For 2024, expect the party to go on for the whole weekend at Swanage Jazz Festival Arts Council funding brings young blood to Swanage Jazz Festival An outstanding lineup of musical talent is in store for Swanage in Dorset as more than 80 events are lined up for the town’s 2024 Jazz Festival. 2 weeks ago
Santa Fe pirate ship ride being dismantled Swanage fun park ride removed after controversy A funfair ride that towered over Swanage seafront in Dorset, has been dismantled and sold by its owner, following the realisation that it required planning permission. 2 weeks ago
Pirate ship ride on seafront New funfair ride divides Swanage community Described as a ‘monstrosity’ by some but a ‘wonderful addition to the town’ by others, the future of a newly erected pirate-themed funfair ride in Swanage, Dorset, has yet to ... 3 weeks ago
Swanage carnival programme Swanage Carnival programme 2024 arrives in shops Hot off the press, Swanage Carnival’s programme for 2024 is being distributed across the town, ready to be snapped up by those keen to plan their week of festivities. 3 weeks ago
Swanage seafront and Shore Road What’s on: Swanage summer 2024 The Swanage Fish and Food Festival has been rescheduled for August 2024 and will now be taking place over the summer along with lots of other events in Swanage, Dorset. 3 weeks ago
Fishmonger Julia Noone and Swanage Bay Fish led a live cooking demonstration Gutted! Swanage’s fish festival cancelled due to bad weather With heavy rain and wind gusts forecast, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Swanage Fish and Food Festival for 2024. 1 month ago
Rexy the dinosaur for Swanage Carnival Sneak preview of Swanage Carnival’s monster selfie op! As unlikely as it sounds, Rexy the dinosaur from the blockbuster film Night at the Museum is to rock up during Swanage Carnival week 2024. 2 months ago
Langton Matravers Museum is telling the true story of how it helped to turn the tide of World War Two Purbeck’s secret role during WWII revealed in new exhibition The somewhat forgotten story of how Langton Matravers in Dorset helped to win World War Two is being told in the village museum to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. 3 months ago
Classic vehicle show 2024 Extra sparkle as sun shines on Swanage’s classic motor show A glorious Sunday for a drive, saw classic vehicle owners all heading for Swanage in Dorset to take part in the Carnival Classic Motor Show. 3 months ago
Cheque from Swanage Folk Festival donated to Swanage Food bank Festival makes substantial donation to Swanage food bank A hot weekend back in September 2023 brought in the crowds and brought in the cash, allowing the organisers of the Swanage Folk Festival to hand over a large cheque ... 4 months ago
Sandbanks jetty now has four services a day sailing to Brownsea for Purbeck folk More Purbeck visitors urged to take trip to Brownsea With the National Trust now running its own ferry from the jetty at Sandbanks, it’s hoping to encourage more people to explore Brownsea Island in Dorset. 4 months ago
The amphibious Valentine tank at Knoll Beach Studland D-Day 80th anniversary to be marked by tank patrol at Studland An amphibious World War Two tank will once again roll onto the beaches of Studland Bay, 80 years after a major training exercise was held there to prepare for D-Day. 4 months ago
Plumes of purple smoke at Corfe Castle mark the official opening of Rang Barse, the Holi festival of colours Holi smoke! New landmark event in Corfe Castle’s history For the first time, an official Hindu celebration has been held at a National Trust property, and the festival at Corfe Castle in Dorset was a joy-filled success. 4 months ago
Easter window displays What’s on in Swanage over Easter 2024 Plenty of events are happening in and around Swanage over Easter, as well as the usual attraction of the beach and enjoying the countryside views. 4 months ago
Anjali Mavi and others from the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Indian community are holding a Holi celebration at Corfe Castle Splash of colour for jolly Holi day at Corfe Castle Bright colours at Corfe Castle in Dorset this spring will have less to do with daffodils or bluebells, but more to do with a festival in which rainbow paints are ... 4 months ago
Swanage Carnival procession 2023 What’s on in Swanage: Festivals line-up for 2024 There’s plenty of festivals happening in and around Swanage for 2024 and the dates have just been released. 5 months ago
Volunteers at Swanage Railway were celebrated at a special weekend to help recruit more colleagues Unsung heroes shine as Swanage Railway celebrates its volunteers The magnificent work done by hundreds of Swanage Railway volunteers took centre stage at a special community weekend. 5 months ago
With a new name and logo, the Swanage Fish and Food Festival is back for 2024 Popular Swanage festival scales up to cater for all tastes The Swanage Fish Festival is back with new branding for summer 2024 following its triumphant return last year after a three year absence. 5 months ago
A Jurassic gallery at The Etches Collection museum is about to close, even as it sets new attendance records Sea Rex museum to shut for a month as crowds flock to Purbeck A Purbeck fossil museum has set a staggering new record for visitors since the BBC screened a show about its new star attraction - but is now about to close ... 5 months ago
Swanage Carnival caravan Swanage Carnival theme for 2024 revealed With the world going fossil crazy and visitors flocking to Purbeck in Dorset to see the newly discovered fossilised marine reptile from the Jurassic era, Swanage Carnival has chosen a ... 6 months ago
Swanage Information Centre win gold in Dorset Torism Awards Swanage Information Centre scoops Gold in tourism awards Swanage Information Centre has won Gold in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2024 and in other categories, there was a Silver award for National Trust’s Corfe Castle and Bronze for Swanage ... 6 months ago
Purbeck Mummers led the blessing of the orchards at Purbeck Cider Farm - but need new members to join their group Mummer Mia – young actors sought to keep alive Purbeck’s oldest plays The ancient Dorset tradition of a folk performance called a mummers play was revived at Purbeck Cider Company’s wassail weekend. 6 months ago
Performing the blessing at the 2023 Purbeck Cider Wassail Cider company seeks to banish evil spirits with ancient custom A centuries old tradition is being brought to life once more in the orchards of Purbeck to ensure a good crop of apples in autumn. 6 months ago
A 3D model of the planned new luxury resort at Knoll House Hotel, as seen from Ferry Road, Studland Planning upset for new luxury resort in Studland Plans for a £65 million rebuild of Studland’s much loved Knoll House Hotel, creating 86 new jobs, have been refused by Dorset Council. 6 months ago
