Wedding at Kingston Country Courtyard wedding Refocus for Purbeck wedding venue after Covid shutdowns The Covid pandemic has prompted a prestigious wedding venue near Corfe Castle to push forward with its redevelopment plans and to diversify its business. 1 month ago
Charlie Newman pub landlord of the Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers Worth Matravers pub with fossil museum gets modern update The landlord of the Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers may not be known for moving with the times but he’s just completed major new building work. 1 month ago
Purbeck Ice Cream Demand for Purbeck Ice Cream shows no signs of softening Ice cream sales are back to their pre-Covid levels for Purbeck Ice Cream despite the current financial pressures on household incomes. 1 month ago
Masters Quarry wind turbines Controversial Purbeck wind turbines delayed by another year A windfarm at a Purbeck quarry, which was the subject of a 20-year planning battle, won't now be operational until 2023. 1 month ago
Ant McCourt Volunteers remove piles of rubbish from Durlston Bay by boat A team, including a Dorset-based record breaking swimmer, has cleared discarded lobster pots and other plastic from Durlston Bay in Swanage. 2 months ago
Wareham Wednesdays Welcome return for Wareham Wednesdays as pirates invade! The major summer fundraiser for Wareham in Dorset - a series of Wednesdays in August with music, funfair stalls and fireworks at the quay - is back after three years. 2 months ago
Richard Digance Songwriter returns to Swanage for ‘the most beautiful views’ Folk legend Richard Digance is making a return visit to The Mowlem in Swanage, a theatre he describes as having ‘the most beautiful views from a dressing room’ anywhere in ... 2 months ago
Church Knowle fete 2022 Church Knowle fete draws crowds and runs out of vital supplies! The first three parishes fete for three years drew the crowds to Church Knowle, near Corfe Castle, and caused the organisers to run out of ice cream. 2 months ago
Fantasy Orchestra Psychedelic orchestra cycles from France to Corfe Castle for concert A very unusual orchestra is to arrive in Corfe Castle by bike, as part of a musical tour that started in France and will end in Dorset. 2 months ago
Margaret Green Animal Rescue CEO Nigel Mason at the Church Knowle Centre New CEO sees hard times ahead for Church Knowle animal charity The new CEO of the Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre at Church Knowle says the charity faces ‘challenging times’ as it gears up for its animal dog show. 2 months ago
Old shops posters Old photos reveal the changing face of Swanage’s high street Posters have been springing up around the town centre as businesses celebrate shopping in bygone times, thanks to Swanage Museum. 2 months ago
Coast path passport stamp Swanage takes part in new coast path passport scheme A new way for walkers to keep track of their progress along the South West Coast Path has been launched and Swanage Information Centre is getting involved. 2 months ago
National Trust dog walking signs Dog lovers anger at National Trust restrictions on Purbeck heaths Some dog owners are at loggerheads with the National Trust after signs telling them to keep their pets on a lead appeared on open land near Corfe Castle. 2 months ago
Corfe Castle pub gets creative to attract punters in uncertain times Following a difficult few years for the hospitality industry, The Greyhound in Corfe Castle is tempting pub-goers back. 2 months ago
Repair cafe in Swanage New repair café to get things fixed at Corfe Castle Environment group Sustainable Swanage is spreading the message ‘Don’t end it, mend it’, as its third repair café takes place, this time at Sandy Hill Arts centre in Corfe Castle. 3 months ago
Paddleboard yoga Try paddleboard yoga at Swanage Pier’s first wellness weekend A weekend of activities from paddleboard yoga and kayaking to creative writing and drawing has been brought together by the Swanage Pier team, aimed at improving wellbeing. 3 months ago
Coastal Crust Pizza Lockdown spurs new businesses to start in Swanage A passion for pizzas has led a Swanage couple to turn a business idea during lockdown into a flourishing mobile takeaway service. 3 months ago
Dolphin Marine adventures at Kimmeridge as part of national wildlife event Dolphin watching from the cliff-top look-out at Kimmeridge Bay is just one of the featured events in a fortnight of marine-themed activities organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust. 3 months ago
