI volunteer undertook a tricky manoeuvre to get back to his lifeboat in Poole Bay in Dorset after treating an injured passenger on the historic paddle steamer the Waverley. 9 months ago
Toploader at Music by the Sea festival Toploader: Dancing in the Swanage sunset at music festival As the sun started to set over Swanage in Dorset, well known band Toploader took to the stage and got everyone dancing at the Music by the Sea festival in ... 9 months ago
Trev in his boat Celebration of life for Purbeck stonemason Trev Haysom Well known Langton Matravers resident and world authority on Purbeck stone, Treleven Haysom has died at the age of 81 and there’s to be an event to celebrate his life. 9 months ago
T3 No. 563 locomotive New Swanage home for 130 year old loco saved from scrap yard A truly remarkable survivor and star of The Railway Children theatre production, the stunning Victorian steam locomotive built in 1893, has finally arrived at its new home on the Swanage ... 9 months ago
Antiques roadshow in Swanage Swanage gets star billing in new series of BBC Antiques Roadshow The new TV series of Antiques Roadshow returns to BBC1 this autumn with the opening episode coming from Swanage in Dorset. 9 months ago
Little Birds staff team with banner Pre-school in Swanage graded by Ofsted as Outstanding The team at a pre-school in Swanage are ‘over the moon’ having been told by Ofsted that they’ve been awarded the highest possible grading in all areas following a recent ... 9 months ago
David Hollister at Harmans cross fete 2023 Harmans Cross fete bids farewell to lifelong supporter After a lifetime devoted to the promotion of Harman’s Cross near Swanage, well known Purbeck Gazette columnist and Purbeck Coast presenter David Hollister is upping sticks and moving to Buckinghamshire. 9 months ago
Police road closed sign Woman and child seriously injured in car collision near Wareham The air ambulance flew a child with serious injuries to hospital in Southampton following a collision between two vehicles on the Sandford Road near Wareham. 9 months ago
Police desk reopens in Swanage Publicity push for Swanage’s newly reopened police front desk New technology has made it economically possible to reopen the police front desk in Swanage in Dorset. 9 months ago
Totem pole erected at Blue Pool Eye-catching totem pole erected by Wareham men’s group Dorset beauty spot Blue Pool near Wareham has taken delivery of a colourful new attraction created by a men’s group that promotes social inclusivity and wellbeing. 9 months ago
Weston farm campsite National Trust sets up camp in Worth Matravers Within a short walking distance of the legendary Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers in Dorset, the National Trust has opened a family friendly campsite for the summer. 9 months ago
Giant sand lizard at East Creech Giant sand lizard spotted on Purbeck hillside A huge sand lizard has been unveiled at East Creech near Corfe Castle in Dorset with the aim of highlighting how big a problem the decline of this tiny endangered ... 9 months ago
Community first responders at Swanage rotary fete Life saving kit for Swanage donated by Rotary at fete Swanage and Purbeck Rotary has given £3,000 worth of medical equipment to the local community first responder team to help save lives in Swanage. 9 months ago
Filming Swanage Lifeboat Film crew returns to Swanage RNLI ahead of lifeboat week Swanage Lifeboat Station is to feature again on the popular BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea but there’s an opportunity to visit the boathouse in person during lifeboat week. 9 months ago
Swanage police front desk office Dorset Police reopen front office in Swanage The police front desk inside Swanage Town Hall has been reopened as part of a pilot project aimed at improving face to face communication with the local community. 10 months ago
Swanage Carnival 2023 Swanage Carnival 2023 in pictures and video High winds and rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of Swanage Carnival 2023 and there were plenty of times over the eight days of entertainment when the sun shone on the ... 10 months ago
House fire on Ballard estate Fire destroys roof of burning bungalow in Swanage A blaze took hold in the loft of a property on the Ballard Estate in Swanage causing severe damage - WATCH VIDEO 10 months ago
Glasses on beach Swanage Carnival photo competition winners revealed While some Swanage Carnival events were blown off course by the weather, the announcement of the winners of the carnival’s photomarathon went ahead undeterred by the high winds. 10 months ago
Swanage Carnival procession 2023 Rain clears in time for Swanage Carnival procession Despite fears that wet and windy weather would put a damper on the Swanage Carnival procession, the earlier showers dried up to allow the parade to go ahead as planned ... 10 months ago
Plesiosaur and Oly Rush Plastic plesiosaur joins in Swanage Carnival fun in the sun From a packed beach on the first day of Swanage Carnival, people were able to enjoy the unusual sight of a plesiosaur swimming across the bay. 10 months ago
Swanage carnival team get last minute pep talk Swanage Carnival: All ready to go for 2023! The marquee is up and the decorations done - everything is set for the start of Swanage Carnival week 2023. 10 months ago
