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Sports & Activities Things to do Watersports

Divers Down

Swanage’s dive school is based on the town’s striking restored Victorian pier and offers some great dives both within Swanage Bay and in deeper waters outside the bay.

Divers Down is Britain’s oldest dive school and it’s been attracting new and seasoned divers since 1958, with its sheltered dive sites, nearby wreck dives and safe Diver Training Zone.

There’s a wealth of sea life to discover directly beneath the pier, attracted by its wooden framework and, lying just outside the bay, there’s a range of both deep and shallow dives, which include various WWI and WWII wrecks.

Divers Down has two charter boats with fully qualified skippers, to take you to and from wreck sites throughout the summer. The boats have rear diver lifts and hot drinks are provided on your return journey.

The dive season typically starts in March/April until October.

Dives can be booked in advance online or by contacting Divers Down.

Safe Diving Zone

An area of five-metre deep water has been buoyed off adjacent to Swanage Pier as a designated Diver Training Zone.

This shallower section of the bay is suitable for both new and qualified divers.

Dive shop

(picture credit: Ulleo, via Pixabay)

The on-site dive shop stocks all the gear and equipment you’ll need, from masks, fins and snorkels to boots, gloves, neck & wrist seals and glues.

You can get your air and Nitrox fills here – charges per litre/cylinder are listed on Diver’s Down’s website.

And if you need to supplement your kit for your dive you can hire individual items for the day, or hire the full kit by the day or for two days.

The shop also sells a range of refreshments, ice creams and drinks.

Shop opening hours

  • Saturday & Sundays – 8am – 5pm
  • Monday – Friday – Open most weekdays, weather-permitting

Dive & wreck sites

Explore the sea life under Swanage Pier, try out a shallow dive, or discover the shipwrecks that lie in deeper water outside the bay, including wrecks from WWI & WWII .

Some of the most popular wreck sites include Kyarra (one of the most-dived sites in the UK), Smyrna and Aeolian Sky, whose story intriguingly involves a million pounds of Seychelles rupees and thousands of jars of Marmite.

You can find an interactive wreck site map on Divers Down’s website, which lists interesting information and a brief history on some of the most popular wrecks: www.diversdownswanage.co.uk/default.aspx?p=Wsites

(images credit: Divers Down)

Pier creatures

The wooden framework of Swanage Pier provides an enticing home for a wealth of underwater wildlife.

Some of the sea life you’re likely to encounter include lobster, edible & spider crabs, cuttlefish, sand eels and bream. 

Follow Divers Down’s Facebook page for latest updates and to view underwater photography posted by divers: www.facebook.com/pages/Divers-Down-Swanage-Pier/111606238925270 

Dive courses

Dive courses at Divers Down are all affiliated to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and cater to the complete beginner to Dive Master.

In addition you can complete your Emergency First Response diving certificate here, or take the Rescue Course.

Divers Down also offers specialty courses such as night diver, wreck diver and photography diving.

Some courses have minimum age requirements.

Find the full list of courses and price list on Divers Down’s website.

Summer sightseeing & school trips

These popular sightseeing trips run during the summer months and are ideally suited to a group of 12 students plus one teacher.

The bay tour takes you around Old Harry Rocks, past Durlston Bay and across to the Anvil Point Lighthouse.

It’s a fun and informative way to explore this special part of the Jurassic Coast, with talks from your guide on local landmarks and geological features, such as erosion.

Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua Club

Swanage Pier is also home to the Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua Club (IPSAC).

It’s a small and friendly BSAC club, with weekly dives around Swanage and Kimmeridge Bay throughout the dive season.

Decorator crab captured by the Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua Club (credit: IPSAC Facebook page)

The club meets regularly on weekends and Wednesday evenings in the summer, and holds various social events throughout the year.

It’s been going since 1988 and currently has about 50 members, of varying interests and abilities.

Membership includes the use of RIBs, training by qualified instructors and regular skills refreshers. Visiting divers can also join the group for the days that they’re in Swanage.

Find out more on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/IsleofPurbeckSAC

Parking on the pier

Parking on the pier is suitable for cars and vans…

Contact details

Dive school signage on Swanage Pier
Divers Down Dive School

For full information on wreck sites, safety information and booking visit the Divers Down website:

ℹ️ www.diversdownswanage.co.uk/default.aspx

Get in touch by phone or email to book a dive:

📥 Email: medina@madasafish.com
📞 Call or text: 07977 142661

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Services

Vets

Swanage has one vet clinic, conveniently located on the outskirts of town, which is linked with its partner vet in nearby Wareham (Lynwood Veterinary Group), where the veterinary group’s main surgery is based.

There is also a second veterinary centre in Wareham (Pet Health Partnership), and a Medivet in nearby Wool.

Lynwood Veterinary Group Swanage

The Swanage branch of Lynwood Vets is closely linked to the larger practice in Wareham, and vets work across both sites, providing great continuity of care for your pets.

Compassionate vet care for Dorset’s pets

Lynwood vet clinic in Swanage
Lynwood Swanage

Lynwood offers all the usual veterinary care and services such as neutering, flea, tick & worming treatments, booster vaccinations, microchipping, surgery and dental care.

Black lab wearing red collar
Black Labrador

Additional services include:

  • Pet health plan available for dogs, cats and rabbits
  • Dental x-ray
  • Diagnostic ultrasound & endoscopy
  • Nurse clinics
  • Ophthalmology
  • In-house lab
  • End of life care
  • Foreign travel preparation

On-site parking is available at both sites.

You’ll find a small selection of food, toys and pet essentials available to purchase in the waiting area, and there’s a green space outside for your dog to stretch its legs while you wait.

The Lynwood Group has been caring for Dorset’s pets since 1849 and has expanded from its first practice in Wimborne to benches in Swanage, Wareham, Verwood and Bournemouth.

Bournemouth is the only veterinary-led rehabilitation service in the county, where pets can benefit from PetFit Hydrotherapy, physio, acupuncture treatments and more.

Explore Lynwood’s facilities and full range of services on their website: www.lynwoodvets.co.uk

Lynwood vets on Ulwell Road in Swanage
Lynwood Veterinary Group on Ulwell Road

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 8am – 6.30pm
  • Saturday – Appointments at Wareham only
  • Sunday – Closed

Contact

For all general enquiries and appointments:

  • 📞 01929 422213
  • 📥 purbeck@lynwoodvets.co.uk

Location

📍87 Ulwell Rd, Swanage BH19 1QU

Lynwood Vets is located in the Ulwell area of Swanage, close to countryside paths, dog-friendly parks and the beach, so you can reward your dog  with a good walk after their routine vet visit.

From the direction of town, simply follow Ulwell Road till you reach the clinic, or from the Studland direction, Lynwood will be on your right just after the lay-by with its Welcome to Swanage sign.

Lynwood Vet location in Swanage (image credit: Google Maps)

Emergency contact

In case of an urgent injury or illness, telephone your normal Lynwood branch to speak to a member of the team.

If it’s out of hours, you’ll be transferred to the team at Lynwood’s Wimborne branch, where there is a VetNow team on-hand to cover urgent pet care at evenings and weekends.

Lynwood Wareham details

  • 📍Leanne Business Centre, 9 Sandford Lane, Wareham BH20 4DY
  • 📞01929 552692
  • ℹ️ Open as per Swanage hours, with the addition of Saturday appointments between 8am – 12.30pm

The Pet Health Partnership – Wareham

The Pet Health Partnership offers veterinary care to pets in and around Wareham and Purbeck.

Services include a full range of procedures, routine and exploratory health checks, booster vaccinations, orthopaedic surgery and treatment plans for chronic illness.

Wareham Vets, The Pet Health Partnership
Pet Health Partnership

Pet health plans are available, and a home visit/pet ambulance service is available where appropriate.

The PHP also has a practice in Upton in Poole.

Opening hours

  • Mon, Tues, Weds & Fri – 9am – 6pm
  • Thursday – 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday – Closed (Upton surgery open 9am – 12pm Saturdays)
  • Sunday– Closed (Emergencies only, Upton)

Contact

  • 📍17 East Street, Wareham, BH20 4NN
  • 📞 01929 552599
  • 📞 Emergencies/out-of-hours number – 01202 382843

Medivet – Wool

Whilst just outside the Purbeck boundary, many pet patients from Swanage and surrounds are also served by the Wool branch of nationwide Medivet.

Offering all the usual veterinary services, pet care and health plans, Medivet is located just outside Wareham toward Dorchester.

Cat visiting the vet
Kitten vet visit

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 8.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday – 9am – 11.30am

Contact

  • 📍Dorchester Road, Winfrith Newburgh, Dorchester, DT2 8DD
  • 📞 01929 462535
  • 📞 Emergencies – 24-hour emergency vet practice at Dorchester, DT1 1DU. Phone number: 01305 262913
  • www.medivet.co.uk
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Markets Shopping

Swanage Market

Wile away an hour or two at the Friday Market in Swanage – pick up seasonal fruit, veg & cooking ingredients, grab some homeware bargains, and connect with your local community.

With great value items, a lovely community buzz and a good range of regular, visiting and occasional traders, the market is a cost-effective and sociable way to stock up on your weekly grocery & household essentials.

There’s a bustling, yet distinctly relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe, with ‘market’ style music in the background as shoppers browse the stalls and catch up with neighbours.

Shopping at the Friday market is also a great way to support local and emerging businesses from both Swanage itself and the wider Dorset area, as stallholders come from across the county to sell their products.

After you’ve finished shopping, grab some tasty hot food or relax with a coffee at the pop-up café seating area, or stroll down Victoria Avenue to the beach or into town to continue your shopping.

Whilst most stalls accept card payments, note that some may be cash only.

What’s at the market

As well as a large fruit & veg section, you’ll find various stands selling a great range of products for the home, as well as clothing & accessories, and even some ideas for a last-minute budget gift.

There’s often charity stalls and craft stalls depending on the time of year and what other events are going on around town, and the market welcomes local artisans on the first Friday of the month (Apr – Oct), where you can find locally-made arts & craft items.

Fresh Food & Ingredients

Fruit & Veg

Browse the excellent array of seasonal fruit and find some unusual vegetable varieties to complement your Sunday roast.

Simply choose your fruit & veg and take them to be weighed to pay.

Cooking Ingredients

Buy locally-produced cheeses, chutneys, meats and fish, or find your new favourite spice or olive flavour to add a twist to your cooking.