Clams Fresh clams to be sold in Swanage in new venture A Swanage fisherman has launched a new business selling locally caught clams. 3 months ago
ESC Wedding Favour Thirty year stamp of approval for Worth Matravers firm A family-run business in Worth Matravers, which was inspired by a long ago trip to India, is celebrating 30 years of trading. 3 months ago
Burngate Stone Carving Centre ‘Critical summer’ for future of Langton stone carving centre Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre at Langton Matravers has relaunched this summer following a tough two years when the pandemic threatened its existence. 3 months ago
Purbeck Coast Tractor Run Purbeck tractor convoy returns to raise money for cancer treatment The Purbeck coast charity tractor run is back for a second yomp through the area taking in Wareham, Corfe Castle, Studland and Lulworth 3 months ago
John Patrick, Swanage Museum archive Swanage museum doubles size of archive to cope with extra donations Swanage Museum is doubling the size of its archive to handle the influx of items and provide additional meeting, research and exhibition space. 3 months ago
Gary Miell Swanage man wins trip of a lifetime to Vegas poker tournament A Swanage poker player is finding it hard to keep a straight face after being dealt a place in a competition in Las Vegas after winning a regional final. 4 months ago
Purbeck House Hotel Fresh look for Swanage hotel boosts wedding plans A Swanage hotel has undergone a major refurbishment to encourage more couples to use it as a wedding venue after one of the managers decided to hold his own wedding ... 4 months ago
Steve Churchill, South Georgia, 1982 Swanage veterans to mark 40th anniversary of Falklands War Local ex-service members and those who wish to pay their respects are to gather for a service at the Swanage War Memorial. 4 months ago
Project Gigabit broadband Rollout of ‘ultrafast’ broadband in Swanage to start soon Swanage schools, Durlston Country Park and the tip in Swanage are to be among the first places in the UK to benefit from ‘next generation’ full-fibre broadband. 4 months ago
The Sprout & Bean Living the dream as couple swop Paris and London for Corfe and Langton A couple are living out their lockdown dream in Purbeck in Dorset by serving food from a mobile catering van which they have kitted out in their own unique style. 4 months ago
Swanage Pirate Festival Purbeck pirates lose out in clash with the Queen’s loyal supporters The Swanage and Purbeck Pirate Festival returns to the town after a three-year break but the swashbuckling fun has been scaled back by the Royalists! 4 months ago
Joss Gibson and Chantel Marriott Rental crisis forces emergency care couple out of Swanage A firefighter and a nurse say the lack of affordable rental properties is a crisis that’s driving them out of the town. 4 months ago
Swanage Bay View holiday home park Swanage holiday park gets new owners and a new direction Swanage Bay View holiday home park – once owned by the town council – has new owners who plan to give the site more of a holiday resort feel. 4 months ago
Land & Wave Surge in school bookings means Swanage firms set for record year Swanage outdoor education businesses are riding the wave of a boom in school bookings with a record number of children signed up for 2022. 4 months ago
Swanage Grammar School reunion Last celebration for the old Swanage Grammar School A final reunion for the old Swanage Grammar School brought together 170 people including former pupils and teachers. 4 months ago
Ambitious recruitment target for Swanage’s gentle game of bowls Swanage Bowls Club is aiming to have more than a hundred members by the close of season as it launches a recruitment drive. 5 months ago
Swanage Coastwatch tower at Peveril Point Swanage Coastwatch webcam back online ‘by summer’ A new panoramic webcam has been installed at the Swanage NCI station after the previous one was damaged by storms. 5 months ago
Stone carving at Burngate Centre Stone carvings by Swanage students to go on pier to mark anniversary To help celebrate the 125th anniversary of Swanage Pier, pupils from The Swanage School have been learning the ancient local art of stone carving. 5 months ago
Swanage Museum exhibition History of Swanage high street revealed in new exhibition A major new exhibition at Swanage Museum features bygone photographs of the town’s shops and restaurants showing what Swanage town centre used to look like. 5 months ago