Institute Road Man banned from Swanage in connection with shoplifting Purbeck Police have questioned a man from Bournemouth following a number of shoplifting incidents that were reported to the police by Swanage shopkeepers. 10 months ago
The stage at The Mowlem Swanage theatre gets cash boost for new stage lighting system The Mowlem in Swanage in Dorset has won a share of a £64,000 funding pot to pay for improving its stage lighting system. 10 months ago
Swanage seafront and Shore Road Swanage seafront survey puts Shore Road traffic as top concern Views on the Swanage Seafront Masterplan - an aspirational document to guide future planning decisions - while generally positive, has revealed that the biggest concern is traffic along the seafront. 10 months ago
Oly with plastic plesiosaur Percy the Plesiosaur swims to Swanage to highlight plastic trash During Swanage Carnival week anything goes and this year is no different with a visit expected from a plastic plesiosaur swimming across the bay chasing extreme swimmer Oly Rush - ... 10 months ago
Studland road crash Car crashes into tree near Corfe Castle For the second time that day, emergency services were called to a car crash near Corfe Castle in Dorset that blocked the road. 10 months ago
Fire engines at Harmans Cross Person airlifted to hospital after Harman’s Cross road crash Two people were seriously injured and both had to be cut out of their separate vehicles after they collided on the A351 Valley Road near Swanage in Dorset. 10 months ago
Squid Squad swimming challenge Swanage sea swimmers complete incredible challenges With the weather conditions meant to be at their best for tackling long distance swims, two teams of local swimmers exhibited extraordinary endurance successfully tackling separate gruelling swimming challenges. 10 months ago
Woody the dog rescued from Ballard Down fall Lucky escape for cliff fall dog on Ballard Down Stuck on a small ledge after going over the cliff at Ballard Down near Swanage in Dorset, coastguard teams dashed to the rescue of Woody the dog. 10 months ago
Swanage Carnival 2022 What’s on in Swanage for summer 2023 With schools out for summer, there’s a full programme of events in Swanage and across Purbeck, with lots more happening as organisations recover from the disruption caused by the pandemic. 10 months ago
Swanage RNLI all weather lifeboat Swanage RNLI nighttime rescue of boat drifting in shipping lane From within sight of the French coastline, Swanage Lifeboat crew had to tow a motorboat back to safety after it suffered catastrophic water pump failure rendering its engine unusable. 10 months ago
Exterior of Wareham Hospital Chemo clinic for Purbeck cancer patients to close Cancer patients living in Purbeck now face a longer journey to hospitals in Poole or Dorchester to receive treatment after the decision to close the chemotherapy clinic at Wareham Hospital. 10 months ago
Ice cream kiosk Ice cream kiosks in Swanage closed down owing council thousands The contract to operate two ice cream kiosks on Swanage’s Main Beach has been terminated after the tenants broke the terms of the agreement with Swanage Town Council. 10 months ago
Fire engines at Swanage Fire Station Swanage firefighters hold charity car wash at fire station More used to putting out fires, the crew at Swanage Fire Station are to turn their skills to hosing down cars in order to raise funds for The Fire Fighters ... 10 months ago
The Crow's nest inn pub Man questioned by police over Swanage dog bite incident Dorset Police say a man in his 60s from Cumbria is assisting officers with their enquiries in connection with an incident where a boy was reportedly bitten by a dog. 10 months ago
Tour of Swanage Downs as part of Planet Purbeck Festival Making Purbeck wilder – opinion of local people wanted Community group Planet Purbeck will be getting out and about this summer in an effort to find out what everyone thinks - not just the green enthusiasts - about making ... 10 months ago
Coastal Crust Pizza Pizza start-up to take over Swanage restaurant A business idea developed during lockdown by a Swanage couple to sell takeaway pizza has been so successful, they are now all set to open a cafe and pizzeria. 10 months ago
Drugs confiscated by Purbeck Police Drugs and offensive weapon seized by police in Swanage Two people in Swanage in Dorset are under investigation by Purbeck Police following the discovery of illegal drugs at a property in the town. 10 months ago
Studland Heath fire Fire breaks out on Studland peninsula near beach A large area of vegetation among the Studland sand dunes in Dorset has been devastated by a fire that swept through the habitat of many rare species including the endangered ... 10 months ago
On the Polar Express in Devon Santa returns to Swanage Railway for glitzy Hollywood Christmas Back by popular demand, Santa is coming to Swanage Railway for Christmas and for the first time he’ll be bringing the train The Polar Express with him. 11 months ago
Swanage sewage works Water company to reduce storm sewage flowing into Swanage Bay Work costing millions is being planned by Wessex Water to dramatically reduce the number of times that sewage is discharged into Swanage Bay after prolonged spells of heavy rain. 11 months ago