Convenience Food

You’ll find a range of Dorset-made food for snacking & picnicking, or to take home for an easy meal at the market, such as handmade pasties, freshly-baked pastries and artisanal breads.

Grab a sausage roll to go, or pair a homity pie with some cheese and olives for an easy meal without having to go to the supermarket.

For a sweet treat, you can pick up handmade donuts, Turkish Delight and a range of other confectionery to take home for afternoon tea.

Homeware & Garden

Buy your weekly fresh cut seasonal flowers & plants for your home and garden at the market, along with a range of home essentials, from natural cleaning supplies to car maintenance products.

And you might find a hidden treasure at the second-hand stalls or monthly maker’s market.

Order ahead with The Flower Factory to ensure your home or local business has beautiful, seasonal blooms ready to pick up from the Friday market: 01202 900670

Clothing & Accessories

Refresh your wardrobe with Swanage Market’s ranges of value clothing brands that change through the seasons.

There may be a chance to grab some pre-loved items, too, as well as a selection of affordable and bright children’s clothing and accessories.

Services

Regular services visiting the Friday Market include Purbeck Auto Locksmith and the local branch of Citizens Advice, with its mobile Advice Bus.

Purbeck Auto Locksmith is your local one-stop-shop for all your locksmith needs – Get replacement batteries for watches and car key fobs fitted while you wait.

Swanage-based Purbeck Auto Locksmith can also come to your home or car whenever you need a spare key.

Pop along to Citizens Advice for some free, confidential and impartial advice – no appointment necessary.

Help and support is available across a range of areas, including housing, welfare, money and health.

A full list of services and points of help and contact can be found online:

Catering Stands

Enjoy hot & cold food and drinks at Swanage Market while you shop.

Visiting catering vans include Thai cuisine, burgers & hot dogs, and sweet & savoury crêpes.

Artisans at the Market

Check out the latest handmade offerings by the Swanage Artisans – a group of local makers.

You’ll find their displays at the market on the first Friday of every month, typically between April – October inclusive.

Find unique handcrafted items of home decor, jewellery, artwork and more.

Opening times

Swanage Market is open every Friday throughout the year, unless significant adverse weather is forecast.

  • Timings – Weekly between 8am – 1pm

Location

📍Main Beach Car Park, Victoria Avenue, postcode BH19 1AP

Find the Swanage Friday Market every week at Main Beach Car Park.

Swanage Market & Main Beach Car Park location (image credit: Google Maps)

 

Contact details

For general enquiries and if you’re interested in having a one-off or regular spot at the market here in Swanage, call or email:

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Accommodation Caravan sites

North View Campsite

This small site dedicated to caravans and motorhomes is set beneath the Purbeck Ridgeway and on the edge of Harman’s Cross village.

With just five pitches you’re guaranteed a nature-filled break away from the madding crowd, and you can easily get out into the countryside with walking paths direct from the campsite.

Purbeck Ridgeway views (picture credit: North View Campsite)

The Caravan & Motorhome Club site is the sister site of Quarr Camping across the road.

Handily located just off the Valley Road, you’re easily connected to Swanage and Corfe Castle, whilst being surrounded by rolling countryside.

(picture credit: North View Campsite)

There are two convenience stores (a Spar and a Londis within petrol stations) nearby, where you can find various food, drink and camping essentials. Corfe has four pubs, a village shop and bakery, and Swanage has two supermarkets and a range of shops, eateries and beach-side activities.

Facilities at the site include drinking water and Elsan Points, however there are no toilets or showers.

North View Campsite is dog-friendly and open year-round (unless very heavy rain), and there’s various dog-friendly beaches in the vicinity.

Swanage Railway’s heritage line has a stop in Harman’s Cross and the seasonal No. 30 bus runs through the village, stopping just outside the campsite.

Contact details

For further information and booking contact North View direct:

    • 📞 07540 845705
    • 📥 northviewcamping@gmail.com

Location

📍Harman’s Cross, Swanage BH19 3DY

Conveniently located off the A351, you’ll find North View Campsite on your left as you leave Harman’s Cross toward Swanage, just before St Michael’s Garage.

North View Campsite location (image credit: Google Maps)
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Accommodation Campsites

Purbeck Valley Farm Camping

This family-run campsite has everything you need for a traditional rural camping experience in the Purbeck countryside.

Situated between the picturesque village of Corfe Castle and the bustling seaside town of Swanage, Purbeck Valley Farm Campsite is ideally located for exploring everything the Isle of Purbeck has to offer.

Views toward Corfe Castle (picture credit: Purbeck Valley Farm)

The campsite welcomes tents and campervans and can accommodate extra requests – simply send a note with your enquiry form.

There’s play equipment for children and a visiting pizza van, and often farm-produced burgers and sausages available.

You’ll find various footpaths and cycleways into the countryside direct from the campsite, and just a short drive away are the sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland Bay.

Nearby in Harman’s Cross is a Spar shop & petrol station, and Corfe has a village shop and various eateries.

Right outside Purbeck Valley Farm Campsite is a bus stop, where you can pick up the seasonal No.30 Jurassic Breezer bus. This will take you into Swanage as well as Corfe Castle, Wareham and further afield to beauty spots such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Find the timetable online: www.morebus.co.uk/services/WDBC/30

Horses are welcome by arrangement – the site has direct access to the Purbeck Bridleway network, hills and forest.

Note that general camping is unavailable during the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.

(pictures all: Purbeck Valley Farm)

Facilities

  • Selection of spacious fields – pick your own pitch
  • Hot showers
  • Flushing toilets
  • Hot water washing up area
  • Hand sanitiser & soap
  • Farm shop – Purbeck Valley is a working beef farm, offering meat box delivery and grass-fed beef & venison burgers

Campsite rules

  • Be considerate of other campers by keeping noise to a minimum
  • Campfires allowed – fire pit & log hire available
  • No music please
  • No dogs allowed

Camping enquiries form: www.purbeckvalleyfarm.com/camping-1

Self-catering at Purbeck Valley Farmhouse

For an easy holiday without having to pitch a tent, why not stay at the farmhouse?

‘The Big Room’ can accommodate four people, is en suite and has a dining area with kitchenette.

The farmhouse (picture credit: Purbeck Valley Farm)

There are also two smaller rooms – one double and one with a sofa bed.

In both rooms the doubles can be separated into twin beds.

All rooms are en suite and have WiFi, TV & DVD player.

(Images all Purbeck Valley Farm)

Find out more about the farmhouse accommodation, including pricing and booking, online: purbeckvalleyfarmhouse.co.uk/accomodation

Weddings

Say ‘I do’ with a view

Purbeck Valley Farm is the perfect place for a rustic, rural wedding, with its striking countryside views toward Corfe Castle and flanked by the dramatic Purbeck Hills.

The farm is licensed to carry out ceremonies and has a range of barns, marquees and a spacious field for you to choose from in which to hold your reception.

(picture credit: Purbeck Valley Farm)

Your special day can be tailored to your needs and the team are only too happy to help add a bit of magic with the addition of decoration, hay bales and tractor-trailers.

Members of your wedding party can also make use of the on-site accommodation, which includes the farm’s self-catering rooms and shepherd huts.

If your dream wedding day is all about being in nature surrounded by your friends and family, get in touch with Purbeck Valley Farm to discuss your requirements.

Location & directions

📍 Valley Road, Corfe Castle BH20 5HU

If you’re coming from Wareham/Corfe Castle way, Purbeck Valley Farm will be on your left just before you reach Harman’s Cross.

And if you’re arriving from the Studland direction via the chain ferry, the campsite will be on your right as you leave Harman’s Cross village.

Purbeck Valley Farm location (image credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

For all camping, self-catering and weddings & events enquiries, call or email Purbeck Valley Farm or visit their website for further information:

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Dentists Health

Dentists

Smile Dental Care

Smile Dental Care (formerly Sca Trafalgar) offers both NHS and private dental services.

Conveniently located on King’s Road West, the dental surgery offers general dental care as well as cosmetic treatments.

Smile Dentalcare in Swanage
Smile Dentalcare

Book an appointment by phoning or visit their website for more information on services, fees and latest updates: www.smile-dentalcare.co.uk/dentist-swanage/ 

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday & Sunday – Closed

Location

📍118 Kings Road West, BH19 1HS

There are often parking spaces outside Smile DentalCare, or along the nearby residential streets.

Alternatively, you can park at Co-Op, which is around 10-minute walk along King’s Road West.

Contact details

  • 📞 01929 427356
  • 📥 swanage@smiledentalcare.co.uk

Regency Dental Practice

Regency Dental is a private dental practice in Swanage, accepting both private payments per treatment and Denplan schemes.

Private dentist Regency Dental, Swanage
Regency Dental Practice

It has four accessible dental suites and waiting areas with coffee and water machines, as well as a garden area for warmer days.

Explore Regency Dental’s website for full information and its services, which include preventative dentistry, implants, orthodontic treatment and cosmetic dentistry: ℹ️www.regencydentalpractice.co.uk

Facial Aesthetic treatments are also available here.

You can book an appointment online or by phone.

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 7.45am – 5.30pm
  • Saturday – By arrangement

Location

📍71 Kings Road West, BH19 1HH

Regency Dental is located on the corner of Kings Road West and Court Road.

The nearest short-stay car park is at Co-Op, but you may find parking along King’s Road West itself or on nearby residential roads.

Contact details

You can fill out a booking form on Regency Dentals website or get in touch by phone or email:

  • 📞 01929 422515
  • 📥 contact@regencydentalpractice.co.uk

Dentist in the wider Purbeck area

Wareham Dental Surgery

My Dentist

MouthPeace Dental Practice

  • 📍 1 Chalk Pit Lane, Wool, BH20 6DW
  • 🕒 Open – 9.00am – 6pm (weekend appointments available)
  • 📞 01929 462269
  • ℹ️ www.mouthpeace.com

Emergency dental care

Information on urgent dental care via an NHS dentist in an emergency or out of hours can be found on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/dentists/how-can-i-access-an-nhs-dentist-in-an-emergency-or-out-of-hours/

(picture credit: Stock Snap, via Pixabay)

They advise you to:

  • Call a dentist for a possible short-notice emergency appointment, or
  • If you do not have a dentist, find one using by contacting NHS 111

For serious circumstances, such as severe pain, heavy bleeding or injuries to the face, mouth or teeth, contact 111, go to A&E or find out whether you should contact 999 here: www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care-services/when-to-call-999/

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Hairdressers Services

Hairdressers

Swanage has a range of hairdressers and barbershops for your regular trim, new style or special occasion up-do.

