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

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Speed Dating in Bournemouth
Bar So

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

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Nightclubs

TEL: 02380 784694
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Guided Walk - Local Landscapes
Knoll Gardens

Discover more about east Dorsets horticulture and wildlife as Knoll Gardens owner Neil Lucas teams up with the Dorset Wildlife Trust for this guided walk across Ferndown Common to Knoll Gardens pointing out the differences and many similarities to be found in…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: 01202 692033
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Sister Act
The Mowlem Theatre

Whoopi is back in the habit for 3 weeks only from 10 August as Mother Superior at the London Palladium in the fantastic show Sister Act. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier is witness…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

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HAPPY HOUR DRINKS
Banque & Bohem

Between 5pm and 7pm Tuesday to Friday you can treat yourself to 50 off ALL single drinks in Banque & Bohems luxurious bar including our gorgeous hand crafted cocktail selection.Its the perfect way to unwind after a hard days work. Bring your…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: +441202 381769
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Bat Walk with Jan Freeborn
Knoll Gardens

Normal Garden admission charge which will be divided between the charities involved. 7.45pm onwards.Enjoy a special evening stroll as you search for Knolls most elusive night‐time visitors. Using the latest technology and years of experience Jan will help you identify the bats…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: +44(0)1202 873931
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Touch Of Evil: A Celebration of Villainy In Song
Shelley Theatre

Celebrating the musical numbers of the finest villains evil doers baddies and the downright despicable. Infamous cabaret miscreant Joe Black invites you to indulge in the glorious and mysteriously lime green hues of the dark side and find out why it feels…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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The Coastal Comedy Show - our TV Headliner is the
Hotel Celebrity

With his easy charm cheesy singing voice razor‐sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the comedy circuit around Britain. Rob Deering performs stand‐up comedy with music using a guitar a loop pedal and his…

Location: 9.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 316316
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Bugs and Buds
Knoll Gardens

Organised by the gardens charity the Knoll Gardens Foundation Bugs and Buds is a Saturday morning monthly toddler club. Created to inspire a love of nature from a young age the club encourages interaction with the gardens many wildlife inhabitants as…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: +44(0)1202 873931
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The Polly Morris Show
Shelley Theatre

If you have not yet experienced The Polly Morris Band then this show could be for you.Following the success of the recent sell‐out shows the band which has been described as a fun band with a bit of extra Fun‐ness thrown…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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Music in the Garden with Gerauschhersteller
Knoll Gardens

Performing as part of Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe BEAF festival Dorset‐based musical ensemble Gerauschhersteller use amplified pods cacti and other plant materials to create this sound performance of John Cages Child of Tree and BranchesListen to amplified sound through radio headphones alongside…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: +44(0)1202 873931
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Mary Magdalene (12A)
The Mowlem Theatre

Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E. a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader Jesus of Nazareth who promises that…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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F W Murnau's Nosferatu
Shelley Theatre

Part of the BEAF Festival Programme The Cabinet perform live to accompany one of the silent eras most influential masterpieces. Murnaus eerie gothic psycho‐drama created in 1922 set the template for the horror films that followed. Cabinets score uses a range of…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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Dreamy Piano Improvisations
Shelley Theatre

A rare chance to see a uniquely talented pianistcomposer. Enjoy soothing impressionist piano works composed by Lerouge himself. Influences include: Debussy Ravel Einaudi David Lynch Radiohead Fleet Foxes and film noir movie soundtracks. James Lerouge learnt piano from the age of 5…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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Gay Speed Dating in Bournemouth
Bar So

Gay Speed Dating in BournemouthTired of using Grindr POF Match or Hornet Look no further as we present the opportunity to meet like‐minded people for up to xx amount of dates in one night. No more swiping left of right speak face‐to‐face…

Location: 9 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

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FILM: Victoria and Abdul
Shelley Theatre

Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victorias golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long‐held position the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01202 413600
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Swan Lake - Vienna Festival Ballet
The Mowlem Theatre

One of the best known love stories performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes stunning scenery international stars and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed.Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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May the 4th Be With You Cider Festival
Shelley Theatre