Fiona Bruce at Antiques Roadshow What happened in Swanage this year? Review of 2023 In many people’s eyes, 2023 will go down as a washout year, with seemingly endless rain and storms - yet the national picture of Swanage is likely to be of ... 7 months ago
Fossil collector Steve Etches with the pliosaur skull rescued from a cliff face near Kimmeridge Purbeck’s deadly Sea Rex to go on display at Kimmeridge museum The day after Sir David Attenborough tells the world about the most dangerous creature ever to swim along the Jurassic Coast, visitors to The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge, Dorset will ... 7 months ago
Mild weather attracts surge of Boxing Day swimmers to Swanage There was an impressive turnout for the Swanage Boxing Day Swim organised by the mental health and wellbeing charity #Willdoes - WATCH VIDEO AND SEE PHOTOS 7 months ago
Christmas lights switch on 2023 Winners of best festive decorations in Swanage revealed With plenty of Christmas sparkle, many businesses, organisations and residents in Swanage in Dorset have made the town even more festive than usual. 7 months ago
Dorset Tourism Awards Purbeck organisations make it to finals of prestigious awards The finalists for the Dorset Tourism Awards 2024 have been announced and there’s some familiar local names that are in with a chance to bag a trophy! 7 months ago
Dougal, Samson and Romeo were Santa's helpers for the day at Swanage Pier Santa’s Christmas donkeys return to Swanage Pier Swanage Pier has been busy putting the magic into Christmas with the help of Santa, his elves and some very special donkeys. 7 months ago
Hand made decorations on sparkling branches at the Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival 2023 Inspiring Christmas trees at Swanage festival A dazzling display of decorated trees is delighting visitors to the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Swanage, for the annual Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival. 8 months ago
Sparkling lights show the way ahead at Carey's Secret Garden this December Enchanted evenings light up Purbeck secret garden Dark December nights have just become a little more magical at Carey’s Secret Garden near Wareham in Dorset, with hundreds of multi coloured festive lights sparkling throughout the grounds. 8 months ago
Corfe christmas lights 2023 Corfe Castle celebrates a big birthday at Xmas Corfe Castle in Dorset again served up a dazzling show to mark its 70th year of community Christmas decorations in the village - WATCH VIDEO 8 months ago
Santa gave his seal of approval to Swanage Christmas Market - he especially enjoyed the cold weather! New look Swanage Christmas market attracts more visitors The much larger Swanage Christmas Street Market has been hailed as a great success after expanding along into Institute Road for the first time. 8 months ago
Swanage Christmas Market will mean road closures and diversions around the town centre on Saturday 2nd December 2023 Traffic diversion planned for super sized Swanage Christmas market Swanage Christmas Street Market is back bigger and better than ever for 2023 - but its expansion means motorists will have to take more care getting through to the south ... 8 months ago
Christmas lights switch on 2023 Christmas lights bring extra festive sparkle to Swanage The Polar Express actors joined in the excitement at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Swanage - WATCH VIDEO. 8 months ago
Santa and his sleigh in Station Road in Swanage Full steam ahead for Santa and Swanage Xmas lights switch on Characters from The Polar Express are to join Santa for the Swanage festive lights switch on before he heads off around the town and over to Langton Matravers and Corfe ... 8 months ago
Remembrance Sunday Parade 2023 Poppies on parade over three days of remembrance in Swanage With Armistice Day - the occasion that marks the end of World War One - falling on a Saturday, there was a long weekend of events in Swanage, Dorset to ... 8 months ago
Bovington Tank Museum director Richard Smith leaves after 17 years in charge Armistice event for Tank Museum as director leaves after 17 years The Tank Museum at Bovington is hosting a special Armistice event to honour the part that tanks played in winning the First World War. 8 months ago
Christmas Carols at the bandstand in December 2022 What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2023 There’s lots planned for this Christmas, perhaps more than ever in Swanage and across Purbeck as festivities return in full swing. 9 months ago
Huge crowds gathered for the pumpkin festival at the Square and Compass, Worth Matravers Gourd heavens – Purbeck pumpkin festival proves massive success A pumpkin festival tradition of 30 years has been rebooted at one of the most popular pubs in the West - and attracted a huge crowd. 9 months ago
Swanage carnival committee and team 2023 Swanage Carnival’s charity gifts go down a storm Swanage Carnival committee brought sunshine to 20 local charities by handing out more than £27,000 from summer's somewhat rain soaked success. 10 months ago
A new monument has been put up in Langton Matravers to mark a map reading world first New monument marks site of world first for Langton Matravers A historic event has been marked in Langton Matravers with a Purbeck stone plaque - the first time ever that Earth’s three norths have converged in the UK. 10 months ago
Corfe Castle Museum is open daily and is free to enter - but please leave a donation on the way out! Corfe Castle’s tiny museum gets massive makeover Dorset’s smallest museum, telling the story of Corfe Castle village, has a big future ahead of it following an 18-month revamp. 10 months ago
The Studland fort where the liberation of Europe was planned in 1943 is opening for Heritage Days Spotlight on Studland’s Fort Henry over heritage week An important piece of World War Two history in Studland in Dorset, is to be shown off to the public as part of English Heritage’s week of open days. 10 months ago
Folk festival parade on Shore Road seafront Thousands enjoy Swanage Folk Festival despite sweltering heat Huge crowds thronged the seafront at Swanage in Dorset to watch the UK’s largest collection of Morris and folk dance sides on the hottest day of 2023 so far. 10 months ago
David Hollister at Harmans cross fete 2023 Harmans Cross fete bids farewell to lifelong supporter After a lifetime devoted to the promotion of Harman’s Cross near Swanage, well known Purbeck Gazette columnist and Purbeck Coast presenter David Hollister is upping sticks and moving to Buckinghamshire. 11 months ago
Weston farm campsite National Trust sets up camp in Worth Matravers Within a short walking distance of the legendary Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers in Dorset, the National Trust has opened a family friendly campsite for the summer. 11 months ago
FiFi's Fancy Dress shop in Institute Road - still turning heads after 47 years! Fancy that! FiFi’s repeats a Swanage window win from 1976 A nostalgic moment of inspiration has helped long established Swanage fancy dress shop FiFi’s to repeat a winning moment from nearly 50 years ago. 11 months ago
