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If you’re looking for a low cost break that gives you the freedom to do your own thing and ample opportunity for buying and eating the best local produce that Dorset has to offer, then you should look at the camping choices below.

Emerging from canvas into nature and having your first cup of tea of the day listening to the birds and feeling the sun on your face is the perfect way of experiencing Dorset and with the diverse landscape, you can choose to be by the sea or in the depths of the countryside, the choice is yours! Some sites are rural and secluded giving you the added experience of star gazing into the night, while others are just a stone’s throw from civilisation so you can enjoy all of Dorset’s top attractions and eateries without having to journey too far. So, whether you want to spend your time at a countryside campsite surrounded by amazing walking routes and nature or you want to be somewhere more coastal where you can see the glorious cliffs of the Jurassic Coast and spend your days rock pooling and enjoying freshly caught seafood, you will find plenty of choice in your preferred location.


Camping is one of the great British traditions and is a real hit with families with children, it really does give you a chance to get away from everything and live a few days free from distractions like television, internet and games consoles. You can really bond with each other and spend your days exploring the wider area, plus you have the choice of how basic a stay you have. Some campsites give you a pitch where you have to fend for yourself in terms of washing and cooking, others have facilities such as shower blocks, fire pits and nearby shops allowing you to stock up and some have onsite entertainment and a restaurant allowing you to take a break from cooking

If you are someone that likes the idea of camping but don’t think you could cope sleeping in a bag on a hard floor, you should experience the best of both worlds by booking a glamping holiday. As well as all the usual charm of camping, glamping (aka glamourous camping) will give you a range of accommodation options which often come with everything you would expect from a hotel, including proper beds, proper toilets, electricity and sometimes, even working appliances, like ovens, microwaves and more! With this option, you don’t even have to put up your own tents and you can choose from some really unique accommodation with everything on offer from lodges, tipis, yurts, Romani style caravans, shepherd huts, tree houses… Anything goes when it comes to glamping!

Maybe you’d like camping but want a more family friendly atmosphere, well then, a holiday park would be ideal for you. Holiday Parks are large and have many onsite facilities including bars, entertainment, children’s clubs, soft play areas, restaurants and swimming pools to keep you entertained without even needing to leave the site. These parks also offer a range of accommodation options, with lodges and static caravans being a popular choice. They are a great value for money and being self-catering, often with amenities included in your accommodation, they’re ideal for anyone who wants to make the most of the incredible food and drink in the area by cooking for the family back at base. If you are someone who wants to explore the wider area, these sites are also a great way to do so. The reception areas are usually full of brochures and leaflets advertising the top attractions and the staff onsite are always on hand to advise you of where to go and how to get there.

Whether you choose to go for a holiday park or to stay at a campsite, you have the freedom to come and go as you like, so you’ll never have to miss the wide range of events going on around the county. Click here to see what is going on during your stay.

Like the sound of camping, glamping or staying in one of Dorset’s holiday parks? Take a look at the range of options below.

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