All conveniently located in town, Swanage’s hairdressers cater for ladies’, mens’ and children’s haircuts.

Whether you want to treat yourself to a wash, cut & blow-dry, have a restyle consultation for fresh, new look, or book in to retouch your roots, have a beauty treatment, or find a walk-in barbers, one of Swanage’s hairdressers have got you covered.

The Salon at 53

The team at The Salon at 53 cover all aspects of hairdressing – from basic trim-ups and haircuts, to restyling, colouring and clip-in hair extensions.

The Salon also offers bridal packages for your party’s wedding hair, which you can explore on their website: salonat53.co.uk

Salon at 53 hairdressers on Swanage high street
Salon at 53

Ladies’ prices start at £25, with colour from £38, and mens’ cuts are from £18.50.

Kids’ cuts are £7 for under age 2, or £9 for children under 12.

The Salon at 53 also has a stand-up sun booth, with loyalty programme.

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Saturday – 8.30am – 1.30pm
  • Sunday – Closed

Contact details

    • 📍53 High Street, BH19 2LT
    • 📞 01929 423113

Innovation

Innovation offers ladies’, men’s and children’s hair cutting and colouring, as well as occasion and bridal services.

The salon also offers a range of beauty treatments, such as eyelash & eyebrow tinting, lash lifts and facial waxing.

Outside Innovation Hairdresser in Swanage
Innovation, Swanage

Innovation also offers ear, nose and helix piercing.

Prices start from £24 (ladies) or £14 (men) or (9.50 (children).

Visit Innovation’s website for full details on hair cutting, treatments and bridal packages: www.innovationswanage.com

(pictures credit: Innovation)

Opening hours

  • Monday – Thursday – 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Friday – 5.30pm – 7pm
  • Saturday – 8am – 2pm
  • Sundays – Closed

Contact details

  • 📍63 Kings Road West, BH19 1HQ
  • 📞 01929 423294
  • 📥 nicky.innovation@btinternet.com

Fusion

You’ll find Fusion on High Street right opposite Swanage Methodist Church.

There’s on-street parking right outside – pop in or phone to make an appointment, or find out more on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/@Fusion-Hairdressing

Fusion Hairdressing

Opening hours

  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 9am – 6pm
  • Thursday – 9am – 8pm
  • Friday – 9am – 1pm
  • Saturday – Monday – Closed

Contact details

  • 📍86A High Street, BH19 2NY
  • 📞 01929 422700

Sandie’s Barbershop

Sandie’s is a friendly, traditional barbershop at the top end of Swanage High Street.

It offers walk-in appointments – check for the latest news and updates, including seasonal opening hours on Sandie’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SandiesBS

Sandie’s Barbershop

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday – 9am – 3pm
  • Sunday – Closed

Contact details

  • 📍191 High Street, BH19 2NE
  • 📞 Mobile – 07816 970374 & 07398 637117

Barber Shack

Pop into Barber Shack on High Street for gents’ hair cutting and beard trims, as well as kids’ and ladies’ trims.

Prices are £10 for a gent’s cut, and £13 for ladies, with discounts for single-grade clipper cuts and pensioners.

Kids’ cuts for children aged 5 – 15 are £9.

Opening hours

The Barber Shack is open every day as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday – 9am – 1pm
  • Tuesday & Friday – 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday 10am – 2pm
  • Sunday – 10am -1pm

Contact details

Mr H Traditional Barber

Mr H offers a walk-in service at its prominent location on Institute Road.

You’ll find this barbershop between The Cornish Bakery and Wimpy in the centre of town.

Mr H barbers in Swanage
Mr H Traditional Barber Shop

Opening hours

Mr H is open seven days a week as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday – 9am – 6pm
  • Sunday – 10am – 4pm

Contact

JC Barbering

JC Barbering is in the heart of Swanage in Tilly Mead, just opposite Java Independent Coffee House.

It offers walk-in men’s and ladies’ cuts – check out a gallery of haircuts on JC’s Instagram page: www.instagram.com/jcbarbering_swanage/

Outside JC Barbering in Tilly Whim arcade, Swanage
JC Barbering

Opening hours

  • Tuesday – Wednesday – 9 am–5 pm
  • Thursday – Friday – 10 am–6 pm
  • Saturday – 9 am–3 pm
  • Sunday & Monday – Closed

Contact

  • 📍 Unit 3, Tilly Mead, Commercial Rd, Swanage BH19 1DF
  • 📞 07957 326381

Mobile Hairdressers

Kellie Westoll

Have your hair done in the comfort of your own home by Swanage-based Kellie.

Kellie is experienced in hair-cutting and colouring and can also style your hair for your wedding day, prom or other occasion.

Visit Kellie’s Facebook page for more info and to see her work: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100030703372334

(pictures credit: Kellie’s Mobile Hairdresser Swanage)

Contact details

  • 📞 07980 738832
  • 📥 kelliewestoll@hotmail.com
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Services

Swanage Information Centre

Swanage Information Centre is a handy hub for locals and tourists alike, with information on town services and facilities, as well as what’s on and activities.

The friendly team is always on hand to assist with any enquiries and, if you’re here on holiday, can point you in the right direction of the best local attractions, walks and things to do in the area.

There’s a small shop inside the information centre where you can buy souvenirs, gifts and postcards as well as local-interest books and walking maps.

Make enquiries about booking out one of Swanage’s beach huts or find out about National Express bookings here for adventures further afield.

Located on Shore Road, right opposite the beach, Swanage Information Centre also has a borrow-a-bucket-&-spade system for visitors to enjoy building sandcastles on the bay’s beautiful sandy beach, so you don’t need to pack or buy your own.

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Friday – 10am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday – 9am – 4.30pm
  • Sunday 9am – 4pm (may close for lunch between 1pm & 2pm)

Location

📍 The White House, Shore Road, BH19 1LB

You’ll find Swanage Information Centre between K’s Funworld amusement centre and the main public toilet facilities block on Shore Road.

There’s seasonal parking on Shore Road itself (partially pedestrianised during the summer) and a short-stay car park on the hill above at Mermond Place car park.

The nearest long-stay car park is Main Beach Car Park on Victoria Avenue.

Swanage Information Centre location on Shore Road (credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

Explore a wealth of information about Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck on the on the information centre’s website, along with online visitor guides and accessibility information: www.swanage.gov.uk/Swanage_Information.aspx

Alternatively, get in touch by phone, email or social media:

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Food & Drink Restaurants Takeaways

Pizza

Dine-in & takeaway

Find your new favourite pizza place in Swanage – from sit-down authentic Italian cuisine to indulgent Friday-night takeaway.

These pizza restaurants and takeaways in town offer a delicious taste of Italy by the English seaside.

La Trattoria

This family-run restaurant in the heart of Swanage also offers pizza and pasta takeaway.

Italian restaurant la Trattoria on Swanage's High Street
La Trattoria

La Trattoria’s 11-inch pizzas are made to a family recipe, with a handmade Italian tomato and fresh herb base sauce.

Customise a traditional margherita pizza or choose from popular toppings such as fungi, piccante, rucola and la reine.

The dine-in menu also has a range of pasta and pasta al forno dishes, along with various sides, breads, olives and desserts.

🐾 Sorry, no dogs (except outside where there may be a couple of street-side tables available)

  • ℹ️ View the menu on La Trattoria’s website: www.latrattoria.co.uk
  • 📞 Pop in or phone to make a table booking or arrange a pizza collection: 01929 423784
  • 📍 12 High Street, postcode: BH19 2NT

Gee Whites

For a simple, tasty pizza with fantastic bay views, visit Gee Whites on Swanage’s stone quay.

Pizza & fish & chips at Gee Whites

Choose from a half-size pizza (6 inch) or whole (12in) and enjoy al fresco dining at this busy spot.

There’s a broad range of menu options here, including seafood and fish & chips, making it a great option for families with different tastes.

Pizza options include traditional margherita, vegetarian and pepperoni, and specialties such as ‘hot carnivore’ and ‘mighty meaty’, and are served on wooden board with various side options as extra.

Tables are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Gee Whites is popular with visitors arriving by boat – you can get a water taxi from your mooring to right outside Gee Whites. (Water taxi number: 07802 480139)

🐾 Well-behaved dogs welcome

  • 📍1 High St, Swanage BH19 2LN
  • ℹ️ Find out more and check out the menu: geewhites.co.uk
  • 📞 01929 425720

Takeaway only

Grab a pizza take-out for a picnic in the park, beach-side bite or to bring back to your home, holiday let or campsite.

A popular place to sit and enjoy a pizza or fish & chips takeaway in Swanage is on the sloping lawn of Prince Albert Gardens and amphitheatre at the southern end of town. It’s close to many of Swanage’s restaurants and bars and has great views over Swanage Bay.

Coastal Crust Pizza

Coastal Crust Pizza offers weekly takeaway nights around Purbeck, as well as event catering, with more frequent pizza nights in spring and summer.

Their Neapolitan style wood-fired pizzas are made with locally-sourced ingredients and handmade dough & sauces from their Swanage-based mobile catering trailer, which is open seasonally at the following times and locations:

  • Thursdays – At The Globe Inn pub’s car park on Bell Street, (postcode BH19 2RY) between 5pm – 8pm
  • Fridays – Pizza takeaway from the Coastal Crust Swanage HQ between 5pm – 8pm (call or message to pre-order for collection)

Regulars on the menu include classics like margherita, marinara and pepperoni pizza, alongside more intricate flavours such as the ‘nduja honey hot one’ and a BBQ chorizo pizza.

The mobile pizza van also runs various pop-up dates throughout the year – check the latest menus and find out more about catering for your wedding, private party or corporate event on Coastal Crust’s website: www.coastalcrustpizza.co.uk/

Pick up a loyalty card to start earning points towards free dips, garlic bread, pizzas and desserts.

The best way to see where Coastal Crust Pizza will be next is to follow them on social media:

Old Brick

The Old Brick opens seasonally for takeaway-only.

Pizzeria The Old Brick on Swanage High Street
The Old Brick

It offers pizzas and sides in conjunction with The Ship Inn, next door.

Keep an eye on updates on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OldBrickPizzaCompany

Dino’s

Dino’s fast food restaurant is set in the centre of Swanage, close to the beach, arcades, main pubs and shops and right next door to Swanage Museum.