Community first responders at Swanage rotary fete Life saving kit for Swanage donated by Rotary at fete Swanage and Purbeck Rotary has given £3,000 worth of medical equipment to the local community first responder team to help save lives in Swanage. 11 months ago
Swanage Carnival 2023 Swanage Carnival 2023 in pictures and video High winds and rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of Swanage Carnival 2023 and there were plenty of times over the eight days of entertainment when the sun shone on the ... 12 months ago
The storm as predicted by the Met Office for early afternoon over Swanage Swanage bandstand centenary concert cancelled as storm sweeps in History has repeated itself almost 100 years to the day that Swanage Bandstand was first opened, as the worst summer storm in years has now forced its centenary celebrations to ... 12 months ago
Swanage Carnival procession 2023 Rain clears in time for Swanage Carnival procession Despite fears that wet and windy weather would put a damper on the Swanage Carnival procession, the earlier showers dried up to allow the parade to go ahead as planned ... 12 months ago
Swanage carnival team get last minute pep talk Swanage Carnival: All ready to go for 2023! The marquee is up and the decorations done - everything is set for the start of Swanage Carnival week 2023. 12 months ago
Coombe Heath at Arne is both attractive and vulnerable to tourists BBC Springwatch boosts visitor numbers at RSPB Arne RSPB Arne has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of visitors since the BBC broadcast the wildlife show Springwatch from the nature reserve near Wareham in Dorset. 12 months ago
Swanage Carnival 2022 What’s on in Swanage for summer 2023 With schools out for summer, there’s a full programme of events in Swanage and across Purbeck, with lots more happening as organisations recover from the disruption caused by the pandemic. 1 year ago
Wilkswood reggae festival Relive your youth at Langton’s ‘old skool’ rave with Judge Jules A dance festival of Nineties and Noughties club music is being held for the first time at Wilkswood Farm in Langton Matravers near Dorset. 1 year ago
A Saexia bowman practises at Durlston country park, keeping an eye on the sea for Viking invaders Swanage Saxons launch £100,000 plans for replica longboat The sight of a Saxon warship raising sail in Swanage Bay could become reality if the dream of Dark Ages expert Joe Roberts gets to see the light of day. 1 year ago
Swanage carnival programme goes on sale Hot off the press Swanage Carnival programme hits the streets Always eagerly anticipated, the Swanage Carnival programme with all the details of the events for 2023 has just gone on sale and it’s had a complete redesign. 1 year ago
Some 24,000 visitors enjoyed Tankfest 2023 at the Bovington Tank Museum French impound German tank heading for Tankfest at Bovington Near capacity crowds at Bovington in Dorset made the Tank Museum’s Tankfest 2023 the biggest and best yet - even if French border control did stop the star exhibit at ... 1 year ago
Seen from above, crowds streaming into Prince Albert Gardens for Swanage Fish Festival Fabulous fish festival confirms Swanage dates for 2024 Prince Albert Gardens was the plaice to be as Swanage Fish Festival was such a success that dates for a 2024 event have been confirmed already. 1 year ago
Swanage Fish Festival is coming back to Prince Albert Gardens with its panoramic views over Swanage Bay Back with a splash – Swanage Fish Festival returns for 2023 Swanage Fish Festival is all set to make a fintastic return to the town after a three year absence - and hopes to be bigger and better than before. 1 year ago
Corfe Castle May fair 2023 Corfe Castle May Fair returns after three year absence Perfect weather and a stunning setting combined to make the first Corfe Castle May Fair since 2019 a spectacular success. 1 year ago
The King's militia men tried their best to protect Swanage from a pirate invasion Swanage Pirate Festival welcomes record crowds to town Batten down the hatches - Swanage has been overrun by pirates again for a good natured festival, which has attracted hundreds of landlubbers into town. 1 year ago
Swanage Big Help out Sun finally comes out for Swanage’s Big Help Out King Charles’s Coronation event The Big Help Out had to be postponed in Swanage due to wind and rain but eventually took place with the sun shining in all its ... 1 year ago
Classic cars parked outside Lulworth Castle for one of the most anticipated car shows of 2023 Thousands roll up to enjoy classic cars at Lulworth Castle charity show A record breaking 4,000 people rolled up to support the Dorset Blind Association motor show at Lulworth Castle in perfect spring weather. 1 year ago
The Waverley berths alongside Swanage pier in September 2022 Paddle steamer returns to Swanage after appeal keeps her afloat The paddle steamer Waverley will return to Swanage on eight days in September after a public appeal raised £180,000 to keep her sailing. 1 year ago
Coronation celebration at Corfe Castle In pictures: Coronation events across Purbeck Lots of people across Purbeck got out their picnic rugs and dressed up in red, white and blue to mark the Coronation of King Charles III. 1 year ago
Coronation street decorations ( What’s happening in Swanage for King Charles’s Coronation The flags and the red, white and blue decorations are on display in Swanage’s town centre, ready to mark the Coronation of King Charles III. 1 year ago
British troops advance during a reenactment of the capture of Tiger tank 131 at Bovington Museum Tiger tank videos help Bovington museum roar to new YouTube record The Tank Museum at Bovington with half a million YouTube subscribers, is the first museum in the world to achieve 100 million views for its uploaded content, bringing in an ... 1 year ago
Carnival classic motor show Bumper turnout for Swanage’s carnival classic car show Swanage’s classic car show was back for 2023 and this time it’s become an official Swanage Carnival event as a curtain raiser to its main week of summer festivities. 1 year ago
Dan Scott looks over Studland beaches, home to his outdoor adventure business Studland adventure company forages ahead with new season An outdoor adventure company which began in Studland with just four kayaks and a hut, is back and bigger than ever for the new season. 1 year ago
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee tea party in Swanage was on a scale unlikely to be repeated Last call to throw a coronation street party as Swanage hesitates With only one road closure requested for a street party in Swanage to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III, residents are being urged to apply before the deadline. 1 year ago
