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Camping in Dorset doesn’t have to be a summer activity – this gorgeous corner of South West England comes to life in spring with wildflowers, while autumn and winter bring crisp, frosty mornings and fewer crowds to the Jurassic Coast. Find out more about what awaits you on off-peak Dorset breaks below, from what kind of campsites are available to top year-round activities to try out. 

Year-round campsites in Dorset

With pitches for tents, motorhomes and touring caravans – plus a selection of top Dorset glamping sites open all year – there’s no shortage of places to stay in this part of the world, even if you’re planning on visiting at less conventional times. 

Most Dorset sites are much quieter outside of the main summer season, especially if you’re travelling outside the school holidays. Family-friendly options with play areas are on offer if you’re travelling with young kids, while adults-only Dorset getaways are a great pick for couples and friends looking to spend a restful time in the countryside.

Pitching up in Dorset off-season isn’t only cheaper – with fewer people around on site and in the surrounding area, you’re more likely to see some of the local wildlife, will feel free to explore at your own pace and may even get that smug feeling of having a spectacular sunrise all to yourself

Where to go in Dorset off-season? 

Base yourself near Chesil Beach

Sweeping across from West Bay to Portland, the long shingle spit that is Chesil Beach was practically made for off-season explores. The steep slope of the beach and the powerful currents churning in the sea below make this a dramatic place outside of the summer, with waves crashing along the shore and far-reaching views out over the English Channel. Pitch up in a campsite nearby for easy access to the beach and make sure to bring your binoculars – Chesil Beach is backed by a wildlife-rich lagoon and is a haven for migrating birds. 

Position yourself on the Isle of Purbeck

For family-friendly breaks in autumn, winter or at the start of spring, check out the Isle of Purbeck, a gorgeous peninsula on the western side of Poole Harbour. Top family attractions like Corfe Castle stay open throughout the year, while other popular picks such as the Swanage Steam Railway lay on special Christmas events for family-friendly festivities in winter. If rainy weather scuppers your plans to spend time outdoors, your campsite will be just a short chain ferry ride away from Poole, where there are lots of activities like bowling, an indoor waterpark and cinemas to save the day.

Take stock of the changing seasons in a sculpture garden

Surrounded by peaceful Dorset countryside a few miles east of Dorchester, Sculpture By The Lakes is a year-round sculpture park in a spectacular waterside location. No children under 14 and no dogs are allowed on site, making this 26-acre park a very quiet spot that’s well-suited as a day out for guests staying at one of Dorset’s adults-only campsites in spring, summer, autumn or winter. 

Beat the winter blues at Bournemouth’s Christmas market

Pick a pitch near Bournemouth for easy access to the town’s annual Christmas market and magical winter illuminations. With highlights including a giant Christmas tree, an ice rink and pop-up Alpine food stalls, visiting Bournemouth in December is a vibrant and cosy experience that makes a great contrast with the peace and quiet of off-season Dorset campsites.