Put a spring in your step with our May the 4th Be With You Cider Festival Fancy Dress optional and a prize for the best dressed Fetch The Drinks has once again teamed up with Shelley Theatre to bring you another fun…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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Knoll Gardens Volunteer Recruitment Open Day
Knoll Gardens

The Knoll Gardens Foundation is a charity set up to promote sustainable wildlife friendly gardening. This special open day is your chance to find out about the charity and the volunteering opportunities it offers Further details at www.knollgardensfoundation.org.…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: +44(0)1202 873931
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05
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Rock Icons
The Tivoli Theatre

Rock Icons is an all new energetic live music show that will take you on a musical and visual journey through the eras and evolution of Rock and Classic Rock featuring the music from the worlds most iconic Bands such as Yes…

Location: 13.8 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 849103
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The Slightly Fat Show
Shelley Theatre

Comedy. Cabaret. Chaos. After a sensational sell out at the Shelley Theatre in 2013 BEAF brings back Slightly Fat Features with a new show stuffed full with stunts laughs and mayhem. Hard to describe until you witness it live. Suitable for kids…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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The Block Party: Summer Street Festival
Lansdowne Block

6 VENUES 3000 PEOPLE 1 WRISTBANDBank Holiday Saturday 5th May 2018Lansdowne Bournemouth21.00 ‐ 05.00 THE OCCASION Join 3000 party people and over 50 DJs & artists at Bournemouths metropolitan electronic music festival. Taking place across six venues in the Lansdowne…

Location: 9.6 miles away
Category: Nightclubs

TEL: 07912 691842
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The Greatest Showman (PG) - singalong version
The Mowlem Theatre

A special treat for The Mowlem Theatre. The world is singing along with the most entertaining movie of the year and now you can too with this special sing‐along screening of The Greatest Showman the Golden Globe winner for Best…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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MAY
Games and After Liverpool
Shelley Theatre

We never answer each others questions. Have you noticed We just add more questions. Its not communication its ping pong. In Games Blind Elephant blur the line between reality and theatre by inviting the audience to share their thoughts and become part…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The Mowlem Theatre

Peter Susan Edmund and Lucy four young evacuees from war‐torn London arrive at a rambling old country house home of the eccentric Professor Kirk and his sharp‐tongued housekeeper Mrs. Macready. The children are shown to the spare room which is empty but…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01929 422239
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12
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Highwood House Open Day
Charborough Park

Charborough is a traditional rural estate located in South Dorset close to the towns of Wareham Blandford Forum and Wimborne Minster. First recorded in the Doomsday Book Charborough has a rich and colourful history and is now host to an increasingly wide…

Location: 13.7 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01305 766626
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Mowlem Theatre

London 1946. Juliet Lily James a charismatic and free‐spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi‐occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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FILM: Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool
Shelley Theatre

The story is based on the memoir by British actor Peter Turner and follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner Jamie Bell and the eccentric Academy Award‐winning actress Gloria Grahame Annette Bening. First meeting in theatrical digs in London the legendary…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01202 413600
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Frankenstein - The Fallen Angel
Shelley Theatre

Angel rising Slowly painfully out of the fusion of rabid light and impenetrable darkness Angel emerges alien and alienated. Mary Shelleys Frankenstein is radically reimagined in a freeform modern interpretation to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novels publication. The new play…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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The Story of the Beach Boys – A Tribute
The Mowlem Theatre

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.The performers of this extravaganza express deliver a…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01929 422239
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While and Matthews
Shelley Theatre

Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo Best Song & Best Live Act categories. Chris While and Julie Matthews musical partnership began in 1993 when…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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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…

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…

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…

K1

K1 Nightclub in Bournemouth, Dorset. Contact venue on telephone number 01202 317818 for opening times, entrance costs, guest list information and special offers.…

Bumbles

Bumbles Nightclub in Bournemouth, Dorset. Contact venue on telephone number 01202 557006 for opening times, entrance costs, guest list information and special offers.…

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