Claire Howitt and Charlie Howlett pick up the South West Tourism large attraction of the year award for Farmer Palmer's Farm and fortune as Purbeck favourite scoops top tourism title Farm park attraction Farmer Palmer's near Wareham has won gold at the 2023 South West Tourism Awards. 1 year ago
Welcome to Swanage - pin-up posters launch English Tourism Week in Purbeck Pin-up posters launch tourism week in Swanage The drive to attract tourists to Swanage for the 2023 season has officially begun with a series of posters showing the best of what the town has to offer. 1 year ago
The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge Special offers in Purbeck for National Lottery Open Week Visitor attractions across Purbeck that have benefited from National Lottery funding are offering free entry, discounts and special offers. 1 year ago
Blue Touch are one of the acts appearing at The Mowlem's Showbar Swanage Blues Festival joins forces with The Mowlem For the first time in its 22 year history., the Swanage Blues Festival is finally to collaborate with The Mowlem. 1 year ago
Swanage Carnival 2022 What’s on in Swanage: Festival line-up for 2023 Dates for the big events in Swanage for 2023 have been released with plenty of festivals taking place throughout the whole of the year. 1 year ago
The German cruise ship AIDAbella will arrive in Portland on 7th March and offer steam trips from Corfe Castle to Swanage Purbeck day trips back on itinerary for cruise ship tourists Visitor attractions in Purbeck including Swanage, may benefit as cruise ships start to arrive in pre-Covid numbers at Portland in Dorset. 1 year ago
Swanage Queen's Platinum Jubilee party Free party packs for Swanage coronation street parties To help the party go with a swing and to boost community spirit across the town, free party packs are to be handed out to Swanage residents. 1 year ago
Queues to get into the museum for the first event of its centenary year were huge Tank Museum in Bovington hosts model show to mark 100 years A hundred years after the author Rudyard Kipling first suggested creating a display of tanks, thousands of people visited the museum in Bovington. 1 year ago
Swanage Carnival team 2022 Swanage Carnival announces plans and theme for 2023 The programme of events for this year’s carnival is taking shape and the theme for the traditional parade through the town has been revealed. 1 year ago
The Sandy Salt Pig will take over the cafe provision at Middle Beach Studland with an exciting new mission New Salt Pig eatery in Studland replaces old Middle Beach cafe Following the controversial closure of Middle Beach cafe by the National Trust, a new venture has been set up nearby - The Sandy Salt Pig. 1 year ago
The Blue Pool is transformed by light and music at the Illuminate event Splash of colour at Blue Pool returns to illuminate Purbeck attraction Last year’s sell-out sound and light show is back for 2023 at Blue Pool near Wareham with more music and plenty of dazzling colour. 2 years ago
Santa at Switching on the Christmas lights Swanage and Purbeck Rotary raises a festive £22,000 for charity Bouncing back after the disruption of past years, Swanage and Purbeck Rotary team served up a full festive feast of Christmas events and services. 2 years ago
Swanage Bandstand Swanage Bandstand to mark 100th birthday as friends charity disbands Swanage Bandstand will celebrate its centenary with a special concert, just as the charity which rescued it from ruin closes down. 2 years ago
Queen's Platinium Jubilee Celebrations in Swanage Plans to celebrate the King’s Coronation take shape in Swanage A black tie Mayor's Coronation Ball is one of the events being organised in Swanage to mark the King's Coronation. 2 years ago
Boxing day swim 2022 Huge turnout for Swanage’s Boxing Day charity swim The Boxing Day swim at Swanage Beach was officially back for 2022 and an impressive number of people turned up - VIDEOS AND PHOTOS 2 years ago
First light over Studland Bay on the morning of the winter solstice 2022 Studland’s winter solstice magic made more accessible to everyone Thanks to a new countryside mobility scheme, more people than ever can experience the winter solstice sunrise at Old Harry Rocks. 2 years ago
Santa on Swanage Pier Santa goes down a storm on Swanage Pier Due to popular demand Santa’s grotto on Swanage Pier looks set to return next Christmas along with a visit from the donkeys. 2 years ago
West Lulworth House has a commanding view over the countryside Lulworth hotel unexpectedly goes on market for £2.2 million A Victorian hotel just a stone’s throw away from Lulworth Cove has been put up for sale by its owners. 2 years ago
Santa arrives on a lifeboat to light up Swanage Pier Santa arrives by lifeboat to light up Swanage Pier Swanage Pier has been illuminated by more than a thousand lights as it reopened following the last stage in its £2.8 million renovation programme - WATCH VIDEO 2 years ago
A string of coloured lights along the sea front in 1934 sparked outrage Swanage’s love-hate affair with tourism explored by new book A 1934 photo of the scandalous fairy light incident in Swanage could illuminate the town's love-hate affair with tourism, a new book claims. 2 years ago
The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge Purbeck dinosaurs and tanks receive mammoth cash boost Two museums in Purbeck have been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to improve their displays and protect collections. 2 years ago
Santa arrives in Corfe Castle square for lights switch-on A robin for Robin: Corfe Castle switches on its festive lights There’s a special addition to the Corfe Castle Christmas lights this year to remember a local man who was a stalwart of the community. 2 years ago
Sheila raised £600 with a stall at Swanage Christmas Market in 2023 Swanage Christmas Market bids to expand as popularity grows Swanage Christmas Market may get bigger and better from next year as organisers begin talks to close a second road to accommodate more stalls. 2 years ago
More than 30 Christmas trees have been decorated for the festival at Langton Matravers Record number of entries for Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival It’s the season to be jolly at St George’s Church in Langton Matravers, where a festive winter wonderland of Christmas trees go on display - SEE PHOTOS 2 years ago
Christmas lights for 2022 in Station Road Swanage’s countdown to Christmas begins as festive lights shine Crowds gathered to witness the switching on of the Christmas lights in Swanage marking the beginning of festivities for 2022 - WATCH VIDEO 2 years ago
Donkeys Donkeys on Swanage Pier for Christmas When Santa visits Swanage Pier in the run-up to Christmas, he will have some extra help from his donkey friends. 2 years ago
Santa and his sleigh in Station Road in Swanage Santa’s coming to Swanage – check out when he’s in your street! Helped by elves from Swanage and Purbeck Rotary and Crazy4Corfe, Santa will be travelling across Purbeck in his sleigh again this Christmas. 2 years ago
