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Eweleaze Farm

Weymouth, Dorset, England
1 acre hosted by Northdown F.
Loads of space, great views, a private beach and campfires. Cracking.

Eweleaze is the Glastonbury Festival of UK campsites. Advance tickets sell out shortly after going on sale; resident cows are herded into other, temporary grassy accommodation; the production is super slick; and food and drink is available in abundance. The capacity is the largest in the UK, too; over a thousand people a day share this cliff top location. And like Glastonbury, its faithful fans return every year, won over by a curving Jurassic coastline that's cherry-topped with its own private, shingle beach.

A steep, dusty track dives down to the camping village below. In daylight, the sight of all the fields looks quite, quite special. At night, it's downright magical, lit up with campfires and twinkling fairy lights. Collect car passes at reception, stopping perhaps at the courtyard – home to a well-stocked shop, a popular bakery, solar-powered showers, puppies and roaming goats, geese, peacocks and pigs – before searching for a spot.

The Beach field is closest to the steps that lead to the beach and small pontoon (a big hit among the kids). The Track field is further from the sea and facilities, but you can keep your vehicle by your pitch. And the Point field is quieter, but disruptively windy at night. It can take a few seasons to master your own personal preference. And you will keep returning…

A 'no music policy', except on Saturdays, is the main difference between Eweleaze and Glastonbury. In fact, groups wishing to gas all night should head for the back fields where there is more privacy. The main demographic is young, urban families, who need sleep to be alert when their cherubs wake up in the morning. Regulars can be quite territorial about their summer bolt hole. Respect the rules and everyone has a good time.

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Hosted by Northdown F.Joined in January 2013
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Loads of space, great views, a private beach and campfires. Cracking.
Nearby attractions

The South West Coast Path follows this stunning coastline in both directions from the campsite, the stretch of Durdle Door to Weymouth is particularly rewarding. Nearby Weymouth is a great spot for sailing; courses for adults and kids aged 5 upwards are available. SailLaser (0845 337 3214) in Weymouth offer various levels and packages, from £150, or you can hire a boat if you’re already qualified. For a day trip, the Monkey World (01929 462537) ape rescue centre is a must.

Food and drink

Have a lay in and send the kids down to the bakery to pick up the breakfast pain au chocolats. Tea and coffee is decaf only (the owner, Pete, believes the world doesn't need caffeine, but he's created a camping utopia, so we'll forgive him). Woodfire pizzas (served midday–8pm) are small but tasty. The on-site farm shop (8am–8pm) sells organic meats (some frozen) including goats leg, sirloin steak, sausages. You can buy fresh donuts, takeaway burgers, pies, kebabs and jackets and the perennial tea-time favourite, marshmellows. The Smugglers Inn (01305 833125) in Osmington is just less than 2 miles along the coast path, a view-tastic 40-minute walk. It has a pleasant family garden but is rammed in summer, so don’t expect a quiet pint. Or prompt service. For a sunset beer, seek out the terrace of The Cove House Inn (01305 820895) on Chesil Beach at Portland. It’s not exactly Café del Mar, but this no-frills locals pub is a good spot to catch the last of the day’s rays.


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