Purbeck Sounds station manager Graham Turner at the new studio in the Heart of Swanage Sounding good – launch of new radio station for Purbeck A new radio station with many familiar names has begun broadcasting to Purbeck from a studio in the heart of Swanage. 5 days ago
Caldron Barn Farm Park Open invitation to explore one of Swanage’s best kept secrets Cauldron Barn Farm Park in Swanage, Dorset, is holding a number of open days inviting everyone to visit the former 1960s caravan park that's now a residential park for the ... 4 weeks ago
Andy Knill is welcoming shoppers to the heart of Swanage Hidden heart of Swanage launches new campaign to woo visitors Independent and artisan businesses in a tucked away part of Swanage town centre in Dorset, are hoping a new initiative will help shoppers beat a path to their door. 1 month ago
Charlotte Walker and Skippy with Swanage's new animal ambulance Scare for Skippy inspired Swanage’s new animal ambulance A new 24 hour pet ambulance service has been launched by Swanage woman Charlotte Walker after her boxer dog nearly died in a late night emergency. 1 month ago
Costcutter frontage Swanage shop scoops top UK retailer award A convenience store that has been in the same Swanage family for more than 100 years has received recognition for its outstanding contribution to the community. 1 month ago
Wareham Sheddies with the raft spider viewing platform they made for RSPB Arne Future in doubt for Wareham Sheddies after eviction threat Talented woodworkers are facing an uncertain time as an eviction wrangle leaves their future in Purbeck very much in the balance. 1 month ago
Luke Robinson addresses the public meeting to discuss plans for a seaweed farm in Swanage Proposed Swanage seaweed farm takes care not to make waves A seaweed farm more than a mile off the Swanage coast could help to lead a revolution in aquaculture if it is granted permission to go ahead later this year. 2 months ago
Luke Puntorno and Chris Fry have just launched their new business in Swanage High Street Entrepreneurs widen Swanage’s dining choices with new venture A new food destination called The Narrows has just opened in Swanage’s historic High Street, which is fast becoming a thriving hub of activity again. 2 months ago
Retiring managers of the Corfe Castle Village Stores, Carole and Terry Birnie welcome in their replacement, Carl Seaward New chapter in store for Corfe Castle village shop A Dorset village store with a 300 year history is passing into new hands as the couple who rescued it from ruin 10 years ago are retiring to see the ... 2 months ago
Studland sauna Swanage to get seafront sauna and new beach cafe With the increasing popularity of all year round sea swimming, a new service will provide a sauna facility on Swanage seafront in Dorset, alongside a new beach cafe offering top ... 3 months ago
Langton Matravers The Old Rectory care home Financial administrators put Langton care home up for sale The Old Rectory care home at Langton Matravers near Swanage in Dorset has been listed for sale after the company running it went into liquidation. 3 months ago
Wytch Farm, near Corfe Castle, is western Europe's largest onshore oil field Oil well at Wytch Farm to be shut down within four years Oil company Perenco UK says it will start to close down operations at Wytch Farm near Corfe Castle in Dorset from the end of 2027 as oil reserves begin to ... 3 months ago
Purbeck Radio presenter Lex McKee will set up a new station online From Swanage Pier to the cloud, community radio moves online Former Purbeck Coast community radio station presenter Lex McKee is back on air again and others are expected to join him. 3 months ago
Selina Kerley, pictured left, with her team, all ready for the opening day of Tide florists in High Street, Swanage Swanage’s new florist shop opens for Valentine’s Day Fulfilling a lifelong ambition, a new florist shop is opening in Swanage and it's just in time for one of the busiest days of the year. 3 months ago
Purbeck Business awards winners Purbeck Business Awards 2024 winners announced The names of the 11 winners of the Purbeck Business Awards 2024 have been revealed with Wareham’s Italian Kitchen restaurant scooping the top title of b0usiness of the year. 3 months ago
Joe and Kate Hartle of Purbeck Cider launched Purbeck Gold at the Horse and Groom pub, Wareham Official launch for new Purbeck cider with a golden touch A new cider for Purbeck to treasure has been created, with the intention of making it the flagship drink of Dorset. 4 months ago
Italian Bakery in Institute Road Swanage bakery applies for planning after redesign completed The Italian Bakery in Swanage, Dorset has submitted a retrospective planning application for a new look shop front, a year after the work was done. 4 months ago
A 3D model of the planned new luxury resort at Knoll House Hotel, as seen from Ferry Road, Studland Planning upset for new luxury resort in Studland Plans for a £65 million rebuild of Studland’s much loved Knoll House Hotel, creating 86 new jobs, have been refused by Dorset Council. 4 months ago
Langton Matravers The Old Rectory care home Purbeck care home closes due to ‘financial difficulties’ The company running a residential care home in Langton Matravers near Swanage in Dorset has ceased trading with a loss of jobs and with residents now having to find new ... 5 months ago
