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 ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
‘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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Swanage Fire Station work overnight to tackle Dorset wildfire The first major wildfire in Dorset during the recent spell of dry, warm weather took more than 60 firefighters to bring under control - WATCH VIDEO
Three men arrested after fight in Wareham pub A man in his 20s from Wareham in Dorset, was taken to hospital with facial injuries after an alleged assault in a pub in the centre of the town.
Top artistic talent goes on display across Purbeck A fortnight of open studios, exhibitions, concerts and workshops has kicked off as part of Purbeck Art Weeks Festival 2023.
Corfe Castle May Fair returns after three year absence Perfect weather and a stunning setting combined to make the first Corfe Castle May Fair since 2019 a spectacular success.
Police say ‘music has been turned off’ at illegal rave near Corfe Castle Around 1,500 people, along with an estimated 500 vehicles, attended an illegal rave in Purbeck over the bank holiday weekend.
Sun finally comes out for Swanage’s Big Help Out King Charles’s Coronation event The Big Help Out had to be postponed in Swanage due to wind and rain but eventually took place with the sun shining in all its ...
Second recent crash at Swanage church accident hotspot A grey van ran off Church Hill in Swanage and crashed through temporary barriers that had been put in place following a collision at the same spot a few months ...
Swanage swimming star’s medal wins at regional finals Having achieved remarkable success at Dorset county level, 11 year old Daisy from Swanage has gone on to scoop a silver and three bronze medals at the Swim England South ...
School in Swanage is first in Purbeck to get top sport award A primary school in Swanage is one of only a handful in Dorset and the first in Purbeck to be awarded the Platinum School Games Mark.
Dorset chief constable pledges to fill gaps in Swanage policing team An increase in the number of new officers for Dorset Police means Swanage looks set to fill the vacancies in its neighbourhood policing team.
‘Rural romp’ to be performed in Studland Offering a combination of agricultural antics, farmyard frolics and pizza to draw in the crowds, a two man comedy show has been booked to perform in Studland in Dorset.
BBC Springwatch TV programme to broadcast live from Purbeck The wildlife-rich habitats across Purbeck, including at Durlston, are to star in the latest BBC Springwatch series, presented by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan from RSPB Arne.
In pictures: Coronation events across Purbeck Lots of people across Purbeck got out their picnic rugs and dressed up in red, white and blue to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.
Dad and two children escape intense fire on powerboat at Arne Despite suffering from shock and cold, two boys and their father managed to make it ashore at Arne after abandoning their boat that had caught alight in Poole Harbour in ...
Coronation teaspoons given to Swanage children as memento All children attending Swanage primary schools have received a silver plated teaspoon from Swanage Town Council to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III.
What’s happening in Swanage for King Charles’s Coronation The flags and the red, white and blue decorations are on display in Swanage’s town centre, ready to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.
Police still hunting for owners of dog that bit boy at Swanage pub A seven year old is lucky to be recovering after a dog reportedly bit the boy’s head in a Swanage beer garden.
Swanage Railway brews up popular diesel and beer festival With a growing appreciation of heritage diesel locomotives from the 1960s and the perpetual appeal of beer, Swanage Railway is serving up its annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival ...
Medal wins for 86 year old Swanage runner at world championships A Swanage woman in her 80s has just returned from the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Poland after winning a gold and two silver medals.
Child injured in dog attack at Swanage pub Police officers and the air ambulance were all called to help after a child was injured in an incident involving a dog in a pub garden in Swanage.
Bank holiday rescue for Swanage RNLI as kayaker injured A capsized kayaker was rescued by Swanage RNLI after getting into difficulties near Dancing Ledge along the Purbeck Coast in Dorset.
Swanage minor injuries unit to close on bank holiday due to strike As a result of industrial action in England by the Royal College of Nursing, Swanage Hospital’s minor injuries unit is to temporarily close.
Quiet night in for Corfe Castle as main road closed for repair The main road in and out of Corfe Castle in Dorset is to be closed overnight to repair potholes and improve the road surface.
Swanage Railway saves disposable barbecue charcoal from landfill A supermarket that stopped selling single use barbecues has recycled its old stock and given six tonnes of charcoal briquettes to Swanage Railway.
Swanage RNLI launches three times in four days to help boats in distress A cabin cruiser on fire and two broken down vessels required the urgent assistance of the Swanage all-weather lifeboat over the space of four days.
Bumper turnout for Swanage’s carnival classic car show Swanage’s classic car show was back for 2023 and this time it’s become an official Swanage Carnival event as a curtain raiser to its main week of summer festivities.
Star Wars filming called off as Purbeck caves in danger of collapse Disney bosses have cancelled a film shoot for the latest Star Wars series of Andor at Winspit Quarry near Worth Matravers in Dorset, on safety grounds
Fire crew tackle skip blaze in Swanage Residents in Swanage were woken late at night after a fire crew arrived to put out a blaze that had broken out in a skip full of rubbish, close to ...
Swanage open space gets local nature reserve status Peveril Point and the Downs in Swanage has been officially designated as a local nature reserve giving it extra protection and enhancement.
Church in Wareham burgled and silverware stolen Silver candlesticks, plates and chalices have been taken from the historic Lady St Mary Church in Wareham in a night time burglary.
Star Wars returns to Purbeck: The sequel! The Star Wars: Andor TV series have set up camp again near Swanage in Dorset, ahead of filming for the second season of the popular TV programme.
Business blossoms for Corfe Castle venture From a workshop in Corfe Castle, Dorset Dried Flowers is branching out, boosted by scooping the award for best eco business at the Purbeck Business Awards 2023.
Attempted arson attack on train carriage at Swanage Railway Causing upset to workers and volunteers at Swanage Railway, vandals have smashed windows and attempted to set light to a train carriage.
New campaign to dispose of single use barbecues in Dorset forever While Swanage’s Co-op has restocked disposable barbecues for the summer, Southern Co-op, a separate retailer in Dorset has banned them for good and is recycling its old stock.
Chance to help spring clean Purbeck’s beaches In a concerted effort to clear up the local beaches including Swanage and Studland, the 33rd Great Dorset Beach Clean is taking place.
Swanage and Wareham dementia charities expand across Purbeck Now offering support across Purbeck, two dementia friendly organisations have joined together to benefit the whole local area,
‘Truly shocking’ plastic pollution washed ashore at Kimmeridge Bay An increasingly large amount of plastic pellets known as nurdles are posing a real threat to marine wildlife at Kimmeridge in Dorset.
