Things to do in Swanage

The fact that you are reading this article, indicates that you are either in Swanage, or thinking of visiting.

With this in mind, we have compiled a list of things to do in Swanage.

Everyone likes the Beachthings to do in swanage

No doubt you have heard of the Jurassic Coast; well in Swanage you can walk across the scenic coastline with the glorious historical views that are on offer. This bay is quoted as being ‘calm and sheltered;’ this is good for swimming, sailing and scuba diving. If you want to try out snorkelling, you can either bring your own kit or make use of one of the businesses that have the kit available for you.

Beach and Nature Reserve

The Studland beach and nature reserve is a beautiful 4 mile stretch of soft sand with gently shelving bathing water. Fun fact for you – this was the inspiration for Noddy’s Toytown.

Corfe Castle

things to do in swanageDo you like history? Do you like scenic views? Corfe Castle is a fantastic site that offers a lot for couples, families, dog walkers, photographers and more. Here you can explore the ruins and enjoy regular costumed historical re-enactments. There is a family guide a free children’s quiz trail. During the school holidays there are even more activities that are laid on, such as a treasure trail.

Corfe Castle 4 Kids Treasure Trail

Who said learning can’t be fun? This will allow children to discover the amazing ruins of the castle while solving the clues around Corfe whilst on this family friendly, self-guided treasure trail adventure!

The Corfe Castle Model Village

Although the local village is very nice, we are not referring to them. Rather, this is your opportunity to see what the castle and village would have looked like before its destruction by Cromwell’s troops in 1646. This is set in an acre of landscape gardens, and it is the ideal place for a lazy few hours for both young and old alike.

Crazy Golf!

Based at Sandbanks this golf course offers 18 very challenging holes to entertain and frustrate you. Despite the challenge presented, every hole has been holed-in-one at one time or another. This is suitable for anyone between the ages of 3 and 105, provided you have enough patience.

Putlake Adventure Farm

What 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.

Swanage Railway

Here is where you can experience a unique 6 mile journey through beautiful scenery, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, to the beach at Swanage. You can visit 4 stations, discover museums, and get involved in a variety of local and railway events.

Brownsea Islandthings to do in swanage brownsea islands

This is a peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath and it offers a rich variety of wildlife for you to visit. The visitor centre is full of history mystery and there are a number of great trails to follow. Interesting fact for you; you can still find red squirrels on Brownsea Island.

Poole Pottery

You can watch the master potter at work, browse the artistic creations and then try your own hand at the pot! This is a pleasing stop for the creative types.


So in this ‘Things to do in Swanage’ article we have briefly reviewed 10 things to do, visit and check out when you come to Swanage. Not all are local but all are definitely worth the time and the trip.

We have enjoyed writing this article for you as it has reminded us of how many great things there are on offer. We will be sure to write another ‘things to do in Swanage’ article soon. Make sure you stay up to date by following us socially.

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