[Skip to Main Content]

Blog and Website News

Three new Directory Listings

Posted: 11 Aug 2020

Welcome to The Salt Pig Swanage in Swanage who have a new listing in the Local Directory at Virtual Swanage



Welcome to Cyclexperience in Corfe Castle who have a new listing in the Local Directory at Virtual Swanage



Welcome to Sign Incorporated in Swanage who have a new listing in the Local Directory at Virtual Swanage


New directory listings

Posted: 05 Jul 2020

Welcome to Masala Swanage in the High Street who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory


Welcome to McKenzie's Cafe & Bistro in Swanage who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory



Some Purbeck Directory Stats

Posted: 25 Jun 2020

We currently have 155 businesses, clubs and organisations listed in the Purbeck Directory on https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/directory/ with a free listing.

Out of the 155 listings:

24 do not have a website.

53 have a website but without a secure certificate.

77 have a website with a secure certificate.

We last checked all the website links in December 2019 and 21 of the website owners have upgraded their web hosting to use a secure certificate for their website.

With the cost of a secure certificate for a website being free now using a service such as https://letsencrypt.org/ its never a better time to have your website hosted with a secure certificate and this avoids the visitors web browsers showing an error that your website is “Not Secure” when visiting your website.

New listing for Tawnys Wine Bar

Posted: 14 Jun 2020

Welcome to Tawnys Wine Bar which is in the High Street Swanage who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory under Restaurants and Cafes at Virtual Swanage


Updates to Parks and Gardens

Posted: 29 May 2020

We have updated our Parks and Gardens section with new photos


Two new directory listings

Posted: 04 Mar 2020

Welcome to Ink + Mouse and Swanage United Reformed Church who have new listings in the Purbeck Directory



Seven new directory listings

Posted: 01 Mar 2020

Welcome to the seven local businesses and organisations who have new listings in the Purbeck Directory

The Pink Goat Cafe in Corfe Castle

Gourmet Goats Dorset in Swanage

NJ Stone Carving in Langton Matravers

All Saints Church in Swanage

St Mary's Church in Swanage

St Mark's Church in Swanage

St Nicholas' Church in Studland

New directory listing

Posted: 27 Feb 2020

Welcome to Purbeck Plumbing & Heating Supplies Swanage who have a new listing in the retail section of the Purbeck Directory


New Gallery Photos

Posted: 26 Feb 2020

We have added nine new photos to the gallery

Warwickshire Miners Convalescent Home in 1940

Corfe Castle from the main road with the old mill pond in the foreground in 1928

Looking North towards the castle in Corfe Castle in 1928

Looking North towards The Foreland, also know as Old Harry Rocks in 1928

An old cottage in the village of Studland in 1928

Visitors by the swimming pool at the bottom of Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic Coast in 1928

Young children at the Mill Pond in Church Hill in Swanage in 1928

A fisherman repairing his rowing boat on the slipway in Swanage in 1928

A wet rainy day in Swanage at Shore Road in 1928

New Directory Listing for Purbeck Valet

Posted: 24 Feb 2020

Welcome to Purbeck Valet in Swanage who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory.


New Directory listing for Putlake Adventure Farm

Posted: 24 Feb 2020

Welcome to Putlake Adventure Farm in Langton Matravers who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory


New attraction added

Posted: 22 Feb 2020

Welcome to Santa Fe fun park in Swanage who have a new page in the local attractions section and the Purbeck Directory



New Directory Listings

Posted: 17 Feb 2020

Welcome to Peer Specialist Wareham Community Front Room in Wareham and MKL Accountants in Swanage who have new listings in the Purbeck Directory.



New estate agent listing

Posted: 14 Feb 2020

Welcome to Albury & Hall Estate Agents in Swanage who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory


New Directory Listings

Posted: 13 Feb 2020

Welcome to Sue Ryder and Design the box who have new listings in the Purbeck Directory



New page in Education section

Posted: 25 Jan 2020

We have added a new page for the ongoing project in town to improve the roads in the shopping area.


Welcome to Littlebirds

Posted: 13 Jan 2020

Welcome to Littlebirds who have a new listing in the directory


Seven new photos

Posted: 03 Jan 2020

We have added seven new photos to the gallery of Ocean Bay and the new landslides


Dorset Drama Academy new listing

Posted: 29 Nov 2019

Welcome to Dorset Drama Academy who have a new listing for their club in the local directory


Lucys Farm in the Purbeck Directory

Posted: 12 Nov 2019

Welcome to Lucys Farm who have a new Directory listing for their shop in Swanage


New Gallery photos

Posted: 12 Nov 2019

We have added four new images to the gallery


New Cafe added

Posted: 27 Oct 2019

Welcome to Chococo who have a new listing for their cafe in Swanage


New directory listings and photos

Posted: 25 Oct 2019

Welcome to the Isle of Purbeck Arts Club who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory


and Purbeck New Wave Gallery who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory


We have also added a new photo to the 1900s gallery


New Flooding Page

Posted: 21 Oct 2019

We have added a new page to the education section covering the flooding problems in Swanage, both from rainfall and high tides and eastly storms.


More local information for schools can be found at https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/things-to-do/education-resources/

Updates to Electric Car charging page

Posted: 26 Sep 2019

We have updated our Electric Car Charging page with a new map and links for local and national chargers.


69 new events in the Diary

Posted: 23 Sep 2019

We have updated the Whats On events diary with:
14 new Harmans Cross Village hall Events
45 new Durlston Country Park Events
10 National Trust Events


New walking route

Posted: 12 Sep 2019

We have added a new walking route to the walking section


Shore road in the 1930s

Posted: 28 Aug 2019

We have added a new photo to the 1900s gallery from Shore Road in the 1930s


We have also added this to our new Zoomable photos page on


New historic photo from the lage 1800s

Posted: 20 Aug 2019

We have added new historic photos from the 1800s to the gallery.




