News & Events

November 18th 2-4pm All Saints Church Hall

Sustainable Swanage Open evening – September 28th 7pm-8.15pm Emmanuel Church, Swanage

Doors open at 6.30 to browse the stalls.

Understanding our local river system, its history, catchment area, condition, how it is managed and how we can all play a part in reducing pollution and flooding.

With a natural focus on the sea and beach in Swanage how well do you know our local river, the Swan?

A small river system, it often disappears under buildings in the Town and its waterside is largely inaccessible to the general public through its 4.75km journey from source to sea. During this autumn open evening we will be exploring how this natural river has been adapted around the urban development, how it is managed now to avoid flooding and how the local sewage system and surface run off affects it.

Sadly our river is in a poor ecological state like many other river systems around the country  Swan (Swanage) | Catchment Data Explorer | Catchment Data Explorer During this evening we will also discuss how some things we do can impact on water quality from the incorrect use of surface drains to dogs swimming in the water.

We are delighted to have speakers from Environment Agency, Wessex Water and Dorset Coast Forum to give presentations and answer your questions. There will also be information stalls and maps for to find out more information.

An introduction to identifying common native broadleaved trees. Learn how to observe different leaf shapes, texture and colours, study the bark and autumn fruits and understand basic tree biology. The course takes place within Swanage greenspaces where there are numerous fantastic trees right on our doorstep to admire. This course is a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature around us and as part of the Festival is FREE to all participants!

The morning will start inside for introductory session and the remainder of the morning will be outside in the field, weather permitting. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, please email

For more information look at this participant information sheet

see Planet Purbeck Festival website for more events

It's amazing how much wildlife is on our doorstep in our towns when you really look, stop take a moment and observe on this gentle walk through our greenspace network.

As part of the Planet Purbeck festival, join us for a guided walk through Swanage covering some of the areas of valued urban greenspaces taking in the wonderful trees and wildlife along the way with Project Officer Sarah Spurling and Swanage Town Council representatives. The walk starts at the Swanage information Centre and heads north along the seafront where DCF's James Mitchell will also talk about the green seafront stabilisation and enhancement scheme.

The Planet Purbeck Festival 2023 - Planet Purbeck

Saturday July 15th 10.30-12.30pm Mowlem Community Room

Come along to our next Sustainable Swanage open evening - June 20th at Emmanuel Church Swanage, 7pm-8.15pm (doors open at 6.30pm) Presentations on local wildlife from Tom Clarke of National Trust and Ali Tuckey from Durlston Country Park. Stalls and information on wildlife, enjoying, identifying and how to help boost populations and biodiversity. Also find out about our big summer search on June 24th.

Get back on your bike! Free event celebrating cycling for all ages.

All welcome to this free event, jointly hosted by Sustainable Swanage, Swanage Town Council and Herston Village Hall Committee. There will be activities to try such as Yoga and a special childrens yoga session, zumba, willow weaving and nature activities. There will be live music and a also a chance to talk to representatives from Swanage Town Council on the future of this newly opened up public greenspace.

Bring your own picnic food and blanket to enjoy in the outdoor space. You can also pop in to the Herston Hall for refreshments and a chance to look at plans for the new hall and share memories of times spent at the hall in the past, looking at old photos. If you have any please bring your own too to share. There is no car park at the site so please use active travel where you can.

the Event is running from 11-3pm with timed sessions for Yoga and Zumba as follows:

11.30-12pm - childrens yoga session - Join JoYoga for a fun specially designed session for kids. Mats provided but bring your own if you have one.

1pm-1.30pm - Yoga session for all. Join JoYoga for a relaxing outdoor yoga session. Mats provided but bring your own if you have one or a blanket.

2pm-2.30pm - Join Lucy for a fun 30 min outdoor Zumba session.

In the event of adverse weather we may have to cancel to alter the day and timetable. Check social media for updates.

With thanks to Stepping into Nature for providing a grant to cover event costs and for support with resources and advice.