Joanna Weaver displays an SAS regimental flag, one of her father's souvenirs from his days as a wartime hero Daughter of Purbeck SAS hero to lay memorial wreath in France A woman from Harman's Cross in Dorset will take part in a moving ceremony in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the worst ever massacre of SAS operatives. 11 hours ago
Old Harry Rocks Miracle as school pupil survives 60 foot fall from Old Harry In a lucky escape, a 15 year old boy on a school trip to Old Harry in Studland, Dorset, managed to avoid serious injury after falling 60 feet off the ... 20 hours ago
Brook tea rooms Burglar jailed after stealing from Swanage and Wareham businesses A man has been sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to more than 30 burglaries in Dorset including four in Swanage and Wareham. 1 day ago
Emmanuel baptist church South Dorset election candidates to be quizzed in Swanage Voters are to have the opportunity to put their questions to the candidates standing in the UK General Election in the South Dorset constituency, which includes Swanage. 2 days ago
Corner of Rempstone Road and Station Road in Swanage Man in Swanage has jaw broken in violent assault Eyewitnesses called 999 after a group on motorcycles approached a man in his 30s and he was punched to the ground in Swanage town centre. 3 days ago
The current emergency department at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester Out of hours service at Dorset hospital put patients at risk says coroner Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester has been urged to improve its out of hours services after a Wareham woman bled to death following a hip operation. 3 days ago
Roads to Rail Swanage Railway steam rally Norden near Corfe Castle Swanage Railway steam rally gains traction Now in its fourth year, the Roads to Rail steam rally is to take place near Corfe Castle in Dorset and looks likely to be bigger and better for 2024. 4 days ago
Swanage library job advert Staff facing redundancy as Dorset Council library strategy rolls out Libraries run by Dorset Council including Swanage and Wareham, are being reorganised with changes to staffing roles and opening hours. 5 days ago
Swanage Bay's new visitor, the Jenny D, prepares to take another load of rocks on board Jenny D tug nears end of mission to protect Studland Bay Work costing £10 million is nearing completion, to help prevent the Dorset coastline from Studland to Highcliffe from flooding. 6 days ago
Dave Corben Swanage lifeboat volunteer named MBE in birthday honours Chair of Swanage RNLI and well known local estate agent Dave Corben has been made an MBE for his distinguished voluntary service. 1 week ago
Scoles Manor in Kingston, dating to the 17th Century and incorporating an 800-year-old chapel, is on the market for £4 million Historic Kingston manor house goes on market for £4 million One of the oldest continuously occupied homes in Dorset has been put on the market and comes with a view that is absolutely priceless. 1 week ago
Fishmonger Julia Noone and Swanage Bay Fish led a live cooking demonstration Gutted! Swanage’s fish festival cancelled due to bad weather With heavy rain and wind gusts forecast, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Swanage Fish and Food Festival for 2024. 1 week ago
Swanage Hospital Swanage community invited to support local hospitals Swanage Hospital and Wareham Hospital in Dorset are separately holding events and asking everyone to come along and show their support. 1 week ago
Drugs seized in Swanage Parents warned after illegal drugs seized in Swanage raids Colourful pouches containing cannabis but designed to look like sweet packets have been seized from several addresses in Swanage in Dorset. 2 weeks ago
Swanage library Swanage Library to reduce opening hours on Saturdays A major reorganisation of libraries by Dorset Council means Swanage library will now only open for three hours on a Saturday, although it will be open for longer during the ... 2 weeks ago
The recovery barge had to use a crane lift to recover the grave slabs Medieval cargo of Purbeck stone is raised from Studland Bay Purbeck stone grave slabs dating back 750 years are to go on display after being raised from a medieval shipwreck within sight of Old Harry. 2 weeks ago
D- Day 80th anniversary with Royal Corps of Signals Swanage remembers D-Day sacrifice 80 years on The Royal Corps of Signals marched through Swanage in Dorset and attended a service at the war memorial as part of the town’s D Day commemorations. 2 weeks ago
Swanage homes from aerial view Eight candidates compete to become next MP for South Dorset The names of all those standing in the South Dorset parliamentary constituency covering Swanage have been officially confirmed, ahead of the UK General Election 2 weeks ago
Anvil Point lighthouse was built in 1880 to keep mariners safe along the Jurassic Coast Anvil Point lighthouse clock sells at auction for thousands over estimate A Victorian clock which was made for Anvil Point lighthouse near Swanage in Dorset, was estimated to sell at between £800 to £1,200. 2 weeks ago
Coop cashpoint Boost in services for Swanage’s cash economy Following an outcry over the closure of the last bank branch in Swanage in Dorset, a new multi-bank cash deposit machine has been installed in the town - one of ... 2 weeks ago
Swanage war memorial Soldiers to mark Swanage’s vital role in D-Day success Eighty years after D-Day, the moment when Allied forces landed on the beaches in France pushing back German troops during World War Two, commemorations are planned across Purbeck. 3 weeks ago
Swanage skate park open day June 2024 Swanage skatepark campaign takes off at fun packed open day Swanage Skatepark launched its fundraising mission for better sports facilities in Purbeck with an open day attended by hundreds. 3 weeks ago
Your name here ... Swanage Town and Herston FC is raffling the chance to become club shirt sponsor for just £75 Swanage and Herston FC offers local firms chance to strike it lucky A Purbeck company could get to emulate the likes of Nike, American Express or Etihad Airways, and all for a bargain price of just £75. 3 weeks ago
Emily McDonald, pictured centre, at the surprise welcome home party thrown for her at Gee Whites Welcome home for Swanage teen after life changing US treatment Friends and family of Emily McDonald joyfully reunited with the 17 year old in Swanage, Dorset, after medical treatment in the US allowed her to walk again free from pain. 3 weeks ago
Water bottle Tree by Robert Marshall for PAW 2024 Plastic bottle waste from one Purbeck home pops up as tree A year’s worth of plastic bottles from just one household has been used to create a sculpture for Purbeck Art Weeks to highlight just how big the problem is. 3 weeks ago
New views of Purbeck's Blue Pool nature reserve are now possible from the UK's longest rope bridge UK’s longest rope bridge unfurled in Purbeck Visitors to a nature reserve near Wareham are now able to view the beauty spot from a new vantage point, after the UK’s longest rope bridge was opened to the ... 3 weeks ago
Allsort'd at Sandy Hill Arts Allsort’d choir perform Corfe Castle concert after Mowlem triumph Fresh from the success of its stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Mowlem in Swanage, the Allsort’d choir is back in action. 3 weeks ago
Rexy the dinosaur for Swanage Carnival Sneak preview of Swanage Carnival’s monster selfie op! As unlikely as it sounds, Rexy the dinosaur from the blockbuster film Night at the Museum is to rock up during Swanage Carnival week 2024. 4 weeks ago
The studio at The Mowlem The Mowlem in Swanage shows off its new studio Following a £100,000 makeover, the Community Room at The Mowlem in Swanage has become a new performance space and its got a new name - The Studio. 4 weeks ago
97 year old Gordon visits Swanage Railway Thursday 16 May 2024 Swanage Railway dream day out for 97 year old Gordon A Swanage man who hadn’t left his house for three years except for health appointments, enjoyed a rail day trip on the heritage line, thanks to Swanage Railway and a ... 4 weeks ago
James and Becky Warren of The Salt Pig have become the new owners of Putlake Adventure Farm in Langton Matravers Salt Pig company buys Langton Matravers adventure farm One of Purbeck’s best loved family attractions is under new ownership - with exciting new plans for the future. 4 weeks ago
Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan are back at Arne again to present Springwatch 2024 Ravens versus peregrines as BBC Springwatch returns to Purbeck BBC Springwatch cameras will be broadcasting live from RSPB Arne for the second year in a row to highlight Purbeck’s outstanding wildlife. 4 weeks ago
Seahorse sculpture at middle beach Studland Seahorse sculpture points out loss of Studland seagrass Drawing attention to the damage done to the endangered seahorse’s habitat at Studland, an artist from Church Knowle in Dorset has created a giant seahorse installation. 1 month ago
Maple Class, St George's School, get ready for their maypole dance rehearsal Langton school revives old tradition, come what May St George’s Primary School in Langton Matravers, Dorset have dusted off a maypole in order to bring back an ancient May custom - and the whole village has been invited ... 1 month ago
Ricky King hits a perfect 180 on his England debut Swanage’s king of darts makes his debut for England A man from Swanage has become only the third person from Dorset to play darts for England and is now hoping to take his game a step further. 1 month ago
Just minutes after a freak lightning strike, Clematis Cottages in Stoborough are well alight Stoborough residents lucky to escape lightning strike fire A freak lightning bolt is believed to have started a blaze which gutted a pair of thatched cottages in Stoborough in Dorset. 1 month ago
Purbeck professor Derek Pitman discusses the dig plans on Day One TV’s Time Team reveal results of Wytch Farm dig New light has been shed on Purbeck’s history following TV’s Time Team crew three-day dig carried out in fields at Wytch Farm near Corfe Castle in Dorset. 1 month ago
Cancare sanctuary garden official opening New sanctuary garden officially opened in Swanage Designed as a quiet place to sit and reflect, a beautiful garden has been created in Swanage for cancer charity Cancare, made possible by a generous bequest from a local ... 1 month ago
Fonc Lounge shuffleboard Purbeck’s first shuffleboard tournament to raise funds for skatepark Teams of up to four players are being invited to take part in Purbeck’s first shuffleboard tournament in recent times, alongside table football and beer pong, to help buy new ... 1 month ago
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. 1 month ago
Blue flag and seside award Flying the Blue Flag for Swanage again Swanage Main Beach in Dorset has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, alongside the Seaside Award, for a 24th consecutive year in recognition of the bay’s excellent sea water quality. 1 month ago
Steam adventurers Peter Davison, John Sergeant and Paul ‘Piglet’ Middleton are welcomed to Swanage Railway by locomotive driver Matt McManus Purbeck back on TV for Channel 5’s Big Steam Adventure A new episode of a surprise hit TV show features Swanage, Corfe Castle and Kimmeridge, as three well known men of a certain age and charm, take a steam journey ... 1 month ago
Newly elected Swanage Town Councillors May 2024 Newly elected councillors mark 50 years of Swanage Town Council Following the local elections, a new team of councillors took their seats in the Swanage Town Council chamber for the first time, 50 years after the creation of Swanage Town ... 1 month ago
Wareham roundabout Motorcyclist seriously injured after collision on Wareham bypass Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to contact them after a motorcyclist and a vehicle collided on the Wareham bypass in Dorset, near to the ... 1 month ago
Swanage Railway Loco derailment at Corfe Heritage loco derails during Swanage Railway diesel gala All services were suspended on Swanage Railway after a heritage diesel locomotive partially derailed as it approached Corfe Castle station on the second day of the diesel gala and beer ... 1 month ago
Colin Cattermole in training for the Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge of 100 km in one day Swanage man to run 100k in a day to support mental health charity Swanage estate agent Colin Cattermole aims to run 100 km along the Jurassic Coast inside a day to raise funds for Dorset Mind. 1 month ago
Northern Lights over Swanage Northern Lights shine over Swanage in rare event: Best photos In a spectacular show of pink and green, the Northern Lights were able to be seen by the eagle eyed and through a camera lens as far south as Swanage ... 1 month ago
Focus Centre launch Under new ownership: Open day at Swanage’s Focus Centre Swanage Children’s Centre and Day Centre has got a new name and a new management team, with the aim of bringing more family and adult services back to the town. 1 month ago
Purbeck Super NNR, Slepe Heath view to Middlebere and Corfe Castle Fear of Purbeck becoming ‘nature theme park’ revealed in new report While improving Purbeck’s natural environment is widely supported, a new report shows many are concerned this could be at the expense of local jobs and the chance to live in ... 1 month ago
Greggs manager Emma Tabor and staff member Courtney Carr raise funds for St Mark's School breakfast club Baking a difference for Swanage school breakfast club A breakfast club for a school in Swanage has just received a healthy donation thanks to a fancy dress fundraising scheme cooked up by bakery chain Greggs. 2 months ago
Lloyds bank in High Street Man attempts to scam Swanage shopkeepers Shopkeepers in Swanage in Dorset alerted the police after a man tried to con a sales assistant by claiming he hadn’t received the correct change. 2 months ago
