Isle of Purbeck – Events Autumn/Winter 2017

The summer may be well and truly over, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty of things to keep you busy in the quieter season. Here are our top picks of events happening between now and the end of the year.

Purbeck Outdoor Weekend – 15-17th September

Although entries have now closed for this outdoor athletic event, there’s still plenty of opportunities to watch the runners, cyclists and walkers along their courses. With each event starting from either the Downs or Sandpit Field in Swanage, the atmosphere in town is sure to be busy. There are also individual events happening throughout the town; including yoga, kayaking and talks with a real-life explorer available for the adults and the kids. Use the link above to find out more and to book a space.

Film Nights @ Purbeck Golf Course – Various Dates

Set within the stunning surroundings of the golf course, these film nights are a wonderful way to spend a cosy evening. Cheap and cheerful, the films being shown are Rocky Horror (25th of September), Lion (15th November) and Hackshaw Ridge (29th November). Each film will be showing from 7pm, and the bar will be open for ice cream, snacks and drinks. The course has exquisite views over to Poole Harbour, as well as valleys and generally lovely countryside. You can book in advance from the reception.

Stargazing at Durlston Castle – 29th September

These stargazing events offer the chance to use the various telescopes at Durlston, including their main telescope inside the new observatory. There is also a short talk beforehand to give you more of an idea of what you’re looking at and what specifics to look out for. The Purbeck skies are extremely clear and offer a really good chance to enjoy stargazing without light pollution. The new observatory is supported by members of the Wessex Astronomical Society, which means the talks are informative and interesting.

Swanage Blues Festival – 5th – 8th October

The biannual Swanage Blues Festival is the towns last music based festival of the year. Growing ever more popular as the years go on, the Blues Festival takes place in almost every venue in Swanage, with over 30 bands and 15 indoor venues taking part. The support wristbands are only £10, and although they’re not compulsory for each venue, buying one supports the festival and allows it to continue each year. There are also jams and open mic nights, so if you want to get more involved you can!

Purbeck Film Festival – 13th -29th October

A huge number of films are being shown at various venues throughout Dorset and the Purbecks over this festival. There’s everything from indie comedies, blockbuster dramas and kids flicks, so no matter what your taste, you’ll definitely be able to find something to suit you. The film festival is also showing several foreign language films as well, which really backs up the idea of education through film that the charitable trust behind the event stands for. For more information, including how to book tickets, use the link above.

Santa Special Trains – Various Dates

These ones are perfect for the kids! A return journey on the steam train, with the opportunity to meet Santa, these trips are really quite magical for the little ones. Starting from and returning to Swanage train station, the journey is an hour long and includes a gift, soft drink and biscuit for the children, and a mince pie and seasonal drink for the adults. Whilst taking in the beautiful Purbeck countryside, you’ll also be entertained on board. The trains run four times a day, on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the beginning of December, and every day throughout the week from the 18th to the 24th. There is also a canapé and champagne version for the grown ups, held in the luxurious Pullman Observation Car, and Christmas Luncheons on the Wessex Belle as well.

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