Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Durlston Country Park
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Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland.

With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology, fascinating wildlife there is always something different to see and do.

Durlston Castle features interactive exhibits for all the family about the wildlife and geology of Durlston and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, while the Fine Foundation Gallery, within the Castle, host an everchanging series of art, craft, scientific or historical exhibtions and a varied programme of performance and other events.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

10.00am - 4.00 (1st Nov - Easter Holidays)
10.00am - 5.00 (Easter Holidays - 31st October)

Admission charges

N/A.

Getting there

By car or bike: From Swanage, follow the brown tourist information signs.

On foot: From Swanage town centre, follow the South West Coast Path or Victorian Trail signs

Bike racks are located in the car park nearest Durlston Castle

Additional info

An offroad wheelchair and Tramper electric buggies are available for less mobile visitors - to book or for more information, please call 01929 424443, visit www.durlston.co.uk or email info@durlston.co.uk

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Wedding at Durlston

Durlston Castle Spring Wedding Fair

  • 25 March 2018 10am-3pm

Durlston Castle Spring Wedding Fair

Explore this unique venue, find out about dates and meet the teams who could help
plan your special day! With local suppliers on hand to help you with finishing touches.

For details, please email events@ bluebayevents.co.u

Fine Foundation Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

  • 20 January 2018 10-11am
  • 3 February 2018 10-11am
  • 14 April 2018 10-11am

Join a local NWUK instructor to see how this fun activity can help you get fitter in the fresh air! No experience necessary, poles provided.

Please book through www.purbecknordicwalking.co.uk
or calling 03331234540.

Free

Meet at the Learning Centre

Fox

Purbeck Film Festival: Stop Frame Animation Workshop

  • 23 October 2017 10am-1pm, 2am-5pm *on now

Puppet Making & Animation Workshops

Two kids workshops led by Andy Gent known for his work on Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr. Fox & Frankenweenie. For ages 8+.

Please book. £12 including materials and light refreshments.

At the Learning Centre

Admission

£12

Durlston Castle

Den Building

  • 24 October 2017 From 2pm

Bushcraft Bootcamp

Children’s event. Join a ranger in the woodland - making dens, cooking marshmallows and creating wild art!

Please book., £3 per child.

At the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Mindhorn

Purbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Mindhorn’ (15)

  • 24 October 2017 From 7:30pm

Purbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Mindhorn’ (15)

Spoof following the antics of a washed up actor, who played Detective Mindhorn. An blend of crime parody & calamitous detective misadventure.

£7 including parking

In the Fine Foundation Gallery

Admission

£7 Includes parking.

Like FRather Like Son

Purbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Like Father Like Son’

  • 26 October 2017 7:30-10pm

Purbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Like Father Like Son’

The life of an architect is overturned when hospital administrators reveal the unthinkable: Keita is not his biological son. His ‘true’ son has been raised in the dishevelled but warm-hearted home of working-class shopkeeper Yudai Saiki and his wife Yukari.

£7 to include parking.

In the Fine Foundation Gallery.

Admission

£7.00 (Parking included)

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Fossil

Delinquent Dinosaurs and fantastic fossils.

  • 26 October 2017 From 2:30pm

Family event. Games & activities to explore Durlston’s prehistoric
past.

£3. Booking Essential.

At the Learning Centre

Admission

£3

Richard Haynes

Stop Frame Animation Workshop

  • 28 October 2017 10am-2pm

Stop Frame Animation Workshop

Led by Richard Haynes from the Arts University Bournemouth whose work includes Roary the Racing Car, Postman Pat, Shaun the Sheep, and Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

Ages 8+. Please book. £12 including materials & light refreshments

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Coast Path

South West Coast Path Challenge

  • 29 October 2017 From 10am

Sun 29 Oct, 9am at Shell Bay for Bus transfer.

10am at Durlston for registration and start

10 mile Sponsored Walk from Durlston Head to South Haven Point in aid of the South West Coast Path! Bus transfer from Shell Bay to Durlston at 9am if you want to leave your car atthe finish.

For info or to register, www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Raise Funds for the South West Coast Path

Durlston Castle

Drop in Willow Weaving

  • 7 April 2018 11am-3pm

Drop-in Willow Weaving
Try willow crafting for beginners with drop-in sessions. Variety of makes from 50p

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Getting there

By car or bike: From Swanage, follow the brown tourist information signs.

On foot: From Swanage town centre, follow the South West Coast Path or Victorian Trail signs

Bike racks are located in the car park nearest Durlston Castle

Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve
Durlston Country Park NNR
Lighthouse Road
Swanage
Dorset
BH19 2JL
England

Website

www.durlston.co.uk

E-mail

info@durlston.co.uk

Telephone

01929 424443

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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