Scott Arms and Kingston Hill No bus service for Langton Matravers while roads resurfaced Roadworks are to take place along Kingston Hill and Haycrafts Lane near Langton Matravers in Dorset, which will mean rolling road closures over a period of two weeks. 2 months ago
Lucy Tidbury's moo-perstar cow will feature on a giant lighthouse during an art trail on the Isle of Wight Swanage artist’s moo selfies likely to head to Cowes Swanage artist Lucy Tidbury has been chosen from hundreds to paint a design on a huge model of a lighthouse as part of a summer art trail. 2 months ago
Langton Matravers Museum is telling the true story of how it helped to turn the tide of World War Two Purbeck’s secret role during WWII revealed in new exhibition The somewhat forgotten story of how Langton Matravers in Dorset helped to win World War Two is being told in the village museum to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. 2 months ago
Swanage Town Hall Swanage election results spring a few surprises Following the elections, the names of the winning candidates were announced for Swanage Town Council, Dorset Council Swanage ward, and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner role. 2 months ago
David Kemp is fundraising for Julia’s House while achieving a bucket list ambition From Purbeck to Petra: Raising funds for children’s hospice Retired Corfe Castle teacher David Kemp is to trek across the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan to raise funds for children’s hospice charity Julia’s House. 2 months ago
Have a go carving at Corfe Castle Purbeck stone carvers to demonstrate craft at Corfe Castle Keeping the local tradition alive, Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre is offering visitors to National Trust’s Corfe Castle, the chance to have a go at the heritage skill of stone carving. 2 months ago
Herston Field May day May Bank Holiday picnic for Herston community to boost wellbeing With wellbeing in mind, local residents are being invited to get outdoors and come along to Herston Community Field in Swanage for a Bank Holiday picnic. 2 months ago
Swanage Railway diesel gala beer festival 2023 Mix of diesel and beer goes down well at Swanage Railway Back for a 17th year, Swanage Railway’s popular Diesel Gala and Beer Festival is expected to pull in even more visitors to Swanage with a specially laid on train arriving ... 2 months ago
Shore road Bid to enhance closed Swanage seafront road thwarted by £6,000 bill With part of Swanage’s Shore Road permanently closed to traffic and the summer season approaching, there’s a proposal to remove the line markings and parking signs, but there’s a question ... 2 months ago
Pigs on Purbeck heathland Plea not to treat Purbeck heathland pigs as pets With the end of winter, woolly pigs have again been put out to roam across part of the Purbeck heathland but there’s a warning for people not to feed or ... 2 months ago
One of the production numbers from City of Dreams in 2018 It’s Showtime again for Swanage dance school There’s going to be a very special Showtime at The Mowlem, when Swanage’s Ranger School of Dance stages its first full company production in 20 years as a tribute to ... 2 months ago
Toby and Celine on their way to remove more coppiced logs from an ancient woodland Toby’s two horse power solution for Purbeck woodland An ancient tradition is being kept alive in an 800 year old woodland in Langton Matravers near Swanage in Dorset, to make sure it is in best health for the ... 2 months 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 ... 2 months ago
The wooden steps to Sheps Hollow have been destroyed by winter storms and need replacing as a matter of urgency Sheps Steps top priority after North Swanage residents voice concern Replacing the steps down to the beach at Sheps Hollow in Swanage, which were swept away by storms, has emerged as a top short term priority. 2 months ago
Swanage sea rowing club New gig for Swanage Sea Rowing Club Swanage Sea Rowing Club in Dorset has started the season in a buoyant mood with a brand new training gig boat, a plan for a new racing gig, and an ... 2 months ago
Maggie Hardy, Mike Bonfield and Deidre Selwyn launch campaign for second Admiral nurse Campaign kicks off for second dementia nurse for Purbeck A £100,000 fundraising appeal has been launched to fund another Admiral nurse - a registered nurse who specialises in dementia - due to the increasing demand in Purbeck, Dorset. 2 months ago
Classic vehicle show 2024 Extra sparkle as sun shines on Swanage’s classic motor show A glorious Sunday for a drive, saw classic vehicle owners all heading for Swanage in Dorset to take part in the Carnival Classic Motor Show. 2 months ago
Another tricky manoeuvre mastered at the skatepark Campaign launches to make Swanage skatepark best in Dorset An ambitious fundraiser to refurbish the popular skatepark in Swanage has just gone live and there’s an open day planned for everyone to come and have a go. 2 months ago
Lewis manning day hospice at Swanage Cricket Club Hospice care charity forms partnership with Swanage Cricket Club A new opportunity for those with life limiting illnesses is being offered by the charity Lewis Manning Hospice Care at Swanage Cricket Club in Dorset. 2 months ago
Swanage Railway steam loco T9 30120 at Corfe Castle Swanage Railway embarks on new Victorian loco restoration Not happy to restore just one Victorian steam locomotive, a team from Swanage Railway in Dorset is aiming to get the only surviving T9 locomotive back into action, as well. 2 months ago
Wareham Nature and Wildlife Fair 2023 Spotlight on nature at Wareham wildlife fair Environmental groups and enthusiasts are joining together to provide information about the nature and wildlife in and around Wareham in Dorset, including ospreys. 2 months ago
Ernie the dog on Swanage Downs Golden Labrador rescued after falling over Swanage cliff The coastguard was called in after a dog called Ernie tumbled down the face of a 60 foot cliff on the Swanage Downs in Dorset. 2 months 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. 2 months ago
Swanage Beach Local man arrested after alleged ‘public order incident’ in Swanage Following reports of a man acting suspiciously on Swanage Beach in Dorset, police have arrested a man in his 30s. 2 months ago
Swanage Lifeboat volunteers joined a multi-agency rescue when a yacht caught fire in Poole Harbour Swanage RNLI joins night time rescue mission as yacht catches fire Swanage lifeboat volunteers answered a late night call for help on Saturday 13th April 2024 after a yacht caught fire in Poole Harbour. 2 months ago
The Old Stables is due to be repaired - but it means three weeks of roadworks through Corfe Castle Three weeks of roadworks to begin in Corfe Castle Just in time for the new school term, a three-week lane closure on the A351 at Corfe Castle begins on Monday 15th April 2024. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months ago
Swanage firefighters hold their 2024 charity car wash on Saturday 13th April Swanage fire crews to make a splash with charity car wash Crew members at Swanage Fire Station are to turn their hoses on cars instead of fires for one day only - to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity. 2 months ago
Culvin Milmer, Sarah Tattersall and the gold winning team from Swanage Information Centre Swanage information team strikes gold at regional tourism awards Swanage Information Centre has officially been declared best in the West - just in time for the start of the 2024 tourist season. 2 months ago
Swanage Town Hall Names of election candidates for Swanage revealed There’s three elections coming up, in which Swanage residents over the age of 18 can cast their vote and exercise their democratic right. 3 months 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. 3 months ago
The Fonc Lounge Swanage nightclub transforms into top new venue Under new management and totally refurbished, The Fonc Lounge in Swanage has opened with a fresh new look in time for the summer season. 3 months ago
Large crowds gathered on Studland's beaches to watch tank patrols paying tribute to World War II heroes Remembering the fallen heroes of Studland’s Exercise Smash Hundreds of people gathered on the beaches of Studland in Dorset to remember those who risked their life testing an experimental floating tank. 3 months ago
Puffins arrive at Dancing Ledge for breeding season 2024 Film footage to help save Purbeck puffins from extinction Puffins have returned to Dancing Ledge in Dorset for 2024 but this year, cameras have been installed on the nearby cliffs to find out why the much loved birds are ... 3 months ago
snorkelling under the sea Environment group reveals its top spots for snorkelling in Dorset Keen to highlight the beauty beneath the sea in Dorset, environment group Planet Purbeck has compiled a list of its favourite snorkelling sites. 3 months ago
Swanage football club Swanage teenagers get new youth club and gym sessions New opportunities for young people in Swanage in Dorset are being offered, after it was felt that the community could do more for teenagers. 3 months ago
Cheque from Swanage Folk Festival donated to Swanage Food bank Festival makes substantial donation to Swanage food bank A hot weekend back in September 2023 brought in the crowds and brought in the cash, allowing the organisers of the Swanage Folk Festival to hand over a large cheque ... 3 months ago
Sandbanks jetty now has four services a day sailing to Brownsea for Purbeck folk More Purbeck visitors urged to take trip to Brownsea With the National Trust now running its own ferry from the jetty at Sandbanks, it’s hoping to encourage more people to explore Brownsea Island in Dorset. 3 months ago
Colin Baker and Terry Molloy rehearse for The Hound of the Baskervilles Former Dr Who to appear on stage in Swanage Regenerating as one half of a famous crime solving partnership, a former Dr Who will be teaming up in Swanage with a previous mortal enemy. 3 months ago
Swanage lifeboat during Storm Nelson Surfer rescued during Storm Nelson by RNLI near Peveril Point During the height of Storm Nelson, an experienced surfer had to be saved from the rough seas by the Swanage lifeboat crew and the coastguard. 3 months ago
The amphibious Valentine tank at Knoll Beach Studland D-Day 80th anniversary to be marked by tank patrol at Studland An amphibious World War Two tank will once again roll onto the beaches of Studland Bay, 80 years after a major training exercise was held there to prepare for D-Day. 3 months ago
Locomotive pulling carriages through Purbeck countryside Swanage Railway ties up with boat and buses for Jurassic adventure In a new marketing push to attract more visitors, Swanage Railway is offering a round trip on a boat and the bus as well as the heritage branch line.  3 months ago
Fire service attend house fire in Swanage Fire crews called to house fire in Swanage Within minutes of a 999 call, Swanage fire crew arrived at the scene of a fire at a cottage in Swanage, closely followed by a crew from Wareham. 3 months ago
Broad Road car park U-turn over learner driver teaching ban in Swanage car parks Following a local outcry, Swanage Town Council has scrapped the controversial rule that banned learner drivers from practising in its car parks. 3 months ago
The Etches Collection museum has reopened in time for Easter after a £220,000 refit Refurbished Kimmeridge museum reopens with queues for star exhibit After a five week shutdown for a £220,000 refit of its Jurassic era fossil displays, The Etches Collection at Kimmeridge in Dorset has reopened just in time for Easter. 3 months ago
Plumes of purple smoke at Corfe Castle mark the official opening of Rang Barse, the Holi festival of colours Holi smoke! New landmark event in Corfe Castle’s history For the first time, an official Hindu celebration has been held at a National Trust property, and the festival at Corfe Castle in Dorset was a joy-filled success. 3 months ago
Historic Swanage Railway goes cashless to save money Swanage Railway in Dorset, while celebrating a weekend of Victorian locomotive action, has announced it's to embrace a digital future and won’t be accepting cash at its tills. 3 months ago
Swanage Food Bank volunteers Lyn Barnett and Angela Taylor at the charity's Salvation Army base New home for Swanage food bank as churches rally to the rescue Swanage food bank is on the move after the surprise closure of the Salvation Army Church building. 3 months ago
Easter window displays What’s on in Swanage over Easter 2024 Plenty of events are happening in and around Swanage over Easter, as well as the usual attraction of the beach and enjoying the countryside views. 3 months ago
The Day Centre Chapel Lane New focus for Swanage’s Children Centre and Day Centre The Chapel Lane community buildings in Swanage are now under new management and will be renamed the Focus Centre. 3 months 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. 3 months ago
BBC antiques roadshow filming on Swanage Pier Swanage Lifeboat to appear in latest BBC Antiques Roadshow episode The BBC is to visit Swanage in Dorset for a third time as part of its latest Antiques Roadshow series presented by Fiona Bruce. 3 months ago
Art work at Purbeck Art Weeks at Rollington Barn New sponsor for fortnight of art across Purbeck Purbeck Art Weeks is gearing up for its annual summer festival and the brochure for 2024 will feature the striking work of a Swanage artist. 3 months ago
Anjali Mavi and others from the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Indian community are holding a Holi celebration at Corfe Castle Splash of colour for jolly Holi day at Corfe Castle Bright colours at Corfe Castle in Dorset this spring will have less to do with daffodils or bluebells, but more to do with a festival in which rainbow paints are ... 3 months ago
