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

27
JUN
"Me Before You" (12A)
The Mowlem Theatre

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes Me Before You tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a contented small town Englishwoman and the wealthy paralyzed Londoner who hires her as his caretaker. Theatre director Thea Sharrock…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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01
JUL
Burlesque Showcase featuring Velma Von Bon Bon
Kinson Community Centre

It gives me the greatest pleasure to finally reveal that we have a very special guest coming to Bournemouth to Headline our July Showcase and teach some fabulous workshops This highly sought after Lady has been on my wish list for absolutely…

Location: 12.1 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL:
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01
JUL
Hay Fever
The Mowlem Theatre

After the great success of the professional Wessex Actors Companys WACs production of Canterbury Tales at various Dorset venues in 2015 they are pleased to announce this years production of Hay Fever.Noel Cowards Hay Fever epitomises the sophisticated wit and cynicism of…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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02
JUL
Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG)
The Mowlem Theatre

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with Alice in…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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02
JUL
Plant medicine walk and workshop
Knoll Gardens

Rachel Heathcote takes you on a gentle walk revealing the secrets of Knolls 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 some samples. Rachel…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 07968 169064
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02
JUL
Wargamers Weekend
The Tank Museum

The annual War Gamers event returns to The Tank Museum as hobbyists take over the Museum for the weekend.War gaming clubs from across the country will be exhibiting different strategy games for visitors to view and join in. Specialist traders will also…

Location: 13.5 miles away
Category: Exhibitions

TEL: 01929 405096
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02
JUL
Earth Wind Fire
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

Earth Wind Fire at Bournemouth International Centre BIC in Bournemouth on Saturday 02 July 2016. Youve all heard of horror stories of getting scammed by ticket touts havent you Well BritEvents have come up with the perfect solution ‐ a ticket…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

05
JUL
BIIAB Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)
The Norfolk Royale Hotel

BIIAB Award for Personal Licence Holders APLH Level 2 BournemouthGain the qualification needed to apply for your Personal Licence to sell alcohol and advance your career prospects within the licensed retail sector. This 1 day APLH course held at The Norfolk Royale…

Location: 9.2 miles away
Category: Business

TEL: 08000 786056
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06
JUL
Land's End to John O'groats with a Piano
The Mowlem Theatre

On the 29th June to celebrate his 60th birthday pianist and veteran Edinburgh Fringe performer Mike Hatchard is planning to cycle from Lands End to John Ogroats with a piano Not a real piano obviously but nevertheless a fairly hefty electric…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01929 422239
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13
JUL
The Last Shadow Puppets
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

The Last Shadow Puppets at Bournemouth International Centre BIC in Bournemouth on Wednesday 13 July 2016. Its bloomin hard work tracking down the best seats at the best prices so why dont you let us do it. Our clever system imports…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

16
JUL
The Woman who Cooked her Husband
The Mowlem Theatre

Ken decides to trade in Hilary his wife of twenty five years after the onset of middle age finds him in the arms of Laura ‐ a young slim attractive and vibrant free spirit. The only problem isshe cant cookMissing the food…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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19
JUL
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Priory House Garden

38th Annual Open‐air Shakespeare performance by the Bournemouth Shakespeare Players. They have presented everything from bright comedies and educational histories to handkerchief wetting tragedies. Part of The Royal Shakespeare Companys Open Stages. Tickets and further details on Tel No. 01202 534776. Adults…

Location: 12.5 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 534776
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21
JUL
Summer Holidays
The Tank Museum

Imagine the awesome power of tanks brought to life in front of your very eyes... Dont miss the explosive Tanks in Action Displays every weekday during the May Half Term holiday. Watch in awe as armoured vehicles and a Main Battle Tank…

Location: 13.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01929 405096
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22
JUL
Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years
The Mowlem Theatre

Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years is the Worlds most authentic sounding theatre show of its kind. With moving and powerful live performances and multimedia the show takes a chronological journey through the music and behind the scenes of the greatest ever…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01929 422239
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23
JUL
Attack of the Daleks
The Tank Museum

The Daleks Doctor Whos arch nemesis will be invading The Tank Museum on the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2016Annual Passes ARE valid for this event…

Location: 13.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01929 405096
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27
JUL
Chaplins Circus is coming to Christchurch 2016
Stanpit Recreation Ground

