Swanage is a wonderful seaside resort on the East Coast of Purbeck in Dorset. The small town is built around the sheltered bay and has a long sandy beach sweeping around from the cliffs at the Northern end all the way into the centre of the town. Behind Swanage beach there are small shops, restaurants, a theatre and an area of park.

Swanage is part of the Jurassic Coast and a footpath runs North to Studland past Old Harry Rocks or along the South Coast of Purbeck towards Worth Matravers and Kimmeridge.

Inland from Swanage is the historic village of Corfe Castle where the ruined remains of the castle are open to the public. The Swanage Steam Railway runs across Purbeck to the village of Corfe Castle where there are also a number of small shops and public houses.

The town of Swanage is a popular holiday destination and there are a number of excellent places to eat. Public houses and cafes are dotted across the town and excellent fish and chips can be enjoyed with a view of the sea and the fishing boats.

Swanage has a thriving local community and it is possible to watch the Swanage Rowing Team training in the bay or you can take part in one of the numerous carnivals, regattas or jazz festivals.

Swanage Steam Railway

Swanage, Dorset

The traditional steam railway running between Corfe Castle and Swanage has become one of the most popular attractions in Purbeck. Enjoy the sounds, smells and sensation of the steam railway.

Address: www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Telephone: 01929 425800

Durlstone Country Park

Swanage, Dorset

This coastal nature reserve and castle is a beautiful spot to enjoy the Purbeck Coast which forms part of the Jurassic Coast. From Durlstone it is possible to view all sorts of wildlife including puffins and occasionally dolphins. Can be reached within 25mins via the Coastal Path from Swanage.

Website: www.durlston.co.uk
Telephone: 01929 424443

Studland Sea School

Studland, Dorset

Studland Sea School we offer a wide range of kayaking tours and hire, kayak fishing, coasteering and snorkeling catering for all levels of ability.

Address: www.studlandseaschool.co.uk
Telephone: 01929 450430
Telephone: 07977 179941

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Dorset

A lovely place to explore and discover the local history. This ruined castle enjoys beautiful views over the surrounding countryside and over to Studland and Poole Harbour. The National Trust who administer the site also have games and events for children.

Address: Corfe Castle, Dorset
Telephone: 01929 481294

Arne Nature Reserve

Arne, Dorset

A chance to walk and see some rare bird and gracefully deer. Beautiful moorland covered in heather and criss-crossed with footpaths.

Arne is on the edge of Poole Harbour and you get views of Brownsea Island and the town of Poole in the distance.

Website: www.rspb.org.uk/arne/

Monkey World

Wool, Dorset

The ape rescue centre is a popular attraction in Dorset and has apart from the rescue work also has a lot of things for visitors to see and do.

Website: www.monkeyworld.org
Address: Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH

Moors Valley Country Park

Ashley Heath, Dorset

Go Ape Moors Valley Country Park

It's for anyone who likes to live life adventurously - you don’t have to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy a Go Ape experience! Go Ape offers up to three hours of tree top fun. It’s a great way to get outdoors and have some fun.

The Moors Valley GoApe Country Park is within a 40min drive of Purbeck and is a great day out for the whole family.

Website: goape.co.uk

Jurassic Jaunts

Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Go Ape Moors Valley Country Park

Guided walks and tours along the Jurassic Coast and across Dorset. An excellent way to explore the coast of Dorset and learn more about the history and environment along the way.

Website: jurassicjaunts.co.uk

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