So you are now reading our 2016 article on things to do in Swanage.
The list we have compiled in both articles is being aimed at single people, couples, friends, families, people with pets, young and old alike.
Whitecliff Play Area
Have you checked this out yet? There is a 6m high Multi Activity Tower, boasting slides, ravine bridges and a long plank bridge plus rope ladder, vertical scramble net, an arched climber, fireman’s poles and play panels.
Lulworth Castle & Park
This privately owner Lulworth Estate is an ideal location for anyone staying at the Castleton. You can follow the fascinating story of Lulworth Castle and the inspiring past of its dedicated owners. There are breathtaking views, picnic sites, enjoyable walks, and more. This definitely has to be on your list of places to check out when you stay with us.
In Bovington, Wareham, you have the opportunity for the history of tanks to come to life. At this site is the worlds best collections of tanks, along with action packed live displays during the school holidays. Armoured warfare in this respect spans over 100 years and you see and hear the history at the tank museum.
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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 Beach
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.
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Walk- Heaven’s Gate at Kimmeridge
This beautiful walk around Kimmeridge Bay is perfect on a sunny winters afternoon. The walk takes you on a full circle; starting at quarry car park and leading you all the way back. Your walk around the area is rich in history; dating back to the prehistoric times, and will also take you through areas of natural beauty and geographical importance. We would also recommend you have a look at Clavel Tower; the beautiful landmark that was restored to its former beauty and saved from falling off the cliff edge.
The walk is approximately 5 miles and should take around an hour and a half to complete. On your walk you will encounter steep inclines and rough paths so be sure to bring proper footwear.
From the car park follow the path back up leading to the road. Once you reach the road turn right onto the track that runs behind the quarry. The path will take you up Smedmore Hill where you will have superb views of the surrounding coast and countryside.
At the end of the track, pass through the gate and continue in the same direction. When you reach the stile, follow the path down towards the sea. When you reach the bay you will see the Marina Wildlife Reserve – you should definitely pop in and have a look around before you continue the walk! Next follow the signs towards Kimmeridge Coppice – this will lead you in the direction of Kimmeridge village. When you reach the village be sure to have a look around and maybe stop for a cream tea at the local tea shop. Just past the church leading out of the village there is a footpath – follow this to return to the car park.
New Year’s Eve Swanage
Every New Years in Swanage the town comes together closing the roads to throw a huge fancy dress street party, to celebrate bring in the new year and 2015 will be no exception!
The party takes place in the town centre where there are plenty of pubs and clubs to choose from. Everyone who comes down for New Years always makes a great effort on there fancy dress costume, so be sure to pack you fancy dress box!
This year The Castleton will be open New Years , but it is a very popular event so be sure to book now well there is still availability! On New Years day we won’t be offering our normal breakfast Service 8:15 -9:15 am but instead we will be offering breakfast bap’s from 11:30 until 12:30.
Planning your summer holiday? The Castleton in Swanage might be the perfect location for your summer break; with beautiful sandy beaches and lots of fun events & activities – you can’t go wrong!
Our 4* Gold award-winning Guest House is ideally located in Swanage – only a few minutes walk to the beach and a 10 minute walk along the seafront to lots of great shops, restaurants, and bars!
Swanage itself is famous for its award-winning beaches and stunning rustic countryside. It is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a much needed family holiday, and we have rooms to suit both; from our luxury superior doubles complete with sea views, to our homely family suites.
For more information go to http://www.thecastleton.co.uk/
What a beautiful rainbow over Swanage bay today, just to prove that the wet weather isn’t all bad!
Burlington health spa
Here at The Castleton we think that there is nothing better to do on a rainy day than a relaxing trip to the spa ! And we are very lucky to have one only a three minute walk away. The Burlington health spa has everything you need for the perfect pamper day, with a heated pool, sauna, jacuzzi and plenty of exercise machines. You will come out feeling like a new person!
The health spa also offers many beauty treatments including;
Full body massage:£32.00
Neck, back, shoulders:£22.00
All treatments must be booked in advance.
For more information go to http://www.grandhotelswanage.co.uk/burlington-club.php
Stone Carving Holidays
Fancy trying something a bit different on your holiday this year? Why not have a go at stone carving in the stunning purbeck countryside?! These exciting short courses are run for all ages and abilities, so anyone can have a go.
Family activities are held on Saturdays throughout the year and Thursdays during school holidays. In these sessions children are taught basic stone carving with the aim to create their own 3D sculptures by the end of the session. The sessions are suitable for children aged between 6-13 years, and are priced at £15 per child.