If you are looking for a reasonably‐priced entertainment experience suitable for your whole family then look no further. Chaplins Circus is an all‐human circus designed to be entertaining for the whole family from the youngest of children to the eldest of adults.…

Location: 13 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01727 555250
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30
JUL
Beautiful butteflies guided walk
Knoll Gardens

Dedicated lepidopterist Keith Powrie leads a walk around Knoll to help identify the many butterflies that can be found in the garden. Keith has been recording butterfly sightings at Knoll for many years and brings an infectious enthusiasm to any guided walk.…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01202 873931
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04
AUG
Joe Pasquale
The Mowlem Theatre

Joe Pasquale is one of Britains favourite comedians. Famed for his squeaky voice and being crowned King of the Jungle in 2004s Im a Celebrity Get Me out of Here Pasquale has recently hosted The…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

06
AUG
Warfare Through The Ages
The Tank Museum

Site opens at 9am each day. Enjoy a packed programme of activities from 10am as we take you on a tour of history with drill displays battle re‐enactment and spectacular sieges.Each group will be camped around the battlefield you will be free…

Location: 13.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01929 405096
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13
AUG
The Last Five Years
The Mowlem Theatre

The story explores a five‐year relationship between James Wellerstein a rising novelist and Cathy Hiatt a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathys story is told in reverse chronological order and Jamies is told in chronological order.…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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13
AUG
Wild about herbs - children's workshop
Knoll Gardens

Medical herbalist Rachel Heathcote leads a garden trail and helps children 6‐12 create herbal artwork and make some simple and safe lotions and potions.…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 07968 169064
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27
AUG
The Definitive Elvis Experience
The Mowlem Theatre

Still growing 38 years after his untimely passing the legend of Elvis Presley continues to grow. Everyone has their own special Memories of Elvis whether its the Aloha from Hawaii via satellite the NBC 68 Comeback Special or the unforgettable…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01929 422239
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03
SEP
Herbal medicine for health and vitality
Knoll Gardens

Medical herbalist Rachel Heathcote looks at how herbs can help you stay well manage stress optimise energy boost immunity and improve sleep.…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 07968 169064
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03
SEP
Poole Thai Festival
Baiter (Harbourside) Park

A two day event to experience the taste of Thailand this summer at Baiter Harbourside Park Poole is brought to you by Magic of Thailand.Treat yourself to a weekend wonder and bring along your families and friends to feel a touch of…

Location: 7.7 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 07832 139802
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04
SEP
Wheels of Steel
The Tank Museum

For the second time The Tank Museum is hosting the Wheels of Steel ride in event to end off the season. This fundraising ride in provides a great social atmosphere with proceeds going to The Tank Museum and other local charities.Trade Stands…

Location: 13.5 miles away
Category: Exhibitions

TEL: 01929 405096
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04
SEP
Barenaked Ladies
O2 Academy Bournemouth

Canadian Alternative Rock band Barenaked Ladies have been together since 1998. Jim Creegan Kevin Hearn Ed Robertson and Tyler Stewart are collectively BNL or BnL to their fans. The band has achieved huge worldwide success…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

15
SEP
Ornamental Grass Masterclass
Knoll Gardens

Knoll Gardens is internationally recognised for its ornamental grasses. Neil Lucas Knolls owner covers everything you need to know about grasses including how to maintain them and how to use them as part of your garden design.…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01202 873931
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17
SEP
Tank 100
The Tank Museum

On 15th September 1916 at Flers on the Somme tanks were used in battle for the first time. Shortly afterwards on 27th October Bovington became the Tank headquarters.The Tank 100 event will be commemorating the centenary of the tank the sacrifice of…

Location: 13.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01929 405096
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01
OCT
Ronan Keating
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

Best known for his work as one of the members of Boyzone Ronan Keating has shown many times over that he has the ability to make it on his own. His debut solo albon…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

02
OCT
Bournemouth Marathon Festival
Bournemouth Pier Approach

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival brings many distances together in one unique festival of running.The course is fast and picturesque making it a must‐do for anyone looking to set a PB. With 6 races to choose from there is something for all abilities…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Sports

TEL: 01962 760060
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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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Want to see what other attractions to visit when in Swanage? See our list of attractions in Swanage, including theme parks, castles, historic houses, zoos and many more family days out.