Helicopter rescues teenagers swept out to sea at Durdle Door Hearing screams from a group of teenage girls clinging to rocks in the sea at Durdle Door in Dorset, mulitple calls were made to 999.
Swanage Railway’s trial service to Wareham gets up and running The campaign to fully reinstate the rail service between Swanage and Wareham has taken a major leap forward.
Swanage group Allsort’d to stage first musical production Already well known locally for its singing performances, Allsort’d is all set to achieve the dream of putting on a musical at The Mowlem in Swanage.
Family of missing Wareham man informed after body found in river Dorset Police say that a body has been discovered in the river in Wareham and while not formally identified yet, the family of a man who’s been missing for several ...
First changing places toilet opens in Swanage The installation of a toilet for those who need extra equipment and space has been completed at North Beach car park in Swanage.
A day’s parking to cost £20.60 along Swanage seafront The price of on-street parking along Shore Road in Swanage is to increase by an inflation-busting 72 percent, making it one of the most expensive places to park a car ...
Poole Harbour oil leak: Europe’s largest onshore oilfield ‘temporarily suspended’ Perenco UK says that it has temporarily shut down operations at Wytch Farm oil well near Corfe Castle after the oil spill into Poole Harbour.
Plans to revitalise Swanage day centre and children’s centre Swanage day centre and the children’s centre in Chapel Lane off the High Street, are to become a health and wellbeing hub for all ages.
Major incident as Purbeck oil leaks into Poole Harbour near Arne The clean up operation is underway after a spillage from Wytch Farm oil well near Corfe Castle, leaked from a pipeline into Poole Harbour.
Second home tax in Dorset delayed Dorset Council was set to charge owners of second homes double council tax from April 2024 but its plans have been thwarted by the slow progress of government legislation through ...
Better breathing clinics expand in Purbeck to meet ‘desperate need’ A new clinic to help those with breathlessness has been launched at Wareham Hospital by a hospice charity, following the success of its clinic at Swanage Hospital.
Sandbanks Ferry toll to increase for vehicles The cost of a trip on the Sandbanks Ferry is to go up for all passenger and goods vehicles although the toll won’t increase for those on foot, bike or ...
Long weekend of steam at Swanage Railway for spring gala Five steam locomotives will be in action for Swanage Railway’s Spring Steam Gala including Britannia, which hauled King George VI's funeral train in 1952.
BBC Antiques Roadshow to come to Swanage Swanage Pier and Prince Albert Gardens are to host the popular BBC TV programme Antiques Roadshow presented by Fiona Bruce.
Swanage RNLI rescue motor cruiser with engine failure On Mothering Sunday, the volunteers from Swanage Lifeboat Station went to help the crew of a motor cruiser that had broken down 30 miles offshore in the shipping lane.
Swanage woman charged with attempted robbery at toy shop A woman has appeared in court charged with possessing a knife and attempted robbery at a toy store in Swanage.
Swanage council scraps gender neutral title in documents Councillors have voted to stop using the title ‘chair’ for anyone chairing a Swanage Town Council meeting and will use ‘chairman' instead, irrespective of gender.
Rugby club in Wareham gives community group new lease of life A Purbeck support group for people living with dementia and their carers has been given a new home - by a rugby club.
Swanage Railway confirms trial train service to Wareham and cost of fare Following long delays and false starts,, a trial rail service is to run between Swanage and the mainline at Wareham from April to September 2023.
Special offers in Purbeck for National Lottery Open Week Visitor attractions across Purbeck that have benefited from National Lottery funding are offering free entry, discounts and special offers.
Plea to change Swanage High Street parking hours A proposal to extend the time that vehicles can park along a stretch of the High Street in Swanage is being given serious consideration by Swanage Town Council
Swanage Jazz Festival offers ticket discount to local residents Building on last year's success, Swanage Jazz Festival 2023 will be returning to its traditional home of Sandpit Field and offering a discount to Swanage residents.
RNLI on lookout for new beach lifesavers in Swanage Recruitment has begun for the RNLI lifeguard team in preparation for keeping beachgoers safe on Swanage Beach over summer 2023.
Dorset arts charity brings symphony orchestra to Swanage The Mowlem on Swanage’s seafront is to host an appropriately nautical performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Second home owners ‘unhappy’ over Dorset Council’s tax plan As Dorset Council took another step towards introducing a second home tax, councillors said they had been inundated with emails and letters from many second home owners.
New helipad for Dorset County Hospital As part of the redevelopment of the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, it's to get a new air ambulance landing pad, helped by a £2 million donation.
Sandbanks Ferry returns to service after major delay Following 17 weeks out of action, the ferry that operates between Studland and Sandbanks in Dorset has resumed service.
Purbeck Business Awards 2023 winners announced Winning certificates have been presented to 12 local companies at the inaugural Purbeck Business Awards at a ceremony at Kingston Country Courtyard near Corfe Castle.
No date for return of Sandbanks Ferry service yet The Sandbanks Ferry company says it is still awaiting a final inspection and certification before it can resume operation between Studland and Sandbanks.
Swanage gets share of grant for changing places toilet A toilet for those who need extra equipment and space to use the facilities safely and comfortably is to be installed at North Beach car park.
New film released about Swanage’s sea swimmers The women who swim in Swanage Bay, star in a new film which follows them as they prepare to plunge into the world of theatre performance - WATCH THE FILM
Purbeck Breezer bus fare cap extended till summer Dorset bus company Morebus has confirmed that the £2 cap on the cost of a single bus fare will continue until the end of June 2023.
What’s on in Swanage: Festival line-up for 2023 Dates for the big events in Swanage for 2023 have been released with plenty of festivals taking place throughout the whole of the year.
Injured climber airlifted from base of cliff near Swanage A man whose shoulder became dislocated while attempting to tackle a challenging cliff climb had to be rescued from a rock ledge west of Anvil Point - WATCH VIDEO.
Free party packs for Swanage coronation street parties To help the party go with a swing and to boost community spirit across the town, free party packs are to be handed out to Swanage residents.
Swanage RNLI volunteer retires after 30 years Having attended 300 incidents and clocked up more than 1,000 hours at sea on rescues, Swanage Lifeboat volunteer Colin Marks is handing back his pager for a final time.
Locals snap up Swanage Railway’s open day offer With greatly reduced ticket prices for Purbeck residents, there was a queue outside Swanage station on the first morning of the heritage railway’s public engagement weekend.
Swanage Carnival announces plans and theme for 2023 The programme of events for this year’s carnival is taking shape and the theme for the traditional parade through the town has been revealed.
