Events in Swanage


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You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertaining yourself in the Isle of Purbeck. Above all, there are the lovely beaches and wonderful countryside to explore.

The suggestions below are only a small selection of the places our visitors enjoy.

Less than a mile from The Limes is Durlston Country Park, acres of beautiful countryside, dog friendly and with an informative Visitors’ Centre and a great snack spot at Seventh Wave Café. Guided Walks and other activities take place regularly. The Park can also form the start of longer walks along the coast.

Swanage Steam Railway runs all year round (except between New Year and February half-term). In addition to the regular timetable, it offers dining trains and an evening diesel service in the summer to Corfe Castle, a beautiful village mostly built from stones from the ruined Castle itself. The pubs in Corfe offer good food and entertainment. The Model Village will appeal to children and adults alike.

While in Swanage, be sure to stroll the Pier and visit the Heritage Centre. For a special present or treat, it’s hard to beat the hand-made chocolates from Chococo, where you can also watch the chocolates being crafted.

There’s something for all the family at Monkey World (see the stars of Animal Planet’s Monkey Business) and the Bovington Tank Museum nearby.

For garden enthusiasts visit Abbotsbury, Stapehill, Compton Acres and Kingston Lacey. All are within easy reach and the Abbotsbury Swannery is a real treat – particularly when the cygnets are young in May and June. The Blue Pool at Furzebrook is an oasis of calm, and the tearoom serves wonderful lunches and snacks.  The scones are legendary. The world-famous Lulworth Cove is another must-see and the nearby Lulworth Castle hosts an ever-increasing number of events from jousting displays to open air concerts.