Events and activities around Purbeck

Here are a few suggestions regarding events and places to see during your stay at The Railway Campsite. We have restricted our list to locations that are easily or only moderately difficult to reach on foot. Naturally, perambulators will want to travel further afield and for them we have appended a by no means exhaustive list of places to check out.

Kids, don’t neglect the playground by the village hall at Harman’s Cross!


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07748 200271

Find us

We are at Harmans Cross, postcode BH19 3EB

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The 8 acre site is situated 2 miles from Corfe Castle and 3 miles from Swanage, just south of the A351 in the village of Harmans Cross, BH19 3EB. Turn right at the crossroads, cross over the railway bridge and the Railway Campsite is on your left.

Fossils - they’re all over the place, especially along the shoreline. Try not to stub your toe on one!

A stone carving festival is held over two weeks every year in Worth Matravers, beginning the last week of June at the Square and Compass pub. Watch as masons and artists from near and far chip away at lumps of rock while muttering into their beers. Join in yourself! The museum is great anytime, and we recommend the pasties, too.

There is usually something going on at the ‘Square’, and it’s often musical. It’s worth checking ahead on

If the idea of carving stone piques your interest, you may like to book a course at the Burngate Stone Carving Centre. Courses are held by experienced local artists and provide an introduction to carving and a grounding in various stone types. See

The Purbeck Folk Festival at the beginning of September will be held at Wilkswood Farm this year. There is a lovely woodland path not far from the campsite which will lead you there in less than half an hour, or get there in a few minutes by road. More at

Live music may be heard in many of Purbeck’s pubs and venues, especially so during summer. The definitive gig guide for Purbeck is published monthly by bluesman Steve Darrington – hardcopies are freely available in Swanage at various outlets, or download it at Swanage plays host to a number of weekend music festivals throughout the year, including Blues, Blues and Roots, Jazz and Folk.

If you are really fired up by the steam trains then you’re on the right platform. Normal timetables provide plenty of opportunity to experience the pre Dr. Beeching era and you will definitely want to get down to Swanage and inspect the works.

Special events are a regular occurrence, including vintage vehicle and steam fairs. Recently, visitors flocked to witness a series of historic steam train journeys from London. Refurbished, or indeed brand-spanking-new steam and diesel locomotives frequently make a debut on Swanage Railway, always accompanied by enthusiastic well-wishers. Keep track by signalling

Serious climbers won’t need to be told that Purbeck plays host to some of the best climbing in Britain. This part of the Jurassic Coast has miles of world famous cliffs and overhangs by the sea, offering something for everyone regardless of ability. You’ll marvel at some of the names with which these cliffs have been christened; Blacker’s Hole, Scratch Arse and the rest.

Equestrians are spoilt for choice with not one but two riding stables operating in Purbeck. Stables at Harman’s Cross are conveniently located less than half a mile from the campsite at Tabbits Hill Lane, opposite Haycraft's Lane (where the campsite is). The other is at Studland and both offer superb riding experiences.


Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW)

This is held in conjunction with Dorset Art Weeks at the end of May and the beginning of June and features the work of many of the artists living in Purbeck. PAW guides are free and readily available. There is a broad range of work to view and purchase - from the very serious artists indeed, and we’re talking Royal Academy here, to those tending toward the craft end of the spectrum.

Picture credits: John Bointon, Shannon Ribbons, Marilyn Peddle, Simon Quinton, David Bunting, David Steadman

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