Upcoming Events

Festival season continues: OCTOBER 2023

Enjoy live music in one of Swanage’s cosy pubs, settle down in front of a classic film at a unique venue and get creative with pumpkins in Purbeck this October.

  • The Paul Cook Blues Band on stage in 2021
  • Craft stalls outside The Mowlem Theatre & Cinema in Swanage
  • Pumpkins at Corfe Castle

After a jam-packed September featuring the Swanage Folk Festival, Purbeck Walx Festival and Planet Purbeck Festival, October welcomes the return of the ever-popular Swanage Blues Festival (5th – 8th Oct) and sees the Purbeck Film Festival enter its 28th year (20th Oct – 4th Nov).

There are also plenty of Halloween and pumpkin-themed days to enjoy this autumn, such as firm favourite the Pumpkin & Beer Festival at The Square & Compass pub in Worth Matravers (7th Oct), as well as children’s activity trails along Swanage Pier and at Durlston Country Park.

Current & Upcoming Events

September 2023
Beach and groynes at Swanage Bay

Swanage Super Vets' Rowing Regatta

  Saturday 30th September 2023

Now On

Starts Today

Ends Today

October 2023
Pumpkins and squash on hay bales

Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Lenctenbury Farm

  Tuesday 3rd – Tuesday 31st October 2023

  Soldiers Road, Norden, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5DU

3 days away

The Paul Cook Blues Band on stage in 2021

Swanage Blues Festival

  Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th October 2023

5 days away

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin & Beer Festival (Worth Matravers)

  Saturday 7th October 2023

  The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Swanage, BH19 3LF

7 days away

The Cellar Bar at The Mowlem in Swanage

Purbeck Film Festival

  Friday 20th October – Saturday 4th November 2023

20 days away

Candles on the Beach

  Saturday 21st October 2023

  Swanage Seafront

21 days away

November 2023
Corfe Castle village hall

Christmas Gift Fair (Corfe Castle)

  Saturday 11th November 2023

  Corfe Castle village hall, 67 East Street, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EE