Seven huge sections of the Berlin Wall are now on permanent display at Carey's Secret Garden near Wareham Berlin Wall is rebuilt in Purbeck forest as symbol of hope Seven huge sections of the Berlin Wall have been rebuilt in a Purbeck forest as a moving tribute to the fight against oppression. 2 years ago
What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2022 There's plenty to do in the run up to Christmas in Swanage and the surrounding villages for 2022. 2 years ago
Swanage School students on Swanage Pier Swanage students open a new art trail to celebrate the pier’s past Art students have helped create a new interactive arts trail on Swanage Pier, linking the heritage of the town's tourism with its industrial past. 2 years ago
Andrew Sinclair farmer with pumpkins at Lectenbury Farm Purbeck farmer expands pick your own pumpkin to meet growing demand There’s no trick about the latest treat from a Purbeck fruit farm - pick your own pumpkin month at Lenctenbury Farm, near Corfe Castle, has become a screaming success. 2 years ago
Swanage Carnival committee at Carnival presentation evening 2022 Swanage Carnival raises record breaking amount for good causes Swanage Carnival has revealed it raised more money than ever before, despite increased costs and two successive years of cancellations. 2 years ago
Kimmeridge pop up restaurant Pop-up restaurant at Kimmeridge gets two years to prove itself Despite a recommendation to turn down the scheme, an alfresco restaurant along the Purbeck coastline has been given temporary permission to operate. 2 years ago
Harmans Cross Fete sign Swanage and Harmans Cross fete committees join forces In the spirit of cooperation, Swanage and Purbeck Rotary and the Harmans Cross village hall committee have been helping each other out, to make their separate summer fairs a success. 2 years ago
Ducks at Lifeboat week 2022 Swanage Lifeboat Week launches for 2022 with brand new ducks! After an absence of two years, the major week-long fundraising event for Swanage RNLI is back, along with the ever popular duck race. 2 years ago
Carnival fireworks across Swanage Bay What a week – Swanage Carnival 2022 ends with a bang! With hot weather and top events, Swanage Carnival was a scorcher of a week with crowds flocking into the town - SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS. 2 years ago
Sand Swanage Carnival photo competition winners revealed The winners of the Swanage Carnival photomarathon have been announced and medals awarded for producing the best photos in just 48 hours. 2 years ago
Swanage Carnival parade Huge Swanage party as carnival parade arrives in town Crowds flocked to Swanage’s seafront to view the carnival procession, back after a two year wait due to the pandemic. 2 years ago
Swanage Carnival caravan Swanage Carnival kicks off for 2022 after two year break Following an unprecedented two successive years of cancellations due to Covid restrictions, Swanage Carnival is finally back, bringing fun and good humoured mayhem to the town. 2 years ago
Coast path passport stamp Swanage takes part in new coast path passport scheme A new way for walkers to keep track of their progress along the South West Coast Path has been launched and Swanage Information Centre is getting involved. 2 years ago
Large icecream and view of the beach What’s on in Swanage for summer 2022 With schools out for summer, there’s a full programme of events happening in Swanage and across Purbeck. 2 years ago
Swanage carnival poster ( Swanage Carnival announces new events for 2022 After a difficult few years of cancellations, Swanage Carnival is back with a jam packed programme. 2 years ago
Red arrows at Swanage Carnival 2017 Swanage to get free air show as Red Arrows fly across bay Ahead of the Isle of Wight festival, Swanage will be treated to a military fly-past by the Red Arrows who will be crossing the bay before heading to the pop ... 2 years ago
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee tea party in Swanage was on a scale unlikely to be repeated Swanage celebrates Queen’s 70 year reign with huge tea party Not a town to shy away from a festival, Swanage marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style - SEE VIDEO AND PHOTOS. 2 years ago
Swanage Pirate Festival Purbeck pirates lose out in clash with the Queen’s loyal supporters The Swanage and Purbeck Pirate Festival returns to the town after a three-year break but the swashbuckling fun has been scaled back by the Royalists! 2 years ago
Swanage Bay View holiday home park Swanage holiday park gets new owners and a new direction Swanage Bay View holiday home park – once owned by the town council – has new owners who plan to give the site more of a holiday resort feel. 2 years ago
The Rock at Dorset Adventure Park The Rock opens new season for Dorset Adventure Park The inflatable water park and mud trail at Corfe Castle, reopens for summer 2022 and this year it's got a new star attraction. 2 years ago
Swanage Museum exhibition History of Swanage high street revealed in new exhibition A major new exhibition at Swanage Museum features bygone photographs of the town’s shops and restaurants showing what Swanage town centre used to look like. 2 years ago
Feastival poster New street market along the beach comes to Swanage A totally new event will be taking place over a long weekend on Shore Road called The Swanage FreeWheelin FEASTival. 2 years ago
Dorset Tourism awards 2019 Swanage businesses invited to enter Dorset Tourism Awards This year’s Dorset Tourism Awards are now open for entry and businesses from across Dorset including Swanage have just six weeks to submit their application. 2 years ago
Vintage cars at Swanage classic car show End of an era for Swanage’s classic car show The Swanage Charity Day and Classic Car Show, which motored back into town after a two year break, will be the last for the show’s founder who is handing over ... 2 years ago
Tiger tank First ever livestream of Tank Museum’s Tiger Day in Bovington The Tank Museum’s special Tiger tank event will be broadcasting a free live programme via YouTube to help raise funds for Ukrainian children. 2 years ago
Easter shop displays in Swanage What’s on in Swanage over Easter Plenty of events are happening in and around Swanage over Easter 2022, as well as a chance to enjoy the usual attractions of the beach and the countryside. 2 years ago
Corfe Castle diamond jubilee drumming Corfe Castle plans festivities for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Corfe Castle to mark the Queen's 70 year reign are being planned to match its Diamond Jubilee extravaganza in 2012. 2 years ago
Swanage Railway diesel gala May 2019 Big year for Swanage events as Diesel Gala and Beer Festival confirms date Swanage is facing its biggest year ever for events in 2022 and one of the most popular is the return of Swanage Railway’s Diesel Gala and Beer Festival. 2 years ago
