7 reasons to visit Swanage for your summer holiday in 2019

January 7th, 2019

We might be biased, but we think Swanage is the ideal destination for a short break or extended holiday! With so many exciting things to see and do for all members of the family, you’ll be spoilt for choice during a trip to Ulwell Holiday Park. We’ve put together a list of just some of the reasons why we think you should head to Swanage for your summer holiday in 2019!


Family friendly beach

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No summer holiday to the coast is complete without a trip (or two) to the beach! Swanage beach is ideal spot to relax and enjoy beautiful views out to sea, whilst the children paddle in the shallows and play in the sand. There is a lifeguard service in the summer months to give parents peace of mind, and the beach is within easy reach of a range of amenities including food and drink kiosks and public toilets. There are pedalos and kayaks available to hire as well as deck chairs for those looking to sit back and soak up the sun!


Action packed outdoor activities

If you’re feeling adventurous, Swanage is the perfect place to enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled day out. Face your fears as a family and head to the Jurassic coast to try a coasteering trip that will see you scaling cliffs and jumping into the crystal waters below. If your not feeling quite that brave yet, why not give Dorset Waterpark a go! Here you can try your best to traverse an inflatable obstacle course, without falling into the lake!


Spectacular Scenery

Perhaps the number one reasons to visit Swanage and the wider Dorset area, is its abundance of beautiful scenery. Situated on the world famous Jurassic Coast, Swanage is perfectly placed to discover stunning views around every corner. Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are incredible geographical spectacles not to be missed. A walk to Old Harry’s rocks along the coastal path gives wonderful views across Poole harbour and Studland Bay.


Delicious food and drink

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Dorset is home to some of the best food and drink suppliers in the country, thanks to its abundance of farmland and proximity to the sea. With this in mind its only right to spend some of your time in Swanage sampling all of the delights this small coastal town has to offer! Pop into one of the many independent restaurants dotted around the town and enjoy everything from locally caught shellfish to hand crafted chocolate! We’ve made sourcing the finest and freshest produce easy at Ulwell Holiday Park, as our on site shop boasts an extensive range of products from Dorset suppliers, including free range eggs, locally baked bread and meat from Samway’s farm. Our newly refurbished Village Inn restaurant also endeavours to use locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.

Wonderful wildlife


Spot wildlife in its natural habitat during a summer holiday in Swanage. Durlston Country Park is home to a number of rare species, including birds, bugs, butterflies and insects. Sometimes it’s even possible to spot a passing pod of dolphins from one of the parks viewing points! Slightly further afield, Arne Nature Reserve is also a must see for any nature lover. The RSPB managed reserve is one of the only places in the country where it’s possible to find all 6 species of reptiles native to the UK!


Discover a piece of history


Step back in time and discover some of Dorset’s best historical sites. Swanage heritage railway is a superb way to take in the beauty of the Isle of Purbeck under the gentle power of a steam locomotive. Travel along the line to Corfe and see the thousand year old ruins of Corfe Castle, perched at the top of the hill. Just a short drive from Swanage, immerse yourself in a bygone era at Tyneham Village,  which lays untouched since it was abandoned in World War II.


Fantastic children’s activities

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You won’t be stuck for activities to keep the kids entertained during a trip to the south coast! Little ones will love Putlake Adventure Farm, a small working farm with soft play, go-karts and tractor rides. Our swimming pool is great for rainy days spent as a family and is open to members of the public not staying at Ulwell Holiday Park . In Bovington you will find Monkey World and the Tank Museum, both of which offer great days out for the entire family.

What our guests say

  • A lovely quiet site

    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

  • Super swimming pool

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Excellent quality caravan site

    Peter Skrobacz

    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

  • An amazing week at Ulwell

    Jenny H

    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

  • Easter break


    We have just returned after a brilliant Easter break. Couldn’t fault anything at all and we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t visit the pub but the shop is stocked with local produce and essentials. The facilities are great and the location convenient. Our van was spotless and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back

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We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

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Proudly associated

Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

  • Camping and caravanning
  • AA
  • British Holiday & Home Parks assocation
  • Poole Tourism
  • Visit Britain
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Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North



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