Two of the rescue chickens at Hazel Lodge, East Stoke, enjoy life in retirement Purbeck volunteers who save chickens around the cluck More than 25,000 hens have been saved by a Purbeck family after they set up Chicken Rescue UK less than two years ago. 5 months ago
Forestry manager David Browning launches his Tree of the Week website Purbeck forester branches out with Tree of the Week website The popular Tree of the Week social media posts which started out as a joke by a Purbeck woodland manager, have expanded into artwork and now there's a new website. 5 months ago
One of four wind turbines at Masters Quarry near Wareham, with a solar panel farm in the background Twenty year battle to build Purbeck wind farm is finally over A wind and solar farm which will generate enough power to run every home in Purbeck has finally been completed. 5 months ago
Business is blooming in Swanage town centre Bucking the national trend of empty shop units, Swanage in Dorset is seeing lots more new businesses opening up in the heart of the seaside town. 5 months ago
Smoke on the water restaurant Restaurant with perfect view of Swanage Bay to open in 2024 Four family friends from a Swanage catering company in Dorset are about to open their first restaurant overlooking the bay - and feel that the Covid pandemic is actually to ... 6 months ago
Swanage Co-op manager Simon Lightburn, far right, with the store's £24,000 cheque shared between three local groups Co-op shoppers help raise huge windfall for Swanage groups Three good causes in Swanage have benefited to the tune of more than £24,000 thanks to the Co-op supermarket’s annual local community fund event. 6 months ago
The new shop for Allsort’d has just opened in Station Road, Swanage Christmas gifts Allsort’d at new Swanage shop A brand new retail outlet in Swanage in Dorset is showcasing the artistic talents of Allsort’d, a group of local young adults with learning disabilities and associated difficulties. 7 months ago
Welcome to The Corner from restauranteur Mez and chef Cuneyt New restaurant brings the flavours of the Med to Swanage The taste of the Mediterranean is coming to Swanage when a new restaurant opens in Station Road in November 2023. 7 months ago
James Warren of The Salt Pig is joining Simon and Liz Goldsack at Holme for Gardens New Holme for The Salt Pig in Purbeck Two Purbeck businesses with a passion for sustainability are joining forces to boost the farm shop at a garden centre, well known for its pioneering approach to business. 7 months ago
Nigel Reeve at Biz awards launch Purbeck Business Awards: Entries open for 2024 Following the success of the first Purbeck Business Awards in 2023, entries are now open for 2024 and there’s some new categories. 7 months ago
Opening of the Green Goat in Corfe Castle 2023 ( New kid in Corfe as local business expands A new delicatessen - The Green Goat - has opened across the road from The Pink Goat restaurant and cafe in Corfe Castle in Dorset, boosting the number of shops ... 7 months ago
Work starting to make McColls into Morrisons Supermarket to open new convenience store in Swanage Convenience store McColl's is closing in Swanage - but the shop is to reopen as a mini Morrisons supermarket with a promise to deliver value. 8 months ago
Ice cream kiosk on beach at Swanage seafront Swanage ice cream kiosk business up for grabs The chance to sell ice cream and snacks along Swanage seafront in Dorset is being offered to businesses, along with other opportunities on Swanage Town Council owned land including the ... 8 months ago
Purbeck Cider Farm opened its gates for a new summer festival - Cider Sundae New summer festival ends appley for Purbeck Cider Despite a worrying weather forecast, the success of a new summer festival was one more reason to celebrate a successful year at Purbeck Cider. 9 months ago
Chococo has led the way for Purbeck in the Great Taste Awards for 2023 Sweet taste of success for Purbeck food and drink producers Top awards for great taste, dubbed the Oscars of the British food industry have been dished out to Purbeck companies. 10 months ago
Ice cream kiosk Ice cream kiosks in Swanage closed down owing council thousands The contract to operate two ice cream kiosks on Swanage’s Main Beach has been terminated after the tenants broke the terms of the agreement with Swanage Town Council. 10 months ago
Coastal Crust Pizza Pizza start-up to take over Swanage restaurant A business idea developed during lockdown by a Swanage couple to sell takeaway pizza has been so successful, they are now all set to open a cafe and pizzeria. 10 months ago
Sea going pedal cars, the only ones of their kind in the UK, are proving very popular at Knoll Beach, Studland Pedal powered Porsches set to make a splash at Studland A Studland beachside business is about to expand the UK’s greenest fleet of company cars with the addition of four open top Porsches. 11 months ago
A new business is to run snorkel sessions around Swanage Pier, tried out here by Heather Norman New snorkel school explores life under the sea in Swanage A new snorkelling school is opening in Swanage in time for World Ocean Day, to show children and adults the exciting underwater world that exists in the bay. 12 months ago
Mark Dowdell and Dorset Safari’s customised Land Rover Defender 110 Surrey couple ditch corporate life for Dorset safari venture A new Swanage company is gearing up for a busy summer offering a very different tourist experience - taking visitors on safari! 12 months ago