Diamond Jubilee celebrations Massive Swanage street party planned for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee To celebrate the Queen's 70 year reign, events in Swanage are being planned across the June Bank Holiday weekend. 2 years ago
The Pig on the Beach, Purbeck businesses among finalists of Dorset Tourism Awards In yet another seesaw year for tourism, a number of businesses in Purbeck have reached the finals of the Dorset Tourism Awards for 2021 / 22. 3 years ago
Blue Pool illuminated More Blackpool than Blue Pool, Purbeck attraction gets illuminated Blue Pool near Wareham has undergone a dazzling transformation bringing light and music to a winter evening’s stroll. 3 years ago
Panzer 5760 tank in Cold War Hall at The Tank Museum Swiss Army gifts Bovington Tank Museum a present too big to wrap A Swiss variant of a British post-war tank has been delivered back to the UK and is now on display at The Tank Museum in Bovington in Dorset. 3 years ago
Christmas lights and tree in Swanage Winners revealed of best Christmas lights in Swanage A competition to find the best festive decorations in Swanage has proved a tricky task, as many residents created dazzling displays . 3 years ago
Swanage Town Band Carol singing First Christmas for Swanage Town Band at the new bandstand Breaking tradition for the first time, the Swanage Town Band performed Christmas carols at the newly refurbished bandstand - SEE VIDEO AND PICTURES. 3 years ago
Christmas at Hartland event New Purbeck Christmas fair may become regular event Word of mouth and the power of social media ensured the success of the first ever Christmas fair at Hartland Stud near Norden. 3 years ago
Christmas light switch on in Swanage 2021 Competition launch to find best Christmas decorations in Swanage Swanage’s Chamber of Trade is inviting entries for its annual competition to find the best festively decorated residences and businesses. 3 years ago
Pier lights Light up Swanage Pier for someone special this Christmas Swanage Pier has been illuminated with 880 festive light bulbs as part of its Lighting up Lives event. 3 years ago
Rotary Swanage Christmas Market 2021 Super Saturday as sun shines for Swanage Christmas market and events Swanage buzzed with activity as the Rotary Christmas Market took over Station Road, the artisan beach huts were busy and runners finished racing on the beach. 3 years ago
Santa and his sleigh in Station Road in Swanage Santa is coming to Swanage! Track his progress across Purbeck Find out where Santa will be and when, as he travels across Purbeck bringing his seasonal cheer. 3 years ago
Christmas light switch on in Swanage 2021 Swanage lights up for Christmas with switch on event despite gales Shoppers braved the strong winds of Storm Arwen to venture into Swanage town centre for the annual Christmas Lights switch on - SEE VIDEO 3 years ago
Christmas lights in Station Road 2020 What’s on in Swanage for Christmas 2021 In stark contrast to last year’s festive season, events are going ahead in 2021 to celebrate Christmas in Swanage and across Purbeck. 3 years ago
Swanage Carnival volunteers receive long service awards Swanage Carnival recognises long serving dedicated volunteers Swanage Carnival volunteers with a collective 365 years of service between them, have been honoured with long service awards, following a difficult two years. 3 years ago
Cathy Lewis at Corfe Castle Gory story of Corfe Castle by Swanage author, back in print by demand Swanage-based writer, Cathy Lewis has produced a new version of her guidebook to Corfe Castle that spares no blushes or detail of dastardly deeds. 3 years ago
Models and real tank Modelmakers return to The Tank Museum at Bovington More used to putting on a show with some of the big beasties of the armoured world, The Tank Museum is now preparing for a display on a smaller scale. 3 years ago
Henry Bond at the pop up drinks stall 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. 3 years ago
Punch and Judy Swanage’s Punch and Judy man thanks locals for support after making national news The Punch and Judy man has thanked the people of Swanage who rallied round after it was revealed that mean beachgoers had refused to pay. 3 years ago
Prince Albert memorial and the people who made it possible 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. 3 years ago
Beach huts go like “hot cakes” as Swanage seaside lovers snap them up Swanage beach huts all but sold out within hours of becoming available for this summer, with one man queuing from 6.45 am. 3 years ago
Children undertake the ambulance car summer trail 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. 3 years ago
Filming of Songs of Praise 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. 3 years ago
Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle 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 ... 3 years ago
Jobs sign “Worst ever” summer for staff recruitment across Purbeck An unprecedented shortage of staff has hit pubs, shops and holiday destinations in Swanage and across Purbeck. 3 years ago
Rotary summer fete 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. 3 years ago
Bronze tortoises Stolen Corfe Castle family bronze tortoises come home… slowly Thirty years after they were stolen, bronze tortoises that used to belong to the Bankes family that once owned most of Purbeck, have been returned. 3 years ago
Coastal rowing regatta in Swanage 2018 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. 3 years ago
Steve Etches with an ichthyosaurus Kimmeridge expert unlocks secrets of newly discovered fossil A new and rare ichthyosaur fossil found in Dorset is to be unlocked from the rock, live on camera at The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge. 3 years ago
Princess Royal visiting Swanage 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. 3 years ago
Shannon and park ranger Ben Tolley Events at Durlston Country Park set to continue – but outside! From park yoga to Shakespeare, activities to go ahead at Durlston Country Park helped by the park's newly appointed public engagement assistant. 3 years ago
Swanage shops get more dog friendly There should be lots of happy wagging tails in town, now more and more shops are displaying ‘dog friendly’ signs in the window. 3 years ago
Rotary summer fete 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. 3 years ago
American World War Two jeep American military vehicle display to mark Swanage D-Day A collection of World War Two American military vehicles will stage a ‘static’ parade on Shore Road to mark the 77th anniversary of D-Day. 3 years ago
Shore Road in Swanage on Bank Holiday weekend at end of May 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. 3 years ago
Exterior of Swanage Museum 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. 3 years ago
Blue Flag being raised for 2021 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. 3 years ago
Swanage Folk Festival parade 2019 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 ... 3 years ago