Anything Goes at The Mowlem 2024 Anything Goes as ocean liner docks in Swanage The energetic and nautical musical Anything Goes is all set to be performed at Swanage’s The Mowlem, nearly a quarter of a century after the first Swanage Musical Theatre production ... 3 months ago
LSWR T3 No. 563 launch Swanage October 2023 Pioneering past revisited by Swanage Railway for weekend Putting its current challenges aside for a few days, Swanage Railway is celebrating its heyday with a nostalgic Victorian Weekend - a period of drive and ambition for the railway. 3 months ago
Station approach New approach planned for Swanage’s transport hub Work has been approved to make Station Approach in the middle of Swanage town centre in Dorset, more pedestrian and wheelchair friendly. 3 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. 3 months ago
Swanage Lifeboat launching at night Swanage RNLI night time rescue of head injury casualty Swanage lifeboat was launched after a member of a crew on a yacht suffered a head injury and the vessel was stranded out to sea. 3 months ago
Pineapple Project has already launched in Weymouth Pineapple Project aims to improve safety for young women in Swanage Businesses in Swanage in Dorset are being asked to sign up to The Pineapple Project, an initiative dedicated to safeguarding young women. 3 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 ... 4 months ago
Dorset Search and Rescue volunteers on exercise to practise their skills Busiest year ever for Dorset Search and Rescue as incidents double A charity that helps find missing people in Dorset, including Purbeck, is marking its 20th anniversary by calling for more volunteers. 4 months ago
The Mowlem BBC radio team arrives in Swanage for live broadcast The stage is set in Swanage, Dorset, for a political showdown in the wake of the government's Spring Budget as the BBC radio outside broadcast truck rolls into town. 4 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 ... 4 months ago
Mayank Patel (right) with special guests at the launch of Swanage Jazz Club - from left, Joseph Limburn, Paul Edis, Nigel Williams, Jo Harrop and Nigel Price More jazz for Swanage as new club launches The opening night of a new jazz club at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club was a sellout success, attracting world class stars to Swanage in Dorset. 4 months ago
First day of Swanage Railway trains to Wareham 13 June 2017 Swanage Railway scraps plans for regular rail service to Wareham Despite years of battling to reinstate a branch line service between Swanage and Wareham in Dorset, Swanage Railway has dashed any hope of running trains up to the mainline for ... 4 months ago
Swanage Lifeboat Station Swanage RNLI volunteers get invite to Westminster Abbey To mark the 200th anniversary of the RNLI, representatives from Swanage Lifeboat Station will join other volunteers from around the UK at a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in ... 4 months ago
Rescue of walker from Dancing Ledge Injured walker rescued from coast path near Dancing Ledge Swanage Fire crew along with coastguard teams from Swanage and St Albans went to the aid of a man who had injured his lower leg while walking along the South ... 4 months ago
Swanage artist Josh Hollingshead with two of his paintings on display at The Mowlem Home grown Swanage talent makes artistic splash at The Mowlem Self taught Swanage artist Josh Hollingshead has been around the world to find inspiration for his paintings - and is now in high demand at home. 4 months ago
Rob and Alice Cattle, with daughters Amelia and Isla, want to everyone who played a part in saving Isla's life Swanage family’s fund raising thank you for saving their baby’s life Swanage parents Rob and Alice Cattle are on a fund raising mission to thank those who helped as their baby daughter fought for her life. 4 months ago
Cancare founders Vicki Fooks and Gill Norman receive Paul Harris Fellow awards from Swanage and Purbeck Rotary President Chris LeFevre Swanage cancer charity founders honoured with top Rotary award An evening of celebration was held by Swanage and Purbeck Rotary to thank everyone who helped it raise more than £36,000, as well as recognising the work of two remarkable ... 4 months ago
Swanage Bay aerial view Swanage councillors set to pass Motion for the Ocean With the sea being one of Swanage’s most valuable assets, the town council is looking to ensure all its future decisions promote an improvement in the health of our ocean ... 4 months ago
With the help of a cherry picker, artifical nests for house martins have been installed in Wareham Happy hour again as house martins get new nests in Purbeck With spring just around the corner, families in Wareham are getting ready to give some flying visitors from Africa brand new homes to move into. 4 months ago
Walkers rescued by Kimmeridge Coastguard Family cut off by tide airlifted from Kimmeridge Bay The coastguard rescue helicopter had to be deployed to save a child and two adults who were stranded at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset by a rapidly rising tide. 4 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. 4 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 ... 4 months ago
Bill Bailey and Paul Merton reflect on life while filming in Purbeck for a new Channel 4 show Top comedians film at Purbeck’s Square and Compass pub TV and stage comics Bill Bailey and Paul Merton stopped off for a pint in Worth Matravers in Dorset on a mission to get men to talk about mental health. 4 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. 4 months ago
Main beach car park Ban on learner driver lessons in Swanage car parks exposed by review A 30 year old policy which prohibits teaching learner drivers in Swanage’s car parks has come to the forefront following Swanage Town Council’s review of its car park rules. 4 months ago
Peatland restoration at Studland Work starts on new bogs for Studland While spiders in bogs are not always welcome, there’s hope that the restoration of the peatland habitat in Studland, Dorset will see the widespread return of the rare raft spider. 4 months ago
Blue Wilson is walking the coastline of the UK for marine charities and has just reached Old Harry Warm Swanage welcome lifts the blues for UK coast walker Generous Swanage families made a real impression on round the UK coast walker Blue Wilson when her 11,000 mile journey took her into Purbeck. 4 months ago
Swanage Carnival procession 2023 What’s on in Swanage: Festivals line-up for 2024 There’s plenty of festivals happening in and around Swanage for 2024 and the dates have just been released. 4 months ago
Volunteers at Swanage Railway were celebrated at a special weekend to help recruit more colleagues Unsung heroes shine as Swanage Railway celebrates its volunteers The magnificent work done by hundreds of Swanage Railway volunteers took centre stage at a special community weekend. 4 months ago
With a new name and logo, the Swanage Fish and Food Festival is back for 2024 Popular Swanage festival scales up to cater for all tastes The Swanage Fish Festival is back with new branding for summer 2024 following its triumphant return last year after a three year absence. 4 months ago
Both Swanage lifeboats were launched together for the first time in 2024 to help search for a person reported missing off Old Harry Swanage lifeboat crew search for missing man Both Swanage lifeboats were launched together to help search for a missing person in the early hours of the morning of Thursday 15th February 2024. 4 months ago
Purbeck Coast presenter David Hollister and station manager Michelle Langthorne on the last evening of broadcasting A final farewell as Swanage based radio station closes Purbeck Coast radio has broadcast for the last time from its base on Swanage Pier - but even as the station went off air, its last words were ‘We’ll be ... 4 months ago
Second home tax to help build affordable houses in Purbeck Double council tax is to be charged on all second home owners in Swanage and across Dorset from 1st April 2025. 4 months ago
Seaweed collection from beach Seachange in policy means new plan for Swanage seaweed After 30 years, the local farmer who removed excess seaweed from Swanage Beach during the summer season is retiring and it’s causing a dilemma for the town council. 4 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. 4 months ago
The HRA Awards took place in Brighton on 10th February 2024. The winners of the Steam Railway Magazine award and the Chairmans award. The 563 Swanage Railway Group Swanage Railway volunteers win two top heritage awards The impressive six year restoration of a unique Victorian steam locomotive has scooped two prestigious national awards for a group of Swanage Railway volunteers. 4 months ago
A Jurassic gallery at The Etches Collection museum is about to close, even as it sets new attendance records Sea Rex museum to shut for a month as crowds flock to Purbeck A Purbeck fossil museum has set a staggering new record for visitors since the BBC screened a show about its new star attraction - but is now about to close ... 4 months ago
Sandbanks Ferry Support for Sandbanks Ferry toll rise ‘strongly refuted’ by Dorset Council Dorset Council has denied claims by the Sandbanks Ferry company that it backs its bid to inflation link toll increases. 4 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. 5 months ago
Sandbanks ferry Sandbanks Ferry company bids to raise tolls higher than agreed Only three years after a planning inspector ruled on the maximum tolls that could be charged over the next 10 years for using the ferry between Studland and Sandbanks in ... 5 months ago
Swanage Bay aerial view Double council tax for Swanage second homes back on agenda Owners of second homes are set to be charged twice the amount of council tax by Dorset Council from 2025 and Swanage Town Council will get more cash too. 5 months ago
Pupils at Sandford St Martin's School are making hedgehog homes to keep the animals safe on school grounds Purbeck pupils fix up new homes for hedgehogs Hedgehogs waking up from hibernation are in for a treat at Sandford St Martin's School, where pupils are making homes to keep them safe, warm and well fed. 5 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. 5 months ago
Swanage Carnival caravan Swanage Carnival theme for 2024 revealed With the world going fossil crazy and visitors flocking to Purbeck in Dorset to see the newly discovered fossilised marine reptile from the Jurassic era, Swanage Carnival has chosen a ... 5 months ago
The speed limit in Langton Matravers will be lowered from 30mph to 20mph in April 2024 - so watch out! Langton Matravers becomes Dorset’s first 20 mph village Twenty will have to be plenty for all traffic through Langton Matravers in future, as the village’s fight for a 20 mph zone has finally been won. 5 months ago
Swanage Information Centre win gold in Dorset Torism Awards Swanage Information Centre scoops Gold in tourism awards Swanage Information Centre has won Gold in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2024 and in other categories, there was a Silver award for National Trust’s Corfe Castle and Bronze for Swanage ... 5 months ago
Oly Rush on his swim around Ithaca in 2023 - he now hopes to return to Greece to set a stunning world record Purbeck’s human fish Oly Rush plans new world record swim Purbeck waste warrior Oly Rush is ready to push his body to the limit in a 60 hour, world record setting swim - to bring global attention to the state ... 5 months ago
Wareham Road outside Romany Works business park Wareham man airlifted to hospital after scooter crash A man in his 70s from Wareham was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries after a collision between his scooter and a car near Holton ... 5 months ago
Shore road on Swanage seafront Permanent closure of part of Swanage’s seafront approved The southern section of Shore Road along Swanage’s seafront in Dorset is to be closed to traffic on a permanent basis to create a safer area for pedestrians. 5 months ago
Popular BBC radio programme to be recorded in Swanage Politicians will be heading to Swanage in Dorset to be quizzed live on BBC Radio 4 by a local audience for the news show Any Questions? 5 months ago
Swanage football club Plans for new Swanage leisure centre kicked into touch A proposal to build a large multipurpose leisure centre at the football ground in Swanage in Dorset, has been scaled back and now there's a new plan. 5 months ago
The Isle of Purbeck golf club, with views described as among the best in the world Natural beauty of Purbeck drives golf course into top 100 The restoration of heathland and a rewilding scheme has helped propel the Isle of Purbeck golf club near Swanage in Dorset, into a list of the UK’s top 100 golf ... 5 months ago
Henk Artlink Former Swanage postmaster tells of ordeal due to Horizon computer Henk Agelink who was the Swanage postmaster until he was wrongfully sacked in 2005, is now seeking redress after he was made bankrupt as a direct result of the Post ... 5 months ago
Sheila Walker with community first responder Jonathan Greetham Sheila’s grand gesture to Swanage heroes who saved her life Swanage woman Sheila Walker has presented £1,000 to the medical heroes who saved her life after an everyday medicine sent her into anaphylactic shock. 5 months ago
The Longest Johns Purbeck gets more music, drama and comedy this spring A new programme of music and theatre performances has been launched by Dorset touring arts charity Artsreach for spring 2024, and The Mowlem in Swanage has announced another new comedy ... 5 months ago
Purbeck Mummers led the blessing of the orchards at Purbeck Cider Farm - but need new members to join their group Mummer Mia – young actors sought to keep alive Purbeck’s oldest plays The ancient Dorset tradition of a folk performance called a mummers play was revived at Purbeck Cider Company’s wassail weekend. 5 months ago
