Booking Your Visit To Durlston
on line Booking Form
When To Visit
Groups are welcome to visit Durlston throughout the year, although some of the Discovery Sessions are of a seasonal nature and not possible through the winter.
The Centre is open daily from April to October (10 – 5pm) and at weekends from November to March (10.30 – 4pm). Schools wishing to visit the Centre outside these times are advised to book with the Rangers.
Please phone in advance to arrange provisional visit dates before sending in the booking form. This should ensure your chosen dates are available.
Complete the booking form on line or send it to us by post. Once we receive the form the booking becomes confirmed in our diary. If you require written confirmation please send a self-addressed envelope with your booking form, alternatively we can send you an email.
We put no limit on the size of groups visiting Durlston. For larger groups on Discovery Sessions it may be necessary to split into smaller units and the sessions run consecutively or in succession. These options depend on the number of Rangers available.
On The Day
Please ensure that you arrive at the Visitor Centre on time. The Centre gets extremely busy during May / June with large numbers of groups visiting each day, so if you are running late please let us know as soon as possible. Groups failing to turn up for sessions, without prior notification, will be charged half the full cost of the session.
Staffing And Risk Assessments
The Rangers complete their own risk assessments for the activities, however the leader in charge of the visiting group is responsible for the safety and behaviour of their members while on the Park. The visiting group is also responsible for providing an adequate number of adults for the supervision of the children.
You may wish to download our generic risk assessments for bringing a group to Durlston. These are no substitute for a pre-visit, but should provide much of the information you require.
The visiting group is responsible for the welfare of its members. The Rangers have first aid training but are unable to hand out any medicines.
Some of the activities can be adapted to suit individual needs. Please speak to a Ranger before your visit.
Durlston is an exposed site, so be prepared for all weathers. Come rain or shine sessions will continue unless you request otherwise. Please ensure your group has suitable clothing, footwear, hats and sunscreen.
Toilets, including disabled, are next to the Visitor Centre. There are picnic tables, a patio and a grassy area around the Centre for lunch. A small shop, selling educational souvenirs is also based at the Visitor Centre. More..
PLEASE NOTE Durlston is a public facility and in extreme circumstances it may be necessary to cancel or alter arrangements without prior notice.
Telephone to check your chosen time is available, then email the booking for or send to: Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage BH19 2JL.
Please pay for your discovery session on arrival – cash, card or cheque payable to Dorset County Council (minimum charge £20).