Swanage Carnival and Regatta
27th July to 3rd August 2019
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Swanage Carnival Showground - Sandpit Field

Swanage Carnival Sandpit Field

Swanage Carnival Showground, better known as Sandpit field, adjacent to the seafront, is the centre of the week’s events; it is on here that we have daily entertainment in the arena with such things as dog shows, country sports, children’s races, bands and displays.

Around the showground are craft and retail outlets, sideshows, children’s amusements.

Swanage Carnival Sandpit Field We have delicious food outlets to cater for most tastesand a great beer garden in which to sit, look out to sea and enjoy your food with a lovely cool drink from the carnival bar.

Sandpit field is also a wonderful vantage point to watch the firework displays, which are on for three nights during the week. All our events are listed in the carnival programme where you can see times and dates of the week’s entertainment.

The Carnival Arms
Open every day from 11.30 to 11.00pm in the Marquee
The Carnival Arms and the marquee play host to an ever growing variety of events both during the day and evening. We have an enclosed family garden the perfect area to keep an eye on everything taking place on the field and in the main arena; we have ice cold lager “Stowford Press” extra cold draught cider as well as locally brewed organic cider for your enjoyment courtesy of the Purbeck Cider Company.
Once again we are proud to offer hugely popular award winning local ales from the Isle of Pubeck brewery, brewed in Studland less than 5 miles from the Carnival Arms and delivered on a daily basis. A selection of Stowells quality wines, mixed spirits and soft drinks and crisps for the children are also available.


Live Music in the Marquee
For five nights throughout the week, there is live music in the marquee with exciting bands to entertain you. This is a great place to chill out with a drink from the bar and to get close and really experience the sights and sounds of some superb entertainers.
Full details of performers can be found in the programme

Swanage Carnival Sandpit Field

Prosecco and Gin Bar
Open every day from 12noon to 11.00pm – Front of Marquee, Sandpit Field

Pimm’s, Prosecco or Gin!
Yes, folks as well as our perennial favourites we are now serving two local gins, Conker and Lilliput, and a mystery pink gin, served with Fever Tree tonics.
So what’s it to be? The exquisite blend of Pimm’s No 1 mixed with Schweppes lemonade and fresh fruit, a chilled glass of nose tickling Prosecco or will you join the growing ranks of gin fans and try the ever popular G & T?

What could be better on a sunny day on Safari by the Seaside!! - chilling out with a refreshing drink, soaking up the wonderful carnival atmosphere whilst looking out over the magnificent bay.
So, look for the Pimms flags - we are located at the front of the Carnival Arms Bar - pop in and the Pimm’s team will be happy to serve you with your favourite tipple.

Help us to make less waste!
This year Swanage Carnival is switching to reusable beer ‘glasses’ and there will be a small charge at the bars which will go towards the increased costs.
We are delighted to launch our very own branded reusable bar glasses that are 100% recyclable and reusable which fit the size and spirit of Swanage Carnival which will be rolled out in our Carnival Arms bar this year.
This initiative will reduce the recyclable material that gets transported off site by average 30,000 plastic cups annually.
Customers pay a Deposit of £1 when buying their first drink.
At the end of the event, they can either return and receive their deposit or take the cup home as a souvenir from our Carnival and can be used again at any time. Easy!

Three simple steps:
1. I pay a £1 deposit for a cup
2. I pay for my drink
3. I return my cup and get my £1 deposit back

Swanage Carnival is committed to minimising the amount of waste, so please help us to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’
Swanage Carnival Sandpit Field
Local Arts & Craft fair

No entry fee, join us to see what local artists and crafts people have to offer. You will be able to buy unique gifts, souvenirs and watch demonstrations.

Table Top Sale

Looking for a bargain then make you arrive in plenty of time if you want to catch the best ones. If you are interested in having a space you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment as in previous years the allotted spaces have been snapped up.
See programme for prices and contact details.

Vintage Car & Classic Car Show

Now firmly established on the enthusiasts show circuit carnivals very own vintage & classic car show promises something for every age and interest –from early vehicles all the way to modern classics of our lifetime, supercar sports cars, military vehicles, tractors and custom cars. A great day not to be missed everyone will love the fun, interest and a fair bit of nostalgia on this day. Maybe you will see your first car or the one that brings back memories for you.
We like to thank all the local garages who support this event with raffle prizes and help make this a memorable day. A big thank you to Mr Jim Walker for organising this event.
For details how to enter this event and for contact details – see programme for details.

Freedrop Airbag Experience

A unique adrenalin experience offering the chance to take the ultimate leap of faith, jumping from the equivalent of the roof of a two story house with no bungee or parachute to slow your fall!
The Freedrop Airbag Experience is a fabulous, towering experience - not a display, but an activity open to the public.
There are two platform levels and all users must first jump off the lower platform before proceeding to the higher platform.

Savage Skills

Savage Skills are the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team providing interactive, jaw dropping shows for audiences of all ages throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
The team prides themselves on being the most accomplished stunt show team in the UK and quite possibly the World.
The facts speak for themselves, with eight World and over 25 British Championship titles you’re sure to see some of the most impressive tricks, jumps and stunts possible, many of which would not think possible on a bicycle
prepare to be amazed!
Sponsored by Swanage Bay View Holiday Park

Swanage Carnival Sandpit Field


If you own a trade stall and you are interested in a pitch space on our showground for this year's Carnival week then please look here: Trade Enquiries  

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