Ukrainian President and UK Prime Minister fly into Lulworth Lulworth in Dorset got a surprise visit from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as he ended his day trip to the UK.
Wareham ‘cannabis factory’ photos released by Dorset Police New images have been published showing the extent of the large-scale cultivation of what’s believed to be cannabis, in a factory in Wareham.
Sandbanks Ferry returns to Dorset with new Cornish paint job Damaged Sandbanks Ferry has arrived back in Poole Harbour for repairs to be completed, after undergoing scheduled maintenance in Falmouth in Cornwall.
Striking ambulance crews thank Swanage for ‘fantastic’ support A picket line at Swanage ambulance station was joined by local residents in support of the crews who are on strike in protest against low pay and poor working conditions.
Damaged Sandbanks Ferry returns to Poole to complete repairs Sandbanks Ferry, that was damaged on its way to Cornwall for scheduled maintenance, is to return to Poole Harbour for the repair work to be completed
Suspected cannabis factory in Wareham raided by police Five people have been arrested following the discovery of a large-scale operation on the Westminster Road industrial estate.
Video footage released of missing Wareham man in new search effort Dorset Police, continuing their enquiries to find a missing man in his 50s from Wareham, have now released new CCTV footage - WATCH.
Swanage school girl swims to success as Dorset champion Daisy, aged 11 from Swanage, has won a remarkable three gold medals at the Dorset county swimming championships.
Swanage Railway offers discount train tickets to local residents It’s only for one weekend but Swanage Railway is inviting members of the local community to peek behind the scenes at the heritage branch line.
Chance to come and sing in Swanage with top musicians New dates have been announced for the opportunity to tune up the vocal cords and get expert tuition from distinguished church musicians at St Mary’s Church.
Swanage woman jailed for stealing cash from Dorset Police A former Dorset Police staff member from Swanage, has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to the theft of almost £15,000.
New mystery object on Swanage Beach sparks intrigue The sight of a newly installed concrete block with a pole and a camera-like device along Swanage’s seafront has left passers-by mystified.
Swanage Railway volunteer signals his retirement after 31 years The man who set up Swanage Railway’s first signalling school – and helped ensure the safe operation of its trains as a signaller and signal box inspector - has retired ...
Dog plunges 28 metres from top of Studland’s Old Harry Rocks Swanage inshore lifeboat and the local coastguard team were called out to Old Harry Rocks to rescue a dog, a spaniel called Penny.
Back on board: New Swanage Lifeboat role for Dave Corben Well known Swanage resident and local estate agent Dave Corben, who briefly retired as a Swanage RNLI volunteer after 50 years of service, is now returning to the helm.
Cyclist airlifted to hospital after collision with van near Wareham A man in his 30s has received serious injuries after a collision with a van on Bere Road near Wareham.
Swanage and Purbeck Rotary raises a festive £22,000 for charity Bouncing back after the disruption of past years, Swanage and Purbeck Rotary team served up a full festive feast of Christmas events and services.
Swanage car parking fees to go up for spring and summer The cost of parking in a Swanage Town Council long stay car park is to rise for the first time in about 12 years.
Swanage Hospital minor injuries unit to close due to nurses’ strike The health trust which runs Swanage Hospital has decided to close the minor injuries unit during the two days of industrial action by the Royal College of Nursing on Wednesday ...
Swanage man jailed for controlling and coercive behaviour A 25 year old man from Swanage has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after a court heard how he made death threats towards a former ...
Store wars as Co-op objects to new Lidl at Wareham The Co-op has told Dorset Council planners that, “There is no need for an additional foodstore in Purbeck”.
Purbeck ambulance staff go on strike over conditions and pay Ambulance staff from Purbeck say there's a constant shortage of staff, hours spent waiting at hospitals and dying people can be left without the care they need.
Swanage’s panto is back at The Mowlem – oh yes it is! Robbing the rich to give to the poor is the topical theme of this year’s Swanage panto Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.
Rosy outlook for bold new Swanage venture A stylish new shop in Swanage has already received a warm welcome from customers and fellow business owners.
Plans to celebrate the King’s Coronation take shape in Swanage A black tie Mayor's Coronation Ball is one of the events being organised in Swanage to mark the King's Coronation.
Car fire ‘started deliberately’ in Swanage after earlier collision A man has been arrested after a car was spotted on fire at the back of houses in a usually quiet residential area in Swanage - WATCH VIDEO
Increase in Dorset council tax bill proposed for 2023/24 Dorset Council has set out its initial proposals to raise the cost of council tax for residents from April 2023.
The Mowlem getting its act together for 2023 After a number of false starts, there’s a new drive to breathe a fresh lease of life into Swanage’s much loved but architecturally controversial theatre.
Swanage car parking frozen at £1 a day for winter To help boost business, the cost of parking a vehicle in two town centre car parks in Swanage is to remain at £1 a day until Friday 31st March 2023.
Swanage Railway holds first steam and diesel special event of the year A nostalgic mix of steam and diesel trains will be in action over Swanage Railway’s Winter Warm Up weekend.
Injured walker airlifted from Peveril Point to hospital The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was called to rescue a walker who had fallen on the Swanage section of the South West Coast Path.
Huge turnout for Swanage’s Boxing Day charity swim The Boxing Day swim at Swanage Beach was officially back for 2022 and an impressive number of people turned up - VIDEOS AND PHOTOS
Jubilee trees planted across Purbeck for the Queen Swanage, Studland and Corfe Castle have marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting commemorative trees.
Best Christmas lights in Swanage: the winners revealed! A competition to find the best festive lights displayed by a business or local resident in Swanage has yet again proved to be a tricky task.
New village hall for Swanage gets planning approval The 1940s village hall in Herston in West Swanage is set to be demolished and replaced with an energy efficient community building.
Santa goes down a storm on Swanage Pier Due to popular demand Santa’s grotto on Swanage Pier looks set to return next Christmas along with a visit from the donkeys.
Purbeck Breezer bus fare to be capped at £2 Dorset bus company Morebus has confirmed that a £2 cap on the price of a single bus fare for winter will be introduced.
Swanage pub closes due to ‘financial difficulties’ as bills soar The Anchor Inn in Swanage has shut its doors indefinitely due to the financial impact of Covid and rising energy costs.
Last chance to enter Purbeck Business Awards The deadline for entries and nominations for the first ever Purbeck Business Awards is looming and people are being urged to complete their entries in time.
