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.

Organised by Zoom Events, the festival will feature street foods, a bar, al fresco dining, live music, children’s entertainment and a host of artisan groceries, arts and crafts.

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The stalls will be setting up along The Mowlem end of Shore Road which will be closed to traffic

Selection of freshly prepared street foods

In 2021, Zoom Events ran the May Market at Sandpit Field but this year, it’s now been rebranded and relocated. The stalls and the music stage will be setting up along Shore Road from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th May 2022.

The food stalls will offer a selection of freshly prepared street foods ranging from traditional Mexican food to sweet and savoury crepes, as well as Japanese dishes.

Visitors can also sit back and enjoy a drink from the Famous Last Stand bar offering craft beers, cider, prosecco and gin.

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Musicians on stage at a Zoom event
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Food, drink and music will be on offer

Live music and children’s entertainment

Live music and children’s entertainment will be taking place on stage all weekend including performances from local bands.

There will also be a number of stalls selling artisan groceries available to take home such as olives, cheese, continental fine foods and old English fudge as well as art and craft stalls.

Paul Kennedy, director of Zoom Events said:

“We are pleased the Swanage FreeWheelin FEASTival is returning to Swanage in the new location of Shore Road.

“This year we have a strong line up of content for the event and are pleased the events industry is bouncing back following the pandemic restrictions.”

May Market
May Market organised by Zoom events

Last year the event was called the May Market and took place on Sandpit Field

“It’s going to be a busy summer and an interesting one!”

The Feastival will take place over three days on Friday 6th May 12 noon to 7 pm, Saturday 7th May 9 am to 7 pm and Sunday 8th May 11 am to 6 pm.

Swanage Town Council visitor services manager, Culvin Milmer said:

“It’s a new event and quite different from anything we’ve done before and only one of the many events this year for Swanage. It’s going to be a busy summer and an interesting one!”

Swanage’s usual Friday morning market will be taking place at Main Beach car park as normal, so shoppers can go to that first if they wish and then head to the street market in the afternoon.

Class 33 D6515 Diesel loco at Swanage Station
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Part of the home fleet – Class 33 D6515 diesel loco at Swanage Station

Swanage Railway diesel gala Beer tent May 2019
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Swanage Railway’s beer festival tent in 2019

Bumper weekend

Also taking place over the same weekend from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th May 2022 is the Swanage Railway’s eagerly awaited first Diesel Gala and Beer Festival since 2019.

Featuring eight heritage diesel locomotives, passengers will be able to take a trip up to Corfe Castle station, where local business Purbeck Kitchens is running the beer festival.

There’s also a preview day on Thursday 5th May 2022 featuring both steam and diesel locos.

Further information

  • More about Swanage FreeWheelin FEASTival is on its website
  • Further details and to book tickets for the Diesel Gala and Beer Festival go to the Swanage Railway website

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