Swanage is a traditional coastal town that has so much to offer and there is no better choice in Dorset for a seaside holiday. With it’s award winning, safe and sandy beach, sports and leisure activities and a wealth of attractions to suit all ages. You will be spoilt for choice with it’s selection of award winning fish and chip shops, welcoming public houses, excellent restaurants and cafes, all offering a superb choice of local food and drinks. This attractive town has an interesting collection of individual shops, gift shops, supermarkets and art galleries. Swanage has a great history too.
Throughout the year there is a wide range of events that will appeal to the whole family. There is Swanage Regatta and Carnival, offering a range of activities and spectacular firework displays. The Purbeck Arts Week is very popular and for music lovers there is a choice of Jazz, Folk and Blues Festivals when live music is played at various venues throughout the town, not forgetting the more recent and less musical additions such as Swanage Fish Festival and Pirate Festival! Also, worth a mention is the Swanage Comedy Festival, Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival and for all of you running enthusiasts, the gruelling Purbeck Marathon!
The town also offers attractions such as the Mowlem Theatre located on the sea front showing a good selection of plays, shows and films throughout the year. The Swanage Steam Railway travels through six miles of beautiful scenery (some you may recognise from the recent film Dunkirk) passing though Harmans Cross and then on to the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle and village. The Railway also hosts regular events such as Steam and Diesel Engine Galas, evening dining, Sunday lunches and the ever-popular Santa Special!
The Swanage Railway is one of Britain’s most popular heritage railways. Whatever the weather, guests can take a journey back in time on the historic steam locomotives. The 12 mile return trip takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside. Steam trains run most weekends throughout the year and daily from April to October, in addition, Swanage Railway run special galas and themed events.
Situated in the south-east corner of the Isle of Purbeck, a mile south of Swanage, Durlston Country Park is 320 acres of very special countryside. Durlston Castle was restored in 2011 to become a spectacular new facility for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast. There is a café/restaurant and a visitor centre at the country park.
The Beach Gardens is open from April to the end of September each year. At the beach gardens customers can enjoy an 18 hole Putting Green, an outdoor Bowling Green, Tennis Courts, a Basketball Court and an outdoor table tennis. All equipment can be hired and membership is not required.
The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club offers 2 courses with stunning views over Poole Harbour, clubhouse, golf lessons, putting school and a Pro Shop. There is the Dene Course, a 9 hole course and The Purbeck Championship course which proves an exciting test. The courses are built on the heathland and are set within a nature reserve where many rare plants and birds can be seen.