Christmas lights for 2022 in Station Road Christmas angels sought to help light up the streets of Swanage Swanage Chamber of Trade has appealed for a benefactor to cover the cost of extra Christmas lights in town for 2023. 1 year ago
Harry Warren House in Studland has been put on the market for a cool £5 million Historic Studland home goes on the market for £5 million A National Trust property overlooking Studland Bay, which was used as a location for the BBC drama adaptation of Howards End, has been put up for sale for the first ... 1 year ago
Kathy Bangle at Swanage Information Centre introduces the new Purbeck Pass loyalty card New scheme to reward loyalty of shoppers in Swanage A loyalty card for Swanage called the Purbeck Pass is being launched to benefit shoppers and businesses through the year. 1 year ago
Catherine Nix at Dorset Dried flowers Business blossoms for Corfe Castle venture From a workshop in Corfe Castle, Dorset Dried Flowers is branching out, boosted by scooping the award for best eco business at the Purbeck Business Awards 2023. 1 year ago
Not even a hailstorm could stop Swanage's new ATM cash machine being installed Swanage hails new cash machine at town centre Post Office Even a hail storm couldn't stop the installation of a new cash machine at Swanage's town centre Post Office bringing it closer to becoming a banking hub. 1 year ago
Dan Scott looks over Studland beaches, home to his outdoor adventure business Studland adventure company forages ahead with new season An outdoor adventure company which began in Studland with just four kayaks and a hut, is back and bigger than ever for the new season. 1 year ago
Claire Howitt and Charlie Howlett pick up the South West Tourism large attraction of the year award for Farmer Palmer's Farm and fortune as Purbeck favourite scoops top tourism title Farm park attraction Farmer Palmer's near Wareham has won gold at the 2023 South West Tourism Awards. 1 year ago
Wesley House, a former Victorian Chapel in Langton Matravers, is for sale at £1 million Converted church boosts £1m Purbeck house market Chance to buy a piece of ecclesiastical history at Langton Matravers for Easter as a former Wesleyan church swells the record number of million pound properties up for sale in ... 1 year ago
Harlees fish and chip shops in Swanage have won a national award for their fish and chip experience Swanage fish and chip chain hooks top UK title You'd batter believe it - Comedian Jason Manford has presented a top prize to a fish and chip business with two shops in Swanage. 1 year ago
Purbeck Business Awards winners Purbeck Business Awards 2023 winners announced Winning certificates have been presented to 12 local companies at the inaugural Purbeck Business Awards at a ceremony at Kingston Country Courtyard near Corfe Castle. 1 year ago
Wareham Boat Hire sits on the banks of the River Frome Purbeck boat hire business to expand despite opposition A business owner has praised Dorset councillors for ‘seeing sense’ after unexpectly allowing him to build larger premises within Wareham's conservation area. 1 year ago
The 400-year-old Anchor Inn has been saved from bankruptcy by beekeeping businessman Khalid Undre Historic Swanage pub saved from bankruptcy A London property developer with a passion for beekeeping has rescued the Anchor Inn in Swanage. 1 year ago
The Sandy Salt Pig will take over the cafe provision at Middle Beach Studland with an exciting new mission New Salt Pig eatery in Studland replaces old Middle Beach cafe Following the controversial closure of Middle Beach cafe by the National Trust, a new venture has been set up nearby - The Sandy Salt Pig. 1 year ago
Wareham Co-op Store wars as Co-op objects to new Lidl at Wareham The Co-op has told Dorset Council planners that, “There is no need for an additional foodstore in Purbeck”. 1 year ago
Raspberry Roase shop in Institute Road Rosy outlook for bold new Swanage venture A stylish new shop in Swanage has already received a warm welcome from customers and fellow business owners. 1 year ago
At the water's edge, watching the changing colours of the blue pool Take the plunge at Blue Pool thanks to new wedding licence Couples who got engaged over Christmas and the New Year have a new venue in Purbeck to consider in 2023. 1 year ago
Station Road Lights at Christmas Best Christmas lights in Swanage: the winners revealed! A competition to find the best festive lights displayed by a business or local resident in Swanage has yet again proved to be a tricky task. 1 year ago
The Anchor Inn Swanage Swanage pub closes due to ‘financial difficulties’ as bills soar The Anchor Inn in Swanage has shut its doors indefinitely due to the financial impact of Covid and rising energy costs. 1 year ago
Nigel Reeve at Biz awards launch Last chance to enter Purbeck Business Awards The deadline for entries and nominations for the first ever Purbeck Business Awards is looming and people are being urged to complete their entries in time. 1 year ago
Soft toys New video campaign to boost Christmas shopping in Swanage With the Sandbanks Ferry out of service and not bringing its usual daytrippers into Swanage in the run up to Christmas, the town’s Chamber of Trade has been out filming ... 1 year ago
Middle Beach Cafe boss Paul Brown at Studland National Trust to demolish Studland beach cafe due to coastal erosion Climate change has been blamed for the decision to permanently close a beach cafe which has been a vital part of Studland for 120 years. 2 years ago
