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For traditional seaside holidays, where the beaches are golden and the sun always seems to shine, Swanage is hard to beat!

The main beach is a corker – it consistently achieves European Blue Flag status and runs the whole length of the town. Here you can enjoy the many water sport activities on offer such as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and pedalo hire, or simply relax and soak up the sun. If you don’t want to carry all your gear to the beach each day then why not hire a beach hut: with deckchairs, a table and electric power they make an ideal base from which to enjoy not only the beach but also the nearby public gardens and town centre shops.

Stroll along the Victorian pier, or gain an insight into the town’s history at the Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre which is situated in The Square, just off the lower High Street. Other attractions include Putlake Adventure Farm and also the famous Swanage Steam Railway, the latter of which offers a nostalgic journey through the Purbeck countryside to Corfe Castle.

Just a mile from the town centre is Durlston Country Park with its stunning sea views and a mix of cliffs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland and downs. Within the park is Durlston Castle, built between 1887 and 1891 as the centrepiece of Victorian philanthropist George Burt’s Durlston estate. A major refurbishment project, completed in 2011, included a new ‘gateway’ Visitor Centre to the Jurassic Coast. A spectacular new cafe, exhibition area and gardens have also been incorporated, which make a visit to Durlston even more attractive.

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26 Mar 2018
Resort Dorset Magazine 2018 The popular Resort Dorset magazine for 2018 is out today. Our free title offers visitors the chance to discover all the best things to see and do across the county. Resort is packed with great attractions, activities, food and drink, shopping, events and more ideas for great days out. You'll also find lots of money-saving vouchers! Keep an eye out for the bright yellow dispensers and pick up your copy soon - they'll be found in many hotels, holiday parks, shops, ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
10 of the Best Dorset Places of Interest Dorset is blessed with more beauty spots and landmarks per square mile than anywhere else (ok we just made that up, but it's got a lot). With its stunning countryside, breathtaking coastal views, historic monuments and spectacular natural features, you don’t have to look far to see why visitors just can’t get enough of what Dorset has to offer. One of the great advantages is just how accessible everything is – many sights are close together and you could ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Durlston Country Park Just a mile south of Swanage lies Durlston Country Park, a naturalist's paradise - 280-acres consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. As well as abundant flora and fauna Durlston also offers stunning views from its coastal paths. As you look out to sea you may spot the dolphins which are regular visitors to the area. Dorset County Council established the Park in the 1970s and since then the careful management, combined with its ... Read more...
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