Clothes swap organised by Sustainable Swanage Swap your clothes at The Mowlem in Swanage Not a saucy comedy at Swanage’s theatre but a practical way to update your wardrobe for free, the clothes swap event is being organised by the local environment group Sustainable ... 11 months ago
Poole RNLi join search for paddle boarders Missing paddle boarders at Old Harry spark huge rescue mission A father and his 16 year old son are lucky to have survived after being swept miles out to sea on their paddle boards from Studland Bay in Dorset. 11 months ago
Swimmers Mark, Cathy, Anthony Swanage woman faces water fear to swim Channel with the ‘buoys’ Four Dorset swimmers - two from Swanage - are gearing up to swim the English Channel in a gruelling relay to raise money for good causes. 11 months ago
Swanage carnival programme goes on sale Hot off the press Swanage Carnival programme hits the streets Always eagerly anticipated, the Swanage Carnival programme with all the details of the events for 2023 has just gone on sale and it’s had a complete redesign. 11 months ago
Swanage fire station training with Phil Burridge Swanage Fire Station officer steps down after 40 years service Following an extraordinary 40 years of continuous service at Swanage Fire Station, its station officer is retiring after becoming one of the longest-serving firefighters in Dorset. 11 months ago
St Mark's school Man arrested after incidents outside school in Swanage Police officers investigating the alleged assault on a woman and later on a boy in Swanage are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. 11 months ago
NHS poster outside The Mowlem Dorset health providers hold Swanage event about NHS changes An information event in Swanage is being held by all the NHS trusts in Dorset, ahead of the closure of Poole Hospital’s accident and emergency and the reorganisation of services ... 11 months ago
Dog on beach Rules on dogs in public spaces to be reviewed by Dorset Council A public consultation has started on a new dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order which includes the rules for Swanage Main Beach and Studland beaches. 11 months ago
Swanage all weather lifeboat launching ‘Struggling’ paddle boarders rescued by Swanage RNLI Two groups of paddle boarders - a total of six people - got caught out when the wind picked up in Studland Bay in Dorset. 11 months ago
Antiques roadshow set up tents on Prince Albert Gardens Swanage Coastguard reveals surprise item as BBC pitches up After months of anticipation, the BBC Antiques Roadshow has arrived in Swanage in Dorset and it’s prompted the local coastguard team to tell its story about a mystery package that ... 11 months ago
Shore Road on Swanage seafront ( New vision for Swanage’s seafront floated A draft document billed as a masterplan, has been published identifying areas of the seafront in Swanage that could benefit from investment. 11 months ago
Swanage Hospital Hours to be cut at Swanage Hospital’s minor injuries unit Dorset Healthcare, the trust that runs Swanage Hospital, has announced that the minor injuries unit will be open for less time over the summer. 11 months ago
Roads to Rail Norden 2022 Steam rally returns to Swanage Railway for third year With the Dorset Steam Fair cancelled for 2023, Swanage Railway is offering enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a local steam rally this year. 11 months ago
Photography exhibition at Purbeck New Wave Gallery Picture this – new photography exhibition at Swanage gallery Having only ever displayed paintings rather than photographs, an art gallery in Swanage decided to branch out after a chance remark. 11 months ago
Dancing Ledge incident Air ambulance rescues injured man from Dancing Ledge A man who had fallen and broken his leg had to be airlifted from a rock ledge on the Purbeck coastline due to the inaccessible location - WATCH VIDEO 11 months ago
An event at sandy Hill arts Major lottery grant awarded to Corfe Castle arts hub A year after being formed, Sandy Hill Arts next to Corfe Castle station has just been granted nearly £30,000 to fund a programme of diverse music events. 11 months ago
Car in Poole Harbour Car in Poole Harbour forces Sandbanks Ferry to suspend service The Sandbanks Ferry had to stop operating, after a car waiting to board, rolled off the slipway on the Sandbanks side of Poole Harbour - WATCH VIDEO. 11 months ago
Friends of the downs meeting Springwatch boosts passion for nature on Swanage Downs There’s plenty of enthusiasm for getting involved in nature surveys and walks on Swanage’s newly designated local nature reserve, inspired by BBC Springwatch. 11 months ago
Callum Patrick Hughes performs in The Showbar at The Mowlem Thirst for more drama in Swanage’s Showbar The refurbished bar in The Mowlem in Swanage is now staging performances and most appropriately, its first show was called Thirst. 11 months ago
Bus stop at Station approach Teenager sustains ‘laceration’ to body in Swanage town centre Two boys aged 15 and 16 have been arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent following an alleged assault on another boy aged 15 near Swanage bus ... 11 months ago
Swanage Library Change to opening hours proposed for Swanage Library after review The days and times Swanage Library is open, are to change if new proposals by Dorset Council get the go ahead. 11 months ago
