Ten top things to do on the Jurassic Coast this Christmas!

by Jon

November 30, 2017 0


Hey! Take a break from chasing your tail doing Christmas shopping and enjoy some festive fun on the Jurassic Coast instead.  Here’s ten monster ideas to try over the festive period in and around Dorset and Devon’s incredible UN Natural World Heritage Site in southwest England.  And if you’re out and about come say hi if you find us at a Christmas market or event with our range of Organic Jurassic Coast inspired tops and T-shirts! They make most splendid gifts (even if we do say so ourselves!)

Here’s OCEANROCKS ten awesome ideas in and around the Jurassic Coast this Christmas – some are free, some have an entry/ ticket price or need booking. So always check online for prices and that times and dates haven’t changed at the last minute before travelling to avoid disappointment/ family arguments and such like!


Weymouth Beach – Sunday 17 December

From 11am

Watch or join in as hundreds of Santas (what’s the plural of Santa? – Santas, Santi or Santa Clauses? Perhaps there’s no plural as there’s only one real one!) chase a giant Christmas Pudding along 5K of Weymouth’s Beach to raise cash for charity. It’s usually in aid of a great local charity The Will Mackaness Trust It’s a great seasonal spectacle and has even been named as one of the top ten things to do in the country this December on Trip Advisor!  Of course you could always take part yourself… there’s still time to enter!  Registration starts at 9.30am and the race gets underway at 11am. Get more details


2 –3. 9-10 & 16- 24 December

Tickets vary – book online early to avoid disappointment

Embark upon a magical award-winning  experience with Swanage Railway through the beautiful Purbeck Hills of Dorset. What could be more festive than boarding a steam train, filling up with a warming tipple and mince pies whilst Santa dishes out gifts to the children?  Santa’s helpers serve up the refreshments and entertainment during the six mile journey.  Swanage Railway features lovingly restored heritage steam and diesel trains which run between Swanage and Wareham. Get more details


If these shows don’t give your Christmas spirit the kiss of life then you must be old Mr Scrooge himself, bah humbug! Let’s all hope for a dusting of snow to help things along. Booking advised and usually required!

It’s Panto season at Weymouth Pavilion

Image of advert for Sleeping Beauty at Weymouth Pavilion as part of Jurassic Coast this Christmas blog

Sleeping Beauty

9 December – 1 January 

Enjoy a good old fashioned Panto in a traditional seaside theatre with a great reputation slap bang in the middle of the Jurassic Coast! The OCEANROCKS family visit the Panto every year at Weymouth Pavilion and it’s always good heart-warming fun. Really well produced and performed. Get more details

It’s a Wonderful Life screening

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Wednesday 20 December 7.30pm

You know the story… classic feel good festive film starring James Stewart. Where better to watch it than charming old Lyme Regis’ Marine Theatre for free, with Mulled wine and mince pies in the café-bar an hour before curtain up.  Be sure to bring your ZuZu’s petals. Get more details

Nutcracker live screening from the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House

Bridport Arts Centre

Saturday 9 December 5.30 – 8.30pm

This much loved classic festive ballet features Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mouse King in an enchanting tale set to Tchaikovsky’s evocative score. Booking essential.  Get more details.


A Christmas Carol LIVE at the Theatre

You’re spoilt for choice if it’s Charles Dickens’ heart-warming Christmas tale of bah humbug, Tiny Tim and the big prize Turkey is what you’re after to keep Christmas. Here’s three very different takes on the classic story in Dorset:

A Christmas Carol

Russel Coates Art Gallery & Museum


Saturday 9 December

Doors open 7pm.  Arena Theatre Company performance in the Main Hall of the Historic House. Get more details.

Scrooge – the musical

Shelley Theatre


Various performances 15 – 24 December

Ginger Boy Productions musical play in two acts based on A Christmas Carol. Get more details.

A Christmas Carol – one man performance

Poole Lighthouse – Mesmerising One Man Show

14 – 15 December

Selling out fast! David Mynne – a founder member of Cornwall’s legendary Kneehigh Theatre – takes on the timeless Christmas Carol. Get more details.


Taking part in a charity swim is a great way to burn off the pounds, work up an appetite, and have great fun at the same time.  There’s a sack load of events and seaside locations along the Jurassic Coast to watch or join in with – depending on your heartburn and/ or hangover.

Image of Santas diving into Weymouth Harbour

Picture (c) WPBC

Fancy Dress Swim


Christmas Day


Annual Christmas Day swim in aid of the RNLI. Be there at 10.30am to see fundraisers in their costumes before 11am dip. Get more details

Lion’s Club Harbour Swim

Weymouth Harbour

Christmas Day

11am start

Image of Weymouth Harbour Xmas swim

Picture (c) weymouth & portland lions

Organised by Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, this annual event sees swimmers race 70 metres from one side of the harbour to another. It’s said to have come about thanks to a bet between two pub landlords on either side of the harbour.  A great event to watch or take part in, and which raises thousands for local charities and good causes.  Get more details.


