Annual Events and Festivals List in Swanage

If you're looking for a calendar of the major events and festivals which take place in Swanage every year, you've come to the right place.

To help plan your holiday or day trip to this nostalgic seaside resort, we've listed all the annual events which happen each year.

Here's your guide to the exciting events in Swanage during 2024.

For a full list of events in Swanage, go to our What's On guide.


Swanage Blues Festival, Thursday 29th February to Sunday 3rd March.


Jurassic Express Half Marathon, Saturday 9th March.

Swanage Railway Victorian Weekend, Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March.

Easter Morning Sunrise Service, Sunday 31st March.


Classic Carnival Motor Show, Sunday 21st April.

Coastal Barbarians Rowing Regatta, Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th April.


Swanage Railway Diesel Gala and Beer Festival, Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May.

Jurassic Coast Challenge 100k, Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th May.

Swanage Pirate Festival, Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th May

Purbeck Art Weeks, Saturday 25th May to Sunday 9th June.

Dorset Art Weeks, Saturday 25th May to Sunday 9th June.

Swanage Fairy Festival, Friday 31st May to Saturday 1st June.


Sea Rowing Regatta, Saturday 8th June.

Swanage Fish and Food Festival, Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th June.

Swanage Railway Roads to Rail, Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June.

Swanage Rowing Regatta, Saturday 29th June.

Swanage Triathlon, Sunday 30th June.


Willdoes Presents Swanaloulou, Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th July.

Swanage Jazz Festival, Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July.

Cancer Research UK Big Hike, Saturday 13th July.

Wilkswood Reggae Festival, Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July.

The Wild Swimming Festival, Sunday 21st July.

SWANAGE CARNIVAL WEEK! Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August.


Rotary Summer Craft Fair and Fete, Thursday 8th August.

Swanage Lifeboat Week, Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th August.

SISATA Outdoor Theatre - Peter Pan, Friday 11th to Saturday 12th August.

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August.

Outdoor Cinema at Durlston Country Park (Ghostbusters PG) - Saturday 17th August.

Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival, Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September.

Music By The Sea 2024, Saturday 31st August.


Swanage Folk Festival, Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September.

Swanage Railway Classic Steam and Vehicles, Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September.

Planet Purbeck Festival, 15th – 24th September


Swanage Blues Festival, Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th October.

Swanage Supervets Rowing Regatta, Saturday 5th October.

Purbeck Film Festival, Friday 18th October to Saturday 2 November.

Christmas in Swanage

Swanage Railway Christmas Events, late November to end of December.

Swanage Christmas Lights Switch On, Saturday 30th November.

Artisans on the Beach, Saturday 30th November to early January.

Swanage Rotary Christmas Market, Saturday 7th December (to be confirmed).

The Boxing Day Dip, Thursday 26th December.