Campsites near Swanage, Dorset

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The Blue Pool

8 units · Glamping5 acres · Wareham, Dorset
Treehouses on the edge of Dorset’s Blue Pool
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Southover Woods and Camping

15 units · Glamping, Tents59 acres · South West England, Dorset
Nearly wild camping in a vast Dorset woodland
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Crooked Mead Farm

1 unit · Motorhome, Tent5 acres · England
4 acres of land tucked away down a long driveway. We have 2 acres of private woodland and a pretty lake stocked with carp. We have the golf club next door with good food wine and beer! Also the best Chinese restaurant and takeaway! We also have the bridal way. Ferndown town centre is great for shopping and a good range of cafes, pubs and shops.
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Ower Farm - Yurt, Pod & Wagon

3 units · Glamping2 acres · England
Rustic glamping on a farm overlooking Poole Harbour
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Woodlands Camping

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents200 acres · Ropley, England
If you’re after a clubhouse, arcade, or on-site entertainment, this is not the place. However, if you would like to be immersed into the outstanding Hampshire countryside with beautiful walks, views, plenty of space with peace and quiet then we may have the spot you’ve been looking for. Woodlands Camping is primarily an eco-friendly camping site set on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park, about five miles drive south of the market town of New Alresford. There’s a ‘leave no trace’ policy in place here and guests are encouraged to do their bit to help preserve the natural environment around them.
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Lightfoots Farm

3 units · Glamping3 acres · Milford On Sea, England
Bell tents with hot tubs between the New Forest and the south coast
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Gold Hill Glamping

3 units · Glamping1 acre · South West England, Dorset
Hello, welcome to Gold Hill Glamping, which is based at Allan’s Farm, a working dairy farm and our family home. You are likely to see the cows coming in for milking twice a day. There are our lovely shetland ponies Pixie and Trudie to stroke and and past the time with, they love attention! There are usually fresh farm eggs available to buy if you wish. Wildlife is in abundance here. Deer and hares are regular visitors and different species of owl can be heard hooting behind the glamping fields. We have a lovely bell tent, called Willow Bell which has its own eco- loo and BBQ area with Kadai fire-pit and logs / chairs to sit around the fire. We are excited to be welcoming a spacious Lotus Belle tent to our glamping portfolio from Spring 2021. The Lotus Belle offers all the comfort and spaciousness of a yurt but with the simplicity and ease of a bell tent. Hazel, our Lotus Belle tent, will be situated in a separate, and peaceful location on the farm with its own eco – loo and simple glamping kitchen facilities. Thereby, allowing for visitors to glamp completely separately, but also offering the option for friends and family to stay here together. The tents have a very comfortable double bed, which will be fully furnished for your stay, plus two single futon-style beds (please bring your own bedding for the futons). All crockery, BBQ tools, bedding, a fire pit, seating area and a couple of finishing touches are provided for your stay. Both bell tents also have access to a hot shower, and flushing toilet a short walk away in a converted building in the farmyard. We are also planning a small honesty shop, to buy local sausages, eggs and Barber's cheese which is made from our milk.
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West Holme Glamping, Dorset

6 units · Glamping20 acres · South West England, Dorset, Wareham
West Holme Glamping is a micro-site with pre-erected bell tents in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just the job for romantic mini-breaks or holidays for small families, it's set in 20 acres, so there’s plenty of privacy and lots of space to roam around. The bell tents here come equipped with a double bed, rugs, picnic tables, lanterns, a gazebo and a gas barbecue. The three showers and three toilets are shared between six tents.. You'll just need to bring your own bed linen and towels or add them to your booking. You can explore the area by car – medieval castles, beaches, National Trust sites and the Jurassic Coast are all less than half an hour’s drive away. Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are 20 minutes' drive away. Pretty market towns like Dorchester (also 30 minutes) or seaside resorts like Swanage (20 minutes) are all worth a mosey, while historic Wareham has Saxon town walls and riverside churches to explore. The sandy beaches of Studland and Swanage are also within half an hour's drive of the site. If you’re feeling energetic, the Isle of Purbeck has plenty of walks and bike rides on the rocky peninsula overlooking the English Channel, as well as parts of the South West Coast Path. The local farm shop is a five-minute walk and sells the very best of local Dorset produce if you fancy cooking on the barbecue. And if you don’t, there’s a cosy tea shop attached, and there are plenty of gastropubs serving real ales and great grub in less than a 15-minute drive too.
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Camp Hartland

