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.
George Burt

Victorian Durlston Exhibition

  • 27 February — 14 March 2017 *on now

Exhibition exploring the curious Victorian history of Durlston and George Burt’s Grand Plans for the estate.

In the Fine Foundation Gallery daily 10.00-4.00pm

Fine Foundation Gallery

The Miracle of Migration: Exhibition

  • 16 March — 5 April 2017

Discover the amazing journeys undertaken every year by birds, butterfl ies and moths,
with this free exhibition.

Daily: 10.00-4.00pm in the Fine Foundation Gallery

Durlston Castle

Durlston Pleasure Grounds Display

  • 8 April — 1 May 2017

Find out about our exciting plans to reinvigorate George Burt’s landscape for people
and wildlife and share your ideas.

In Belvedere, daily 10.00-5.00pm

Free

Hamish Murray

‘Purbeck and Beyond’: Paintings and Photographs by Hamish Murray

  • 8 April — 1 May 2017

Photographs, sketches and paintings by Hamish Murray reflecting the area’s stunning
wildlife and landscapes.

In the Fine Foundation Gallery, daily 10.30-5.00pm

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.
Durlston Castle

Wild Wednesdays at Durlston

  • 12 April 2017 11am-3pm
  • 19 April 2017 11am-3pm

Free drop-in craft activities for families.

Donations welcome.

In the Belvedere

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Donations welcome

Stargazing

Stargazing at Durlston

  • 4 March 2017 From 7:30pm
  • 18 March 2017 From 8:30pm
  • 1 April 2017 From 8:30pm
  • 14 April 2017 From 8:30pm
  • 28 April 2017 From 8:30pm

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

October: Mars, Galaxies, Star Clusters and the Autumn Constellations

December: Star Clusters, Nebulae, Galaxies and the Winter Constellations.

February: The Moon, Venus, Star Clusters, Galaxies, Orion Nebulae and the Winter Constellations

March 4th: The Moon, Venus, The Orion Nebula, Galaxies and the Spring Constellations.

March 18th: Star Clusters, The Orion Nebula, Galaxies and the Spring Constellations.

April 1st: The Moon, Jupiter, Star Clusters, Galaxies and the Spring Constellations

April 14th: Jupiter, Nebulae, Galaxies and the Spring Constellations

April 28th: New Moon, Jupiter, Nebulae, Galaxies and the Spring 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

Julian Sawyer

‘Purbeck Footprints' Wildlife Photography Walk

  • 9 April 2017 From 10:30am

Join wildlife photographer Julian Sawyer to develop' your photographic skills.


Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.00

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/index.php?nid=141&id=4

Durlston Castle

Castle Tour

  • 2 March 2017 4:30-3pm
  • 6 April 2017 2:30-3pm

Half hour tour of Durlston Castle.

Meet at the Castle

Donations Welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations Welcome

Bird

Monthly Bird Walks

  • 12 March 2017 From 10am
  • 2 April 2017 From 10am

Enjoy a guided walk to see what's about.



Meet at the Castle.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Durlston Castle

Walk and Draw Naturally

  • 11 April 2017 10:30am-1pm

Be inspired by beautiful Durlston to walk and draw from the natural environment. Suitable for all abilities. Bring your sketchbook and pencils.

Booking essential, ring 07720353454.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00 per person.

Website

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

Maiden Oak

Barn Dance with Maiden Oak

  • 11 March 2017 From 7:30pm

Music in the old village style. Folk legend Rollo Woods, with caller, saxophone, fiddle, squeezebox, guitar, piano and drums. Tunes to suit dancers of all ages and abilities. Dance the night away.

Parking included in advance sales.

Booking essential, £8

In the Fine Foundation Gallery

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£8

Spring flower Walk

'The Spring is Sprung': Spring Wildlife at Durlston

  • 26 March 2017 From 10:30am

Walk to explore the delights of Durlston.

Meet at Durlston Castle

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

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

Anvil Point

Nature's Harvest

  • 1 April 2017 From 10:30am

Discover how humans and nature use the wildlife to be found at Durlston.

Admission

£3

Aviary Glade

Easter Trail

  • 8 — 23 April 2017

An exciting Easter trail around the park with a delicious prize
to be won!

11-4.pm

£3

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3

Durlston Country Park

Bird Feeders

  • 13 April 2017 From 2:30pm

Join a rangers to make a brilliant bird feeder and the ingredients involved to get our
flying friends into our gardens.

£5. Booking Essential.

At the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£5

Fossil

Delinquent Dinosaurs and fantastic fossils.

  • 20 April 2017 From 2:30pm

Discover Durlston’s prehistoric past with games and activities.

£3. Booking Essential.

At the Learning Centre

Admission

£3

Wildflower walk

Early Spider Orchids and Other Spring Flowers

  • 23 April 2017 2:30-4pm

Join botanist Ted Pratt to enjoy some of Durlston's magnificent Spring flowers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

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

Tilly Whim

Life on the Edge: Seabirds of Durlston Walk

  • 30 April 2017 From 2:30pm

Join a Ranger for a walk to find out more about life in Durlston’s bustling seabird
colonies.

£3

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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