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Covid update

Our normal sessions at the Shed were suspended from March 2020. 

However as of September 2020, we are now running a regular weekly session at the Shed every Wednesday14:00-16:30. You must email to book your place. 

  • The session will run outdoors, with the main shed building out of access. (Session may be cancelled by email if bad weather)
  • The compost toilet is available with hand sanitiser provided, and will be cleaned between uses
  • We will not be able to provide any refreshments so please bring your own drinks/snacks
  • The gates will be closed to visitors and 'drop in' volunteers
  • All tools and equipment will be wiped clean before use. Please bring your own gloves if you have any.
  • Appropriate social distancing must be maintained. 

Everyone Needs a Shed!

'Everybody Needs a Shed' was launched as part of the lottery funded 'Durlston Pleasure Grounds' project.  As part of the 'Durlston Pleasure Grounds' project. It 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.

Durlston shed is welcoming and friendly

What can I do there?

We host a variety of different activities, from growing plants, 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

Learn new skills and heritage crafts

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 the northern end of Lighthouse Road. It is on the left after you pass the two large wooden pillars on the approach to the Tasks for all ages and abilitiesCountry 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. 


Mailing List

Stay in the loop with upcoming sessions by joining our Shed mailing list (just email us at You will be sent regular updates about Dementia and disability friendlythe Shed, including planned tasks for the regular weekly drop-in sessions (such as gardening, bird box making, painting), and also dates for  more occasional groups (such as local clubs, schools and care groups) 








We welcome donations to support the future of this project. You can make a card or paypal donation online or at the Castle. You can also donate with cash at the Castle, or send a cheque payable to Durlston Country Park to this address: Donations, Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL.

We also have an Amazon Wish List for donations of seeds, tools, and other items that have been requested by our volunteers to support their work at the Shed. You can order from this list using your own account and and select the pre-set Durlston address to send items directly to the park. If you see anything on the list that you may already have, or be able to grow at home then please get in touch!