Swanage Community awards 2024 Winners of Swanage’s community awards announced Swanage’s community heroes were recognised for their valuable contribution to society at a special event organised by Swanage Town Council. 5 months ago
Swanage lifeboats launch to rescue dog First rescue for new Swanage lifeboat as dog falls over cliff A family pet dog sustained a leg injury but was lucky to survive after an 80 foot fall at Old Harry near Swanage in Dorset. 5 months ago
The corner of Prince Albert Gardens will be transformed into a sanctuary garden of peace and tranquility Cancer charity creates new sanctuary garden for Swanage Work has begun to landscape a forgotten corner of Prince Albert Gardens in Swanage, Dorset, funded by a legacy left to Purbeck cancer charity Cancare.  5 months ago
One of the trees which has been gnawed through and felled by beavers at Little Sea Beavers in Studland due to likely unlawful release Evidence has been discovered indicating that Studland in Dorset has been ‘beaver bombed’ - the intentional and unsanctioned release of beavers into the wild, in defiance of government policy. 5 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. 5 months ago
Purbeck Coast radio station Purbeck Coast community radio station axed The plug is to be pulled on the popular local radio station Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM based on Swanage Pier, due to, “a lack of funding and practical pressures”. 5 months ago
D Class D884 at Swanage Lifeboat station Come and meet Roy at Swanage Lifeboat Station Swanage RNLI’s latest recruit - its new inshore lifeboat named Roy Norgrove - is to be the star attraction at a specially arranged event. 5 months ago
All systems are go for the Swanage Railway community weekend in February 2024 Swanage Railway offers locals half price tickets for weekend Volunteers at Swanage Railway are to give the public a rare chance to see behind the scenes of the award winning heritage railway - with half price train tickets available ... 5 months ago
Winterwatch will be broadcast from RSPB Arne for four days from Tuesday 16th January 2024 Purbeck storm damage under spotlight as BBC Winterwatch returns BBC’s Winterwatch team is back broadcasting live from RSPB Arne in Dorset, featuring the destruction caused by the worst winter storms in years. 5 months ago
Beach huts Charities given chance to book free Swanage beach hut With the growing popularity of beach huts in Swanage, the town council is looking to support local charities and community groups by offering an opportunity to hire a hut for ... 5 months ago
Performing the blessing at the 2023 Purbeck Cider Wassail Cider company seeks to banish evil spirits with ancient custom A centuries old tradition is being brought to life once more in the orchards of Purbeck to ensure a good crop of apples in autumn. 5 months ago
Custodians art sculpture at Sheps Hollow Pop up sculpture surprises dog walkers on Swanage Beach The Sheps Hollow is constantly evolving due to the climate but the latest change was unexpected - a sculpture of a man running through a door thrusting a baton! WATCH ... 5 months ago
The Mowlem Cultural organisations in Purbeck get £120,000 in grant funding A pot of nearly £1.5 million is being distributed over three years across the Dorset Council area to arts and heritage organisations and accredited museums, with a share going to ... 5 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. 5 months ago
Pot holes in Shore Road Work begins to assess flood damage to Purbeck roads Purbeck experienced the “biggest issues” in Dorset during the recent flooding according to Dorset Council. 6 months ago
The main road through Langton Matravers has been closed for eight weeks, causing major diversions Two month road closure between Swanage and Langton starts Drivers trying to travel the short distance between Swanage and Langton Matravers in Dorset are now facing a 20 minute diversion, as work begins to replace an ageing water main. 6 months ago
Volunteers are needed for a survey to count gulls in Purbeck as their numbers are thought to be in decline Gull friends needed for Swanage bird survey Volunteers from Swanage and across Purbeck are being sought to help carry out a winter survey of the number of gulls, commonly called seagulls, amid fears that numbers are in ... 6 months ago
Panto Cinderella 2024 Panto brings Cinderella sparkle to Swanage Promising to liven up the greyest of January days in Swanage in Dorset, the cast of the pantomime Cinderella at The Mowlem is now rehearsing in the theatre as it ... 6 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 ... 6 months ago
Flooding in Corfe Corfe River bursts its banks causing flood chaos A deluge of rain left roads flooded and commuters stranded across Purbeck with the worst of the delays at Corfe Castle in Dorset - WATCH VIDEOS 6 months ago
The BBC's Winterwatch team - from left, Iolo Williams, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Chris Packham - will present four live programmes largely from RSPB Arne during January 2024 BBC returns to RSPB Arne for live Winterwatch shows A team of 60 camera crew, engineers and producers from the BBC are heading back to RSPB Arne near Wareham in Dorset for a week in January 2024 to broadcast ... 6 months ago
The T3 563 on her way out of Swanage station on the first of many trips Swanage Railway’s Winter Warm Up weekend returns Generating a bit of heat at the start of the new year, steam and diesel trains will be back in action at Swanage Railway for its first main event of ... 6 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. 6 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. 6 months ago
Fiona Bruce at Antiques Roadshow What happened in Swanage this year? Review of 2023 In many people’s eyes, 2023 will go down as a washout year, with seemingly endless rain and storms - yet the national picture of Swanage is likely to be of ... 6 months ago
Swanage tip Charges scrapped for DIY waste at Swanage tip Households will no longer have to pay to get rid of DIY waste at recycling centres including Swanage, as Dorset Council introduces a new scheme from the start of 2024. 6 months ago
Fossil collector Steve Etches with the pliosaur skull rescued from a cliff face near Kimmeridge Purbeck’s deadly Sea Rex to go on display at Kimmeridge museum The day after Sir David Attenborough tells the world about the most dangerous creature ever to swim along the Jurassic Coast, visitors to The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge, Dorset will ... 6 months ago
Polar Express at Swanage Railway Catch Swanage Railway’s Polar Express at a discount Golden tickets are being reduced by 25 percent for the last few days of the popular Polar Express train ride before Swanage Railway in Dorset resumes normal service. 6 months ago
Mild weather attracts surge of Boxing Day swimmers to Swanage There was an impressive turnout for the Swanage Boxing Day Swim organised by the mental health and wellbeing charity #Willdoes - WATCH VIDEO AND SEE PHOTOS 6 months ago
Hike to raise money for Emily McDonald Spirit of Swanage delivers Christmas gift for Emily Brave Swanage teenager Emily McDonald will be flying out to the USA in the New Year for life changing treatment - thanks to the generosity of Purbeck fundraisers. 6 months ago
Christmas lights switch on 2023 Winners of best festive decorations in Swanage revealed With plenty of Christmas sparkle, many businesses, organisations and residents in Swanage in Dorset have made the town even more festive than usual. 6 months ago
Fundraisers at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Worth Matravers have just reached the £600,000 needed for repairs to the roof Worth Matravers church roof fund hits target in time for Christmas The perfect Christmas present is about to be delivered to Saint Nick in Worth Matravers - news that a £600,000 appeal for the church in his name has been reached. 6 months ago
Foleys Gararge Harmans Cross Cigarettes stolen from Harmans Cross garage A petrol station at Harmans Cross near Swanage in Dorset has been targeted by burglers. 6 months ago
Art work at Purbeck Art Weeks at Rollington Barn Art organisation offers bursaries to support Purbeck artistic talent Artists in Purbeck, including those in Swanage, are being encouraged to apply for a bursary to help them develop their careers and access new opportunities. 6 months ago
Field in Washpond lane Affordable housing consultation to take place in Swanage With plans progressing to provide genuinely affordable rental properties for local people in Swanage in Dorset, there’s to be a consultation for those who want to find out more. 6 months ago
Comedian Rich Hall Top US comedian to perform new show in Swanage Following the recent sell out comedy performances of Seann Welsh and Andy Parsons at The Mowlem in Swanage, Dorset, another star comedian has been booked for 2024. 6 months ago
One Life preview showing with Alex Sharp Chadwick actor makes surprise appearance in Swanage A special preview showing of the film One Life starring Sir Anthony Hopkins in Swanage in Dorset was made even more special when a surprise guest dropped by. 6 months ago
Dorset Tourism Awards Purbeck organisations make it to finals of prestigious awards The finalists for the Dorset Tourism Awards 2024 have been announced and there’s some familiar local names that are in with a chance to bag a trophy! 6 months ago
Dougal, Samson and Romeo were Santa's helpers for the day at Swanage Pier Santa’s Christmas donkeys return to Swanage Pier Swanage Pier has been busy putting the magic into Christmas with the help of Santa, his elves and some very special donkeys. 6 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. 6 months ago
Polar express at Swanage Railway 2023 Swanage’s Polar Express proves popular as more tickets released With 95 percent of tickets sold, the team running the festive Polar Express at Swanage Railway has added extra carriages to the trains in the run up to Christmas. 6 months ago
Flood barriers installed as Storm Babet approaches New attempt to make Swanage flood defences more resilient The temporary flood barrier made up of concrete blocks along Swanage’s seafront in Dorset is to be partly redesigned following the devastation caused by Storm Ciarán. 6 months ago
Swanage school race team ‘Unique’ Swanage school gets results in classroom and on race track With extra curricular opportunities like driving a racing car, The Swanage School in Dorset has been praised for the outstanding personal development of its pupils following an inspection by Ofsted. 6 months ago
New inshore lifeboat Roy Norgrove D884 Swanage RNLI takes delivery of new lifeboat The gift of a brand new inshore lifeboat named Roy Norgrove has arrived at Swanage Lifeboat Station in time for Christmas. 6 months ago
Trevor Chadwick Statue Chadwick link gets Swanage special preview of top movie Starring the actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, the film One Life about the rescue of children from the Nazis on the eve of World War Two, is to be released in ... 7 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. 7 months ago
Hand made decorations on sparkling branches at the Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival 2023 Inspiring Christmas trees at Swanage festival A dazzling display of decorated trees is delighting visitors to the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Swanage, for the annual Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival. 7 months ago
Sparkling lights show the way ahead at Carey's Secret Garden this December Enchanted evenings light up Purbeck secret garden Dark December nights have just become a little more magical at Carey’s Secret Garden near Wareham in Dorset, with hundreds of multi coloured festive lights sparkling throughout the grounds. 7 months ago
Seafront stabilisation consultation Swanage seafront survey result gives council splitting headache The results of the public consultation on controversial multi million pound plans to stabilise the eroding cliff along the seafront in Swanage in Dorset have been published. 7 months ago
Greengage Project Christmas fair preparations Plans for growth at Swanage community garden Going from strength to strength, the Greengage community project in Swanage, Dorset is opening its greenhouse doors for its Christmas fair. 7 months ago
Corfe christmas lights 2023 Corfe Castle celebrates a big birthday at Xmas Corfe Castle in Dorset again served up a dazzling show to mark its 70th year of community Christmas decorations in the village - WATCH VIDEO 7 months ago
Three e-scooters next to police car Don’t buy e-scooters for Xmas, warns Dorset Police commissioner Families in Swanage and across Purbeck have been advised not to buy electric scooters as Christmas presents or run the risk of having them confiscated. 7 months ago
Santa gave his seal of approval to Swanage Christmas Market - he especially enjoyed the cold weather! New look Swanage Christmas market attracts more visitors The much larger Swanage Christmas Street Market has been hailed as a great success after expanding along into Institute Road for the first time. 7 months ago
The Famous Five set sail for adventure - but in Cornwall, not Purbeck BBC snubs Purbeck by filming Enid Blyton stories in Cornwall A new series of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories is to be broadcast on the BBC - but has been filmed hundreds of miles away from the Purbeck countryside which ... 7 months ago
Swanage Christmas lights in the High Street Competition launch for Swanage’s best Xmas decorations Homes and businesses in Swanage are being urged by the local chamber of trade to enter into the festive spirit by decorating their houses, flats and windows for Christmas. 7 months ago
