Parking permits for residents to be looked at by Dorset Council It’s been revealed that Dorset Council is considering introducing on-street parking permits for residents across the area including Swanage.
Son to fly Spitfire over Old Harry Rocks in memory of WW2 pilot father Eighty years after the death of a pilot during WW2 off the Purbeck coast, his son plans to fly a Spitfire over Old Harry Rocks.
Volunteers prepare Swanage pier for winter weather Volunteers are carrying out essential maintenance work on the Victorian pier at Swanage in preparation for winter weather.
Second Planet Purbeck Festival in pipeline after success in 2021 Hailing its first festival as “a success way beyond our expectations”, the environment group Planet Purbeck says it’s already planning a festival for next year.
Dorset hospitals see sharp increase in Covid patients as cases rise Public Health Dorset is warning that the vaccine is not a magic protective cloak as Covid cases and hospitalisations substantially rise in Dorset.
Wildfowl killed in apparent deliberate act in Purbeck Purbeck Police are appealing for witnesses after two geese and six ducks were run over by a vehicle at East Creech near Corfe Castle.
Film festival returns to Purbeck for silver anniversary After a year away, the longest running rural film festival in the UK – the Purbeck Film Festival – is back!
Surprise discovery of baby red squirrels in mild Purbeck autumn Rare baby red squirrels, normally born in spring, were an unexpected find in a nesting box on Brownsea Island, part of the recently designated Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve.
Naughty Knitters calendar raises more than a smile for Swanage charity A huge cheque for £11,000 was handed over to a local dementia charity by the Naughty Knitters of Swanage.
Campaign success as Swanage Hospital walk-in access restored Hailed as a victory for common sense, Friends of Swanage Hospital say that patients will now be allowed to turn up at Swanage Hospital Minor Injuries Unit without an appointment.
Durlston receives international award in record breaking year The international quality mark for parks and greenspaces - the Green Flag Award, has been awarded to Durlston Country Park, alongside five other Dorset Council countryside sites.
£50,000 grant secures bigger pavilion for Swanage cricket A £50,000 grant from the English Cricket Board means Swanage Cricket Club can continue at pace to extend the pavilion.
Seafront road closure for Swanage Rowing Club event With 30 boats taking part in the Swanage Rowing Club SuperVets Championship, the south end of Shore Road in Swanage will be closed for the day.
Woman bitten on leg by dog on Swanage footpath Dorset Police are investigating after a large dog bit a woman puncturing her skin, as she was walking her two Jack Russell dogs.
Swanage on-street parking charges set to go up The cost of parking in Station Road and Shore Road is to increase, along with Dorset Council owned car parks in Wareham and Corfe Castle, if the plans get the ...
Bovington to host ‘extreme’ electric motorsport race In a strange twist, Bovington in Dorset is one of the international destinations for a unique motor racing series to be televised by the BBC.
Dorset Police use podcasts to help crack rural crime In a bid to connect effectively with hard-to-reach communities in remote areas like Purbeck, the rural crime team from Dorset Police have recorded a series of podcasts.
Swanage street name to be changed after complaint A street name that a family holidaying in Swanage found offensive is set to be altered after they contacted Dorset Council.
Swanage anglers claim fishing rules could threaten livelihood Fishing and the wider economy of Swanage could be adversely affected by new marine conservation zones, anglers fear.
Local community gets to see Swanage’s theatre in a new light A multi-sensory backstage tour of The Mowlem in Swanage has been a surprise hit giving people a chance to peek behind the scenes.
Swanage RNLI treat injured woman facing long wait for ambulance A woman in a lot of pain on a Studland beach was facing a long wait for an ambulance, so Swanage Coastguard called on the lifeboat crew to help.
Cleaning up Wareham rivers to prevent pollution in our sea Thirty volunteers turned out for a litter pick along the River Frome and Piddle to help stop plastic and other rubbish from heading down to Poole Harbour.
Latest on Swanage Ambulance Car In response to concerns from Swanage residents, a special committee is to be set up by Dorset Council to scrutinise proposals about the future of the ambulance car.
Fundraising hits target to refurbish play area in Langton Matravers Langton Matravers’ Parish Council has successfully raised £36,000 to re-equip the children’s playground, boosted by a £5,000 donation from a housing association.
New Lawrence of Arabia film made in Purbeck finally gets its premiere The release of the film Lawrence: After Arabia was delayed in 2020 but there will be special screenings this autumn across Dorset including Swanage.
Tributes paid to Swanage Coastguard volunteer who died suddenly Following the unexpected death of Swanage resident Mark Kilby, tributes have been paid to him by the local organisations that he was involved in.
Sea rowing’s competitive spirit returns to Swanage Leading the way, Swanage Sea Rowing Club hosted the Jurassic regatta and is now looking forward to the Super Vets event.
Prizes awarded to support young artists across Purbeck The Isle of Purbeck Arts Club has awarded cash prizes to the latest winners of its annual children and young people’s art competition, made possible by a generous legacy.
Blues party returns to Swanage after Covid intermission The much-loved Swanage Blues Festival shuffles into town this weekend with an eclectic mix of musicians and singers - the first since March 2020.
Boat stuck on Studland nudist beach Both Swanage Coastguard and Poole RNLI were called out to a 45 foot sailing yacht that ran aground on a Studland beach.
Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM nominated for radio awards Local community radio station, Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM, has been shortlisted in the annual national Community Radio Awards.
Injured woman rescued by helicopter from Purbeck coast path Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were called to help a walker who had fallen and sustained a serious leg injury.
Earlier winter opening hours for Swanage tip to meet local demand Residents are being given the opportunity to tip up earlier to the Swanage recycling centre over winter, as new opening hours are introduced.
Swanage RNLI go to the rescue of yacht with a fire on board Discovering a fire below the deck, a yacht just off Old Harry Rocks near Swanage, broadcast a Mayday call requesting immediate assistance.
Car and motorbike seized by police in Swanage The Dorset Police No Excuse team patrolling in Swanage, have confiscated a motorbike and a silver Audi car for having no insurance.
Swanage Railway’s Steam and Lights train trip is back for Christmas The surprise success that lit up the festive season during a period of gloom in 2020, is returning for 2021.
Locals celebrate as pub owners save village shop in Langton Matravers An historic pub near Swanage is now doubling up as the village shop after the local post office closed.
Chance to visit eco homes in Swanage and get inspired Environmentally friendly homeowners in Swanage are opening their doors to the public to show what they’ve done to encourage others to do the same.
NHS boss confirms end of walk-in access to Swanage Hospital MIU NHS Dorset Healthcare Trust says the 111 first approach to access minor injuries units is working extremely well but Dorset councillors are to scrutinise the decision.
Secondary schools in Purbeck holding open evenings again Open evenings for prospective parents and children to look round secondary schools in Purbeck, including The Swanage School, are happening again this autumn.
Week-long eco festival across Purbeck gets off to a flying start The Planet Purbeck Festival, which celebrates our local natural environment, began well with a special visitor flying in.
Rising Swanage golfer gets dream chance to meet his sporting hero Talented 17 year old golfer Tom Bastow from Swanage, walked in the footsteps of golfing legend Justin Rose - quite literally, when he was chosen to caddy in a group ...
Swanage Town Band back at new bandstand for Chadwick fundraiser Bright sunshine greeted Swanage Town Band’s first performance at the bandstand since it was refurbished - WATCH VIDEO.
Singing in Swanage making a comeback after months of silence The director of music at St Mary’s Church in Swanage, is urging everyone to ‘Come and Sing’ again after Covid stopped everyone singing in public.
Swanage theatre director brings extraordinary show to the Lighthouse After a long 18 months, Swanage-based artistic director Claire Hodgson says it’s incredible to be putting on a stage show again.
Million pound investment in Swanage Hospital unveiled to residents After years of planning and months of building work, a major refurbishment of Swanage Hospital including a new therapeutic garden for patients has been unveiled.
Purbeck Art Weeks’ Rollington Barn exhibition is back! With plenty of work produced during lockdown, the Rollington Barn exhibition near Corfe Castle is bursting with paintings, photography, prints, ceramics and greetings cards.
Teenage boy allegedly robbed and threatened with knife in Swanage Four people from Poole have been arrested following an alleged robbery and assault on a teenage boy at the Texaco Garage in Swanage.
Swanage RNLI go to aid of injured woman who’d fallen on yacht A crew member on board a large yacht that had just rounded Old Harry Rocks near Swanage, needed medical help after falling heavily on some metal fittings.
Dorset Wildlife Trust hands over garden to Swanage community In an official ceremony with the Swanage Mayor present, the Greengage Project team has taken over the community garden in Prospect Crescent.
Voluntary no anchor zone for boats to be introduced in Studland Bay In a bid to protect seahorses in Studland Bay, boats are going to be asked not to drop anchor in the area of seagrass.
Purbeck View School in Swanage graded as inadequate for social care The regulator, Ofsted, has told the management of the Purbeck View School in Swanage it must not admit any more students following its latest inspection, which found the social care ...
Red phone box saved in Studland as another is lost in Swanage Studland Parish Council is to buy the telephone box in the village after an iconic kiosk by the ferry was removed before councillors could act.
Plans to be revealed for new village hall in Swanage Residents are invited to see the architect's drawings and give their views on the proposals to rebuild Herston Village Hall in Jubilee Road.
Campaign launched to reinstate walk-in access to Swanage’s minor injuries unit The Friends of Swanage Hospital says it is horrified that the minor injuries unit is locking its doors to walk-in patients.
Dorset Council calls on central government to fix bin lorry driver shortage Regular rubbish bin and recycling collections are being missed in Swanage and across the county due to what Dorset Council calls an unprecedented staff shortage.
Wareham Forest sees more “precious heathland” destroyed in fire Firefighters, including a crew from Swanage, were called to tackle a major blaze in the heart of Wareham Forest, that may have been started deliberately.
TV soap actress takes on Rita role at The Mowlem in Swanage Coronation Street actress Kimberley Hart Simpson is starring in a new production of Educating Rita at The Mowlem as part of the Swanage Rep series.
Swanage Cricket Club celebrates first team success at awards night Outperforming expectations, Swanage Cricket Club’s first team clinched the runners up trophy in Dorset's Division One League.
