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

03
JUN
We Value Volunteers
Knoll Gardens

Free admission to anyone who gives up their valuable time as a volunteer in any capacity. Meet Knolls own volunteers or simply relax and stroll around this naturalistic garden. Please bring proof of volunteering status to gain free admission. Free garden tours…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01202 873931
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04
JUN
Sturminster Marshall Church Fete
St Mary's Church, Sturminster Marshall

Annual Church Fete with traditional stalls and games.There will also be a fun Dog show Starlight Dance Academy the Verwood Concert Brass Training Band Stur Bake off Teddy Bear parachute drop a silent auction and Cream teas.Dog Show classes start 3pm…

Location: 14.1 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01258 857076
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04
JUN
Tess Of The d’Urbervilles
The Mowlem Theatre

Adapted and directed by Charmaine K Parkin. Part of the Theatre Fest West 2016.Four actors play multiple roles in what is an enigmatic and fast paced telling of virtue love and injustice but above all the impact of this on the human…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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06
JUN
" Love & Friendship" (U)
The Mowlem Theatre

Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits to the estate of her in‐laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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07
JUN
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 Hotel…

Location: 9.2 miles away
Category: Business

TEL: 08000 786056
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11
JUN
Dorset Wildlife Trust Members' Day
Knoll Gardens

Discover how Knolls naturalistic gardening ethos creates a garden that welcomes wildlife and provides year‐round beauty. Members of Knolls charitable arm the Knoll Gardens Foundation will be on hand to discuss developments in the garden and how they can benefit wildlife. On…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01202 873931
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16
JUN
No Room for Love
The Mowlem Theatre (Swanage)

Set in the Lawns Hotel Kingstanton in 1975 it is the weekend of the Music Festival and the Manageress is anxious that things should go well. She clings on to the belief that her beloved hotel is far above its…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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16
JUN
WWE Presents NXT
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

WWE Presents NXT at Bournemouth International Centre BIC in Bournemouth on Thursday 16 June 2016. We search the UKs top ticket companies for the best seats at the best prices so you dont have to so you can watch WWE Presents NXT…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Sports

17
JUN
Lady Boys of Bangkok: Forever Yours - BOURNEMOUTH
The Sabai Pavilion

Energetic exotic eclectic and completely unpredictable those sensationally glamorous LADY BOYS OF BANGKOK are ready to whoop it up in BOURNEMOUTH for the very first time with a dazzling new production of the countrys most popular touring cabaret show ‐ Forever…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 08717 050705
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18
JUN
Breaking the rules - container gardening
Knoll Gardens

Potter and garden sculptor Jonathan Garrett opened his first pottery in the 1980s. His work has featured at the V&A the Scottish Gallery the Cheslea Fringe Hilliers Arboretum and Londons Garden Museum and he has been reviewed in the Garden Design Journal…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01202 873931
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21
JUN
Barry Manilow
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

For a veteran such as Barry Manilow taking it easy may seem an acceptable idea. However this isnt on the horizon for the Billboard friendly legend. Manilow released his Super Hits album in April…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

24
JUN
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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25
JUN
Tankfest 2016
The Tank Museum

TANKFEST RETURNS TO THE TANK MUSEUM......bringing the story of tanks tank crew and soldiers to life...Join us for the worlds biggest and best live display of historic armour living history and much more at the Home of the Tank.Following the sell‐out 2015…

Location: 13.5 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01929 405096
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25
JUN
George Benson
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

Fresh off his NAACP Award for Best Jazz Album for Guitar Man 10 time Grammy winner and legendary guitarist George Benson is bringing his jazzy style across the pond. A singer songwriter composer and guitarist…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

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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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

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

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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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
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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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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