Police car in Dorset Body found following search for missing Purbeck teenager Dorset Police say they have very sadly found a body, following the search for a 17 year old boy who was last seen in Worth Matravers in Dorset. 11 months ago
Swanage Croquet Club up sticks from cricket ground to new home After an innings of 18 years, Swanage Croquet Club has formed a new partnership with Swanage Primary School, moving away from the cricket club ground in Day’s Park where it ... 12 months ago
SW!M performance in The Mowlem Swanage’s swimmers take second dip into theatre performance After the sell out show of SW!M in 2022 - a combination of storytelling on the stage followed by dancing and swimming in Swanage Bay - the all-female group is ... 12 months ago
Margaret Guy from Patient participation group at Swanage medical practice Call to help improve health services in Swanage during time of change A group of patients registered with Swanage Medical Practice, is calling for more people to join them to help change local health services for the better. 12 months ago
Verwood wildfire 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 12 months ago
Duke of Wellington pub in Wareham 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. 12 months ago
Art work at Purbeck Art Weeks at Rollington Barn 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. 12 months ago
Corfe Castle May fair 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. 12 months ago
Police block off road to rave ( 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. 12 months ago
Swanage Big Help out 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 ... 12 months ago
Grey vehicle crashed into St Mary's church 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 ... 12 months ago
Daisy at swimming championships 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 ... 1 year ago
St Mark's School receives sport award 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. 1 year ago
Dorset Police chief constable Amanda Pearson 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. 1 year ago
Living Spit show One Man and His Cow ‘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. 1 year ago
Chris Packham at RSPB Arne in 2016 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. 1 year ago
Coronation celebration at Corfe Castle 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. 1 year ago
Boat on fire 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 ... 1 year ago
Coronation teaspoons presented to St Mark's primary school children 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. 1 year ago
Coronation street decorations ( 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. 1 year ago
man and woman with dog 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Railway Diesel Gala and beer Festival 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 ... 1 year ago
Dot Fraser 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. 1 year ago
The Crow's nest inn pub 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. 1 year ago
In action again, Swanage lifeboat launches after red flares are fired 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Hospital MIU sign 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. 1 year ago
East street corfe castle 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. 1 year ago
Barbecue charcoal arrives at Swanage Railway 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Lifeboat rescues boat with a fire on board 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. 1 year ago
Carnival classic motor show 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. 1 year ago
Winspit caves 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 1 year ago
skip on fire 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 ... 1 year ago
Swanage Downs local nature reserve launch 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. 1 year ago
Book of Condolences in the priory Church of St Mary, Wareham 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. 1 year ago
Star Wars film crew sets up at Acton 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. 1 year ago
Catherine Nix at Dorset Dried flowers 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Railway arson attack on carriage 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. 1 year ago
Southern Co-op disposable BBQs 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. 1 year ago
Great Dorset Beach Clean on Swanage North Beach 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. 1 year ago
Merger of dementia charities 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, 1 year ago
Kimmeridge Bay ‘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. 1 year ago
Helicopter rescue at Durdle Door 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. 1 year ago
Peter Frost and Trevor Parsons on First day of Swanage Railway trial service to Wareham 2023 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. 1 year ago
Allsort'd musical production rehearsals at The Mowlem 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. 1 year ago
River Frome in Wareham 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 ... 1 year ago
