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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 7 events in Swanage appear below.

28 May 2022 to 29 May 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Swanage's first annual Fairy Festival, where all your wishes come true. A two-day magical family festival above the shimmering turquoise sea. This non-profit event is brought to you by local organisers and will be supporting the wonderful children and people of Purbecks! ​The Swanage Fairy Festival invites only local traders and musicians to bring to you a spectacular weekend of family fun that includes enchanting entertainment like a live mermaid underwater spectacular, live music & ...
03 June 2022

Swanage, Dorset
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Swanage CelebratesA community Street Party to be held in The Lower High Street and Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage, on Friday 3rd June 2022, a national Bank Holiday to celebrate the 70 years of the Reign of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Tickets and more information from the website below.
28 May 2022 to 12 Jun 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Purbeck Arts Weeks FestivalWe’re delighted to be back in our usual slot and again offering our special combination of Open Studios, Exhibitions, Events and community projects. Do come and join us! Our artists will welcome you to their studios where you will find painters, jewellers, sculptors, printmakers, woodworkers, textile artists and more across beautiful Purbeck. Rollington Barn near Corfe Castle hosts our collective exhibition of almost 100 artists. New this year is our daily pop-up demonstration tent ...
08 Jul 2022 to 10 Jul 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Jazz FestivalEstablished and popular mixture of old friends and new faces, over 40 bands and artists from across most of the spectrum of jazz. Various venues throughout the town.
30 Jul 2022 to 06 Aug 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Swanage CarnivalSwanage Carnival is the premier Carnival on the south coast. Self funded and run solely by volunteers, Swanage Carnival is 8 days of fun-filled entertainment. With more than 100 different events there is something for everyone, including air displays, live music, sporting events, games, competitions, three magnificent firework displays and not forgetting one of the longest Carnival processions.
18 Aug 2022 to 21 Aug 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Purbeck Valley Folk FestivalPurbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. We’re a festival that’s loved by everyone because there’s loads for kids to do, loads for parents and loads for the old folkies! It features outstanding, original young folk, roots and world music. We always encourage the young up and coming musicians too as well as booking national and international folk acts and a good variety of local music. There’s something for everyone. Three full ...
09 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Classic Steam & Vehicle ShowThere is something for everyone at this show with a varied selection of vintage, modern and custom motorbikes, classic cars, tractors, vintage campervans, commercial vehicles, stationary engines as well as trade stalls and displays. Alongside all the exhibits, there will be trade stalls, onsite catering, coffee van, cider stall and our community tent which will be open all day and in the evening there will be music along with cans of beer, cider and soft drinks for sale.
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18 Feb 2021
Plan your Dorset Staycation We’ve all had better years. If you’re looking for a much-needed break, look no further - here are 10 good reasons you can’t go wrong with a Dorset staycation in 2021. Dorset has lots of outside space. Whether on the coast or out in the country, there’s room to spread out and enjoy the great outdoors. Accommodation – there’s plenty of choice, and accommodation providers, from campsites and B&Bs to luxury cottages and hideaways, ... Read more...
16 Nov 2020
Shop for Dorset this Christmas Shop Dorset and it’s a win, win – not only will your gift please the recipient but by shopping locally online in these difficult times you’ll be helping our Dorset businesses. Below are just a few ideas for Christmas gifts and goodies. Cheesed off? – Well check out Delicious, the Weymouth deli that will deliver cheeses and wines to your Dorset door. Craig’s Dairy Farm Shop and Chalbury Food & Wine are open and well-stocked with tasty local ... Read more...
21 Feb 2020
Dorset History Dorset’s past influences much of what we do here today, the many places we visit, and a great number of the photos we take as our own mementos. A county with a rich heritage, there’s plenty of Dorset history to be explored. From a Victorian sea-defence fort to centuries-old castles, via preserved steam trains and a wartime abandoned village, and through a variety of award-winning museums, Dorset’s past is brilliantly brought to life. Take a trip back in time with a visit ... Read more...
31 Jan 2020
January Photos of the Month Welcome to Resort Dorset's first 'photos of the month' feature. We collect photos that we love from Instagram each month. To be in with a chance of being featured in next month's feature, just tag @resortdorset or use #resortdorset on any of your Instagram photos! Each month, there will be a feautured photo. Shots We Love Portland Bill View this post on ... Read more...
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...

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