Halloween and Half Term Events in Purbeck

September 28th, 2017

School holidays are made for exploring the Isle of Purbeck. With half term week falling spookily close to Halloween this year, there are lots of half term events in Purbeck to enjoy when camping in Swanage.

There’s a free 10k run at our local Studland Bay if you’re feeling active, tanks in action at the famous Tank Museum, kids Halloween trails, guided walks and even a fortnight long film festival – so plenty to keep everyone entertained!


October Half Term at the Tank Museum

21-29 October

Explore the Tank Museum in Bovington and experience the biggest day out in history. Every weekday du­ring the half term you can see tanks roll into action! Learn more about how tanks have evolved with expert commentary and some lifelike explosions.


Trust 10: Studland Bay 10k run – Free!

Sunday 22nd October, 9am

Embrace Autumn by getting out on the coast with the free Trust10 – 10K run on Sunday 22ndOctober. Registration is at 8.30am. The run starts at 9am from Knoll Beach Visitor Centre.


Purbeck Film Festival

13-29 October

The Purbeck Film Festival is the longest running rural film festival in the UK. You can enjoy a wide range of films in some unusual and spectacular locations.

Many of the films have introductions, special guests and added extras. Programmes are available from the Rex Cinema in Wareham, tourist information centres and many shops and restaurants across the Isle of Purbeck.


Hallowe’en at Corfe Castle

Spooky Trail

21-29 October, 10am – 4pm

Don’t miss the spooky trail and other Hallowe’en activities on offer for the whole of half term week. Say boo to the pumpkins as they welcome you to the castle!

Ghostly Stories

22-29 October, 11am – 3pm

Discover all the ghostly stories oozing from the fabric of the ruins of the castle on these guided story walks.


Studland Beach Events

Halloween Trail

Halloween trail and seasonal crafts to take park in every day from 21-29 October, 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Woodland Walk and Draw

Get up close with nature in the Woodland areas at Studland on Sunday 22nd October. Children and adults can enjoy walking, drawing, geocaching and even charcoal making.


Red Squirrel Walks

21-29 October, 11.30am and 2pm daily

Wander around Brownsea Island with one of the knowledgeable volunteers to find out all about the rare red squirrels. Find out more about these walks.

Swanage 10 Mile Guided Hike – Durlston to Shell Bay

29 October, 9am

An exciting guided hike along the final part of the iconic South West Coast Path. This is the final section of the national trail and rounds off the month long Challenge.


Events at Kimmeridge Bay


Monday 23rd October, 2.30 – 4pm

Join Julie the beach combing expert to search for beach treasures and discover the stories behind your finds.

Creatures of the deep, dark ocean

Thursday 26th October, 1 – 3pm

An afternoon of fun craft activity. Learn about sea creatures and make on to take home with you.


Halloween at the Blue Pool

21-28 October

Spooky hunts around the Blue Pool with seasonal discounts in the tearoom and shop. See all Blue Pool events and find out more information including ticket prices.

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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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.


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