Gas works on the High Street No end yet in sight for Swanage gas leak roadworks Emergency work to repair multiple gas leaks along the main road in and out of Swanage in Dorset is continuing, as escaping gas is still being detected. 7 months ago
Swanage Christmas Market will mean road closures and diversions around the town centre on Saturday 2nd December 2023 Traffic diversion planned for super sized Swanage Christmas market Swanage Christmas Street Market is back bigger and better than ever for 2023 - but its expansion means motorists will have to take more care getting through to the south ... 7 months ago
Three Swanage RNLI volunteers receive long service medals Long service medals awarded to three Swanage RNLI volunteers Having clocked up a total of 70 years of volunteering between them, three members of Swanage RNLI have been recognised for their dedication. 7 months ago
Cars in Washpond lane Cars collide head on along narrow lane in Swanage Swanage Fire Station was called to assist when a Renault Clio ended up in the hedgerow following a collision with a Mercedes car, travelling in the opposite direction along a ... 7 months ago
Christmas lights switch on 2023 Christmas lights bring extra festive sparkle to Swanage The Polar Express actors joined in the excitement at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Swanage - WATCH VIDEO. 7 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 ... 7 months ago
Santa and his sleigh in Station Road in Swanage Full steam ahead for Santa and Swanage Xmas lights switch on Characters from The Polar Express are to join Santa for the Swanage festive lights switch on before he heads off around the town and over to Langton Matravers and Corfe ... 7 months ago
A 300 metre road closure will mean a seven mile detour for drivers in Langton Matravers Langton road works to cause 7 mile detour for 2 months A major £150,000 scheme to replace a failing water pipe will close the main road through Langton Matravers in Dorset for two months. 7 months ago
Harry and Sandra Rednapp Celebs back appeal to raise funds for hospice care in Purbeck Well known personalities have recorded video messages to raise money for hospice support and bereavement services across Purbeck - WATCH VIDEOS. 7 months ago
Super Vets championship at Swanage 2023 Swanage Sea Rowers celebrate club success The annual awards ceremony for the Swanage Sea Rowing Club in Dorset has taken place, highlighting the achievements and challenges of 2023. 7 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. 7 months ago
Expect to hear exquisite seasonal singing at two December concerts taking place in St Mary's Church, Swanage Yule feel festive as concerts fill St Mary’s Church with joy Two choirs are to bring the joys of the season to St Mary’s Church in Swanage, Dorset with concerts of festive music. 7 months ago
The dormouse is one of Britain's most elusive - and cutest - mammals, but is facing a population crisis in the 21st century Dormice disappear from Purbeck as new survey reveals shock results One of Britain’s most iconic mammals, the hazel dormouse, has all but disappeared from Purbeck in Dorset. 7 months ago
Polar express 2023 Polar Express magic arrives in Swanage for Christmas With twinkly lights, singing, dancing, hot chocolate, cookies and even some snow, The Polar Express railway experience will be running trips from Swanage station, up to the North Pole 7 months ago
Curtain up on a new project - Friends of The Mowlem - and it's free for young adults Swanage theatre seeks new blood with help from its friends Young adults are being invited to connect with The Mowlem as part of a new scheme to invigorate the Swanage arts centre - and it won’t cost them a penny. 7 months ago
Swanage houses Plan to restrict second homes in Purbeck faces further hurdle The Purbeck Local Plan is to face another consultation, delaying further the implementation of new rules on second homes in Purbeck. 7 months ago
Exterior of Swanage Town Hall on High Street Chance to influence future of Swanage Town Council There’s a big opportunity to change what Swanage Town Council does and how it does it, as all 12 seats on the council are up for election in May 2024. 7 months ago
Remembrance Sunday Parade 2023 Poppies on parade over three days of remembrance in Swanage With Armistice Day - the occasion that marks the end of World War One - falling on a Saturday, there was a long weekend of events in Swanage, Dorset to ... 7 months ago
Kevin Dimarco and Keith Parkinson with defib Heart attack victim says he owes ‘huge debt’ to Swanage man A regular visitor to Swanage who narrowly escaped death, has returned to Ulwell Holiday Park to thank local resident Kevin Dimarco who saved his life using a defib and CPR. 7 months ago
Bovington Tank Museum director Richard Smith leaves after 17 years in charge Armistice event for Tank Museum as director leaves after 17 years The Tank Museum at Bovington is hosting a special Armistice event to honour the part that tanks played in winning the First World War. 8 months ago
What would happen if you just let nature do its own thing? That's the question posed at a new exhibition at Durlston Country Park Durlston photo exhibition unwraps thorny question of rewilding A challenging exhibition on rewilding has just opened at Durlston Country Park - where the idea has already been practised for generations. 8 months ago
Storm Ciarán claimed two beach huts, eroded cliffs and washed away much of the beach at Studland Open meetings to share ideas about future of Studland Bay Purbeck residents are being invited to attend two open meetings to say why Studland Bay is so important to them – just two weeks after Storm Ciarán caused huge damage ... 8 months ago
Swanage Railway has launched a £450,000 appeal to save the heritage line for future generations Crisis at Swanage Railway as £450,000 survival fund is launched A second fundraising appeal in three years to save Swanage Railway has been launched due to rising operating costs and declining passenger numbers, alongside management changes and a costcutting exercise. 8 months ago
Photos found in a tent at Studland may lead to the identity of a man found dead there Police in photo plea to identify body found in Studland Dorset Police have made a public appeal for help identifying a man whose body was found near a tent pitched in Goathorn Woods, Studland. 8 months ago
Official opening of Flooding Swanage with art trail Street artists inspect damage to Swanage seafront art trail Despite the ravages inflicted by Storm Ciarán on the new flood barrier artwork along Swanage seafront in Dorset, the official launch of the art trail went ahead as planned. 8 months ago
Pop up poppy shop 2023 Swanage Poppython to raise vital funds for Royal British Legion With a thriving Royal British Legion branch in Swanage in Dorset, there’s a whole programme of events to raise money and awareness in the run up to Remembrance Sunday. 8 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. 8 months ago
Swanage Drama Company Variety performance rehersals 2023, with Ro Smith, James Chelton, John Attwood, Phil Eades, Jacqueline Chater, James, Becky Stares, Anthony, Natasha Norman and Lizzy Yates Lots of variety as Swanage star performers take to the stage One of the longest running Swanage showbiz traditions - the annual evening of entertainment for charity - is returning again to The Mowlem in Dorset. 8 months ago
Lower High Street after Storm Ciaran Storm Ciarán sweeps into Swanage brushing away its flood defences Concrete blocks along Swanage seafront to protect against flooding were strewn across the road by the force of Storm Ciarán, while Studland beaches had about five years of coastal erosion ... 8 months ago
Studland villagers were keen to try out new gym equipment installed at the playing field Fit for life as new outdoor gym opens in Studland An outdoor gym has opened in Studland to help locals stay fit and has already proved a huge success with villagers of all ages. 8 months ago
Christmas Carols at the bandstand in December 2022 What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2023 There’s lots planned for this Christmas, perhaps more than ever in Swanage and across Purbeck as festivities return in full swing. 8 months ago
Post box Swanage based letter writing society celebrates global success A letter writing phenomenon which started life in Swanage in 2017, has now stamped its presence on all seven continents of the world. 8 months ago
A twisted cave made from Swanage clay and digital technology by concept artist Lewis Peake. Bridgerton artist shares his world vision in Swanage exhibition Swanage concept artist Lewis Peake, who's helped create TV worlds from Bridgerton's Regency London to the Game of Thrones universe, has brought his own world view to The Mowlem. 8 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. 8 months ago
Art on flood defence Street art floods Swanage to protect from winter storms Once grey and drab, the concrete flood defence barrier along Swanage’s seafront in Dorset, has been brightened up, making it easier to spot for those with a visual impairment. 8 months ago
Swanage Coop Swanage Co-op closed after overnight burglary Thieves have targeted Swanage’s Co-op, stealing cash from the supermarket and causing damage to the till area. 8 months ago
Road works on High Street Swanage traffic delays due to ‘complex’ repair of gas main Drivers will continue to find it difficult to get in and out of Swanage via the High Street while emergency work takes place to fix a gas main. 8 months ago
The band the Soothsayers Corfe Castle music event made possible by new marquee A music performance at Sandy Hill Arts in Corfe Castle has been able to go ahead this autumn, thanks to the Arts Council England providing the funding for a marquee, ... 8 months ago
Soaring costs of dental materials and electricity are helping to push dentists away from NHS contracts Access to NHS dentistry in decay across Dorset Latest figures reveal there’s been a further decline in the number of adults in Dorset who got to see an NHS dentist and it’s having, “long term health and wellbeing ... 8 months ago
Candles on the Beach returned to Swanage beach with another moving event on Saturday 21st October Candles light up Swanage beach for warm hearted charity event Poignant memories of loved ones, gone but not forgotten, were reignited on Swanage Beach when one of the town's most moving events returned for 2023. 8 months ago
Emergency Services at Swanage Community Awards 2022 ( Nominate a Swanage community hero for 2023 The annual Swanage Town Council community awards have been launched for 2023 which recognise local people and organisations for their contribution towards the town. 8 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. 8 months ago
Swanage band Galaxy Thief are getting ready for their biggest indoor show to date Swanage band Galaxy Thief gets big break with star performer Finishing a whirlwind year with the biggest indoor show of their career so far, Swanage band Galaxy Thief has been picked to support a popular singer songwriter at Poole’s Lighthouse. 8 months ago
Lucy the dog Missing Swanage dog Lucy returns home after giving coastguard the slip Two coastguard teams and the Swanage Lifeboat crew had nearly given up hope of finding Lucy the dog, stuck 150 feet up the cliff above North Beach in Swanage, when ... 8 months ago
Lower High Street during Storm Babet Storm Babet: Race against tide to install Swanage flood barrier Swanage in Dorset was hit by Storm Babet as the Environment Agency battled the wind and the rain to put the winter flood protection blocks in place - WATCH VIDEO 8 months ago
Sandpit Field and weather station field Only days left to shape Swanage’s seafront for next 100 years Controversial multi million pound plans to stabilise the eroding cliff along the seafront in Swanage in Dorset are nearing the end of a public consultation process. 8 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. 8 months ago
Art workshop members Tricia and Jenny practise painting on silk as their latest project Swanage workshop with art and soul turns 10 years old An arts group which was set up to offer friendship and care alongside traditional crafts has found such a rich seam of support that it's now celebrating its 10th anniversary. 8 months ago
Dorset Police's new mounted rural volunteer force was launched at Kingston Maurward College Neighbourhorse Watch scheme trotted out for Purbeck A mounted version of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme has been launched by Dorset Police, giving horse riders an official role in helping to make Purbeck villages safer. 8 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 ... 8 months ago
Huge crowds gathered for the pumpkin festival at the Square and Compass, Worth Matravers Gourd heavens – Purbeck pumpkin festival proves massive success A pumpkin festival tradition of 30 years has been rebooted at one of the most popular pubs in the West - and attracted a huge crowd. 8 months ago
Purbeck Coast radio station Threat of closure for Swanage based community radio station Swanage Pier Trust which runs Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM, says the community radio station is struggling to continue due to a lack of funding. 9 months ago
Kevin Dimarco at Ulwell Holiday Park Swanage man saves a life using a defib A local man is being recommended for an award after saving the life of a person who had a heart attack while staying at Ulwell Holiday Park in Swanage. 9 months ago
Swanage carnival committee and team 2023 Swanage Carnival’s charity gifts go down a storm Swanage Carnival committee brought sunshine to 20 local charities by handing out more than £27,000 from summer's somewhat rain soaked success. 9 months ago
Milo the dog Milo the dog falls 70 feet down Swanage cliff face A coastguard descended down the side of the cliff on ropes to rescue a black labrador called Milo that had tumbled over the edge on Swanage Downs in Dorset. 9 months ago