Takeaway fast food Dino's in Swanage
Dino’s Takeaway

In addition to pizza, Dino’s sells a range of other fast food items for takeaway including hot dogs, burgers, doughnuts and churros.

There’s a small amount of bench seating in the square outside Dino’s and the adjacent fish & chip shops.

Rainbow Kebab

Swanage’s only kebab shop also sells pizza for that late-night nourishment.

Outside the Swanage kebab shop, Rainbows on High Street
Rainbow Kebab

Toppings include vegetable, seafood, Hawaiian, meat feast and BBQ flavours, with sides including garlic bread and cheesy chips.

Order in the shop, on the phone or online for collection or local delivery.

Find Rainbow Kebab on High Street next to Masala Indian restaurant.

Pizza outlets in Purbeck

If you’re visiting a nearby area of Purbeck try these pubs, restaurants and social clubs that serve either eat-in or takeaway pizza:

Old Harry bar pizza menu (picture credit: Old Harry Bar Instagram)

Old Harry Bar, Studland

This volunteer-run social club in Studland serves stone-baked pizzas and drinks, and holds regular, popular events.

Located opposite Studland Stores, it’s open every day during summer between 5pm – 11.30pm (closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays in winter).

There’s a pool table and darts board here, and it’s a short walk to Middle Beach and South Beach.

ℹ️ oldharrybar.co.uk

Seasonal flatbread (picture credit: The Pig Hotels Instagram)

The Pig – On the Beach, Studland

Enjoy The Pig’s drop-in ‘outdoor eats’ with their wood oven flatbreads and sourdough pizzas.

Flatbreads are topped with seasonal ingredients sourced locally and from their own kitchen garden, with extra nibbles, sides, sweet treats and drinks available.

View The Pig’s Wood Oven menu here: www.thepighotel.com/media/56536/wood-oven-2905221.pdf

Stone-baked pizza (picture credit: The Greyhound Inn, via Instagram)

The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle

The Greyhound pub in Corfe offers a seasonal takeaway menu, which starts around Easter time throughout summer.

Stone-baked pizzas can be customised to your taste and include Italian classics alongside unique flavour combinations such as shredded BBQ brisket, red onion & jalapeño and mozzarella BBQ pulled pork & shredded rotisserie chicken.

Order takeaway pizza and other items from the menu, which you’ll find on the pub’s website: greyhoundcorfe.co.uk

The Italian Kitchen & Street Pizza

Street Pizza (picture credit: Italian Kitchen Instagram)

Dine-in at The Italian Kitchen on Wareham Quay or order to pick up a takeaway from The Italian Bakery on North Street.

Pizza can also be delivered within a three-mile radius.

Check out the takeaway menu, which includes street burgers & fries and various weekday deals at  www.theitaliankitchendorset.com/street-pizza

Find out more about the restaurant at www.theitaliankitchendorset.com or call 01929 550066.

 

Wareham Pizza and Kebab

Wareham Pizza and Kebab serves a range of pizza, garlic bread, burgers and doner kebab & wraps.

You can now order online for collection from the takeaway located on South Street, across the road from The Horse & Groom pub: warehampizzaandkebab.com

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Home & Hardware Shopping Shops

Nixons

This friendly, family-run hardware store in Swanage town centre caters for residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Whether you’re looking for a few screws or a hand tool to finish a job, need to pick up a new lightbulb, small appliance, or fancy some new cookware, Nixons should have everything you need.

Nixons sells a wide range of goods from decorating, electrical & plumbing supplies to gardening tools, kitchenware, general ironmongery and other house essentials such as pest control.

You’ll also find a selection of giftware and seasonal items, such as Christmas lights and decorations in winter, and beach chairs, windbreaks, beach toys, & buckets & spades in spring and summer.

If you’re staying in one of the local campsites you’ll also find a useful range of camping gear in store.

The cheerful staff here are always happy to help you find what you’re looking for or offer advice. They can also mix that perfect paint colour for you or cut a key while you wait.

Opening hours

  • Monday – Saturday – 9am – 5pm
  • Sundays – closed

Location

Customers going into the hardware shop, Nixons, in Swanage
Nixons sells beach & camping gear as well as household, garden & DIY supplies

Situated about half way down Station Road, you’ll find Nixon’s in between Budgens supermarket and Albury & Hall estate agent.

There’s some parking spaces immediately opposite where you can park for a short time, which is handy if you’re popping in to pick something up, or nearby Mermond Place and Co-Op car parks are under a five-minute walk away.

Swanage’s bus terminus is also a short walk away, along with a taxi rank.

Contact details

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Gifts & Homeware Shopping Shops

Candleworld

Candleworld is a charming, contemporary gift and accessories shop in the heart of Swanage, which stocks both local and designer items for the home.

What’s in store changes through the seasons, so you can find something new to refresh your living space or that elusive unusual gift, throughout the year.

Candleworld has a range of accessories including jewellery and scarfs as well as decorative ornaments from well known brands such as Gisella Graham.

Naturally, Candleworld sells an extensive range of decorative and scented candles, including locally-made Purbeck Candles, as well as beautifully-scented reed diffusers and handmade wax melts.

There’s also a good range of indoor string lighting, perfect for bringing a burst of colour to a child’s bedroom or adding a cosy glow to your home.

If you’re looking for that elusive not-on-the-high-street, artisan gift, this beautifully-styled shop is sure to have something unique. Its stunning window displays showcase the latest in-store items, whether that’s cute Easter bunnies and decorative spring birds, cosy autumn-themed displays, or all decked out for the festive season in the run-up to Christmas.

At the rear of the shop there’s a year-round Christmas section with an eclectic mix of traditional and novelty Christmas baubles, lights and tree decorations.

Location in town

📍14 High Street, BH19 2NT

Find Candleworld on High Street in the heart of Swanage town.

It’s right next door to Italian restaurant La Trattoria and close to both Swanage Beach and various other gift shops, pubs and eateries.

Park at any of the town’s main car parks to visit Candleworld – Broad Road is the closest long-stay car park, and Mermond Place is the nearest short-stay. You can park on High Street itself for free for up to an hour.

Candleworld location on High Street (credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

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Middle Beach

Middle Beach is one of the sandy beaches of Studland Bay, situated between Knoll Beach and South Beach.

Whether you want to go for a gentle stroll or get out and active on the water with some watersports, Middle Beach is a great spot to wile away a few hours.

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Food & Drink Restaurants Takeaways

Indian Restaurants

Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine from three different Indian restaurants in Swanage.

All offer takeaway and delivery within a certain radius and are conveniently located in town close to shops, bars and other amenities.

Masala

Restaurant & takeaway in Swanage town centre with rich Indian/Bangladeshi flavours

Outside Swanage's Indian restaurant Masala
Masala

Masala is the most central of Swanage’s Indian restaurants, located on High Street next to the White Horse pub.

It’s also just a short stroll from the beach if you want to combine your meal with an evening stroll, and close to several of the town’s other bars and restaurants.

Masala offers a 10% discount if you collect, or free home delivery over £15 to Swanage & Langton. For deliveries further afield, call to discuss.

Menu

Pick up a takeaway menu from inside the restaurant, or from the menu holder on the wall outside if it’s closed.

Opening hours

  • Sunday – Thursday – 5pm – 10pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays – 5pm – 11pm

Contact details

Golden Bengal

Indian restaurant on the edge of town

Offering dine-in, takeaway and delivery, the Golden Bengal is situated on the edge of Swanage – you’ll spot it as you drive in to town. It’s on the right just past Harlees fish & chip shop.

The Golden Bengal is also right opposite the Globe Inn, so you can stop for a drink while you wait for your takeaway to be ready.

Outside Swanage's Golden Bengal Indian Restaurant
Golden Bengal

Menu

The menu in the window showcases the range of Indian cuisine on offer at the Golden Bengal.

Alongside a selection of chicken, meat and prawn curry dishes there are vegetarian options, a selection of starters & sides, and smaller portions of both Indian and English dishes on its children’s menu.

The Golden Bengal also offers a set menu of a choice of starter, main and sides for either two or four people.

Indian Restaurant menu in window of Swanage's Golden Bengal
Golden Bengal menu

Opening hours

  • Daily – 5.30 pm 1- 11.30pm

Contact details

  • 📍 343 High Street, BH19 2NW
  • 📞 01929 427012

Nihal Spice

Takeaway & restaurant on High Street

Nihal Spice Indian takeaway on Swanage's High Street
Nihal Spice

Alongside familiar favourites including biriyani, balti and karai dishes, Nihal Spice offers chef’s specials, all ranging from mild, medium to hot in flavour.

There’s also various English dishes such as chicken & chips and omelette.

Nihal Spice is located next door to restaurant Castaways, opposite restaurant & wine bar Tawny’s, and just up the road from the Red Lion pub.

(credit: Nihal Spice)

Opening hours

  • Daily – 5.30 pm 1- 11.30pm

Contact details

  • 📍69 High St, Swanage BH19 2LY
  • 📞 01929 422229 / 01929 423388

More Indian restaurants & takeaways in Purbeck

Slightly further afield in Wareham you’ll also find the following restaurants at which to sample some Indian cuisine:

(picture credit: The 29029)

29029

Nepalese & Indian restaurant & takeaway in Sandford

DaruChini

Dine-in & takeaway in Wareham town centre

Monsoon

Restaurant & takeaway next to Wareham Station

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Food & Drink Restaurants Takeaways

Chinese Restaurants

There are two Chinese restaurants in Swanage, both situated on High Street.

The Dragon Inn offers both takeaway and dine-in service and is located in the centre of town, close to many of Swanage’s other restaurants and bars, and is a short stroll to the hills and the beach.

Wok Chef is a takeaway-only service situated slightly further up High Street, close to The Black Swan pub.

Find out more about Swanage’s Chinese restaurants on their respective pages:

  • The Dragon Inn – Dine-in or take away from The Dragon Inn
  • Wok Chef – Takeaway Cantonese & Malaysian food

More Chinese restaurants & takeaways in Purbeck

You’ll find further Chinese food options nearby in Wareham:

  • Pandada – 📍33 North Street, BH20 4AD 📞 01929 550214
  • Lotus – 📍19 East Street BH20 4NN 📞 01929 556469
  • KW – 📍16B South Sreet, BH20 4LT 📞01929 556396
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Builders' merchants Shopping Shops

Travis Perkins

The Swanage branch of national builders’ merchant Travis Perkins is based on the Victoria Avenue Industrial Estate.