Swanage Royal British Legion Club Matt Le Tissier substituted as Swanage British Legion call off event Swanage Royal British Legion club has cancelled an event featuring Matt Le Tissier following the media controversy over comments the former Southampton and England footballer made on social media. 5 months ago
Swanage Linking Lives Community group concerned by increase of lonely people in Swanage A growing number of people in Swanage are suffering from loneliness with some not even having left their homes since the start of Covid according to a local group which ... 5 months ago
The Boilerhouse Gallery Corfe Castle art gallery branches out A new arts hub - based around the old Boilerhouse Gallery - has been launched in Corfe Castle with exhibitions, music and spoken word events planned throughout the summer. 5 months ago
St Mark's Church Herston Built by quarrymen, a Swanage church marks 150 years A Swanage church which was built by quarrymen got a visit from the bishop to help celebrate this year's 150th anniversary. 5 months ago
Brook Tea Rooms Popular seaside tea rooms to reopen in Swanage The much-loved Brook Tea Rooms in Swanage is reopening after a lengthy closure following the death of the previous owner. 5 months ago
Jurassic Rock 'n' Roll Getting back in the swing – a series of summer concerts for Swanage A programme of concerts in Swanage, aiming to raise a smile as well as money for charity, are hoping to hit the right note this summer. 5 months ago
Knitson Old Farmhouse Old and new Swanage gardens opening for charity in 2022 An 88 year old gardener is celebrating nearly thirty years of opening her historic gardens, while another garden in Swanage is opening for the very first time. 5 months ago
5G monitor Swanage resident pioneers new 5G care monitor A Swanage resident is one of just three people in Dorset who helped in a ground breaking trial of a new 5G monitoring system for vulnerable and disabled people. 5 months ago
Haymans Bakery Swanage bakery goes Italian as new owners take over The well-known Hayman's bakery in Swanage – popular for traditional British bread, cream cakes and pasties - has been bought by a Wareham firm that specialises in Italian cuisine. 6 months ago
Beach huts Race for Swanage beach huts leaves visitors out in the cold A surge in local people taking out bookings for seafront beach huts in Swanage could mean holidaymakers will struggle to find one this year. 6 months ago
Andrew Birt with tape Lost BBC comedy tape found in Swanage Museum archive A recording of a long-lost BBC comedy show has been discovered among archive tapes belonging to Swanage museum. 6 months ago
Chococo Swanage Chocolate firm founded in Swanage emerges from ‘challenging’ times Production has been flat out for the first ‘normal’ Easter in three years at the chocolate makers, which was founded in Swanage in 2002. 6 months ago
Corfe Castle town hall Landlord’s surprise bequest spurs Corfe Castle museum refit An unexpected but very welcome bequest from a local pub landlord - known for his popular ‘lock-ins’ - will help towards improvements at Corfe Castle museum. 6 months ago
Ben Braybrooke and Sophie Walker Couple launch post lockdown venture in Swanage Studio South, located in the heart of Swanage, is aiming to create a hub for artists to draw or paint while relaxing and eating cake. 6 months ago
From l to R Simon Manager of Swanage Co-Op store, Masie Junior Club Member, Paul and Ryan Professional LTA tennis coaches at the club and club members Rob and Susie. Ace new facilities for Swanage Tennis Club after cash boost Swanage Tennis Club is to improve another of its tennis courts thanks to a generous donation served up by the Co-op. 6 months ago
Webcam at Peveril Point Swanage and St Alban’s Head Coastwatch to welcome visitors again The Coastwatch stations at Swanage and St Alban's Head, near Worth Matravers are reopening to the public after the lifting of Covid restrictions. 6 months ago
Made in Dagenham production New Swanage musical rolls off production line after three years Swanage Musical Theatre Company is back after a three year gap with a production of Made in Dagenham, the show about women factory workers and their fight for equal pay ... 6 months ago
Old Purbeck Hotel New owners of historic Swanage pub reveal tapas bar plans A brother and sister team are hoping to bring a taste of Spain to Swanage after buying the old Purbeck Hotel which has been standing disused for many years. 6 months ago
Kings Road West in Swanage Main Swanage road to be closed for repairs Pot holes along Kings Road West in Swanage are to be fixed but it will mean overnight closures for the resurfacing work to be carried out. 7 months ago
