Festivals and Events for 2018



Swanage and Purbeck hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, and there’s something for everyone.

Click on the links below for details about forthcoming events, or 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 Information Centre who will be pleased to assist you.

Please also take a look at Visit Dorset, Dorset's official tourism website, for further ideas and inspiration, visitor information, and for a full events selection across Dorset.

If you are an event organiser, please remember to add your event for free to the Visit Dorset website by completing a short form at VisitDorset.com - submit event 

Other local websites you may find useful:

Durlston Country Park

Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

Swanage Pier

Swanage Railway

Thank you and enjoy your visit!


Durlston and the Sea Exhibition 16th December - 31st January
Beach Watch Beach Clean Events - Marine Conservation Society. Various events held throughout the year - please visit the website regularly for updates/new events added. 1st January - 31st December
Litter-free Purbeck - Swanage Beach Clean events. Please visit the Facebook page regularly for updates. 6th January - 23rd December
Swanage 10k Road Race 28th January
Durlston Past Exhibition 3rd Feb - 3rd Mar
Swanage Sea Rowing Club - Annual 10k Run 5th February
Purbeck Strings - Stanford Quartet Coffee Concert 11th February
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse viewable in Swanage 11th February
Purbeck Literary Festival 16th-25th Feb
Purbeck: Up Close and Personal Exhibition 6th - 21st March
Victorian Durlston Exhibition 27th February - 14th March
Swanage Blues Festival 1st - 4th March
Barn Dance with Maiden Oak - Durlston Castle 11th March
The Miracle of Migration Exhibition - Durlston Country Park 16th Mar-5th Apr
Purbeck Strings Festival Weekend 18th-19th March
Swanage Railway - Mothering Sunday Luncheon Train 26th March
Swanage Railway - Spring Steam Gala 31st Mar-2nd Apr
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum opens for 2017 season April - October
Swanage Railway - Sea train adventure 1st Apr-29th Oct
Durlston Country Park - Easter Trail 8th - 23rd April
Durlston Pleasure Grounds display 8th Apr - 1st May
Easter Sunrise Service - Main Beach, Swanage 16th April
Great Dorset Spring Beach Clean & Litter Free Coast and Sea 22nd - 23rd April
Annual Swanage Classic Car Rally/Display & Charity Day 23rd April
Swanage Railway - Diesel Gala & Beer Festival 5th - 7th May
The Swanage Classic 2017 Kayak Fishing Competition 20th May
SISATA Open Air Theatre - Othello, at the Mowlem 27th May
Purbeck Art Weeks Festival 26th May - 10th June
CARE International UK - Jurassic Coast Women's Trek 3rd June
Swanage Sea Rowing Club - Swanage Regatta 3rd June
Swanage Bay Triathlon 4th June
Swanage Fish Festival 9th - 10th June
N1SCO European Stand Up Paddleboard Championships 2017 10th-11th June
Hants & Dorset Championship Regattas 2017 - Swanage event 17th June
Swanage Railway - 'Rock and Roll Express' - music train 17th June
Swanage Railway - Fathers' Day Sunday Luncheon Train 18th June
Swanage Armed Forces Weekend 24th - 25th June
Mayor's Annual Civic Service - St Mary's Parish Church 3.00 p.m. 25th June
Purbeck Plod 24th June
Purbeck Pirate Festival 1st - 2nd July
Swanage Jazz Festival 14th – 16th July
Wilkswood Reggae Festival 20th - 22nd July

Swanage Town Band - free concert at the Bandstand, Swanage Recreation Ground (to be held in the Methodist Church if wet weather) 2.30 p.m.

15th July
Swanage Town Band - free concert at the Bandstand, Swanage Recreation Ground (to be held in the Methodist Church if wet weather) 6.45 p.m. 19th July
Dorset Dub Fest - Herston Campsite 21st - 23rd July
Dorset Wildlife Trust - Water Festival 26th July
Camp Bestival - Lulworth Castle 26th - 29th July
Swanage Regatta & Carnival Week 28th Jul–4th Aug
Purbeck Strings Prom Concert - Mowlem Community Room 1st August
Swanage Town Band - free concert at the Bandstand, Swanage Recreation Ground (to be held in the Methodist Church if wet weather) 6.45 p.m. 2nd August
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse viewable in Swanage 7th August
Swanage Town Band - free concert at the Bandstand, Swanage Recreation Ground (to be held in the Methodist Church if wet weather) 6.45 p.m. 9th August
Swanage Rotary - Craft Fair & Summer Fete - Sandpit Field 9th August
45th Annual Purbeck Rally 11th - 13th Aug
Swanage Lifeboat Week 10th - 19th Aug
Swanage Triathlon Festival 12th August
Partial Solar Eclipse viewable in Swanage 21st August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 24th - 27th Aug
SISATA Open Air Theatre - Prince Albert Gardens 24th - 28th Aug
Harmans Cross Field Day 25th August
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival 31st August - 3rd September
Dorset Architectural Heritage Week 6th -16th Sept
Swanage Folk Festival 7th - 9th Sept
Swanage Railway Classic Transport Rally - Harmans Cross 8th - 10th Sept
The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend 14th - 16th Sept
Great British Beach Clean Events - click on the link for a list or map of the venues, and to register as a volunteer 15th - 18th Sept
Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival 16th - 24th Sept
The Purbeck Running Festival/Purbeck Marathon 17th September
Swanage Blues and Roots Festival 4th-7th October
Swanage Railway - Autumn Steam Gala 12th - 15th Oct 
Purbeck Film Festival 13th - 28th Oct
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum - close of 2017 season 29th October
Remembrance Sunday 12th November
Wiggle Purbeck-hill-a-saurus - MTB cycling event 18th November
'Artisans on the beach' (formerly known as the 'Pop up Shops'), Shore Road Beach Huts 25th November - 7th January

Switch on Swanage - Christmas lights switch-on, music and tombola, Swanage Railway Station (the lights will be switched on at approx 4.30 p.m.)

25th November
Putlake Adventure Farm - Christmas Market 25th November
Swanage Railway Christmas Luncheons 2nd - 23rd Dec
Swanage Railway - Santa Specials 2nd - 24th Dec
Swanage Railway - Christmas Belle 2nd - 24th Dec
Swanage Rotary - Christmas Street Market - to book a pitch please download and complete a booking form 9th December
Annual Boxing Day Dip - Main Beach, Swanage 26th December
Swanage Railway - Winter Warm Up 28th December