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We have 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.
If you think the Purbeck Literary Festival is all about books, you’d be wrong as movie nights, comedy clubs and even cooking classes have featured in the past. But if you really want to channel your inner bookworm, then there will be plenty of opportunities and you might even find out about some of our most famous literary legends such as Enid Blyton, Thomas Hardy and T.E. Lawrence.
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.
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.
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!
Our 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.
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!
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 our Tourist Information Centres.
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Talk or Lecture
Stargazing at Durlston
Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk in the Learning Centre and a chance to use telescopes
to view the night sky.
Weather dependent - phone on the day to confirm...
Food and Drink
Lytchett Minster, Poole
Dorset Food & Venison Festival
Falconry Displays, Live Music, Local Bands, lots of Food, Maypole, Stag racing and more.
FREE Parking at Lytchett Minster school. Dogs on leads welcome.
A light hearted evening of detection and consumption.
Life on the Edge: Seabirds of Durlston Walk
The Diesel Gala will see an impressive line up of diesel locomotives operating on the Swanage Railway.
During the Gala an intensive timetable will be operated from 0800 to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 08:00 to 19:00 on Sunday...
Art and Crafts items being sold by the Makers.
Belvedere Singers Spring Concert - Dawn to Dusk
A celebration of each new day, from sunrise to sunset - a medley of songs and music.
A chance to explore the wildlife and habitats of this site on the shores of Poole Harbour, with a guide from Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC), who will have the opportunity to share views of basking lizards & snakes. Plus the birds of this...
The race is set, the heat is on… join Living Spit at the starting blocks for another adrenaline fuelled theatrical lap!
Barry Hare, Wrington running champ. fit, popular and, above all, fast.
Toby 'Tortoise' Gollop, eater of doughnuts. Look up...
Purbeck Art Weeks is on its way! You can start planning now for a great summer: wandering around artist's Open Studios, talking to them about their work and what inspires them, enjoying what you see, perhaps buying what you love, winning the PAW...
This May Half Term explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history!
See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on 29th May. Realistic explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they...
FREE Monkey World badge for every child who brings a Melon for the primates over the bank holiday weekend!
The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With eight albums and over a decade of touring under their belts, it's no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following...
Smedmore House & Gardens are set in the beautiful Dorset countryside with spectactular views of the beautiful Jurassic coastline and walks down to Kimmeridge Bay.
The gates open at 2pm and close at 5pm giving plenty of time to walk around the...
Food and Drink
Fantastic stalls of Arts and Crafts, Books, Cakes, Raffle and Tombola
All monies raised, as well as 10% of proffesional proceeds will go to Swanage Dementia Friendly Group.
Breakfast, pastries and Barista Coffee available on the premises, fantastic...
3 Course Meal and Murder Mystery Theatre
Murder Mystery Theatre performed by Swanage Town Twinning Players
" Murder at Burt' Bits Clinic
£29 per person
Saturday 3 June 2017
CARE's Jurassic Coast Women's Trek is a marathon-distance charity walking challenge through the beautiful landscape of England's first Natural World Heritage Site.
It is a unique opportunity to test your endurance and...
Sunday 4th June, 2017 For Adults 16+
Triathlon – 750m Sea Swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run
Swycle – 750m Sea Swim & 20km Bike
Online Entry is available at the bottom of this page and will close on Saturday 3rd June or when the...
Food and Drink
St Mary's Church, Lytchett Matravers, BH16 6BS
June 4th. 2.30-5pm at the church
Yummy diary date!
Why not come to St Mary's for a yummy tea? Sipping tea in tranquil surroundings, and eating delicious goodies sounds a perfect Sunday...
Swanage Library presents a special one-off Teddy Bears Picnic Storytime with the Bookstart Bear!