Follow the yellow brick road to Corfe Castle! Members of Corfe Castle amateur dramatic group Double Act are hoping it will be third time lucky for their latest production, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 7 months ago
Putlake Adventure Farm Post office service returns to Langton Matravers Filling the gap left when the old post office closed, a new outreach post office has started up in Langton Matravers near Swanage. 7 months ago
Clare Balding presents Amazon’s fifth Kindle Storyteller Award that celebrates independently published books where the winner scooped a £20,000 cash prize, marketing campaign and a Golden Kindle. Crime novelist relaunches author events at Swanage Library An award-winning crime writer, who features Dorset as the setting for her novels, will be talking about her writing at Swanage Library. 7 months ago
Isle of Purbeck Golf Plans to drive Isle of Purbeck golf club into UK top 100 revealed The Isle of Purbeck golf course in Studland is undergoing a million-pound makeover aimed at establishing it as one of the best in the country. 7 months ago
Gabor Molnar Studland’s ‘king of the cocktail’ serves up a romantic surprise A bartender from a Studland hotel, who is used to winning top awards for his cocktails, has won the heart of his girlfriend with a touching musical proposal. 7 months ago
Paul Pettitt Photo taken under Swanage Pier nets diver top award A Swanage photographer has won a top international award for his underwater picture taken beneath Swanage pier. 7 months ago
Solar panels at Suttles quarry Quarry near Swanage blasts a path to ‘net zero carbon’ future A lockdown project with a difference as a quarry near Swanage has spent the last two years reducing its carbon emissions. 7 months ago
RobinBibi Band at the Royal British Legion club Swanage Blues Festival charts its way through ‘uncertain times’ The Blues Festival is back in Swanage with a stomping line up of acts and it's been nominated for Festival of the Year by the UK Blues Awards. 7 months ago
Annie and Sam Hanbury Soft launch of new ice cream shop in Swanage A new luxury ice cream shop, with a distinctively Dorset flavour, has opened its doors in Swanage town centre. 7 months ago
Corfe Castle diamond jubilee drumming Corfe Castle plans festivities for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Corfe Castle to mark the Queen's 70 year reign are being planned to match its Diamond Jubilee extravaganza in 2012. 7 months ago
Juice broadband van Dorset firm that’s adding juice to Swanage internet connections A Dorset communications company that specialises in connecting hard-to-reach areas to the internet has expanded its service in the Swanage area. 7 months ago
Fish and chip shop in Swanage Family fish and chip firm expands to prime site in Swanage Swanage is to get a new high-profile fish and chip restaurant to replace Harry Ramsden’s. 8 months ago
T3 locomotive Tender loving care – Swanage Railway nears target to finish restoration Swanage Railway has raised £20,000 towards the restoration of the tender belonging to a unique Victorian steam locomotive, but is still £5,000 short. 8 months ago
Dorset Search and Rescue Dorset Search and Rescue sees rise in mental health incidents A charity that helps find missing people in Dorset, including Purbeck, has seen an increase in call outs to deal with mental health issues. 8 months ago
Police car in Swanage Theft from vehicles rises but overall crime falls in Purbeck Latest figures reveal a sharp increase in theft from vehicles last year across Purbeck including Swanage but Dorset Police say they've now got it under control. 8 months ago
Ian Rand, left, self defence class New self defence classes in Swanage to ‘help control fear’ A martial arts expert has started teaching self defence classes in Swanage, turning a bad experience of his own into something useful. 8 months ago
Not just another brick in the wall – Swanage Brickworks takes top prize One of the oldest firms in Swanage has been honoured with a national award for its contribution to a prestigious new building in London. 8 months ago
Gilad Atzmon Jazz festival returns to Swanage after two year Covid break The line-up has been announced for this year’s Swanage Jazz Festival, back after a two-year absence because of Covid. 8 months ago
Diamond Jubilee celebrations Massive Swanage street party planned for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee To celebrate the Queen's 70 year reign, events in Swanage are being planned across the June Bank Holiday weekend. 8 months ago
