What's on inSwanage


Welcome to Swanage

Enjoy a mix of heritage, history, lively arts whilst visiting Swanage - our guide to events and days out is just the ticket.

Whether you're looking to brush up on local history at a museum, enjoy local arts, watch some sport, or listen to live music, you're sure to find things to do in Swanage to suit all the family, whatever the weather.

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Forthcoming events in Swanage

26
MAY
A Dog's Purpose (PG)
The Mowlem Theatre

Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth tracing Arthurs journey from…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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26
MAY
Coastal Comedy - Danny Posthill
Hotel Celebrity

We are finalist for Best Night Out in Bournemouth and on Friday the 26th of May you can find out why Lol ‐ Gary BarlowIt was effortless Amanda HoldenHeres some blurb about our Danny:Danny Posthill has been making people laugh since…

Location: 9.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 316316
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26
MAY
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12A)
The Mowlem Theatre

Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth tracing Arthurs journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthurs father is murdered Vortigern Jude Law Arthurs uncle seizes the crown.…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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27
MAY
Othello
The Mowlem Theatre

Dorset born SISATA present Shakespeares Othello in a bold bright and brilliant explosion of a performance giving you a feast for all your senses. Adapted and directed by Charmaine K ParkinIn a fast‐paced telling of jealousy love and ambition four…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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27
MAY
Rocky Flower Show & Plant Fair
Queen Elizabeth's School

A must‐see event for anybody interested in the diversity of small plants this competitive show is full of surprises. It is run by the Alpine Garden Society show‐casing mountain plants small herbaceous plants dwarf shrubs and bulbs. The plant fair will be…

Location: 14.2 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 01202 285179
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02
JUN
Shelley Theatre Comedy
Shelley Theatre

Adam Bloom was 18 months old when his parents nicknamed him The Voice and when he was 10 he told them he was going to be a comedian. By the age of 23 he was. Adam has appeared on various stand‐up and…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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02
JUN
We value our volunteers
Knoll Gardens

FREE garden admission to anyone showing proof of volunteering status in any capacity in celebration of National Volunteers Week. Meet up with our own volunteers in the morning or simply relax as you enjoy a stroll around our naturalistic garden. Please bring…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 01202 873931
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04
JUN
Moving in Time
The Mowlem Theatre

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival present Moving in Time ‐ a unique community dance event of all sorts of glorious dance with Purbecks young dancers contemporary dance professionals and a melee of delightful films around moments in dance history.Rising Swanage star Hazel…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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06
JUN
Speed Dating in Bournemouth
Bar So

Speed Dating in BournemouthHow speed dating in Bournemouth worksBy simply arriving at venue for the Speed Dating in Bournemouth event you will be greeted by our friendly professional hosts. They will settle you in by briefly explaining the format of the evening…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 02380 784694
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07
JUN
Beginners Burlesque Class with Sensu'Elle
Kinson Community Centre

With more than seven years experience working as a Burlesque Performer and over five years experience teaching she invites ladies to join her regardless of age or experience to share hints tips and tassels in the art of Burlesque. Whether you have…

Location: 12.1 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

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09
JUN
Dorset Wildlife Trust Members’ Day
Knoll Gardens

Meet up with representatives of Dorsets largest conservation charity on this special day.Discover how Knolls naturalistic gardening ethos continues to create a garden that welcomes wildlife as well as providing year‐round beauty. Free garden admission to DWT members and volunteers or anyone…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 01202 873931
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10
JUN
The Beach Boys Story
The Mowlem Theatre

This show is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face with a song in your heart and reflecting on a truly memorable live music experience this is a show you do not want to miss.. Excellent Fantastic The best…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01929 422239
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10
JUN
Workshop . . . Willow Decorations for the Garden
Knoll Gardens

Willow Decorations for the Garden with Tracy Standish.Enjoy a day creating decorative items from willow including flowers snails fish and bird feeders to take home. Book online or at the nursery.…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Visual Arts

TEL: 01202 873931
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17
JUN
Herbal Medicine - with Kate Scott
Knoll Gardens

Herbal Medicine ‐ Old wives tales or old wise tales with Kate Scott.Discover the plant wisdom behind many traditional old wives tales on a gentle garden walk before enjoying a workshop making herbal medicines to treat common ailments and take home…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 07969 882439
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22
JUN
Planting for year-round naturalistic style
Knoll Gardens

Planting for year‐round naturalistic style with Neil Lucas.Join him as he takes a walk around his garden at Knoll explaining his ethos and some of the concepts and techniques that have gone into the creation of this naturalistic wildlife friendly garden then…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 01202 873931
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23
JUN
Variations of Pointe II
The Mowlem Theatre

Variations of Pointe II is a new triple bill program. It includes stunning Repertoire Ballet a hilarious new age twist inspired by Austin Powers as well as Niewelts new and breathtaking neo‐classical creation Consequential Gaps. The dancers come from Scotland England Ireland…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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30
JUN
Coastal Comedy - Ed Gamble
Hotel Celebrity

We are excited to bring you the incredible Ed Gamble live in our fabulous setting. As seen on:Mock the Week BBC2Russell Howards Good News BBC 2Daves One Night Stand Dave and many more.An ability to open his mouth and spontaneously say something…

Location: 9.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 316316
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02
JUL
Rainbow Run
Upton Country Park

