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or gain an insight into the town’s history at the Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre which is situated in The Square, just off the lower High Street. Other attractions include Putlake Adventure Farm and also the famous Swanage Steam Railway, the latter of which offers a nostalgic journey through the Purbeck countryside to Corfe Castle.


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beaches are golden and the sun always seems to shine, Swanage is hard to beat!


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The main beach is a corker – it consistently achieves European Blue Flag status and runs the


or traditional seaside holidays, where the


whole length of the town. Here you can enjoy the many water sport activities on offer such as sailing, windsurfi ng, canoeing and pedalo hire, or simply relax and soak up the sun. If you don’t want to carry all your gear to the beach each day then why not hire a beach hut: with


Putlake Adventure Farm


Whatever the weather, a visit to Putlake Adventure Farm at Langton Matravers is a must. Visitors can feed the lambs and goats, groom the horses, and cuddle the rabbits.


Join the scarecrow hunt, and then take a tractor-trailer ride to view the Jurassic Coastline. Children will love the 3-storey indoor soft play zone with its separate baby area, slides, ball


deckchairs, a table and electric power they make an ideal base from which to enjoy not only the beach but also the nearby public gardens and town centre shops. Details are available from the Tourist Information Centre on Shore Road.


Stroll along the Victorian pier,


pit, rollers, ramps, aerial glides, games, challenges and more. There’s a 9-hole crazy golf course, battery operated bikes and an outdoor play area too. Visit Poppy’s Tearooms for the delicious breakfasts, light lunches, snacks, cakes and


Just a mile from the town centre is Durlston Country Park with its stunning sea views and a mix of cliffs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland and downs. Within the park is Durlston Castle, built between 1887 and 1891 as the centrepiece of Victorian philanthropist George Burt’s Durlston estate. The castle re- opened last November following a major project to establish a new ‘gateway’ Visitor Centre to the Jurassic Coast. A spectacular new cafe, exhibition area and gardens have also been incorporated, which make a visit to Durlston even more attractive. Throughout the year Swanage hosts a variety of top events that include vibrant music festivals and a fantastic week-long carnival, which this year takes place from 28th July to 4th August.


cream teas – you don’t need to visit the Adventure Farm to enjoy the treats on offer!


There's even a pet and garden centre for your animal and garden needs! Tel: 01929 422917.


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