Corfe Castle Club steward Brian Chubby Varney is presented with a framed award for the best Wessex real ale club Corfe Castle Club regains top title after two difficult years Real ale fans at the Corfe Castle Club have raised a toast to their bar which has been declared the best in Wessex - again. 2 years ago
Shoppers at Swanage Co-op have helped to raise £24,000 for local charities Swanage shoppers co-operate to raise bumper payout for charity An impressive £24,000 has been handed out to three local good causes by the Swanage Co-op. 2 years ago
Station Road Swanage to pilot scheme to improve access to cash after bank closures An action group made up of financial institutions and consumer groups has visited Swanage to work out a plan to ensure the town still has a guaranteed supply of cash. 2 years ago
Andrew Sinclair farmer with pumpkins at Lectenbury Farm Purbeck farmer expands pick your own pumpkin to meet growing demand There’s no trick about the latest treat from a Purbeck fruit farm - pick your own pumpkin month at Lenctenbury Farm, near Corfe Castle, has become a screaming success. 2 years ago
The existing frontage of Knoll House Hotel New plans proposed to redevelop Studland hotel The owners of the Knoll House Hotel in Studland are poised to put in a new planning application to totally rebuild the site, after a previous application was turned down. 2 years ago
Postmaster Liam Searle at the new Swanage Post Office premises New Swanage Post Office opens on time despite Liam’s cancer setback Postmaster Liam Searle has managed to open Swanage’s new Post Office on schedule, despite having to beat off a dangerously aggressive cancer at the same time. 2 years ago
Joe Hartle of the Purbeck Cider Company Purbeck Cider Company back from the brink of disaster Two years after fearing his business wouldn’t survive, founder of Purbeck Cider Company Joe Hartle is now looking to expand. 2 years ago
Nigel Reeve at Biz awards launch Entries open for new Purbeck business awards A new awards scheme has been launched, not as an excuse for a party but to recognise the quality and range of businesses across Purbeck, according to its organiser. 2 years ago
St James Church in Kingston sold for half a million at auction Kingston’s old church finally sells at auction for half a million pounds The former church in Kingston near Swanage with spectacular views of Corfe Castle, has finally sold at auction after an earlier million pound deal fell through. 2 years ago
Lloyds bank on last day before closure Last bank branch in Swanage closes its doors for final time Lloyds Bank has closed its branch in Swanage, ending its 126 year history in the town. 2 years ago
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. 2 years 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. 2 years ago
Swanage Post Office Moving date for Swanage Post Office announced Swanage Post Office branch is relocating from Kings Road and views are being sought to help improve access and services when it moves to Institute Road. 2 years ago
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 years ago
Lloyds Bank in High Street 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. 2 years ago
Greyhound Pub in Corfe Castle 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 years 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. 2 years ago
Clams Fresh clams to be sold in Swanage in new venture A Swanage fisherman has launched a new business selling locally caught clams. 2 years 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. 2 years ago
Lidl store 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. 2 years 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 ... 2 years 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. 2 years ago
Lloyds bank in High Street The last retail bank in Swanage to close Lloyds Banking Group has announced the closure of 28 branches including Lloyds Bank in Swanage. 2 years ago
McColl's store in Swanage 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years ago
The Pig on the Beach hotel The Pig Hotel at Studland sold to private equity group A private equity firm that specialises in travel and leisure, has bought the parent company of the Pig Hotels with a view to increasing the number of its properties. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years ago
View of Swanage Bay from Old Harry Rocks As energy costs rise, Swanage businesses invited to join forum A new business group is being launched in Swanage to help local companies become more sustainable while reducing their carbon footprint. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years ago
Knoll House Hotel plans Ambitious £60m plans for Studland hotel rejected by councillors The general manager of Knoll House Hotel in Studland says he’s disappointed that proposals to transform it into an upmarket five star resort have been refused planning permission. 2 years ago
Knoll House hotel redevelopment plans of the front of the hotel Decision due on plans for £60m redevelopment of Studland hotel Ambitious proposals for Knoll House Hotel in Studland to be transformed into a luxury five star resort are to be considered by Dorset Council. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 2 years 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. 3 years ago
Closed sign in window Swanage businesses forced to temporarily close due to Covid Covid rules have left a number of businesses in Swanage temporarily shut because staff have Covid or are self isolating. 3 years 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. 3 years ago