First Christmas in Swanage for newly appointed rector Preparations are well underway to welcome everyone back into church for the Swanage Town Carol Service at St Mary’s following two years of restricted numbers due to Covid.
New video campaign to boost Christmas shopping in Swanage With the Sandbanks Ferry out of service and not bringing its usual daytrippers into Swanage in the run up to Christmas, the town’s Chamber of Trade has been out filming ...
Horse paddock in Swanage tipped for new affordable housing It’s a longshot but a field currently used for horses may become the location for Swanage’s first community-led social housing project.
Grammar school weathervane restored and saved for Swanage! After many years of fighting to save a little bit of local history, the old Swanage Grammar School’s copper weathervane has been restored and handed over to Swanage Town Council ...
Community welcomed back to Langton Matravers school nativity For the first time in six years St George’s CoE Primary School in Langton Matravers is holding a second evening performance of its nativity for local residents.
Purbeck wakes up to snow, ice and fog as temperature drops Black ice on roads and pavements in Swanage and across Purbeck caused a number of incidents - SEE PHOTOS
Sandbanks Ferry return to service update following damage The Sandbanks ferry will be out of service for a few more months as it’s waiting on new parts from Poland.
Purbeck dinosaurs and tanks receive mammoth cash boost Two museums in Purbeck have been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to improve their displays and protect collections.
Plans to convert Swanage care home into flats An application has been made to change Wordsworth Care Home in Swanage into 16 apartments, following its closure after the death of 16 residents from Covid.
Semi-conscious sailor rescued by Swanage Lifeboat crew Both Swanage lifeboats launched into near-gale conditions to rescue a person who was seriously ill on a yacht off Anvil Point near Swanage.
Group of teenagers assault and seriously injure man in Swanage Purbeck Police are appealing for information after a man received injuries to his face when he was attacked by a group of teenagers outside Jewson builders merchants in Swanage.
A robin for Robin: Corfe Castle switches on its festive lights There’s a special addition to the Corfe Castle Christmas lights this year to remember a local man who was a stalwart of the community.
Swanage Railway gives a Steam and Lights thank you to its volunteers Swanage Railway prepared for its Christmas Steam and Lights service with a special trip for railway volunteers and invited guests - WATCH VIDEO
Studland Road reopens after five week closure for water works The controversial closure of the main road between Studland and Corfe Castle, coinciding with the Sandbanks Ferry stoppage, has now ended.
Paddle boarder rescued after blown a mile offshore from Studland The RNLI has released a video of the rescue of a paddle boarder near Old Harry Rocks warning of “deceptive weather” conditions - WATCH VIDEO
Swanage’s countdown to Christmas begins as festive lights shine Crowds gathered to witness the switching on of the Christmas lights in Swanage marking the beginning of festivities for 2022 - WATCH VIDEO
Changes proposed to improve pedestrian safety in Swanage The provision for pedestrians in front of Swanage station is ‘very poor’ according to a report being considered by Swanage Town Council.
Swanage Railway facing ‘dire’ times as passenger numbers fall Following a gloomy summer which saw passenger numbers down by 25 percent compared to 2019 Swanage Railway is hoping for a boost over Christmas.
Swanage sailor stays on track for Olympics with success in Europe British sailing team member and Swanage resident Sam Whaley has come a remarkable fifth in the laser sailing European Championships in France.
Santa’s coming to Swanage – check out when he’s in your street! Helped by elves from Swanage and Purbeck Rotary and Crazy4Corfe, Santa will be travelling across Purbeck in his sleigh again this Christmas.
Hospice care charity expands its clinical team in Purbeck Two new members of staff have been recruited to the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care team to deliver services in Swanage and across Purbeck.
Legendary Swanage family remembered at football ground Swanage Town and Herston Football Club has named its newly refurbished spectators’ stand after Swans legend Derek Marsh.
‘Severe damage’ to Sandbanks Ferry delays its return to 2023 The ferry that normally operates between Sandbanks and Studland has been badly damaged while being towed to Falmouth for planned maintenance.
Roadworks near Corfe Castle to continue for ‘further three days’ Temporary traffic lights, which are causing traffic queues on the A351 near Corfe Castle, are expected to stay in place for a few more days while BT repairs a collapsed ...
Car crashes into terraced house in Swanage The owner of a property in Swanage was lucky not to be at home at the time, when a car crashed into their front room.
Swanage remembers all those who died in war Remembrance Sunday events took place in Swanage although many attending, including the local MP, were delayed by travel chaos - WATCH PARADE AND CEREMONY
Swanage marks Armistice Day with two minute silence A service took place at the Swanage War Memorial to mark the anniversary of end of World War One and another commemoration will happen in Swanage on Remembrance Sunday - ...
Nurses across Dorset vote for strike action Royal College of Nursing members at all of the NHS trusts that cover Dorset have voted to strike in a dispute over pay.
Rough seas warning as Swanage RNLI search for person in difficulty In challenging weather conditions, Swanage Lifeboat crew joined Poole RNLI to look for a person after a sighting of someone in potential difficulty - WATCH VIDEO.
More Swanage residents urged to consider hosting Ukrainian refugees Chance for residents in Swanage and across Purbeck to find out more about hosting Ukrainian refugees in a spare room, annex or AirBnB over winter.
New 30 mph signs installed on main road into Swanage Drivers should now slow down sooner as they approach Swanage along the A351 road from Harmans Cross, following the reduction in the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph.
What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2022 There's plenty to do in the run up to Christmas in Swanage and the surrounding villages for 2022.
Delve into Swanage’s history as centre opens its doors for weekend For the first time in three years, the Swanage History Centre is opening its archive to the public so they can find out more about Purbeck’s past.
Swanage and Poole RNLI join forces to rescue man with head injury A multi-agency evacuation effort was launched after a yacht heading towards Poole Harbour reported that a crew member was drifting in and out of consciousness.
Flying Scotsman boosts Swanage economy as thousands visit Fresh from a major overhaul, the iconic steam locomotive’s visit to Swanage Railway has attracted crowds of admirers.
Swanage aims to take back control over town planning Work has begun to create a neighbourhood plan for Swanage which is likely to include new policies on affordable housing, second homes and new building developments.
Purbeck to face weeks of transport disruption despite protests Studland Parish Council says it’s ‘appalled’ that a main road into the village is to be closed at the same time as the Sandbanks Ferry is out of action for ...
Meeting about future of Swanage Hospital and local healthcare Amidst a national crisis in the NHS, the Friends of Swanage Hospital is holding a meeting, open to all, about future local healthcare changes.
