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

20
JAN
A Town is Bourne
Shelley Theatre

A fun and fictional tale about how our lovely town of Bournemouth may have been named. Local families living in and around the chine where the Bourne stream meanders into the sea are invited to put forward suggestions for a name for…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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23
JAN
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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23
JAN
The Greatest Showman
The Mowlem Theatre

A new American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and starring Hugh Jackman Zac Efron Michelle Williams Alexandra Shipp and Rebecca Ferguson. The film is inspired by the story of how P.…

Location: 0.9 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01929 422239
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26
JAN
Beatles With Wings
Mr Kyps

Howie Casey toured and recorded with Paul McCartney and Wings for 10 yearsHowie has put this band together to give the fans of Paul McCartney The Beatles and Wings the only opportunity to Hear the songs as they were played with a…

Location: 8.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL:
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26
JAN
Musique a Trois
The Shelley Theatre

Popular local quartet Musique Trois return to Shelley Theatre with an unforgettable evening of classic French chansons blended with jazz swing and cabaret style comedy songs. Enjoy the show in the theatres Mulberry Room cabaret area with or without a specially…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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26
JAN
The Coastal Comedy Show headlined by Craig Murray
Hotel Celebrity

See Craig Murray live Star of TV Plusnet Adverts. Bloody funny Jo BrandCraig Murray knows his comedy roots his material is well presented and recognisably funny ChortleHailing from Dewsbury West Yorkshire charming northerner Craig is currently one of the hottest rising…

Location: 9.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 316316
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27
JAN
Bournemouth Folk Club: MEGSON
Shelley Theatre

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. The husband & wife duo bring an infectious…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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03
FEB
Zoe Schwarz sings Billie Holiday
Shelley Theatre

The highly individual and nationally established vocalist Zoe Schwarz will be bringing her quartet to the Shelley Theatre on Saturday 3rd February. The Quartet features the unmistakable touch and flow of guitarist Rob Koral providing a perfect foil for Zoes commanding and…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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04
FEB
Martin Simpson
The Shelley Theatre

There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is right now better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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08
FEB
Fresh Start
The Shelley Theatre

Its the fresh start Alice has wanted for years a new home no husband and so much support from that nice young man from the property company and her ever‐present neighbour Beryl. But has Alice jumped out of an old frying…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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09
FEB
Defender Of The Dead
Shelley Theatre

A funny and moving comedy drama set on an Archaeological dig near Stonehenge where Zac a retired Army NCO is responsible for security is trying to keep the peace between hippies Archaeologists Pagans and other factions. Should be easy for a man…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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10
FEB
Love Is All Around
The Shelley Theatre

Thespian Themes and invited guests present a perfect pre Valentine evening celebrating LOVE through drama music poetry and song. The performance covers many types of love and will be an exciting mix of romance humour and pathos. We are delighted to be…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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10
FEB
Pip Utton in "Playing Maggie"
The Shelley Theatre

Musical satirist and Fringe Overlord Mervyn Stutter has hosted his daily showcase of Edinburgh Fringe talent for 26 years now. Tonight he shares the bill with this top Fringe show: Playing Maggie. Pip Utton goes beyond mimicry to find the essence of…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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17
FEB
Another Immense Night of Comedy
The Shelley Theatre

Following on from the huge success of last years show Bournemouth Parks Foundation are proud to present Andy Askins John Bishop Show ‐ BBC1 The Comedy Store ‐ Comedy Central a diminutive figure who exudes an air of vulnerability as he steps…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01202 413600
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23
FEB
Murder She Didn't Write
The Shelley Theatre

Baroness Mustard in the conservatory with thepotato peeler This is what you get when you mix Cluedo with laughing gas Degrees of Error create a riotous murder mystery on the spot based on your suggestions. Who knew murder could be such fun…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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23
FEB
The Coastal Comedy Show with Nathan Caton!
Hotel Celebrity

