FAMILY 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

MOUNTAIN COTTAGE YURTS

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 Mountain Cottage Yurts.

SANDFORD HOLIDAY PARK - HOLTON HEATH, POOLE

This large 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 Dorsetmum 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 Sandford Holiday Park.

NEDDY GREEN

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 Dorsetmum 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 Neddy Green.

SOUTH LYTCHETT MANOR

This award winning holiday park is set in beautiful countryside located near Poole, Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coastline.  There’s a large choice of camping pitches, electric hook ups available, toilet and shower facilities, laundry room, children’s playground, well stocked shop and pubs within walking distance.

For more information, please visit South Lytchett Manor.

RURAL AND NORTH DORSET

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 Dorsetmum 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 Wilksworth Farm.

INSIDE PARK - BLANDFORD FORUM

The Inside Park campsite 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 Dorsetmum Rachel - It's a beautiful non commercialised 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 Inside Park.

MEADOW VIEW CARAVAN PARK - 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 Dorsetmum 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 Meadow View Caravan Park.

MERLEY COURT HOLIDAY PARK - 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 Dorsetmum 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 Merley Court Holiday Park.

RIVER 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 Dorsetmum 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 Riverside Lakes.

ST LEONARDS FARM PARK

St Leonards Farm is a quiet family run park with electric hook ups, shower and toilet block, play area for children, picnic area, washing up area and launderette.  Pitches are situated in relaxing rural surroundings and evenly spaced.

For more information, please visit St Leonards Farm Park.

WOOLSBRIDGE MANOR FARM - THREE LEGGED CROSS

The caravan and camping park is part of a 130-acre family run working farm.  The park is level and sheltered in a quiet country setting with spacious pitches and electric hook ups available.

For more information, please visit Woolsbridge Manor Farm.

PURBECK AREA

BIRCHWOOD TOURIST PARK - WAREHAM

Birchwood Tourist Park is a lovely 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 Dorsetmum 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 Birchwood Tourist Park.

BURNBAKE FOREST LODGES AND 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 Dorsetmum 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 Burnbake Forest Lodges and Campsite.

LONGTHORNS FARM - 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 Dorsetmum Lizzie – Longthorns is an amazing place.  Always has clean facilities and helpful staff.

For more information including location, facilities and pitch prices please visit Longthorns Farm.

NORDEN FARM - 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 Dorsetmum 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 Norden Farm.

EAST CREECH FARM - 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 Dorsetmum 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 East Creech Farm.

WAREHAM FOREST TOURIST PARK

This 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 Dorsetmum 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 Wareham Forest Tourist Park.

PRIMROSE FIELDS - WAREHAM

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

Recommended by Dorsetmum 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 Primrose Fields Facebook page or call 07407 067687.

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 Dorsetmum 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 Woodyhyde.

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 Happy Glampers Dorset.

WEST DORSET

SANDYHOLME HOLIDAY PARK - OWERMOIGNE

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 Dorsetmum 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 Sandyholme Holiday Park.

HIGHLANDS END HOLIDAY PARK - 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 Dorsetmum 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 Higlands End Holiday Park.

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BAGWELL FARM TOURING PARK

Bagwell Farm is set in a tranquil and rural location providing magnificent views of the Jurassic Coast, Chesil Bank, Fleet Lagoon and Lyme Bay.

Recommended by Dorsetmum Chantelle – My family have been going to this amazing campsite for 3 years now. They have friendly staff, a lovely shop and a beautiful barn that serves wonderful food and drink.  It also has clean shower and toilet facilities, a small play area for young children, spacious pitches, wonderful views and good walking spots.

For more information, please visit Bagwell Farm Touring Park.

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DEWFLOCK FARM

Dewflock Farm is ideally placed to offer families a chance to explore the Dorset countryside and the Jurassic Coast whilst having a base that offers a safe and interesting environment.  With cattle and sheep in neighbouring fields and the farm orphan lambs on the loose, children will really love the place.  Dewflock Farm has 15 bell tents and three shepherd huts for rent as well as wild camping over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

For more information, please visit Dorset Farm Camping.

GOLDEN CAP HOLIDAY PARK

More info coming soon!

GRASTON COPSE

More info coming soon!

EWELEAZE FARM - OSMINGTON

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 Dorsetmum 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 Eweleaze Farm.

NEWLANDS HOLIDAYS - CHARMOUTH

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 Dorsetmum 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 Newlands Holiday Park.

WEST FLEET HOLIDAY PARK - 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 Dorsetmum 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 West Fleet Holiday Farm.

HIGHER MOOR FARM - 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 Dorsetmum 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 Higher Moor Farm.

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 Dorsetmum 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 Freshwater Beach Holiday Park.

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 Dorsetmum 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 East Fleet Farm.

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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.