Swanage Ambulance Car Swanage Ambulance Car unstaffed while patient waiting times increase Swanage ambulance car has been sitting idle for up to three quarters of the month - at a time when emergency response times have more than doubled. 9 months ago
The new play castle mirrors the real one in the distance Corfe gets a new castle but this time it’s for the kids! Work is nearing completion on a new play area for youngsters in Corfe Castle and it’s taken its inspiration from the village’s most famous landmark. 9 months ago
Jenkins newsagents on lower high street Great grandson takes the helm at Swanage newsagents Jenkins newsagents in Swanage has been taken over by the great grandson of a former owner. 9 months ago
Snow White and the Dwarves Swanage Panto performers say: Covid? It’s behind us…! This year’s Swanage panto has been the ‘hardest ever’ with illness and positive Covid tests causing one cast member after another to miss rehearsals. 9 months ago
Ambulance in Swanage Dramatic increase in waiting time for ambulances in Swanage High demand for ambulances in Swanage and the wider Purbeck area means average waiting times are now far longer than the national guidelines. 9 months ago
The stories that made Swanage News headlines in 2021 It’s been an eventful year for Swanage and the surrounding areas and here's our pick of the top stories from 2021. 9 months ago
Some of the Suttles team at Swanworth Quarry today Purbeck quarry celebrates its 100th anniversary A quarry at Worth Matravers - which supplies around half of Dorset’s crushed stone - is celebrating its centenary and a family achievement. 9 months ago
Zoe Squirrell and Biscuit Corfe Castle horse rider celebrates amazing year A disabled rider from Corfe Castle is celebrating a year like no other as she competed first at national and then international level. 9 months ago
Swanage bike repair man changes gear to show off his art From bike art to North American Indian-inspired suncatchers as well as paintings by David Bowie tribute act, there’s plenty to discover at Artisans on the Beach in Swanage. 9 months ago
@sixtyone Swanage retailers’ dismay at lack of Christmas shoppers Shopkeepers in Swanage are reporting a dramatic reduction in the number of Christmas shoppers leading to fears some could struggle to survive. 9 months ago
Swanage Post Office Swanage post office set to move to new town centre location The central post office in Swanage is set to move to a new location closer to the heart of the shopping area. 10 months ago
Controversial Purbeck wind farm to become reality after 20 year battle The final sections of a massive windfarm are arriving at a Purbeck quarry, which will provide eight megawatts of renewable energy. 10 months ago
Pier lights Light up Swanage Pier for someone special this Christmas Swanage Pier has been illuminated with 880 festive light bulbs as part of its Lighting up Lives event. 10 months ago
Fore Adventure Studland adventure business ‘very sad’ after kayaks stolen Kayaks have been stolen from an adventure skills and leisure business based at Studland, near Swanage. 10 months ago
Valentine tank D-Day tank at Studland beach for documentary filming The history series for National Geographic is due to be broadcast in autumn 2022. 10 months ago
Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival Festival lights up Langton Matravers church with Christmas trees The Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival at St George’s Church in Langton Matravers is back with a twinkle after a year’s absence. 10 months ago
Bumps in the Bay Isle of Purbeck divers help solve ‘bumps in the bay’ mystery The Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua club has won a national award presented by the Duke of Cambridge for helping solve a mystery that has puzzled geologists for years. 10 months ago
Victoria Pendleton at RAC Saddle Club Olympic medallist inspires Swanage students at Dorset stables Pupils from The Swanage School were lucky enough to get to meet three-times Olympic medallist Victoria Pendleton at a Dorset horse centre. 10 months ago
Thomas Hardy portrait Thomas Hardy letters reveal controversy over Dorset writer’s death Letters purchased at auction by Dorset History Centre throw fresh light on a little known controversy surrounding the death of Dorset writer Thomas Hardy. 10 months ago
Scene in the stage production of Rita when money is thrown in the air Swanage Rep company gets Covid grant boost The production company behind the Swanage Rep theatre season at The Mowlem has won a government grant, raising hopes of a return next year after the ‘unprecedented and unpredictable’ impact ... 11 months ago