As seen on:Live at the Apollo BBC2Mock The Week BBC2Russell Howards Good News BBC2Nathan Caton is one of the most exciting young comedians on the scene. Gigging since the tender age of 19 over the last decade he has established himself both…

Location: 9.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 316316
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24
FEB
John Smith
The Shelley Theatre

John Smith has played to audiences all over the world. He tours relentlessly with his guitars looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen. In his occasional role as session musician he has played…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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27
FEB
Film: Dunkirk
The Shelley Theatre

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.Starring: Tom Hardy Cillian Murphy Kenneth…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01202 413600
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28
FEB
Film: The Death of Stalin
The Shelley Theatre

The internal political landscape of 1950s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award‐winning and Oscar‐nominated writerdirector Armando Iannucci. In the days following Stalins collapse his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01202 413600
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01
MAR
Furrow Collective
The Shelley Theatre

The Furrow Collective is an award‐winning and critically acclaimed EnglishScottish band consisting of four distinctive and talented performers: Lucy Farrell viola voice & saw Rachel Newton harp fiddle voice Emily Portman banjo concertina voice and Alasdair Roberts guitars voice. The group formed…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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10
MAR
Film: Hellraiser: 35mm screening + Q & A
The Shelley Theatre

We are delighted to announce prior to the screening Nicholas Vince will be participating in a Q&A hosted by Dr Shaun Kimber where we will get a personal insight into the ground breaking vision from Clive Barker which propelled Hellraiser into a…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 01202 413600
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10
MAR
Flower Show & Plant Fair
The Allendale Community Centre

The flower show and plant fair are run by the Dorset local group of the Alpine Garden Society showcasing the plant‐growing talents of its members who will be pleased to talk with you about their hobby. Plants of all kinds not…

Location: 13.8 miles away
Category: Miscellaneous

TEL: 01202 285179
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13
MAR
Our House
The Shelley Theatre

Our House is energetic fun and fabulously British Be immersed in this nostalgic world following Joe Casey a teenager from Camden as he journeys through both a good path and simultaneously a bad one. Featuring many Madness hits such as Our…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01202 413600
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17
MAR
Preparing for Spring with Neil Lucas
Knoll Gardens

To cut or not to cut Led by Knolls owner Neil Lucas the UKs leading authority on ornamental grasses this practical mini‐masterclass will not only answer the mostasked question at Knoll Gardens nursery but also help you ensure your own grasses are…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Lifestyle

TEL: +44(0)1202 873931
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24
MAR
O'Hooley & Tidow
The Shelley Theatre

Duo Belinda OHooley and Heidi Tidow received a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2 five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian; the voice and piano songwriting duo of OHooley & Tidow…

Location: 10.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01202 413600
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24
MAR
Willow Workshop with Tracy Standish
Knoll Gardens

Willow workshop ‐ plant climbers with Tracy StandishLearn simple willow weaving techniques as you create your own plant support to use in your garden this spring.Booking essential.…

Location: 13.9 miles away
Category: Visual Arts

TEL: +44(0)1202 873931
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27
MAR
circus of Horrors - Voodoo
Bournemouth Pavilion

After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation Voodoo.The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre & fantastic circus acts acts all woven into a sensational…

Location: 9.1 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 08445 763000
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31
MAR
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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13
APR
An Ellen Kent Production: La Traviata
Pavilion Theatre

A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music that tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan Violetta.Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent Production with international soloists highly‐praised chorus and full orchestra.VerdiLA TRAVIATAStarring the international…

Location: 9.1 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 08445 763000
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14
APR
An Ellen Kent Production: Madama Butterfly
Pavilion Theatre

Introducing the celebrated soprano Maria HeeJung Kim from the Korean National Opera Seoul and the international soprano Alyona KistenyovaWinner of The Best Opera Award Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards.Back by overwhelming public demand this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including…

Location: 9.1 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 08445 763000
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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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