Horrifying crash as wingwalker plane ditches in sea by Sandbanks Ferry No stranger to unusual incidents, the Sandbanks Ferry was suspended after a plane taking part in the Bournemouth Air Festival, crashed into the sea - SEE VIDEO AND IMAGES.
Wanda the Waste Warrior fights plastic pollution in Purbeck A six metre fish sculpture to encourage the recycling of plastic and cans, as well as refilling and reusing bottles, is travelling to Studland, Swanage and Wareham.
Swanage Railway steam event makes for the perfect coupling The romance of the railways inspired a Swanage Railway steam enthusiast to come up with the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. - WATCH VIDEO.
What’s on in Swanage in September 2021? With so many events having been postponed due to Covid, there’s lots happening in September 2021 in Swanage.
UK’s oldest diving school up for sale as Swanage couple retire The well-known diving school, Divers Down on Swanage Pier is looking for a buyer after its owners decided to retire.
Father pays tribute to Corfe Castle teenager who died in motocross race A talented 17 year old from Corfe Castle in Dorset, has been described by his father as a “really, really good kid” and his “best friend”.
Bank Holiday speedboat rescue for Swanage RNLI Swanage Lifeboat crew, who are to feature tonight in the latest BBC TV Saving Lives at Sea episode, were paged to help the owners of a speedboat, who were at ...
Modelmakers return to The Tank Museum at Bovington More used to putting on a show with some of the big beasties of the armoured world, The Tank Museum is now preparing for a display on a smaller scale.
Rare sand-loving insects boosted by creation of new habitat in Purbeck An attempt to increase the number of endangered Purbeck mason wasps and heath tiger beetles on heathland near Arne has been hailed a success.
Swanage Railway hosts bank holiday steam extravaganza In its first big event since the latest lockdown, Swanage Railway is staging a four day rally, celebrating steam-powered transport from trains to rollers.
Dorset Council appeal to find homes for Afghan refugees The need to accommodate Afghans fleeing the Taliban has prompted Dorset Council to urge private landlords and owners of second homes in Swanage and across the county to come forward.
Dorset Police seize e-scooters and issue warnings A surge in the illegal use of e-scooters on roads and pavements has prompted Dorset Police to take action over the summer.
Planning granted for Stoborough housing but no second homes allowed Outline planning permission has been approved for a housing development in Stoborough on the Isle of Purbeck, on the condition it meets the terms of the Arne Local Plan.
Swanage Town Council pays tribute to employee who died suddenly In what has been described as a “terrible shock”, a long-serving enforcement officer for Swanage Town Council collapsed while on duty.
“Best ever” Swanage Rep show finally goes ahead A show described as ‘the best production’ ever by Swanage Rep finally makes its debut on stage after a week’s delay.
Injured man thanks emergency services after Swanage Beach rescue A man who sustained injuries while being towed behind a boat on a kneeboard has contacted Swanage Lifeboat Station to thank his rescuers.
Popular Swanage Lifeboat Lego movie gets a sequel Following the runaway success of last year’s Swanage Lifeboat Week Lego animation, 12 year old Christian has now released a follow up movie.
Dramatic Dorset coastline captured in new exhibition by Swanage artist Much acclaimed watercolour painter, Cathy Veale is exhibiting her work at the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Country Park in Swanage.
Top trombonist returns to Swanage for concert cancelled last year It's a special homecoming for a talented local musician who became a professor at the Royal Academy of Music at just 25.
Timing it just right – Purbeck Valley Folk Festival gets to go ahead With huge relief and excitement for the musicians and organisers, the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2021 has kicked off, despite plenty of other musical events being cancelled.
No reprieve for Swanage Air Cadets as it merges with Wareham With its headquarters deemed "past its sell-by date" the decision has been made to combine Swanage Air Cadets with the squadron in Wareham.
Purbeck’s district nurses get on their e-bikes! Inspired by healthcare staff in Holland, district nurses in Purbeck have been turning to pedal power to get them to appointments in Swanage and the surrounding area.
Covid vaccine rollout to 16 and 17 year olds starts in Purbeck Swanage Medical Practice, along with GP surgeries across Purbeck is sending out letters inviting young people to get a Covid jab at Wareham Hospital.
Swanage Rep show postponed after positive Covid test The opening nights of The Princess and the Pauper at The Mowlem in Swanage have been delayed after a production team member tested positive for Covid.
Escape the crowds by popping up to the Purbeck viewpoint An idea born out of lockdown has come to fruition for Henry Bond, who's turned a field into a food and drink pop-up next to the Isle of Purbeck viewpoint.
Three Swanage Lifeboat crew who saved two lives, awarded RNLI commendation At the start of Swanage Lifeboat Week, three members of crew have been commended for their bravery, after a dramatic rescue.
Swanage’s Punch and Judy man thanks locals for support after making national news The Punch and Judy man has thanked the people of Swanage who rallied round after it was revealed that mean beachgoers had refused to pay.
The Bigbelly arrives in Swanage to tackle growing litter A new solution to Swanage’s bin problem is being trialled with the deployment of two Bigbelly bins on the seafront that compact litter.
Man indecently exposes himself to 13 year old girl in Swanage Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them, after a man indecently exposed himself to a teenage girl in Washpond Lane.
It’s up! The Albert Memorial in Swanage is completed The obelisk in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, that lay in ruins for 50 years has at last been re-erected in Swanage.
Two teenagers rescued from cliffs near Durdle Door Emergency services rushed to the aid of two boys stuck on the cliff face above the Man O’ War beach near Durdle Door in Dorset.
Musical with sign language set for national tour after Swanage debut A brand-new reworking of a classic story which integrates sign language into the performance gets its debut at The Mowlem theatre in Swanage.
Look but don’t touch! The beautiful visitors to the Dorset coast Marine experts say jellyfish are misunderstood – we should appreciate their beauty and help count them – but just don’t touch!
Housing scheme plugs gap for adults in social care across Purbeck A year after being completed, the modular apartments in Wareham are being deemed a success, as residents become more independent.
Swimmer pulled from sea in Swanage in early hours Emergency services were called just after 1 am in the morning, following reports of a person in trouble in the water by the Stone Quay in Swanage.
Beach huts go like “hot cakes” as Swanage seaside lovers snap them up Swanage beach huts all but sold out within hours of becoming available for this summer, with one man queuing from 6.45 am.
Emergency services urge use of mobile tech to “save vital time and lives” in Purbeck Dorset Police, Swanage RNLI and Swanage Coastguard are asking those exploring rural and coastal areas to download location finding software like what3words.
Swanage artists join new exhibition and raise money for charity An idea born out of lockdown has led to an exhibition of work by more than 30 artists from Swanage and the wider Purbeck area.
Family pay tribute to 25 year old Corfe Castle man who died in car crash The family of a man who sadly died in a road traffic collision near Corfe Castle in Dorset say he will “never be forgotten”.
Get a jab on Swanage seafront as Covid cost is revealed in new figures A mobile vaccination clinic is heading to the beach so anyone may walk in and get a jab, as new statistics for Swanage are released.
Midnight helicopter rescue of injured walker near Dancing Ledge Volunteers from Swanage Lifeboat Station and the Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams went to the aid of a woman who was in considerable pain.
Plans to create a Purbeck ‘New Forest’ take shape Cattle, ponies and pigs are to be allowed to freely roam across an extended area of heathland between Stoborough, Corfe Castle and Arne.
Visitors and residents join forces in Swanage to tackle beach litter Despite pleas to beachgoers to take their rubbish home, volunteers are being kept busy ensuring Swanage Beach is clean, tidy and litter-free.
Simon and Garfunkel tribute act returns to Swanage Stopping off in Swanage before appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years is at The Mowlem.
Swanage Lifeboat goes to the aid of midnight swimmer The crew of a boat anchored in Swanage Bay at night called the UK Coastguard after they spotted a person swimming in the sea and were concerned.
Swanage Sailing Club is booming – meet the brave beginners! Sailing in Swanage has seen a surge in new members as more people than ever want to get out on the water.
Who’s in the driving seat? Launch of ambulance car challenge in Swanage A new activity trail for children has been launched in Swanage featuring Purbeck's much-loved and appreciated ambulance car.
Aled Jones in Swanage for filming of BBC’s Songs of Praise Hundreds of residents and visitors flocked to Prince Albert Gardens for the first Songs of Praise filming of hymn singing for 18 months - SEE PHOTOS.
Purbeck Police to listen to Swanage’s concerns Throughout the summer holidays, Purbeck Police are to hold pop up sessions on Swanage seafront to hear what residents and visitors say are their priorities for local policing.
Iconic Purbeck landscapes captured in new exhibition at Durlston Well-known landscape photographer Andy Farrer took inspiration from his local surroundings for an exhibition showcasing his new work.
“Selfish behaviour” condemned after barbecue causes Arne fire RSPB Arne says a wildfire on a huge scale was narrowly averted thanks to a boat crew who spotted smoke and the fire service's quick response.
Racist incident at Studland investigated by Purbeck Police Police officers are appealing for witnesses following a racially aggravated public order incident in Studland.
Warning of traffic delays ahead of Camp Bestival at Lulworth A temporary one-way road system, reduced speed limits and parking restrictions are to be put in place to help manage traffic in Purbeck, ahead of the music festival at Lulworth ...
Local man dies in car crash on road near Kingston village Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver in his 20s died at the scene when his car left the road and ended up in a field.
“Worst ever” summer for staff recruitment across Purbeck An unprecedented shortage of staff has hit pubs, shops and holiday destinations in Swanage and across Purbeck.
Rotary cancels Swanage summer fete as Covid cases double in a week Swanage and Purbeck Rotary has called off its summer fete due to a rise in Covid cases and fears the event would attract a large crowd.
Coroner opens inquest into death of man on Lulworth Estate A man on holiday with his family, who died when he fell off rocks at Stair Hole near Lulworth Cove, was 47 year old Azhar Baig from Luton.
Swanage sizzles in the heat but thunderstorms on their way The Met Office is warning that the current heatwave in Swanage is forecast to end with a bang - SEE HEATWAVE PHOTOS AND VIDEO.
RNLI rescue a boat pinned against Sandbanks Ferry The crew of the Sandbanks Ferry had to lower the ramp in mid passage to prevent a 16 foot sailing boat from getting into further danger.