42 days away

The Polar Express Train Ride experience poster

The Polar Express Train Ride

  Friday 17th November – Saturday 30th December 2023

48 days away

Tourists and locals browsing Swanage beach huts

Artisans on the Beach

  Saturday 25th November 2023 – Monday 1st January 2024

56 days away

Christmas lights on Station Road in Swanage

Swanage Christmas Lights Switch-On

  Saturday 25th November 2023

56 days away

December 2023
Wreaths from My Scented Home at Swanage Christmas Market

Swanage Christmas Market

  Saturday 2nd December 2023

63 days away

Welcome to RSPB Arne sign

Pull-a-Pine at RSPB Arne

  Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd December 2023

  RSPB Arne Arne Road, Wareham BH20 5BJ

63 days away

May 2024
GB Railfreight Class 31 73 136 at Swanage railway station

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala & Beer Festival

  Friday 10th – Sunday 12th May 2024

223 days away

Rollington Barn artwork

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival

  Saturday 25th May – Sunday 9th June 2024

238 days away

June 2024
Surf-n-turf paella at Swanage Fish Festival

Swanage Fish Festival

  Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th June 2024

  Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage, BH19 2AR

259 days away

Swanage Railway Roads to Rail event near Corfe Castle

Swanage Railway Roads to Rail Steam Rally

  Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June 2024

  Norden Park, Norden Station, BH20 5DW

265 days away

July 2024
Salamanda Swing Band saxophone

Swanage Jazz Festival

  Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2024


286 days away

More Upcoming Events

September 2023

  • Threads at The Grand – Needlecraft & textiles exhibition at the Grand Hotel by the Purbeck Group of West Country Embroiderers. Items for sale, plus tombola, Wednesday 27 September – Sunday 1 October, 9.30am – 4pm
  • Stories of the Spirits Family Quest – Quest at Corfe Castle, 23 September – 12 November, 10am – 4:30pm daily. Free event, normal admission applies
  • Mowlem Film: A Haunting in Venice (12A) – Fri 29 – Sat 30 September & Mon 2 – Thurs 5 October
  • History Talk with Dr Phil Judkins: WWII Naval Convoys & Purbeck – At St Edward’s Church hall on Friday 29 September, 7.30pm. Tickets £4, refreshments available
  • Women-Only Full Moon Walk – At RSPB Arne, Friday 29 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Harvest Supper – Special autumnal menu at Love Cake – 2 course £24.50 or 3 course £29.50. Friday 29th September, 6pm – 8.30pm. Booking advised
  • Mowlem Live Music: Pop-Up Bowie – Tribute act playing Bowie’s greatest hits, Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm. Plus Afterparty with ‘The Flying G’ till midnight
  • Swanage Railway Event: The Purbeck Piddler – Beer & curry steam train special with on-board bar from Dorset’s Piddle Brewery. Free pint voucher if you book in advance (£25pp or £150 carriage of six); curry meal + £12.50. 30 September, 7:30pm
  • The Anchor Inn Live Music: Red Not Chili Peppers – Saturday 30 September from 10pm
  • Sandy Hill Arts Live Music: iyatraQuartet – Saturday 30 September, 7:30pm
  • Forage for Knowledge – Educational foraging walk looking at local edible species including medicinal herbs, mushrooms & wild greens, £20pp. Harman’s Cross, Saturday 30 September, 1pm (lasts 2-3 hours)
  • Patient Artwork Exhibition – Seaside-themed artwork and sculpture with Lewis-Manning Hospice Care at Purbeck New Wave Gallery, 30 September – 14 October
  • Corfe Castle Library 10-Year Birthday Celebration II – Anniversary drinks & nibbles in the library, Saturday 30 September, 10am – 12pm

