Whats On – Swanage/Purbeck

Swanage and Purbeck have an amazing mix of entertainment and attractions for all the family from historical to hysterical and from the educational to the tasty; there’s something for everyone!

The main tourist attractions of Corfe Castle, Swanage Steam Railway, Farmer Palmers and Studland Beach play host to many events throughout the year and are worth checking to see what is on when you are here for your holiday.


Purbeck Literary Festival

Featuring workshops, poetry, performances and prose from contemporary authors whose works have been inspired particularly by the Purbeck area of Dorset.


Swanage Blues Festival

From headline acts to open-mic sessions, this is an amazing collection of Blues musicians, fans and friends.

Purbeck Strings Festival

This is an opportunity for string players of all ages and abilities to get together and play some great pieces of music alongside professionals.


Saxon and Viking Siege of Wareham

See re-enactments of battles and enjoy the trades and crafts of a time gone by.


Purbeck Art Weeks

Running from the latter part of May through into the first two weeks of June, you will be able to visit artists in their studios and enjoy music and entertainment to compliment the visual arts – check out the website for this year’s theme.

Anglers Afloat Challenge Swanage

Take to the sea on your sea kayak and see how many species of fish you can catch – with 21 species being caught in the bay over previous events.

Dorset Art Weeks

This is one of the largest Open Studio events in the country allowing visitors to meet artists in their working environment, a completely different experience to meeting them in a gallery.


Purbeck Art Weeks

Running from the latter part of may through into the first two weeks of June, you will be able to visit artists in their studios and enjoy music and entertainment to compliment the visual arts – check out the website for this year’s theme.

seafoodfestivalSwanage Fish Festival

A celebration of all things fishy, fun and local – a great weekend event for the whole family to enjoy.

Swanage Rowing Regatta

Pilot Gig racing has taken off in recent years and Swanage Rowing Regatta gives the opportunity to see them in action across Swanage Bay.


Wareham Carnival Week

Not to be missed: this fun event sees the streets of Wareham lined with spectators to see baton twirling, carnival floats and the Carnival Queen!

Swanage Jazz Festival

Four venues play host to a great mix of well known Jazz musicians from around the UK.

Purbeck Pirate Festival

Keep a good look out for the Pirates of Swanage! Hosted by the Swanage Pier Trust  in conjunction with the Frigate Schtandart which recently starred in the film “Pan”.

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival is family centric festival and caters for all in an action packed star studded weekend of camping and entertainment.


Red ArrowsSwanage Regatta and Carnival

Swanage really wakes up with the annual carnival which is full of colour sound and excitement that the week brings to this seaside town.

Swanage Lifeboat Week

A week of entertainment to raise money for this worthy cause.

Swanage Triathlon Festival

Overlooking Swanage Bay with amazing views across the Purbecks towards Old Harry Rocks, the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The event is known for the stunning views from the bike course and has a mix of steady climbs with some of the steepest descents in Dorset make for a thrilling event.

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

This is an intimate festival set on a farm near Langton Matravers – there’s great stuff for all the family, young and old and also those in between!

Purbeck Rally

An interesting, fun packed day out for all the family then you’ll love The Purbeck Rally which has been running for over 40 years. An annual 3 day steam & vintage show held in Wareham, Dorset. Along side the food and trade stands there is a large array of vintage vehicles and machinery including tractors, cars, commercials & stationary engines as well as full size and miniature steam. Well behaved dogs are welcome leads.



Takes place at The Lulworth Estate, and enchanting wooded country estate at the heart of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Swanage Folk Festival

A welcoming, happy and inspiring festival for all to enjoy be it for just a day, the weekend or even stay on for a relaxing holiday.

Dorset Architectural Heritage Week

Take some stimulation from the rich heritage of architecture that Dorset has to offer, a chance to see some of the hidden treasures that are rarely open to the public.

Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival

The Dorset coastal walking is nothing short of spectacular and these organised walks are specially designed to show off as much of the area as possible to all levels of walkers.


Swanage Blues and Roots Festival

A bi-annual event of electric and acoustic music throughout the town of Swanage and beyond.

Purbeck Film Festival

With main venue of the festival being the wonderful Rex cinema in Wareham complete with original gas lamp fittings yet with state of the art projection and sound systems there could be no better place to enjoy some great movies.

Dorset Food Week

The time has come again to tickle the taste buds and enjoy some of the delicious delicacies of Dorset.


Purbeck Hill-a-saurus

A challenging bike event taking in some of the more strenuous hills – however what goes up must come down so the uphill effort is rewarded with some exhilarating downhill descents and amazing views of the Jurassic Coast.


Winter Solstice Studland Beach

Take a stroll and see the sunrise over Old Harry Rocks followed by a rewarding full English breakfast.

Boxing Day Swim in Swanage

Don your fancy dress and take a dip in the briny waters for charity at this wonderfully mad annual event on Boxing Day. Check local press and notices for details.


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