Dorset Tourism awards 2019 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. 3 years ago
Exhibition at the Tank Museum 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. 3 years ago
Barrier across Shore Road 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. 3 years ago
TankFest 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. 3 years ago
RNLI lifeguard hut on Swanage Beach 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. 3 years ago
Heart in the sky made by display planes at carnival 2019 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. 3 years ago
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. 3 years ago
Steam train passing Corfe Castle 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. 3 years ago
Relaunch of the Swanage Co-op 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 ... 3 years ago
Durdle Door 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. 3 years ago
Swanage Carnival parade 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 ... 3 years ago
Herston carriage shed 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 ... 3 years ago
Folk dancers at Swanage Folk festival 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. 3 years ago
WWII Tank 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 ... 3 years ago
Clearing up Litter at Durdle Door 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. 3 years ago
Swanage signpost 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. 3 years ago
Swanage Pier entrance 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. 3 years ago
Work has started to re-erect the Albert Memorial 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. 3 years ago
Wareham Quay 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. 3 years ago
Broad Road car park 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. 3 years ago
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. 3 years ago
Food at Peppina 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. 3 years ago
The gates are locked at Swanage Pier 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. 3 years ago
Churchill and Tiger at Tiger Day 13 (1) 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. 4 years ago
Lemur at Monkey World 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. 4 years ago
Christmas stockings delivered to Swanage residents Rotary brings Christmas cheer to Swanage and raises £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. 4 years ago
A picture of an elf as part of the Christmas activities on Swanage Pier 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 ... 4 years ago
Churchill Mark III Star (1) 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. 4 years ago
Christmas lights in Station Road 2020 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. 4 years ago
Steam and Lights train at Swanage Railway Station 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. 4 years ago
Outside of Buffmonger shop 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. 4 years ago
Sally Poole and Lou Condie from Bliss Food Co in Swanage 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. 4 years ago
Swanage Railway Steam and Lights at Swanage Station 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. 4 years ago
The Steam and Lights train 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. 4 years ago
Queen Rolls Royce Museum 1997 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. 4 years ago
Christmas at The Tank Museum Festive food fair ‘pops up’ at Tank Museum to end a challenging year The Tank Museum is set to host Christmas festivities in a cheerful end to a year marred by Covid-19. 4 years ago
Santa on a sleigh in Swanage Santa set to bring festive cheer to Swanage for a Covid safe Christmas Despite the pandemic, Father Christmas still plans to bring merriment and joy to Swanage with the help of Swanage and Purbeck Rotary. 4 years ago
Cat and inside of Trevor's deli Family cat inspires traditional pub to launch new venture amid pandemic A historic pub near Swanage has diversified during the Covid-19 crisis and launched a delicatessens inside the 350 year old hostelry. 4 years ago
WW2-War-Stories Government shells out £780,000 funding boost to keep Tank Museum on track through pandemic The Tank Museum at Bovington has been thrown a major lifeline, receiving a total of £780,000 as part of the UK Government's Culture Recovery Fund. 4 years ago
Guard on Swanage Railway Station Swanage Railway gets over £200k in government COVID-19 recovery grant The heritage railway based in Swanage is to get a substantial cash payment to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 4 years ago
Steam train lit up with coloured lights Swanage Railway lights up Christmas! In a first for Swanage Railway, bookings have now opened for a ‘Steam and Lights’ festive train trip, which replaces the 'Santa Specials' that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 ... 4 years ago
Architect drawings of the proposed Albert Memorial Albert Memorial gets planning permission to be re-erected in Prince Albert Gardens After fifty years of neglect, the obelisk that was erected in Swanage to commemorate the life of Prince Albert has been given permission to be rebuilt. 4 years ago
Historic boat plans to make return to Swanage A historic ferry is set to make its first trip to and from Swanage in years - and it could soon be offering trips to Brownsea Island too. 4 years ago
Durlston's Gold Visit England award Durlston’s gold national tourism award goes on display Following their impressive success, the team at Durlston Country Park finally get their hands on their gold Visit England trophy. 4 years ago
The team at Durlston win gold in the Visit England awards on zoom “Inspirational” Durlston wins gold in national tourism awards In an extraordinary achievement, Durlston Country Park in Swanage has won the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2020. 4 years ago
Jordan Wylie TV’s ‘Hunted’ celeb, Jordan Wylie turns up in Swanage! As part of a world record breaking attempt to circumnavigate Great Britain on a paddleboard, adventurer Jordan Wylie has stopped off in Swanage. 4 years ago
Joe Burns with his Punch and Judy show ‘That’s the way to do it’ – Punch and Judy returns to Swanage! Refusing to be beaten by a global pandemic, Professor Joe Burns is as pleased as Punch to be back with a socially distanced show 4 years ago
Swanage Pier with socially distanced tables Eat out to help out in Swanage and Corfe Castle From today, the government is offering to pay half the bill at participating food establishments - SEE LIST. 4 years ago
The outside of the shed at Durlston Country Park Durlston named as finalist in national tourism awards Visit England has announced that Durlston Country Park has made it through as a finalist to its national awards for excellence. 4 years ago