Back to the future - Victorian and Edwardian costume was the order of the day at Swanage Railway for the first trip of the T3 563 in 75 years Swanage Railway’s newly restored Victorian T3 loco officially launched An occasion that turned the clocks back to the heyday of Victorian steam travel, was held at Swanage Railway to celebrate the T3 locomotive class 563 hauling its first passenger ... 9 months ago
A Dorset police rib and helicopter were sent to sightings of a deflated boat in Swanage Bay Significant cocaine haul recovered in Swanage Bay A large quantity of cocaine was recovered by police and brought ashore in Swanage on Friday 6th October 2023 - one of three similar finds off Purbeck shores in a ... 9 months ago
Tony Hancock's 1963 film The Punch and Judy Man is being shown as a tribute to the comedian at the Purbeck Film Festival Film Festival honours Swanage schoolboy who made millions smile One of Swanage’s most famous school pupils is being celebrated at the 2023 Purbeck Film Festival - and it's bound to bring a smile to many. 9 months ago
Swanage Hospital MIU sign Reduced hours at Swanage’s minor injuries unit to continue Dorset Healthcare Trust which runs Swanage Hospital has announced that the temporary reduced opening hours of the minor injuries unit over the summer, will now remain until the end of ... 9 months ago
North Beach, Swanage, is at growing risk from coastal erosion and rising sea levels Swanage gets share of £3 million to tackle coastal erosion A share of a £3 million grant from the government to Dorset Council is to go towards reducing the risk of coastal erosion in the North Beach area of Swanage. 9 months ago
Poole Hospital sign Health trust scraps another clinic for Purbeck residents Following the closure of the chemotherapy clinic at Wareham Hospital, University Hospitals Dorset has now scrapped the rheumatology follow up clinic at Swanage Hospital with no warning. 9 months ago
Filming Swanage Lifeboat Swanage and Poole RNLI on BBC TV saving life of young sailor The popular BBC TV Saving Lives at Sea programme is back for an eighth series and includes rescues by Swanage Lifeboat crew and Poole RNLI. 9 months ago
Swanage super vets championship 2023 Super supervets Saturday for Swanage Sea Rowing Club It was billed as a big deal for Swanage in Dorset and the day did not disappoint as hundreds arrived to compete in the first national supervets gig rowing championships. 9 months ago
Man that police wish to speak to Police investigate alleged assault on woman cyclist in Wareham An image of a man that police wish to speak to has been issued following a report of a woman on her bike being hit round the head 9 months ago
Corfe Castle sewage works tour Corfe Castle sewage works comes clean Residents from Corfe Castle in Dorset were treated to a tour of their local sewage works and were able to quiz Wessex Water officials about why sewage still gets into ... 9 months ago
A new monument has been put up in Langton Matravers to mark a map reading world first New monument marks site of world first for Langton Matravers A historic event has been marked in Langton Matravers with a Purbeck stone plaque - the first time ever that Earth’s three norths have converged in the UK. 9 months ago
Iain Farrell, who died on a coasteering session at Hedbury Quarry Purbeck coasteering death was misadventure, inquest jury decides A father of two who drowned while coasteering with Swanage outdoor adventure company Land & Wave died as a result of misadventure. 9 months ago
sand lizard art installation at Corfe Castle Giant sand lizard migrates to Corfe Castle First it popped up at East Creech in Purbeck and now the 20 metre long Sand Lizard has been caught on film spending the last couple of weeks in the ... 9 months ago
Sea rowing competition at Swanage Major gig rowing championship to take place in Swanage Swanage is to host the first national supervets gig rowing championships which will see 66 crews, 33 gig boats and 400 competitors descend on the town. 9 months ago
High Speed Train arrives in Swanage High Speed Train arrives in Swanage As unlikely as it sounds, a High Speed Train formerly known as the Inter-city 125 due to its top speed of 125 mph, visited Swanage station - WATCH VIDEO 9 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. 9 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 ... 9 months ago
Small tours at Careys Secret Garden have been taken to see Purbeck's famous ospreys at close quarters Empty nesters hope for return of Purbeck ospreys in 2024 Staff at a Purbeck nature reserve have waved off their most famous family on a trip fraught with danger to Africa. 9 months ago
Time Team celebrated its 30th anniversary at Corfe Castle while digging for Iron Age and Roman remains Time Team digs for answers about Iron Age Purbeck One of Britain’s best loved TV series has taken up a three-day archaeology challenge near Corfe Castle in Dorset. 9 months ago
Swanage rotary fete Swanage fete profits help disaster relief effort in Morocco and Libya A donation of £3,000 has been sent from Swanage and Purbeck Rotary to help those who have lost their homes in the recent disasters. 9 months ago
California meadows Purbeck ploughs on with making homes greener Homeowners in Purbeck who’ve reduced their energy bills and carbon footprint are opening their doors to inspire others to do the same. 9 months ago
Sandpit field Multi million pound scheme proposed for Swanage seafront Two options to stabilise the eroding cliff under Sandpit Field - Swanage’s major event space - have been drawn up by architects, and both will cost Swanage Town Council millions ... 9 months ago
Swanage lifeboat rescue of boat Yacht drifting in shipping lane rescued by Swanage RNLI Swanage lifeboat crew successfully recovered a yacht with engine failure in the English Channel, in what turned out to be a six hour rescue. 9 months ago
Corfe Castle Museum is open daily and is free to enter - but please leave a donation on the way out! Corfe Castle’s tiny museum gets massive makeover Dorset’s smallest museum, telling the story of Corfe Castle village, has a big future ahead of it following an 18-month revamp. 9 months ago
Agglestone Mire, Studland, was one of the biggest peat bogs in Purbeck and will soon be restored to its former glory For peat’s sake – Purbeck bogs to be rewet and restored A £1 million project to reinstate Dorset’s historic peatlands will start in autumn 2023 with half of the work taking place in Purbeck. 9 months ago
Sold to Swanage's crowdfunding community and saved for the town, a turnstile from the pier Campaign to save Swanage Pier turnstile hits target in days A crowdfunding campaign launched to save an historic cast iron turnstile from Swanage Pier in Dorset has reached its target inside three days. 9 months ago
Steam cleaning the Globe George Burt’s Great Globe gets a steam clean at Durlston As the crowning glory to the restoration of the Pleasure Grounds at Durlston Country Park in Dorset, the iconic stone Great Globe has been given a clean - WATCH VIDEO 9 months ago
Hundreds of candles on Swanage beach in memory to loved ones Candles on the Beach returns to Swanage to remember loved ones The magical sight of Swanage Beach lit up with candles to reflect, celebrate and remember loved ones is to return, organised by Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. 9 months ago
The Studland fort where the liberation of Europe was planned in 1943 is opening for Heritage Days Spotlight on Studland’s Fort Henry over heritage week An important piece of World War Two history in Studland in Dorset, is to be shown off to the public as part of English Heritage’s week of open days. 9 months ago
Swanage seafront Teenagers attempt theft of cash from Swanage fundraiser Police were called during a fundraising event in Swanage, when four teenagers attempted to snatch a charity box containing the money raised during the evening. 10 months ago
Folk festival parade on Shore Road seafront Thousands enjoy Swanage Folk Festival despite sweltering heat Huge crowds thronged the seafront at Swanage in Dorset to watch the UK’s largest collection of Morris and folk dance sides on the hottest day of 2023 so far. 10 months ago
The Swanage School celebrates 10 years Celebrating 10 years since return of secondary schooling in Swanage The extraordinary vision of a group of determined parents, residents and local councillors which created The Swanage School marks its 10th anniversary. 10 months ago
Edible crabs may have to learn how to share the Kimmeridge seashore with furrowed crabs as numbers of the new arrivals rise Invader crabs muscle their way onto Purbeck beaches A new species of crab to the Purbeck Coast is beginning to make itself at home among the rockpools - and may edge out the sitting tenants. 10 months ago
Andrea and her daughter Emily, who needs life changing treatment at a clinic in the USA £70,000 fundraiser to free brave Swanage teen from extreme pain When sporty Swanage teenager Emily McDonald went into hospital to have her appendix out, it led to a living nightmare. 10 months ago
Tomasz and son Man who tried to paddle board to Old Harry with son, tells of ordeal A 45 year old man from Bristol has spoken for the first time of his near death experience after spending nearly seven hours clinging to his paddle board in Studland ... 10 months ago
Access to the top of Studland's Middle Beach is restricted while the area changes Demolition team to help Studland’s Middle Beach return to nature Diggers are all set to move in and break up the concrete base of the old Middle Beach cafe at Studland in Dorset, as the next step in returning the ... 10 months ago
Swanage Fire station training Have a go at being a firefighter in Swanage Swanage Fire Station is offering those keen on becoming a paid on-call firefighter, the chance to find out what it’s really like. 10 months ago
Waverly and RNLI Poole RNLI treat injured woman on paddle steamer returning to Swanage A RNLI volunteer undertook a tricky manoeuvre to get back to his lifeboat in Poole Bay in Dorset after treating an injured passenger on the historic paddle steamer the Waverley. 10 months ago
Contemporary dance group Landance will perform free open air shows in Swanage Open air dance event to celebrate natural beauty of Swanage A contemporary dance company is to present two free open air performances in Swanage in Dorset to shed light on its natural beauty - and audiences will be at the ... 10 months ago
Toploader at Music by the Sea festival Toploader: Dancing in the Swanage sunset at music festival As the sun started to set over Swanage in Dorset, well known band Toploader took to the stage and got everyone dancing at the Music by the Sea festival in ... 10 months ago
Trev in his boat Celebration of life for Purbeck stonemason Trev Haysom Well known Langton Matravers resident and world authority on Purbeck stone, Treleven Haysom has died at the age of 81 and there’s to be an event to celebrate his life. 10 months ago
T3 No. 563 locomotive New Swanage home for 130 year old loco saved from scrap yard A truly remarkable survivor and star of The Railway Children theatre production, the stunning Victorian steam locomotive built in 1893, has finally arrived at its new home on the Swanage ... 10 months ago
Antiques roadshow in Swanage Swanage gets star billing in new series of BBC Antiques Roadshow The new TV series of Antiques Roadshow returns to BBC1 this autumn with the opening episode coming from Swanage in Dorset. 10 months ago
Little Birds staff team with banner Pre-school in Swanage graded by Ofsted as Outstanding The team at a pre-school in Swanage are ‘over the moon’ having been told by Ofsted that they’ve been awarded the highest possible grading in all areas following a recent ... 10 months ago
David Hollister at Harmans cross fete 2023 Harmans Cross fete bids farewell to lifelong supporter After a lifetime devoted to the promotion of Harman’s Cross near Swanage, well known Purbeck Gazette columnist and Purbeck Coast presenter David Hollister is upping sticks and moving to Buckinghamshire. 10 months ago
Police road closed sign Woman and child seriously injured in car collision near Wareham The air ambulance flew a child with serious injuries to hospital in Southampton following a collision between two vehicles on the Sandford Road near Wareham. 10 months ago
Actress Joanna Scanlan has backed RNLI safety advice that saved her life TV star backs RNLI campaign after terrifying ordeal at Durdle Door BAFTA winning actress Joanna Scanlan has spoken publicly for the first time about how she nearly drowned while swimming at Durdle Door in Dorset. 10 months ago
Police desk reopens in Swanage Publicity push for Swanage’s newly reopened police front desk New technology has made it economically possible to reopen the police front desk in Swanage in Dorset. 10 months ago
Totem pole erected at Blue Pool Eye-catching totem pole erected by Wareham men’s group Dorset beauty spot Blue Pool near Wareham has taken delivery of a colourful new attraction created by a men’s group that promotes social inclusivity and wellbeing. 10 months ago
The green flag itself will fly over over Beach Gardens from a new flagpole Flagging up excellence at Swanage’s pitch perfect park Beach Gardens in Swanage in Dorset has proudly taken its place in a prestigious list of Britain’s best green spaces. 10 months ago
Karen Jackson's photo 'Rainbow' is one of seven local shots featured in a national magazine National magazine focuses in on Swanage photographers A friendly photographic club with an emphasis on making the most of the stunning Swanage and Purbeck scenery has been featured in a national magazine. 10 months ago
