Event: Swanage Regatta & Carnival 2023

Date Event: 29th July - 5th August 2023

Swanage Regatta and Carnival is returning for 2023 and set to be quite the extravaganza. The 8-day event will take place between 29th July – 5th August and promises to be an exciting event for the whole family. Over the course of the week, there are a wide selection of unmissable activities and events to check out during your holiday in Swanage. These include live music performances, dog shows, fireworks and a traditional carnival procession.

Swanage Carnival week 2023

Carnival week is one of our favourite weeks of the year. It’s wonderful to see Swanage come alive as thousands of visitors and locals enjoy the festivities.

In recent years the dedicated team of volunteers has significantly expanded the offering to include a whole host of family-friendly events. There are a variety of water and land-based activities happening throughout the day and into the evening.

Programme of events

The theme for this years carnival is ‘Under The Sea’.

Events will be updated as and when they are published to the public.

Event info

Take a look at the Swanage Carnival website or social media for all of the latest news and announcements. The team regularly post updates in the lead up to the event.

During carnival week itself we recommend purchasing a programme from the carnival souvenirs caravan to make sure you don’t miss anything. There’s always so much to see and do you’ll want to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time!

Swanage Regatta and Carnival is a free event.

Places to Stay

If you’re looking for accommodation during Swanage Regatta and Carnival, look no further than Ulwell Holiday Park. Our family friendly caravan and camping site is situated in a scenic location within easy reach of Swanage beach and town centre. Our enviable location provides you the peace and tranquility of the Dorset countryside when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of town.

We have a variety of accommodation to choose from, including deluxe caravan holiday homes, camping and touring pitches. Our facilities include an indoor swimming pool, restaurant, shop and outdoor play area.

Carnival week is always one of our busiest times of year, so we highly recommend early to secure your pitch or self-catering accommodation. You can book online or call and speak to one of our friendly reception team.

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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Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

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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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