Swanage Carnival

The South Coast's premier carnival event for the whole family to enjoy

Saturday 29th July to
Saturday 5th August 2023


The South Coast’s Premier Carnival

Enjoy 8 days of family fun-filled events and entertainment for all ages in Swanage.

Swanage Carnival raises record breaking amount for good causes .

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Carnival 2022: What a Success!

That’s a wrap! We closed Swanage Carnival 2022 in spectacular style, with a jam packed day of entertainment, live music, the Lancaster Bomber air display and stunning fireworks. This video sums up the great atmosphere of the week. Thank you to everyone who attended, helped organise, sponsored and supported the Carnival volunteers to enable us to out on this week. We hope to have raised lots of money for our 20 chosen charities and good causes, and we will post details in the coming months.

Carnival came back with a bang ….

With hot weather and top events, Swanage Carnival was a scorcher of a week with crowds flocking into the town, hugely relieved and excited that Swanage’s annual fiesta was back after two years of cancellations.

Events old and new…

From air displays to dinosaur shows, from cookery demonstrations to fun competitions, swimming and running races plus all the bands and late nights at the Carnival Arms, it’s been a memorable eight days, not forgetting, of course, the spectacular firework displays.

Swanage Carnival is the premier carnival on the south coast and is a self-funded organisation, run solely by volunteers.

In 2022 the volunteers of Swanage Carnival helped raise over £29,000 which was distributed to 20 charities and good causes.  So, please make sure you join us this year to help us raise as much as we can for our 2023 benefiting organisations.

The Team behind Swanage Carnival

Our 2022 sponsors


Raising thousands of pounds each year for our chosen charities and good causes

In 2022 Swanage Carnival celebrated another successful year, giving away a staggering £29,150 to 20 selected organisations. The donations were awarded at our annual presentation night and we have been delighted to learn how these hard raised funds have been put to great use in our community.

Donations are kindly made via Paypal paypal

Our supporters

Barratt Homes
Dream Cottages
Humphries Kirk Solicitors
Harlees Fish & Chips Ltd
Grand Hotel
Goadsby Estate Agents
Swanage Railway
Ellis Jones Solicitors
The Fish Plaice
Jonathan Ross
Swanage Swimming & Lifesaving Club
Dave Lucas
Cost Cutters
Original Cottages
The Black Swan
Mulberry Tree Gallery
Swanage Angling Centre
Corbens Estate Agents
J A Construction
Putlake Adventure Farm
Redhill Windows
The Cabin
Woody Hyde Campsite
PJ Notley Ltd
W F Snook & Son
Pines Hotel
Puzey & Co Ltd
The Anchor Inn
JJ Moore
Nixons Home Hardware
WPM Residential lettings
Keith Dixon
ACO Security Consultants
All the Local Hoteliers
Carl Cahill
Josh Trim
Cornish Bakery -Swanage
Country Foods
Darren Strong
Isle of Purbeck Golf Club
I Can Be: Printing & Embroidery
Jason OConnell
Juice Broadband / Wide FM Ltd
Purbeck Deli
Purbeck Gazette
Samways Scaffolding Services
Swanage Bay Fish
Swanage Bowling Club
Swanage Conservative Club
Swanage Information Centre
Swanage Royal British Legion
Swanage Sailing Club
Swanage Town Council
Tawnys Wine bar
The Pig on the Beach
The Red Lion
The White Horse Inn
White Horse Event Medical Cover
WH Smith (Swanage)

And the many shops, traders and hotels who made donations to Swanage Carnival

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