Christmas Events in Swanage 2019

December 11th, 2019

If you’re staying at our Swanage Holiday Park over the Christmas or New Year period, why not take a look at our pick of the Christmas events taking place nearby. Whether you’re looking for a traditional carol service, a delicious sit-down meal or a family friendly activity, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some festive fun during your stay.

Ulwell Holiday Park is perfectly positioned to make the most of a range of award-winning activities and attractions, which host seasonal events at this special time of year. Spend the day soaking up the festive atmosphere before returning to the comfort of your warm and cosy caravan holiday home.

Here’s just some of the Christmas events taking place in Swanage in 2019.


Christmas Carols with the Swanage Town Band

Swanage Methodist Church

11th December 2019

Head to Swanage Methodist Church for an evening of seasonal music with Swanage Town Band. Join in your favourite Christmas carols and enjoy refreshments during the interval. Admission is free but donations are welcome in support of local charities, Julia’s House and Friends of Swanage Hospital.


Rotary Santa’s Sleigh


12th December 2019

Santa will be travelling through the streets of Swanage on his sleigh this December to a soundtrack of Christmas tunes. Sweets will be handed out to children along the route and Santa’s elves will be collecting donations for local Rotary projects. You can track Santa’s progress live each night, so you’ll know exactly where and when he’ll be.

Picture credit: Swanage Rotary Club

Picture credit: Swanage Rotary Club


Christmas Carols in the Castle

Corfe Castle

13th December 2019

Get in the Christmas spirit at Corfe Castle this winter during the annual choir service. Sing to your hearts content with local choir, Citrus Singers who will be performing a delightful programme of festive favourites throughout the evening. The castle ruins create a spectacular backdrop, for what is guaranteed to be a memorable event. The tea room and shop will be open until 5pm, so you can grab yourself a delicious treat or hot drink to stay warm.

corfe castle at night

Picture credit: Peter G Trimming, Flickr


Christmas Pudding Plod

Durlston Country Park

14th December 2019

Christmas is a time of over indulging and enjoying one too many tasty treats. Work up an appetite in preparation for the big day by completing the Christmas Pudding Plod. The charity fun has 2k and 5k routes through the beautiful Durlston Country Park grounds. By taking part you will help raise much needed funds for two deserving charities, Dementia friendly Swanage and Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project. The event organisers encourage participants to wear Christmas fancy dress! There will also be Christmas music and a cake sale if you need to refuel!


Help Santa Find his Elves

Swanage Pier

14th, 14th, 21st 22nd, 23rd, 24th December 2019

Take younger members of the family to Swanage Pier this Christmas. Santa’s naughty elves have escaped again and he needs help finding them!


Wrapping Up for Christmas

Durlston Country Park

15th December 2019

Add a personal touch to your Christmas presents this year by creating your own wrapping paper and gift tags. This fun craft workshop is great activity for the whole family to do together and excellent way of teaching younger members the value of home-made!

christmas wrapping paper


Boxing Day Dash

Swanage Beach

26th December 

If you’re feeling brave why not participate in the local tradition of a boxing day swim. Join locals at the Mowlem slipway for a bracing dip in Swanage bay, that’ll set you up for the New Year. Please note this is an unsponsored event and caution should be taken if you decide to enter the water.


Winter Warm Up

Swanage Railway

28th December 2019

Take a break from the festivities to enjoy an action-packed day on Swanage Railway. The Winter Warm Up consists of a full day of steam and diesel locomotive travel aboard the passenger trains. The Birds Nest Buffet and Norden Kiosk will be serving delicious home-made cakes to enjoy on your journey and the Swanage Railway Museum at Corfe Castle Station will be open, with exciting exhibitions for rail enthusiasts to explore.

swanage railway at christmas 


Dick Whittington Pantomime

Mowlem Theatre

Various dates throughout January 2020

Christmas is not complete without attending a pantomime and this year Swanage Drama Company are celebrating their 20th pantomime with Dick Whittington! The family panto features a local cast and follows the traditional story with some wonderful twists and turns along the way.


Festive Food at the Village Inn

Don’t forget, our onsite bar and restaurant the Village Inn will be serving delicious food throughout the festive season. The bright and modern pub is a great place for families to meet and share a bite to eat, if you don’t feel like cooking over the Christmas period. On Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day our team of chefs have devised special seasonal menus.

christmas at the village inn

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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