Event: Swanage Blues Festival 2023

Date Event: 5th - 8th October 2023

The 2023 Swanage Blues Festival is set to be a special event. Over the course of this weekend extravaganza, a host of blues musicians descend on Swanage for a varied programme of live music and entertainment, including open mic nights and electric jams. Headliners are yet to be announced, but if previous years are anything to go by you’re in for a treat!

5th – 8th October 2023

Music festival in Swanage

Every year Swanage plays host to an impressive array of live music performances, with something for everyone to enjoy. The Blues Festival brings together some of the UK’s best musicians for a weekend of singing, dancing and spending quality time with family and friends.

There are typically 60 gigs across 15 venues as well as buskers dotted around the town. There’s a fantastic atmosphere as you pop in and out of venues to catch your favourite artists and grab a bite to eat or drink.

Visiting musicians are invited to collaborate and make music together. All abilities are welcome from beginners to professionals.

Event info

You will need to purchase a wristband to gain entry to venues included in the festival. With these you can listen to a wide variety of acts. Swanage Blues Festival is widely considered the best of its kind in the country and visitors return to enjoy the delights year on year.

swanage blues festival lline up

Visit the Swanage Blues Festival website for up to date info.


Places to stay

Ulwell Holiday Park is perfectly placed to make the most of Swanage Blues Festival. It’s just a short walk or taxi ride into town from our camping and caravan site with deluxe caravan holiday homes. Our self-catering accommodation is well-equipped and comfortable – the perfect retreat at the end of a long day of music. There’s a fantastic bar and restaurant on site for delicious meals as well as indoor swimming pool and shop.


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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We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

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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.


1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North



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