October 2023

  • The Mowlem Art Exhibition: The Dreaming Lens – Purbeck landscapes by Paul Jefferis. Runs till 17 October, Monday – Saturday 5.30pm – 9pm & whenever the theatre or Showbar are open
  • The Big Apple Art Competition – Submit an original apple, cider or orchard-related artwork to the Purbeck Cider Company by Friday 13th October to be in with the chance of winning a prize. Children’s category (age 2 – 15) and Adult category (16+)
  • Jazz at the Grand Hotel – Local charities fundraiser with Swanage Jazz Machine, Sunday 1 October, 2pm. Free entry – donations gratefully received
  • The Scott Arms Live Music: The Hightown Crows – Rockabilly blues band playing at the pub in Kingston, Sunday 1 October, 2pm
  • Forest School Stay & Play sessions – Free session for children aged 2-4 with a parent or carer at Swanage Explorers Forest School, Monday 2 October, 10am – 11am
  • Swanage Railway: Taster Driving Experience – Drive your own steam train – approx. one hour experience, plus goody bag. Selected dates between 2 – 20th October
  • Durlston Evening Talk: Allsort’d – Meet the team behind local community group Allsort’d & hear about their latest work supporting your adults with learning disabilities, Tuesday 3 October, 7.3pm – 9pm
  • Creating Cleaner Air Communities – Information evening by Dorset Council at Emanuel Baptist Church, Wednesday 4 October, 6.30pm – 8pm
  • The Loft Film Night: D.O.A. – Friday 6 October, 7pm for 7.30pm start, £3 on the door (£2 conc). Hot drinks available, or byob
  • SENsational Story & Play – Fun session at Swanage library for children aged 0 – 5 with additional needs & their families. Sensory toys, story & rhyme, Friday 6 October, 11am – 11.30am
  • Swanage Carnival Presentation Evening – At The Mowlem, Friday 6 October, 7.30pm
  • Fundraising Quiz Night & Raffle – At the Swanage School, Friday 6 October, 7.30pm
  • Swanage Railway: Fish & Chips Special – Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 October
  • Community Beach Clean – On Swanage Beach, with the Marine Conservation Society & Dorset Tea. With free hot tea, and Seashore Safari Guides for young people. Two sessions on Saturday 7 October at 11am (meet at the King Alfred Memorial) & 2pm (at Banjo Pier)
  • Corfe Castle Library 10-Year Birthday Celebration II – Join for drinks & nibbles on Saturday 7 October, 10am – 12pm
  • Corfe Castle Wedding Fair – Visit the Castle as a wedding venue and meet specially-selected suppliers for your big day, Sunday 8 October, 10am – 3pm
  • Artsreach Performance: Desert Island Flicks – Winfrith village hall, Sunday 8 October, 7.30pm
  • Dorset Coding Day – Interactive coding activities for Key Stage 2/3 at Swanage Library on Monday 9 October, 4pm – 5pm. Booking on Eventbrite essential
  • The Mowlem Film: The Old Oak (15) – Directed by Ken Loach, 8 & 16 – 19 October, 7.30pm; 16 October at 2.30pm
  • Discussion Evening: Photography, Process, Poetics, Place – Illustrated talk in conjunction with Paul Jeffris’ The Dreaming Lens exhibition at The Mowlem, Tuesday 10 October 6.45pm – 8pm
  • Forest School Stay & Play sessions – Free indoor & outdoor activities for children aged 2-4, plus parent or carer at Swanage Explorers Forest School, Tuesday 10 October, 10am – 11am
  • Dorset Architectural Heritage Week: Durdle Door & its Bay – Guided geology walk, Wednesday 11 October, 10.30am, £8
  • The Mowlem Theatre: Tiger Lady – An Artsreach production by Dead Rabbits Theatre. Suitable for age 12+, Thursday 12 October, 7:30pm
  • The Globe Live Music: Matt Black – Thursday 12 October, 9pm – 11pm
  • ‘Music For All’ Competition – Musicians of all ages are being invited to enter the Purbeck Youth & Community Foundation competition. Final performance at The Purbeck School on 14 October. Email to apply: community@loveitlocal.org
  • The Mowlem Live Music: Push the Pull Door – Music from 8pm, bar opens at 5pm
  • Artsreach Performance: The Canterbury Tales – One-man show at Corfe Castle village hall, Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm
  • Elvis Presley Tribute Night – Kingston Country Courtyard, Saturday 14 October, 7pm. Tickets from £32.13 via Eventbrite
  • Old Harry Bar Live Music: The Rheumatics – Punk cover band, Saturday 14 October, 8:30pm (open from 5pm)
