Event: August Bank Holiday Events in Purbeck

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Our corner of Dorset is a wonderful place to explore at any time of year, but in the summer the area comes alive with all sorts of festivals and activities. The August bank holiday weekend is no exception. We’ve put together a guide of bank holiday events in Purbeck for you…

All the events are within a 30 minute drive from Ulwell Holiday Park. There’s something for everyone with village fetes, eco-crabbing, open-air cinema, outdoor activities, stargazing and much more… Don’t miss our best local attractions too!

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Tudor Adventure at Corfe Castle

Every day until Monday 28th August, 10am – 5pm

Corfe Castle. Credit: Glen Bowman

Prepare to be transported back in time to the Tudor Period with the National Trust. Take a journey though voyages of discovery, musical revolution, espionage and intrigue, a plot to install Mary Queen of Scots on the throne, playwrights and war. You can even have a go at Tudor Archer (cost £3 for six arrows).

Free event (admission applies). More info…

Open Air Cinema at Corfe Castle

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August, 8.45pm – 10.30pm

Experience Open Air Cinema in a dramatic setting, thanks to the Purbeck Film Festival. Watch “Stars Under the Stars” with 3 family friendly films showing in the castle ruins over the weekend. More info…

Adults: £8 Children: £4

Friday 25th – Beauty and the Beast (PG)
Saturday 26th – Trolls (U)
Sunday 27th – King Arthur Legend of the Sword (12A)

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th August

A small and family friendly music festival set on a secluded farm in the Purbecks. There’s loads to do for both the old and young folkies! Expect three days of fabulous folk music, workshops, poetry and crafts. Day tickets are available from £31 for adults and £6 for children. More info…

Melon Madness at Monkey World

Saturday 26th – Monday 28th August, 10am – 6pm

Melon Madness

Monkey World is a highly recommended day out. Bring a melon along this bank holiday weekend and receive a free badge for the children. More info…

Hawaii fish-O at Studland

Friday 25th August, 5.30pm and 6.30pm

Try a taster of stand up paddleboarding with this one hour lesson and be rewarded for your efforts with a fish and chip dinner at Knoll Beach Café. Adults: £22 Children: £16. More info…

Holme Flower & Produce Show, East Holme

Saturday 26th August

Holme for Gardens garden centre hosts a flower and produce show as part of the Holme Village Fete. A small but fun day out for the family with donkey rides, bouncy castle and of course, cream teas! More info…

Eco-crabbing at Kimmeridge Bay

Saturday 26th August, 2.30pm – 4pm

Crabbing at Kimmeridge

Dorset Wildlife Trust will show you how to catch seashore crabs without harming them or any of the other life around them. Learn how to handle and look after your catch, as well as fun facts about the different types of crabs that can be found. All equipment provided. More info…

Low Ropes and Archery Activity Day at Brownsea Island

Sunday 27th August, 11am or 2pm

Have an outdoor activity adventure on Brownsea Island. Join the team for a session archery or low ropes or both. More info…

Harmans Cross Field Day

Monday 28th August, from noon

Harmans Cross Village Fete

Traditional village fete with beer tent, dog agility, BBQ, gymkhana and horse show. Free parking and half price entry when holding a valid Swanage Railway ticket. More info…

Crafts on Swanage Sea Front

Monday 28th August, 10am – 4pm

An array of local arts and crafts along Swanage seafront. Weather dependent. More info…

Events at Durlston Country Park

Durlston. Credit: Roy Eggleston

Combine a visit to the spectacular Durlson Country Park and Castle with one the of fantastic bank holiday events. There’s so much heritage and wildlife to explore along the many footpaths and trails. More info…

Stargazing – Friday 25th August, 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Join the experts from the Wessex Astronomical Society to view the night sky. Weather dependent, phone 01929424443 on the day to confirm. £3.

Willow Weaving – Saturday 26th August, 11am – 3pm
Willow crafting for beginners, just drop in! Several makes are available, starting from 50p.

Wildlife Photography Walk – Sunday 27th August, 10.30pm
Join wildlife photographer Julian Sawyer to advance your photography skills. Booking is essential. £5

The Game’s Afoot at The Mowlem Theatre

Thursday 24th – Tuesday 29th August, 7.30pm

Mowlem Show

Plenty of laughter guaranteed in this Sherlock Holmes-style comedy thriller, showing at The Mowlem Theatre on the seafront in Swanage. More info…

The Great Brownsea Storybook Adventure Trail

Every day until Sunday 3rd September

Discover new twists to old tales as you explore the island. With two routes to choose from, the whole family is sure to enjoy completing all the activities along the way. More info…

What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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

Please note: The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action until at least October.

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.


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