Big toy swap Swanage families invited to swap toys for Christmas A Swanage childcare group is inviting local families to take part in a toy swap to spread a little Christmas joy. 11 months ago
St Nicholas Church Worth Matravers church closed and facing half a million pound repair bill The church in Worth Matravers near Corfe Castle, has been closed for safety reasons, after a routine survey condemned the roof as unsafe. 11 months ago
Margaret Green Animal Rescue Purbeck animal charity chief exec steps down The Margaret Green Animal Rescue charity is looking for a new chief executive after the previous boss stepped down. 11 months ago
U3A Nordic walking activities Opportunity to join in U3A activities in Purbeck post lockdown Covid restrictions have played havoc with social groups in Swanage, so now Purbeck U3A is enticing new members to venture out. 11 months ago
Wareham Wednesdays Firework extravaganza set to light up the Purbeck sky Bonfire night is back with a bang with the spectacular annual event at Swanage and Wareham Rugby Ground returning after a gap of two years because of Covid. 11 months ago
Cathy Lewis at Corfe Castle Gory story of Corfe Castle by Swanage author, back in print by demand Swanage-based writer, Cathy Lewis has produced a new version of her guidebook to Corfe Castle that spares no blushes or detail of dastardly deeds. 11 months ago
Poaching Poaching in Purbeck prompts police call for vigilance The public is being asked to be on the look out for poachers who are active in Purbeck at this time of year. 11 months ago
Swanage Library Swanage library invites views on future services The future of Swanage library - along with others in the county – is the subject of a public consultation that’s been launched by Dorset Council. 11 months ago
Ulwell reservoir Helicopter used for Ulwell reservoir repairs A helicopter was brought in to carry around 44 tons of machinery and materials up a steep hill near Swanage as part of a tricky reservoir improvement project. 11 months ago
Halloween Swanage gets spooky for Halloween trick or treat event Swanage is gearing up for its second town-wide Halloween trick or treat event – with more shops than last year taking part. 11 months ago
Kimmeridge signs Footpath from Kimmeridge village to the bay improved A footpath has been given a ‘makeover’ to establish a new walking trail linking the village of Kimmeridge to the bay. 11 months ago
Pier volunteers Volunteers prepare Swanage pier for winter weather Volunteers are carrying out essential maintenance work on the Victorian pier at Swanage in preparation for winter weather. 11 months ago
Purbeck Film Festival posters Film festival returns to Purbeck for silver anniversary After a year away, the longest running rural film festival in the UK – the Purbeck Film Festival – is back! 12 months ago
Swanage Cricket club £50,000 grant secures bigger pavilion for Swanage cricket A £50,000 grant from the English Cricket Board means Swanage Cricket Club can continue at pace to extend the pavilion. 12 months ago
Extreme E car Bovington to host ‘extreme’ electric motorsport race In a strange twist, Bovington in Dorset is one of the international destinations for a unique motor racing series to be televised by the BBC. 12 months ago
Rural crime team Dorset Police use podcasts to help crack rural crime In a bid to connect effectively with hard-to-reach communities in remote areas like Purbeck, the rural crime team from Dorset Police have recorded a series of podcasts.  12 months ago
Tom Greasty Swanage anglers claim fishing rules could threaten livelihood Fishing and the wider economy of Swanage could be adversely affected by new marine conservation zones, anglers fear. 12 months ago
Lawrence on the Brough just outside Kingston on the Kingston to Lychett Matravers Road New Lawrence of Arabia film made in Purbeck finally gets its premiere The release of the film Lawrence: After Arabia was delayed in 2020 but there will be special screenings this autumn across Dorset including Swanage. 12 months ago
Sea rowing competition at Swanage Sea rowing’s competitive spirit returns to Swanage Leading the way, Swanage Sea Rowing Club hosted the Jurassic regatta and is now looking forward to the Super Vets event. 1 year ago
Steve and Friends Blues party returns to Swanage after Covid intermission The much-loved Swanage Blues Festival shuffles into town this weekend with an eclectic mix of musicians and singers - the first since March 2020. 1 year ago
