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Welcoming and friendly atmosphere Learn new skills and heritage crafts

Tasks for all ages and abilities

Dementia and disability friendly


Following advice regarding the recent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we have temporarily closed the Shed for all sessions and activities. We will update our news feed as the situation develops and when we can reopen the Shed once again. 

Everyone Needs a Shed!

As part of the 'Durlston Pleasure Grounds' project, the 'Shed' is a new accessible, community work base to enable people of all ages and abilities 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 host a variety of different activities, from growing trees, to traditional rural crafts such as willow weaving and much more. You can join us to take part in whatever you wish, or just pop in for a friendly chat. We appreciate the extra help, even if it’s making the teas and coffees, so look out for any sessions which interest you! 

Who can come?

Everyone is welcome at the Shed, whether you want to teach, learn or even just pop in for a chat. We have tasks to suit people of all ages and abilities and you do not need any previous experience to help out. The Shed welcomes those with disabilities, dementia or long term health problems to join in and enjoy the park. Our 'Visual Story' provides for a guide to visiting the Shed for people with autism. 

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 is located in the woodland, at northern end of Lighthouse Road. It is on the left after you pass the two large wooden pillars on the approach to the country park. Please follow the woodland trail to walk here from the car park or the castle.

  • You can find it on Google Maps by searching for 'The Shed at Durlston Country Park'.

  • 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 our timetables and request 'Sunnydale' as your stop.

  • The 'Durlston Neighbourcar' lift-share scheme provides access to the park for people with reduced mobility. 

  • Mini-bus transport may be available for larger groups. Please contact the ranger team to discuss. 

Opening Times

Every week the Shed is open: Mondays: 10am - 3pm and Wednesdays: 1pm - 4pm. It is also occassionally open at weekends and other times for various events.  For details please check out our events page or sign up to our mailing list below.

Mailing List

Once a month we email out a list of upcoming sessions at the Durlston Shed. This includes planned tasks for the regular weekly drop-in sessions (such as gardening, bird box making, painting), but also dates for more occasional groups (such as local clubs, schools and care groups).

If you would like to sign up to this mailing list please contact us at <> We always appreciate the extra help, even if it’s making the teas and coffees, so look out for any sessions which interest you!

Shed Wish List

Shed Wish List.pdf