For adults there are three stone carving course on offer; have a go stone carving, introduction to stone carving, and freeform & relief carving. Have a go stone carving is a two hour session that teaches basic techniques and templates so you can take home your very own masterpiece. Introduction to stone carving is a day long course that uses templates such as; flowers, fish, or leaves etc to create a relief panel. Freeform and relief carving can be a full day or a half day with a professional stone carver teaching you the techniques you will need to complete your own project.
The Burngate Centre also runs arts and crafts courses including; 3D wire & sculpture, printmaking, sewing for beginners, pottery, basic drawing, and many more so be sure to have a look at their website http://www.burngatestonecentre.co.uk/
A few of our favourite winter walks .
Purbeck is a really wonderful place to get out and about all year long with some very beautiful scenery, that is made more dramatic, by the cold winter weather. We have decided to write up a few of our favourite winter walks, all complete with lovely country pubs with log fires so you can warm up over a spot of lunch and some stunning panoramic views, perfect for budding photographers.
1) Swanage to Studland. This is one of my personal favourite walks, perfect on a dry winters day with spectacular views over Poole bay right over to Bournemouth. The walk takes you right past the famous old Harry rocks, it should take around an hour and ten minutes covering 2.9 miles. However, walkers should be prepared for the steep steps coming out of Swanage.
Starting your walk from Swanage town centre, walk down Swanage beach until you reach some rough steps, they will take you to the start of the South West Coastal Path, now follow the coastal path in the direction of Studland. When you reach the top of the hill you will be met by superb views over Swanage Bay straight over to Poole and Bournemouth, this is a great place to stop and take a photo. Following the path still in the direction of Studland, you will be taken right past the famous landmark Old Harry Rocks. You will next come to a small wooded area that is a great place to stop and have a look at the views. When you reach Studland there is a lovely country pub perfect for a couple of drinks and a spot of lunch. There is also the opportunity to catch a bus back from Studland that stops directly outside the Castleton .
2) Walking to Corfe Castle should take approximately two hours, forty five minutes. Starting your walk at the Castleton hotel it is a 5 minute walk up to Ulwell where your walk begins; taking the path in the direction of Corfe you will walk up a steep hill. When you reach the top it is a flat walk for around two hours straight over Godlingston Hill and Brenscombe Hill. Following the path you will also pass along Nine Barrow Down, enjoying fantastic views across the Purbeck countryside. As you reach the end of the path you will see historic Corfe Castle in the distance, this is a great place to stop and take some photos before you follow the path down to Corfe itself. When you reach Corfe there is the option of a cream tea in the National Trust cafe or a pub lunch at the Grey Hound pub. There is also the option of taking Swanages famous steam railway home.
3) Swanage to Worth Matravers, this beautiful walk takes you along Purbeck Jurassic cliff tops with views of Dancing Ledge and Seacombe Cove. The walk should take around one and a half hours.
Starting your walk at Swanage Pier follow the signs up to Durlston Coutry Park where you will join the coastal path. Whilst you are in the area be sure to look out for dolphins which are often spotted in the bay. When you reach the light house start following the signs to Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge. When you reach Dancing Ledge there is a chance to walk down to the famous swimming pool carved into the stone. Continuing to follow the signs to Worth Matravers, you will come across a stile, this takes you down to Seacombe Cove, don’t miss out on the opportunity to have a look at the beautiful cave hidden in the secret cove. When you reach Worth Matravers there is the opportunity to have a pasty and a pint in the iconic Square and Compass pub.
On a rainy day it can be hard to find fun things to do with the kids. We think the oceanarium is perfect for keeping them amused all day long! With loads of great displays including penguin beach, otter oasis , crocodile rocks, the Amazon and many more.
The oceanarium is home to over 150 difference types of fish, from the very tiny regal tang to huge southern stingrays, making the oceanarium very interesting to look around for people of all ages. The oceanarium is also home to a collection of invertebrates such as jellyfish, lobster and long spined sea urchins. There are also many reptiles at the oceanarium the green sea turtle is particularly popular.
There is also an adventure Trail for kids to make the trip extra exciting. The kids play zone is also a great place for under 10s to play well you sit back with a cup of tea well you have a break from the animals.
With tickets costing £9.75 online or £11.95 at the door for adults and children’s tickets costing only £6.95 online or £7.95 on the door, the oceanarium is good value for a whole day of fun.
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