Swanage surgery staff face “rude” patients, angry at changes to service Staff at Swanage Medical Practice say they are facing rude and aggressive behaviour from some patients.
Little Horrors relaunch The Mowlem theatre in Swanage Live theatre is back at The Mowlem and first up is an exuberant musical production by students from The Swanage School.
Tow truck deployed for first time in Studland to control bad parking Over the hot weekend, Dorset Council had to exercise its new powers to tow away illegally and dangerously parked cars.
Fire crews tackle field fire near Corfe Castle in blazing heat Swanage Fire Station was first on the scene when a crop caught alight in a field near Corfe Castle.
Helicopter rescue for woman taken ill on packed Durdle Door beach A beachgoer at Durdle Door who was stung by a jellyfish and then fainted, had to be airlifted to get to a waiting ambulance.
Man released from investigation after reported sexual assault at Durlston Dorset Police say that a man arrested in connection with a reported sexual assault, will face no further police action.
Stolen Corfe Castle family bronze tortoises come home… slowly Thirty years after they were stolen, bronze tortoises that used to belong to the Bankes family that once owned most of Purbeck, have been returned.
Swanage businesses forced to temporarily close due to Covid Covid rules have left a number of businesses in Swanage temporarily shut because staff have Covid or are self isolating.
Aled Jones and BBC’s Songs of Praise to film in Swanage For the first time in 18 months BBC's Songs of Praise will be recording a congregation and it’s chosen Swanage as its location.
Three vehicle crash at Harmans Cross petrol station An off-duty paramedic stopped to help two people with minor injuries, after a van and two cars collided outside the BP garage near Swanage.
Controversial world first 5G network brings phone signal to Jurassic Coast A world first 5G network has been installed between Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Ringstead. but it's also sparked controversy.
Flashing speed indicator installed on Swanage roads In a bid to remind drivers travelling into Swanage to slow down, Swanage Town Council has purchased a speed indicator device, otherwise known as a SID.
A million steps for charity – Swanage three on track Three charity fundraisers are out to walk a million steps for charity by the end of September.
Torrential downpours and flooding delays Swanage commuters Unseasonal heavy rain caused roads and roundabouts on the route out of Purbeck to flood, causing frustration for those heading to work.
Walk-in Covid jab clinics start at Wareham Hospital as case rate goes up As the number testing positive for Covid rises in Swanage, people can get the vaccine without an appointment at Wareham Hospital.
Swanage gets behind England team for Euro footie finals Football is coming home to Swanage! With England flags flying across the town, there'll be plenty of noisy support in this corner of Dorset.
Change of advice for Swanage Hospital Minor Injuries Unit visitors Swanage Hospital has altered the sign outside the Minor Injuries Unit, so if a person turns up and requires immediate support, they will be assessed by its staff.
Princess Royal’s visit to Swanage – official photos released The Princess Royal flew in to visit volunteer coastwatchers from the National Coastwatch Institution stations in Swanage and St Albans Head..
Swanage darts player takes aim at national title A Swanage darts player has won a shot at a national title after winning a competition held online because of Covid.
Fire destroys hay bales in farmer’s barn near Swanage Fire crews have spent the night dampening down a fire that started in a hay barn just off Valley Road.
Planning application submitted for 90 homes on Swanage Grammar site Residents can now view and comment on the plans for housing on the site of the old grammar school in Northbrook Road in Swanage.
Pavilion plans at Swanage Cricket wait on grant decision Cricket in Swanage is undergoing rapid expansion, as the junior section grows and the club plans a major extension to its pavilion.
Residents fear for future of Studland wildlife meadow A meadow on the Glebe Estate that was gifted to the National Trust in the 1990s by an eminent local, may now be sold to developers.
Sporting events return to Swanage as Covid rules ease After a year’s absence, Swanage Coastal Rowing Regatta and the Swanage Triathlon are back on for 2021.
Live music returns to Swanage venues A series of tribute bands are lined up to bring live music back to The Mowlem and Harmans Cross.
NHS directive ends walk-in access to Swanage minor injuries unit Swanage Hospital, along with all the other minor injuries units in Dorset, is asking people not to turn up for treatment but to ring 111 and book an appointment first.
Ultrafast broadband coming to Swanage but delivery date is unclear Ultrafast broadband is on its way to Swanage in a project to upgrade services to 45,000 homes and businesses in Dorset.
No parking in new loading bays comes into effect in Swanage While the work to create new loading bays in Swanage town centre was completed in June 2020, the rules to enable fines for illegal parking have just come into effect.
Swanage Lifeboat crew rescue “stricken” motor boat caught in ebbing tide With its anchor rope caught around its propeller just off St Albans Head, a 28 foot angling boat had to call for help from the RNLI.
Croquet in Swanage hits a new high point Croquet is back at last and the Swanage club is boasting a record number of members.
Swanage church celebrates bell system that kept ringing through Covid Church bells will ring out across the world, including Swanage, to mark 200 years since the invention of a system that allows one person to ring several bells.
Swanage man wins UK national sailing competition Member of the British Sailing Team and Swanage resident, Sam Whaley has taken the top trophy in the Waszp UK Nationals 2021.
Purbeck musical instruments urgently seek a new home A scheme that enables children in Swanage and across Purbeck to borrow a musical instrument is under threat due to a lack of storage space.
Kimmeridge expert unlocks secrets of newly discovered fossil A new and rare ichthyosaur fossil found in Dorset is to be unlocked from the rock, live on camera at The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge.
Princess Royal braves Swanage weather to visit National Coastwatch Institution As patron of the National Coastwatch Institution, the Princess Royal flew into Swanage to meet the volunteers who keep a watch for those in trouble along our coast.
Swanage residents warned about parcel redelivery scam texts Citizens Advice in Dorset is warning residents to watch out for scam texts after a survey revealed that two thirds of people in the South West had been targeted.
Swanage Bowling Club open day to go ahead, come rain or shine! Whatever the weather, the organisers of the Swanage Bowling Club open day are encouraging people to just turn up and have a go.
“Don’t learn to love your Covid cage” says Purbeck artist An art installation of people in cages has popped up on the top of a hill near Corfe Castle, to shine light on the way Covid has changed our lives.
Events at Durlston Country Park set to continue – but outside! From park yoga to Shakespeare, activities to go ahead at Durlston Country Park helped by the park's newly appointed public engagement assistant.
Wonderful Studland Ladies raise more than a smile as lockdown fundraisers With many conventional charity activities cancelled due to Covid, a group of women based in or near Studland have raised an impressive £15,000 in six months.
Swanage shops get more dog friendly There should be lots of happy wagging tails in town, now more and more shops are displaying ‘dog friendly’ signs in the window.
Woman who fell to her death near Durdle Door was visitor from West Midlands Dorset Police have confirmed that the woman who died after falling from the cliff above Man o’ War Beach was in her 40s and from the West Midlands.
Woman dies after falling from cliff near Durdle Door Dorset Police are investigating the circumstances following the death of a woman who fell from the cliff above the Man o’ War Beach.
Man in 80s has Rolex watch stolen by woman in Wareham Purbeck Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 40s made unwelcome sexual advances to an elderly man in his car and then robbed him.
Studland beach cleared to rush man to hospital by helicopter Swanage Coastguard moved beachgoers to allow the rescue helicopter to land safely after a man suffered ‘a serious medical incident’.
New lease of life for Swanage Town Council’s old greenhouse The old parks and garden depot that once supplied Swanage with its bedding plants is being turned into a community garden to promote wellbeing.
New guillemot chicks at Durlston but other birds in decline Durlston Country Park in Swanage is having another successful guillemot breeding season but it's a different story for other seabirds.
New bins give Swanage seafront a better look Shore Road in Swanage is being given a tidier appearance for the summer, as the old wheelie bins have been replaced with new smarter litter bins.
Back in action – Rotary fete in Swanage to go ahead After many months that saw events and fundraising put on hold due to Covid restrictions, planning has started for Swanage and Purbeck Rotary's main summer fundraiser.
Concern expressed by councillors over Swanage Ambulance Car’s future At the first meeting open to the public, to discuss the review of the Swanage Ambulance Car, councillors who represent residents in Purbeck, lined up to voice their views.
New planning application for old Swanage Grammar School site Property developers say they are going to submit a new planning application for 90 homes on the site of the old grammar school in Northbrook Road.
The Swans end the football season with a flourish It was a game of two pitches - as Swanage Town and Herston football club enjoyed a 'bonus' final at the end of another season marred by lockdowns.
Injured woman airlifted from St Albans Head The coastguard helicopter was called upon to rescue a woman who had sustained a serious ankle injury along the Purbeck coastline at St Albans Head near Worth Matravers.
Chance for residents to hear NHS bosses on Swanage Ambulance Car Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group , which funds the ambulance car, is to give an update to Dorset councillors at an online public meeting.
Car speeding in Swanage seized by police A vehicle that was caught speeding along the High Street, was also found to have the wrong level of car insurance by the Dorset Police No Excuse team.
American military vehicle display to mark Swanage D-Day A collection of World War Two American military vehicles will stage a ‘static’ parade on Shore Road to mark the 77th anniversary of D-Day.
Man airlifted to hospital after Durdle Door jump Despite warnings about the dangers, a man injured himself after leaping off the top of the limestone arch near Lulworth in Dorset.
Swanage air cadet hall ‘unfit’ for post-Covid era Swanage Air Cadets branch is to close because of changes needed to the old building in order to meet Covid restrictions.
Illegally parked cars in Dorset liable to be towed away under new rules Following a tow away zone in Studland, Dorset Council is now set to introduce a tow away policy across its area, including Swanage.
New measures to help Swanage cope with visitor influx As tourists flocked to the beach over the Bank Holiday weekend, improvements to Swanage’s seafront are being introduced as Covid restrictions ease.
Swanage care home closes after Covid crisis Following the death of 16 residents from Covid, Wordsworth House in Swanage has closed, after it was unable to financially recover.
Yacht crew who woke up on Swanage Beach rescued by RNLI In the early hours of the morning, Swanage Lifeboat Station got a call to help a yacht that had drifted ashore.
Volunteers urged to get on board at Swanage Railway There’s a new man blowing the whistle for recruits and volunteers to help run the award-winning Swanage Railway.
Marine police to help curb jet ski speed in Swanage Bay A new plan of action for Swanage and Studland Bays has been agreed to help reduce the number of jet ski incidents.