  • Dorset Maverick X Series – Four trail races (short, middle, long & ultra) around the Isle of Purbeck, starting from just outside Corfe Castle, Saturday 14 October, from £35pp
  • Guided Walk: Purbeck Ridgeway & Corfe Common – Enjoy a three-mile guided walk up West Hill to the ridgeway and back via Corfe River, Wednesday 18 October, 1pm – 5:30pm
  • Halloween Children’s Activity Trail – Find the pumpkins & other spooky friends at Durlston Country Park, £3.50 per trail pack, 10am – 4pm daily between 19 – 25 October
  • Wild Wednesdays – At Durlston Country Park: Free painting & craft activities drop-in at the Learning Centre, Wednesday 25 October, 11am – 3pm
  • Forest School Stay & Play sessions – Free indoor & outdoor activities for children aged between 2-4 years old & their parent or carer, at Swanage Explorers Forest School, Thursday 19 October, 2pm-3pm
  • Artsreach Performance: Gertrude Lawrence: A lovely way to spend an evening – Langton Matravers village hall, Thursday 19 October, 7.30pm
  • The Cellar Bar Live Music: Tim Young – Acoustic cover artist, Saturday 20 October, 8pm – 11pm
  • Wareham Autumn Beerex – Exhibition of 20+ real ales, plus local ciders & gins. Live music in the evenings. Friday 20 – Saturday 21 October
  • ‘Snuggle Up For Winter’ Fundraising Event – Help raise funds for the new Herston village hall and pick up some preloved books, jigsaws & blankets, with cosy café hot drinks & cake, Saturday 21 October, 2 – 4pm
  • Sausage & Cider Festival – The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle, 21 – 28 October, 12 – 9pm daily (Plus ghoulish Greyhound goodies in the spooky marquee for Halloween – kids treats, fangtastic freakshakes & horrifying hot chocolate throughout half term)
  • Eco-Friendly Craft Fun – At Swanage Library throughout the October half term between 11am – 3pm (Sat 21, Mon 23, Wed 25 & Fri 27)
  • Fish Festival Quiz Night – Fundraiser at Swanage Royal British Legion, Saturday 21 October, 7pm. Teams of 3 – 8, £3pp
  • Spooky Halloween Trail – Get spooky on Swanage Pier this half term – find the characters hidden along the pier & hand in your trail sheet at the gift shop for a reward, £1.50 per child, Saturday 21 October – Sunday 29 October
  • Spooky Studland Halloween Trail – Get into the spooky season at this nature-themed activity trail, packed with creepy crawly crafts & witchy woodland walks, Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October, 10am – 3pm
  • Swanage Railway Book Signing: John Woodhams – John will be signing his book William Adams: His Life & Locomotives at Swanage station on Sunday 22 October 2023 between 12.30pm & 4pm
  • Outdoor Autumn Activity Club – Half day activity & adventure sessions for children (groups aged 5 – 11 & 8 – 16) with Cumulus Outdoors, from £15pp, 23 – 27 October
  • Jazz at the Grand Hotel – Local charities fundraiser with Swing Easy Too, Tuesday 24 October, 12:15pm. Free entry – donations gratefully received
  • Halloween Crafts – October half term drop-in fun for kids on Swanage Pier, Thursday 26 October, 10.30am – 2pm, £2 per child – make as many Halloween-themed creations as you like
  • Botanical Pumpkin Workshop – Make a festive pumpkin with a difference with Dorset Dried Flowers in Corfe. £25pp – includes tuition, materials & refreshments. Suitable for both adults and children. Thursday 26 October, 10.30am – 12pm To book
  • Halloween Disco at Putlake – Halloween fun at the adventure farm on Friday 27 October from 5pm – 7pm. £6 per child (tickets must be purchased from the farm in advance)
  • Autumn Barn Dance – With music & calling by Arish Mel. Tickets to include a ploughman’s meal (byo drinks & glasses) – £12 adults, £8 youth. At Corfe Castle village hall on Friday 27 October, 7.30pm
  • Halloween Party – Two course dinner followed by spooky disco, fancy dress optional, for adults aged 18+, £31pp. At the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club, Saturday 28 October, from 6.45pm
  • Swanage Jazz Club Presents: Amy Roberts Quintet – At Harman’s Cross village hall, £14pp, Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm (bar opens 7pm)
  • Sandy Hill Arts Live Music: Soothsayers – Fusion of dub, reggae, Afrobeat & jazz. Tickets £10-£15, bar available. Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm
  • Women-Only Full Moon Walk – At RSPB Arne, Saturday 28 October, 5pm – 7pm