Zoe Wells and Ricky Lucas Locals celebrate as pub owners save village shop in Langton Matravers An historic pub near Swanage is now doubling up as the village shop after the local post office closed. 1 year ago
Justin Rose with Tom Bastow Rising Swanage golfer gets dream chance to meet his sporting hero Talented 17 year old golfer Tom Bastow from Swanage, walked in the footsteps of golfing legend Justin Rose - quite literally, when he was chosen to caddy in a group ... 1 year ago
Actors on stage Swanage theatre director brings extraordinary show to the Lighthouse After a long 18 months, Swanage-based artistic director Claire Hodgson says it’s incredible to be putting on a stage show again. 1 year ago
Red phone box saved in Studland as another is lost in Swanage Studland Parish Council is to buy the telephone box in the village after an iconic kiosk by the ferry was removed before councillors could act. 1 year ago
Kimberly Hart-Simpson TV soap actress takes on Rita role at The Mowlem in Swanage Coronation Street actress Kimberley Hart Simpson is starring in a new production of Educating Rita at The Mowlem as part of the Swanage Rep series. 1 year ago
Swanage cricket team Swanage Cricket Club celebrates first team success at awards night Outperforming expectations, Swanage Cricket Club’s first team clinched the runners up trophy in Dorset's Division One League. 1 year ago
Happy couple in Swanage Swanage Railway steam event makes for the perfect coupling The romance of the railways inspired a Swanage Railway steam enthusiast to come up with the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. - WATCH VIDEO. 1 year ago
Outside Divers Down UK’s oldest diving school up for sale as Swanage couple retire The well-known diving school, Divers Down on Swanage Pier is looking for a buyer after its owners decided to retire. 1 year ago
Models and real tank Modelmakers return to The Tank Museum at Bovington More used to putting on a show with some of the big beasties of the armoured world, The Tank Museum is now preparing for a display on a smaller scale. 1 year ago
The Princess and the Pauper “Best ever” Swanage Rep show finally goes ahead A show described as ‘the best production’ ever by Swanage Rep finally makes its debut on stage after a week’s delay. 1 year ago
Studio 5 quartet Top trombonist returns to Swanage for concert cancelled last year It's a special homecoming for a talented local musician who became a professor at the Royal Academy of Music at just 25. 1 year ago
Air cadet in training glider No reprieve for Swanage Air Cadets as it merges with Wareham With its headquarters deemed "past its sell-by date" the decision has been made to combine Swanage Air Cadets with the squadron in Wareham. 1 year ago
Swanage Rep show postponed after positive Covid test The opening nights of The Princess and the Pauper at The Mowlem in Swanage have been delayed after a production team member tested positive for Covid. 1 year ago
Punch and Judy Swanage’s Punch and Judy man thanks locals for support after making national news The Punch and Judy man has thanked the people of Swanage who rallied round after it was revealed that mean beachgoers had refused to pay. 1 year ago
The Mowlem theatre Musical with sign language set for national tour after Swanage debut A brand-new reworking of a classic story which integrates sign language into the performance gets its debut at The Mowlem theatre in Swanage. 1 year ago
Jellyfish Look but don’t touch! The beautiful visitors to the Dorset coast Marine experts say jellyfish are misunderstood – we should appreciate their beauty and help count them – but just don’t touch! 1 year ago
Beach huts go like “hot cakes” as Swanage seaside lovers snap them up Swanage beach huts all but sold out within hours of becoming available for this summer, with one man queuing from 6.45 am. 1 year ago
Exhibit at art show Swanage artists join new exhibition and raise money for charity An idea born out of lockdown has led to an exhibition of work by more than 30 artists from Swanage and the wider Purbeck area. 1 year ago
Volunteer litter pickers Visitors and residents join forces in Swanage to tackle beach litter Despite pleas to beachgoers to take their rubbish home, volunteers are being kept busy ensuring Swanage Beach is clean, tidy and litter-free. 1 year ago
boats on the shore Swanage Sailing Club is booming – meet the brave beginners! Sailing in Swanage has seen a surge in new members as more people than ever want to get out on the water. 1 year ago
Jobs sign “Worst ever” summer for staff recruitment across Purbeck An unprecedented shortage of staff has hit pubs, shops and holiday destinations in Swanage and across Purbeck. 1 year ago
