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Swanage Carnival

What is the Swanage Regatta & Carnival all about?

Date: 21st July 2015
Author: Peter Stevenson
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Local Area

What is the Swanage Carnival?

So it’s that time of the year again; the streets of Swanage will be lined with excited visitors from all corners of the globe for one of the biggest weeks that the South Coast has to offer.

If you’re not familiar with the Swanage Regatta & Carnival you may be asking yourself what is it all about? Well, the Swanage Regatta & Carnival is an annual week-long event, this year starting on Saturday 25th July. A huge arrangement of events and activities will fill the days and evenings until its close on the following Saturday 1st August. Every year features an exciting and unique theme and this year is no exception with the whole week centred on the theme of Superheroes!

At a risk of sounding overly cliché, the Swanage Carnival really does offer something for everyone; with around 100 different events and activities set up during the week from live music, activities for the kids, firework displays, aerobatic shows and much more! It’s the perfect opportunity to discover all that Swanage has to offer, as lots of local businesses and groups take part in the festivities.

Whether you pop down every year to watch the carnival procession or this is the first time you’ve heard about the event, join me as I guide you through what you can expect from this year’s Swanage Regatta & Carnival and let you in on a few of my top tips.

Saturday 25th July

Swanage Bay View Team

Swanage Bay View Team

It’s a knockout, 2pm – That’s right, just like the one on TV that we all remember! This is a must-see! Enjoy watching as the energetic teams from all around Swanage battle their way through a variety of challenges to face a final obstacle course. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even spot a few familiar faces on the Swanage Bay View team.

Aerostars Aerobatic Display Team, 5pm – A favourite from last year, the Aerostars return to wow and amaze audiences once again with their impossibly tight manoeuvres and stunning loops as the flying display team thrill crowds over the Swanage Bay.

Hannah Doyle’s Disney Princess Songs, 9:15pm – Jostling for a decent spot to watch the fireworks? Well Swanage Bay View’s Hannah Doyle is on hand to keep you entertained with her spellbinding voice, singing all of your favourite Disney classics.

Sunday 26th July

Charlie struts his stuff

Charlie struts his stuff

Party Dances with Charlie Bear, 11am – Our very own Charlie Bear and Charlie’s Rangers are on hand for all kinds of family fun with activities, competitions and treats. This is due to be a popular event so be sure to come early and secure your place dancing and having fun with the one and only Charlie Bear.

Bournemouth Carnival Band, 1:15pm – A favourite set to return this year is the famous Bournemouth Carnivals Band. Boasting over 35 years’ experience, the carnival band showcases their unique sound and style with all manner of instruments including drums, brass and bugles. If you’re looking for one group to take the superheroes theme seriously it’s the carnival band with their signature Spiderman outfits!

Carnival Procession, 3pm – Perhaps the most iconic moment of every year is the carnival procession. Lasting around 2 hours the carnival procession really is a showcase for all of the pure talent and creativity that flows into Swanage. Keep your eyes peeled for the team from Swanage Bay View dressed up as their very own superheroes!

Monday 27th July

Local arts & crafts fair, 11am – A genuine showcase of what local artists and craftspeople can produce. This is you ideal chance to snag that perfect for someone back home that missed out on the chance to come to the Swanage Carnival.

Swanage Bay Swim, 6:30pm – The Bay swim is one of the oldest traditions of the Swanage Carnival with contestants swimming all over the picturesque Swanage coast. Whether spectating or taking part, the bay swim is truly a sight to behold.

Tuesday 28th July

Junior Crabbing, 10am – Come and discover the rich ecosystem that may be right on your doorstep with Junior Crabbing. Available for ages up to 15 years, the junior crabbing competition offers prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for the largest crabs caught.

Panna Soccer, 11am – Join the Swanage Bay View leisure team for a morning session of Panna Soccer. Our unique take on the 1v1 football sensation challenges you to come and test your skills for a chance to win some of our fantastic prizes.

Carnival Barn Dance, 8:30pm – A perfect chance to shake off those mid-week blues and grab your partner for a traditional barn dance the that whole family will enjoy. Come on everybody Do-Si-Do!

Wednesday 29th July

Scruff’s Dog Show, 12:15pm – Our canine companions are back again to show us what they can do. This must-see for dog lovers welcomes all pooches to compete at a chance of entering the final later in the day along with winning a host of fantastic prizes.

Carnival Team Row, 6pm – A crowd-favourite every year, this regatta pits crews against each other in an exhilarating race across the bay in a series of exciting heats concluding in a must watch final between the best boats of the day. Keep your eyes peeled for any familiar faces in the Swanage Bay View boat!

Carnival Bar, 7pm – Head down to the carnival bar from 7pm and treat yourself to a selection of the finest local ales and ciders whilst rocking our to Hell’s Bells; the finest AC/DC tribute act in the UK. From 7pm you can expect to see the friendly team from Swanage Bay View manning the bar so come on down and give us a wave.

Thursday 30th July

Zorb Battle, 11am – The friendly team at Swanage Bay View are on hand to have you laughing your head off with our inflatable Sumo suits and Zorb balls. Come on down and see what all the fuss is about.

Carnival’s Got Talent Auditions, 1:30pm – All of the fantastic talents of the TV show but with 100% less Simon Cowell, we say that’s a good thing. Head on down to the Carnival field from 1:30pm and cheer on your favourite acts.

The Swanage 4 Fun Run, 6:45pm – The Swanage run has changed a great deal over the years but one element that has remained consistent is the Swanage 4 Fun Run. A 4 mile race awaits taking runners through some of the most picturesque routes that Swanage has to offer.

Friday 31st July

Carnival vintage & classic car show, all day – It’s almost impossible to miss the classic cars at the Swanage Carnival on Friday as a host of vintage vehicles to modern marvels. Have a wander around and see if you can find your favourite car.

Carnival’s Got Talent Grand Final, 1:30pm – The exciting conclusion to the auditions from the previous day. This is not to be missed as the champions of the carnival are announced.

Wheelbarrow Race, 7:30pm – Veterans of the Swanage Carnival will know exactly what the wheelbarrow race entails, for those that are new to the event you can expect to experience an exhilarating wheelbarrow race through the streets of Swanage as over 50 teams dress up and race their way through the winding streets of Swanage.

Saturday 1st August

Super Saturday, 10am to 5pm – The team at Swanage Bay View play host to a whole host of activities throughout the last day of the carnival, so before you head home be sure to drop down and treat the little ones to some Superhero Party Games or even another chance to experience the popular Zorb Battle.

Fireworks display, 9:15pm – Join the talented Hannah Doyle as she introduces the final fireworks display of this year’s carnival with her beautiful voice.

My top tips for the Swanage Carnival

  • Be sure to reserve your viewing spot early for the Carnival Procession as the roads get very busy. We recommend the hill next to the clock tower on the shore front
  • There’s a huge variety of places to eat on Sandpit field at carnival, enough to try a different delicacy each day.
  • The Aerostars Aerobatic Display Team are always prompt with their starting time. You shouldn’t need to jostle for viewing space for this event, however there is a fantastic viewing area just next to the carnival bar on Sandpit field
  • Temperatures are set to be around 20 degrees throughout the week so pack your hats and sun cream; however it has been known to change rapidly so do remember to bring a brolly just in case!
  • Stop by our caravan on Sandpit field and chat to the team about their top tips for the Swanage Carnival

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