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  • In secluded woodland half an hour’s drive from the Jurassic Coast
  • A 10-minute drive from Wimborne and 15 from Poole and Kingston Lacy
  • Firepit barbecues, honesty fridge freezer and stargazing on site

Obsessed with planning every single detail of your hols? At Stoney Down Plantation Camping, a family-friendly site 15 minutes’ drive from Poole on Dorset’s south coast, no one will be able to accuse you of not seeing the wood for the trees...

In 130 acres of secluded woodland, this is a top spot for switching off and letting the days unfold how they will. Hours will be well spent wandering the paths and trails of this private forest, and give a nice taster of what’s beyond the site – the walks, bikes and pony treks of the New Forest are 25 minutes away, and Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is 15 minutes from base for more of the same.

If sandy stretches appeal more than towering trees, turn feet instead towards the famed Jurassic Coast. Pick up the 630-mile South West Coast Path about 45 minutes from the site, or hang up the walking boots and pick up the swimsuit instead; the fab beaches of Poole and Sandbanks are about 25 minutes away and you may care to know too that Dorset gets more hours of sunshine than the UK average...

Back on site, there’s plenty of shaded shelter, and firepit barbecues dotted around to supply hot eats and a little cosiness if the weather turns. An honesty fridge freezer is stocked with essentials.

Ready for a peaceful evening? Lay claim to one of the outdoor seating areas and turn eyes skywards – Cranborne Chase is currently campaigning for International Dark Sky Reserve recognition, so the stargazing here won’t disappoint.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

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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


Parent & baby washroom

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Pub toilets

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Shower available

Tents for hire

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Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches





Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven


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Chemical disposal

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Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

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Bar nearby

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Small (11-25 pitches)

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  • Rushall Lane, Poole, Dorset, England, BH21 3RT
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.7642°N 2.0456°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Seldown Coach Station — 4.4 miles
St Johns Church — 5.2 miles
St Johns Church — 5.3 miles
Train stations
Hamworthy Rail Station — 2.9 miles
Holton Heath Rail Station — 3.9 miles
Poole Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Ferry Terminal — 4.5 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 4.5 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 6.5 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 9.4 miles


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

History buffs are well served round here: two National Trust sites – a pretty 18th-century cornmill called White Mill, and the palatial Kingston Lacy House and Gardens – are within 15 minutes’ drive, Bovington Tank Museum is about half an hour from base, and Stonehenge is an hour away.

Closer at hand, the Saxon church of Wimborne Minster (10 minutes) is well worth a visit: a church has sat on this site for more than 1,300 years, and the present version houses one of the world’s last surviving chained libraries. Stick around Wimborne at weekends to visit the largest undercover market in the south of England, where there are stalls bursting with food, flowers, jewellery, antiques and collectables.

Move on then to Poole (15 minutes away), Europe’s largest natural harbour, to nab a berth on boat tours to spy out dolphins or to visit Brownsea Island for more wildlife watching. Fancy seeing some less sea-bound animals instead? Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is 25 minutes from base.

Must see

  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (3.4 miles)
  • Brownsea Island (6.5 miles)
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (8.0 miles)

National Trust

  • White Mill (2.9 miles)
  • Kingston Lacy (3.2 miles)

Cycle routes

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  • When can I check in and check out of Stoney Down Plantation Camping?
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    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

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

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.

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

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
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.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £100 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of £50 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Group bookings of 10 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

This area is not subject to city tax.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.