Local Area Information

The Chines is in a quiet residential area in North Swanage, across the road is The Grand Hotel with a small leisure pool, Jacuzzi, gym and sauna, you can also enjoy a drink or meal in their conservatory with panoramic views of Swanage Bay.

At the end of Burlington road is the Crows Nest pub with a children's play area and garden.

A short 5 minutes walk down Burlington Chine is the gorgeous sandy north beach lined with beach huts and boasts a fantastic beach cafe serving food all day, there are also public toilets available here. From here is a level walk along the sea front into Swanage town where you'll find the Steam Railway to Corfe Castle and the Victorian Pier. Swanage is home to lots of local independent shops and restaurants.

The sandy beach in Swanage is one of the main attractions of the town. The waters are clean, and the beach has won many European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award. Swanage beach has a well earned reputation for being a good place to soak up the sun and play in the sand and sea.

Deck chairs are available for hire, as are pedaloes, paddle boards, kayaks and sun beds. The beach runs the length of the town and is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions, there are also public toilets available. It is found on the South West Coast Path.

Swanage Life Boat station, the other side of the town is a large, working station which has regular launch demonstrations in the summer months on a Wednesday evening 

During the first week of August, Swanage hosts their long running Carnival week, which has a huge amount of activities for everyone during the week including firework displays and a large parade. (See Carnival website for more details)

A short drive away or an idyllic steam train ride away is the village of Corfe Castle, where you can visit the National Trust castle and tea shop or go around Corfe Model Village, there are also many traditional pubs in the village to choose from.

A ten minute drive or a scenic walk over Ballard Down takes you to Studland Bay where you will find four miles of beautiful beaches that line the sheltered waters of Studland Bay – ideal for beach games, sandcastles, watersports or simply relaxing.

Further afield are Monkey World, the Tank Museum, Kimeridge and Durdle Door/Lulworth Cove which are all worth a visit

Across the Sand Banks chain ferry are Poole and Bournemouth which have a larger choice of shops and also gorgeous sandy beaches to explore.

Swanage hosts many cultural and musical festivals throughout the year:

  • Swanage Blues Festival (March & October)
  • Purbeck Art Weeks (May – June)
  • Swanage Carnival (July/August)
  • Swanage Jazz Festival (July)
  • Swanage Folk Festival (September)
  • Purbeck Film Festival (October)