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 the home of Chococo handcrafted chocolates. You can buy them direct from their shop 'Coca Central' on Commercial Road, 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 colour of the sea and there are many small galleries in Swanage selling original art and crafts. Buying art or handmade crafts on your visit will not only enhance your home, it will remind you of the wonderful time you spent here for years to come.
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 local artists, both with shops in the heart of Swanage waiting to be discovered in the littles lanes of Commercial Road.
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 and chat to the friendly shop keepers who will be delighted to help you pick out a great new look for your wardrobe.
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.
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.
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Andy's studio is where his art is drawn and sold. Local pieces inspired by the landscapes, seascapes and activities in Purbeck. Free art for fun activity suitable for all ages year round. Monthly...