New 30 mph limit for approach road to Swanage The current 40 mph speed limit on the A351 road coming into Swanage from Harmans Cross is to be lowered to 30mph by Dorset Council.
Cause of Sandbanks wing walker plane crash revealed by report The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has published its report into why, during Bournemouth Air Festival in 2021, an aerobatic wing walker plane lost power and dramatically ditched in Poole Harbour.
New Swanage webcam launched with panoramic view of bay A new webcam with a spectacular view over Swanage Bay has just started streaming 24 hours a day.
Fire crews navigate railway crowds to reach Swanage garage fire Shortly after the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman arrived in Swanage, the local fire station received a report that a garage was on fire.
Flying Scotsman: World’s most famous loco arrives in Swanage Welcomed by crowds eager to get a good photo, the record breaking locomotive steamed into Swanage for a three week flying visit - WATCH VIDEO
What next for Durlston after pleasure grounds success? The team who made the restoration of the pleasure grounds at Durlston Country Park in Swanage possible, gathered to mark the end of the highly successful four year project.
New plans proposed to redevelop Studland hotel The owners of the Knoll House Hotel in Studland are poised to put in a new planning application to totally rebuild the site, after a previous application was turned down.
Short films starring Purbeck released after festival premiere First shown at The Mowlem in Swanage during the recent Planet Purbeck Festival, three short films featuring among other things, seahorses, cows and beavers, have been released online.
Climbing rope hanging over Anvil Point cliff sparks full scale search A concerned member of the public alerted the emergency services when a climbing rope was discovered on a cliff near Swanage but there was no sign of a climber.
Winners of the Swanage Community Awards 2022 announced Swanage residents, who were judged to have excelled in their contribution to the town in 2022, were presented with a community award at a ceremony in Swanage.
Base jumper breaks both legs near Durdle Door and calls 999 himself A man who parachuted off the top of Swyre Head near Durdle Door in Dorset, received serious injuries to his legs when he hit the cliff part way down.
Swanage Carnival raises record breaking amount for good causes Swanage Carnival has revealed it raised more money than ever before, despite increased costs and two successive years of cancellations.
Studland faces ‘double whammy’ with ferry and main road closure Studland Parish Council is calling for a rethink on the decision to close a main road into the village for roadworks at the same time as the Sandbanks Ferry shuts ...
Swanage Fire crews tackle chimney fire as weather gets colder A chimney caught alight at a cottage in Rempstone near Corfe Castle and was extinguished by crews from Swanage Fire Station.
Planning starts for revamp of Swanage seafront Work has begun to create a long term vision for the seafront from Swanage Pier to the stream at Ocean Bay in Swanage.
Entries open for new Purbeck business awards A new awards scheme has been launched, not as an excuse for a party but to recognise the quality and range of businesses across Purbeck, according to its organiser.
Tractor and power tools stolen from Wareham beauty spot A Wareham man has been arrested after machinery was reported stolen from Blue Pool near Wareham.
Pick up energy saving tips by visiting Purbeck’s eco homes Residents in Swanage and across Purbeck are inviting others to come and see the measures they’ve taken to make their homes greener and more energy efficient.
Swanage’s seafront road to stay closed to traffic this winter The south end of Shore Road in Swanage, which is closed during the summer from The Mowlem to the junction with Victoria Avenue, is not to reopen to vehicles during ...
Durlston Country Park to bring in new way to pay for parking An automatic number plate recognition system to pay for parking is to be introduced at Durlston Country Park in Swanage.
Two women sought after pensioner loses £1,000 cash in Wareham Dorset Police have issued CCTV images of two women they would like to identify following a distraction theft in Wareham.
Purbeck farmer attacked by man after dog chases sheep Dorset Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following an assault on a farmer in a field near Wool in Purbeck.
Swanage’s care home residents get to offer their condolences The Swanage Town Mayor accompanied by her deputy, took the town’s book of condolence for the Queen to Swanage’s care homes.
Climber dies after fall near Dancing Ledge Swanage lifeboats, along with three coastguard cliff rescue teams, a coastguard helicopter and air ambulance all dashed to rescue a man in his 60s.
Last bank branch in Swanage closes its doors for final time Lloyds Bank has closed its branch in Swanage, ending its 126 year history in the town.
Historic maps to go on display in Swanage An exhibition featuring a private collection of maps and charts of Dorset, the world and the universe, is to open for just two days at All Saints Church Hall in ...
Swanage turns out to hear the royal proclamation The news of the accession of King Charles III to the throne was announced by the Swanage Town Mayor in a time-honoured tradition - WATCH VIDEO.
Swanage pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II A book of condolences has been opened at Swanage Library and people are being invited to lay flowers at the bandstand following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Death of Queen Elizabeth II: Swanage pays its respects Across Swanage, flags were lowered as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen, the UK's longest-serving monarch.
Huge queue for Swanage Town Council toilet meeting More than a hundred local residents turned out for a meeting about the toilets at Burlington Chine in Swanage, prompted by inaccurate information on social media.
Paddle steamer delayed in Swanage after man taken ill On its first visit back to Swanage in four years, The Waverley paddle steamer was held up, when a 71 year old man became unwell on board.
Local musical talent on show at ‘feelgood’ Swanage concert Despite predictions of rain, the sun shone on the Music by the Sea concert in Swanage in memory of Will and Henry, two local lads who died tragically young.
New day hospice service to start in Purbeck Lewis Manning Hospice Care is beginning a new day hospice service for people in Swanage and across Purbeck with life-limiting illnesses.
No criminal charges to be brought after Dancing Ledge death Following the death of a man in 2019 during a coasteering trip near Swanage, Dorset Police say they will not be bringing criminal charges.
Flying Scotsman locomotive to make return trip to Swanage The most famous and iconic steam locomotive in the world is to return to Swanage Railway for a visit this autumn.
Multiple trackside fires break out along Swanage Railway line Swanage Fire Station was called out to three separate fires all on the same day, next to the Swanage Railway track.
Swanage emergency services to feature on BBC TV The exceptional teamwork of Swanage RNLI, coastguard and air ambulance is to be highlighted on the BBC.
Swanage teacher, lifeboat volunteer and unsung hero finally honoured In an emotional ceremony in Swanage, a statue of Trevor Chadwick, who rescued 669 children from Prague in early 1939 from German occupation, was unveiled.
Dramatic Purbeck viewpoint gets pop up art installation The ancient landscape at Swyre’s Head near Kingston in Dorset is temporarily getting a modern addition called The Wind Hive.
