Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

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.
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:

Environmental or ecological centre, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Historic house or home, Gallery, Artist studio or collective

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.
Mersey - Robert Charles Brown (12-23)

'Saving Lives at Sea: RNLI Timeline Exhibition'

  • 23 July — 25 August 2014 *on now

An exhibition by the RNLI, exploring the evolution of saving lives at sea, incorporating Swanage Lifeboat Station through the years.
Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free of Charge

Wendy Nutt - Contemporary Jewellery

Contemporary Craft Sale: Wendy Nutt and Caroline Parrott

  • 22 — 24 August 2014 *on now

Local makers Wendy Nutt and Caroline Parrott will be demonstrating silver jewellery making and working with anodised aluminium. Work available to buy - items to suit all pockets.
In the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free of Charge

Website

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

‘Viewpoints : Mapping the coast from Durlston to Durdle Door’

  • 13 September — 5 October 2014

Innovative art exhibition celebrating our relationship with maps.Antonia Phillips and Cathy Veale explore the intricacies of our coast through paint and printmaking, inspired by grid reference squares from OS Explorer Map 15.
Fine Foundation Gallery.
Free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free of Charge

Website

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

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 Swanage Beach

Swanage Beach Clean

  • 21 September 2014 2:30-4pm

Part of MCS Big Beachwatch weekend, meet at the Bull and Boat, gloves and bags provided. Free.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

photograph of moth

Meet a Moth

  • 23 August 2014 10:30am-1pm *on now
  • 20 September 2014 10:30am-1pm

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

Meet at the Learning Centre, Durlston Country Park at 10:30.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free but donations are welcome.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/index.php?nid=2&id=1

photograph of red kite bird

Go Wild at Durlston!

  • 27 August 2014 11:30am-3pm

Family activities. Drop in to the Learning Centre any time between 11.30 and 3 to take part in craft activities, games or experiments about wildlife or geology. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Donations welcome.
Every Wednesday during the school holidays.
Meet at Learning Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Free but Donations welcome.

Classical Music: Natalie Clein and Friends

  • 30 August 2014 11am-1pm

As part of Purbeck Chamber Music Festival Natalie Clein plays for the first time at the Learning Centre. Music-making to lift the spirit. £10.00 adults, £2.00 students from www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk PCMF is associated with Purbeck Art Weeks Festival. www.purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk for details.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10.00 adults, £2.00 students.

The moon

Stargazing: Star Clusters and Nebulae

  • 30 August 2014 8-10:30pm

Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk and the chance to use telescopes to view the Moon, Mars, Saturn, star clusters, Nebulae, the Milky Way and the Summer Constellations.

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

Natalie Clein

Classical Music – Natalie Clein and Friends

  • 30 August 2014 From 11am

As part of Purbeck Chamber Music Festival Natalie Clein plays for the first time at the Learning Centre. Music-making  to lift the spirit. From www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk Purbeck Chamber Music Festival is associated with Purbeck Art Weeks Festival. 
www.purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk for details.

Admission

£10 adults, £2 students

Hot Jazz, Blues and Swing: The FB Pocket Orchestra

  • 31 August 2014 7-10pm

A welcome return by the FB Pocket Orchestra. Hot Jazz, Blues and Ragtime from the 1920s and '30s. "Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago". £8.00. Parking included on advance sales.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8.00

Website

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

photograph of man sea fishing

Sea Angling in Purbeck: Evening Course

  • 2 September 2014 7-8:30pm

Angling expert, zoologist and author Dr Mike Ladle shares his insights into sea angling on this 4 evening course (inc. practical angling techniques).

Suitable for all levels, booking essential. Further sessions on 9 September, 16 September and 23 September. £75.00 for all 4 sessions.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£75.00 for four evenings.

Website

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

photograph of goldfinches

Dorset Bird Week

  • 6 — 14 September 2014

A week of walks highlighting the diverse bird life of Dorset. For further details visit www.durlston.co.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Further details to be announced.

Website

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

Quangle Wangle Choir

Live Music: The Quangle Wangle Choir

  • 7 September 2014 From 2:30pm

Join the Quangle Wangle Choir on a voyage in song and poetry, celebrating the sky, weather and bird migration. South African Gospel, English folk and more.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6

photograph of marine life

"Where are all the Fish?" Marine Life Walk

  • 14 September 2014 2:30-4pm

A wander along the cliff tops to discover the mysteries going on beneath the waves around Durlston, what's where and when. £3.00 per person.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

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

photograph of Osprey

September Birds

  • 28 September 2014 10-11:30am

As autumn migration gets underway, take a stroll with a Ranger to see what resident and migrant birds are around. £3.00 per person.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

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

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