About Swanage

Situated in the southeastern corner of Dorset, Purbeck is 60 square miles of land bounded on three sides by water and on its fourth side by a line of hills. With access by only one main road or a trip by chain ferry, this small area gives the feeling of isolation from the mainland and hence its name, the Isle of Purbeck.

Its unspoilt coastline and natural beauty make Purbeck the perfect destination for ramblers, water sport enthusiasts, naturalists, rock climbers and ornithologists, and with some of the best sea views and scenery along the south coast it is an ideal place for those looking for a haven to relax.

In December 2001 Purbeck along with the Dorset and East Devon coast was recognised as a World Heritage site. It is an outstanding example of the geological, geomorphic and physiographic features of the Earth’s last 185 million years.

There’s plenty to do in Swanage

There are plenty of activities in Purbeck to keep all the family amused. It has its own steam railway, nearby golf courses, plenty of fine restaurants, cafes and takeaways, a majestic ruined castle, miles of sandy beaches and enough countryside for everyone.

Swanage is found at the end of the Purbeck peninsular. Swanage has a gently shelving, golden sandy beach and clear unpolluted water that has won the prestigious European “Blue Flag” award on many occasions as well as the Tidy Britain Group’s “Seaside Award”.

Swanage has its own water sports centre offering sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, and water-skiing for novices and experts alike.
There is great fishing from the pier and on sea angling trips.

You can also take to the sea on many cruises and excursions.
Swanage is an ideal place for a family holiday or a weekend break at any time of the year.

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

In 2023 Swanage Carnival celebrated another successful year, giving away a staggering £27,650 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.

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