Local Activities on The Isle of Purbeck

In the extensive list below you will discover some of the varied activities that occur on The Isle of Purbeck. Regrettably these are currently cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions on public attendance.

Purbeck Film Festival

Purbeck Film Festival

The Purbeck Film Festival is the longest running rural film festival in UK and is now in its 20th year.

Each year the Festival makes a selection of the films that we think our audience will like, and gives about 100 performances in the last two weeks of October in venues throughout Purbeck, as well as at Lighthouse in Poole.  

Live Music Nights at Harmans Cross Village Hall

Swannage Band

Various Musical acts featured at the Village Hall through the year. Find more information on artists, dates and ticket details on the Village Hall website.

Harmans Cross Field Day

A superb traditional Village Flower Show, Fete & Gymkhana, held each year on August Bank Holiday Monday. Find more information on the field day on the Harmans Cross Village Hall website

Fete sign on village green

Harmans Cross Village Hall Movie Nights

Movie Nights are held at the village hall on the second Tuesday every month; tickets are only available at the door on the night and are £5.00 each.  The hall and the bar will open at 7.00pm, with the film starting at 7.30pm. For current film details, visit the Harmans Cross Village Hall website

Worth Village Hall

Events are held at Worth Village Hall throughout the year. Find details of the events at the Worth Village Hall website.

Worth Village Hall exterior

The Belvedere Singers

The Belvedere Singers were formed over 20 years ago. They are a mixed group of amateur singers who meet weekly to rehearse and then perform for charity in the Swannage area. Choir members vary widely in ability from extremely competent musicians to those who have joined the choir because they enjoy singing.

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The Dubber Newsletter

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For all the latest news from the local villages, including the Purbeck Hills Churches, Village Halls, Parish Councils and the Burngate Stone Centre have a look at The Dubber Online.

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival showcases the work of local artists through open studios and exhibitions of visual arts, combined with music, film, poetry, dance and lecture. The Festival takes place around the May Bank Holiday and runs for two weeks.  They also organise events and exhibitions at other times throughout the year. Find more information on Purbeck Art Weeks Festival.

Purbeck Art Weeks

Swanage Folk Festival

Swanage Folk Festival is held in September each year, when the Jurassic Coast of Dorset comes alive with hundreds of Morris dancers in their bright costumes and jingling bells. Folk music followers flock to the concerts,to see numerous top class artists and bands. Held every year for the weekend on the second Friday after the August Bank Holiday Monday. Find out more about the Swanage Folk Festival.

Swanage Folk Festival
Morris dancers dancing in the street

Swanage Blues Festival

Swanage Blues Festivals take place in March and October each year and have become known as The Best Blues Parties on the South Coast! There are 40 gigs of acoustic and electric blues-based music in 15 indoor venues, plus jam sessions and open mic sessions.

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Swanage Railway Steam Gala and Vintage Transport Rally

This event is at Harmans Cross, held on the second weekend in September each year and is organised by the Bournemouth and Poole Preservation Club Ltd

Swanage Steam Gala
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Steam Gala
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Swanage Jazz Festival

If you haven’t been before, we think you’ll find the mix of a weekend of top class jazz with a relaxed seaside setting irresistible. This is a very beautiful part of the country, with stunning coastal and hill scenery and charming villages. Find out more about the jazz festival.

Swanage Carnival

Swanage Regatta and Carnival is the premier carnival on the South Coast. Over 100 events take place during Carnival week, there is something for everyone:- live music every day, the half marathon, sand castle competitions, the sailing regatta, treasure hunts, magnificent firework displays and not forgetting Swanage Carnival has one of the longest processions around.

Swannage Carnival
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Swannage Carnival

Waverley Paddle Steamer

Welcome aboard WAVERLEY – the last seagoing Paddle Steamer in the World & the Classic Cruise ship BALMORAL!

Step aboard for DAY, AFTERNOON and EVENING CRUISES from Swanage each Summer / Autumn. Find out more about excursions on the Waverley Paddle Steamer.

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