This 3k fun run is not about speed or fitness its about celebration having crazy fun with friends family and colleagues all while raising vital funds for your local childrens hospice.Youll be pelted with powdered paint as you make your way around…

Location: 9.4 miles away
Category: Sports

TEL: 01962 760060
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09
JUL
Rick Stein's Sunset Ci
Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa

This summer heralds the launch of the Pop‐Up Picture Company ‐ creators of unique food and film experiences all set in stunning locations ‐ with chef Rick Stein headlining its first instalment of movie nights; Rick Steins Sunset Cinema.The Sunset Cinema will…

Location: 16.2 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 03300 555732
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09
JUL
Rick Stein's Sunset Cinema
Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa

The Pop‐Up Picture Company creators of unique food and film experiences are teaming up with Rick Stein to bring Sunset Cinema to Chewton Glen from 9th ‐ 23rd July.Whilst you watch a classic film outdoors youll be served a two‐course set meal…

Location: 16.2 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 0333 555729
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15
JUL
Herbal Medicine Walk and Workshop
Knoll Gardens

Herbal Medicine Walk and Workshop with Kate Scott.A gentle walk revealing the secrets of Knoll Gardens natural medicine chest followed by a workshop on herbs you can use to treat common ailments. Harvest and prepare your own herbal medicines and take home…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 07969 882439
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29
JUL
Guided Walk, Beautiful Butterflies
Knoll Gardens

Guided Walk Beautiful Butterflies with Keith Powrie.Locate and identify Knolls many butterflies with the expert help of Keith Powrie who has been recording butterfly sightings at Knoll for many years.Free. Pre‐booking essential and donations to the Knoll Gardens Foundation welcome. To book…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 01202 873931
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30
JUL
Dotty the Dragon
Lulworth Castle

Award winning kids theatre company Blunderbus present Dotty the Dragon Dotty is a magical and enchanting tale about a baby fire dragon that lives with her grumpy dad Mr Dragon. In the village below everyone fears for their lives for dragons eat…

Location: 10.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

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08
AUG
Garden Wildlife Survey TBC
Knoll Gardens

Join wildlife volunteers and experts in the garden to discover more about the wildlife of Knoll. Suitable for all ages beginners and experts alike everyone is welcome to come along get involved and find out more about your garden wildlife. No pre‐booking…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01202 873931
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10
AUG
Yes, Prime Minister
The Mowlem Theatre

Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn the original writers of the classic BBC TV series Yes Prime Minister brings us yet more hilarious satire and farcical performances from the corridor of power. The UK is in crisis: debt is spiralling unemployment…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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11
AUG
Knoll Gardens Foundation Volunteer Recruitment
Knoll Gardens

Knoll Gardens Foundation . . . Volunteer Recruitment Open Day.The Knoll Gardens Foundation is a charity set up to promote a sustainable wildlife friendly gardening style which can create stunning effect whilst requiring little maintenance. This special open day is your chance…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 01202 873931
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11
AUG
The Wind in the Willows
Corfe Castle

This Christmas travel with us down the riverbank on an exhilarating journey with Wind in the Willows favourites Ratty Mole Badger and Todd.…

Location: 4.5 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

17
AUG
The Secret Garden
The Mowlem Theatre

This version of Frances Hodgson Burnetts novel has been adapted for the stage by Dave Simpson. Its a beautiful portrayal of the well‐loved childrens classic which was last performed in Bournemouth 3 decades ago. A touching escape to the country for all…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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19
AUG
Children’s workshop, walk and potion making
Knoll Gardens

Wild About Herbs Childrens workshop walk and potion making with Kate Scott.A great way for children 6 12to get outdoors connect with nature and learn about the amazing herbs growing around them in a fun and creative way. Includes garden…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 07969 882439
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24
AUG
The Game’s Afoot
The Mowlem Theatre

A Sherlock Holmes‐style comedy thriller The Games Afoot is your traditional But Who tale with plenty of laughs guaranteed and was the winner of the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Play from the Mystery Writers of America. It is December 1936 and…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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Tourist Attractions


Oceanarium

Explore the secrets of the ocean in an adventure that will take you to some of the world's most amazing waters. The Oceanarium Bournemouth brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe ‐ more than just an aquarium, a vibrant…

Brownsea Island Nature Reserve

Diverse habitats & wildlife, including a red squirrel population. The reserve is leased from the National Trust, situated in Poole Harbour with a large sheltered lagoon; particularly important for overwintering & summer breeding birds. A day spent exploring its flooded woodland, lakes, reedbed & pine woods…

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is a thousand‐year‐old castle rising above the Isle of PurbeckOne of Britain's most majestic ruins, the castle controlled the gateway through the Purbeck Hills and has been an important stronghold since the time of William the Conqueror. Defended during the Civil War by the ardent…

Swanage Railway

The Swanage Railway is situated on the Isle of Purbeck in the south east corner of the picturesque county of Dorset. The Isle covers approximately 100 square miles but it is not a true island even though the English Channel, Poole Harbour and the River Frome almost surround…

Adonis Cabaret

Adonis Cabaret Bournemouth Nightclub in Bournemouth, Dorset. Contact venue on telephone number 01202 295796 for opening times, entrance costs, guest list information and special offers.…

Ambassador Snooker

SnookerPool Hall at Ambassador Snooker in Bournemouth, Dorset. Contact venue on 01202 291218 for opening times, entrance costs and snooker table informationavailability.…

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