The centre stocks a range of trade supplies and products including timber, doors & joinery, drainage, ceilings & partitions and insulation.

Yard of Travis Perkins in Swanage
Travis Perkins Swanage

You’ll find everything you need for either a one-off job or a larger build project either on-site or on the Travis Perkins website, with delivery options available.

There are also various services on offer here, including a paint-mixing service in the decorating centre, along with Velux fitting and an ironmongery specialist.

Travis Perkins Swanage also offers an estimating service for extensions and new builds (excluding timber frame).

Opening times

  • Monday – Friday – 7.30am – 5pm
  • Saturday 8am – 12pm
  • (Closed Sundays)

Location in town

📍 3 Victoria Avenue (Industrial Estate), postcode: BH19 1BJ

Travis Perkins is just off Victoria Avenue on the edge of Swanage town.

If you’re coming into town from the A351 take the first turning on your left just after the bridge once you pass Moonfleet Cars and you’ll find the yard on your left, with parking available on-site.

Travis Perkins’ location on Victoria Avenue Industrial Estate (image credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

Speak to the team in-store or by phone or email for general enquiries, including delivery service:

  • 📞 01929 425411
  • 📥 swanage@travisperkins.co.uk

Explore Travis Perkins’ full tools and materials inventory on its main website:

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Gifts & Homeware Shopping Shops

Curiosity

Curiosity is an Aladdin’s cave of gifts, homewares and accessories in the heart of Swanage town.

With over 10,000 items in store you’re sure to find that perfect gift or a treasure for yourself that you didn’t know you needed.

The family-run shop is a popular place for children to spend their pocket money, with its range of novelty items, small toys and trinkets, and there’s a surprising wealth of home décor items, such as vases, candles and bathroom & kitchen furnishings, including light pulls, hooks, coasters, bottle-openers and crockery.

Curiosity also stocks a range of seasonal items, including Christmas decorations, as well as gift wrapping, so you can buy everything you need in here for a last-minute present.

If you’re in Swanage on holiday Curiosity is a great treasure trove of affordable souvenirs and mementos of your stay. You’ll find seaside-themed novelty items and Swanage & Dorset-specific soft toys and knickknacks.

Find out more or buy online: www.curiosityswanage.com

Location in town

📍 35 High Street, BH19 2LT

You’ll find Curiosity in the centre of town next to The White Swan pub, opposite the RNLI shop and just a short stroll from the beach.

It’s close to several other gift shops in town, including Raspberry Rose, Candleworld and Corfe Bears, as well as many of the main cafés, restaurants and pubs making it a great little spot to explore and make an afternoon of it.

There may be some parking nearby on High Street, limited to an hour, but there are both long and short stay car parks a short walk away.

Curiosity’s location in town (credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

Get in touch with Curiosity by phone or email or visit their online store:

  • 📞 01929 422356 (shop)
  • 📞 01929 425013 (office)
  • 📥 mail@curiosityenterprises.co.uk
  • ℹ️ www.curiosityswanage.com
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Builders' merchants Shopping Shops

Jewson

Jewson in Swanage provides a full building supplies inventory at its warehouse and yard on High Street.

Consult the in-store brick and timber specialists for the best materials for your project or get your paint perfectly mixed and colour-matched.

Parking area out the front of Swanage's Jewson
Jewson Swanage, just of High Street

Ask the in-branch team for general advice or to discuss trade or self-build accounts.

Swanage Jewson offers in-store shopping as well as pick-up and delivery services.

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 7.30 am –5 pm
  • Saturday  -8 am –12 pm
  • Sunday – Closed

Location

📍 164 High St, Swanage BH19 2PD

You’ll find Jewson on the way into town on High Street.

Branch right onto High Street at the ‘Welcome to Swanage’ sign on KML Accountants’ building and follow the road till you reach Jewson.

Location of Swanage’s Jewson bar (credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

  • 📞 01929 424951
  • 📥 branch0438@jewson.co.uk
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Libraries Services

Swanage Library

Swanage Library is set in the heart of town and is open four days a week, and holds regular weekly, monthly and one-off special events.

First opened in 1965, Swanage Library continues to be an important social and community hub for the town.

The quirky, dodecahedron-shaped building has a great selection of the latest fiction and non-fiction, along with a range of audiobooks, and lots of other items to borrow such as DVDs, CDs and maps. And if there’s a book you’re keen to read that isn’t available, you can easily reserve or order a copy.

The friendly staff at Swanage Library are always on-hand to offer advice and support, and run a programme of events for all ages – from Rhyme Time for preschoolers to regular coffee mornings and craft activities. The team also run seasonal events, such as at Christmastime and during school holidays, as well as author talks and presentations.

Reserve, borrow and return books at the library and check the noticeboard on your way in for the latest community news for something to get involved in.

The Swanage Library building itself is a bright and welcoming space, with the upstairs being flooded with light through its 360° windows, making it a pleasant place to browse the library’s books or spend time with like-minded people at its drop-in ‘cuppa & company’ sessions.

Weekly events

There are regular events at the library throughout the year, providing a fantastic source of information, new skills and social interaction for young and old alike:

Mondays

Cuppa & Chat and Ctizens Advice drop-ins at Swanage Library
Community drop-in events at the library

  • Cuppa & Company – Enjoy a free hot drink and biscuits, and enjoy the library’s warm and welcoming space, 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Digital Campion – Online advice session, 2.30pm – 4.30pm (please book in advance)
  • Colour Me Happy – Adult colouring session, 4 – 6pm

Wednesdays

  • Citizens Advice Bureau – Drop-in sessions every Wednesday, except the first Wednesday of the month, 10am – 12pm
  • Books & More – Adult’s book group & discussion. Third Wednesday of the month, 10.30 – 11.30 am (book in advance)

Fridays

Children's area of Swanage Library
Children’s toys and books

  • Volunteer bureau – 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Rhyme Time – Songs & stories for under 5s, 11am – 11.30am

Saturdays

  • Lego Club – Fun Lego drop-in session from 10am – 12pm
  • Crochet Creations – Learn a new craft or improve your crochet skills. Suitable for all abilities. First Saturday of the month, 2 – 3.30pm (booking essential)

Opening times

  • Monday – 10am – 6.30pm
  • Tuesday – Closed
  • Wednesday – 9.30am – 5pm
  • Thursday – Closed
  • Friday – 9.30am to 5pm
  • Saturday – 9.30 – 4pm
  • Sunday – Closed

Outside Swanage Library
Swanage Library

Library membership & how to join

It’s easy to join Swanage Library – simply pop in during opening hours with your proof of address.

Membership

Membership allows you to borrow books, audio books and DVDs, as well as giving you access to various online resources such as e-readers and digital magazines, comics and reference.

Archway through to Swanage Library and The Anchor Inn
Swanage Library on High Street

You can also easily sign up for digital membership online at home, but you’ll need to have full membership to borrow physical items from the library.

Your library card is valid in all 31 Dorset libraries as well as any LibrariesWest library, which includes Poole, Bath & Somerset and Bristol & South Gloucestershire. Your resources can be reserved, borrowed and returned from any of these libraries and you are free to use all library computers.

For a list of Dorset libraries visit: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/find-your-local-library/dorset-libraries

Libraries West services can be found here: https://www.librarieswest.org.uk/client/en_GB/default

Joining

Bring your proof of address to the library to join. Accepted documents include your driving licence, a utility bill (dated within the last three months), a bank statement or wage slip.

For a full list of proof-of-address documents accepted, and for visitor information, visit the library website.

Swanage Library books
Bookshelves on the upper floor

Accessibility

Swanage Library has a wheelchair and buggy-accessible entrance and internal access. There’s also an accessible lift to the first floor.

The library also has a disabled toilet and baby-changing facilities.

Swanage Library offers services for visually-impaired customers, as well as a home-library service for the housebound, people living in residential or nursing homes or sheltered housing (see below).

If you or a family member is on the autistic spectrum you’ll find various resources such as a picture journey or visual tour of Swanage Library, as well as a good variety of books, chosen and recommended by professionals, that may offer support – these include topic such as child, teen, women and adult support, as well as diet, sensory aspects and informative autistic spectrum guides. Ask at the library or explore titles here: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/find-your-local-library/how-libraries-support-people-with-autism

Home library service

Your local library to your doorstep (image credit Royal Voluntary Service/Dorset Council)

If you’re unable to visit the library due to health or mobility issues or caring responsibilities, Dorset Council’s Home Library Service can help.

This free service can be a lifeline to keep you reading books or enjoying talking books.

You can get in touch with the service by calling 01305 236666 or emailing dorsethomelibraryservice@royalvoluntaryservice.co.uk.

Alternatively, contact Dorset Library Service: 01305 225000 or email dorsetlibraries@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

Location in town

📍 30-32 High Street BH19 2NU

Find Swanage Library on High Street in the centre of town and just a short stroll from the beach.

It’s adjacent to The Anchor Inn pub, opposite Purbeck New Wave Gallery and close by to various eateries such as Love Cake, Java Coffee House and Chococo, so you can combine your trip to the library with a treat!

There’s some short-stay on-street parking further along High Street. Alternatively Co-Op’s car park and Mermond Place are both just a five-minute walk away.

Swanage Library location in town (credit: Google Maps)

Contact details

For full information on Swanage Library and to keep up-to-date with library talks and events visit the library website or follow the Friends of Swanage Library on Facebook

ℹ️ Library website: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/find-your-local-library/dorset-libraries

  • 📞 Telephone number: 01929 423485
  • 📥 Email address: swanagelibrary@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Friends of Swanage Library

The Friends of Swanage Library is a group of local people who support the library, in partnership with the Purbeck Development Trust.

The library is always keen to welcome new Friends, and volunteers are actively encouraged to come along and get involved.

ℹ️ Find out more on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SwanageLibrary/ or email: friendsofswanagelibrary@gmail.com.

More libraries in Purbeck

There’s another council-run library in Wareham and a smaller, community-run library in Corfe Castle.

Signage and hanging basket outside Wareham library
Wareham Library & Information Centre

Wareham Library is located on South Street and is open every day except Wednesday and Sunday as follows:

  • Monday – 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday – 2pm – 6.30pm
  • Thursday & Friday – 9.30am – 5pm
  • Saturday – 9am – 12.30pm

 

Flowers, bench and defibrilator outside Corfe Castle library
Corfe Castle Library

Corfe Castle Community Library is right next to the village hall and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the following times:

  • Monday – 3pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday – 10am – 12pm & 3pm – 5pm
  • Saturday – 10am – 12pm
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Services Shopping Shops

Swanage Post Office

Swanage Post Office is centrally located on Institute Road in the town centre.

