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:

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.

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

  • 13 September — 5 October 2014 *on now

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.
Durlston Whitethroat

Bird Sounds in Close Up!: Guided Walk

  • 19 October 2014 10-11:30am

Using a directional microphone, join a Ranger to listen to some of the huge variety of migrants passing over Durlston as migration gets underway.

Booking essential. £3.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

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

Pacific Curls

Live Music: Pacific Curls

  • 24 October 2014 7:30-10pm

A night of world music from an internationally acclaimed 4 woman group. Featuring ukulele, fiddle, guitar, stomp box and traditional Maori instruments, Pacific Curl fuse pacific beats with jazz, celtic tunes and evocative Maori music and lyrics to create an edgy contemporary style all of their own. Supported by Artsreach. Meet at Fine Foundation Gallery. £9/£6 Students

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9.00/£6 Students

Website

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

photograph of moth

Meet a Moth

  • 27 October 2014 10:30-11:30am
  • 21 March 2015 10:30-11:30am

Come along as we open last night's moth trap to enjoy the beauty and strangeness of these creatures of the night.

Meet at Durston Castle: Donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

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

Stargazing

Stargazing at Durlston

  • 30 October 2014 7:30-10pm
  • 29 November 2014 7-9:30pm
  • 24 January 2015 7-9:30pm
  • 27 February 2015 7:30-10pm
  • 28 March 2015 7:30-10pm
  • 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

  • 9 November 2014 2-4pm
  • 1 March 2015 2-4pm
  • 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

Peregrine in flight

Monthly Bird Walks at Durlston

  • 16 November 2014 10-11:30am
  • 14 December 2014 10-11:30am
  • 11 January 2015 10-11:30am
  • 8 February 2015 10-11:30am
  • 22 March 2015 10-11:30am

Join top birder Hamish Murray for guided bird walks

November to see what late migrant and resident birds can be found around the National Nature Reserve;

December for a gentle stroll to enjoy Durlston's winter bird life;

January to see what late migrant and resident birds can be found around the National Nature Reserve;

February for a stroll to look and listen for Durlston's birdlife;

March to enjoy the chorus of birdsong and look for newly arrived migrants.

Meet at the Castle at 10.00am: £3

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All walks £3.00 per person.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/Dorset-Bird-Week.aspx

Pyramidal Orchid

The Special Wildflowers of the Isle of Purbeck

  • 30 November 2014 2:30-4pm

Join botanist Ted Pratt, author of 'The Wildflowers of the Isle of Purbeck' for an illustrated talk exploring the flowers of this very special area.

Meet at Learning Centre. £3.

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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