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Swanage Beach is one of the main attractions of the town.

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While fishing is likely the town's oldest industry, quarrying has been important to the town and the local area since at least the 1st century AD.[5] During the time of the Roman occupation this industry grew, with the distinctive Purbeck marble being used for decorative purposes in buildings as far away as London. When the Romans left Britain, quarrying largely ceased until the 12th century.

Scuba diving takes place under the piers and at nearby coastal wrecks. Swanage is considered by many to be the home of British scuba diving.[57] It is one of the most popular sea water training sites for dive schools and clubs to take trainee divers due to the sheltered conditions within the bay.[58] The dive school situated on the pier was the first dive school in Great Britain.[59]

Artist and writer, Philip Sugden was born and raised in Swanage. He is known for his drawings and paintings of India and Tibet, and his books entitled, Visions From the Fields of Merit and White Lotus.[67]

The town enjoyed several decades quietly being successful as a seaside resort. The First World War left few physical marks on the town, however during the Second World War gun emplacements and pillboxes were built at spots along the shoreline at the southern end of the bay. The town also received bomb damage during the Second World War, with 20 people killed. The town and other nearby villages are noted for playing a part in the development of radar.[14]

Some of James Blunt's video "Carry You Home" was filmed in Swanage.

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At times when the Swanage Railway is running: Travel on the number 30 or 40 bus to Corfe Castle (East Street stop) then catch the steam train from Corfe Castle Station to Swanage.

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Our award-winning standard gauge preserved steam railway is located in Dorset with easy access from neighbouring Hampshire and the South of England. Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.

The nearest mainline railway station is Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line).

Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland

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The sea cliffs and quarries to the west of Swanage provide excellent venues for rock climbing.[52][53]

You can buy a combined train and bus ticket from any staffed South West Train station for this journey.

The town also hosts successful festivals, which attract more than a purely local audience. These include a jazz festival, a folk festival, a blues festival, and there are plans for a food festival in the future.

The Swanage and Purbeck Hospitality Association's AGM will be held on Thursday 24 April 2014 at the Royal British Legion in Swanage. All members welcome. An official invite with further details will be emailed shortly - please make a note of the date in your diaries! Looking forward to seeing you there.

Swanage is called Knollsea in Thomas Hardy's novels. In The Hand of Ethelberta it is described as "a seaside village lying snug within two headlands as between a finger and thumb".[71][72]

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Catch the number 40 bus from Wareham Railway Station to Swanage Bus/Railway Station (this bus route starts in Poole).

The town hosts a number of annual festivals and events. In the summer months there is a carnival week which includes a procession of floats and dancers and several firework displays, and many other attractions and small events including live music from various bands from all over Southern England, races and a regatta.

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Steam and diesel galas, Family events plus regular Evening Dining and Sunday Lunch services complement themed events such as our highly popular Santa Special trains during the run up to Christmas.

A small museum with artefacts and displays recounting the town and surrounding area's history is located at the square on the seafront.[42] The museum had previously been housed in the historical Tithe Barn building, however mounting maintenance costs[42] forced the relocation of much of the collection to the new site, with the remainder in storage.

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Swanage's primary industry is tourism, employing a large number of the working population,[24] However, as with most tourism, the demand level is highly seasonal, and as such people looking for permanent work may have to commute to nearby towns such as Poole and Bournemouth.

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Fancy a day at the beach? Enjoy Swanage’s Blue Flag sandy beach or the more rugged 4 mile stretch of sand at Studland National Nature Reserve.

There are two public swimming pools, one at the Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park[62] and another at Ulwell Caravan Park.[63] Both offer swimming lessons and aquarobic sessions.

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The town's greatest prominence came during the Victorian period. John Mowlem (1788–1868), a Swanage resident, became a successful builder in London, creating the Mowlem construction company, which still existed as recently as 2006, when it was acquired by another company.

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