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What’s On In Swanage

Swanage has so much to offer, whatever your interests.  Whether you enjoy walking, good food, or browsing some of our many independent shops, or your interests include horse riding, cycling, heritage railway, theatre, cinema, live music, bowling, putting, tennis, crabbing, fishing, sandy beaches, swimming, diving or water-sports, all are available close by.

Things to do in Swanage

Swanage is a popular base for walkers, cyclists, climbers, boat trips, weekend and midweek breaks. Also a regular Festival location for Blues & Roots, Folk, Reggae and Jazz Music, Purbeck Art’s Weeks, Carnival, Regatta, Steam & Diesel Railway Events, Walking, Fish Festival, Pirate Festival & Film Festival.

The town centre includes shopping, restaurants, cafes, internet cafes, pubs, bars, traditional fish and chips, theatre & cinema, entertainment, arcades, playground, the newly refurbished Swanage Pier with The ‘1859 Cafe & Bistro’ and much more, the stone quay, sandy beaches, fantastic views, fishing trips, scuba diving, boating, tennis courts, putting greens, bowling green,  bandstand events, Lifeboat Station, Coastguard Station, Swanage Travel Interchange (offering Breezer open top bus services in and out of town) and The Swanage Steam Railway.

Little Gem is just a 10 minute level walk to the town centre, and 5 minutes more to the award-winning Swanage Beach, the eastern gateway to 95 miles of beautiful Jurassic Coastline, named by UNESCO as England’s Only Natural World Heritage Site.

whats on in swanage

Swanage events and festivals

Swanage is home to a wide variety of artistic and cultural events and festivals, which run from Spring through to Autumn. Here are some key events explore.

Music and the arts

Walking and sports

Swanage and the Purbeck Coast is great for walking and hiking, and there are number of watersports events here too. Here are some of the key events.

Swanage Railway events

Home to the historic Swanage Railway, Swanage is a popular destination for steam train enthusiasts, many of whom travel the country to enjoy Swanage Railway, the Steam Gala, and other railway events. Here are some of their key dates.

Other festivals and celebrations

Other popular community events include the Fish Festival, Pirate Festival, Swanage Carnival, Lifeboat Week, and Swanage Armed Forces Day.

Pubs, cafes, and restaurants

Looking for places to eat and drink in Swanage? Here are few that have proven popular with both locals and guests.

Shopping in Swanage

Swanage town centre is home to a wonderful selection of interesting independent stores. We can recommend taking a look at the following.

Places to visit

No trip to Swanage is complete without a walk on the pier, it’s museum and ‘The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro’.



Tourist information

Looking for more information? These websites should provide everything else that you need to know.