Swanage Pirate Festival

🗓️ Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th May 2023

Invading Swanage beach & taking up post at Sandpit Field, the pirates are back for another weekend of swashbuckling shenanigans and skirmishes.

Watch as they show off their sword-fighting skills, practise their musket & canon fire, and parade through town.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean - Captain Edward Teague cosplay
  • Beach battle pirate re-enactment on Swanage beach
  • Pirate parade on Shore Road in Swanage

Enjoy living history displays, talks and stalls at Sandpit Field, where there’ll also be plenty of food and drink on offer.


This family-friendly festival is free to enter.

Head down to Sandpit Field between 9am – 5pm both days (stalls and living history open at 10am).


  • Pirate Parade – leaving Sandpit Field at 11am
  • Battle of the Beach – 12pm
  • Cannon display – 2.30pm *Very loud! Dogs/young children beware*
  • Arena Battle – Sandpit Field, 4-5pm


  • Battle of the Beach – 11.30am
  • Sword display – 1pm
  • Arena Battle – 3.30pm

Find our more on the pirates’ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/purbeckpiratefestival/