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.

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!

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.

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

Andrew Thomas Sculptor Art Exhibition May 28

Andrew Thomas Sculptor Art Exhibition

Discover the captivating world of Purbeck artist and sculptor Andrew Thomas SWAc at his solo art exhibition, opening its doors from May 25th for nine days only. This exclusive event offers art...

Animal Poo Trail May 28

Animal Poo Trail

Follow our unique and quirky trail dedicated to animal droppings. Animals in the wild see poo as something valuable – it can be used, reused, recycled, and even played with. Have fun doing...

May Half Term at Corfe Castle May 28

May Half Term at Corfe Castle

There's so much to discover this May half term at Corfe Castle. Watch our Trebuchet - the replica medieval siege engine being fired at the castle. Join in our storytelling tours - during this fun...

Nature Detectives at Studland Bay May 28

Nature Detectives at Studland Bay

Visit the Knoll Beach office between 10:00am - 3:00pm to borrow one of our Nature Detective bags. The bags contain, binoculars, magnifying glasses, bug pots and activity sheets to help you on your...

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival May 28

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival

This year's PAW Festival takes place from 25 May - 9 June. Prepare to be immersed in artistic wonder as painters, sculptors, textile artists, metalworkers, glass artists, woodworkers, ceramicists...

Rooted in the Ruins Family Quest May 28

Rooted in the Ruins Family Quest

Corfe Castle is not only a historic ruin but also a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. On this family quest discover the positive and negative impacts these plants can have on a 1000 year old castle...

Seahorse Quiz Trail May 28

Seahorse Quiz Trail

To coincide with the installation of Neptune the seahorse by artist Eilidh Middleton, the team at the National Trust have created a fun family quiz trail. Starting at Knoll beach, families are taken...

May 29

Children's Swanage Pier History Tour

Swanage Pier has a fascinating history and has always been an important part of Swanage. We will take a walk along the Pier, for about 45 minutes, strolling in the footsteps of past generations to...

Early Morning Yoga and Breakfast May 29

Early Morning Yoga and Breakfast

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful location whilst local yoga teacher, Sonja Lockyer, guides you through a one-hour yoga session followed by a delicious picnic breakfast prepared by...