Swanage and Purbeck events calendar 2017



Purbeck Art Festival                                                                              27th May – 11th June

Swanage Fish Festival                                                                          10th June-11th June

European Stand up Paddleboard Championships               10th June-11th June

Swanage Railway – Fathers’ Day Sunday Lunch                      18th June

Swanage Armed Forces Weekend                                                    24th June – 25th June

Purbeck Pirate Festival                                                                        1st July – 2nd July

Swanage Jazz Festival                                                                         14th July – 16th July

Dorset Wildlife Trust – Water Festival                                        26th July

Swanage Regatta & Carnival Week                                               29th Jul–5th Aug

Swanage Rotary – Summer Fete – Sandpit Field                    10th August

Swanage Lifeboat Week                                                                    11th Aug – 20th Aug

Partial Solar Eclipse viewable in Swanage                             21st August

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival                                                          24th Aug – 27th Aug

Harmans Cross Field Day                                                             28th August

Swanage Folk Festival                                                                    8th Sept – 10th Sept

Swanage Railway Classic Transport Rally                          8th Sep – 10th Sept

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival                                    16th Sept – 24th Sept

Swanage Blues and Roots Festival                                           5th Oct -8th Oct

Swanage Railway – Autumn Steam Gala                              12th Oct – 15th Oct

Purbeck Film Festival                                                                 13th Oct – 28th Oct





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Swanage Beach – Worth a visit

Swanage BeachSwanage Beach is one of the main attractions of the town. The waters are clean, and the beach has won many European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award.

Swanage Beach has a well earned reputation for being a good place to soak up the sun and play in the sand and sea. There are deck chairs available for hire, as are pedaloes, kayaks and sun beds.

Swanage Beach runs the length of the town and is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions.

It is found on the South West Coast Path. Diver training and excursions run regularly from Swanage.

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Margaret Green Animal Rescue

Margaret Green Animal RescueMargaret Green Animal Rescue is just beyond Corfe Castle and they offer you the chance to wander around and see the care that they take of their animals.

All types of animals are looked after, from cats, horses, farm animals, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and more.

On arrival you can make the most of your free admission and free car parking at any time of the year.

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Sandbanks beach – worth a visit

Sandbanks beachSandbanks Beach has often been described as the best beach on the South Coast. This particular beach has been a holder of the European Blue Flag for a record number of 20 years; it is a beach you can visit in total safety and be sure you and your family will have a good time.

When it comes to the beach itself, Sandbanks beach has the finest quality fine golden sand and it meets all of the European standards. Back in 1994 it was the only beach to be awarded 100% by the Tidy Britain Group.

The water is clean and safe, despite its temperature at times. The sand slowly and gradually slopes away, ensuring that it is safe even for the smallest of children. The Lifeguards are on duty between the 1st of May and the 30th of September and there is a first aid post should there be an accident.

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Putlake Adventure Farm – worth a visit

put lake adventure farmWhat do you get if you cross 30 acres of fun with lots of farm animals and feeding opportunities? Well, if you throw in a 3 level indoor soft play centre, bouncy castles, trampolines, outdoor play area with sandpits, pedal go karts, pedal tractors and full size tractor trailer rides, you will end up with something that looks like Putlake Adventure Farm.

Situated in the village of Langton Matravers which is just outside of Swanage it will take around 5 minutes from us to get there.

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Lulworth Castle and Park – worth a visit

lulworth castleLulworth Castle stands out as an outstanding attraction; it is set in the heart of Dorset and is located a few miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This Castle was built in the early 17th Century and was originally used as a hunting lodge; it later became a country house at the heart of a large estate. Thomas Howard, 3rd Lord Bindon, built this Castles so that large hunting parties from the King and Court could be entertained. Humphrey Weld purchased the Castle and Estate with around 12 000 acres of rolling parkland, woods and farmland in 1641. It has remained in the Weld family ever since.
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Tank Museum – worth a visit

Dtank museumo you like history? Would you like to find out more about what difference technology has made to warfare? Well, you can’t get much closer than you can with the Tank Museum. It does a fantastic job of bringing tanks and tank crews back to life; thanks to the support of the world’s most awe inspiring collection of tanks this is made possible. If you have children, then the school holidays are definitely the right time to visit as more is brought to the day with their action packed live displays.

There is a story to be told when it comes to armoured warfare and the exhibitions at Tank Museum carry this out perfectly; the history spans over 100 years. There are six large halls to be explored where you will come face to face  with the very vehicles that were in amongst the action of all the major wars of the 20th century.
Without spoiling anything, the exhibitions range from ‘The Tank Story’, ‘The Trench Experience’ and the ‘Battlegroup Afghanistan’. All of these bring war experiences to life and, as already mentioned, during the school holidays the experience gets even better with life-like explosions, thundering engines and fantastic commentary.

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Poole Pottery – worth a visit

Poole PotteryIf you like your pottery, ornaments and decorative touches then Poole Pottery is definitely worth a visit; we highly recommend the trip.

As well as watching Master Potter throw his skills around at Poole Pottery, you can examine their amazing products and you can sit in the same studio as the experts. In the studio you can paint such things as mugs, plates and little treasure boxes to take home! You can use the inspiration that you see around the outlet to help you create whatever you want.

The artistic work that you can see on display is wonderful and you are welcome to discuss and explore what you see in front of you with anyone there. We would advise that you view this part as an art gallery and treat the painting stop at the end as a bonus.

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Brownsea Island – worth a visit

brownsea islandIf you live in Dorset, have visited or have looked into visiting, you will definitely have heard of Brownsea Island. Brownsea Island is located in Poole Harbour, and without bragging about it, the views that are offered are spectacular; the views go across the Purbeck Hills and include the bountiful wildlife that lives there, including the red squirrels.
Further to this there is also an Outdoor Centre, a unique camp site and lodge offering a number of activities on the island.

Did you know: Brownsea Island is where Baden Powell began his legacy of Scouting.

So if you start at the visitor centre, you will be met with plenty of history and mystery, along with a with details of people who have lived on the island, from a hermit in the Middle Ages to some rather reclusive characters.

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Corfe Castle – worth a visit

corfe castleIf you have been to the Isle of Purbeck, you will have come across Corfe Castle and the local village.

The castle itself overlooks the village and it commands a gap in the Purbeck hills between Wareham and Swanage; the location itself has given rise to a long and colourful history.

On the site itself, the oldest surviving structure dates back to the 11th century and the burial mounds suggest the area was occupied as far back as 6000 BC. There is even evidence of a Celtic field system worked by a pre-Roman tribe known as the Durotriges. There is a lot of evidence relating to a pre-Norman stronghold and legend has it that Queen Elfrida had her stepson, King Edward the Martyr, murdered at Corfe in 978, thereby allowing her son Ethelred the Unready to become king.

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