Exterior of Swanage Carnival shop “Absolutely gutted” says Swanage Carnival team Swanage Carnival should have been in full swing this week but despite the cancellation due to coronavirus, the committee are still hoping to raise a smile. 4 years ago
Durlston Castle Durlston Castle set to fully reopen next week The rangers at Durlston Country Park are preparing for the full reopening of Durlston Castle with the first art exhibition since lockdown. 4 years ago
Reopening of the putting green at Beach Gardens Mini golf provides ‘green’ alternative to Swanage Beach Beach Gardens in Swanage is being promoted as an alternative safe space to the beach, as the putting green finally reopens. 4 years ago
The Mayor waves off the first train at Swanage Railway after lockdown First train leaves Swanage Railway Station after lockdown After 15 long weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Swanage Railway has finally reopened - SEE TRAIN VIDEO. 4 years ago
View from the Downs More ‘Soggy Swanage’ than ‘Super Saturday’! The day dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ due to the reopening of the tourist trade, was quieter than expected as wet weather kept visitors away - SEE PHOTOS. 4 years ago
Swanage Pier with socially distanced tables Swanage opens for visitors as tourism restarts After months of no income, the town is cautiously starting to reopen its attractions, hotels, B and Bs and campsites, alongside pubs, cafes and restaurants. 4 years ago
Swanage beach and seafront Surge in visitors anticipated by Dorset Police, as tourism restarts Chief Constable for Dorset Police is asking everyone to be respectful and act responsibly as tourism reopens this weekend. 4 years ago
Swanage Railway diesel trains Swanage Railway is back on track! The heritage railway, that’s been facing a funding crisis due to the pandemic, is to reopen soon but it won’t be back to normal yet. 4 years ago
People queuing at Swanage Market Swanage Market is back in business! Much missed during lockdown, Swanage Market is now fully operational, increasing its number of stalls and offering more than just fruit and veg. 4 years ago
Visitors at Durdle Door Durdle Door by appointment only A car park pre-booking system is introduced from today by the Lulworth Estate to prevent overcrowding and antisocial behaviour at Durdle Door. 4 years ago
Albert Memorial Swanage’s Albert Memorial to be re-erected Hopes have risen that an impressive obelisk that was erected in Swanage to commemorate the life of Prince Albert, will be restored to its full glory. 4 years ago
Rubbish at Durdle Door Respect our communities pleads Dorset Ahead of a meeting to prevent a repeat of last weekend's scenes at Durdle Door, visitors are being asked to head home if it's too busy. 4 years ago
View of Swanage Pier from the Downs Swanage Pier vandalised by pier jumping trespassers Decking from the recently restored Victorian Swanage Pier has been removed and thrown into the sea by vandals 4 years ago
Swanage Beach at low tide Seaside towns like Swanage still waiting for new lockdown guidance A Dorset Council councillor has expressed her concern for seaside areas following the Prime Minister's speech about the easing of lockdown restrictions. 4 years ago
Union Flags VE75 – Keep calm and stay at home! With the planned 75th anniversary of VE Day celebrations cancelled due to coronavirus, we’re being told to stay at home, but fortunately there’s plenty on the telly - SEE WHAT’S ... 4 years ago
Swanage Carnival parade Further blow to Swanage, as Carnival is cancelled With a "heavy heart" organisers say Swanage’s biggest annual event, that brings in over a million pounds into the town, won't go ahead. 4 years ago
Swanage War Memorial Swanage still set to celebrate 75th anniversary of VE Day Despite the coronavirus crisis, there are still plans for Swanage to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. 4 years ago
Cast members of Swanage Rep on a steam train 2020 season announcement by Swanage Rep Theatre Company The Swanage Rep Theatre Company says that regretfully, this year's performances are to be postponed. 4 years ago
The Durlston Globe Latest Durlston art exhibition opens to visitors, but not as planned … ‘A Dorset Wanderland’ hasn’t been cancelled but instead it’s been moved online, to be viewed from an appropriate social distance! 4 years ago
Sunrise in Swanage Easter Sunday goes virtual – please ‘share’ the message! Churches in Swanage are closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, so they’re now going online. 4 years ago
Police car in Swanage ‘Stay at home’ message getting through say Purbeck Police Most tourists who were planning to visit Swanage for Easter, have stayed at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 4 years ago
Ballard Down Tourists asked to stay away from Swanage Swanage Town Council has asked tourists and second homeowners to not visit the town, to protect residents from coronavirus. 4 years ago
Exterior of Corfe Castle National Trust to close Corfe Castle Corfe Castle, the scene of many battles, is to close “until further notice” as a result of the UK Government’s coronavirus advice. 4 years ago
Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway platform Swanage Railway postpones gala in latest blow to local economy The Swanage Railway Diesel Gala and Beer Festival, due to take place in April, has been postponed following coronavirus advice. 4 years ago
Hugh Budden and Andy Stone at the Blues Festival March 2020 Blues Festival kicks off at the Legion The Swanage Blues Festival got off to a rip-roaring start on Thursday with a brilliant evening of entertainment. 4 years ago
Diesel locos at Swanage Railway's Diesel Gala Royal Highland Fusilier and Great Gable locos to visit Swanage Railway The first details have just been revealed about Swanage Railway’s Annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival. 4 years ago
Front cover of Swanage Blues Festival programme March 2020 Big Blues party swings into town The 33rd Swanage Blues Festival gets underway this Thursday, with music fans filling the pubs and venues across the town. 4 years ago
Inside of Exeter Cathedral for tourism awards Swanage Information Centre scoops gold in South West Tourism Awards The Information Centre in Swanage is named Visitor Information Service of the Year for South West England beating stiff competition. 4 years ago
Band playing at Swanage Jazz festival Jazz festival headline acts revealed with bigger vision for 2020 The Swanage Jazz Festival is going to be a three day affair in 2020, boosted by the success of last year’s event. 4 years ago
Exterior of Swanage Information Centre Locals up for 2020 tourism excellence awards Swanage Information Centre and Durlston Country Park are finalists in the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards. 5 years ago
Swanage Carnival parade Swanage Carnival 2019 gives more than £28,000 to charity A record number of visitors to the 2019 Swanage Carnival meant £28,000 has been donated to 26 good causes. 5 years ago