Event: Christmas and New Years events in Swanage 2018

Date Event: 1st December - 1st January

Swanage is a hive of activity in December, with a number of special events happening to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Join in the festivities and get involved with one of the many family friendly activities that are on offer. We’ve selected just a handful of our favourites events within the Purbeck region to sample during your stay at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.

Santa Special, Swanage Railway

1st – 24th December 2018

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Throughout December something very special is happening aboard the Swanage Railway. Every day up until Christmas Eve children can meet Santa on a one-hour return trip through the beautiful Dorset countryside. Join the historic steam engine at the beautifully decorated station and wait in anticipation of a visit from Santa whilst enjoying a soft drink and mince pie. Santa will present each child with an age appropriate present to take home.


Swanage Christmas Market

8th December 2018

Wrap up warm and head to Swanage’s Christmas Market to stock up on last minute gifts. With a wide selection of stalls selling local produce, you’ll be spoilt for choice! As well as indulging in a spot of shopping, there will be live music, drinks and a range of tasty foods to sample. Santa will also be making a special appearance during the day.


Christmas Belle, Swanage Railway

8th – 24th December 2018

Get in the festive spirit this Christmas and treat your loved one to a trip in a Pullman Observation Car along the Swanage Railway. Don your finest attire and enjoy champagne and canapés in style from the comfort of your chair in the decorated carriage. You will be treated to spectacular views along the route, including the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle in the distance. All patrons will be treated to a personalised card and gift as a special memento to remember the day.


Artisans on the Beach

Fridays – Sundays throughout December 2018

Take a walk along Swanage seafront and pop into the beach huts lining the esplanade. Each weekend throughout December, local makers and producers will be selling their wares, including hand made gifts and artisan produce. As an added incentive, there will be free parking every Saturday in the towns long stay car parks.


Christmas Pudding Plod Charity Fun Run, Durlston Country Park

16th December 2018

Get the family together and head to Durlston Country Park this December for the Christmas Pudding Plod. Take either the 2k or 5k route and raise funds for two wonderful local charities, Dementia Friendly Swanage and the Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project by participating in the charity fun run. Be sure to wear your most festive fancy dress!


Winter Lights, Corfe Castle

Begins 14th December 2018 plus various other dates

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Marvel at the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle as you explore the grounds at dusk. Weather permitting, the castle will be opening it’s doors until the later time of 7pm, allowing you to admire the Christmas decorations, traditional lanterns and beacons, which illuminate the towers. Savour winters warmers by the roaring log fire and look out for the Lord of Misrule, who will be making an appearance in the early evening to cause some mischief and play games with visitors.


Christmas Eve and New Years at the Village Inn

On Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and New Years day the newly refurbished Village Inn will be serving a delicious festive menu. Situated in the grounds of Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park, our wonderful bar and restaurant is the place to be! Enjoy a 2 or 3 course meal using only the finest ingredients and soak up the festive atmosphere.


New Years Eve in Swanage

New Years Eve is a popular event in Swanage town centre. Revellers congregate in the square at the bottom of lower high street for the big count down and to bring in the New Year together. Fancy dress is the order of the day, so be sure to wear your finest costumes! Most of the pubs and bars will be hosting parties to celebrate.

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

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Finding us


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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