Swanage and Harmans Cross fete committees join forces In the spirit of cooperation, Swanage and Purbeck Rotary and the Harmans Cross village hall committee have been helping each other out, to make their separate summer fairs a success.
Police arrest man in Wareham after reports of indecent exposure Officers investigating reports that a man exposed himself and sexually assaulted a teenage girl in Wareham are appealing for witnesses.
Putting Purbeck’s ‘forgotten’ railway station on the map The smallest station on the Swanage Railway line, Herston Halt has been given a major sprucing up, helped by the Royal Corps of Signals.
Swanage WW2 bomb survivors return 80 years to the day Two brothers, now in their 80s, led a ceremony in Swanage to remember the civilians who died in the town during a series of bombing raids. - WATCH VIDEO.
Moving date for Swanage Post Office announced Swanage Post Office branch is relocating from Kings Road and views are being sought to help improve access and services when it moves to Institute Road.
Swanage RNLI to get new lifeboat in 2023 The news that Swanage RNLI is to receive a brand new inshore lifeboat, comes at the end of its successful lifeboat week.
Summer exhibition of art opens in Swanage to help ‘boost morale’ The Isle of Purbeck Arts Club summer exhibition is back with artwork and poetry plus a chance to find out more about the club.
Swanage RNLI search for missing kids during lifeboat week After a mother reported that her children hadn’t returned from swimming in Swanage Bay, the inshore lifeboat was launched to help look for them.
Studland fire: Cars towed after driving over water hose to park Three cars were lifted and towed away and around 60 fines issued by Purbeck Police to vehicles hampering the work of the fire service following the Studland fire in Dorset.
Campfire and barbecue found at scene of Studland Heath fire Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says it believes the cause of the Studland Heath fire in Dorset was a campfire and barbecue - WATCH AERIAL FOOTAGE OF FIRE.
Fire crews stay overnight damping down hotspots after Studland fire In what Swanage Fire Station called “quite a day”, around 90 firefighters from across Dorset brought a huge fire under control - WATCH VIDEO.
Studland cut off as fire breaks out across tinder dry heath Access to the Studland peninsula is closed as around 90 firefighters from across Dorset tackle a large heath fire that is on either side of Ferry Road.
Four fold increase in fires triggers a red alert for Dorset Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a red fire severity alert across its region after a dramatic increase in the number of fires in the open.
Swanage Lifeboat Week launches for 2022 with brand new ducks! After an absence of two years, the major week-long fundraising event for Swanage RNLI is back, along with the ever popular duck race.
Complete closure of Dorset mainline train service due to strike action The whole rail network across Dorset, including trains to and from Wareham and Weymouth, will cease to operate for two days during the peak tourist season.
Dorset campaign boosted as some Co-op stores stop sale of barbecues Litter Free Dorset says it’s ‘redoubling’ its efforts to get disposable barbecues removed from shops as Southern Co-op said it was stopping sales.
What a week – Swanage Carnival 2022 ends with a bang! With hot weather and top events, Swanage Carnival was a scorcher of a week with crowds flocking into the town - SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS.
Swanage Railway suspends steam loco service after track side fire Following a large fire at Corfe Castle, a diesel train service will replace the steam locos on Swanage Railway "until further notice" - WATCH VIDEO.
Wartime bomb exploded by disposal team on Studland Beach A beach at Studland had to be closed so an old wartime shell could be detonated in a controlled explosion - WATCH VIDEO OF EXPLOSION.
Swanage Carnival photo competition winners revealed The winners of the Swanage Carnival photomarathon have been announced and medals awarded for producing the best photos in just 48 hours.
Swanage painters are back with a splash With plenty of new artwork, Swanage Painting Club’s summer exhibition has opened - the first time in two years.
Woman receives eye injury from thrown keys in Wareham A man has been arrested after a set of car keys were thrown at a woman through an open car window outside a Wareham supermarket.
Local community warned about second hand car scam in Dorset Police are urging anyone selling a second hand car to be on the lookout for two men who've visited homes in Dorset and tried to scam sellers out of thousands ...
Huge Swanage party as carnival parade arrives in town Crowds flocked to Swanage’s seafront to view the carnival procession, back after a two year wait due to the pandemic.
Swanage Carnival kicks off for 2022 after two year break Following an unprecedented two successive years of cancellations due to Covid restrictions, Swanage Carnival is finally back, bringing fun and good humoured mayhem to the town.
Campsites across Dorset urged to think twice before lighting fires Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking campsite managers, particularly in rural areas like Purbeck, to consider preventing the use of barbecues.
Indecent exposure incident on Sandbanks Ferry Officers investigating a report of indecent exposure on the Sandbanks Ferry in Dorset have released a photo of a man they would like to speak to.
Lloyds Bank cashpoint in Swanage to go when branch closes Along with the closure of the Lloyds Bank branch in Swanage, the cashpoint machine service is also to be removed.
Near miss for Studland paddle boarders blown into path of ferry Dorset Police marine officers, out on patrol in Poole Harbour, had to be urgently diverted to help four paddle boarders that were heading into the shipping lane.
Dorset Police update on assault outside Swanage bar A witness to an assault outside the East Bar in Swanage, in which one man received a serious head injury, is being sought by Dorset Police.
Man arrested by police investigating Swanage burglary Dorset Police say that following an alleged burglary in Swanage, a man has been arrested.
Durlston bus is back for summer school holidays ‘Use it or lose it’ is the message, as the Durlston Explorer bus service returns for just six weeks - a much shorter time than previous summers due to rising ...
What’s on in Swanage for summer 2022 With schools out for summer, there’s a full programme of events happening in Swanage and across Purbeck.
It’s no joke – Mr Punch signs three year deal with Swanage Town Council The traditional Punch and Judy puppet show is back on Swanage Beach and the mayor dropped by to deliver some good news.
Have your say on boats mooring in Studland seahorse habitat Views are being sought on how best boats can continue to visit Studland Bay without affecting the seagrass habitat of the local seahorse population
Wareham Fire crew tackle vehicle fires as heat rises With the hot weather continuing, a car at Durdle Door near Lulworth caught on fire, shortly followed by a lorry carrying hay near Dorchester.
Woman breaks ankle slipping on rocks at Kimmeridge Swanage RNLI was called in to rescue an injured woman from the beach at Kimmeridge, as the terrain was too difficult to stretcher her to the ambulance.
Football crazy badgers give Swanage Town Council £30,000 bill Badgers tunnelling under the entrance to Swanage’s football club are causing the road to collapse, leaving Swanage Town Council with a large repair bill.