The Durlston bus is back in business It’s been a long wait for passengers but the D5 bus between Swanage and Durlston is finally back after a ‘fallow year’ last year.
Chief constable for Dorset to retire in autumn Dorset's chief constable James Vaughan is to take retirement this year, after delaying the decision because of the pandemic.
Repairs underway to Swanage beach steps after landslide A popular path down to the beach at Sheps Hollow in Swanage Bay is being repaired 15 months after the incident.
Police appeal to reunite trailer seized in Purbeck with owner A suspected stolen trailer has been recovered by Purbeck Police and they are appealing to find the owner.
Winners of Swanage community awards announced Awards have been presented to individuals and organisations in Swanage for their outstanding contribution to the community.
Avril, the first Labour Mayor of Swanage! After four years, councillor Mike Bonfield has stepped down as Swanage Mayor and councillor Avril Harris has been elected to become the town’s 20th mayor.
Swanage Ambulance Car meeting to take place, as chorus of protest grows Ahead of the first meeting to decide the future of the car, ambulance service boss visited Swanage to hear how crucial the car is to the community.
Spring clean for Swanage and Studland beaches The Great Dorset Beach Clean took place across the county, despite a weekend of high winds, grey skies and rain.
New eco group Sustainable Wareham meets for first time The environmental group Sustainable Swanage has a new neighbour – Sustainable Wareham and the two have started to work together to tackle important issues.
Swanage Coastguard warning after two spotted on cliff edge Two people who’d walked out along the narrow ridge at the top of Old Harry Rocks had to be told not to risk their lives for a photo.
New art exhibitions open at Durlston for Dorset Art Weeks After months of waiting, artwork is back on display at Durlston Country Park in Swanage, just in time for the start of Dorset Art Weeks.
New Studland parking rules confirmed by Dorset Council A vehicle tow away zone is to come into force along Ferry Road in Studland but Dorset Council says there's still parking on the verge.
Yellow wind warning for Dorset issued by Met Office Strong winds are expected across Dorset with gusts between 50 to 60 mph in coastal areas like Swanage.
Dedicated Swanage volunteer to tackle Jurassic Coast yomp for charity Well known in Swanage for his tireless community work, Frank Roberts is setting off on a 96 mile sponsored walk from Exmouth to Swanage.
Workman rescued from Wareham roof by firefighters Firefighters from Wareham, Weymouth and Westbourne were all called to help a roofer who had become stuck on top of a house, after being taken ill.
Newly refurbished Swanage Museum to reopen after pandemic delay After more than a year and a half of closure and having undergone a complete renovation Swanage Museum is finally preparing to welcome visitors.
The Mowlem aims to become Swanage’s “thriving cultural centre” Closed by Covid restrictions since the start of the year, Swanage’s theatre and cinema, The Mowlem has revealed plans to bounce back.
Twenty years of flying the Blue Flag in Swanage! Swanage Beach has just been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and the Seaside Award for 2021, which are only presented to well managed beaches with excellent water quality.
What’s reopening in Swanage as Covid restrictions ease? From Monday 17th May 2021, there are changes to the Covid lockdown rules across the country which will give a significant boost to tourism in Swanage.
Swanage Folk Festival threatened by shortage of stewards One of the few big events in the town most likely to go ahead this year, the Swanage Folk Festival is desperately short of stewards and without them it can’t ...
Swanage Co-op temporarily closed after fire at the store Following a fire at the back of the supermarket, the Co-op in Swanage is closed to customers until 10 am on Sunday 16th May 2021.
Non-uniform day raises £2,000 towards Swanage-based youth bus Local charity #Willdoes says it’s delighted with the success of its first Dorset Schools non-uniform day and wishes to thank everyone who took part.
Seahorse sculpture unveiled in Studland amid plans to protect its habitat As moves progress to restore the seahorse’s natural environment in Studland Bay, a local artist has created an eye-catching seahorse sculpture.
Injured climber rescued from Purbeck cliff ledge The coastguard helicopter airlifted a man to hospital, who'd dislocated his knee while climbing along the coast, half way between Anvil Point and Dancing Ledge.
Swanage outdoor education centre up for sale at £2m The Allnatt Outdoors centre in Ulwell Road is being sold off after Covid restrictions wiped out its income.
Tolls to rise after Sandbanks Ferry public inquiry ruling The government has given the go ahead to increase the toll for cars from £4.50 to £6.75 by 2031, with a swift rise to £4.75 on Monday 17th May 2021.
Police seize dangerous car in Swanage with child passenger Purbeck Police has confiscated a vehicle in Swanage that was assessed as being in a dangerous condition.
Future for Swanage loco uncertain as it faces costly overhaul Much-loved loco 80104 has been withdrawn from service at Swanage Railway and now it needs a full service costing more than £200,000.
Vigilance urged after spate of thefts in Swanage Swanage residents are being advised by Purbeck Police to check their security, after a number of bikes and other items were stolen.
Dorset Tourism Awards open for entry with new ‘Resilience’ category Swanage’s tourism related businesses along with those across the county, are invited to enter the Dorset Tourism Awards for 2021/22.
Live tour of new Tank Museum WW2 exhibition ahead of reopening The Tank Museum in Bovington is to give a sneak-peek of what’s been going on behind closed doors in a live streamed event.
Architect plans reveal site design of new Swanage statue A first glimpse of what the new sculpture of local man, Trevor Chadwick will look like when it is installed, has been made public.
Great Dorset Beach Clean to go ahead in Swanage Despite being cancelled in 2020 due to Covid, the Great Dorset Beach Clean is back and will take place across 22 local beaches including Swanage and Studland.
New Swanage Town councillor named The result of the by-election for the Swanage North Ward has been announced.
Studland to get vehicle tow-away zone for summer A new tow-away zone is to be introduced along Ferry Road to help prevent a repeat of last year’s chaos when vehicles parked illegally.
Two people run over by own car at Lulworth Emergency services responded quickly to reports that a car had rolled 30 metres down the cliff near Durdle Door Holiday Park.
Swanage voters go to the polls The polling stations will be open from 7 am for residents to choose a new Swanage Town Council councillor and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner.
More catalytic converter thefts in Swanage Purbeck Police are warning that vehicles in Swanage are currently being targeted by catalytic converter thieves.
Police investigation as Swanage Fire crew damp down heath fire For a second day, fire crews were at Boveridge Heath near Verwood following a blaze that destroyed more than 12 hectares of forest.
Gales up to 65mph cause damage in Swanage Forecast high winds caused disruption in Swanage as scaffolding, trees and phone wires were all toppled by the gusts.
Swanage Fire crew among 140 firefighters at Dorset heath fires Fanned by high winds and made worse by dry conditions, two heath fires broke out in Dorset on Bank Holiday Monday.
Fundraising appeal to restore Wareham Forest raises £45,000 Work to regenerate Wareham Forest from the devastation of last year’s fire is now underway, nearly a year since the blaze, following a successful fundraising appeal.
Man in his 20s rescued by kayakers after Old Harry fall Lucky to be alive - 28 year old man survives 90 foot fall from Old Harry Rocks into the sea - SEE RESCUE VIDEO AND PHOTOS.
Mayday at Swanage Beach as dogs banned and road closed From 1st May in Swanage, as the town prepares for the tourist season, new rules come into force.
TankFest at Bovington to go ahead despite delay due to Covid The Tank Museum has recruited a corps of top experts to speak at its annual TankFest and tickets go on sale from today.
Shops in Dorset urged to stop selling disposable barbecues A campaign calling for retailers in Swanage and across the county to remove disposable barbecues from their shelves has been launched by Litter Free Dorset.
Despite pandemic, Dorset Council meets its affordable housing target Over the last year, Dorset Council says that 301 new-build affordable homes were constructed with many of them in Swanage and Wareham, fulfilling its target of 300.
Newly restored 1940s steam loco surprises Swanage shoppers Spotting a steam train in Swanage isn’t unusual but it was unexpected to see a 1940s locomotive on the road, rather than in the train station.
Morris Dancing brings “joy and laughter” to Swanage care home Staff at Gainsborough Care Home in Swanage celebrated St George’s Day with Morris Dancing as part of Captain Tom’s 100 Challenge.
Poster by well-known Swanage artist to make up to £2,000 at auction An original poster of Clavell Tower in Kimmeridge, alongside a poster of Bond’s Folly near Creech Grange are set to go under the hammer.
Coastguard rescue after cyclist injures leg on Ballard Down While assisting a woman with a suspected broken arm at Peveril Point, Swanage Coastguard were called to help a woman in considerable pain, who'd fallen off her bike.
Lifeguards to return to Swanage for staycation summer The Swanage RNLI Lifeguard tower is due to be craned into its summer seafront position in time for the holiday season.
Climber airlifted to hospital after cliff fall at Winspit Ambulance, coastguard and fire crews all went to the aid of two climbers who got into difficulty at Winspit near Worth Matravers.
Pod of dolphins back at Durlston! Visitors, volunteers and staff at Durlston Country Park in Swanage have been treated to three consecutive days of dolphin sightings from the cliffs.
Swanage beachgoers warned of “treacherous sea conditions” by RNLI The RNLI has issued a safety warning along the South West coastline for this weekend, as a strong easterly wind is expected to bring large waves and unusually strong swells ...
Deaths due to Covid drop sharply in Swanage for March Following February’s peak, the official ONS figures of deaths due to Covid-19, show that in Swanage and across Purbeck, the worst was over by March 2021.
Police appeal after car crash involving Swanage man in his 80s Dorset Police officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a car overturned following a two vehicle collision on the A351 just outside Corfe Castle.
Serious car crash closes road just outside Corfe Castle Part of the A351 near Corfe Castle was closed following a collision between two vehicles and there were severe delays to traffic between Swanage and Wareham.
Second Amber wildfire warning issued for Dorset within a month A severe lack of rain for April and the resulting extremely dry heathland across Purbeck, has led to Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service placing the county under an ...
Swanage’s temporary flood defences removed as future options progress The concrete blocks that form a temporary solution to Swanage’s seafront flooding over the winter months are due to be removed.
Swanage road closed following three car collision Purbeck Police and the Swanage Ambulance Car were called to the scene after a three car crash in Northbrook Road in Swanage.
