Clubs, Societies & Groups

We offer such groups something quite distinctive:

    • Complimentary, tailored services & facilities
    • Free private parking for hotel guests
    • Choice of dinner menus – sample copies available on request

To discuss any particular enquiry further, please contact the hotel reception.


There is something for everyone at any time of year.

Our hotel offers expertise in looking after groups, clubs and societies from all over the UK and overseas. These groups have common interests and special reasons for visiting Swanage which retains much of the charm of its Victorian heritage, sandy beaches and situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our hotel is located at the eastern end of the 95-mile long UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast with its stunning scenery.
  • Walking and Ramblers’ groups & Nordic Walkers
    Wander for miles on the magnificent coastal pathway around the Jurassic coastline or along a huge number of well-defined footpaths and bridleways inland
    From the hotel you have access to the coastal path to go to Old Harry Rocks, Ballard Down & Corfe Castle. You are spoilt for choice, please enquire at Reception.
  • Golf groups
    Have a great choice of 6 very well appointed courses within easy striking range. Wareham Golf Club, Isle of Purbeck, Broadstone, Bulbury Woods, Parkstone & Ferndown.
  • Classic and sports car groups 
    Such as Bentley, Porsche, MG and TVR wind their glorious way between a host of world-class visitor attractions to include The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu which has over 250 vehicles on display
  • Touring motorcyclists
  • WI, U3A and Probus groups
    delight in the wealth of wonderful walks, gardens and local history. Gardens of interest: Sub Tropical Gardens at Abbotsbury, Athelhampton Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Compton Acres, Wimborne Model Town & Gardens, Bennets Water Gardens at Weymouth, Mapperton House & Gardens.
  • Bird and wildlife watching groups
    Arne RSPB is only 20 minutes drive from the hotel, it is the largest nature conservation in the country. While away the hours amid a plethora of different habitats – from majestic woodlands and serene Jurassic coastal seascapes. Studland Nature Reserve and the Sika Trail in Wareham Forest are also worth exploring, Brownsea Island which was the start of the Scout/Girl Guide movement and home to the red squirrel
  • Geology groups
    Explore a myriad of rock formations formed millions of years ago at Kimmeridge, Durlston Country Park, Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum, Museum of Jurassic Marine Life – The Etches Collection, Keats Quarry Dinosaur Footprints
  • Charity groups
    Particularly those cycling use us as a welcome food and drinks stop during their gruelling journey, please enquire at Reception for itineries and bike hire
  • Family groups 
    Especially for re-unions or special occasions, who can take a considerable amount of our 43 rooms, and enjoy get together evening meals in our restaurant with its unrivalled views, food and service
  • Railway societies
    Experience the Swanage Railway with its charming stations and steam trains which weave their way through the Purbeck countryside and its sites
  • The Tank Museum at Bovington
  • Monkey World
  • Lulworth Castle & Park
  • Sherborne Castle
  • Brownsea Island
  • Studland Beach & Nature Reserve
  • St. Nicholas Church at Moreton, famed for its 13 engraved window by Sir Lawrence Whistler and the grave of T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) in the adjoining Cemetery
  • Clouds Hill – the home of T.E. Lawrence
  • Thomas Hardy’s Cottage at Higher Bockhampton
  • Old Harry Rocks
  • Dancing Ledge – look out for the Puffins nesting in the Cliffs and pods of
  • Dolphins nearby
  • Durlston Country Park, including the Great Globe, Durlston Castle and the Lighthouse
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
  • Swanage Steam Railway
  • Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre
  • The fortification of Corfe Castle – built by William the Conqueror and partly destroyed in 1645 by Oliver Cromwell
  • Blue Pool at Furzebrook
  • Abbotsbury Swannery
  • Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum
  • Dinosaur Museum at Dorchester
  • Longleat Safari Park