In addition to the usual post office services and products, Swanage Post Office also has a small gift and stationery shop inside.

Outside the post office in Swanage
Swanage Post Office is on Institute Road

You can both withdraw and deposit cash here, and the post office can undertake personal and business banking on behalf of high street banks.

The post office is right by all of Swanage’s key shops and café’s, and just a couple of minutes’ walk to the beach, so you can combine running your errands with a beach stroll or meeting friends for a coffee.

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday 9am – 1pm
  • (Closed on Sundays)

Location in town

📍25 Institute Road, BH19 1BT

You’ll find Swanage Post Office in the heart of town, just opposite Rainbow’s End and Raspberry Rose shops.

There is some on-street parking nearby on Station Road and High Street, but not directly outside. However, due to the post office’s central location, most of Swanage’s car parks are a short walk away (Broad Road long-stay parking and Co-Op or Mermond Place for short-stay are the closest).

Note that both Station Road and Institute Road are on a one-way system.

It’s also just a five-minute walk from Swanage’s bus station and railway station – simply walk down Station Road, which then becomes Institute Road, and the post office will be on your left, just past Baboo Gelato and Amber Bay.

Swanage Post Office location in town (credit: Google Maps)

More nearby post offices

There is a further main post office on North Street in Wareham (open 9am – 5.30pm Monday – Saturday, closing early on a Saturday at 1pm) as well as smaller, sub-post office facilities in the following locations in Purbeck:

Exterior of Corfe Castle village store with church behind
Corfe Castle Village Stores

  • Corfe Castle – At the village shop. Open every day (Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm and Sunday 9am – 6pm)
  • Valley Road – Counter service in St Michael’s petrol station forecourt shop. Open every day, Mon – Fri 7am – 8pm and weekend days 8am – 8.45pm
  • Harman’s Cross – At the village hall. Thursdays between 9.30 – 11.30am
  • Langton Matravers – At Putlake Adventure Farm Tuesdays between 9am – 12pm
  • Stoborough – At the village hall, between 12pm and 2pm

Note that sub-post offices may not always provide all the services that a main post office does, and some services may not operate outside of normal post office hours.

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Cafés Food & Drink

The Cabin

The Cabin is a friendly, family-run beach café & bar situated on Swanage Beach, popular with holidaymakers and locals alike.

With views across the bay’s water and golden sands, it’s the perfect spot to have a hearty breakfast, light lunch or just wile away some time with a drink in your hand.

There’s seating on the prom, right by the strand, as well as tables set slightly further back in The Cabin’s tiered seating area, giving panoramic bay views. Sit out and enjoy the sun or take a break in the shade in The Cabin’s booth seating or under a sun umbrella.

Some of The Cabin’s most popular items on the menu include their seafood basket and fresh crab salad.

This busy little café is also fully licensed and stocks a range of wine, gin, beers and ciders. You can also order a refreshing jug of Pimms to share with friends on a warm day.

Note that due to its location The Cabin’s card machine can have a patchy connection, so take some cash just in case.

The Cabin has a hand-sanitising station, so you can wash-up before eating after exploring the beach.

Menus

The Cabin opens at 9am for breakfast each day, where you can choose to go for a Full English or simple egg or bacon bap, or fuel your onward beach walk with a cup of coffee and slice of Dorset apple cake.

Breakfast finishes at 11am, with the main menu starting at 11.30am, which offers a range of options including toasted sandwiches, burgers, seafood and salads.

Sun-beds, beach chairs, windbreaks & parasols for hire from The Cabin
Hire beach seating & parasols from The Cabin

Sun lounger hire

Extend your visit to The Cabin by hiring a sun-bed or beach chair from the café to enjoy on its very own stretch of beach.

Relax to the sound of the waves knowing that delicious food and a refreshing drink is on hand.

You can also hire windbreaks and parasols to provide shade – just ask one of the team at The Cabin.

 

Opening times

The Cabin is open seasonally from 1 April – 30 September.

Breakfast is served daily between 9am – 11am, when the menu changes to its main lunch menu from 11.30am.

British flags flying on Swanage beach outside The Cabin café
The Cabin’s flags mean they’re open

Tables are non-reservable and in peak holiday season there may be a short wait to be seated as it’s a popular place for both locals and visitors.

Naturally, due to the nature of The Cabin’s outdoor location, opening times can be weather-dependent. In the case of heavy rain for example it may be closed.

Closing times may vary according to the weather, but you’ll be able to see at a glance from along the beach whether The Cabin is open as it will have its Union Jack flags flying.

Location & parking

📍 Burlington Rd, Swanage BH19 1LW 

How to find The Cabin

The Cabin is set just below The Grand Hotel and close by to The Pines Hotel, about half way along Swanage Beach.

The Cabin café below the Grand Hotel in Swanage
The Cabin

If you’re spending the day at the seaside, or visiting town for the day or on holiday, you simply need to walk along the beach or promenade from the town centre till you reach The Cabin. It’s easy to spot, situated just past the stretch of colourful beach huts beyond Ocean Bay Watersports.

Parking

Parking on the nearby residential roads may be tricky as these are used by locals and residents of The Grand Hotel, but you can park in town and walk up the beach or via the roads – there are two pathways down to the beach from Burlington Road (both with steps).

Step-free access is via the promenade.

North Beach Car Park is the closest long-stay car park to The Cabin.

Contact details

Keep up-to-date with The Cabin by following them on Facebook, or call for any enquiries:

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Food & Drink Restaurants

Castaways

This family-owned restaurant on Swanage High Street is a friendly, welcoming space serving a range of plates from traditional fare to the more unusual.

With a convivial atmosphere, the staff are attentive and the menu changes with the seasons.

We don’t do fast food, we do good food as fast as we can!

Expect starters such as prawn cocktail, homemade paté and deep-fried brie with red onion chutney, and hearty mains such as Hunters’ Chicken wrapped in pancetta, beef lasagne or steak & chips, alongside lighter options like the asparagus & spinach quiche or poached fillet of salmon with parsley sauce.

Beef chateaubriand to share (credit: Castaways)

If you want to share, Castaways’ decadent fillet of beef chateaubriand for two is a must-try. It’s served with a béarnaise sauce, sautéed potatoes and vegetable medley.

For afters, keep it savoury with a cheeseboard or choose from a selection of desserts from the sweets board.

Castaways is a popular spot for diners, especially during peak summer and for pre-show meals at The Mowlem, so booking in advance is recommended. It’s also a great choice for your evening meal if you’re staying at the Purbeck House Hotel, which is a short stroll along High Street.

Outside of the busy summer season, Castaways offers various seasonal special menus, such as their Winter Special three-course menu, which includes a glass of house wine or soft drink, for £22.95, and their indulgent Christmas dinner menu with all the festive trimmings.

Castaways also has a children’s menu with something to suit every young person’s taste. There’s the familiar favourites such as macaroni cheese, scampi or cod & chips and chicken breast nuggets, or if your small person fancies something from the main menu, you can request a half portion for 50% of the menu price.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available at Castaways.

Fresh mussels sign on Swanage High Street
Fresh mussels at Castaways

Opening hours

Castaways is open throughout the year as follows:

  • Tuesday – Saturday – From 5pm
  • (Closed Sundays & Mondays)

Contact details

Call to book a table at Castaways:

  • 01929 288338
  • 07879 707179 (Out Of Hours)

Follow Castaways’ latest updates and check out their most current seasonal menu on social media:

Location in town & parking

📍 67 High Street, BH19 2LY

Find Castaways along High Street, close to The Red Lion pub, Smith’s Antiques and opposite Tawny’s wine bar.

There’s some on-street parking available immediately outside Castaways, as well as a little further up High Street toward the Methodist church, however most Swanage car parks are just a short walk away.

The closest short-stay car park is at Co-Op, which is free after 7pm. Long-stay car parks nearby include Broad Road and Main Beach (Victoria Avenue) car park.

Castaways location on High Street (credit: Google Maps)

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Florists Shopping

Florists

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers to send to a loved one, a dried wreath for your seasonal home décor, or want the perfect floral arrangement for an event or special occasion, these Swanage-based florists can create just what you need.

Dress your wedding table with the perfect bespoke centrepiece and have complementary colour schemes throughout your bridal bouquet and buttonholes.

Choose from luxury floral designs to simple & rustic, country-inspired themes for any occasion, including christenings & baby showers, dinner or work parties, and sympathy & funeral flower arrangements.

Or simply treat yourself to a one-off or regular seasonal subscription to brighten up your home.

Swanage Florist

This independent florist based in Swanage offers same-day delivery with floral arrangements in a natural and relaxed country style with flowers that are largely home-grown.

(images credit: Swanage Florist) 

Bouquets start from £20, with wreaths for special occasions such as weddings and funerals at £40.

Your flowers from Swanage Florist can be delivered within 10 miles of town.

Visit Swanage Florist’s website for a gallery of photos and full price list.

Contact details & ordering

Get in touch to discuss your requirements including your preferred foliage and colour of blooms.

Buds of Mave

Swanage-based Buds of Mave offers a friendly and personal service to clients who tend to find owner Caroline through word of mouth.

(pictures credit: Buds of Mave)

Caroline creates beautiful seasonal arrangements, bouquets and funeral tributes, with a commitment to using top quality fresh flowers to keep blooms in their best condition.

Buds of Mave also occasionally runs flower-arranging workshops and demonstrations in the area.

Contact details & information

Find out more and explore Buds of Mave’s stunning event floristry on its Facebook page or call to place an order:

Selina Kerley

Selina Kerley is a freelance florist based in Swanage and specialises in wedding & events floristry both in Dorset and across the UK.

(pictures courtesy of Selina Kerley)

Selina trained and worked at a luxury florist in London for six years before returning to Dorset, where she offers floral support to weddings and events companies.

Selina also takes on a number of personal clients throughout the year too.

You can view some of Selina’s exquisite floristry skills on her Instagram page: www.instagram.com/selinaleakerley_flowers/

Contact details

Call or email to get in touch:

  • 📞 07850 492000
  • 📥 selinakerley@gmail.com

Purbeck-based florists

Christmas wreaths for sale at Swanage Christmas Market
Locally-made wreaths from My Scented Home at Swanage Christmas Market

There are various further options for bespoke floristry services just outside Swanage, too.