November 2023

  • SENsational Story & Play – Fun session at Swanage library for children aged 0 – 5 with additional needs & their families. Sensory toys, story & rhyme, Friday 3 November, 11am – 11.30am
  • The Salamanda Swing Band Autumn Dance – At Studland village hall, Saturday 4 November, 8pm – 10pm (doors open 7.30pm), with drinks & pizza available. Tickets £10 in advance from Sue’s Cards or £12 on the door
  • Harman’s Cross Movie Night: Lawrence After Arabia – Plus director’s introduction & Q&A session, Saturday 4 November, 7.30pm at Harman’s Cross village hall
  • Jazz at the Grand Hotel – Charity fundraiser with Swanage Jazz Machine, Sunday 5 November, 2pm. Free entry – donations gratefully received
  • ‘What if you just leave it?’: Rewilding Unwrapped – Free photographic exhibition by geographer Sam Rose at Durlston’s Fine Foundation Gallery, open 10am – 4pm daily between 7 – 10 December
  • The Globe Live Music: Tim Young – Friday 10 November, 9pm
  • Swanage Drama Company Presents: An Evening of Entertainment – Charity fundraiser concert showcasing local talent. At The Mowlem, Saturday 11 November, 7.30pm, £12 adults, £10 children (in aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance & BBC Children in Need)
  • Swanage Bay View Fundraiser with band Social Affair – In aid of Emily McDonald, tickets £10pp from Corbens Estate Agents & the Bay View, Saturday 11 November, 7pm – midnight
  • Artsreach Presents: The Budapest Cafe Orchestra – Live folk band at The Mowlem, Thursday 16 November, 7:30pm
  • Mowlem Comedy: Andy Parsons Bafflingly Optimistic (14+) – Saturday 18 November, 8pm
  • Christmas Fair – Langton – Local crafts, Christmas gifts & home produce, with festive refreshments. Saturday 18 November from 10am – 2pm, Langton Matravers village hall. Free entry
  • Countdown to Christmas Tabletop Sale – Plus raffle & refreshments, in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. At Studland Village Hall on Saturday 18 November, 10am – 2pm
  • Foster With Dorset Council – Information event at Swanage Library – come and find out more about becoming a foster carer, Wednesday 22 November, 10am – 12pm
  • Double Act Show: Agatha Crusty & the Health Spa Murders – At Corfe Castle Village Hall, Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 November
  • The Mowlem Live Music: The Decatonics – Saturday 25 November, 7:30pm
  • Laughter at the Legion – Comedy Night at Swanage RBL with headliner Tom Glover on Saturday 25 November, 8pm (doors open 7pm), early bird tickets £10. Also Jack Campbell, Andrew White, Lottie Hazell & Tim Biglowe
  • Purbeck Arts Choir: Women of Note – Celebrating 200 years of female composers. At St Mary’s Church, Saturday 25 November
  • Stalls in the Hall – Local craft & produce stalls at Harman’s Cross village hall, Saturday 25 November, 9:30am – 12pm
  • Jazz at the Grand Hotel – Local charities fundraiser with Swing Easy Too, Tuesday 28 November, 12:15pm. Free entry – donations gratefully received

December 2023

  • Mowlem Live Music: Karen G’s Christmas Show – Festive favourites plus special guests, Friday 1 December, 7.30pm
  • Jazz at the Grand Hotel – Charity fundraising concert with Swanage Jazz Machine, Sunday 3 December, 2pm. Free entry – donations gratefully received
  • SENsational Story & Play – Fun session at Swanage library for children aged 0 – 5 with additional needs & their families. Sensory toys, story & rhyme, Friday 8 December, 11am – 11.30am
  • Mowlem Theatre: Snow Angel (13+) – Musical mash-ups and magical madcap festive fun, Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm
  • Artreach Music: Icicles & Inglenooks – With the Narthen Trio, Studland village hall, Sunday 10 December, 4pm (Vocal harmony workshop 2pm – 3pm; bar & pizza from 3pm)
  • Wareham Christmas Street Market – Along North Street, raising funds for local charities. Saturday 9 December, 10am – 4pm
  • Crazy Christmas Children’s Activity Trail – Help Santa get Christmas back on track at Durlston, £3.50 per trail pack, 10am – 3pm daily between Thursday 14 – Tuesday 2 January
  • Santa’s Sleigh & Carol singing in Corfe – Santa will be visiting the streets of Corfe across Friday 15 – Saturday 16 December, ending with Christmas carols in the village square on Saturday at 6pm
  • Artsreach Music: VRï – Welsh string & vocal trio, Corfe Castle village hall, Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm (Light refreshments available)
  • Mowlem Theatre: Santa’s Christmas Wish – Children’s show with a present for each child, 19 December, 2pm
  • Jazz at the Grand Hotel – Local charities fundraiser with Swing Easy Too, Tuesday 19 December, 12:15pm. Free entry – donations gratefully received
  • Allsort’d Exhibition: ‘New Heights’ – Creative works to view and purchase at Durlston’s Fine Foundation Gallery, 10am – 4pm from Wednesday 20 December – Sunday 14 January
  • Winter Solstice Walk & Breakfast – Watch the sun rise from Old Harry Rocks on the shortest day of the year, followed by a full English breakfast back at Knoll Beach’s café (v & vg options available). Adults £19.50; children £10. Thursday 21 December, 7:15am – 10am
  • Boxing Day Swim – On Swanage Beach, Tuesday 26 December, 11am

