The Flying Scotsman

Discover Swanage Railway's most famous and iconic visitor.

Putlake Adventure Farm

Meet the animals, have a tractor ride, race around the pedal go-kart track and let off steam in the soft play zone at Putlake Adventure Farm. Located just outside Swanage in Langton Matravers, Putlake is a traditional, family-run working farm with friendly...

Swanage Lifeboat Station

Swanage Lifeboat Station has been a central part of the seaside town and community of Swanage since its inception in...

The Mowlem

The Mowlem is one of Swanage’s most prominent features – a beachfront cinema, theatre and function rooms right in the heart of...

Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre

Located centrally in Swanage’s Square and right by the sea, is Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre – a pocket-sized vault of Purbeck...

Wareham Forest

Explore woodland and heathland along Wareham Forest's walking & cycling trails.

Durdle Door

Visit the striking limestone arch - one of the most-loved and visited landmarks on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

Lulworth Castle & Park

Home to the annual Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle also hosts weddings & other events and is open to the public to explore.

Lulworth Range walks

The Ranges, which include Tyneham village, are open whenever no military activity is taking place.

Lulworth Cove

This beautiful cove and its adjacent village is steeped in Jurassic geological history.

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6h · Sport
Swanage skatepark campaign hits first target

The generosity of Purbeck residents has helped Swanage Skatepark Community Project achieve its first £20,000 funding target.

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1d · People
Swanage to give Blues music legend fitting send off

The extraordinary life of the founder of the Swanage Blues Festival will be celebrated with a funeral service at the town’s Royal British Legion.

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2d · Entertainment
Secrets of Purbeck’s smuggling past revealed in new book

The story of how one of England’s most notorious 18th century smugglers lived in Worth Matravers in Dorset and hid the contraband in churches across Purbeck, is detailed in a new book.

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Explore the pretty villages, secret coves and iconic landscapes surrounding Swanage

Being the only official town on the Isle of Purbeck, Swanage is ideally situated as a base for its exploration. While Swanage has it all: a beautiful bay with a golden, sandy beach; a lively town buzzing with festivals and events throughout the year; and thriving watersports, arts and culinary scenes... Its surrounding areas are also treasures waiting to be unearthed.

Discover the abandoned buildings and the stories of the people behind them at this remarkable Dorset 'ghost' village.
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Picturesque Purbeck village with a 1,000-year-old castle ruin at its heart.
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Known for its excellent walks and traditional pub with live music and great views.
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Explore the village known for its proximity to the famous Studland Bay and excellent Isle of Purbeck walks.
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Home to a famous cove, iconic Jurassic landforms, pretty villages, a riding school and a C17th castle, Lulworth is packed with things to discover.
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