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Events and what's on in Swanage

A stunning seaside town with golden beaches and an iconic steam train railway station, the town is home to a range of exciting events.

Creative writing on Swanage pier takes place on multiple occasions throughout the summer, whilst many other attractive events are available below.

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The next 8 events in Swanage appear below.

01 February 2020

Swanage, Dorset
Stargazing at DurlstonMoon, star clusters, galaxies, Orion Nebula, winter constellations. Weather dependent, call on day to confirm. £3. Learning Centre. Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2J Time: 7.30pm to 9pm.
06 Feb 2020 to 08 Feb 2020

Swanage, Dorset
Musical: FameThis year's Swanage School Production is FAME. Venue: Mowlem Theatre Doors Open at 7:00PM Starts at 7:30PM
15 February 2020

Swanage, Dorset
Enjoy a romantic evening, travelling behind a historic steam engine whilst dining in style. The Valentine's Belle is £49.00 per person, including meal and train travel. The Valentine's Belle departs Swanage station at 1930 returning at approximately 2230. Please note: Bookings close on the Wednesday prior to the date of travel.
29 February 2020

Swanage, Dorset
Stargazing at Durlston Country ParkMoon, Venus, Orion Nebula, Galaxies, Winter Constellations. 7.30pm to 9pm. Weather dependent, call 01929 424443 on day to confirm. £3. Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage
02 Apr 2020 to 04 Apr 2020

Swanage, Dorset
Musical Theatre: Blitz!Blitz! Is Lionel Bart’s follow up to the hit musical Oliver! based on his own childhood experiences in the East End during the Second World War. It’s 1940 and the East End of London is taking a terrible pounding from Hitler's bombs. Life, however, goes on, centering around Mrs Blitztein and her large family, especially her petty-criminal son Harry and her beautiful daughter Carol. They are all fighting their own particular battles with neighbours and authorities alike but whatever life ...
24 Apr 2020 to 26 Apr 2020

Swanage, Dorset
Diesel Gala & Beer FestivalThe main three-day Diesel Gala from Friday 24th April to Sunday 26th April will see an intensive three train diesel service operating. More details to follow on their website.
22 May 2020 to 24 May 2020

Swanage, Dorset
Purbeck Pirate FestivalThe Purbeck Pirate Festival will be held from 22nd - 24th May at Sandpit Field, Swanage, where there will be much raiding, pillaging and plundering. There will be stalls for you to buy all the "effects" you need to become a pirate or just update/add to your wardrobe, food and beverages aplenty, as well as an assortment of other stalls, re-enactments and entertainment for all ages.
23 May 2020 to 07 Jun 2020

Swanage, Dorset
Purbeck Arts Weeks FestivalOpen Studios, internationally renowned music ensembles, inspiring exhibitions, and fascinating talks come together every year for Purbeck Art Weeks Festival on Dorset’s spectacular south coast. Our annual celebration of the arts takes place in beautiful venues on the stunning Jurassic coast – a magnet for over a century for artists and those who love the beauty and character of the area. You can expect: Artist’s Open Studios displaying a wealth of diverse talent. A range of top ...
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2 Dec 2019
Dorset Beaches Dorset is surrounded by an 88-mile stretch of quite remarkable coastline. One of the pleasures of visiting (or living in) Dorset is that you’re never too far away from the beach – whichever beach that may be, because there’s plenty! And by plenty, we mean loads! There are the major beaches such as the award-winning Bournemouth Beach and Weymouth Beach, along with the many smaller beaches such as Church Ope Cove. Take a look at some of many: Chesil ... Read more...
2 Jul 2019
Special Places to Stay in Dorset by the Sea When it comes to golden beaches, stunning coastlines and picturesque harboursides, Dorset is first on the list for many. Escaping the urban lifestyle, all of this makes for a dreamy getaway. The 285km stretch of Jurassic coast is home to both vibrant and relaxing locations with offerings nothing short of spectacular. From world-famous landmarks including Durdle Door to hidden gems such as Eype Beach that sits next to West Bay, looking for special places to stay in Dorset by the ... Read more...
11 Jun 2019
Unusual Things to do in Dorset In Dorset, things can get a bit quirky, but quirky often means a fun, unforgettable experience. With a wealth of history, attractions and even animals, the county offers an eclectic mix you’d struggle to find anywhere else. The rural culture that blesses the South West, along with a striking coastline, creates many unique opportunities, meaning you’ve got plenty of choices when looking for unusual things to do in Dorset. From visiting a ‘ghost village’ to ... Read more...
8 Apr 2019
Easter Events in Dorset Dorset’s Egg-stravaganza of Easter Activities! The Easter holidays are upon us! Whether you’re visiting Dorset for a holiday or live here and want to explore more of your county, there’s never a shortage of places to go and activities for the kids – and big kids! – to get involved in. But what’s on? Dorset is chock full of family-friendly attractions, and many will be hosting Easter Egg Hunts or other fun activities for kids to enjoy over ... Read more...
9 Aug 2018
Music Videos Filmed in Dorset Dorset's stunning locations have featured in several high profile music videos over the years. And why not? The county is blessed with some striking landscapes and coastal scenery. Below you'll find a selection of music videos featuring Dorset, some showcase the county's sights more prominently than others, but do you know of any more? Let us know in the comments and we'll keep this page updated! Shout Tears for Fears See how Durdle Door looked in the ... Read more...

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