Planning legislation to restrict second homes in Purbeck delayed The Purbeck Local Plan has been delayed while Dorset Council considers the responses to the latest public consultation.
Swanage says farewell to Henry The funeral procession for 25 year old Henry Searle, who valiantly fought brain cancer for far longer than doctors ever expected, will take place through Swanage.
Swanage Carnival cancelled for second year With a “heavy heart” the Swanage Carnival team say they’ve decided that Swanage Carnival will not take place this year due to continued uncertainty.
Stellar year for Purbeck stargazers as survey shows light pollution reduction Stargazers across Purbeck contributed to a nationwide star count that suggested a drastic fall in light pollution during the coronavirus lockdown.
Swanage memorial to a queen’s consort takes shape Haysom Quarry in Langton Matravers has finished cutting the new stone for the restoration of the Albert Memorial, that was erected in Swanage in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband.
Purbeck Police warn youths to stay away from old grammar site Following reports of smashed windows and trespassing on the old Swanage Grammar School site, police are warning of the dangers.
Flats evacuated as Swanage fire crews battle midnight blaze Firefighters tackled a garden shed fire in Swanage that was so fierce that residents from a nearby block of flats had to leave their homes in the middle of the ...
Sandbanks Ferry break down, leads to evacuation and RNLI rescue Swanage and Poole Lifeboats were called to rescue a boat that got pinned against the Sandbanks Ferry, after it tried to evacuate passengers from the broken down ferry.
Pop-up Swanage shop for Chadwick fundraiser A new shop has opened in Swanage but only for three weeks, to raise funds for a statue of a Swanage hero who saved the lives of children at the ...
Building of new affordable homes near Swanage has started Construction is underway on a controversial housing development that will provide 28 new affordable homes in Langton Matravers.
Swanage starts to come back to life as Covid rules ease As part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, shops selling non-essential items, outside hospitality venues and hair salons have now reopened.
Police warning after youths caught on Wool train tracks Youths who were caught trespassing on the railway tracks at Wool train station have been issued with “stern words” by Purbeck Police.
Man in his 70s dies in Swanage following “medical incident” The air ambulance, ambulance crews and police were all called to help a man in Swanage requiring urgent medical assistance.
Full steam ahead as Swanage Railway emerges from lockdown Services on Swanage Railway are set to resume following the easing of Covid restrictions, having stoically survived a turbulent year.
Swanage RNLI rescue casualty after tugboat accident Following an emergency call to the UK Coastguard, Swanage RNLI went to the aid of a tugboat crew member.
Swanage bell to toll to mark the death of Prince Philip St Mary's Church in Swanage will toll a bell 99 times at midday on Saturday 10th April 2021 following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh and there will be ...
Local election candidates announced The names of those standing for election in the Swanage Town Council by-election and as Dorset’s next police and crime commissioner have been confirmed.
Swanage pays its respects to The Duke of Edinburgh Following the announcement of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh, flags across Swanage have been lowered to half mast.
Jurassic Coast fossil museum hosts Mary Anning conference An event to honour the legacy of Dorset fossil collector, Mary Anning has been organised by The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge near Swanage,
Viewers gripped as Poole Harbour osprey returns to webcam nest The female osprey who has spent her summers in Poole Harbour unsuccessfully looking for a mate, has returned to try her luck for a fifth season.
Too late for Dorset barbecue ban for this summer Amid criticism of moving too slowly to implement a legal order banning the use of disposable barbecues in public spaces, Dorset Council will rely on an information campaign this year.
Swanage Railway puts fundraiser back on track with new behind the scenes video Volunteers from Swanage Railway are aiming to raise £65,000 by the summer to help fund a new carriage storage shed, and have released a new video offering trackside footage of ...
Hopes rise for May talks on Purbeck Paramedic Car’s future As local community support builds to stop the Purbeck Paramedic Car being scrapped, campaigners hope positive discussions with NHS bosses will take place next month.
Swanage firefighters among team to tackle large heath fire More than 60 firefighters including crews from Swanage and Wareham, were deployed to bring a fierce heath fire near Wimborne under control - WATCH VIDEO.
Fire service issue Amber wildfire alert for Dorset An Amber wildfire alert has been issued for the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service area, meaning that barbecues should not be lit near forests and heathlands.
Swanage’s on-street parking charges to be reviewed As part of new proposals on parking charges across Dorset Council, on-street parking in Swanage is under review.
Swanage attractions receive Easter gift from government A welcome cash boost of over £200,000 has been awarded to Swanage Railway and Durlston Country Park from the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
Cows to enjoy Studland vacation this summer The National Trust is to start grazing cattle in the sand dunes and some arty cow information boards have popped up across Studland Bay to let people know.
Swanage Co-op celebrates a £2.5m refit A “much overdue” refurbishment of the Co-op in Kings Road West has now been completed and a pupil from Swanage’s St Mary’s School got to cut the ribbon at the ...
Swanage Lifeboat crew rescues 24’ yacht near Durlston Head Swanage’s all weather lifeboat was called away from a training exercise to help a yacht in trouble near Durlston Head.
Sandbanks Ferry to return to normal operating hours Following the easing of lockdown, the Sandbanks Ferry will resume its full timetable, operating from 7 am to 11.10 pm daily.
Trailer and quad bike stolen in separate thefts in Purbeck Dorset Police are appealing for information following two thefts that happened within five days - the latest in Corfe Castle and the other in the Swanage area.
Swanage to feature in TV programmes to celebrate Easter Filming has been taking place in Swanage, including St Mary’s Church, for Christian broadcaster TBNUK.
Three men jailed for Wareham cannabis factory Following the discovery by Dorset Police of a factory producing millions of pounds worth of cannabis on the Sandford Lane Industrial Estate, three men have been sent to prison.
Swanage firefighters rush to take on late night chimney blaze Swanage firefighters tackled a “difficult” chimney fire in south Swanage in the dead of night.
Swanage RNLI rescue drifting yacht In the early hours of the morning, the Swanage Lifeboat crew went to the aid of a yacht that had lost power off Anvil Point near Swanage.
Swanage sailors awarded medals for 20 years of lifeboat service Two Swanage Lifeboat crew volunteers are celebrating 20 years of service to the RNLI - both before they even hit the age of 40.
Swanage Coastguard warning as lockdown eases Following the relaxation of Covid rules, people will be allowed to take part in outdoor activities as long as they minimise travel or ‘stay local’ from Monday 29th March 2021.
Purbeck Art Weeks postponed until late summer The annual Purbeck art festival, which usually takes place in May, is to be moved until later in the year due to Covid restrictions.
Praise for Purbeck Paramedic Car after woman falls in road Swanage resident who fell over hitting her face on the kerb in Swanage High Street, says she is very grateful to the ambulance car paramedic.
Fraudster jailed for conning elderly following Dorset Council prosecution Swanage residents are being warned to be vigilant of scam traders following the sentencing of a man who conned the elderly and vulnerable.
Swanage 40 to 49 year olds offered Covid jabs Swanage Medical Practice says it’s now sending out invites to its patients aged 40 to 49 years to get a Covid jab.
Deaths due to Covid doubled in Swanage in February Confirmation that the UK’s second wave of the coronavirus pandemic was Swanage’s first wave, has been backed up by February’s official figures of deaths due to Covid-19.
Road closure to reinstate Swanage zebra crossing Kings Road East by the junction with the High Street in Swanage, is to be temporarily shut to traffic to allow the zebra crossing markings outside the library to be ...
Durdle Door owner calls for government to fund visitor education Lulworth Estate is urging people to sign a petition calling for the government to protect beauty spots as lockdown eases.
Swanage reflects one year on since the start of lockdown As part of the National Day of Reflection, a minute's silence will be held at 12 noon and in the evening, buildings across the UK will be lit up in ...
Fire crews from Swanage, Wareham and Poole tackle heath fire A controlled burn that got out of hand on Rempstone Heath on the Isle of Purbeck was eventually extinguished by firefighters from three fire stations.
High percentage of residents urge Dorset Council to get carbon neutral quicker The results of Dorset Council’s consultation on its climate and ecological emergency strategy show that many residents would like it to become carbon neutral by 2030 and not 2040.
Barn owls up for adoption to help stem their decline in Dorset Residents are being offered the chance to adopt a barn owl to help protect the “enigmatic, majestic” birds - and experience a “moment with nature” through the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s ...
Plans to prevent staycationer hell, rolled out by Dorset Council Dorset Council says it’s putting in robust measures to prevent a repeat of last summer's beach overcrowding, littering, illegal parking and outdoor toileting.
Decision on Swanage Carnival 2021 hangs in the balance The Swanage Carnival committee has posted an update on whether the event will be able to go ahead this year and detailed a number of problems that need to be ...
More rural building granted as Purbeck misses housing target The government has told Dorset Council that planning permission in Purbeck should be tilted in favour of allowing new housing to be built outside a village’s development boundary.
Firefighters extinguish chimney blaze in Purbeck Wareham and Poole firefighters were called into action to put out a chimney fire in East Stoke, near Wareham.
Solar panel initiative launched for Swanage residents People in Swanage are being encouraged to boost their eco credentials by signing up to the town’s new solar panel project.
Action taken in Swanage against abandoned cars As part of an enforcement operation, a team from Dorset Council has targeted abandoned vehicles in towns across the county, including Swanage.
Supermarket vouchers for Dorset families struggling over Easter Food vouchers worth £30 are to be distributed by Dorset Council over the Easter school holidays to support children in Dorset including Swanage.
Swanage Town Council seat up for election in May A Swanage Town Council ward election is set to go ahead following the passing of a “generous” and “respectful” councillor.
Swanage Councillors pledge action to retain the Purbeck Paramedic Car In response to residents' concerns about the scrapping of the paramedic car, Swanage Town Council says it would like to meet with the South Western Ambulance Service Trust.
Swanage RNLI goes to aid of seasick sailor The first shout of the month for the Swanage Lifeboat crew was to assist a yacht crew member who was feeling unwell.
Poole Harbour wing surfers rescued by RNLI In blustery conditions, two men on paddleboards with hand-held sails had to be rescued by Poole Lifeboat crew after losing their sails - WATCH VIDEO.
Work to restart on new Swanage Railway rolling stock shed Construction of a new carriage storage shed had to be halted at the start of lockdown but now volunteers are hoping to raise £65,000 to get the project back on ...