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Food & Drink Restaurants Takeaways

La Trattoria

La Trattoria in Swanage has been a firm favourite in town since it first opened its doors in 1970.

This popular Italian restaurant on High Street serves authentic Italian food in its two distinct dining rooms – the cosy, romantic restaurant side and the light, bright bistro side with its doors that open out onto the street in the summer months, meaning you can have a different experience each time you visit.

Italian restaurant la Trattoria on Swanage's High Street
La Trattoria

La Trattoria – or ‘The Tratt’, as it’s known by locals – sources ingredients locally where possible and its menu caters for everyone from kids to vegetarian and those wanting to sample some seasonal fish or seafood.

The friendly and welcoming family-run establishment specialises in simple yet delicious Italian cuisine such as a simple fungi or piccante pizza, and traditional cannelloni, pasta ragu and lasagne.

For a three-course meal there are plenty of starters and desserts to choose from, including bruschetta or caprese salad to start, and an indulgent tiramisu or chocolate torte with gelato for afters.

You can view la Trattoria’s dine-in and takeaway menu on its website: https://www.latrattoria.co.uk/menus

Booking a table in peak seasons is recommended as the restaurant does get busy for both lunch and dinner.

La Trattoria is situated in the heart of Swanage, surrounded by various local pubs. It’s also a just couple of minute’s walk from the beach and The Downs, making it the perfect spot for a bite to eat after a long walk.

Contact details

Book a table by calling or online via la Trattoria’s website

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Butchers Cafés Farm shops Food & Drink Restaurants

The Salt Pig Too

Salt Pig Too is a thriving independent café & restaurant, butchery and urban farm shop in the heart of Swanage town centre and just a short stroll from the beach.

The sister business of The Salt Pig in Wareham, which opened its doors in 2010, Swanage’s very own Salt Pig opened its doors in 2018.

Serving seasonally-inspired dishes, Swanage’s Salt Pig restaurant can seat 50 people and all ingredients are locally-sourced where possible.

(all images courtesy of The Salt Pig’s Instagram)

With a strong commitment to animal welfare, provenance and responsible rearing practices, The Salt Pig proudly sources all its pork, lamb and beef within 8 miles of both premises, and fresh fish and shellfish are delivered daily.

The Salt Pig’s own family of rare breed Mangalista & Berkshire pigs are kept on local heathland and woodland and have famously appeared on the BBC’s Countryfile programme.

Butcher & meat boxes are also available via The Salt Pig’s butchery and can be ordered online ready for collection from either farm shop.

(pictures credit: The Salt Pig)

Opening hours & contact

Opening times

The Salt Pig logo

The farm shop and restaurant in Swanage is open as follows:

  • Monday – Wednesday – 8am – 6pm
  • Thursday – Saturday –  8am – 11pm
  • Sunday – 8am- 4pm

Contact details

Call to book a table or follow The Salt Pig’s social media for their latest news and updates:

Location in town

📍7A Station Road Postcode: BH19 1AB

Centrally-located on Station Road, Salt Pig Too is a stone’s throw from the beach, The Mowlem theatre & cinema, and all of Swanage’s main shops and amenities.

There is a small amount of short-stay on-street parking on Station Road itself, which is handy if you’re popping in to collect your butcher’s box or visit the urban farm shop.

There are two short-stay car parks a short stroll from the café (Mermond Place & Co-Op) and two long-stay car parks within a five-minute walk of Salt Pig Too (Broad Road & Main Beach car parks) if you’re staying for a quick coffee, lazy brunch or hearty dinner.

The Salt Pig Too lotion in Swanage (credit: Google Maps)

Catering

The Salt Pig team can cater for your wedding or event at any location across Purbeck.

Event catering (picture credit: The Salt Pig)

They’ll work with you to come up with your perfect menu, whether that’s a hog roast at a big family BBQ, canapés at a work meeting or even a private party.

Weddings will be given an extra special touch with a dedicated food & drinks wedding planner.

No menu design is too big or too small – you can request a special afternoon tea, rustic outdoor buffet or full sit-down dinner.

The Salt Pig regularly caters for businesses in the area including the RSPB and the National Trust.

For catering enquiries, visit The Salt Pig’s website: www.thesaltpig.co.uk/outdoor-catering/

The Sandy Salt Pig

The Sandy Salt Pig, Studland
Sandy Salt Pig

The Sandy Salt Pig is a new mobile food trailer based at Middle Beach in Studland – the perfect accompaniment to a seaside stroll.

Warm up after your walk with a breakfast butty & hot drink on a crisp winter day or stay a while and brunch by the beach on a warm afternoon.

Sandy Salt Pig opening times: Daily, 9am -4pm

Salt Pig pop-ups

The Forgotten Salt Pig

Salt Pig mobile catering at Tyneham village
The Forgotten Salt Pig mobile snack van at Tyneham

This mobile catering van can often be at Tyneham, where facilities are otherwise limited.

Typically, Tyneham hosts the Forgotten Salt Pig through the summer, serving hot & cold drinks, and light bites such as sausage rolls and sweet treats.

(Note that at Tyneham it’s cash-only payments due to there being no signal in the abandoned village.)

The Artful Pig

You’ll find this pop-up at artist collective & gallery Sandy Hill Arts in Corfe Castle.

Stop for a snack here as you browse the art and craft at The Boilerhouse Gallery or visit Corfe Castle Railway Station.

Sandy Hill Arts holds regular live music and arts events, including a range of workshops for both adults and children. Find out more online: sandyhillarts.co.uk

The Salt Pig, Wareham

Find the original Salt Pig on North Street in Wareham:

  • 📍6 North Street, BH20 4AF
  • 📞 01929 550673
  • 📥 wareham.saltpig@gmail.com
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Health Pharmacists Shopping Shops

Boots

Boots in Swanage is right in the centre of town and provides a variety of services, goods and  both over-the-counter and prescription medicines.

It also sells beach-side essentials such as sunscreen and sunglasses – handy if you’re here on holiday and have run out of sun protection.

Boots chest on Station Road in Swanage
Boots is next to WHSmith

Swanage’s Boots store stocks various health & beauty products, including Max Factor and No.7 cosmetics, and has a fragrance counter.

There’s also a private consultation room if you need to speak to a pharmacist in confidence, which can be booked in advance.

Opening times

Both shop and pharmacy are open every day during the following hours:

  • Monday – Saturday 9am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday 10am – 4pm

Pharmacy services

Pharmacy cross sign in Swanage
Pharmacy

Pharmacy services include:

  • Medicines
  • Prescription collection from local GP practices
  • Prescription delivery service
  • Seasonal flu vaccination
  • Appointment booking available for consultations
  • Private consultation room

NHS pharmacy services

Boots in Swanage also offers the following NHS services.

  • Emergency contraception (NHS)
  • Supervised consumption of medicines
  • Stop smoking service (NHS)
  • NHS Health Check

Accessibility information

This Boots store has step-free access and is wheelchair-accessible.

It is also fitted with an induction loop for hearing-aid users.

Contact number

📞 01929 422096

Boots Pharmacy in Swanage town centre
Boots on Station Road

Location & directions

📍1-3 Station Road Swanage, BH19 1AB

You’ll find Boots opposite The Mowlem, close to the beach and next door to WHSmith.

There is some short-stay, on-street parking a few hundred yards away on Station Road.

Alternatively Mermond Place and Co-Op car parks are also both nearby.

Boots location in town (image credit: Google Maps)

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Food & Drink Restaurants Takeaways

Dragon Inn

The Dragon Inn is one of two Chinese takeaway restaurants in Swanage.

Located centrally on High Street, near to the White Swan pub, the Dragon Inn offers both takeaway and restaurant dining.

You can call or pop in to order your takeaway, or order online or via an app, where you can view menus.

Find out more via their website: https://mealmap.co.uk/laihoswanage/

📞 Contact number: 01929 425237

Opening hours

Dragon Inn is open six days a week as follows:

  • Monday – Sunday: 5pm-10.30pm
  • Tuesday: Closed

Location & parking

📍 15 High St, Swanage BH19 2LP (at the former Lei Ho premises)

There is a limited amount of free one-hour on-street parking outside the Dragon Inn.

Alternatively, the nearest car park is just around the corner.

Dragon Inn location in Swanage (credit: Google Maps)

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Food & Drink Restaurants

Chilled Red

Chilled Red is a primarily seafood restaurant in Swanage – a hidden gem tucked away in a small courtyard behind the town’s main high streets.

It’s well-known for its high-quality European and British dishes in an intimate setting, and for its friendly, attentive staff.

The restaurant, which serves a regularly-changing set menu for lunch and dinner, also has vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options, as well as further options such as steak, lamb and duck.

Example dishes include halibut with a lobster sauce, mixed seafood jalfrezi, venison steak, and fresh lobster caught from Swanage Bay.

Opening hours

Chilled Red is currently open for evening meals as follows:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings from 6pm.

Location

📍 Tilly Mead, 1-5 Commercial Road, Swanage BH19 1DF

Chilled Red logo on the restaurant windows in Swanage

You’ll find Chilled Red down a pedestrianised lane in the centre of Swanage.

It’s on Commercial Road, which is home to a number of other local businesses, such as Chococo, Swanage Bay Fish and Java Independent Coffee House.

Access is via a short alleyway from either High Street (near the library) or via Institute Road by McColls’s newsagents.

Contact details

Call or pop in to book a table at Chilled Red.

(Note that Chilled Red doesn’t have a website).

📞 01929 426066

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Cafés Food & Drink Shopping Shops

Chococo

Tucked away down a little Swanage side-street you’ll find award-winning Chococo – a family-run, handmade chocolate company that began life right here in town.

Swanage is the home of Chococo’s first chocolate house, which has now expanded into a shop & café, with further premises in Winchester, Exeter and Horsham.

It’s the perfect place to stop for a hot chocolate and brownie on a chilly afternoon, a refreshing gelato on a summer’s day, or to purchase a special chocolate-themed gift.

There’s seating both downstairs and upstairs in the café next to the adjoining chocolate shop, as well as a small amount of seating in the lane outside. Upstairs you’ll also find a small children’s area with colouring activities.

In addition to Chococo’s signature chocolatey baked goods and specialty drinks, there’s also a range of other items on the menu, including local Dorset tea, scones and toasties.

As well as the Purbeck chocolate company’s firm favourites, such as their beautifully handmade chocolate bars & slabs and delicately decorated boxed chocolates, Chococo also creates seasonal and occasion products. Gifts can also be personalised for the recipient.

