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.

While a stroll around the mostly independent shops in Swanage can be interesting in itself, along with a visit to the various cafes, restaurants and pubs, there’s also specific Easter activities planned.

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RNLI Easter shop displays in Swanage

Swanage Lifeboat shop – RNLI always on call over Easter

Plenty of Easter events and activities

Durlston Country Park, Swanage Pier, Swanage Library, the National Trust at Studland and Corfe Castle are all putting on events, and there’s regular steam train trips on Swanage Railway everyday over Easter.

Easter egg hamper at Swanage Pier
Swanage Pier Trust

Easter prizes at Swanage Pier

April 2022

Friday 8th to Sunday 24th

Durlston Country Park – Easter bunny trail. Hop along the park trail to win a prize. £3 per child.

Saturday 9th to Sunday 24th

Swanage Pier – Easter egg trail. Look out for the coloured Easter eggs on the pier and once they’ve all been found hand in your entry at the Pier Shop to be rewarded with a treat and be entered into our prize draw to win an Easter hamper and prizes. £1 per child.

National Trust Knoll Beach – Easter egg trail through the Studland sand dunes. £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end.

National Trust Corfe Castle – The Castle and the dragon family trail. Help the friendly but forgetful Corfe Castle Dragon find the items that she’s lost around the castle. When you’ve noted all the items on your trail sheet, you must search for the dragon herself to return the items and collect your prize from the dragon’s nest. Free event.

Durlston Castle

Durlston Castle – plenty to do over Easter

Monday 11th

Durlston Country Park learning centre – Children’s art workshop with artist and illustrator Mark Page, learning the art of drawing animals, plants and the nature around us. All materials are included. £15 per child, age seven and above. Booking essential

Swanage Library – Make your own Easter bonnet or crown from 2 pm to 3 pm. Suitable for ages three and over. Book via Eventbrite

Tuesday 12th

Swanage Pier – Children’s history tour of the pier 10 am. A 45 minute stroll along the pier learning about pirates, smugglers, sunken treasure, and wrecks. Suitable for accompanied children from 5 years. Children free, adult admission to the pier applies.

Wednesday 13th

Swanage Library – Easter decorations and card making 11 am to 12 noon. Suitable for children up to the age of eight years. Book via Eventbrite

Durlston Country Park learning centre – Wild Wednesday children’s event. Drop in anytime between 11 am to 3 pm for painting, crafts and activities. Donations welcome.

Swanage Pier – History walk 2.30 pm. Follow in the footsteps of the Victorians in a stroll along the pier while learning about the history of the pier. Tours start at the gatehouse and normal admission applies to the pier.

Swanage Pier in 1906
David Haysom Collection

History talks at Swanage Pier for adults and children

Thursday 14th

Durlston Country Park learning centre – Let’s go fly a kite family event. Design and make your own mini kites, then learn to fly them. Booking essential £3.

Swanage Pier – Children’s Easter craft fun on the pier. Come along to the pier anytime between 10 am and 2 pm and make your very own Easter bunny or chick and more. £1.50 per child

Good Friday 15th

Durlston Country Park learning centre – Stargazing. Join Wessex Astronomical Society to discover the night sky, through telescopes and presentations. £3, booking not required. The event is weather dependent, so to check if it’s going ahead go to the Wessex Astronomical Society website

Easter Sunday 17th

Swanage Beach – Easter morning sunrise service at 6 am.

St Aldhelm’s Head near Worth Matravers – Easter sunrise service at 6 am with a barbecue

Durlston Country Park – Life on the edge: Seabirds of Durlston walk 11 am to 12.30 pm. Join a ranger to learn about the seabirds of Durlston. Bring your binoculars! £3.

Easter bunnies at Durlston
Durlston Country Park

Hop along to Durlston for its Easter bunny trail

Easter Monday 18th

Swanage Pier – Children’s Easter craft fun on the pier. Come along to the pier anytime between 10 am and 2 pm and make your very own Easter bunny or chick and more. £1.50 per child

Tuesday 19th

Swanage Pier – Children’s history tour of the pier 10 am. A 45 minute stroll along the pier learning about pirates, smugglers, sunken treasure, and wrecks. Suitable for accompanied children from 5 years. Children free, adult admission to the pier applies.

Durlston Country Park learning centre – Dolphins and the deep blue sea family event 11 am to 12.30 pm. Discover more about the lives of dolphins seen at Durlston through games and activities. Booking essential £3.

Locomotive pulling carriages through Purbeck countryside
ANDREW PM WRIGHT

Travel back in time at Swanage Railway

Wednesday 20th

Swanage Pier – History walk 2.30 pm. Follow in the footsteps of the Victorians in a stroll along the pier while learning about the history of the pier. Tours start at the gatehouse and normal admission applies to the pier.

Swanage Pier – Children’s crabbing event. Come along between 10 am and 2 pm to find out how to crab safely, led by the pier’s volunteers. Some crabbing lines and buckets can be borrowed but if you have your own then please bring them along (no hooks please). Bait will be provided. £1.50 per child. Adult admission to the pier applies.

Durlston Country Park learning centre – Wild Wednesday children’s event. Drop in anytime between 11 am to 3 pm for painting, crafts and activities. Donations welcome.

Swanage Classic Car Display
Swanage Classic Car Display

Come and admire the classic car display at Swanage Main Beach car park

Thursday 21st

Durlston Country Park – Life on the edge: Seabirds of Durlston walk 11 am to 12.30 pm. Join a ranger to learn about the seabirds of Durlston. Bring your binoculars! £3.

Friday 22nd

Durlston Country Park – Children’s wild play day 11 am to 4 pm. Take part in the children’s Easter activity trail, have a go at orienteering, get your hands on our activity cards or make some wild art. Charges may apply to some activities.

Swanage Railway – Friday night bistro. Passengers board at Swanage Station at 7 pm for a 7. 30 pm departure. You will enjoy two leisurely return trips through the stunning Purbeck countryside before arriving back at Swanage at 2230. Menu choices and payment are required at the time of booking. Advance booking is essential. £43.00 per person including meal and travel. Other dates available throughout the summer.

Sunday 24th

Swanage Main Beach car park – Swanage classic car display and charity day 11 am to 4 pm.

Watch The Castle and the dragon at Corfe Castle

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