Get active in Dorset

Quench your thirst for adventure at sea and on land

Looking for a trip with adrenaline filled days? You’ll find activities around Swanage to challenge and thrill you - from cliff jumping on a coasteering outing, to ticking off the miles on a mega-hike. 

Brace yourself to come out of your comfort zone and into a new world of experiences.

Take your pick below.


Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you’re half pirate, there are endless opportunities for sailing around this part of the Dorset coast. Shell Bay Sailing offers courses for ages 8 years and up, as well as dinghy and boat hire.


Survival skills

Maximise on your days in the great outdoors by learning some survival skills. Land and Wave offers a half day session including axe throwing and archery for ages 14 and up. They also offer family survival skills for the younger ones.



The calm waters of Swanage Bay are perfect for exploring with paddle in hand. Head out for a gentle two hour splish splash, or take to the waters for a full day, enjoying sights like the ‘Old Harry’ rock formation. H2oadventures runs tours for a range of ages and abilities, with a minimum age of 13 years old. 

family walking in field winter


With the southwest coast path on your doorstep, you can take your pick of romantic rambles. Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, go puffin spotting, stop for a refreshing swim at Chapman’s Pool framed by a plunging ravine, and happen upon iron age forts. There’s a handy list of trails to try on the South West Coast Path website.



Itching to discover all the amazing sea life living in the deep? Swanage pier is a popular spot for divers, thanks to calm sheltered waters and mysterious wrecks to explore. Divers Down is Britain’s oldest dive school, running courses for ages 12 and up.



Trying to think of different ways to travel the Jurassic Coast? How about swimming, climbing, scrambling and jumping? Dorset Coasteering runs half day courses for thrillseekers, starting from age 12.