Can’t choose between your favourites? Why not put a hamper together, or buy a subscription as an unusual gift for a foodie friend?

Chococo also often holds fun chocolate lolly-making workshops in the holidays – keep an eye on Chococo’s Facebook page for updates, or pop into the shop to find out about any upcoming events.

(Pictures all courtesy of Chococo)

Chococo has won over 100 national and international awards over the years since its inception in 2002 and boasts a tempting range of flavours from traditional favourites like Dorset sea salt caramel to its award-winning gin collection.

Popular chocolates include ginger, honeycomb, raspberry and bandanna & cinnamon, along with various novelty chocolates for the perfect edible gift.

Many of Chococo’s chocolate products are naturally vegan, but there are is also a special vegan-friendly range of chocolates available made using oat milk.

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 9.30am to 5pm
  • Saturday – 9.30am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday – 10am – 5pm

Location in town

📍 Commercial Road, Swanage, BH19 1DF

Commercial Road is pedestrianised and accessible both from Institute Road (the alleyway opposite The Mowlem) and from High Street via the passageway between JJ Moore’s butchers and Swanage Library.

It’s also a stone’s throw from the beach as well as all of Swanage’s central shops and other amenities.

Contact details

Explore Chococo’s products and other chocolate houses on their website, or call to place an order for collection.

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Food & Drink Takeaways

Wok Chef

Wok Chef is a Chinese takeaway located at the top end of Swanage’s High Street.

Serving popular Cantonese and Malaysian takeaway food, Wok Chef is open throughout the year – check their Facebook page for opening times and current menus.

There’s generally a small amount of parking in the street immediately outside the takeaway, or in nearby residential areas.

The Wok Chef is close to The Black Swan pub and the Swanage Legion, so you can stop for a drink while you wait for your food to be ready.

There’s also a Spar shop close by for any drinks or snacks you might need to accompany your meal.

Contact details

Signage outside Chinese takeaway Wok Chef, Swanage
Wok Chef takeaway Chinese food

Simply pop in to place your order or call in advance for collection at a time to suit you.

Check the Wok Chef’s Facebook page for further information including seasonal opening hours and current menus.

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Cafés Food & Drink

Love Cake

This busy little, family-run café on Swanage’s High Street is a popular spot for everything from celebration afternoon teas to hearty breakfasts, from light lunches to main meals – and of course: cake.

It’s a short stroll from Swanage Beach and all the town’s main shops and amenities – perfect for a bite to eat after a swim or to grab a takeaway coffee and cake to take on your beach walk.

The fully-licensed café uses locally-produced Dorset ingredients and suppliers where possible and even has a little in-store deli where you can pick up local chutneys, biscuits, chocolate and more – or ask them to put together a hamper for you or as a gift.

Love Cake’s in-house bakery can also create bespoke cakes for your special occasion – simply get in touch with your requirements.

The café often holds special themed and seasonal evenings – keep an eye on their social media pages for the latest.

And you may see them and get a chance to sample special menus at certain local events, such as at Rollington Barn for Purbeck Art Weeks.

Opening hours

Love Cake is open every day between 9am & 5pm.

Time may differ at certain times of the year, with special evening openings, for example, for seasonal special nights.

Check in online on their website or socials for the latest updates.

Contact details

Raspberry and macaroon dark chocolate tarts by Lovel Cake catering at PAW
Takeaway chocolate tart with macaroons

Booking a table here in advance is advised, especially during busy seasons.

There may be parking on the one-way street outside (max one hour), but if not the café is almost equidistant to Co-Op and Mermond Road car parks, as well as long-stay Broad Road car park.

The Bear

Check out Love Cake’s sister business in Wareham – a cosy, stylish refurbished 18th Century coaching inn –

It’s a hotel, restaurant, café and function venue.

The Bears’ 11 bedrooms are charmingly named after famous bears -including Paddington, Pooh and Rupert.

Function rooms include an intimate library setting for up to 14, or main function room which can seat 40+.

Find out more on The Bear’s website: www.thebearwareham.co.uk

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Health Hospitals

Swanage Community Hospital

Swanage Hospital is a community hospital in Swanage, providing minor injuries care and a number of other health services.

There is no major Accident & Emergency department here – for urgent care contact 111 in the first instance. For medical emergencies telephone 999.

View of Swanage Hospital entranceway from the road outside
Swanage Hospital

Minor Injuries Department

Swanage’s Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is open daily (Monday- Sunday) between 8am and 8pm, including bank holidays.

The team here can help patients with the following:

Welcome board and opening hours information outside Swanage Hospital Minor Injuries Unit
MIU opening times

  • Limb injuries, such as sprains and fractures
  • Eye injuries and infections
  • 
Foreign bodies (for example splinters and fish hooks)
  • 
Head injuries
  • Wounds (including suturing if required)
  • 
Insect bites and stings
  • Emergency contraception

If, after phoning 111, in-person, face-to-face support is required, a member of hospital staff may book you an appointment at the minor injuries unit here – and kindly ask that you do not turn up unannounced.

Services

Services provided by Swanage Community Hospital include:

List of departments at the Swanage Hospital
Swanage Hospital departments

  • Cardiology
  • Children’s & Adolescent services
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Gastrointestinal & Liver services
  • General Surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Occupational Therapy services
  • Rehabilitation

For full information about this healthcare provider’s services visit: www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk

Visiting times & information

Patients on one of Swanage Hospitals wards can see visitors seven days a week, including bank holidays.

Ward visiting hours are 2-4pm and 6-8pm each day.

Contact details

  • Minor injuries & conditions: 111
  • Emergency/life-threatening: 999
  • Hospital phone number: 01929 422282

Location & how to get there

📍 Postcode: BH19 2ES

Swanage Hospital is located on Queens Road, Swanage.

Google map screenshot showing the location of Swanage Community hospital
(Swanage Hospital location (credit: Google Maps)

Your nearest Accident & Emergency departments

In an emergency call 999

If you require urgent care, the NHS urges you to telephone 111 in the first instance.

The A&E departments at these nearest major hospitals and urgent care centres are open 24 hours a day.

  • Poole Hospital -📍Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB 📞 01202 665511
  • Dorset County Hospital (Dorchester) -📍Williams Ave, Dorchester, DT1 2JY 📞 01305 251150
  • Royal Bournemouth Hospital -📍Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, BH7 7DW 📞 01202 303626
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Christmas

There’s lots of fun, festive things to do in and around Swanage in the lead-up to Christmas.

It’s a time for supporting local makers as they sell their handmade crafts, for community groups to come together to celebrate the season, and to enjoy the many cosy places to eat & drink with friends and family.

Christmas Market & Shopping

Mulled wine and spiced cider van at Swanage Christmas market

Support local in your Christmas shopping by finding gifts, stocking fillers and festive dinner essentials from the shops in town, or head to Swanage’s annual Christmas market to browse the stalls whilst enjoying entertainment and festive food & drink.

There’s also a number of Christmas craft fairs in nearby villages and towns to find that elusive unique gift. Try Corfe’s Christmas gift fair, visit the Etsy sellers at The Tank Museum, or discover new handmade items at quirky venues such as at Swanage’s beach huts with Artisans on the Beach.

Christmas Lights

Station Road Christmas lights, Swanage
Christmas lights in Swanage

Welcome the start of the festive season by gathering in town to watch the Swanage lights switch-on. Swanage Pier will also have its own lights switch-on, where you can dedicate a light to a loved one.

Corfe Castle’s Christmas lights switch-on and arrival of Santa in the village square is also always a popular Christmassy evening, and the Kimmeridge tree-lighting at the beginning of December is a lovely way to honour the season (with carols being sung around it on Christmas Eve).

Further magical winter illuminations in Purbeck include Swanage Railway’s Christmas train and the Blue Pool’s Illuminate event.

Music & Entertainment

Various traditional carol concerts are held in and around Swanage and Purbeck from late November and throughout December.

From small candle-lit experiences to lively brass-band performances, there’s a way for every member of the family to enjoy the festive season.

Young children can join in a Christmas sing-along at the Mowlem’s Santa Show, and there’s the town’s annual panto to look forward to in January, brought to us by Swanage Drama Company.

Family & Kids

Swanage Rotary Father Christmas

Kids (and big kids!) can keep an eye out where they live for Father Christmas in the first two weeks of December, with Swanage & Purbeck Rotary’s Santa’s sleigh as he makes his way around the streets of Swanage, Corfe and Langton.

And enjoy a wintery stroll around Corfe Castle‘s Christmas trail, with stories from the Lord of Misrule.

With a Santa’s Grotto at the Blue Pool this year – and even one for your pets at Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre – Father Christmas will never be far away, so best get working on those Christmas lists already!

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees and handmade wooden reindeer for sale at the entrance of the farm shop at Norden
Norden’s one of the go-to places for locals to buy their Christmas trees

These are the best places around Purbeck to buy your Christmas tree this year:

    • RSPB Arne – Pick your own at Arne’s annual pull-a-pine event and help the environment too!
    • Rudges Garden Centre – Open for winter hours (Weds, Fri, Sat & Mon) and also selling trees at Swanage FC Christmas market and Swanage Christmas Market
    • Norden Farm – Norden’s always stocked with a great selection of trees including Norman Fir from the end of November. And if you require a very large tree just get in touch with the farm to order ahead
    • Lenctenbury Farm – Lenctenbury Farm stocks a good range of Dorset-grown Christmas trees – from mini, potted ones to 8ft non-drop trees
    • Emmanuel Baptist Church – Sponsor a tree at the Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival and take it home when the event’s ended
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The Flying Scotsman

Arguably the highlight of the Swanage Railway enthusiasts’ calendar is the visits by one of the world’s most famous locomotives, Flying Scotsman.

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Swanage Railway Webcam

Visit Swanage Railway virtually and watch steam and diesel trains as they come and go via the railway’s webcams.

Live streams of the platform and tracks at Swanage Station and Corfe Castle Station are broadcast via webcams that can be viewed at any time.

Swanage Station webcam

Watch as the Railway’s resident steam and diesel locomotives haul passenger trains from Swanage Station, or watch special and visiting locos come and go during one of the many events the heritage railway attraction holds throughout the year.

The railway webcam is a great way to view the spectacular Steam & Lights experience at Christmastime if you can’t make it down.

See what’s happening at Swanage Station right now: www.swanagerailway.co.uk/webcams

Corfe Castle Station webcam