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What’s on in Swanage in August 2017?


The Jurassic Coast offers endless activities in August 2017, here are our top picks!

Swanage Bay View offers unrivalled views of the stunning Jurassic Coastline, with a fabulous daily entertainment programme creating endless fun for the little ones, the team also put on fabulous cabaret acts throughout the evenings. There is something for the whole family at Swanage Bay View, with a refurbished and state of the art gymnasium, an indoor heated swimming pool and an onsite restaurant offering mouth-watering meals and jaw-dropping views.

Perfectly located to explore the local area, Swanage Bay View offers a relaxing place to return this August after a long day exploring the many activities and events in Dorset…


Harman Cross Field Day

At: Harman Cross Village Hall, BH19 3EB

When: 28th August, 12noon – 5pm

Prices: Free to Enter

This annual community event is always a huge hit with families. The traditional village fete has all the classic attractions, including flower and vegetable shows, a craft marquee, a wonderful dog agility display, fabulous children’s entertainers, afternoon teas and a beer tent! There are tombola’s, raffles, amusements, children’s rides and trade stalls to browse throughout the day!


Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

At: Purbeck Valley Farm, BH20 5HU

When: 24th – 27th August, times vary on events

Prices: Cost varies on day tickets

A weekend long family focused festival, as well as outstanding live music on offer, there’s more than just music here. The children’s zone has endless fun, including storytelling, juggling and circus skills, face painting, arts and crafts and puppet shows! As well as the regular Space Hopping Obstacle Course, missile throwing hoopla and well waging! Along with the bar and food tent for the adults and a fantastic poetry slam, you can also put your face fuzz to the test at the annual Beard Off!


Swanage Lifeboat Week

At: Throughout Swanage Village

When: 11th – 20th August, times vary

Prices: Costs vary

The Lifeboat Week is a hugely popular event in Swanage, with the favourite Build-a-Boat challenge when contestants must build a boat with materials provided and only have 4 hours to do it! Then they must race from Stone Quay to Main Beach, the first boat to make it to Main Beach wins £50! Throughout the week you can also enjoy a raft race, raffle draws, open days as well as live music, bar and BBQ’s.


Model Railway Exhibition

At: Harman Cross Village Hall, BH19 3EB

When: 12th & 13th August, 10am – 5pm

Prices: Adult £5 / Child £2 / Family £12

A fun day out for all the family and especially train-lovers. In the exhibition, you’ll see Shillingford, set on the Somerset and Dorset railway, Sam Marria Gandia which is a Spanish layout in the 1960’s. Marvel at the Irish Layout of Castlederg, and make sure to stroll through the many trading stands offering fantastic deals too.


Open Air Theatre

At: Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

When: 11th – 18th August, 7pm – 9.30pm

Prices: Adult £16 / Child £8

Corfe Castle hosts two fantastic plays this summer, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, where you’ll join Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad for a fantastical summer adventure with hilarious escapades. And explore the unexplored with Arthur Conan-Doyle’s The Lost World, where you’ll discover flora and fauna like no other, but how will the travellers convince everyone else they exist? Enjoy the tales in the open air and stunning Corfe Castle backdrop.


Dorset Waterpark

At: Artfleet Mill Lakes, BH20 5JG

When: Open 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm

Prices: £15 (booking essential)

The Waterpark is a huge woodland water park with two fun and different obstacle courses over two lakes. The one-hour session allows for half an hour of endless water based fun at each lake, with the courses having trampolines, climbers, monkey bars, wiggle bridges and the popular flip bag! Ice cream, drinks and hot food is available from the Snack Shack, with parking and changing rooms on site. Make sure to check the dress code before attending.


If you’re visiting us at Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park this August, make sure not to miss any of these exciting events! Swanage Bay View also offers holiday home ownership, so if you don’t want to leave at the end of your holiday, you don’t have to! Drop into the sales reception and learn about our holiday home ownership opportunities with Darwin Escapes.

Happy August!