Visit Andy's Art Studio or join a workshop.
Shopping and Markets in Swanage
Shop til you drop!
With a mix of high street brands and small, independent shops selling everything from sausages to souvenirs, you will be a satisfied shopper in Swanage. Look for a souvenir to remind you of your holiday, or seek out unusual and individual gifts for friends and family. From art galleries to books, records to gems and fossils, you will not be disappointed.
Take your time window shopping and browsing the interesting and eclectic vintage, retro and antique shops.
Food glorious food!
Swanage is home of Chococo handcrafted chocolates. You can buy them direct from their shop 'Coca Central' on Commercial Road which is open 7 days a week for all chocoholics to enjoy. Local fish and seafood fresh from Swanage and the south west can be purchased from Swanage Bay Fish.
The Swanage Outdoor Market is held every Friday all year round and on the first Friday of every month, you'll also find the new area for Artisan's at the market too.
From art galleries…
Local artists flock to Swanage to capture the light and the colour of the sea. The many small galleries in Swanage selling original art and crafts, Purbeck New Wave Gallery exhibits ranges from many artists but there are artist in residence galleries too Andy Knill's Art Studio and Lucy’s Farm are great examples of this and both in the heart of Swanage waiting to be discovering in the littles lanes of Commercial Road. Choosing art or handmade crafts on your visit will not only enhance your home it will remind you of the wonderful time you spent here.
The Swanage Bookshop specialises in new, second-hand and collectible books, with a huge range of books about local history – a great opportunity to find out more about the area!
To something a bit different?
Visit some of the more unusual shops for that special gift or keepsake! If you are after fair trade, ethnic or colourful clothing, you may find just what you are looking for at Rainbow’s End.
For that special Italian leather or London designed handbag, why not treat yourself at Pursenalities Handbags and Accessories? Handbags and accessories are available at prices to suit all purses, and if you’ve forgotten your beach bag, you can get one here!
Don't miss the unique and vintage gems from Smiths Vintage a treasure trove with French rustic style and close by @Sixtyone for vintage and retro homeware.
Chat to the friendly shop keepers who will be delighted to help you pick out a great new look for your wardrobe.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, take a coffee break or enjoy lunch in one of the street side cafes or restaurants over looking the sea.
And make sure you look out for the Beach Hut pop-up shops at Christmas time. A great place to pick up unusual and unique gifts for your loved ones.
Book your stay in Swanage
Now you know where to shop, find somewhere to stay during your holiday in Swanage. We have plenty of B&B, self-catering and camping options for you, plus ideas for things to do, events and festivals. Need extra advice? Contact our visitor Information Centre for helpful information.
September 2021 saw AndyKnillArt open his own solo art studio / shop / art for fun base Andy is a self-taught artist based in Purbeck. He started his work as an artist in early 2017. From November...