Local areas

Harman’s Cross

Home to a heritage railway station, busy village hall, and various popular campsites within easy reach of Swanage

Situated between Swanage and Corfe Castle, the small size of the village of Harman’s Cross belies its busy and thriving community.

The village hall holds regular events throughout the year and is a prominent venue for a range of rural entertainment, such as Dorset’s Artsreach – a charity that brings theatre, comedy and music to villages such as Harman’s Cross.

Harman’s Cross and its surrounding area is popular with campers and caravaners, with various campsites in and around the village and toward Corfe Castle and Swanage.

There’s also a fantastic playground, complete with a zip wire, that is suitable for both older and younger children.

Playground with zip wire at Harman's Cross
Harman’s Cross playground

Harman’s Cross village hall

Whether you’re just visiting, or if you are a resident of Harman’s Cross or live locally within Purbeck, Harman’s Cross village hall holds a wealth of year-round activities and events.

Entranceway and car park of the village hall in Harman's Cross
The village hall at Harman’s Cross

Arts & Crafts

  • Art group – The Harman’s Cross Art Group is an informal drawing and painting group that meets in the hall between September and July on a Tuesday 2pm – 5pm. It also meets outside for some en plein air art in the summer months and holds an exhibition once a year. Contact Judy Robson: 01929 781033
  • Life drawing – Held on Thursdays 2pm – 4pm. For more information call: 01929 424608
  • Sewing and craft group – Pins & Needles meets on Mondays 2pm – 4pm. Contact Liz Howell: 01929 480681
  • Quilting group – The U3A Patchwork & Quilting Group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month 9.30am – 12.30pm. Contact Delia Ffitch:


  • Harmony Rocks choir – A women’s community choir that meets on a Wednesday 2pm – 4pm. There is no audition to join and you do not need to be able to read music. The choir holds two concerts a year at the village hall, as well as performing at other events in Purbeck throughout the year. Contact Sue Smith: 01929 477148 or
  • Live music – The halls hosts regular live bands and musical groups, with a licensed bar to complete the experience
Mary Jane band performing at Harman's Cross village hall
The Mary Jane Band performing in the village hall Picture credit: Harman’s Cross village hall

Sport & Health

  • Yoga classes – Choose from all-ability to Intermediate hatha yoga and meditation classes. Held on Monday and Thursday evenings or Tuesday mornings, and some Sunday mornings. With Cathy Newman from Purbeck Mindfulness (
  • Table tennis – Table tennis sessions are held on a Monday 9am – 12.00pm. Contact Martin Howell:


  • Monthly movie night – Held on the second Tuesday evening of every month. Tickets cost £5 and films start at 7pm. There is also a bar. Find out what’s on this month:

Weddings and events at Harman’s Cross village hall

Harman’s Cross village hall is also a popular venue for private events, such as parties and weddings.

The hall offers a dedicated coordinator to help organise your big day and has a capacity of 100 guests.

You are free to use the PA system, stage lighting and projector screen, as well as the kitchen area and other facilities such as the adjoining ‘quiet room’.

The village hall’s patio furniture and use of the car park (capacity of 25 cars) is included. Any external marquee must be provided by an approved and insured supplier.

Wedding tables set for guests at Harman's Cross village hall
Tables set up for a wedding

To contact the friendly team at Harman’s Cross village hall: or call 07769 826994 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 7.00pm.

Why not volunteer?

The village hall relies on enthusiastic volunteers, and volunteering at the hall is very much a social affair. No experience or specific amount of time is required, although a range of additional, more specific volunteering opportunities are updated regularly here:

If you’re interested in volunteering get in touch with Alison: or call 07768 558341.

Harman’s Cross Field Day & Fayre

The highlight of the year for the village is the Harman’s Cross Field Day and Horse Show – a traditional village fair.


The annual Field Day & Fayre attracts over two thousand visitors each year and raises vital funds for the hall.

Highlights include:

  • Dog show – including the ever-popular dog agility display
  • Craft stalls – artists and makers display and sell their paintings, embroidery, wool crafts, sewing, woodwork and photography
  • Kid’s fun – face painting, bouncy castle and magic show
  • Traditional fun – a coconut shy, tombola and swing boat lend a vintage vibe to the day
  • Flower and produce show – from vegetables to pot plants and flower-arranging
  • Food tents – including a barbeque, homemade cake stalls, and local produce
  • Drinks tents – a fully licensed bar and separate cocktail bar
  • Raffles – with a top prize of £100 and over 50 other prizes in the Grand Draw
  • Music – with performances from the Swanage Town Band
  • Horse show – a gymkhana, horse show and showjumping is held in the adjoining field

The Harman’s Cross horse show and field day is typically held annually, across the August Bank Holiday weekend, with its hub at the village hall.

Harman’s Cross Railway Station

A visit to the village isn’t complete without a trip to one of the iconic stations of the heritage Swanage Railway line.

Sign for Harman's Cross station
Take a ride on the Swanage Railway

Hop on a steam train at Harman’s Cross station for a leisurely journey through the Purbeck countryside to Corfe Castle or Swanage.

Check the Swanage Railway website for timings and tickets:

Parking and facilities

Car park

Donation signage at the entrance to Harman's Cross village and station car park

Postcode for your SatNav: BH19 3EB 

This will take you to a large car park situated by Harman’s Cross train station and village hall.

It operates an honesty box system, with a suggestion £1 donation.

The car park is often used as an overflow car park for the village hall when events are running, and for families using the play park, which is just opposite.


Cars outside Harman's Cross Murco petrol station

A handy Spar shop within the village petrol station sits at the centre of Harman’s Cross.

Pick up snacks, alcohol and household essentials here. You can also buy logs and kindling for cosy autumn and winter evenings.

There is another petrol station and garage on the road out to Swanage – St Michael’s. 

Alternatively, there are village shops in nearby Corfe Castle and Langton Matravers, and of course all the main stores in Swanage.

Walks in and around Harman’s Cross

Hop on the steam train or drive and park at Harman’s Cross railway station car park:

  • Purbeck Hills – Choose one of the various footpaths for a quiet walk across farmland and into the Purbeck Hills. Some pathways make for a nice short walk and picnic, and some take you all the way to Corfe Castle, Swanage or Langton Matravers.
  • Dancing Ledge – You can pick up walking trails for this famous Purbeck beauty spot via Valley Road towards Langton Matravers  
  • Wilkswood Woods – A fantastic, tranquil walk through ancient woodland. Wilkswood Farm is also a popular wedding venue and home to the annual Wilkswood Reggae Festival
  • Corfe Castle – A pleasant but more challenging walk will take you through the Purbeck countryside to the village of Corfe Castle. Head over Corfe Common or down East Street till you reach the village square and Corfe Castle itself
  • Jurassic Coast – For the more seasoned walker, Harman’s Cross makes a good base for picking up Jurassic Coast trails or the South West Coast Path

Nearby attractions

Harman’s Cross is ideally situated between Swanage and Corfe for a variety of things to do and places to see.