Festivals and Events for 2016

Swanage hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, there’s something for everyone. Click on the links for further details about each event. 

Go to our 'What's On' page for quick reference to events taking place this month. 

If you require any further information about an event, please do not hesitate to contact Swanage Tourist Information Centre who will be pleased to assist you.

Please also take a look at our tourism website for a full events selection across Dorset: www.visitswanageandpurbeck.co.uk

If you are an event organiser, please add your event for free to visit-dorset.com/whats-on/tell-us-about-your-event

Thank you and enjoy your visit!


Durlston Castle - BSO Resonate Strings 'Winter Serenade' 10th January
Durlston and the Sea Exhibition - Durlston Castle 11th Jan - 3rd Feb
Swanage Sea Rowing Club - Annual 10k Run 31st January
The Miracle of Migration Exhibition - Durlston Castle 9th Feb - 1st Mar
Purbeck Literary Festival 14th - 27th Feb
Swanage Blues Festival 3rd - 6th  March
Swanage Railway - Mothering Sunday Luncheon Train 6th March
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum - Model Railway Exhibition 12th-13th March
Purbeck Strings Festival 19th-20th March
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum opens for 2016 season 25th March
Easter Sunrise Service - Main Beach 27th March
Swanage Railway - Spring Steam Gala 8th - 10th April
Great Dorset Spring Beach Clean                                                                   Please also visit: Litter Free Coast and Sea 23rd - 24th April
20th Swanage Charity Day & Classic Car Display 24th April
Swanage Railway - 'Route 62' Day 5th May
Swanage Railway - Diesel Gala & Beer Festival 6th - 8th May     
The Swanage Classic 2016 Kayak Fishing Competition 21st May
Purbeck Art Weeks Festival 28th May - 12th June
Swanage Lions - Summer Fete, Swanage seafront 29th May
CARE International UK - Jurassic Coast Women's Trek 3rd June
Swanage Sea Rowing Club - Swanage Tribute 4th June
Swanage Railway - 'Purbeck at War' exhibitions 4th - 5th June
Swanage Bay Triathlon 5th June
Swanage Railway - MV Balmoral boat trips 8th June - 3rd July
2nd Swanage Fish Festival 10th - 12th June
Swanage Railway - 'Seventies Express' - 1970's music train 18th June
Swanage Railway - Fathers' Day Sunday Luncheon Train 19th June
Swanage Scout Group Mini-Fete - Swanage seafront 25th June
Armed Forces Weekend and Purbeck at War Displays 25th - 26th June
Annual Swanage Civic Service - St Mary's Parish Church 3.00 p.m. 26th June
Swanage Jazz Festival 8th – 10th July
Purbeck Plod 10th July
Purbeck Pirate Festival 29th - 31st July 
Swanage Regatta & Carnival Week 30th Jul–6th Aug
Purbeck Strings - Concert - 3.30 p.m. Mowlem Community Room 2nd August
Swanage Rotary - Craft Fair & Summer Fete - Sandpit Field 11th August
Swanage Lifeboat Week 12th - 21st August
Isle of Purbeck Model Railway Exhibition - Harmans Cross 13th - 14th August
Swanage Triathlon Festival 14th August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 25th - 28th August
Harmans Cross Field Day 29th August
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival 1st - 4th Sept
Dorset Architectural Heritage Week 8th -15th Sept
Swanage Folk Festival 9th - 11th Sept
Swanage Railway Classic Transport Rally - Harmans Cross 9th - 11th Sept
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse viewable in Swanage 16th September
Great British Beach Clean Events - Dorset - click on link for a list of venues, including Swanage & Studland, & to register as a volunteer 16th - 19th Sept
Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival 17th - 25th Sept
The Purbeck Marathon 18th September
Swanage Blues and Roots Festival 6th - 9th October
Swanage Railway - Autumn Steam Gala 14th - 16th Oct 
Purbeck Film Festival 14th - 29th Oct
The Centre - Table Top Sale (11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.) 22nd October
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum - close of 2016 season 30th October
'Durlston Past' Exhibition - Durlston Country Park 4th - 27th Nov
Wiggle Purbeck-hill-a-saurus - MTB cycling event 12th November
Remembrance Sunday 13th November
Putlake Adventure Farm - Christmas Market 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. 26th November
Switch on Swanage - Christmas lights switch-on, music and tombola, Swanage Station (the lights will be switched on at 4.00 p.m.) 26th November
Swanage Railway Christmas Luncheons 26th Nov - 23rd Dec
Swanage Railway - Santa Specials 26th Nov - 24th December
Swanage Rotary - Christmas Market - to book a pitch please click here 3rd December
Swanage Railway - Victorian Carol Train 9th December
Swanage Railway - Winter Warm Up Gala 27th December