The Swanage Bandstand was first installed in 1923, it was manufactured by Walter Macfarlane & Co at the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, it was created out of cast iron. It is now of great importance and is one of the few remaining MacFarlane ‘224’ bandstands left in the country, the others are located in Leamington Spa, Sevenoaks, Uxbridge, and a few other locations.
Originally planned to be opened on the 31st of July 1923, bad weather forced the opening back and it was eventually opened on Thursday the 2nd of August 1923. The opening day has 11 songs being performed at the stand by various artists such as Brepsant, Waldteufel, Spencer, Gustav Von Holst, D’Alquen, Balfour, Leslie Paul, Handel, Schuber, and Scott Minchin.
As the years went on, storms caused some damage to the roof of the bandstand which was then subsequently removed by Swanage Council for health and safety reasons, as well as asbestos being discovered in the roofing.
The Friends of Swanage Bandstand was set up in order to raise funds for the restoration of the band Stand, to ensure that it can once again be sued by the public and performers, to bring it back to its former glory as a central attraction in Swanage. £160,000 was raised for the restoration which has now been met. The newly restored bandstand was reopened on the 26th of October 2019.