January 2024

  • Mowlem Pantomime: Cinderella – Panto from Swanage Drama Company, Friday 12, Saturday 13, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January. Showings at 7.30pm each day, plus 2pm matinees on Saturdays

Daily, Weekly & Monthly Recurring Activities

Aside from the annual and one-time special events above, there’s also a wide range of regular daily, weekly and monthly activities for you to participate in, so you’re never short of things to do in Swanage.

Weekly Events


  • Community Café – At Herston village hall, Mondays between 10am – 12pm. Tea & cake, toys & games
  • Community Pantry – Open to all between 10am – 12pm – simply bring a bag and collect surplus fruit & veg. There’s no charge although a donation is welcome
  • Citizen’s Advice drop-in session – At Herston village hall between 10am – 2pm
  • Wild Walking Book Club (Easy – Moderate) – Gentle exercise and book chat in and around Durlston Country Park, £8pp, Mondays at 10am. To join email Vicki: vickibarefootresolution@gmail.com
  • Studland Bay: Nature Tots – Toddler group (aged up to 5) with nature-inspired activities at Knoll Beach Discovery Centre, Mondays between 4 September – 11 December, 10am – 11am
  • Community Pop-In – Social session at Emmanuel Church especially for people who live on their own. Come along for a hot drink & chat and games, jigsaws & crafts, followed by a light lunch. Each week from 10.30am – 1pm, donations only
  • Fundamental Pilates – At Studland village hall from 9.15am, with Swanage Fitness, £50 for six-week block
  • Pilates & Stretch – Improve your core strength & general fitness at Emmanuel Church, Mondays 1.45pm – 2.45pm (also Tues eve), £9 per class
  • Junior Boxing – At Purbeck Power Gym, Corfe. Ages 7 – 10 from 5.15pm & ages 11 – 16 from 6.15pm (also Thurs)
  • Adult Boxing – Classes for age 17+ at Purbeck Power Gym, Mondays 7.30pm (also Thurs)
  • Cantos do Mundo – Community choir singing songs from around the world, £5 on the door (£3 concession). In The Mowlem’s community room every Monday between 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Remix Youth Open Mic Night – For anyone aged 11-18 in Purbeck, all musical abilities welcome, just 50p per session. At Emmanuel Baptist Church on Mondays from 7pm – 9pm. For more info contact: youthteam@waveministry.org.uk


