Punch and Judy on Swanage Beach – Dorset

swanage beach westWe love coming to Swanage as it seems to have everything you need for a traditional seaside experience.

Watching Punch and Judy on the sands, taking a boat trip, fishing for crabs from the quay or walking and exploring the neighbouring headlands, there is always something for all the family.

Of course I must also mention the fabulous Dorset Ice Cream.  There is so much choice but Honeycomb Hash usually wins.


swanage punch and judy


If you want Punch and Judy, pedalos and deckchairs you will find them on the beach in front of the tourist office on the western end of the promenade.

There are several places to get ice cream and also cafes and shops nearby.

swanage beach east



The beach has been renewed and the sands stretch for 3 miles along the bay.  A promenade stretches for about a mile along the beach.

The beach at the eastern end of the town tends to be quieter and has beach huts and a couple of beach restaurants.

If you and the family like to hike then Swanage is also perfect for you.  The South West Coastal Path runs along the beach and there are some great walks.

To the east you can go over the headland towards Studland and The Old Harry Rocks.  To the west you can walk along the cliffs at Durlston Country Park.  If you are lucky you might spot Seals or Dolphins.  This part of the coast is within the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

swanage railway at corfeIf you walk inland you can go to Corfe Village and see the fascinating ruins of Corfe Castle.

The ride back on top of the Purbeck Breezer (number 40 bus) is another of our favourite rides.

Alternatively you can take the steam train from Swanage Station to Corfe on the Swanage Railway.  Even if you don’t take a ride on the train you can still visit the station in the centre of Swanage and see them there.



If you prefer boat rides then walk along the promenade to the pier.  There are several places offering boat and fishing trips and if you are feeling adventurous and you have older grandchildren you could try kayaking or scuba diving.

Papa’s tip: If you are staying in Bournemouth, travel to/from Swanage on the Purbeck Breezer (number 50 bus).  Sit upstairs (open top bus in summer) and enjoy a fabulous ride, including a trip on the Sandbanks Chain Ferry.  Check bus times in advance; busy at peak times.

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