5 reasons to visit Swanage in 2014

When you think of holidaying in Swanage, you may think that mid-summer is the only time to visit, when it will be at it’s busiest. But you’d be wrong. Swanage is popular all year round, with many popular events drawing the crowds from all over.

Swanage Blues Festival

7, 8, 9 March

The Blues Festival is in its 13th year, and brings Swanage to life with over 100 musicians taking part in 60 events at 15 venues in the town. It is such a popular event, that year on year, the same supporters return – for the music, the atmosphere, food and drink. If you’re a Blues fan, it’s one not to miss!

Swanage Jazz Festival

11 – 13 July

Tickets go on sale for this hugely popular event at the beginning of February – the event which is in its 25th year! The programme is jam-packed with a range of Jazz bands that will appear in a mix of small venues and large marquees in the town. If jazz is your thing, best book those tickets soon as they sell out fast!

Swanage Carnival Week

26 July – 2 August

Where can you find fun, laughter, a carnival queen, a wheel barrow race and sand sculpting competitions all in one place…? Yes, that’s right, the Swanage Carnival of course. A hugely popular week with thousands heading to the South Coast to partake in all the activities the Carnival has to offer. The week kicks off on Saturday 26th July with the procession on Sunday 27th July at 3pm. The procession makes its way through the streets of Swanage and down to the seafront where thousands of people await its arrival with cheering and clapping and flag waving. Why not join them this year? The event is full of activities for everyone of all ages – you’re sure to need a holiday to recover!

If you need any information about the festival, why not give us a call? Our very own team member, Mandy, is on the Carnival committee and always happy to help.

Swanage Folk Festival

5 – 7 September

Say folk festival, I imagine Morris dancers, bells and an accordion. And at the beginning of September, that’s exactly what you’ll see in Swanage. The three day event features a range of musical treats, concerts and opportunities to tap your feet and put your Ceilidh moves to the test.

Swanage Walking Festival

20 – 28 September

For something a little more tranquil, there is the Swanage Walking Festival. This is perfect for those that enjoy donning their walking boots, and going for a hike in amongst the beautiful scenery that Dorset has to offer. This area has so much to see from coast to countryside as well as many different types of wildlife from birds, to butterflies.

If you’re looking for something a little different this year, why not come to Swanage? Booking early for these weeks is advised, as all these festivals are popular for locals and holidaymakers alike. To search for your holiday, click here.

Ginny Kay


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