Dorset Friendly Friendly Campsites

Camping has become a firm family favourite activity and Dorset has some great sites offering outstanding views, swimming pools, play parks, entertainment and fire pits ready for toasting marshmallows.  

Below is a list of campsites which have been recommended by Dorset parents in Summer 2017 so please take a peek and see where your next family adventure takes you!

SOUTH EAST DORSET

BEACON HILL - POOLE

Set within 30 acres of partly wooded heathland Beacon Hill has plenty of pitches, an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, bar and fishing lake.

Recommended by Claire - Beacon Hill near Poole is a really good spot as you're also close to beach. The site is quite natural and has some good facilities, my boys love it there.  

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

Please note - Beacon Hill is currently under redevelopment and not taking bookings for 2018. 

MOUNTAIN COTTAGE YURTS - CORFE MULLEN

These amazing yurts can be found on a small family run farm set in an idyllic 50 acres of pasture land adjacent to a beautiful woodland area.  The site has 4 beautiful yurts plus there is an outdoor kitchen, children’s play area, toilet, shower room and a woodland walk with bluebells in the Spring. 

Recommended by Dorsetmums - To read about our recent stay please visit the blog.

For more information including location, facilities and prices please visit the Website.

NEDDY GREEN – LYTCHETT MATRAVERS

Neddy Green has only recently opened and is located on a small organic farm with open fields and beautiful views.  At the moment composting toilets and cold water tap are the only amenities but they can provide you with wood for campfires in the designated areas. 

Recommended by Boudicca - At Neddy Green there are wide open fields overlooking the Purbeck Hills in the distance.   Campfires are allowed, there is ample sheltered space with tables and chairs.  It's quiet and peaceful, plenty of walks to interesting viewpoints and landmarks.  There are cold tap sinks and composting toilets. 

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

SANDFORD HOLIDAY PARK – HOLTON HEATH, POOLE

This huge Parkdean site has caravans to hire and a large area for camping.  On site you’ll find an indoor and outdoor pool, play areas, an arcade, convenience store, restaurant and evening entertainment in season. 

Recommended by Gemma – Sandford is great as it has everything, pools, clubhouse, entertainment, play areas and a chippy.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

RURAL AND NORTH DORSET

INSIDE PARK – BLANDFORD

The Inside Park is a farm based touring caravan and campsite with some pitches having electric hookup.  They have modern washrooms, site shop, large children’s adventure playground and indoor games room.

Recommended by Rachel - It's a beautiful non commercialized campsite with a little shop, games room with wifi and showers. Surrounded by woodland with walks and cycle routes too. 

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

MEADOW VIEW CAMPSITE - WIMBORNE

Meadow View is a small family run camping and caravan park situated within beautiful countryside with its own lake and nature reserve.  Facilities include modern toilets and showers, BBQ area and electric hookups.

Recommended by Ellie - We went to Meadow View in August.  It was a lovely site with a fishing lake and fire pit.  No play park that I was aware of but it’s just up the road from Moors Valley Country Park. 

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

MERLEY COURT – WIMBORNE

Merley Court Holiday Park is set within 15 acres of parkland and woodland. Facilities on the park include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar with food served, a shop, park wide Wi-Fi and a launderette.

Recommended by Lindsey - Staff are so helpful and kind.  Very child friendly campsite with lots for children to do.  Very clean shower blocks and toilets.  So close to Poole and Bournemouth.  We love it there!  

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

RIVERSIDE LAKES – WIMBORNE

Riverside Lakes is an informal, non-commercial & environmentally friendly campsite.  There are flat pitches on this site within yards of the fishing lakes and limited electric hook-ups.

Recommended by Harjout - It's a very chilled out site, lots of family's and not for big crowds who wish to get loud at night.  Really helped to switch off and just relax with nature, my three kids made friends easily on site and played in nature without need for tablets or entertainment.  It's a lovely family run site.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

WILKSWORTH FARM – WIMBORNE

Wilksworth Farm is situated in a historic setting.  The Olde Cart Shed serves breakfast and lunch and while they have no license to serve alcohol you are more than welcome to bring your own.  They also have shower and toilet facilities, a shop, laundry room, sports facilities, tiny town with a mini village of playhouses and a fully heated outdoor pool.

Recommended by Jen – Wilksworth Farm is lovely and quiet with clean facilities. There is a lovely heated outdoor pool, a play area, a village of playhouses and tennis courts.  It feels safe and secure and we are happy to let our little man ride about on his bike or scooter there. We love going back time and time again.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

PURBECK AREA

BIRCHWOOD TOURIST PARK – WAREHAM

Birchwood is a rural family-run campsite.  Facilities include a shop, take away food, toilet and shower blocks, launderette, children’s play area and games field.