Dorset National Park proposal would “enhance” Purbeck says CPRE The creation of a Dorset National Park would give a boost to protection of Purbeck’s countryside, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has said.
Swanage man jailed for possession of illegal drugs with intent to supply A Swanage man has been jailed for two years and nine months after being caught in possession of Class A and B drugs.
Swanage Folk Festival to go ahead but jazz festival bows out for 2021 As long as Covid restrictions are lifted as planned, Swanage Folk Festival will take place in September 2021, but the jazz festival has now cancelled until 2022.
Swanage Town Council says no to 150 more homes and gypsy site The town council doesn't back the Dorset Council's Local Plan on housing and gypsy site but wants to "leave the door ajar" for a supermarket outside the town centre.
Strong winds set to pummel Swanage as weather warning issued Swanage residents should brace for blustery gales as strong winds are set to pound the country over the next couple of days.
Date of new eco festival in Purbeck announced Following 12 months of festival cancellations, the environmental group, Planet Purbeck is bucking the trend and launching a new eco festival in and around Swanage for September 2021.
Recruitment drive in Purbeck for more on-call firefighters Amid a shortage of staff, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service is calling for more local people, to become on-call firefighters.
Help for parents as children in Swanage go back to school Dorset Council is offering support to parents and carers whose children are anxious about returning to the classroom this week, after an extended time away from the school environment.
Green light for Swanage Railway as lockdown lifts The sound of the steam train whistle will reverberate through the town again soon, as Swanage Railway prepares to resume services as lockdown eases.
Bovington’s Tank Museum set to reopen in May but sad it’s not sooner The Tank Museum says it’s disappointed not to be opening in April 2021 alongside non-essential shops but, as long as the Prime Minister’s roadmap stays on track, it’s gearing up ...
Swanage Jazz Festival cancelled in July but may move to later in year A musical medley of jazz, folk and blues could take place in Swanage this autumn as the town's main music festivals may all happen in September.
Covid testing site to be set up in Swanage Residents will be able to get tested for Covid-19 in Swanage from this week, while asymptomatic testing is now operational in Wareham.
Firefighters called to a digger on fire in Wool Crews from Wareham, Dorchester and Poole Fire Stations were called to extinguish a mechanical digger that had burst into flames - WATCH VIDEO.
Swanage care home residents vaccinated as visiting restrictions eased Gainsborough Care Home in Swanage says that 100 percent of its residents have now received their first Covid-19 vaccination and the home is currently Covid-free.
Purbeck Police fine quad bike owners “destroying” land Covid fines have been issued to a group of people who were reportedly damaging a field on quad bikes - while also breaching lockdown.
Corfe Castle calls People’s Assembly to discuss Dorset Local Plan Residents across Purbeck are being given the opportunity to discuss the Dorset Council planning document that will guide decisions until 2038.
Big cash boosts for Purbeck community hubs Two Purbeck organisations are set to receive an injection of cash from Dorset Council as part of a grant scheme to support our cultural and community centres in Dorset.
Army called in as mortar bomb discovered in Swanage A member of the public got a surprise when they accidentally dug up unexploded World War Two ordnance at Swanage Pitch and Putt.
Swanage councillors disown leaflet about proposed gypsy site Councillor Gary Suttle and councillor Bill Trite who represent Swanage on Dorset Council say they did not write a leaflet that objects to a proposed gypsy site in Swanage.
Ban on barbecues put on back burner by Dorset Council A Dorset Council committee has recommended not to impose an outright enforceable ban on disposable barbecues across its land.
January – worst month for Covid deaths in Swanage The Office of National Statistics has published the latest information on the number of deaths due to Covid-19.
Lulworth Estate demands better manners from visitors this summer Amid the easing of lockdown, Lulworth Estate is petitioning the government to insist that holidaymakers “respect” the countryside in a bid to avoid last year's trouble.
Free PPE for Swanage’s unpaid carers Dorset Council is now providing those with caring responsibilities access to free masks, aprons, face shields and gloves.
Plans to bring the beaver back to Purbeck The environmental group, Planet Purbeck has teamed up with the National Trust to host an open meeting to discuss the possibility of reintroducing beavers to Purbeck.
No roadmap to Swanage for tourists until after Easter Swanage’s tourism sector won’t be back in action until well after Easter under the four step plan out of lockdown.
Swanage Pier awarded nearly half a million pounds The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced that Swanage Pier Trust is to receive a substantial grant to get its restoration project back on track.
Solar panels project set to launch in Swanage It’s hoped that Swanage’s green credentials are set to grow with the launch of a new solar panels scheme.
Swanage Railway “delighted” as it hits fundraising SOS target Closed down by Covid, the heritage railway launched an ambitious appeal in March 2020 to raise £360,000 and it’s just announced it’s surpassed its goal.
Foundations laid for the Albert Memorial in Swanage The concrete slab has been poured to form part of the base for the Purbeck stone obelisk that is to be reconstructed in Prince Albert Gardens in Swanage.
“Bitter pill to swallow” – Council tax to rise by five percent Dorset Council, faced with a budget shortfall in excess of £18m due to the Covid pandemic, has voted to increase council tax for residents.
Chance to boost bikes in Swanage The opportunity to run a cycle hire concession in the town is being offered by Swanage Town Council to get more people on bikes.
Purbeck Police appeal after suspected stolen tools found Purbeck Police have found a set of tools at Lytchett Matravers - and are now asking for anyone whose tools have been stolen in the area recently to come forward.
Swanage Coastguard subjected to “unnecessary aggression” After an eventful week of landslips, high winds and flooding, Swanage Coastguard says safety measures are only put in place to help protect lives.
Purbeck Police appeal after 38 lambs stolen from field Following the theft of 38 lambs in the Wareham area, Purbeck Police are appealing for information.
Proposal to turn Wareham Quay into a piazza A group of residents, backed by the environmental group, Planet Purbeck have come up with a proposal to pedestrianise Wareham Quay.
Cabs for jabs offer from Dorset Council Dorset Council, along with Public Health Dorset, is offering support towards the cost of a taxi to get to a local vaccination centre for those who couldn’t otherwise afford to ...
Swanage seafront hit by large waves and flying sea foam Residents are being warned to stay well back from the seafront as large waves strike Swanage’s coastline - SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEO
Petition to save Purbeck Paramedic Car gets over 4.5k signatures The campaign to stop the scrapping of the paramedic car that serves Swanage has now got the backing of thousands of residents.
Spectacular ice show makes up for no snow in Swanage Freezing temperatures and icy winds have produced an amazing display of icicles at locations in and around Swanage - WATCH VIDEO.
As half term holiday looms, authorities warn against travel to Dorset Dorset Police have revealed that they’ve issued more than a thousand fixed penalty notices since the start of the pandemic, amidst a stern warning to “explore from your door”.
Sea view location for Swanage’s Friday market Swanage’s popular Friday Market is moving from Main Beach car park to allow for maintenance work to take place.
Dorset Police planning for more tourists than last year after “scary” Lulworth Preparations have already begun for a surge of beachgoers in Dorset when this latest lockdown is lifted, following the chaos of last summer.
Chance of overnight snow in Swanage Following two days of bitterly cold winds, the Met Office is now forecasting the possibility of light snow overnight in Swanage.
Fire badly damages flat in Swanage A person was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a flat in the centre of Swanage in the early hours of the morning.
Swanage Coastguard witness landslip as large rocks fall on beach While investigating reports of recent landslips on Swanage Beach, the coastguard team were nearby when they saw a further serious rock fall.
Swanage stargazers urged to take part in star counting survey With light pollution an increasing environmental issue, residents are being asked to help assess the extent of the problem in Purbeck.
Luxury Purbeck self-catering business “overwhelmed” to win tourism award Amid a difficult year, several local businesses have been honoured at the Dorset Tourism Awards 2020/21.
Views sought on use of £10m former school by Dorset Council Dorset Council wants to hear the views of Swanage residents about using St Mary’s School near Shaftesbury as a special school for pupils with additional needs.
Swanage businesses are finalists in Dorset Tourism Awards After one of the most challenging years for tourism, four local businesses are in the finals of the 2020/21 Dorset Tourism Awards.
RNLI launches recruitment for Swanage Beach lifeguards With foreign holidays looking less appealing due to Covid restrictions, the RNLI is getting ready for the summer by advertising for beach lifeguards.
Hopes rise for steam loco to return to service Moves to help get a hundred year old steam locomotive back into operation have been agreed by Swanage Railway and the National Railway Museum.
“Enormous waves” and flooding over wet weekend in Purbeck Warnings to check tides and take care by the sea and near rivers in Purbeck, after people got into trouble at Lulworth, Portland and at East Holme.
Swanage outdoor centre makes all staff redundant due to Covid Allnatt Outdoors has shut its centre in Swanage and on the Isle of Wight, making all of its 24 members of staff redundant after losing 97 per cent of its ...
Nearly 5,000 people vaccinated against Covid in Purbeck The roll out of the Covid vaccine is continuing well with a total of 4,784 patients having successfully received the first dose of their jab at Wareham Hospital hub.
Urgent appeal as pandemic impacts staffing at local hospitals Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust that runs both Swanage and Wareham Hospitals is making an urgent appeal for volunteers to help support its NHS staff.
RSPB Arne urging residents to join in Big Garden Birdwatch This weekend it’s the annual RSPB nationwide bird survey and Swanage residents are being invited to record the local birdlife in Swanage and the surrounding area.
Swanage Downs consultation – more views required! A survey to find out people’s views about Swanage Downs has now received around 170 responses but Swanage Town Council would like more responses.
“Covid-19 is spreading much faster” and impacting care homes says Dorset Council 40 percent of all residential care homes in the Dorset Council area including Wordsworth House in Swanage, are currently impacted by Covid-19.
Dorset Police warn of scam Covid vaccine emails Swanage residents have reported receiving scam emails offering vaccines - and Dorset Police are urging people to watch out for these fraudulent messages claiming to offer it for a charge.
#Willdoes, Rotary and children’s charity get grants from Swanage Town Council Local good causes have been awarded grants by Swanage Town Council to help with their charitable work.
Crisis in Swanage care home as residents and staff get Covid Wordsworth House Care Home in Swanage is appealing for more qualified staff to come to their aid after 34 residents and 30 staff tested positive for coronavirus.