Changing Places toilet in North Beach car park 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. 1 year ago
Cars along Swanage Seafront 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 ... 1 year ago
Wytch Farm buildings at Arne 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. 1 year ago
The day centre 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. 1 year ago
Aerial view of Poole Harbour 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. 1 year ago
Houses in Swanage 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 ... 1 year ago
launch of Lewis-Manning better breathing clinic at Wareham hospital 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. 1 year ago
Sandbanks ferry 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 ... 1 year ago
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. 1 year ago
Antiques Roadshow filming with Fiona Bruce at Castle Howard 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. 1 year ago
Motor cruiser rescue by Swanage RNLI 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. 1 year ago
Institute Road 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Town Hall 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. 1 year ago
Swanage and Wareham rugby club 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. 1 year ago
First day of Swanage Railway trains to Wareham 13 June 2017 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. 1 year ago
The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge 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. 1 year ago
Swanage High street 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 1 year ago
Jazz Festival at The Mowlem 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. 1 year ago
Lifeguard on Swanage Beach 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. 1 year ago
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 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. 1 year ago
Swanage homes from aerial view 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. 1 year ago
erial view of Dorset County Hospital 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. 1 year ago
Sandbanks ferry 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. 1 year ago
Purbeck Business Awards winners 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. 1 year ago
Sandbanks ferry 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. 1 year ago
North Beach car park 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. 1 year ago
SW!M show performance on Swanage Beach 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 1 year ago
Purbeck Breezer 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Carnival 2022 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. 1 year ago
Climber rescue near Anvil Point 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Queen's Platinum Jubilee party 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. 1 year ago
Swanage assistant mechanic Colin Marks stood by the shore, sunset in the distance. 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Railway community engagement event 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Carnival team 2022 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. 1 year ago
President Zelensky visits Lulworth 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. 1 year ago
Cannabis factory in Wareham 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. 1 year ago
Sandbanks Ferry returning to Poole 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. 1 year ago
Ambulance picket line in Swanage 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. 1 year ago
Ferry at Studland 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 1 year ago
Westminster Road industrial estate in Wareham 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. 1 year ago
CCTV of missing man Steven Clarke 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. 1 year ago
Daisy Dorset County swimming champion in the swimming pool 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. 1 year ago
Flying Scotsman at Corfe on Swanage Railway 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. 1 year ago
Come and Sing at St Mary's Church with Cathy Lamb 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. 1 year ago
Welcome sign at Dorset Police HQ 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. 1 year ago
Installation of beach scanner by Univerity of Plymouth researchers on Swanage Beach 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. 1 year ago
Alan Greatbatch at Corfe Castle station signal box 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 ... 1 year ago
Dog rescued by Swanage Coastguard and RNLI 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. 1 year ago
Dave Corben receiving his record of service certificate. 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. 1 year ago
Police car in Dorset 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. 1 year ago
Santa at Switching on the Christmas lights 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. 1 year ago
Broad Road car park 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. 1 year ago
Swanage Hospital MIU sign 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 ... 1 year ago
Bournemouth Crown Court 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 ... 1 year ago
