Events and Festivals in Purbeck


On the Isle of Purbeck, there is a year-round calendar of events to keep you entertained at all times and in all weathers. So whether you are wanting to take an art class, watch open-air theatre or eat all you can at a foodie festival, there is plenty on offer.

Toe tapping fun

If you’re a music lover, then we’ve got just about everything you could want, from headlining acts at Camp Bestival to up and coming local bands performing in pubs.

Blues, Roots and Folk are big on the list of music festivals which take place every year and have a huge following – so book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Something for all seasons

It’s not just the summer which is packed with events. If you are visiting at Easter, you’ll find chocolate egg hunts and treasure trails for all ages – who doesn’t love chocolate!

Autumn brings Halloween fancy dress parties, pumpkin festivals and amazing firework displays and bonfires on Guy Fawkes Night. And then to close the year, you can celebrate the Winter Solstice, witness the lighting up of our towns and villages with Christmas lights, join in with some carol singing, and then ring in the New Year with a glass of bubbly or two.

Challenge yourself

Are you the fitness fanatic in your family whose idea of a relaxing holiday is to go for a 5 mile run every morning? Then you might like to take part in or watch one of our many sporting events – marathons, rowing regattas, walking challenges and triathlons are just a few. Or why not make up your own running, cycling or walking route – there are plenty of hill climbs to get the heart racing!

Family friendly

The events calendar is bursting with things to keep the kiddies amused or to entertain the whole family during your visit.

The Tank Museum’s TankFest is a highlight of the year – the world's biggest and best live display of historic armour, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank. And then when summer arrives it’s all about carnival week with fun and games, competitions, fancy dress and parades.

If art is more your scene, you won’t want to miss Purbeck Art Weeks where there are open studios to watch the artists at work, exhibitions and musical performances.

And if you are visiting during the school holidays, our local attractions always have extra special events to let the children burn off some energy and the adults put their feet up for five minutes!

Book your stay on the Isle of Purbeck

So you've planned what you are going to do while on holiday, now find somewhere to stay. You'll find lots of choices from homely guest houses to 5 star campsites. For extra advice, contact one of team at Swanage Information Centre.


Events coming soon

Swanage Blues Festival Oct 07

Swanage Blues Festival

The Big Blues Parties on the South Coast - Twice a year! * 15 Indoor Venues  * 40 Top Class Acts  * 60 Great Gigs, Open Mic and Jam Sessions * £10 Wristband / £2 Festival...

Kayak, Fish, Forage, Feast Oct 08

Kayak, Fish, Forage, Feast

Kayak, fish, forage & feast event. We happen to have some pretty nifty kayak fishing instructors on the team so you're in the best hands to try and catch your lunch or dinner. We'll be...

Swanage Pier Quiz Night Oct 11

Swanage Pier Quiz Night

Come along to our fun quiz night and raise money for Swanage Pier! Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £5 per person. Teams of up to 6 people.

Autumn Forage and Feast in Studland Oct 15

Autumn Forage and Feast in Studland

Celebrate Autumn with Fore / Adventure in Studland on their special wild food and feasting event at their stunning spot in Studland where you can enjoy natures own larder in an idyllic seaside...

Forage and Feast Oct 15

Forage and Feast

Our foraged feasts events follow and celebrate the seasons, happening quarterly. In one magical event we gather a small group together around a shared table and feast on what that season provides;...

"Come and Sing" Choral Evensong Oct 16

"Come and Sing" Choral Evensong

A special "Come and Sing" Choral Evensong open to all singers and led by the very distinguished former Director of Music at New College, Oxford University, Professor Dr Edward Higginbottom....