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Swanage events in 2019:

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We have highlighted a selection below:-


Purbeck Art Weeks - 
visit artists in their studios and enjoy accompanying music and entertainment. Runs until 10th June; more information
available here.

Anglers Afloat Challenge - how many fish can you catch? 21 species have been caught in recent years so take your kayak to the sea to see how many you can catch.


Swanage Fish Festival -
celebrating all things fishy with fun for all the family!

Swanage Rowing Regatta - come and see the very best Pilot Gigs racing across Swanage Bay.


Festival of Archaeology - 6th/7th and 13th/14th at Corfe Castle ( )

Dorset Folks Fest - 12th to 14th July at Wareham ( )

Sand Fest - 14th July at Sandbanks beach ( )

Purbeck Pirate Festival - Shiver me timbers it's Pirate Festival back by popular demand! Hosted by the Swanage Pier Trust in conjunction with the Frigate Schtandart, there are plenty of activities to get involved in at the 17 stalls on the waterfront. All hands ahoy!

Camp Bestival - voted Best Family Festival, this is family orientated festival hosted in Lulworth Castle. See the fantastic line-up here.

Swanage Carnival Week - 27th July to 3rd August 
the highlight of the year, Swanage comes alive for its annual carnival - this promises to be action-packed week with fun for all the family. Full programme available at www.swanage


Swanage Lifeboat Week - a week of entertainment dedicated to fundraising for this lifesaving charity.

Great Dorset Steam Fair - 22nd to 26th at Tarrant Hinton ( )

Bournemouth Air Festival - 29th to 1st September ( )


Swanage Folk Festival - 6th to 8th celebrating its 25th anniversary, this welcoming festival is always a joy. ( )

Classic and Steam Vehicle Show - 6th to 8th at Harmans Cross Swanage ( )

Heritage Ope Days 13th to 22nd - raising awareness of the rich architectural heritage that Dorset has to offer, this is a great chance to access some of the great hidden treasures rarely on access to the public. ( )

The Tiger Day Twelve - 14th September at Bovington Tank Museum ( 


Swanage Blues Festival - 3rd to 6th a bi-annual event boasting the best Blues musicians from Swanage and beyond. ( )

Swanage Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 11th to 13th ( )

Purbeck Film Festival - 18th to 2nd November - hosted in the Rex cinema, Wareham, this event celebrates great movies.( )

Corfe Castle and Brownsea Island Half-Term Activities - 26th October to 3rd November ( )

Half-Term with Tanks - 26th to 3rd November at Bovington Tank Museum  ( )

Spooky Half-Term Fun at Lulworth Castle - 27th to 30th October ( )


Swanage Railway Santa Specials - 30th to 24th December - start the Festive season by travelling with Santa on the steam train. Children receive a wrapped gift whilst adults are treated to a festive drink and mince pie. (

Swanage Railway Christmas Belle / Christmas Lunches 30th to 24th December ( )


Boxing Day Swim - are you brave enough to take a dip in the refreshing Swanage sea for charity? Held annually, you can expect fancy dress and chilly swimmers!

.... more events will be added as they are announced during the year.

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