Swanage is a coastal town in the south east of Dorset. Situated around 10 miles to the south of Poole, it sits on the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site.
An important town in the Victorian era, when it was a popular seaside resort for rich Victorians; today it remains a popular tourist destination due to it’s beautiful, sandy beaches.
Getting to Swanage
Swanage can be reached by road via Wareham or by using the Sandbanks Ferry. Bus services run to Poole or Bournemouth. While Swanage does have a steam railway line, the closest mainline station is in Wareham, which runs services to Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton and London Waterloo. National Express Coaches run a daily service to and from London.
When to go?
Being a coastal town, obviously the summer months have a lot more on. Swanage Regatta & Carnival is a weeklong event held in July with parades, live music, sporting events and fireworks.
The Swanage Folk Festival is in August and is a real English tradition.
The Swanage Blues Festival attracts big crowds and runs for a weekend in October.
Activities in the area
Studland Stables offer horse trekking on the beach along the Dorset coast. A truly breathtaking experience
Cumulus Outdoors provide a massive range of outdoors activities including coasteering, climbing, abseiling, kayaking, rope courses, raft building and many more. They specialize in groups and offer corporate packages.
Swanage Diving offer PADI diving courses and guided dives along the coast of Dorset.
It won’t come as a huge surprise that clubbing opportunities will be thin on the ground, however there are still some great options for eating out.
The Corner Restaurant is an incredibly well regarded local restaurant serving fresh and modern cuisine in a stylish setting.
Cauldron Bistro is another excellent restaurant; they only take 12 bookings a night so booking in advance is essential
Chococo is a chocolate café, where the chocolate is all hand made on site.