A special visit is planned for August. Our destination is Swanage where in addition to sightseeing it will be possible to take a trip to Corfe Castle via the Swanage Railway. The cost for this activity is not included in the visit basic cost but what is included is dinner in Bournemouth at the Laguna Hotel. As you can see this will be a full day’s outing.
It is with regret that we have to announce that a further attraction to go sailing on “Moonfleet” a 70 foot Gaff rigged cutter has had to be cancelled. This is because we heard today (23 April) that the “Moonfleet” owners have moved their sailing base from Swanage to the Osprey Quay in Portland Harbour. The distance further west from Swanage means it is impracticable to accommodate this activity in our timetable for the day. We are looking into the possibility of arranging this sailing activity next year if we can find other suitable activities in the Weymouth area.
Whatever the weather, take a journey back in time and enjoyable day of excitement and nostalgia at the award winning Swanage Railway. Sit back and relax during a leisurely trip behind a historic steam locomotive. The 12 mile Swanage Railway return trip takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside and includes stunning views of the iconic remains of William the Conqueror's Corfe Castle. As you travel from Swanage you can appreciate the rich history of the area, its abundant wildlife and fascinating geology as well as the influence the region had on famous authors such as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy. Steam trains run daily from April to October. Return ticket £12.50
Half way along Swanage Pier you will find Marine Villas, a grade 2 listed building housing the pier shop & café, exhibition and Edwardian gaming machines, along with an amusing display of mid 1900’s ‘naughty’ seaside postcards by Donald McGill.Swanage Pier shop is stocked with a delightful selection of gifts and souvenirs,pocket money toys, books and cards available for purchase and you will always be greated with a friendly smile from one of our fabulous shop volunteers. Hot drinks and snacks are also available and visitors can sit and enjoy watching the wildlife beneath the waves without putting a toe in the water, thanks to a live underwater camera. There is a £1 strolling charge for admission to the pier.
Laguna Hotel Bournemouth, our final stop of the day, for dinner at 6:30 pm. Needless to say our estimated time of arrival back at Hayling Island will be around 9 pm.