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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21h · Environment
Work starts on new bogs for Studland

While spiders in bogs are not always welcome, there’s hope that the restoration of the peatland habitat in Studland, Dorset will see the widespread return of the rare raft spider.

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1d · People
Warm Swanage welcome lifts the blues for UK coast walker

Generous Swanage families made a real impression on round the UK coast walker Blue Wilson when her 11,000 mile journey took her into Purbeck.

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2d · Tourism & events
What’s on in Swanage: Festivals line-up for 2024

There’s plenty of festivals happening in and around Swanage for 2024 and the dates have just been released.

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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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