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.
Fine Foundation Gallery

Discover Madagascar with the Bournemouth Natural Science Society

  • 11 — 27 September 2017 *on now

Discover the wildlife of one of the most amazing places on earth with artefacts and photographs from recent joint expeditions by the Bournemouth Natural Science Society and Bournemouth University.

In the Fine Foundation Gallery, daily 10.00-5.00pm

Free

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.
photograph of moth

Meet a Moth

  • 30 September 2017 From 10:30am

Discover the beauty and strangeness of these creatures of the night, as we rummage through last night's moth trap

Meet at Durston Castle: Donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations Welcome

Website

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

Durlston Castle

Victorian Durlston Walk

  • 24 September 2017 From 2:30pm

Victorian Durlston Walk
Walk to discover Durlston's curious Victorian history.

£3

Meet at Durlston Castle

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Website

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

Stargazing

Stargazing at Durlston

  • 29 September 2017 From 8pm

Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk and the chance to use telescopes to view the sky at night.

12 August: Perseid, meteors, Jupiter, Saturn, Milky Way and Summer Constellations.
25 August: Mars, Saturn, star clusters, Milky Way, Summer Constellations.
29 September: Moon, Saturn, galaxies, Autumn Constellations.

Meet at the Learning Centre.

Weather dependent - phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm.

£3.00 per person.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

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

Bird

Bird Walks

  • 24 September 2017 From 10am

Enjoy a guided walk to see what's about.



Meet at the Castle.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Claymation

Purbeck Film Festival: Claymation Workshop

  • 27 October 2017 10am-2pm

Dougal Dixon, of Rex Cinema fame, will be leading an exciting claymation workshop.

Booking essential. Further details see www.purbeckfilm.com

Children aged 8+

£12 includes materials and refreshments.

Meet at the Learning Centre

Admission

£10

Website

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

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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