• Meet Santa

    Where can you see Father Christmas in Dorset this year? Swanage of course!

    The Swanage Railway’s Santa Specials are famous around the world as Dorset’s leading family Christmas attraction, with easy access from neighbouring Hampshire. Our premier heritage steam railway, located at the seaside on the south coast of England, is pleased to be host to Santa each year when he visits our events at our family friendly, premier heritage steam railway in Dorset each Xmas.

    Regarded by many as the most entertaining seasonal attraction in Dorset, our magical services are popular with families looking for a safe and reliable fun day out in Swanage, Dorset, during the Xmas period.

    The Swanage Railway’s Santa Specials Service will run on 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th. December 2013.

    The event offers Christmas Fun for the whole family with the opportunity to meet Santa visiting the Swanage Railway during December each year.


  • Bovington Tank Museum

    Take a step back in time and discover how Christmas was celebrated during the two world wars and beyond!

    Celebrate Christmas on the Home Front, make wartime Christmas decorations, enjoy a variety of activities, traditional carols and music, meet Father Christmas and sample wartime Christmas foods as the Brass Band plays and the choir sings…

    Then enjoy our indoor Christmas Market; with over 70 traders offering local crafts and produce with Christmas treats and gift ideas for all.

    • Meet Father Christmas and see him arrive by tank!
    • Extensive Christmas market with over 70 stalls
    • Join in the Blitz Buddies 1940’s Christmas party!
    • Living history – Christmas on the front line
    • Meet the Home Guard
    • Interactive Home Front talks: “Make do & Mend”, “Women’s Land Army” and more
    • The Tank Museum Volunteer Modellers
    • Professional Face Painting from Diamond Faces

    They will be attending the weekend, displaying some of their military models and will be looking forward to passing on their modelling tips.


  • Winter Solstice

    Experience the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins followed by a hot breakfast in our tea rooms. Booking essential, call 0844 249 1895 or visit

    Date: Sat 21 December
    Time: 7:15am
    Price: £10 per person

  • Christmas at Corfe Castle

    The village of Corfe Castle is a magical place at Christmas. Take in the festive atmosphere, enjoy the log fire in our tea rooms, and browse for gifts in our shop

    Date: Sat 21 December – Sun 5 January