50 units · Tents6 acres · South West England, Dorset, Wareham
Traditional camping on the Isle of Purbeck with campfires allowed and a pub next door
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Glamping at Parley by PitchingIt

12 units · Glamping1 acre · England
Set on the Parley Estate near Bournemouth, with a Georgian mansion sitting in four-acres of lovely Dorset parkland, Glamping at Parley by PitchingIt offers pre-erected bell tents on level grass meadows. No fuss, no puzzling tent poles to mess around with. Just arrive on site, move in and your holiday has started. Local attractions and activities include: - Bournemouth Beach & town centre for shops and restaurants 5min drive - Golf: on site 18 hole course and driving range! - Local pub short 10 min walk - Adventure Wonderland (kids’ theme park): five minutes’ drive - Snowtrax Alpine Activity Centre: 10 minutes - Go Ape Moors Valley (tree-top zipwires): 15 minutes - Bournemouth Beach: 15 minutes - Splashdown (water park): 20 minutes - Moors Valley Country Park and Forest: 20 minutes - Mudeford Sandbank: 20 minutes - Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum: 20 minutes - Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park: 25 minutes.
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South Allenford Farm

3 units · Motorhomes, Tents2000 acres · South East England, Hampshire, Fordingbridge
-PLEASE BOOK 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE!!- Beautiful farm perfect for camping located in the Cranborne Chase area of outstanding natural beauty! Plenty of stunning walks can be done in and around the farm with lots of woodland areas and grassy meadows. Located 1.3 miles from the Compasses Inn, a quaint country pub with delicious food and drink. Around the area are some of the best fisheries - Damerham and Rockbourne.
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Knoll Farm Campsite

30 units · Tents1 acre · Wareham, Dorset
View-tastic farm camping with campfires on the Isle of Purbeck
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Campsites near Swanage guide

Nestled along the enchanting coastline of England on the Isle of Purbeck, Swanage offers a variety of camping options among a perfect blend of coastal beauty and rich history. Campers will find a variety of attractions around the Isle of Purbeck to explore, including hikes along South West Coast Path as well as a coastal paradise of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and historic landmarks like Corfe Castle. Lulworth Cove is great for coastal walks, swimming in turquoise waters, and kayaking through the cove. It also offers private grass pitches, holiday homes, or cottage rentals close to its waters. Or camp in New Forest National Park and embark on scenic hikes through ancient woodlands and cycling adventures along picturesque routes.

Where to Go

Lulworth Cove

Set some 16 miles from Swanage in Dorset is Lulworth Cove, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Campers can set up tents or hook up the motorhome to nearby private campsites along the Jurassic Coast that provide clean shower and toilet facilities, picnic areas, and easy access to the cove’s turquoise waters. Or rent a cottage or go glamping in a shepherd’s hut for a bit more comfort. Created by melted ice overflow from nearby seas and rivers, the cove waters are popular for swimming and kayaking. Then, enjoy land activities like coastal walks along rugged cliffs for sea views or explorations to Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole.

Corfe Castle

Northwest of Swanage lies Corfe Castle, a historic ruin built by William the Conqueror that exudes medieval charm. Nearby private farm campsites and holiday parks in villages offer a range of amenities, including tent pitches and campervan spaces, as well as clean shower and toilet facilities, electrical hookups, on-site shops, and wifi access. Cottage and cabin rentals are also available near the castle. Then wake up and enjoy Corfe Castle’s ancient walls that are over 1,000 years old. Afterward, take a hike along Purbeck Hills on the Purbeck Ridgeway to get views of Old Harry and the Swanage Railway.

New Forest National Park

Just a short drive northeast of Swanage sits the enchanting New Forest National Park. Wilderness explorers can hike the park's trails, including the scenic routes of Lyndhurst Circular Walk and Tall Trees Trail, which offer views of the forest’s ancient woodlands and open heathlands. Find cycling adventures and exciting wildlife sightings—most notably of the free-roaming New Forest ponies. Afterward, unwind at a tent or caravan park run by Camping in the Forest with amenities like full electric hookups and toilet and shower facilities.

When to Go

Summers in Swanage bring pleasant temperatures and are popular for coastal walks, swimming, and outdoor activities. Spring and autumn offer milder weather and a vibrant display of foliage, creating a colourful backdrop for hiking and exploring. Winter in Swanage brings a different charm, with fewer crowds and a serene atmosphere. Temperatures range from 5°C to 10°C.

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