Wareham Co-op 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”. 1 year ago
Ambulance staff on strike 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. 1 year ago
Cast of Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood panto 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. 1 year ago
Raspberry Roase shop in Institute Road 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. 1 year ago
Queen's Platinium Jubilee Celebrations in Swanage 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. 1 year ago
car on fire 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 1 year ago
Exterior of Dorset Council offices 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. 1 year ago
The stage at The Mowlem 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. 1 year ago
Broad Road car park 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. 1 year ago
heritage freight train at Corfe Castle 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. 1 year ago
Air ambulance at Peveril Point 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. 1 year ago
Boxing day swim 2022 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 1 year ago
Jubilee tree in Swanage Jubilee trees planted across Purbeck for the Queen Swanage, Studland and Corfe Castle have marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting commemorative trees. 1 year ago
Station Road Lights at Christmas 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. 1 year ago
Herston Village hall 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. 1 year ago
Santa on Swanage Pier 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. 1 year ago
Bus in Swanage 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. 1 year ago
The Anchor Inn Swanage 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. 1 year ago
Nigel Reeve at Biz awards launch 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. 1 year ago
St Mary's rector Dr Ian Bird 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. 1 year ago
Soft toys 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 ... 1 year ago
Field in Washpond lane 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. 1 year ago
Grammar school weathervane and bell tower 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 ... 1 year ago
St George's school nativity 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. 1 year ago
High Street in snow 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 1 year ago
Sandbanks Ferry damage 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. 1 year ago
The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge 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. 1 year ago
Wordsworth house 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. 1 year ago
Yacht in Poole Harbour 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. 1 year ago
Jewson's in Swanage High Street 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. 1 year ago
Santa arrives in Corfe Castle square for lights switch-on A robin for Robin: Corfe Castle switches on its festive lights There’s a special addition to the Corfe Castle Christmas lights this year to remember a local man who was a stalwart of the community. 1 year ago
steam & lights departure from Swanage Railway station Swanage Railway gives a Steam and Lights thank you to its volunteers Swanage Railway prepared for its Christmas Steam and Lights service with a special trip for railway volunteers and invited guests - WATCH VIDEO 1 year ago
Studland Road Studland Road reopens after five week closure for water works The controversial closure of the main road between Studland and Corfe Castle, coinciding with the Sandbanks Ferry stoppage, has now ended. 1 year ago
RNLI rescue paddle boarder Paddle boarder rescued after blown a mile offshore from Studland The RNLI has released a video of the rescue of a paddle boarder near Old Harry Rocks warning of “deceptive weather” conditions - WATCH VIDEO 1 year ago
Christmas lights for 2022 in Station Road Swanage’s countdown to Christmas begins as festive lights shine Crowds gathered to witness the switching on of the Christmas lights in Swanage marking the beginning of festivities for 2022 - WATCH VIDEO 1 year ago
Swanage railway at Station approach Changes proposed to improve pedestrian safety in Swanage The provision for pedestrians in front of Swanage station is ‘very poor’ according to a report being considered by Swanage Town Council. 1 year ago
Swanage sign at Swanage station with festive lights Swanage Railway facing ‘dire’ times as passenger numbers fall Following a gloomy summer which saw passenger numbers down by 25 percent compared to 2019 Swanage Railway is hoping for a boost over Christmas. 1 year ago
Sam Whaley at European Championships 2022 Swanage sailor stays on track for Olympics with success in Europe British sailing team member and Swanage resident Sam Whaley has come a remarkable fifth in the laser sailing European Championships in France. 1 year ago
Santa and his sleigh in Station Road in Swanage Santa’s coming to Swanage – check out when he’s in your street! Helped by elves from Swanage and Purbeck Rotary and Crazy4Corfe, Santa will be travelling across Purbeck in his sleigh again this Christmas. 1 year ago
