Saint George’s Field was dedicated to the late King George V by the Urban District Council in May of 1951. George V ruled as king of the United Kingdom and British Dominions, and also served as the Emperor of India from May of 1910 until his death in 1936. George was a member of the Royal Navy, became the first Monarch of the House of Windsor, and made many other glorious accomplishments during his 26-year reign. Today, George’s Field is managed by the Swanage Town Council, with the original entrance gates from Victoria Avenue still standing.
The field has become a great outdoor spot for entertainment, sports, and wildlife viewing that is enjoyed by visitors both young and old. It features car parking, changing rooms, two cricket pitches, three football pitches, and four tennis courts. On Sundays, the football pitch is used by the youth football teams during football season, and you’ll find an innovative skate park and children’s play area located on the premises. Fees for youth football are currently listed at 25.00 for the youth field & changing facilities and 6.00 for youth teams, which match the rates charged at Forres Sports Field. Nature lovers enjoy the wetland and meadow areas, where footpaths lead around natural ponds and through maintained grounds where wildlife often visit.
Plant enthusiasts should also be satisfied with the field’s plant list, which includes several kinds of grass & ferns, trees & shrubs such as the Butterfly-bush, a long list of Herbaceous plants that include the Water Figwort, Creeping Buttercup, Cuckooflower Strawberry Clover, Wild Teasel, and many more. By the stream, plants such as the Water Mint, Purple-loosestrife, Yellow Iris, Great Willowherb, and several others can be found. If you’d like to view the full list of plants within the area, you can do so on the Swanage Town Council’s website under King Georges Field > Wetland area Swanage plant list.
The field is located off of Victoria Avenue, in Swanage, Dorset with a nearby car park that has a capacity of 500 cars. Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk year-round. The location is disability accessible with accessible toilets and doorways.