Studland playing field is about to have a new exercise park built, especially for the oldies Studland invests in outdoor gym for older people A new outdoor exercise park is about to be installed at Studland in Dorset aimed at helping adults and particularly the older generation to stay fit and healthy. 10 months ago
Swanage all weather lifeboat launches to help search for a missing person No rest after busy Lifeboat Week for Swanage crews After a busy lifeboat week, Swanage RNLI volunteers were hoping for an early night - until they were called on to help search for a missing person. 10 months ago
An outdoor screening of Jurassic Park took place on the prehistoric cliffs at Durlston Country Park Dino-mite movie night on Jurassic rocks at Swanage Purbeck Film Festival showed it is in no danger of becoming extinct with a special 30th anniversary showing of Jurassic Park on the Swanage cliffs where dinosaurs once roamed. 10 months ago
A family had a lucky escape from a blazing home in Steer Road, Swanage Swanage family have lucky escape from night time blaze A Swanage family had a lucky escape from their blazing home thanks to working smoke alarms which woke them up in the early hours. 10 months ago
They're off! Eight intrepid captains paddle their self built boats across Swanage Bay A boatiful end to a wonderful week for Swanage RNLI There was a splashing finale to Swanage RNLI’s Lifeboat Week when the annual build a boat competition and race drew a crowd of thousands to town. 10 months ago
Weston farm campsite National Trust sets up camp in Worth Matravers Within a short walking distance of the legendary Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers in Dorset, the National Trust has opened a family friendly campsite for the summer. 10 months ago
Punch and Judy are a traditional part of a Swanage seaside holiday A sunny Swanage Bank Holiday? That’s the way to do it! Weather forecasts for a mini heatwave to end August 2023 have come as especially welcome news for one Swanage beach business. 10 months ago
FiFi's Fancy Dress shop in Institute Road - still turning heads after 47 years! Fancy that! FiFi’s repeats a Swanage window win from 1976 A nostalgic moment of inspiration has helped long established Swanage fancy dress shop FiFi’s to repeat a winning moment from nearly 50 years ago. 10 months ago
Swanage seafront from Gee Whites to Pierhead will be closed to road traffic during Lifeboat Week Road closure to trial a new traffic free section of Swanage seafront Another section of Swanage’s seafront will be closed to traffic during Lifeboat Week to see how pedestrianisation plans might work. 10 months ago
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance landed at King George's Playing Field in response to the emergency Tourist dies after medical emergency on Swanage beach A major emergency incident was sparked when a tourist died following a medical emergency in Swanage on Tuesday 15th August 2023. 10 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. 10 months ago
Giant sand lizard at East Creech Giant sand lizard spotted on Purbeck hillside A huge sand lizard has been unveiled at East Creech near Corfe Castle in Dorset with the aim of highlighting how big a problem the decline of this tiny endangered ... 10 months ago
Music by the sea concert Search for Swanage’s top talent to share stage with star band A competition for talented singers and songwriters will see the winner appear on the same Swanage stage as World Cup band Toploader this summer. 11 months ago
Community first responders at Swanage rotary fete Life saving kit for Swanage donated by Rotary at fete Swanage and Purbeck Rotary has given £3,000 worth of medical equipment to the local community first responder team to help save lives in Swanage. 11 months ago
Filming Swanage Lifeboat Film crew returns to Swanage RNLI ahead of lifeboat week Swanage Lifeboat Station is to feature again on the popular BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea but there’s an opportunity to visit the boathouse in person during lifeboat week. 11 months ago
Rising BBC TV wildlife star Nadeem Perera will be star speaker at the Planet Purbeck 2023 festival TV wildlife star to headline Planet Purbeck festival Rising TV star Nadeem Perera will be the big draw at the 2023 Planet Purbeck Festival in Swanage when he fronts a celebration of local wildlife at The Mowlem. 11 months ago
Swanage police front desk office Dorset Police reopen front office in Swanage The police front desk inside Swanage Town Hall has been reopened as part of a pilot project aimed at improving face to face communication with the local community. 11 months ago
Showjumping for dogs was a feature of the Margaret Green Country Dog Show at Church Knowle. Country dog show at Church Knowle is howling success Every dog had its day at the Margaret Green Country Show, at Church Knowle near Swanage, where unexpectedly good weather made it an event to remember. 11 months ago
Swanage Carnival 2023 Swanage Carnival 2023 in pictures and video High winds and rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of Swanage Carnival 2023 and there were plenty of times over the eight days of entertainment when the sun shone on the ... 11 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. 11 months ago
House fire on Ballard estate Fire destroys roof of burning bungalow in Swanage A blaze took hold in the loft of a property on the Ballard Estate in Swanage causing severe damage - WATCH VIDEO 11 months ago
Dorset Marine Police will patrol Swanage Bay and Studland this summer to reduce anti social behaviour on the water Marine police to tackle those waiving the rules in Swanage Bay More Dorset Police sea patrols are to take to the water around Swanage Bay this summer in an attempt to stop anti social behaviour on the waves. 11 months ago
Glasses on beach Swanage Carnival photo competition winners revealed While some Swanage Carnival events were blown off course by the weather, the announcement of the winners of the carnival’s photomarathon went ahead undeterred by the high winds. 11 months ago
The storm as predicted by the Met Office for early afternoon over Swanage Swanage bandstand centenary concert cancelled as storm sweeps in History has repeated itself almost 100 years to the day that Swanage Bandstand was first opened, as the worst summer storm in years has now forced its centenary celebrations to ... 11 months ago
Swanage Painting Club is back with its regular summer exhibition at the Catholic Church hall in Rempstone Road Visitors drawn to Swanage Painting Club’s latest exhibition The joy of art keeps bringing visitors back to Swanage Painting Club’s annual exhibition, almost 50 years after it first started. 11 months ago
Swanage Carnival procession 2023 Rain clears in time for Swanage Carnival procession Despite fears that wet and windy weather would put a damper on the Swanage Carnival procession, the earlier showers dried up to allow the parade to go ahead as planned ... 11 months ago
Plesiosaur and Oly Rush Plastic plesiosaur joins in Swanage Carnival fun in the sun From a packed beach on the first day of Swanage Carnival, people were able to enjoy the unusual sight of a plesiosaur swimming across the bay. 11 months ago
Swanage carnival team get last minute pep talk Swanage Carnival: All ready to go for 2023! The marquee is up and the decorations done - everything is set for the start of Swanage Carnival week 2023. 11 months ago
Institute Road Man banned from Swanage in connection with shoplifting Purbeck Police have questioned a man from Bournemouth following a number of shoplifting incidents that were reported to the police by Swanage shopkeepers. 11 months ago
The stage at The Mowlem Swanage theatre gets cash boost for new stage lighting system The Mowlem in Swanage in Dorset has won a share of a £64,000 funding pot to pay for improving its stage lighting system. 11 months ago
Swanage seafront and Shore Road Swanage seafront survey puts Shore Road traffic as top concern Views on the Swanage Seafront Masterplan - an aspirational document to guide future planning decisions - while generally positive, has revealed that the biggest concern is traffic along the seafront. 11 months ago
Oly with plastic plesiosaur Percy the Plesiosaur swims to Swanage to highlight plastic trash During Swanage Carnival week anything goes and this year is no different with a visit expected from a plastic plesiosaur swimming across the bay chasing extreme swimmer Oly Rush - ... 11 months ago
Studland road crash Car crashes into tree near Corfe Castle For the second time that day, emergency services were called to a car crash near Corfe Castle in Dorset that blocked the road. 11 months ago
Fire engines at Harmans Cross Person airlifted to hospital after Harman’s Cross road crash Two people were seriously injured and both had to be cut out of their separate vehicles after they collided on the A351 Valley Road near Swanage in Dorset. 11 months ago
Squid Squad swimming challenge Swanage sea swimmers complete incredible challenges With the weather conditions meant to be at their best for tackling long distance swims, two teams of local swimmers exhibited extraordinary endurance successfully tackling separate gruelling swimming challenges. 11 months ago
Coombe Heath at Arne is both attractive and vulnerable to tourists BBC Springwatch boosts visitor numbers at RSPB Arne RSPB Arne has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of visitors since the BBC broadcast the wildlife show Springwatch from the nature reserve near Wareham in Dorset. 11 months ago
Woody the dog rescued from Ballard Down fall Lucky escape for cliff fall dog on Ballard Down Stuck on a small ledge after going over the cliff at Ballard Down near Swanage in Dorset, coastguard teams dashed to the rescue of Woody the dog. 11 months ago
Swanage Carnival 2022 What’s on in Swanage for summer 2023 With schools out for summer, there’s a full programme of events in Swanage and across Purbeck, with lots more happening as organisations recover from the disruption caused by the pandemic. 11 months ago
Swanage RNLI all weather lifeboat Swanage RNLI nighttime rescue of boat drifting in shipping lane From within sight of the French coastline, Swanage Lifeboat crew had to tow a motorboat back to safety after it suffered catastrophic water pump failure rendering its engine unusable. 11 months ago
Exterior of Wareham Hospital Chemo clinic for Purbeck cancer patients to close Cancer patients living in Purbeck now face a longer journey to hospitals in Poole or Dorchester to receive treatment after the decision to close the chemotherapy clinic at Wareham Hospital. 11 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. 11 months ago
Fire engines at Swanage Fire Station Swanage firefighters hold charity car wash at fire station More used to putting out fires, the crew at Swanage Fire Station are to turn their skills to hosing down cars in order to raise funds for The Fire Fighters ... 11 months ago
The Crow's nest inn pub Man questioned by police over Swanage dog bite incident Dorset Police say a man in his 60s from Cumbria is assisting officers with their enquiries in connection with an incident where a boy was reportedly bitten by a dog. 11 months ago
Tour of Swanage Downs as part of Planet Purbeck Festival Making Purbeck wilder – opinion of local people wanted Community group Planet Purbeck will be getting out and about this summer in an effort to find out what everyone thinks - not just the green enthusiasts - about making ... 11 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. 11 months ago
Drugs confiscated by Purbeck Police Drugs and offensive weapon seized by police in Swanage Two people in Swanage in Dorset are under investigation by Purbeck Police following the discovery of illegal drugs at a property in the town. 11 months ago
Wilkswood reggae festival Relive your youth at Langton’s ‘old skool’ rave with Judge Jules A dance festival of Nineties and Noughties club music is being held for the first time at Wilkswood Farm in Langton Matravers near Dorset. 11 months ago
Dr Steve Etches shows off the stomach stone fossil from Kimmeridge Kimmeridge stomach stone fossil sets world record A mysterious fossil found on Kimmeridge beach in Dorset has turned out to be a record breaking 150 million year old medical complaint. 12 months ago
Studland Heath fire Fire breaks out on Studland peninsula near beach A large area of vegetation among the Studland sand dunes in Dorset has been devastated by a fire that swept through the habitat of many rare species including the endangered ... 12 months ago
A new BBC documentary will explore the death of Swanage teenager Gaia Pope-Sutherland Gaia Pope: Death of Swanage teenager to be explored by BBC documentary A major three-part documentary into the tragic death of Swanage teenager Gaia Pope is to be screened on the BBC. 12 months ago
Heralding Swanage Jazz Festival, a New Orleans style parade along the prom All that jazz makes welcome return to Swanage’s Sandpit Field The sounds of jazz swung back into Swanage as the annual summer festival of mellow melodies made a triumphant return to Sandpit Field after a five year absence. 12 months ago
On the Polar Express in Devon Santa returns to Swanage Railway for glitzy Hollywood Christmas Back by popular demand, Santa is coming to Swanage Railway for Christmas and for the first time he’ll be bringing the train The Polar Express with him. 12 months ago
Swanage WH president and Dorset archery champion Karen Corney (centre) shows off her trophies Fund raising summer fair is a first for Swanage WI A fund raising event on the seafront will be the first large fund raiser for Swanage WI - which had the bad timing to set up just weeks before a ... 12 months ago
Jurassic Swim Challenge organiser Rich Lloyd hopes to make his idea an annual Swanage festival Swanage Bay challenge may become annual festival A new community festival is set to be added to Swanage’s events calendar if the inaugural Jurassic Swim Challenge is a success. 12 months ago