Sunflowers at opening of the Lewis Manning shop in Swanage Hospice care charity expands its clinical team in Purbeck Two new members of staff have been recruited to the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care team to deliver services in Swanage and across Purbeck. 2 years ago
Derek Marsh stand at football ground with his daughters Legendary Swanage family remembered at football ground Swanage Town and Herston Football Club has named its newly refurbished spectators’ stand after Swans legend Derek Marsh. 2 years ago
Ferry at Studland ‘Severe damage’ to Sandbanks Ferry delays its return to 2023 The ferry that normally operates between Sandbanks and Studland has been badly damaged while being towed to Falmouth for planned maintenance. 2 years ago
roadworks near Corfe Castle ( Roadworks near Corfe Castle to continue for ‘further three days’ Temporary traffic lights, which are causing traffic queues on the A351 near Corfe Castle, are expected to stay in place for a few more days while BT repairs a collapsed ... 2 years ago
Car crashes into house Car crashes into terraced house in Swanage The owner of a property in Swanage was lucky not to be at home at the time, when a car crashed into their front room. 2 years ago
Wreath laying ceremony from the air at Swanage War Memorial 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 2 years ago
Armistice day at Swanage War Memorial 2022 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 - ... 2 years ago
Poole Hospital Nurses across Dorset vote for strike action Royal College of Nursing members at all of the NHS trusts that cover Dorset have voted to strike in a dispute over pay. 2 years ago
Poole Lifeboat out in rough sea conditions Rough seas warning as Swanage RNLI search for person in difficulty In challenging weather conditions, Swanage Lifeboat crew joined Poole RNLI to look for a person after a sighting of someone in potential difficulty - WATCH VIDEO. 2 years ago
Ukrainian flag over Ballard Down More Swanage residents urged to consider hosting Ukrainian refugees Chance for residents in Swanage and across Purbeck to find out more about hosting Ukrainian refugees in a spare room, annex or AirBnB over winter. 2 years ago
New 30 mph signs on road into Swanage New 30 mph signs installed on main road into Swanage Drivers should now slow down sooner as they approach Swanage along the A351 road from Harmans Cross, following the reduction in the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph. 2 years ago
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. 2 years ago
Swanage Musuem archive Delve into Swanage’s history as centre opens its doors for weekend For the first time in three years, the Swanage History Centre is opening its archive to the public so they can find out more about Purbeck’s past. 2 years ago
Man with head injury rescused by Swanage and Poole Lifeboat crews Swanage and Poole RNLI join forces to rescue man with head injury A multi-agency evacuation effort was launched after a yacht heading towards Poole Harbour reported that a crew member was drifting in and out of consciousness. 2 years ago
Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway Flying Scotsman boosts Swanage economy as thousands visit Fresh from a major overhaul, the iconic steam locomotive’s visit to Swanage Railway has attracted crowds of admirers. 2 years ago
Swanage homes from aerial view Swanage aims to take back control over town planning Work has begun to create a neighbourhood plan for Swanage which is likely to include new policies on affordable housing, second homes and new building developments. 2 years ago
Sandbanks Ferry 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 ... 2 years ago
Swanage Hospital Meeting about future of Swanage Hospital and local healthcare Amidst a national crisis in the NHS, the Friends of Swanage Hospital is holding a meeting, open to all, about future local healthcare changes. 2 years ago
A351 road coming into Swanage 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. 2 years ago
Aerial view of Poole Harbour with wingwalker plane crass inset 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. 2 years ago
Swanage 24/7 webcam showing Swanage Bay New Swanage webcam launched with panoramic view of bay A new webcam with a spectacular view over Swanage Bay has just started streaming 24 hours a day. 2 years ago
Fire engine and Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway Fire crews navigate railway crowds to reach Swanage garage fire Shortly after the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman arrived in Swanage, the local fire station received a report that a garage was on fire. 2 years ago
Flying Scotsman Swanage Flying Scotsman: World’s most famous loco arrives in Swanage Welcomed by crowds eager to get a good photo, the record breaking locomotive steamed into Swanage for a three week flying visit - WATCH VIDEO 2 years ago
Tour of Durlston Pleasure Gardens project celebration What next for Durlston after pleasure grounds success? The team who made the restoration of the pleasure grounds at Durlston Country Park in Swanage possible, gathered to mark the end of the highly successful four year project. 2 years ago
The existing frontage of Knoll House Hotel 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. 2 years ago