Exmouth Beach

Christmas Day


This famous event takes place on Christmas Day every year and attracts thousands of participants and spectators to Exmouth seafront! Many people dress up – check out the Facebook page for more details and pictures! Get more details

West Bay Wallow

Harbour slipway

Boxing Day

Noon start

Get on your best fancy dress and make your way to ‘Broadchurch’ for the West Bay Wallow. This annual charity dip is organised by Bridport Round Table and has become a firm favourite in the seasonal calendar. Register from 10.30am for a midday start.  What a great way to shed that Christmas stuffing. Get more details


Main beach

Boxing Day


Hugely popular event at the Mowlem Theatre end of Shore Road in aid of Purbeck Pirate Festival. Get more details

Lyme Lunge

Main Beach

New Year’s Day


Dress up and take a dip for charity or wrap up warm and watch.  An ideal way to start the New Year and shake off that hangover from the night before! Find more information and a sponsorship form from the Rotary International.   Get more details  


There’s countless Christmas Fayres and Markets to enjoy. Here’s a couple a bit out of the ordinary.

RNLI Christmas Market – Free

RNLI HQ College, Poole


Sunday 3 December

If you’re going to just one Christmas Market, then where could be better than the RNLI Christmas Market?  RNLI volunteers risk their lives all year long to save those in peril on the sea.  Get into the festive spirit by exploring stalls selling gifts, crafts, seasonal food and mulled wine. Santa will be dropping in, and the RNLI choir will be entertaining visitors. Get more details

Artisans on the beach

In the Beach huts

Swanage Seafront

Looking for a quirky or unique gift? Swanage seafront beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople offering creative Christmas gifts. Get more details


There’s plenty of Christmas light switch-ons and late night shopping, but here’s a couple of light fantastic celebrations which are a tad different to usual High Street Fare or home DIY jobs.

Bridport Christmas Tree festival

United Church

East Street


6 – 17 December

10am – 4pm

Celebrating its 20th year in 2017, the Christmas Tree festival is a great local favourite. Charities decorate trees and you can donate to your favourite. The church is estimated to have raised in the region of £65,000 for good causes to date. A Carol Service on 17 December @ 4.30pm closes the festival. Get more details.

Winter Lights and a Tudor Christmas

Corfe Castle, The National Trust

Various dates, time & events

Experience majestic Corfe Castle in a magical light this Christmas with beacons, brazier, lanterns and contemporary lighting.  Join Tudor Christmas events including storytelling and festive feasting. Get more details.


Poole Harbour

9 -24 December

Various times

All aboard for a Christmas party on the water. Cruise picturesque Poole Harbour in the company of the big man himself as he dishes out gifts to children. With mince pies, mulled wine and festive soundtrack.  Get more details


What feels more Christmassy than wrapping up warm and going for a hearty walk before enjoying a well-earned mince pie or bucket load of spicy mulled wine?  And with 70 miles of Jurassic Coast packed full of pubs and cafes to choose from you’re spoilt for choice.  Here’s a few to try…

Winter Solstice Walk & Breakfast with the National Trust (21 December)

Watch sunrise from Corfe Castle or Old Harry Rocks at Studland followed by breakfast.  Booking essential on 01929 450500. Get more details

Jurassic Coast Walks by The National Trust

Image of yellow wellie boots on Studland Beach in autumn

The National Trust has a series of specially designed winter walks along the Jurassic Coast from Salcombe in the west to Old Harry Rocks in the east. Get more details

Durlston Country Park & Castle, Swanage              

Join the Christmas Trail between 16 December – 2 January or take a walk around the stunning cliffs and nature reserve before browsing local produce and gifts in the castle. And keep an eye out for Durlston’s Dolphins.  Get more details


Where could be better to see in the New Year than the Jurassic Coast. From charming remote cottages tucked away in Dorset or Devon countryside to a full on fancy dress all-nighter in Weymouth, there’s plenty of choice! Get more details


And don’t forget OCEANROCKS Jurassic Coast inspired organic tops make a great gift for people who love the seaside, coast or water. Choose from a great range for kids, men and women safe in the knowledge that OCEANROCKS has worked hard to ensure your gift is high quality, organic, ethically produced and eco-friendly. Shop online or come say Hi if you find us at a Christmas market this December!

Image of OCEANROCKS snow scene

jpeg image of OCEANROCKS stall for Jurassic Coast this Christmas blog

Have an awesome Christmas and peaceful New Year!

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