Swanage Punch & Judy Show

🗓️ Saturday 15th July – 8th September 2023

Settle down on the sand for one of the UK’s oldest full-time seaside summer Punch & Judy shows – going strong since 1904!

Join Professor Joe Burns as he manages the mischief behind the traditional Punch & Judy booth on Swanage Beach.

With three shows a day throughout the summer – plus special evening performances – you’re sure to catch the classic puppet show.

Bring a beach picnic or grab a seaside snack from one of the nearby ice-cream & coffee huts to enjoy while you watch the show.


Daily show times are as follows:

  • 12pm
  • 1.30pm
  • 3pm

Evening shows

Catch Punch & Judy at the later time of 8pm every Friday from 21st July (excluding 4th August).

Note that all shows are weather-permitting.


It’s just £2 per person (kids & adults).

There’s no need to book – just find your favourite spot on the beach and the ‘bottler’ will come and collect your fee.

Cash or card accepted.

Donations can also be made directly to Prof. Joe on his website, where you can also find out how to book him for private events out of season: www.swanagepunch.co.uk


You’ll find the Punch & Judy Booth close to Banjo Pier – on the first stretch of Swanage Beach along from The Mowlem.

It’s right near the beach huts and large toilet block, as well as both indoor & outdoor family entertainment centres.

Swanage Information Centre is also nearby so you can discover lots more fun things to do during your visit.

There’s on-street parking on Shore Road, as well as several short and long-stay car parks within walking distance.

Shore Road postcode: BH19 1LB