We have put an experimental page on https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/gallery/thebigpicture/ which you can zoom and pan around the image to see all the buildings along the parade and seafront area. All feedback welcom

New walking route

Posted: 15 Aug 2019

We have added a new 3 mile walking route to the activities section


Pest Control 24-7 in Corfe Castle

Posted: 14 Aug 2019

Welcome to Pest Control 24-7 in Corfe Castle who have a new listing in the Directory


New listing for The Driveway Centre in Wareham

Posted: 08 Aug 2019

Welcome to The Driveway Centre in Wareham who have a new listing in the local Directory


New events in the diary for Harmans Cross Hall

Posted: 05 Aug 2019

We have added over 300 new events in the diary for Harmans Cross Village Hall


Updated historic photographs in the gallery

Posted: 20 Jul 2019

We have new higher quality versions of the following historic photographs in the gallery.





New listing for Sustainable Swanage

Posted: 19 Jul 2019

We have added https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/directory/info/sustainable-swanage to the local directory

New listing for The Limes

Posted: 28 May 2019

Welcome to The Limes Bed and Breakfast who have a new listing in the accommodation section


New directory listing for Swanage Sea Fishing

Posted: 26 Apr 2019

Welcome to Swange Sea Fishing who have a new listing in the Purbeck Directory


New events in the diary

Posted: 08 Apr 2019

We have added over 50 new events to the Swanage and Purbeck Diary


New walking route

Posted: 28 Mar 2019

We have added a new 5.75 mile walking route from Durlston Country Park to Dancing Ledge returning via the Priests Way and Townsend nature reserve


New events in the diary

Posted: 12 Mar 2019

We have added 106 new events for Durlston Country Park to the whats on diary


New accommodation and cafe listings

Posted: 01 Mar 2019

Welcome to F&A holiday flat in Swanage who have a new accommodation listing at Virtual Swanage

Welcome to the Smugglers cove cafe in Swanage which is a friendly family run cafe in swanage with sea views who have a new listing in the Directory

We have added new photos to the 1900 gallery

Posted: 25 Feb 2019

We have added two new photos to the historic photo gallery for the 1900s



Oil page updated

Posted: 10 Feb 2019

We have updated the oil industry page with new images and text


New Cycle Route

Posted: 21 Jan 2019

We have added a new 24 mile off road cycle route to the website


New historic photos

Posted: 14 Jan 2019

We have added new photos to the 1900s gallery


New Gallery Photos

Posted: 04 Jan 2019

We have added 9 photos from the 1900's to the gallery.


New businesses and organisation listings

Posted: 24 Nov 2018

Thank you to the following businesses and organisations who have added their details to the local directory.

Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust


Swanage DofE Open Award Centre


Burngate Stone Carving Centre 


Oliver Miles estate agent listing

Posted: 01 Nov 2018

Welcome to Oliver Miles Estate Agents who have a new listing in the Swanage Directory


New accommodation listing

Posted: 25 Oct 2018

Welcome to Caythorpe House who are advertising their accommodation business with us.


Pirate festival dates updated

Posted: 22 Oct 2018

We have updated the festivals section with the dates for the 2019 Purbeck Pirate Fesitval


Cycle route videos on youtube

Posted: 14 Oct 2018

Mountain biker Mike JP from Mike's MTB Adventures has visited Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck on his holidays and created videos of his bike rides in the area. 

Mike used our cycle routes on https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/things-to-do/sports-and-activities/cycling for some of his videos.

You can view the videos from the links below:

Best Dorset MTB Trails - Part 1 - Swyre Head


Best Dorset MTB Trails - Part 2 - Old Harry Rocks


Dorset MTB Trails - Part 3 - Wareham Forest Disaster


MTB Ride Dorset - Part 4 - Dad's B-Day





New walking route

Posted: 03 Oct 2018

We have added a new short walking route to the website with stunning views over the Isle of Purbeck. 


New gallery photo

Posted: 16 Aug 2018

We have added a new photo to the gallery showing the effects of weeks of hot dry weather to one of the lakes on Studland Heath.


New Directory listings and section

Posted: 27 Jul 2018

We have updated the local directory with a new section for hairdressers based in Swanage and the surrounding area. 

We have added the following hairdressers to the new section today:

Innovation - Unisex Hair & Beauty



The Salon at 53




New Events Added

Posted: 26 Jul 2018

We have added over 60 new events to the local diary 


New Corfe Castle Panoramic Images

Posted: 09 Jul 2018

We have added two new interactive panoramic images to the website 360 tour section.

Corfe Castle South https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/gallery/pan/?t=castle1

Corfe Castle North https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/gallery/pan/?t=castle2

New electric car charging location

Posted: 20 Jun 2018

We have added the new charging location to https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/things-to-do/local-area-information/electric-car-charging

Directory Listing opening times now available

Posted: 18 Jun 2018

We have updated the Purbeck Directory to include opening times for each listing.

Business owners and organisations can update their opening times and details at any time in their admin section.

New events in the Diary

Posted: 05 Jun 2018

We have added over 100 new events to the Whats On events diary


New H2oadventures ltd listing

Posted: 05 Jun 2018

Welcome to H2oadventures ltd who have added their details of their kayak and canoe trips and tours to the directory.


Swanage Therapy Centre Directory Listing

Posted: 04 Jun 2018

We have added Swanage Therapy Centre to the local directory.


Deja brew directory listing

Posted: 30 May 2018

A new café has been added to the local directory:

Deja brew at  27 Station road Swanage https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/directory/info/deja-brew