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.
Durlston Castle

Zennor Box Paintings: Exhibition

  • 14 — 30 August 2019

Zennor Box Paintings: Exhibition

“In that ‘Click Moment’ when you first see one of my paintings, it should be engaging and recognisable...a beat later you realise it’s not quite what you thought it was."

In the Fine Foundation Gallery 10.30am-5pm

Free entry.

Open Daily 10am-4pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Fine Foundation Gallery

Ten Bays: Exhibition

  • 24 July — 8 August 2019

Ten Bays: Exhibition

An exploration of the Purbeck coastline by the artists of the Boilerhouse Gallery

In the Fine Foundation Gallery, Daily 10.30am-5pm

Free

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Fine Foundation Gallery

‘Durlston & Beyond’: Exhibition

  • 14 September — 6 October 2019

‘Durlston & Beyond’: Exhibition

Southern Contemporaries exhibit paintings and 3D artforms. Also artist’s talks and
demonstrations

In the Fine Foundation Galley 10.30-5.00pm

Website

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

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.
Park Yoga

Park Yoga

  • 26 May — 1 September 2019 *on now

Enjoy an outdoor yoga session.

Please visit www.parkyoga.co for more information.

Every Sunday until 1 Sept, 9.30am-10.30am

Meet at the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Julian Sawyer

‘Purbeck Footprints' Wildlife Photography Walk

  • 25 August 2019 From 10:30am
  • 29 September 2019 From 10:30am

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

Please Book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.00

Website

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

Durlston Castle

Wild Wednesdays

  • 24 July 2019
  • 31 July 2019
  • 7 August 2019
  • 14 August 2019
  • 21 August 2019
  • 28 August 2019

Free drop-in craft activity session to be held in the Learning Centre. (except for 29/05/2019 which will be held in the Belvedere)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Free but Donations welcome.

photograph of moth

Meet a Moth

  • 20 July 2019 From 10:30am
  • 3 August 2019 From 10:30am
  • 10 August 2019 From 10:30am
  • 17 August 2019 From 10:30am
  • 31 August 2019 From 10:30am

Meet a Moth!
Look into last night’s trap at the Castle.

Suitable for Young Rangers and children accompanied by an adult.

Donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Donations Welcome

Website

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

Local Vocals

Live Music: Local Vocals Outdoor Choir

  • 21 July 2019 1-3:45pm

Choir, Local Vocals entertain you with an eclectic mix of world songs and old favourites.

1.00pm and 2.00pm

Donations welcome

Outside the Fine Foundation Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

donations welcome

Website

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

Female Glow Worm

Glow-worm Walk

  • 26 July 2019 From 9pm

Join a Ranger for a short talk and night walk to discover these amazing creatures.

Meet at the Learning Centre

Booking Essential

£5

Admission

£5

Website

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

Durlston Castle

Bushcraft Bootcamp

  • 1 August 2019 From 2:30pm

Bushcraft Bootcamp

Explore, make dens, cook marshmallows and create wild art.

Please Book

In the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Website

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

Durlston Castle

Bottle Rockets

  • 15 August 2019 From 2:30pm

Bring along a pop bottle and have a go at building and launching your very own
rocket!

Please book. £3

At the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3

Durlston Castle

Let's Go Fly a Kite

  • 22 August 2019 From 2:30pm

Family event.
Build a kite and fly on a windy day!

Booking Essential. £3

At the Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Durlston

Park to Pier Walk: History and Wildlife

  • 22 August 2019 From 10:30am
  • 14 September 2019 From 10:30am

Park to Pier Walk: History and Wildlife

Join a Ranger for a stroll from Durlston Castle to Swanage Pier, and discover the history, mwildlife and geology of Durlston Bay and stories of stone... £3

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Tony Kerins

Sketchbook Walk

  • 15 September 2019 11am-2pm

Sketchbook Walk

Looking at the landscape with artist/illustrator Tony Kerins.
Drawing materials and/or camera optional.

Please book. £5

Admission

£5

Durlston Castle

Capriccioso String Quartet

  • 21 September 2019 From 7:30pm

Capriccioso String Quartet

Outstanding musicians from the Wessex Youth Orchestra.

Please book.

Tickets £8

Parking included in your pre-booked ticket

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£8

Durlston Castle

Swanage Beach Clean

  • 22 September 2019 10am-12pm

Swanage Beach Clean

Help make the beach better for people & the environment!

All welcome.

Meet outside the ‘Bull & Boat’, Swanage.

FREE

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

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

http://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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