The Regency Dental Practice in Swanage has recently gone private, though it does still have spaces for new clients Nearest NHS dentist for new Swanage patients is now Portsmouth Swanage and Purbeck is close to becoming a dental desert as access to a NHS dentist continues to get harder and the travelling distance gets longer. 12 months ago
Swanage sewage works Water company to reduce storm sewage flowing into Swanage Bay Work costing millions is being planned by Wessex Water to dramatically reduce the number of times that sewage is discharged into Swanage Bay after prolonged spells of heavy rain. 12 months ago
Clothes swap organised by Sustainable Swanage Swap your clothes at The Mowlem in Swanage Not a saucy comedy at Swanage’s theatre but a practical way to update your wardrobe for free, the clothes swap event is being organised by the local environment group Sustainable ... 12 months ago
Poole RNLi join search for paddle boarders Missing paddle boarders at Old Harry spark huge rescue mission A father and his 16 year old son are lucky to have survived after being swept miles out to sea on their paddle boards from Studland Bay in Dorset. 12 months ago
Swimmers Mark, Cathy, Anthony Swanage woman faces water fear to swim Channel with the ‘buoys’ Four Dorset swimmers - two from Swanage - are gearing up to swim the English Channel in a gruelling relay to raise money for good causes. 12 months ago
A Saexia bowman practises at Durlston country park, keeping an eye on the sea for Viking invaders Swanage Saxons launch £100,000 plans for replica longboat The sight of a Saxon warship raising sail in Swanage Bay could become reality if the dream of Dark Ages expert Joe Roberts gets to see the light of day. 12 months ago
Inspector Ken Wharfe was personal protection officer to 'Purple Five Two' - the code name for Princess Diana Tales of Princess Di’s Purbeck visit to raise funds for dance school Princess Diana’s former bodyguard is to present an evening of his favourite memories at The Mowlem in Swanage, Dorset to raise money in memory of his aunt, local dance teacher ... 12 months ago
Swanage carnival programme goes on sale Hot off the press Swanage Carnival programme hits the streets Always eagerly anticipated, the Swanage Carnival programme with all the details of the events for 2023 has just gone on sale and it’s had a complete redesign. 12 months ago
Swanage fire station training with Phil Burridge Swanage Fire Station officer steps down after 40 years service Following an extraordinary 40 years of continuous service at Swanage Fire Station, its station officer is retiring after becoming one of the longest-serving firefighters in Dorset. 12 months ago
Durdle Door beach was empty but for a film crew as Netflix closed the sands to film a fantasy TV show. Durdle Door closed for filming star-filled Netflix show Visitors to Durdle Door in Dorset were turned away as the beach and car park were closed for the filming of a Netflix fantasy series. 12 months ago
St Mark's school Man arrested after incidents outside school in Swanage Police officers investigating the alleged assault on a woman and later on a boy in Swanage are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. 12 months ago
Some 24,000 visitors enjoyed Tankfest 2023 at the Bovington Tank Museum French impound German tank heading for Tankfest at Bovington Near capacity crowds at Bovington in Dorset made the Tank Museum’s Tankfest 2023 the biggest and best yet - even if French border control did stop the star exhibit at ... 12 months ago
NHS poster outside The Mowlem Dorset health providers hold Swanage event about NHS changes An information event in Swanage is being held by all the NHS trusts in Dorset, ahead of the closure of Poole Hospital’s accident and emergency and the reorganisation of services ... 12 months ago
Dog on beach Rules on dogs in public spaces to be reviewed by Dorset Council A public consultation has started on a new dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order which includes the rules for Swanage Main Beach and Studland beaches. 12 months ago
Swanage all weather lifeboat launching ‘Struggling’ paddle boarders rescued by Swanage RNLI Two groups of paddle boarders - a total of six people - got caught out when the wind picked up in Studland Bay in Dorset. 12 months ago
Fiona Bruce at Antiques Roadshow Antiques Roadshow delights thousands as cameras roll in Swanage Television royalty Fiona Bruce has brought the BBC Antiques Roadshow to Swanage in Dorset for the first time ever in its 45 year history - and the town will feature ... 1 year ago
Antiques roadshow set up tents on Prince Albert Gardens Swanage Coastguard reveals surprise item as BBC pitches up After months of anticipation, the BBC Antiques Roadshow has arrived in Swanage in Dorset and it’s prompted the local coastguard team to tell its story about a mystery package that ... 1 year ago
Seen from above, crowds streaming into Prince Albert Gardens for Swanage Fish Festival Fabulous fish festival confirms Swanage dates for 2024 Prince Albert Gardens was the plaice to be as Swanage Fish Festival was such a success that dates for a 2024 event have been confirmed already. 1 year ago
Shore Road on Swanage seafront ( New vision for Swanage’s seafront floated A draft document billed as a masterplan, has been published identifying areas of the seafront in Swanage that could benefit from investment. 1 year ago
Dorset police's summer plan is set up to deal with a summer influx of thousands of tourists Police plan for summer tourist boom in Swanage and across Dorset Police presence is being heightened in Swanage and Purbeck ahead of an expected bumper summer of tourists in 2023. 1 year ago
Swanage Hospital Hours to be cut at Swanage Hospital’s minor injuries unit Dorset Healthcare, the trust that runs Swanage Hospital, has announced that the minor injuries unit will be open for less time over the summer. 1 year ago
Roads to Rail Norden 2022 Steam rally returns to Swanage Railway for third year With the Dorset Steam Fair cancelled for 2023, Swanage Railway is offering enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a local steam rally this year. 1 year 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. 1 year ago
Photography exhibition at Purbeck New Wave Gallery Picture this – new photography exhibition at Swanage gallery Having only ever displayed paintings rather than photographs, an art gallery in Swanage decided to branch out after a chance remark. 1 year ago
Dancing Ledge incident Air ambulance rescues injured man from Dancing Ledge A man who had fallen and broken his leg had to be airlifted from a rock ledge on the Purbeck coastline due to the inaccessible location - WATCH VIDEO 1 year ago
An event at sandy Hill arts Major lottery grant awarded to Corfe Castle arts hub A year after being formed, Sandy Hill Arts next to Corfe Castle station has just been granted nearly £30,000 to fund a programme of diverse music events. 1 year ago
Car in Poole Harbour Car in Poole Harbour forces Sandbanks Ferry to suspend service The Sandbanks Ferry had to stop operating, after a car waiting to board, rolled off the slipway on the Sandbanks side of Poole Harbour - WATCH VIDEO. 1 year ago
Friends of the downs meeting Springwatch boosts passion for nature on Swanage Downs There’s plenty of enthusiasm for getting involved in nature surveys and walks on Swanage’s newly designated local nature reserve, inspired by BBC Springwatch. 1 year ago
Callum Patrick Hughes performs in The Showbar at The Mowlem Thirst for more drama in Swanage’s Showbar The refurbished bar in The Mowlem in Swanage is now staging performances and most appropriately, its first show was called Thirst. 1 year ago
Police meeting in Swanage Swanage residents promised increased police presence in town The Dorset police and crime commissioner told a packed public meeting in Swanage that a manned police front desk will be reopened but he couldn't confirm a date. 1 year ago
Bus stop at Station approach Teenager sustains ‘laceration’ to body in Swanage town centre Two boys aged 15 and 16 have been arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent following an alleged assault on another boy aged 15 near Swanage bus ... 1 year ago
Swanage Library Change to opening hours proposed for Swanage Library after review The days and times Swanage Library is open, are to change if new proposals by Dorset Council get the go ahead. 1 year ago
Police car in Dorset Body found following search for missing Purbeck teenager Dorset Police say they have very sadly found a body, following the search for a 17 year old boy who was last seen in Worth Matravers in Dorset. 1 year ago
The Squid Squad swimmers on a training session ahead of their 24-hour open sea swim fund raiser Swanage men aim to raise a few thousand squid for charity A gruelling challenge in Swanage Bay will see four friends attempt a 24-hour endurance swim which could set a European record. 1 year ago
Swanage Croquet Club up sticks from cricket ground to new home After an innings of 18 years, Swanage Croquet Club has formed a new partnership with Swanage Primary School, moving away from the cricket club ground in Day’s Park where it ... 1 year ago
SW!M performance in The Mowlem Swanage’s swimmers take second dip into theatre performance After the sell out show of SW!M in 2022 - a combination of storytelling on the stage followed by dancing and swimming in Swanage Bay - the all-female group is ... 1 year ago
Volunteers for Food For Thought Purbeck and FareShare get to work at the town's second mobile larder Food for thought as Swanage opens second mobile larder A second community larder has been set up in Swanage to tackle the dual issues of a war on food waste and the cost of living crisis. 1 year 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. 1 year ago
Theatre posters from the 1930s and neon signs from the 1960s have been unearthed at The Mowlem recently Newly discovered 1930s posters to jazz up Swanage’s Mowlem A treasure trove of theatre memorabilia has been found at The Mowlem and is about to play a part in brightening up the Swanage seafront showbar. 1 year ago
Margaret Guy from Patient participation group at Swanage medical practice Call to help improve health services in Swanage during time of change A group of patients registered with Swanage Medical Practice, is calling for more people to join them to help change local health services for the better. 1 year ago
Swanage Fish Festival is coming back to Prince Albert Gardens with its panoramic views over Swanage Bay Back with a splash – Swanage Fish Festival returns for 2023 Swanage Fish Festival is all set to make a fintastic return to the town after a three year absence - and hopes to be bigger and better than before. 1 year 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! 1 year ago
Verwood wildfire Swanage Fire Station work overnight to tackle Dorset wildfire The first major wildfire in Dorset during the recent spell of dry, warm weather took more than 60 firefighters to bring under control - WATCH VIDEO 1 year ago
Duke of Wellington pub in Wareham Three men arrested after fight in Wareham pub A man in his 20s from Wareham in Dorset, was taken to hospital with facial injuries after an alleged assault in a pub in the centre of the town. 1 year ago
Art work at Purbeck Art Weeks at Rollington Barn Top artistic talent goes on display across Purbeck A fortnight of open studios, exhibitions, concerts and workshops has kicked off as part of Purbeck Art Weeks Festival 2023. 1 year ago
Corfe Castle May fair 2023 Corfe Castle May Fair returns after three year absence Perfect weather and a stunning setting combined to make the first Corfe Castle May Fair since 2019 a spectacular success. 1 year ago
Police block off road to rave ( Police say ‘music has been turned off’ at illegal rave near Corfe Castle Around 1,500 people, along with an estimated 500 vehicles, attended an illegal rave in Purbeck over the bank holiday weekend. 1 year ago
The King's militia men tried their best to protect Swanage from a pirate invasion Swanage Pirate Festival welcomes record crowds to town Batten down the hatches - Swanage has been overrun by pirates again for a good natured festival, which has attracted hundreds of landlubbers into town. 1 year ago
Swanage Big Help out Sun finally comes out for Swanage’s Big Help Out King Charles’s Coronation event The Big Help Out had to be postponed in Swanage due to wind and rain but eventually took place with the sun shining in all its ... 1 year ago
Colonies of bees have suddenly started to swarm in Purbeck with the change in weather Bee friendly as swarming season suddenly arrives in Purbeck Purbeck beekeepers are urging people not to panic if they encounter a swarm this spring - as the endangered insects need all the help they can get. 1 year ago
Grey vehicle crashed into St Mary's church Second recent crash at Swanage church accident hotspot A grey van ran off Church Hill in Swanage and crashed through temporary barriers that had been put in place following a collision at the same spot a few months ... 1 year ago
A plea to limit speeds in Langton MAtravers to 20 miles an hour have been passed by Dorset Council Green light given to request for 20mph limit in Langton Matravers Plans for a 20 mile an hour speed limit through Langton Matravers have been approved after a long campaign by locals. 1 year ago
Purbeck fire crews had to deal with several devastating blazes in 2022 Wildfire alert issued for Purbeck over bank holiday weekend Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service has declared an amber wildfire alert for Purbeck over fears of bank holiday barbecue blazes. 1 year ago
Inshore lifeboat in Swanage Bay Both Swanage lifeboats launched after multiple red flares fired Both of Swanage's lifeboats were launched when multiple red flares were fired out at sea. 1 year ago