Recommended by Kerry - Birchwood in Wareham is fab, and cheap too.  Ace park, lovely splash pool which the kids love, sandpit and more.  It's safe and clean too.  We live in Dorchester and come here every year!

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

BURNBAKE CAMPSITE – NEAR CORFE CASTLE

Get back to nature at Burnbake with wonderful woodland and plenty of space.  Facilities include toilets and showers, seasonal eatery, shop and children’s playground.  You can even hire a fire pit to toast your marshmallows on.

Recommended by Eleanor – We visited Burnbake with a toddler and a baby.  Really family friendly with lots of kids there, natural wooded camp site and lots of wildlife too.  Nice showers and toilets, baby changing in 2 unisex toilets, bathroom for babies and a laundry room with tumble drier. Small shop and cafe too.  

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

EAST CREECH FARM – NEAR WAREHAM

East Creech Farm is beautifully situated in the Purbeck area of Dorset with wonderful views all around.  There are approximately 80 grassed pitches with electric hook up available on a number of them.  Facilities include a well equipped toilet block, showers, laundry room , 2 play areas and a tea room. 

Recommended by Ellie – They have a lovely little farm, play park and a fishing lake.  Also has a shop that sells eggs, fresh bread and ice creams.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website

LONGTHORNS FARM – NEAR WAREHAM

The award winning Longthorns Farm offers camping and glamping with no regimented allotted pitches.  Enjoy their woodland walk, friendly alpaca's, chickens, horses and cows on the dog friendly site.  Facilities include toilets and showers, washing up area and electric hook up plus there’s a seasonal shop, bar, local food and live music. 

Recommended by Lizzie – Longthorns is an amazing place.  Always clean facilities and helpful staff.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

NORDEN FARM – NEAR CORFE CASTLE

This family run campsite can be found on the Isle of Purbeck with the Steam train to Swanage just a short walk away.  Facilities include toilets, disabled toilet and wet room, laundry and washing up rooms, pooch parlour, farm shop and play area.

Recommended by Katie - Really good facilities and really popular with families.  We had a fire pit on the go every evening.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

PRIMROSE FIELDS – NEAR WAREHAM

Relaxed rural campsite set on wildflower meadows with campfires welcomed.  Facilities include toilets, showers and washing up facilities.

Recommended by Elizabeth - Child friendly site, doggy friendly, camp fires and it’s family run.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Facebook page or call 07407 067687.

WAREHAM FOREST TOURING PARK

The superb spacious campsite has everything for families with modern toilet blocks, showers, laundry and dish washing facilities, family room with table tennis, children’s adventure playground, sports area, licensed shop and of course the wonderful heated outdoor pool.

Recommended by Kelly – It’s a safe spacious park which has a small and bigger swimming pool, games room, outside play area and on site shop.  Some evenings they also have outside food companies in so you don't have to worry about cooking!  The shower and toilet blocks are clean and warm.  We went camping as a family for the 1st time recently and it was great!  Also surrounded by woodland so you can go on walks.  Highly recommend!

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

WOODYHYDE – CORFE CASTLE

Woodyhyde is set within 13 acres in the heart of the Purbeck countryside.  Facilities include a modern shower block and onsite shop. 

Recommended by Jane – We took our 2 children under 5, there's a dog free field and you get to see the steam trains at they go past.  Lots of children there to play with too.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

SECRET CAMPING WEEKEND

Secret Camping Weekend is a new breed of laid back weekend getaway. Taking over campsites across the UK, SCW provides organised experiences and workshops during the day, with fun themed entertainment at night. It’s the best value weekend getaway this summer.

At SCW HQ we wanted to redefine the way people enjoy camping. Our weekends have a vibe somewhere between traditional camping (but with loads more activities) and festivals (but with less intensity). The main objective of course is delivering old fashioned fun for everyone.

Our experiences include: group yoga, outdoor campfire cooking lessons, cocktail making classes, organised nature walks and photography workshops, trips to local beauty spots, an outdoor cinema, mountain bike hire, sea kayaking, street food market, sports day games, acoustic music sets and themed evening entertainment.

We wrap up our SCW package with some glamping upgrades, like luxury showers and toilets, an indoor bar area, fully furnished bell tent and yurt hire, VW camper vans and private hot tub hire.

For more information, please visit the Website.

