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.
The Swanage Outdoor Market is held every Friday
From art galleries…
L’Artishe Gallery features work from internationally renowned artists as well as local artists. The gallery is open year round – come along and see the Artist in Residence and maybe purchase a work of art to treasure at home!
…to retro music and books
Looking for that record you gave to a friend which was never returned? Replayed Records has a large stock of new and second hand records as well as CDs and DVDs and can transfer your valued vinyl and cassette tapes onto CD.
If you’re a bookworm, 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!
Something a bit different?
Visit some of the more unusual shops for that special gift or keepsake! You can find fossils, minerals, crystals and jewellery at Natural Wonders, and specialist silver and gemstone jewellery at Castle Gemstones. 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!
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 Tourist Information Centre for helpful information.