The coastal town of Swanage has seen many things during it’s long, rich history in Dorset, England.
To the Eastern side of the Isle of Purbeck lies Swanage. This civil parish, with so much to see and do, bringing in visitors throughout the year, captivating both old and young.
It has undergone many name changes in the past, from being known as Swanwich and even Sandwich.
Swanage started out as a small port and fishing village, but it was during the Victorian Era that Swanage really became famous across the country.
In this time it was known as a fantastic and lively Quarryport, with the rich and famous claiming it as a seaside resort for the warm British summers.
It was seen as a place of luxury that only the very privileged could afford, and it was they who enjoyed it’s beauty for many, many years.
Still residing in Swanage from this era is the Victorian Pier, built in 1859. After World War Two the damage was deemed too much and it was left to deteriorate for the next 30 years. In 1994 however a team of dedicated people came together as volunteers to gain funding and a workforce for its restoration.
The Swanage Pier Trust are the people to thank for the impressive Pier you see today, and the many events and activities available along it. You can take part in fishing, boat trips, see through the underwater camera, visit the museum or have a relaxing afternoon browsing the shops and cafes it has to offer.
The people of Swanage appreciate their history, and as such they have been a part of many restoration projects over the years to keep this history alive for any visitors who wish to come and experience it here.
The Swanage Steam Railway was built originally in 1885. by 1972, the tired rail-line was closed down by British Railways and they removed the tracks, meaning no trains would be able to run this line again.
That was until the Swanage Railway Society started. After being granted permission to restore this line they work year-in, year-out to manage and maintain the tracks and the vintage trains that run along it. They hold events, give rides and fund-raise to keep their vital work going.
Alongside the restoration work for the many historical landmarks, Swanage also offers the perfect climate and geography for natural walks, water sports and rock climbing.
Swanage Council also holds a variety of festivals and events throughout the year to welcome everyone to the town.
In the summer they have a carnival week, full of processions and street displays for all to see. There are also Jazz, Folk and Blues festivals if you really like your musical entertainment.