Weird and Wonderful Events in Dorset 2019

May 21st, 2019

Dorset is home to a number of weird and wonderful events that take place throughout the year. From a stinging nettle and chilli eating competition to a giant hat themed festival, there are so many quirky things to see and do. Join in the fun during your stay at our Swanage holiday park and enjoy a traditional Dorset day out!

Purbeck Pirate Festival


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24th – 27th May 2019

Experience a pirate extravaganza at the Purbeck Pirate Festival in Swanage. Watch beach skirmishes, cannon firing and sword fighting as the pirates descend on the shore. There will be plenty of themed activities to join in over the course of this 3 day event, including a children’s pirate disco, treasure hunts and even a pirate pub crawl!

Guitars on the Beach 


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Lyme Regis

15th June 2019

Guitar players of all ages and abilities are invited to form the biggest band in Britain on the shores of Lyme Regis Beach. Join the house band to play a number of popular tunes from the 60’s at the UK’s largest guitar festival as the party continues into the evening. This year’s ‘play along’ event is joining forces with local climate change charities and aims to encourage attendees to take an active role in reducing their impact on the environment.

World Nettle Eating Championship


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27th July 2019

The Bottle Inn, near Bridport hosts the World Nettle Eating Championships. This unique event dates back to the 1980s and involves competitors eating the leaves from stinging nettle stalks! After an hour the person who has eaten the longest length is crowned the winner. This famed annual event is accompanied by performances from traditional Morris dancers and live music into the evening.

Chilli Eating Competition


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3rd & 4th August 2019

If you think you can handle the heat, why not enter Dorset’s chilli eating competition. Held at the Great Dorset Chilli Festival each year, you can compete against other chilli enthusiasts and sample a range of the hottest chilli’s in the UK.

Life Boat Funday and Raft Race


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11th August 2019

Cheer on the teams in the Mudeford raft race as the they complete the ‘Mudeford run’ in hand-built rafts. Look out for wacky costumes and innovative builds at this fun, family friendly event as the teams compete to win prizes for fast raft, best dressed team as well as the wooden spoon prize!

Bridport Torchlight Procession


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18th August 2019

Join hundreds of families in a torchlit procession from Bridport’s Bucky Doo square to West Bay as part of the towns carnival week. Torches can be purchased before the parade, which culminates with a bonfire, fireworks and live music.

Bridport Hat Festival


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7th September 2019

Join in the fun at Bridport’s Hat Festival! Held in the towns ‘Bucky Doo Square’ in support of a number of head related charities, this quirky event is loved by visitors and locals alike. Don your most creative hat and enjoy an end of summer party jam packed with live music, hat competitions, auctions, games and much more. The event culminates with the annual mass hat wearing photo!

Giant Hokey Cokey


15th September 2019

Get your dancing shoes on and join in the Giant Hokey Cokey outside Tom Browns Pub in Dorchester. Last year a couple of hundred people put their left leg in and their left leg out, and this year the event is set to be bigger with a BBQ, face painting and live music.



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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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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