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If you want peace and quiet on a small organic farm, with beautiful views, birdsong and a river to sit by or fish in, then come and spend a few days and nights in our meadows and woodlands.
Ham Down meadow, Stour Hanging and Ham Down Copse cover around 8 acres and tents can be pitched on the field or in the woods. These fields form part of our 80 acre Soil Association registered organic farm. Since 1971, this farm has been a conservation and farming project; all mammals, birds, butterflies, bats and plants have been recorded and encouraged.
We allow a maximum of 5 tents per night, assuring everyone of plenty of space and we are keeping things as simple as possible.
There is a long-drop loo in a secluded corner of the field and a tap for fresh water near the meadow. We have 4 designated firepit areas for campfires and bbq's and wood as well as Dorset charcoal can be bought at the farm.
Cars can be unloaded about 200m from the field but then need to be driven down to the farm for secure parking. We have a small stock of provisions, along with fresh eggs from the hens and ducks and by mid-August our own sausages and pork burgers.
If you enjoy coarse fishing, the farm has over a mile of riverbank to fish from. We can tell you the best spots and what you might catch.
We have a no dogs policy as the neighbouring farm is a sheep farm and there are often ewes and lambs in the adjacent fields.
PRICES FOR 2013
Camping charges, per person per night: Adults £5.00. Children 6- 12 yrs £2.00. Children 5yrs and under stay free
£1.00 per car per day
Fishing charges per person: Adults £3.00 per day. Children £1.00 per day You must have an Environment agency rod licence for anyone fishing over the age of 12
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Leave the car at home
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Shaftesbury Coach Stop — 7.1 miles
7.1 miles Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 8.0 miles
8.0 miles Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
- Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Templecombe Rail Station — 9.5 miles
9.5 miles Sherborne Rail Station — 11.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal — 18.0 miles
18.0 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 18.0 miles
18.0 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 20.1 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 20.6 miles
The directions are to the farm and on arrival you will be shown to the campsite which is further within the farm.
From Blandford Forum, follow the A350, then the A357 through Shillingstone. Take a right turn on leaving Shillingstone towards Child Okeford. the farm is first left after you go under the railway bridge. The farmhouse is first left after you drive past the first houses.
North Dorset Trailway
Great Dorset Steam Fair
- Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (11.7 miles)
- Hardy's Birthplace (13.8 miles)
- Stourhead House and Garden (13.9 miles)
- White Mill (11.1 miles)
- Kingston Lacy (11.9 miles)
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