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The Gaggle of Geese: Garden and barbecue shack

General

  • Pub site over five acres in the village of Buckland Newton
  • Half an hour's drive from beaches and the Jurassic Coast
  • Homemade meals and local beers, plus barbecue and pizza oven in summer

Walkers, riders, fishing folk, dog owners, family groups… all will want to take a gander at The Gaggle of Geese, a friendly country pub in the little village of Buckland Newton.

This is a place that’s mighty well located for all sorts of Dorset days out – it’s in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for all your country pursuits, 20 minutes’ drive from the historic market town of Dorchester and half an hour from the county’s stunning coastline. On top of that, those on family hols may like to note that a drive of less that 45 minutes offers up all sorts of ways to entertain/wear out the small sorts – animal parks, fossil hunting, watersports…

It’s not all about location though – the pub’s a rather fine destination in its own right. Five fab acres of peaceful fields, an orchard and a pleasingly sizeable beer garden make up the outside space, while inside’s all comfy corners and a warm welcome for all (nippers and dogs included). Up for a bit more activity? Skip over to the skittle alley or check the events list to see if there are any quiz nights, wine tastings or live music afternoons scheduled.

And you’ll be needing eats and drinks of course... homemade pub classics can be washed down with local beers and ciders; summer nights often see action out at the barbecue shack and wood-fired pizza oven too. Barbecues and campfires are welcome if you’d rather go the DIY route.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Single-sex bookings of 10 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

Please note that the pub is closed on Mondays.


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9.7

Overall rating based on 274 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

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Facilities, atmosphere, location11/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSamantha C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Facilities, atmosphere, location

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Warm welcome from hosts and good vibe Great pitches, quiet …10/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlan C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Warm welcome from hosts and good vibe
    Great pitches, quiet and picturesque
    Toilets and showers were clean and appealing(unlike other campsites we been too recently)
    Pub on site
    Clean water supply
    Close to a local shop should you run out or forget supplies

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Fantastic site friendly hosts, beautiful pitches excellent facilities07/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful views, welcoming hosts, lovely clean facilities - a pleasure to have a shower in the morning. The pub itself was also gorgeous and lovely to have a cold drink in the sun. This was our second visit and we will return!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing - everything is so well done.

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Good site and great for kids.06/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely, small campsite with great showers and great things for kids to do like play bus, football pitch and crazy golf. Pub offered great food. Location- so near to lots of great places. Campsite was chilled and peaceful. The goats were a highlight for the kids!

    Disliked: 

    Paying a lot for wood, paying each day for play bus and tents close together

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Had a lovely stay here. The bell tent was lovely …06/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSandra W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Gaggle bell tent (four man)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Had a lovely stay here. The bell tent was lovely and clean. Toilets and showers were nice and clean too. Lovely hosts and wonderful food at the pub. What more do you want? 😊

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Fab, clean site, friendly hosts, great pub with lovely food. …05/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDawn E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Fab, clean site, friendly hosts, great pub with lovely food. Kids loved the fun bus, goats, football and crazy golf. Lovely walks from the campsite and only 30 mins to the beach. Would definitely go back.

    Disliked: 

    A couple more toilets and showers would be good

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A must visit for families with young children and dogs!05/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAllana F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The owners were so lovely, very welcoming and nothing was too much! The site is extremely family as well as dog friendly which was ideal for us, it’s also within driving distance of the Jurassic Coast & Weymouth so we had some fab days out!

    The food at the pub was excellent, we tried a few things on the menu; the smoky burger & halloumi chips are definitely worth a mention! Also the showers and toilets were brilliant, my husband has to have a decent shower in the morning or he’s grumpy so it was a life saver!

    It was so lovely to see all the kids playing in the soft play bus and the crazy golf as well as being able to say hello to the goats.

    All in all it was the perfect place to spend our first holiday as a family (we took our 16 month old for her first camping trip!) and we can’t wait to visit again!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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Great for campers with kids. Lots of things for children to do .08/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Nicely located site, quiet , and the Gaggle is very nice. Staff v helpful. Good pub food.

    Disliked: 

    You need to be aware that it is in the middle of beautiful but remote countryside. To get most places you will need a car, which is fine if you are camping, but not so fine if you are in an RV.

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Fantastic site, well organised and the facilities were kept lovely …07/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKatherine A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Fantastic site, well organised and the facilities were kept lovely and clean. Owners couldn’t do enough for you. Also enjoyed a lovely meal the night we arrived and the bakery was a massive hit, will definitely be back !! WiFi not great but that was the whole point of us going…..

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The facilities are fab and the owners are really welcoming05/06/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLauren L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The facilities are fab and the owners are really welcoming

    Disliked: 

    N/a

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Pub campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 7BS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8438°N 2.4440°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sherborne Coach Stop — 8.1 miles
Milborne Port: Coach Stop — 8.5 miles
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.3 miles
Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station — 5.9 miles
Yetminster Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 7.0 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 16.3 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.8 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 22.1 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.2 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Country wanderings aplenty await around here – there are heaps of places for walks both short and lengthy in the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A popular ramble from the pub is the four-mile route to the Cerne Abbas Giant (indeed a sizeable chap at 55 metres long – potential pub quiz answer...?)

Horseback hacks can be had from several stables within half an hour, and there’s a fab coarse fishery with 10 lakes (10!) five minutes’ drive away. Want a bit more oomph in your outings? Head to Henley Hillbillies (five minutes’ drive) for days zooming about on quad bikes or in hovercrafts or souped-up Minis.

Need nipper-pleasing days out? Take your (or more likely their) pick from The Dinosaur Museum (20 minutes), Monkey World (half an hour), the Tank Museum (half an hour), the Sea Life adventure park (40 minutes), Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park (40 minutes)… or head to the coast for beach days in Weymouth (40 minutes), watersports at Lulworth Cove (45 minutes) or fossil hunts in Kimmeridge (50 minutes).

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (8.2 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (12.0 miles)
  • The Tank Museum (13.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (8.2 miles)
  • Max Gate (9.4 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  5 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Gaggle of Geese cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. The Gaggle of Geese will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does The Gaggle of Geese have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Gaggle of Geese dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Gaggle of Geese? Country wanderings aplenty await around here – there are heaps of places for walks both short and lengthy in the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A popular ramble from the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Gaggle of Geese?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  5 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at The Gaggle of Geese? From £16 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 10 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between 01/04 and 01/09 and between 02/09 and 31/03.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No vehicle movement between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 11 p.m..

Additional terms

Please note that the pub is closed on Mondays.

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