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

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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

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.
Stargazing

Stargazing at Durlston

  • 22 April 2015 9-8:30pm

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

October: The Moon, galaxies, star clusters and the Autumn Constella'

November: The Moon, nebulae, galaxies and the Winter Constellations.

December: TBC

January: The Moon, Jupiter, Star clusters, Galaxies, Orion Nebula and the Winter Constellations.

February: The Moon, Jupiter, Orion Nebula, Galaxies and the Spring constellations.

March: The Moon, Jupiter, Star Clusters, Orion Nebula, Galaxies and the Spring constellations.

April: The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Lyrid meteors 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

Photograph of Swanage Beach

Swanage Beach Clean

  • 26 April 2015 2-4pm

Join the Durlston Rangers to help keep Swanage Beach beautiful. Gloves and bags provided. Meet outside Bull and Boat restaurant (north end of Swanage Beach).

N.B. March and April times TBC.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

photograph of durlston

Durlston Country Park Clifftop Tour

  • 22 April 2015 10:30-11am

A half-hour tour of the clifftop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations welcome

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/index.php?nid=141&id=4&evnt_id=1132

Wildflower walk

Early Spider Orchids and Other Spring Flowers

  • 26 April 2015 2:30-4pm

Join botanist Ted Pratt to enjoy some of Durlston's rare and beautiful spring flowers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

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

photograph of moth

Meet a Moth

  • 2 May 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 16 May 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 26 May 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 6 June 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 27 June 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 26 July 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 1 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 8 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 15 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 18 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 22 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 29 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 12 September 2015 10:30-11:30am

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

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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