Friends of Swanage Hospital ‘appalled’ at weekend closure of minor injuries unit The friends group that supports and fundraises for Swanage Hospital says it’s “concerned and disappointed” that the MIU has been closed over the weekend.
Swanage Hospital’s minor injuries unit to close over hot weekend Despite an expected surge in visitor numbers heading to Purbeck’s beaches, Swanage Hospital minor injuries unit is to temporarily close.
Jury deliver verdict on death of Swanage teenager Gaia Pope At an inquest at Bournemouth Town Hall, a jury concluded that Gaia Pope's mental health and mental state probably caused or contributed to her death.
Hospice services in Swanage to be funded by new charity shop A new era of bringing care into the homes of those with life-limiting illnesses in Swanage and across Purbeck, is being piloted by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.
Action to make Swanage Beach easier to access New matting to make it less challenging for wheelchairs and pushchairs to get across Swanage's soft sand, has been installed.
Man with ‘Enzo’ tattoo sought by police after Swanage burglary As part of an investigation into a burglary in Swanage, Dorset Police have issued photos of a man they wish to speak to.
Climber recovering after 15 metre fall near Worth Matravers Emergency services were called to rescue a man who had fallen as he attempted to climb along the rock face at Winspit Quarry near Worth Matravers.
Dorset on ‘full standby’ as crowds head to the beach during heatwave With the temperature set to soar, Dorset Council says it’s prepared for the expected visitors and has put in measures to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe trip to the ...
New charity shop to open in Swanage Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is opening a new shop in the centre of Swanage to fund its work helping those with life-limiting illnesses.
Music fans expected to fill town for Swanage Jazz Festival The popular appeal of jazz by the sea means there’s just a few tickets left for the 31st Swanage Jazz Festival.
Acclaimed author headlines Dorset energy debate on achieving net zero An impressive array of experts have been invited by eco groups Planet Purbeck and DorsetCAN to lead a public debate on the energy crisis.
Swanage Carnival announces new events for 2022 After a difficult few years of cancellations, Swanage Carnival is back with a jam packed programme.
New royal work of art unveiled in Swanage for Platinum Jubilee To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a new mural created by local school children, has been officially unveiled by the Swanage Town Mayor - WATCH THE UNVEILING.
‘Don’t feed the locals’ say Dorset campaign group With greedy gulls becoming increasingly aggressive, especially in seaside towns like Swanage, the Litter Free Dorset team is reminding visitors and the local community not to feed the seagulls.
Swans to take on Poole Town football club in Swanage Poole Town football club has been invited to play a pre-season friendly at Swanage Town and Herston‘s home ground at Days Park to mark the official switching on of the ...
‘Devastating’ Stoborough heath fire caused by barbecue A fire started by a portable barbecue has ‘decimated’ a hectare of RSPB-owned heathland at Stoborough near Wareham, killing rare wildlife.
Heath fire at Stoborough closes main Purbeck road Fire crews from across Dorset and Hampshire, including teams from Wareham and Swanage were called in to tackle a large heath fire - WATCH VIDEO.
Swanage Lifeboat crew launch to another unconscious diver For the second weekend in a row, the Swanage Lifeboat crew and coastguard rescue helicopter had to be scrambled to help a diver in trouble.
Budget supermarket proposed for Sandford The supermarket chain Lidl is holding a public consultation to gauge local support for a plan to build a new store at Sandford near Wareham.
Swanage Fire crew tackles fires in Harmans Cross and Langton Amid an Amber wildfire alert due to the dry weather, Swanage Fire Station has been called out to two fires over separate days.
Girl hospitalised following car collision in Wool Dorset Police are looking for the driver of a black Peugeot, after a car failed to stop in Wool following a collision with a pedestrian - a 10 year old ...
Swanage sea show goes swimmingly well Bathed in sunshine, an extraordinary performance of words, dance and swimming took place in Swanage on midsummer’s evening - WATCH VIDEO.
CCTV image released following theft of e-bikes in Swanage Purbeck Police are appealing for anyone who has any information about the identity of a man, pictured on security camera footage in Swanage, to contact them after the theft of ...
Swanage RNLI and rescue helicopter go to aid of unconscious diver In the first of three rescues in a day, the Swanage Lifeboat crew was called to help a diver pulled unconscious from the water at the location of the Kyarra ...
Wild swimming just got wilder with unique Swanage show An extraordinary double bill of theatre about swimming in the sea is to take place on midsummer’s evening in Swanage.
Swanage to get free air show as Red Arrows fly across bay Ahead of the Isle of Wight festival, Swanage will be treated to a military fly-past by the Red Arrows who will be crossing the bay before heading to the pop ...
Swanage Railway’s vintage steam rally is back and it’s bigger Following the success of Swanage Railway’s first Roads to Rail steam event last year, it’s returning for 2022 with more steam traction engines and the chance to dress up in ...
Missing 23 year old Swanage woman found Dorset Police officers searching for missing Swanage woman Grace Kent say she has been found safe and well.
Action to safeguard Swanage’s footpaths urged by report A report detailing all of Swanage’s 34 miles of public paths and bridleways has made far reaching recommendations to maintain and enhance the network.
Police seek witness to Bovington stabbing An image from CCTV has been released by Dorset Police in the hope of identifying a man who they believe witnessed a knife attack in Bovington in Purbeck.
Local men arrested after serious assault outside Swanage bar Four arrests have been made following a disturbance outside a bar in Swanage which has left one man in hospital with a serious head injury.
Man charged with ‘exposure incident’ in Studland Dorset Police say that a man from Weymouth is to appear in court in connection with an exposure incident in Studland and a second incident near Dorchester.
Swanage RNLI go to aid of sailor with severed finger A crew member on a yacht near St Alban’s Head in Purbeck lost part of his finger and severely damaged two more.
End of the Falklands War remembered in Swanage The 40th anniversary of the Falklands War was commemorated in a ceremony at the Swanage War Memorial - WATCH VIDEO
Swanage Mayor makes a splash at new water refill station A new drinking water fountain to promote the refill of bottles rather than single use plastic bottles has been officially opened by Swanage Town Mayor Tina Foster.
Villages across Purbeck celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Street parties and Jubilee Big Lunches took place across Purbeck to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign, undeterred by the forecast of showers.
Swanage sailor beats illness to take 11th place in the world Despite a gruelling experience, Sam Whaley who learnt to sail at Swanage Sailing Club, has achieved a personal best at the Laser World Championships in Mexico.
