This was just a quick visit, look at the beach and then the local shops. It’s a lovely part of Dorset and easily accessible with the ferry from Poole (£3.80 each way).
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. The town, originally a small port and fishing village, flourished in the Victorian era, when it first became a significant quarrying port and later a seaside resort for the rich of the day. Today the town remains a popular tourist resort, this being the town’s primary industry, with many thousands of visitors coming to the town during the peak summer season, drawn by the bay’s sandy beaches and other attractions.
Read more about Swanage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swanage