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Everyone Needs a Shed!

Welcoming and friendly atmosphere Learn new skills and heritage crafts

Tasks for all ages and abilities

Dementia and disability friendly


As part of the 'Durlston Pleasure Grounds' project, the 'Shed' is a new accessible, community work base to enable people of all ages and abilties to socialise, learn new skills, and volunteer in support of Durlston Country Park. We welcome people with disabilities, dementia, and other long-term health problems to try a variety of wood-working, gardening, crafts, and DIY projects. No commitment or experience needed- you can even just pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

What can I do there?

We have many activities available: From working to grow trees and other plants, traditional rural crafts such as basket weaving, spoon carving and many others. You can join us to take part in whatever you wish, or just pop in for a friendly chat.

Who can come?

Everyone is welcome at The Shed. Regardless of age or ability, if you want to teach, want to learn or just want to stop in for a chat you are welcome to come along and join us. We have tasks to suit all comers including gentler work. The Shed welcomes those with disabilities, dementia or long term health problems to join in and enjoy Durlston.

If you have a group of people who would like to come along and use the shed, please contact us.

Where is the Shed?

The shed can be found in the woodland at the southern end of Durlston Road, Swanage, BH19 2JJ.  As you are approaching the Country Park, the gate entrance can be seen on the left-hand side of the dip, as the road splits between the lane and Lighthouse Road. Please follow the woodland trail to walk here from the car park or visitor centre at the castle.

  • Walking from Swanage town centre takes around 30 minutes but does include steep hills.

  • Bus services from Swanage run from May – Sept. (free to bus pass holders). Please see time tables at and request 'Sunnydale' as your stop.

  • Our lift-sharing scheme 'Durlston Neighbourcar' provides access to the park for people with reduced mobility. We also have access to a mini-bus which may be available for larger groups. To find out more about these services please contact the ranger team on 01929 424443. 

Opening Times

  • Mondays: 10am - 3pm
  • Wednesdays: 1pm - 4pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: Contact us for opening times
  • The Shed is also open for various special events. For details, get in touch or check out our events page.

Shed Wish List

Shed Wish List.pdf