Clay Pigeon Caravan Park5.0
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Coo. Carrier your flock here for a barrel load of activities at any time of year: Clay Pigeon Caravan Park near Dorchester is just two miles from Dorset Shooting School, a newly established shooting ground where beginners and experts alike can take a shot at have-a-go lessons and professional sessions. Or kart the kids to the go-kart circuit instead, home of national championships and where Lewis Hamilton won his first race. Sounds like one winning formula…
For Sunday carvery and smart eats Clay Pigeon Caravan Park is adjacent to the new George Albert Hotel with the George and Kings restaurants, and there are tasty restaurants and pubs at Dorchester a short drive away (Dorset cream teas, say we).
The park has recently been redeveloped and has large pitches for tents, tourers and motorhomes, with electric hook-up available. It’s in the heart of the Dorset countryside just off the A37 at Wardon Hill, with easy access to Dorchester, Yeovil and the coast.
Reach the best features of beautiful Dorset within a short drive: country villages and traditional pubs, beaches and the Jurassic Coast, and the gardens, museums, shopping and sightseeing in and around Dorset’s towns and cities.
Historic Dorchester in the Frome Valley is Dorset’s country town: we confidently say there’s enough to do here for all the family whatever floats anyone's boat, from the Roman Amphitheatre and Roman townhouse to Thomas Hardy’s house to the award-winning Dinosaur Museum. Several other museums are sited in the town: again, all sorts should like the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum and the Tutankhamen Exhibition. Outdoors, the Borough Gardens a few minutes’ walk from the city centre have regular events, tennis courts, playground and a bowling green, and the Durnovaria Town Walk takes in Dorchester’s main sights.
Going coastwards, Weymouth and the Isle of Portland is where the 2012 Olympics sailing events were held and is wondrous for watersporters of all ilks and abilities. More relaxedly, there are old style pastimes like donkey rides and Punch and Judy on Weymouth’s sheltered sandy beach, a Georgian seafront to stroll down and a seventeenth century harbour to sit at, eat at and watch lobster, crab and fish being landed at. Catch a boat from here to try some sea fishing of your own; boats also go from Weymouth Harbour to the Channel Islands for day trips.
A bit further afield and to the east, Bournemouth and Poole have more Blue Flag beaches, watersports and family attractions: try the land train to Poole from Bournemouth, the Splashdown Water Park and Bournemouth Oceanarium to start. The Jurassic Coast is easy to reach from these regions too: if you’re not sure where to start, make your way to one of the gateway towns like Charmouth, Lyme Regis or back to Weymouth, and take a guided fossil walk from the Lyme Regis Museum or jump on a Jurassic Coast sea or overland trip from most towns and villages along the route.
Elsewhere in Dorset, sprogs will love you forevermore if you take them to the theme park Adventure Wonderland at Christchurch, the Sea Life at Lodmoor Country Park a short drive from Weymouth or to a punt around Putlake Adventure Farm in Swanage. Into neighbouring Hampshire, said sprogs will find Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World in the New Forest porking good fun, while bigger kids can swing around at one of Hampshire’s Go Ape! centres, at Ringwood, Southampton and Farnham.
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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
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Large (51-200 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Yeovil Bus Station — 8.9mi
8.9mi Sherborne Coach Stop — 9.2mi
9.2mi Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.3mi
- Train stations
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 2.9mi
2.9mi Chetnole Rail Station — 3.2mi
3.2mi Yetminster Rail Station — 5.2mi
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 15.4mi
15.4mi Poole Ferry Terminal — 25.8mi
25.8mi Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 26.1mi
Bournemouth International Airport — 31.8mi
Clay Pigeon Caravan Park is on the A37 midway between Dorchester and Yeovil. It is easily accessible by car, air and train.
From London (2½ - 3 hours): Take the M3 until Junction 8. Exit onto the A303 and after approx 70 miles (at the Cartgate roundabout), take the A3088 to Yeovil. At Yeovil take the A37 for Dorchester. Continue for approximately 9 miles up to the top of the hill. Our entrance is on the left-hand side (signposted The George Albert Hotel & Southern Counties Clay Pigeon Shooting). Ample parking is available.
Please Note: All guests must check-in at The George Albert Hotel. From the A37 follow the signs for the hotel and not the signs for the campsite.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||11 a.m. –||Anytime|
No refunds within 2 days of arrival date.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Clay Pigeon Caravan Park will debit the full amount from your card immediately. This includes a 15% non-refundable deposit.
A £10 refundable deposit is required upon arrival for the supply of an electrical connection lead adapter.
Payment methods accepted on the parkAmerican Express
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