The year's main festivals and events are listed below. For details, click on an event to go to its own website.


Due to the coronavirus many events are being cancelled or postponed. Please check with event organisers before attending any of the events listed.

Swanage Blues Festival 5-8 March 2020

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala and Beer Festival 24-26 April 2020 POSTPONED

Purbeck Pirate Festival 22-24 May 2020 CANCELLED

Purbeck Arts Weeks 23 May – 7 June 2020 CANCELLED

Swanage Fish Festival 12-14 June 2020 CANCELLED

Swanage Armed Forces Day 27 June 2020 CANCELLED

Swanage Jazz Festival 10-12 July 2020 CANCELLED

Swanage Carnival and Regatta 25 July – 1 August 2020 CANCELLED

Swanage Repertory Season at The Mowlem 4-22 August 2020 CANCELLED

Swanage Lifeboat Week 7-16 August 2020 CANCELLED

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 20-23 August 2020

Harmans Cross Field Day fete 31 August 2020

Purbeck Chamber Music Festival 3-6 September 2020

Swanage Folk Festival 11-13 September 2020

Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival 18-20 October 2020

The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend 18-20 October 2020

Purbeck Running Festival 20 October 2020

Swanage Blues Festival 1-4 October 2020

Purbeck Film Festival 16-31 October 2020


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Event links

Swanage Town Council

Virtual Swanage

Visit Dorset

What's On In Dorset

Swanage Railway

The Purbeck Gazette

Resort Dorset