Liitle sea at Studland 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. 2 years ago
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. 2 years ago
Audience at Swanage Community Awards 2022 ( Winners of the Swanage Community Awards 2022 announced Swanage residents, who were judged to have excelled in their contribution to the town in 2022, were presented with a community award at a ceremony in Swanage. 2 years ago
Base jumper rescued by emergency services at Swyre's Head 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. 2 years ago
Swanage Carnival committee at Carnival presentation evening 2022 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. 2 years ago
Water works on Studland Road 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 ... 2 years ago
Fire crew at Chimney fire in Rempstone 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. 2 years ago
Busy Swanage seafront and lifeguard hut Planning starts for revamp of Swanage seafront Work has begun to create a long term vision for the seafront from Swanage Pier to the stream at Ocean Bay in Swanage. 2 years ago
Nigel Reeve at Biz awards launch 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. 2 years ago
Lake at Blue Pool Tractor and power tools stolen from Wareham beauty spot A Wareham man has been arrested after machinery was reported stolen from Blue Pool near Wareham. 2 years ago
Eco home in Langton 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. 2 years ago
Shore Road 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 ... 2 years ago
Durlston Country Park 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. 2 years ago
CCTV images of women wanted in connection with Clipboard thefts in Wareham Two women sought after pensioner loses £1,000 cash in Wareham Dorset Police have issued CCTV images of two women they would like to identify following a distraction theft in Wareham. 2 years ago
Sheep in a field Purbeck farmer attacked by man after dog chases sheep Dorset Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following an assault on a farmer in a field near Wool in Purbeck. 2 years ago
The mayor Tina Foster and deputy Chris Moreton take book of condolence to care homes 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. 2 years ago
Dancing Ledge viewed from the sea 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. 2 years ago
Lloyds bank on last day before closure 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. 2 years ago
Collection of maps Historic maps to go on display in Swanage An exhibition featuring a private collection of maps and charts of Dorset, the world and the universe, is to open for just two days at All Saints Church Hall in ... 2 years ago
Royal Proclamation at Swanage Bandstand 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. 2 years ago
Book of condolence for the Queen 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. 2 years ago
Town Hall Flag at half mast after death of Queen 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. 2 years ago
Burlington Chine toilets 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. 2 years ago
The waverley at Swanage Pier 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. 2 years ago
Music by the sea concert 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. 2 years ago
Opening of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care shop in Swanage. Clinical staff Yewande Akinlade, Jo Foster, Nicky Charrett, Hayley Bonner, Debbie Tallick-Wyatt and Louise Hopley. 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. 2 years ago
Dancing Ledge viewed from the sea 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. 2 years ago
Flying Scotsman in Swanage March 2019 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. 2 years ago
Swanage Fire crew tackle trackside fire 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. 2 years ago
Climber put onto stretcher at bottom of cliff 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. 2 years ago
Unveiling of the Trevor Chadwick Statue 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. 2 years ago
The wind hive at Swyre Head 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. 2 years ago
Harmans Cross Fete sign 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. 2 years ago
Wareham Quay at night Police arrest man in Wareham after reports of indecent exposure Officers investigating reports that a man exposed himself and sexually assaulted a teenage girl in Wareham are appealing for witnesses. 2 years ago
Herston Halt railway station 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. 2 years ago
Robin and Nigel Humphries 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. 2 years ago
Swanage Post Office 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. 2 years ago
Inshore lifeboat in Swanage Bay 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. 2 years ago
Isle of Purbeck Arts Club exhibition 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. 2 years ago
Swanage RNLI Lifeboat crew with the inshore lifeboat 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. 2 years ago
Cars get towed along Ferry Road in Studland 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. 2 years ago
Damping down Studland Heath fire 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. 2 years ago