Swanage celebrates Queen’s 70 year reign with huge tea party Not a town to shy away from a festival, Swanage marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style - SEE VIDEO AND PHOTOS.
Beacons light up across Purbeck for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Crowds gathered to see the lighting of beacons across Purbeck including at Durlston Castle and Studland to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign - WATCH VIDEO.
What’s happening for the Queen’s Jubilee in Swanage and Purbeck There’s plenty of celebrations planned across Purbeck to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - WATCH SWANAGE ON THE BBC.
New artistic talent given chance to shine at Purbeck Art Weeks After a turbulent few years for creative talent, the premier art festival in Swanage and across Purbeck is providing a platform for new artists to exhibit.
Regeneration kicks off at last for Swanage’s football club After years of delays, partly due to the covid pandemic, work has finally started to upgrade the sports facility at Days Park starting with new floodlights.
Abandoned disposable barbecue destroys boat at a Purbeck cove Despite campaigns across Dorset against the use of disposable barbecues, a boat at Chapman’s Pool in Dorset has been destroyed by fire started by a discarded disposable barbecue.
New mayor for Swanage elected as Avril Harris forced to stand down In a surprise move, councillors voted for a Tory candidate to replace Labour councillor Avril Harris as Swanage Town Mayor.
Sandbanks Ferry to be out of service for five weeks The ferry that links Studland to Sandbanks in Dorset is to receive a full maintenance overhaul and refit which means it won’t be operational for about five weeks.
Swanage RNLI goes to aid of yacht drifting towards cliffs The crew of a yacht between Durlston and St Alban’s Head, had to radio for assistance as the wind dropped.
The Rock opens new season for Dorset Adventure Park The inflatable water park and mud trail at Corfe Castle, reopens for summer 2022 and this year it's got a new star attraction.
Robots to explore extent of seagrass on Studland’s seabed A seafloor survey of seagrass - the essential habitat for seahorses - is to be conducted over the summer in Studland Bay.
The last retail bank in Swanage to close Lloyds Banking Group has announced the closure of 28 branches including Lloyds Bank in Swanage.
Swift action required as birds return to Swanage for the summer The newly formed Swanage branch of the Swift Conservation group is urging others to join in their effort to halt the dramatic decline in the number of swifts in the ...
Massive month of art kicks off in Swanage Over the next four weeks, artists in Swanage will be opening their doors to visitors - first as part of Dorset Art Weeks then swiftly followed by Purbeck Art Weeks.
Wareham man sentenced to animal ban after filming cockfighting A 23 year old man from Wareham has been banned from owning cockerels and dogs for ten years after Dorset Police found distressing videos on his phone.
Durlston bus service cut back due to lack of funding The bus service that usually operates from Swanage town centre up to Durlston Country Park and back via the hospital will only run for six weeks this year.
Supermarket chain buys McColl’s including Swanage store Jobs at the convenience store McColl's in Swanage have been saved after the supermarket Morrisons bought all of McColl’s 1,100 shops across the UK, including the one in Institute Road.
Lucky escape after car crashes into ditch near Wool Three people were rescued from a vehicle by fire crews after their car came off the road at Burton Cross near Wool in Dorset.
Swanage Railway’s smallest diesel loco steals the show While many eyes were on the 1960s diesel locos at Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Beer Festival, it was the smallest loco that grabbed much of the attention - WATCH ...
A welcome return to more trains for Purbeck commuters South Western Railway is to once again run two direct trains per hour between Weymouth and London Waterloo via Wareham.
Look what’s rolled into town for Swanage Railway’s first big event of 2022 A convoy of diesel locos has arrived in town, ahead of Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival.
Financial advice offered in Swanage as cost of living bites A service by Citizens Advice Bureau has restarted in Swanage to help those struggling with their finances.
Swanage Coastguard dismay as girl risks life at Old Harry A teenage girl had to crawl to safety, coaxed back by Swanage Coastguard, after venturing out along the top of Old Harry Rocks near Swanage.
New street market along the beach comes to Swanage A totally new event will be taking place over a long weekend on Shore Road called The Swanage FreeWheelin FEASTival.
Swanage businesses invited to enter Dorset Tourism Awards This year’s Dorset Tourism Awards are now open for entry and businesses from across Dorset including Swanage have just six weeks to submit their application.
Stop selling disposable barbecues this summer plea Litter Free Dorset is renewing its call to end the sale of disposable barbecues in Swanage and across Dorset after the Canford Heath wildfire.
Stricken yacht drifting towards Sandbanks Ferry rescued by RNLI Swanage Coastguard and Poole Lifeboat crew were quick to respond to a pan-pan radio call from a yacht that had lost all steerage - WATCH RESCUE VIDEO.
End of an era for Swanage’s classic car show The Swanage Charity Day and Classic Car Show, which motored back into town after a two year break, will be the last for the show’s founder who is handing over ...
Campaign for 20 mph through Dorset villages gets a boost The introduction of 20 mph speed limits through villages in Dorset is now more likely, after councillors voted to rewrite Dorset Council's policy.
First ever livestream of Tank Museum’s Tiger Day in Bovington The Tank Museum’s special Tiger tank event will be broadcasting a free live programme via YouTube to help raise funds for Ukrainian children.
Illegal rave in Purbeck goes ahead despite police presence More than a thousand party goers descended on Ministry of Defence land at East Lulworth on Easter Saturday - WATCH VIDEOS.
Injured man rescued from Swanage pontoon by air ambulance Swanage RNLI, coastguard teams and paramedics from the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance went to the aid of a man who’d slipped and broken his ankle.
Cancer charity’s Big Hike challenge is coming to Swanage Launched as an outdoor fundraiser in 2021 amid the pandemic, Cancer Research UK’s Big Hike challenge is now happening in Purbeck this summer.
Swanage RNLI called out to kitesurfer in Studland Swanage Lifeboat crew were tasked to investigate reports of a father and daughter in difficulty, who had anchored their boat in Studland Bay.
Swanage community awards launched to recognise local heroes Nominations are being invited for the Swanage Town Council Community Awards 2021/22, to reward individuals and organisations for their outstanding contribution to the community.
What’s on in Swanage over Easter Plenty of events are happening in and around Swanage over Easter 2022, as well as a chance to enjoy the usual attractions of the beach and the countryside.
New bins for Swanage seafront in latest attempt to tackle litter Bigger bins with seagull resistant lids have been deployed at Swanage litter hotspots in a bid to keep the town tidy.