Event: Halloween and Half Term Events in Purbeck

Date Event: 21st - 29th October 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. More info…

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 beachcombing 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 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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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

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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