  • Early Risers’ Bootcamp – Outdoor fitness class in Day’s Park, every Tuesday, 7am
  • Fit Yoga – With Joyoga at the Swanage Bay View gym, 9.30am, £8 drop-in classes during term-time only
  • Stitch & Bitch – Fun & friendly craft & coffee morning at The White Swan pub from 10am. Includes free hot drink
  • Swanage Linking Lives Place of Welcome – At 103 High Street, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am – 12pm. All welcome for cuppa, & chat or to play board games
  • Beach Clean – Volunteer with Swanage Beach Buddies every Tuesday and Sunday throughout the year
  • Clinical Yoga – Seven-week, 45-minute classes at St Mark’s School at 5pm or 6pm, starting Tuesday 5 September. £10 per class or £8 per class for block-booking (£56)
  • Zumba – With Lucy C Dance Fitness at The Swanage School, Tuesdays at 6.30pm
  • Pilates & Stretch – Improve your core strength & general fitness at Emmanuel Church, Tuesdays 6.40pm – 7.30pm (also Monday lunchtimes), £9 per class
  • Fitness Flow Pilates – With Swanage Fitness, St Mary’s School at 7pm. Dynamic class including body sculpting and mobility exercises to music, £50 for six-week block
  • The Belvedere Singers – Try two sessions for free before joining (no need to audition). Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at Emmanuel Baptist Church from 7.30pm – 9.30pm


  • Seahorses Playgroup – At Herston village hall, 9.30am – 11am (term time only), £2 per session. Hot drinks for adults & healthy snacks for children available
  • Morning Yoga – Wake up with Joyoga at The Loft on Wednesdays at 9.30am. £8 drop-in sessions of £40 for six
  • Wild Walking Book Club (Moderate – Challenging) – Slightly more challenging than Monday’s group – various locations around Swanage & Purbeck, £8pp. Wednesdays at 10am, duration 1-2 hours. Email for book list, further info & to join : vickibarefootresolution@gmail.com
  • Citizen’s Advice drop-in session – At Swanage Library from 10am – 12pm (except first Weds of the month)
  • Community Lunch – Pop in to The Loft Community Centre on Commercial Road (opposite Chococo) for some free food, a warm space or hot drink each Wednesday between 12.30pm – 2.30pm (stay & chat till 4pm). Veg/vegan options available. Small donation welcome but not necessary
  • Hatha Yoga – Suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis. Booking not required, mats provided. At St Edwards’s Catholic Church hall at 6pm, £9 With Joyoga (term-time only)
  • Qigong Fitness – Choreographed standing relaxation exercise class. At the Mowlem from 2pm – 3pm & 3.30pm – 4.40pm (from 20 Sept)
  • Swanage Town Band Practice – Rehearsals every Wednesday during term time at Swanage Methodist Church from 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Fatboy Karaoke – At The Globe pub every Wednesday from 8pm – 11pm
  • Boxertone – Wednesdays at 7.30pm at Purbeck Power Gym in Corfe


  • Slimming World – Thursdays at Swanage United Reformed Church, at 9am, 5.30pm or 7pm
  • EBC Tots – Toddler group at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 10am – 11.30am, £1 donation per family
  • Swanage Linking Lives Place of Welcome – At 103 High Street, Thursdays & Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm. All welcome for cuppa, & chat or to play board games
  • Sketch & Chatter II – Six-week workshop at Studio South, Thursdays between 7 September – 12 October, 12pm – 1.30pm. £35pp (includes sketch book, charcoal pencils & blender, plus discounted drinks). Pop in to book
  • Singing for Pleasure – Dementia-friendly singing session at Emmanuel Baptist Church, all welcome. From 2pm, £2
  • Junior Boxing – Thursday class for ages 11 – 16 from 6.15pm – 7.15pm. At Purbeck Power Gym, Corfe Castle
  • Adult Boxing – Classes for age 17+ at Purbeck Power Gym, Thursdays 7.30pm – 8.30pm (also Mon)
  • Pilates – At Emmanuel Baptist Church – Pilates First class for new & returning at 6pm and Fundamental Pilates focusing on posture, strength, balance & mobility at 7pm
  • Purestretch – 45-minute class combining yoga & pilates techniques with Ucan Fitness, Thursday 7pm in St Mark’s School hall, £6 pay as you go
  • Purbeck Arts Choir – Weekly practice at St Mary’s School, 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Free Antenatal Classes – This six-week online PeaPods course covers getting to know your baby, bonding, mental health & communication with a specialist midwife. Starts Thursday 28 September, 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Karaoke & Quiz – Family pub quiz (8pm) followed by karaoke (9pm) at The White Swan pub every Thursday