New questions on gender and military service in Census 2021 Swanage residents will be asked to fill in the once-a-decade survey of households this March 2021.
Swanage webcams – ‘visit’ Swanage during lockdown The Covid pandemic means many aren't able to visit Swanage as normal but everyone can stay at home and see what’s going on via the webcams.
Days Park playground and outdoor gym get a boost With indoor gyms closed, it’s timely that the outdoor gym at Days Park in Swanage is getting a facelift, alongside improvements to the children’s playground.
Beware of icy roads as wintery weather set to hit Purbeck Swanage and Purbeck residents should take extra care on the roads as frosty conditions are forecast for the south west of England.
Swanage Pier’s finances take a battering from Covid storm Rescued from physical collapse in 2019, Swanage Pier is now in need of financial support to keep its head above water during the pandemic.
Swanage Town Council launches plan to tackle climate change An Environment Policy Action Plan for the town has been formulated by Swanage Town Council and there's a meeting to have your say.
Lockdown beat for the police across Purbeck Officers from Purbeck Police have continued their patrols during the coronavirus lockdown, checking in at beauty spots across the area.
Storm Christoph: Swanage set for heavy rain as warning issued Another good reason to stay at home as a spell of wet weather is forecast by the Met Office across Dorset - along with a risk of flooding.
Polling stations to be ‘Covid secure’ for May local elections Swanage voters are being reassured that safety measures are being put in place to allow local elections to go ahead in 2021
No further Covid-19 deaths in Swanage for December The Office of National Statistics has published the latest information on the number of Covid-19 related deaths for every city, town and village across England and Wales.
Bournemouth super vaccination hub starts – watch film to see inside Bournemouth International Centre will become more like Bournemouth ‘injection’ centre as it opens as the local mass Covid vaccination hub for Swanage residents and others across Dorset.
Tank back on track after repair appeal hits fundraising target Thanks to the generous donations, one of the Tank Museum’s most iconic vehicles will be able to get back into action again.
“An extremely tough time” says Public Health Dorset As Dorset faces its highest levels of cases since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, we’re being told we've got to stick to the guidance.
First of the over 80s in Swanage get Covid vaccine Among the first to receive the Covid vaccine in Purbeck were husband and wife, 89 year old John and 86 year old Shirley Abbott, who live in Swanage.
Purbeck Police appeal after damage to protected land in Swanage Following reports of criminal damage to protected land in Swanage, the police are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
More over 80s to get Covid vaccine in Purbeck as extra clinics planned As Covid vaccinations start at Wareham Hospital, there’s now new dates for more clinics but GPs are pleading not to be overwhelmed by enquiries.
Membership drive by Dorset Wildlife Trust after year of loss With 2020 tarnished by Purbeck’s devastating Wareham Forest Fire, the Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting new members to sign up in the new year for a discounted price.
Sent back to Coventry – Police fine Durdle Door visitors Purbeck Police has issued penalty notices to a group that travelled from Coventry to visit Lulworth in Dorset, in breach of current Covid legislation.
Beware: Scam texts promising vaccine Swanage residents should remain alert for fraudulent texts claiming to offer the Covid-19 vaccination.
Keeping most services running through lockdown says Dorset Council As Swanage settles in for another pandemic-necessitated lockdown, Dorset Council has released a list of its services, detailing what’s open, what’s shut and what is continuing but with restrictions.
Lockdown 3 – Swanage takeaway and shops to get you through the worst sequel ever Here’s the list of the Swanage shops that are remaining open during lockdown to offer residents essential goods and food and drink takeaways.
Wareham Hospital gears up for first Covid vaccine jabs as cases soar Plans to vaccinate the most vulnerable in Purbeck against coronavirus are well underway, as the date for the first clinic is announced.
National Trust implores ferry company to give locals a bigger discount The public inquiry to decide whether the Sandbanks Ferry company can increase the price of its tolls, heard the views of the National Trust on the third day of proceedings.
Sandbanks Ferry company grilled over toll increase proposal The managing director of the Sandbanks Ferry company has been giving evidence on the second day of the public inquiry to decide whether the company can raise its prices.
Sweet gesture by The Mowlem Swanage’s theatre, The Mowlem has decided to share some of its tasty treats, after it was forced to close once again due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Will the Sandbanks Ferry tolls go up? Public inquiry has started The Sandbanks Ferry company wants to increase its prices but because of objections, the matter is now to be decided by a government appointed planning inspector.
Horse injured and rider thrown off in dog attack in Purbeck Dorset Police are appealing for information after a dog attacked a horse in Purbeck, leading to its rider to be thrown off.
Warning after battery starts fire at Dorset Council depot Dorset Council is warning residents not to put batteries in bins after one caught fire at a council waste depot - SEE VIDEO.
Dorset heads into third national lockdown as Covid cases soar All non-essential shops in Swanage to close, children out of school to the end of February 2021 and no travel “outside your local area”.
Monkey World closes due to “unacceptable abuse” by tier four visitors The ape rescue centre in Wool, Dorset has decided to temporarily shut, to stop people from tier four Covid restrictions trying to visit.
Winner of the Swanage News 2020 quiz announced! So how well did you do in the Swanage.News 2020 quiz? Here’s the answers to the questions.
Rotary brings Christmas cheer to Swanage and raises over £9,000 Swanage and Purbeck Rotary’s festive activities had to be scaled back due to Covid but it still managed to help those alone at Christmas and raise money for charity.
It’s a new dawn – here are some of 2020’s most stunning Swanage sunrises 2021 is here - and a new and hopefully brighter dawn is rising over Swanage, Dorset and the rest of the world.
Swanage Coastguard station officer recognised in New Years Honours Ian Brown has been awarded the British Empire Medal after 30 years of volunteering as part of the Swanage Coastguard Rescue team.
Many Swanage residents split between tiers as stricter Covid restrictions announced Dorset Council area is moving to tier three, while BCP council area, with its higher number of cases, is moving to tier four.
New legal backing for dog rules in Dorset Swanage dog owners must take note that a new legal framework around dogs in public spaces will come into force in the new year.
Dorset Covid cases double in a week and that doesn’t include Christmas impact As New Year's Eve looms, Public Health Dorset data shows that in the week leading up to Christmas, there was a “significant increase” in coronavirus cases in Dorset and hospital ...
Hunt for Christmas presents, elves and bunnies on magical festive trails Families heading out for a socially distanced stroll over the holiday season in Purbeck will find many events have been cancelled due to Covid but outdoor festive children's trails are ...
Landslip warning along Swanage coastline following wet weather Swanage Coastguard is asking walkers to take care around the coastline due to the current risk of landslips.
First the wind, now snow and ice weather warnings for Dorset As the county’s roads are cleared of fallen trees blown over by Storm Bella, the gritting lorries are out in preparation for the arrival of snow and ice.
Churchill needs your help – Tank Museum’s plea to restore iconic tank The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset is asking for help to fix a historic tank after it suffered a major mechanism failure.
Storm Bella: Weather warnings as wind and rain set to sweep Swanage Swanage residents should brace themselves for the elements as Storm Bella hits the country.
Challenge yourself with the Swanage.News quiz 2020 2020 has been a year to remember because of coronavirus but plenty of other things happened in Swanage - test your knowledge for a chance to win £50 cash!
Christmas in full swing as Swanage playground is unwrapped Just in time for the festive holidays, Swanage Town Council has delivered a brand new play park, and re-named it The Chadwick Playground, after a local hero who saved the ...
Dorset Police are asking residents to help find owner of memorial stones The two memorial-style stones, that are believed to have been stolen, were discovered in a property in Bournemouth, not far from Swanage.
No lack of festive fizz in Swanage despite pandemic Christmas bubbles may have gone flat but Swanage has still managed to sparkle through the festive season and Santa has raised thousands of pounds for local charities.
Rollout of Covid vaccine to start in Purbeck in January A date in the new year has been set for the start of the Covid vaccination programme for Purbeck residents and it'll be at Wareham Hospital.
Discover Swanage Pier’s amazing wildlife in new exhibition Swanage Pier is offering a rare glimpse of life under its waves with an underwater photography exhibition.
Swanage Christmas bin collection changes and a chance to help charity too! Christmas festivities are nearly upon us - but Dorset residents should make note of the new dates for the refuse and recycling collections over the coming days.
Purbeck Covid testing site to operate over holidays as cases increase With the number of coronavirus cases in the county increasing, testing centres will remain open across Dorset over Christmas and New Year.
Cyclist knocked off bike by pick-up truck near Wool A man on his bike was hospitalised following a collision with a trailer being towed by a truck that failed to stop.
Swanage Mayor hopes for brighter 2021 as he thanks those who’ve been supportive of others In his Christmas message, Swanage Mayor, Mike Bonfield paid tribute to the town’s key workers, volunteers and residents for all pulling together over the past 10 months.
Coastguard helicopter and Swanage RNLI investigate mysterious drifting boat Swanage Lifeboat was deployed alongside a coastguard helicopter to investigate a boat that appeared to have no one on board.
Stay at home and join in Swanage Town Carol Service from your sofa Christmas isn’t the same this year due to Covid but the traditional carol service from St Mary’s Church in Swanage is still going ahead.
After 17 years of volunteering, Swanage RNLI chairman steps down Peter Foster who's described by the crew as “kind and professional” has retired, after spending the last nine years as Swanage Lifeboat Station’s chairman.
Dorset Covid cases low but heading in wrong direction The latest weekly coronavirus data from Public Health Dorset shows that cases have begun to rise across Dorset and the number of Covid-19 hospital patients has increased as well.
Starling murmuration at Studland – watch the spectacular show! The starlings can be spotted in Studland again this winter and they are putting on an amazing display, as they swoop and dive in unison.
Dorset stays in Tier 2 as hospitals remain under pressure The whole of Dorset will remain under Tier 2 Covid restrictions amid concerns about the level of coronavirus cases in the area.
Swanage Mayor backs plan to breathe fresh life into The Mowlem Swanage’s mayor has voiced his full support for a regeneration of the town’s iconic Mowlem theatre.
Runaway success means new trips added for Swanage Railway’s ‘Steam and Lights’ Due to “unprecedented” demand, Swanage Railway is adding an extra date by opening up bookings for New Year’s Eve.
