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
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
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
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!
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 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
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.