  • Swanage Market – Every Friday from 8am – 1pm in Main Beach car park
  • Greengage Community Garden – Fridays from 10am – 3pm
  • Hatha Yoga – Meditation, breathing exercises, body movement & relation techniques. Free taster session, £10 thereafter. In The Mowlem’s community room, Friday mornings from 10am – 11.15am. Email for info: sandracharlton1@gmail.com
  • Sketch & Chatter I – Six-week drawing workshop at Studio South, every Friday between 8 September – 13 October, 2pm – 3.30pm. £35pp (includes sketch book, drawing equipment & discounted drinks). Pop in to book
  • Sketch & Chatter III – Six-week art workshop at Studio South, Friday mornings between 8 September – 13 October, 12pm – 1.30pm. £35pp (includes sketch book, water-soluble pencils & brush, plus discounted drinks). Pop in to book
  • Swanage Youth Club – Youth club at Herston village hall for Year 6 & up, between 6.30pm – 8pm (term time only). £3 annual membership; £1.50 per session
  • The Anchor Club – DJ night at The Anchor Inn every Friday from 10pm, playing funky house, disco, R&B & latest hits


  • Durlston Parkrun – Free 5k parkrun every Saturday
  • Pre-School Explore and Play – Saturday sessions at Herston village hall 8.45am – 9.30am
  • Self Defence & Martial Arts – Two-hour session every Saturday with Swanage Martial Arts at the Methodist Church from 10am – 12pm, £9 per class


  • Park Yoga – Free outdoor yoga class every Sunday in the summer at Durlston Country Park
  • Beach Clean – Swanage Beach Buddies are looking for volunteers to help with the local beach clean every Sunday and Tuesday throughout the year

Monthly Events


  • Swanage W.I. – Meets at The Centre on Chapel Lane on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm
  • Folk Night – At The Square & Compass on the first Tuesday of the month, 8pm


  • Purbeck Crafts – Craft workshop in Corfe village hall, Wednesday mornings, 9am – 12pm
  • Oscar’s Quiz Night & Rock n’ Roll Bingo – Generally once a month, in The Mowlem’s Showbar
  • Open Mic Night – At the Square & Compass pub in Worth Matravers. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 8pm (unless otherwise stated on their website). PA provided


  • Purbeck Flower Club – Floral demonstrations & workshops in The Mowlem’s community room on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2.15pm (doors open 1.45pm). Refreshments, raffle & sales table, visitors welcome
  • Swanage Photographic Society – Friendly film & digital photography group with visiting speakers and member competitions. Meets at the Rectory classroom on Church Hill on the first & third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm between September and May. New members welcome


  • Herston Craft Circle – First Saturday of the month 10am – 12pm, £3 (includes hot drinks & biscuits), Herston village hall


  • Park to Pier Walk – Guided walk from Durlston Castle to Swanage Pier (various dates throughout the year)
  • Volunteer Ranger Taster Sessions – Have a go at gorse-cutting, harvesting seeds, maintaining footpaths & more with the National Trust. Various locations across Purbeck on the second Sunday of the month from 10am
  • Trust10 Run – Studland – A monthly, free 10k trail run through the Studland terrain – from Knoll Beach, past Old Harry Rocks to Ballard Down & back, Sunday 24 September, 8:45am – 11am (and every 4th Sunday of the month (except Dec, which is the 17th))
  • Antiques Fair – The first Sunday of the month at Corfe Castle village hall, from 10am

Varying days

Welcome to Swanage

Welcome to the new Swanage Events website – home to the most comprehensive calendar of public events in Swanage and surrounding areas of Purbeck.

There’s always a wide range of events & activities going on around Swanage throughout the year, so whether you live here or are planning a quick visit, let’s see if we can find something for you!

Please use this website as a tool to help you make the most of your time in Swanage.

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