Whats going on in Swanage?

Throughout the year there is always something to do and see in and around Swanage.

Music Festivals, Swanage Railway Regattas, Regatta and Carnival, Seafood Festival, Pirate Festival, Purbeck Walking Festival, Purbeck Marathon….there is always something going on.

These are a few of those events that define Swanage and just keep going from strength to strength.


Swanage Carnival and Regatta

The biggest week of Swanage’s calendar. This is a must see event. From massive firework shows, aerobatic shows (often the Red Arrows!) and the procession it is the week to be in Swanage. The carnival is usually hosted from the last Saturday of July each year.
Wing walking at Swanage Carnival

Swanage Railway

Every year there are many events hosted by the Swanage Railway. Steam Galas, Diesel Gala (with a Beer Festival on Corfe Castle station). 2022 (and 2019) saw the world famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ visit for a few weeks too. Check out the Swanage Railway website for a complete list of events throughout the year.

The Flying Scotsman steaming out of Swanage on its way to Corfe Castle

Swanage Folk Festival

The Folk Festival is one of our busiest weekends of the year when hundreds of folk dancers and groups flock to Swanage for the last big shin dig of the year. Usually hosted on the second weekend of each September. We are lucky enough to host members of the OBJ Morris group from the Bracknell area every year and our daughter becomes an honorary member for the weekend!

Swanage Folk Festival

Swanage Events & Festivals List

From March to October there are literally too many to list and keep up to date with, but you can be sure there’s always something interesting going on in and around Swanage! Oh, and don’t forget there is live music on somewhere in Swanage every week of the year.

Just click on the links shown in each month below to find out more.


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