HAPPY GLAMPERS DORSET

Happy Glampers Dorset are a family run bell tent hire company providing gorgeous kokoon bell tents for weddings, events, parties and camping breaks.

If you are looking for a break away you can pre book your camping pitch and either collect your bell tent or choose a package where everything is all set up ready and waiting for you including the beds and furnishings. You can even hire travel cots and garden games so the little one's are happy too.

For more information on the packages available, prices and availability please visit the Website.

WEST DORSET

EAST FLEET FARM – WEYMOUTH

East Fleet Farm is located on the shores of the Fleet Lagoon overlooking Chesil Beach and the sea.  Facilities include 3 excellent amenity blocks, bar and games area.

Recommended by Clare – East Fleet Farm has the most amazing views and sunsets.  Also has a great play park, lots of space, a pub and a very well equipped shop.  It’s a great base for exploring the local area.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

EWELEAZE FARM – OSMINGTON, WEYMOUTH

Eweleaze Farm is located in an area of outstanding beauty and opens only for the month of August.  Facilities include toilets, showers, laundry and washing up area plus there’s a farm shop, crepe bar, restaurant, play areas, animals to pet and even a Turkish Bath House!

Recommended by Deborah - Eweleaze is only open for 4 weeks of the summer but it is brilliant!  They have animals to pet, hay play area, private beach and wood fired pizza.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

FRESHWATER BEACH HOLIDAY PARK – BRIDPORT

Freshwater Beach has everything and caters for those wishing to stay in a caravan or those would love to camp.  The camping area covers over 20 acres of grassland and has modern amenities.  The park facilities include swimming pools, restaurants, bars and entertainment.

Recommended by Helen - We went to Freshwater Beach on the wettest, stormiest weekend of the Summer but despite the weather the kids loved it!  There is a fantastic pool which kept them entertained for hours and the children's entertainment in the evening is brilliant, although this is seasonal.   The showers are good and the staff seem to work hard to keep them and the toilets clean.  There are a couple of nice pubs nearby which we went to for dinner.  I'm sure it would be even better in good weather as it has an outside pool and it’s right on the beach (albeit a stony one).

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

HIGHERMOOR FARM – NOTTINGTON, WEYMOUTH

This is a quiet, family orientated campsite with generous sized pitches.  Facilities include toilets and showers plus they have a vintage marquee bar and wood fired pizza during peak periods.

Recommended by Gemma –There’s a large marquee tent with entertainment in the evenings, wood fired pizza nights and a play area.  Really nice site and very clean.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

HIGHLANDS END – EYPE, BRIDPORT

The family run Highlands End campsite is just 500m from the beach and offers panoramic clifftop views of the Jurassic Coast.  On the park you will find a bar, restaurant, leisure club with swimming pool, shop and 2 play areas.

Recommended by Georgia – Thoroughly recommend this site, it has a nice swimming pool and play park. 

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

NEWLANDS - CHARMOUTH, BRIDPORT

This family run campsite is set within 23 acres of landscaped grounds surrounded by beautiful countryside.  Facilities include a bar and lounge area, swimming pool, play areas and entertainment.

Recommended by Gemma – They have an indoor and outdoor pool, entertainment, bar, chippy and it’s close to the beach and a little village, lovely site.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

SANDYHOLME HOLIDAY PARK – OWERMOIGNE, DORCHESTER

Sandholme Holiday Park is a rural retreat surrounded by countryside, rivers and farmland.  You will find great amenities, a small shop, children’s play area and a wildlife lake.

Recommended by Katharine - I would recommend Sandyholme it as it is a nice enclosed meadow where you pitch your tent wherever you like in the field, facilities are clean, there is a nice little park, duck pond and small convenience shop.  It is very friendly and relaxing.  We often go with extended family and because there are no allocated pitches we can all camp together.  We particularly like the nearby Moreton river where the children can play and paddle. 

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.

WEST FLEET HOLIDAY FARM – WEYMOUTH

West Fleet Holiday Farm is set in 15 acres of beautiful countryside overlooking Chesil Bank, Fleet Lagoon and Lyme Bay.  They have plenty of space for children to run around, a play area, outdoor heated swimming pool and peak season entertainment in the clubhouse and bar. 

Recommended by Gemma – Campsite with lovely views and walks, outdoor pool, play area and a bar.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit the Website.


Have you visited a great family friendly campsite in Dorset?  Please Contact Us and let us know where they are and what makes them so special so we can include them.

Dorsetmums has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this site and does not accept liability for any errors or omission.  All reviews have been given by local parents and those wishing to camp should contact the sites directly before making the journey to ensure it is open and not fully booked. 

 

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