Festivals and Events for 2016

Swanage hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, there’s something for everyone. Click on the heading to access the website for more details on each event.  Go to our 'What's On' page for quick reference to events taking place this month! 

We are unable to create a link to some events due to there being no website/poster available, however, if you require further information on any event please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01929 422885 or e-mail:  mail@swanage.gov.uk

Please note that we are currently in the process of updating the list of events for 2016. We are awaiting confirmation of dates for some of the events, which are still in the planning stages, and these will be published as soon as possible.

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 TBA - March
Easter Sunrise Service - Main Beach 27th March
Swanage Railway - Spring Steam Gala 8th - 10th April
Great Dorset Spring Beach Clean 23rd - 24th April
20th Swanage Charity Day & Classic Car Display 24th April
Swanage Railway - Diesel Gala 6th - 8th May     
The Swanage Classic 2016 Kayak Fishing Competition 21st May
Swanage Lions - Summer Fete TBA - May
Purbeck Art Weeks Festival 28th May - 12th June
Swanage Bay Triathlon 5th June
Swanage Sea Rowing Club - Regatta TBA
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
Armed Forces Weekend and Purbeck at War Displays 25th - 26th June
Mayor's Parade and Civic Service 26th June
Swanage Jazz Festival 8th – 10th July
Purbeck Plod 10th July
Swanage School Volley Ball & Fun Day - Sandpit Field TBA - July
Swanage Scout Group Mini-Fete - Sandpit Field TBA - July
Purbeck Strings - Promenade Concert TBA - July
Swanage Regatta & Carnival Week 30th Jul – 6th Aug
Swanage Rotary - Craft Fair & Summer Fete - Sandpit Field TBA - August
Swanage Triathlon Festival 14th August
Swanage Lifeboat Week 12th - 21st 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
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse viewable in Swanage 16th September
Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival 17th - 25th Sept
The Purbeck Marathon 18th September
Swanage Blues and Roots Festival 6th - 9th October
LM Ride - Charity off road bike ride TBA
Swanage Railway - Autumn Steam Gala 14th - 16th Oct 
Purbeck Film Festival TBA - October
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum - close of 2016 season TBA - October
'Durlston Past' Exhibition - Durlston Country Park 4th - 27th Nov
Wiggle Purbeck-hill-a-saurus - MTB cycling event 12th November
Remembrance Sunday 13th November
Swanage Lions - Annual 50/50 Sale - Catholic Church Hall TBA - November
Switch on Swanage - Christmas lights switch-on, music and tombola, Swanage Station 26th November
Swanage Railway Christmas Luncheons 26th Nov - 23rd Dec
Swanage Rotary - Christmas Market - to book a pitch please click here TBA - December
Swanage Railway - Santa Specials TBA - December
Swanage Railway - Carol Train TBA - December
Putlake Adventure Farm - Christmas Market TBA - December
Swanage Railway - Winter Warm Up Gala TBA - December