Early glimpse of the life-size sculpture to grace Swanage seafront Great progress is being made on the statue to remember the Swanage man, who rescued 669 children from Prague in 1939 from German occupation, and the fundraising to pay for ...
Demolition of Swanage WW2 defences possible as public consultation ordered The future of the Second World War gun battery at Peveril Point hangs in the balance as the structure is decaying and it will cost thousands of pounds to extend ...
“Drop in and pick up” free coats and PJs for kids in Swanage Parents in need of coats and pyjamas for their children are invited to stop by Swanage Children’s Centre to collect clothing to keep their kids warm through the bleak winter ...
GPs in Purbeck get ready to roll out Covid vaccine The vaccination programme against Covid-19 starts to be delivered by GP practices across England this week, with Wareham Hospital expected to be Purbeck’s local hub.
Swanage Pier Christmas tree filling with baubles for loved ones A family who’s donated the Christmas tree on Swanage Pier in memory of their mum, is urging others to hang baubles on the tree in memory of their own lost ...
Temporary reprieve granted for Purbeck Paramedic Car The South Western Ambulance Service Trust has confirmed that it won’t scrap the Purbeck Paramedic Car without first consulting with local organisations and residents.
Swanage creates its own blockbuster to boost business! Watch the new film all about Swanage that explores the backstreets and the independent shops that the tourists miss if they aren’t in the know.
Big boost for Purbeck’s heathland as it gets large government grant Heathland across Purbeck is set for a regeneration drive after Dorset secured more than three quarters of a million pounds in government funding.
Chance to support Swanage RNLI crew taking part in Reindeer Run Swanage lifeboat team members are ‘dashing through the snow’ this Christmas to raise money to help save lives at sea.
Ancient ‘Sea Dragon’ discovered on the Purbeck coastline A Dorset fossil hunter has found the remains of a new type of prehistoric sea dragon on a Purbeck beach.
Bliss Food Co in Swanage wins Successful Women in Business award Swanage restaurateurs, Lou Condie and Sally Poole have won the Independent Food and Drink category at the Successful Women in Business Awards.
First people in Dorset receive the Covid vaccine The rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 has started at Dorset County Hospital - one of the first hospitals in the world to do so.
Dorset County Hospital to start world-first Covid vaccination programme As one of the 50 chosen hospital hubs in England, Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester will start to roll out the Pfzifer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination to Dorset residents.
Dorset Police release CCTV image of Swanage indecent exposure suspect A photo of a man has been issued by detectives investigating the incident of a man rubbing his crotch in the area of Taunton Road in Swanage.
Two women from Wool arrested on suspicion of theft Dorset Police investigating a series of vehicle crimes in Purbeck have made a number of arrests, including two Wool women.
It’s all-white in Swanage as fog sets in Swanage woke up to a sea of fog as the Met Office issued a weather warning and heavy mist made travel difficult.
Bank closures and Covid make managing finances difficult in Dorset Citizens Advice is warning that Dorset’s rural communities have been hit hard by bank closures - especially in the wake of the coronavirus lockdowns.
Sea swimmers warned to “respect the water” this winter Following the drowning of a man in Studland Bay and the sudden increased popularity of swimming in the sea this year, the RNLI is warning of the dangers of cold ...
Swanage Railway volunteers take first trip on Steam and Lights train after tough year Those who kept the railway going through the Covid crisis have been rewarded for their efforts with a preview trip - WATCH TRAIN DEPARTURE.
Free parking on offer in Dorset as Christmas shopping season begins As Christmas 2020 draws ever nearer, shoppers can enjoy free parking on certain days in Dorset Council car parks.
The Mowlem reopens after lockdown with a surprise! Love it or hate it, the exterior of Swanage’s theatre likes to be controversial and this Christmas, we've been gifted something unexpected - SEE VIDEO.
Take a sneaky peek of Swanage Railway’s new Steam and Lights train The first test runs are taking place of Swanage Railway’s breath-taking Steam and Lights train - WATCH THE VIDEO.
Check which Purbeck roads are getting gritted, as it starts to get icy With winter and frosty mornings on their way, Dorset Council has initiated a new approach to gritting and Swanage residents can check online which roads have been treated and when.
Coats for kids – help keep Swanage’s children warm over winter Swanage residents are being asked to go through their cupboards and donate children’s winter coats and warm pyjamas to help families who are struggling at the end of a tough ...
Santa is coming to town – find out when he will be in your road! A global pandemic will not stop Father Christmas from coming to Swanage, Corfe Castle and Langton Matravers to celebrate Christmas this year.
Investing for the future – sponsor an oak tree avenue in Swanage Sustainable Swanage is offering the opportunity to contribute towards tree planting along the High Street - possibly as a gift for Christmas.
Art auction aims to help the homeless through the winter months Purbeck artists are reuniting to help Dorset’s rough sleepers this Christmas following a successful charity art auction in the summer.
Tipper truck stolen from Langton Matravers Dorset Police are appealing for help after the theft of a tipper truck from Langton Matravers, near Swanage.
End of lockdown marked in Dorset by fall in coronavirus cases and increase in Covid marshals Good news as Dorset sees a drop of Covid cases according to the most recent weekly data from Public Health Dorset.
Cause of huge bin lorry fire at Dorset Council depot revealed A fire that ravaged a bin lorry depot and was tackled by fire crews from across Dorset, including Swanage, was most likely started by an electrical fault, although a lightning ...
Hospital pressure adds to reason why Dorset Council area is in Tier 2 Dorset Council says its disappointed at moving into a higher tier but it’s not surprised, as information emerges about the lack of local NHS capacity.
Swanage gets lit up for Christmas – watch the switch on As Swanage gets set to move from lockdown to Tier 2, the Christmas lights in the town centre have been switched on in the hope of shining some joy.
Swanage councillors recommend removal of parking spaces for bin lorry access The newly created on-street parking on the High Street near the library, is being recommended to be scrapped, after residents complained that the bin lorry can’t get up Mount Pleasant ...
Find out what post-lockdown restrictions will mean for Dorset residents Public Health Dorset, along with the two councils that cover Dorset are to broadcast live to residents after the government announces what Covid Tier the area will be in after ...
Dorset Police to reveal what goes on in their ops room To give residents an insight into the workings of Dorset Police, the force is going to share details of the calls they receive in real time over a 12 hour ...
Surge in Swanage lifeboat calls during summer following lockdown The RNLI has released data showing that Swanage Lifeboat Station had to cope with a 69 percent increase in callouts over the summer in 2020 compared to 2019.
Swanage children to get new playground for Christmas! Plans for a completely refurbished play area with new equipment at the Recreation Ground in Swanage are in full swing.
“Don’t squander four week break” warns Public Health Dorset, as Covid testing starts in Purbeck Purbeck is to get its own mobile coronavirus testing unit, as number of Covid cases begins to level off, after two weeks of lockdown.
Fines issued for lockdown breaches as Dorset Police launches Covid patrols Dorset Police says it has issued 20 penalties since officers began a new patrol called Operation Tattoo last week to enforce coronavirus restrictions.
Tributes paid to “feisty and outspoken” and “thoughtful and truly caring” former Swanage Mayor The funeral is to take place of one of Swanage’s most remarkable residents, Julie Wheeldon, who will be remembered for her campaign against plans for a marina in Swanage.
Sandbanks Ferry inquiry into toll increases stopped to consider new proposals The National Trust and a consortium of councils have both submitted alternative proposals to the Sandbanks Ferry company’s price increase plans.
Man dangerously speeding on Wareham’s River Frome, dealt with under new law A 30 year old man from Hertfordshire, causing danger to other water users in a motor boat has received a community resolution order.
Swanage’s older residents invited to join in an Age UK coffee morning over Zoom Zoom may not be everyone’s cup of tea but Age UK for North, West and South Dorset are trialling virtual coffee mornings to keep everyone in touch over lockdown.
Swanage Fire crew help tackle major blaze destroying bin lorries A huge fire destroying around 15 bin lorries at Dorset Council’s Chickerell depot means bin collections suspended in Weymouth - SEE VIDEO.
Plan to give legal backing to Purbeck second home restrictions in final stage The Purbeck Local Plan, which aims to provide the framework for future planning decisions, is out for consultation for the last time.
Witness appeal after man in balaclava in Swanage spotted “rubbing his crotch” Detectives investigating a suspicious incident in the area of Taunton Road are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Swanage skatepark targeted by “mindless scrawling” says police Purbeck Police are appealing for information after the equipment at the skatepark in King George’s playing fields was daubed with paint.
Studland seahorses up for adoption to help Dorset’s wildlife this Christmas The Dorset Wildlife Trust is urging people to help the local wildlife this Christmas by adopting a Studland seahorse or even a Brownsea Island red squirrel.
Chance to make a difference during lockdown by tackling Swanage’s housing crisis A community-led affordable housing scheme in Swanage is being proposed and there's a Zoom meeting to find out more.
Purbeck Police help two homeless men in Swanage Following reports of two people sleeping rough along Swanage seafront, Purbeck Police have assisted them to find appropriate help.
Remembrance Day marked across Swanage by all generations In a difficult year, Remembrance Day in Swanage was still able to be commemorated by young and old alike.
Swanage residents urged to mark Remembrance Day silence from their doorsteps at 11 am In line with the restrictions imposed by lockdown, there will be a two minute silence across the town at 11 am and a scaled back act of remembrance at Swanage ...
Swanage lifeboat rushes to assist with search for missing man A Swanage lifeboat crew helped in the search for a missing man who was found safe at Ballard Point.
More Swanage shops and takeaways to stay open through lockdown two This time in Swanage, shops selling essential goods and a good number of cafes and restaurants offering takeaways are remaining open - SEE LIST.
100 year old armoured Rolls Royce celebrates birthday with new Tank Museum film Bovington’s Tank Museum has commemorated the 100th anniversary of its oldest running vehicle by releasing a film to watch while the museum is closed under lockdown.
Brave helicopter rescue of climber precariously stuck on cliff at Lulworth A man who had climbed some 70ft up a cliff at Stair Hole in Lulworth and had become stuck, triggered a large-scale emergency response - SEE VIDEO.
Man swimming in Studland Bay dies after getting into difficulty Swanage Coastguard team were called to reports of two swimmers in trouble at Studland, along with Poole Lifeboat crew.