Swanage Health Centre Swanage surgery staff face “rude” patients, angry at changes to service Staff at Swanage Medical Practice say they are facing rude and aggressive behaviour from some patients. 1 year ago
School children rehearse Little Shop of Horrors Little Horrors relaunch The Mowlem theatre in Swanage Live theatre is back at The Mowlem and first up is an exuberant musical production by students from The Swanage School. 1 year ago
Bronze tortoises Stolen Corfe Castle family bronze tortoises come home… slowly Thirty years after they were stolen, bronze tortoises that used to belong to the Bankes family that once owned most of Purbeck, have been returned. 1 year ago
Road traffic collision at Harmans Cross Three vehicle crash at Harmans Cross petrol station An off-duty paramedic stopped to help two people with minor injuries, after a van and two cars collided outside the BP garage near Swanage. 1 year ago
Controversial world first 5G network brings phone signal to Jurassic Coast A world first 5G network has been installed between Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Ringstead. but it's also sparked controversy. 1 year ago
Three charity walkers A million steps for charity – Swanage three on track Three charity fundraisers are out to walk a million steps for charity by the end of September. 1 year ago
England flags flying from building in Swanage Swanage gets behind England team for Euro footie finals Football is coming home to Swanage! With England flags flying across the town, there'll be plenty of noisy support in this corner of Dorset. 1 year ago
Ricky King Swanage darts player takes aim at national title A Swanage darts player has won a shot at a national title after winning a competition held online because of Covid. 1 year ago
Players at Swanage Cricket club Pavilion plans at Swanage Cricket wait on grant decision Cricket in Swanage is undergoing rapid expansion, as the junior section grows and the club plans a major extension to its pavilion. 1 year ago
Beatles tribute Band Live music returns to Swanage venues A series of tribute bands are lined up to bring live music back to The Mowlem and Harmans Cross. 1 year ago
Openreach engineer Ultrafast broadband coming to Swanage but delivery date is unclear Ultrafast broadband is on its way to Swanage in a project to upgrade services to 45,000 homes and businesses in Dorset. 1 year ago
Playing croquet Croquet in Swanage hits a new high point Croquet is back at last and the Swanage club is boasting a record number of members. 1 year ago
Steve Etches with an ichthyosaurus Kimmeridge expert unlocks secrets of newly discovered fossil A new and rare ichthyosaur fossil found in Dorset is to be unlocked from the rock, live on camera at The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge. 1 year ago
Redelivery scam text Swanage residents warned about parcel redelivery scam texts Citizens Advice in Dorset is warning residents to watch out for scam texts after a survey revealed that two thirds of people in the South West had been targeted. 1 year ago
Shannon and park ranger Ben Tolley Events at Durlston Country Park set to continue – but outside! From park yoga to Shakespeare, activities to go ahead at Durlston Country Park helped by the park's newly appointed public engagement assistant. 1 year ago
Swanage shops get more dog friendly There should be lots of happy wagging tails in town, now more and more shops are displaying ‘dog friendly’ signs in the window. 1 year ago
Football match The Swans end the football season with a flourish It was a game of two pitches - as Swanage Town and Herston football club enjoyed a 'bonus' final at the end of another season marred by lockdowns. 1 year ago
American World War Two jeep American military vehicle display to mark Swanage D-Day A collection of World War Two American military vehicles will stage a ‘static’ parade on Shore Road to mark the 77th anniversary of D-Day. 1 year ago
Air cadet hut Swanage air cadet hall ‘unfit’ for post-Covid era Swanage Air Cadets branch is to close because of changes needed to the old building in order to meet Covid restrictions. 1 year ago
Jonathan Evans volunteer recruitment officer on platform Volunteers urged to get on board at Swanage Railway There’s a new man blowing the whistle for recruits and volunteers to help run the award-winning Swanage Railway. 1 year ago
Durlston Explorer Bus in Swanage The Durlston bus is back in business It’s been a long wait for passengers but the D5 bus between Swanage and Durlston is finally back after a ‘fallow year’ last year. 1 year ago