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Set in a secluded six-acre field and surrounded by high hedges, backed by public land and over 100m away from the nearest road or house, we are the closest site to Swanage town centre and its shops. We are located only a seven-minute level walk to the lovely sandy beach.

The camping area is tents only which means no car radios, no early morning engines starting up and no worries about kids and cars in the camping field.

Simple but clean facilities are provided on site: toilets, free hot showers, free use of hairdryers and plugs, and hot water washing-up facilities.

We also recharge your mobiles for one pound although there are 13A sockets for your use for free, but you can blow up your air mattresses, freeze your ice packs and chill in or fridge for free.
Following are the top nine things that set us aside from other sites in the area

We are level. Most of the sites around here are on sides of hills.

We are central - 8 minute walk across the park to beach or town centre - no parking hassles or £8 per day parking fees, (or drink driving issues!) And it is an easy pleasant walk to shops, pubs and restaurants.

The site is a manicured lawn - no more tussocks or flints!

We allow open fires and bar-b-q's by your tent for a real camping experience!

Cars are separate to the camping area - no worries about the kids playing, radios or engine noise.

We free camp meaning you choose where you like to go and can group with friends.

Free facilities - including hot showers, lilo pumping, freezer, fridge and electric points.

We back onto huge playing fields, free adventure playground and skateboard park accessed without having to go on the road - so you can send the kids off for an hour or two worry free!

Quiet site, no electric hook up so no TV next door and we security patrol at night, (and no karaoke bar!)

Maps and information on walks and activities are available in the reception. We are always happy to help you choose what to do with your free time.

Depart: (2 nights)


Click/tap once to select your first day, and again for your departure day.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed



Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Medium (26-50 pitches)


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  • Kirkwood Park, Victoria Avenue, Swanage, Dorset, England, BH19 1AR
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6121°N 1.9686°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Swanage Bus Station — 0.4 miles
Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 4.2 miles
Poole: Dolphin Centre Bus Station — 7.3 miles
Train stations
Poole Rail Station — 7.4 miles
Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 7.7 miles
Hamworthy Rail Station — 8.1 miles
Ferry ports
Shell Bay Ferry Terminal — 4.8 miles
Sandbanks Ferry Terminal — 5.0 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 5.3 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 12.9 miles


From Corfe Castle
Stay on the A351 until you have entered Swanage. Go over the skew bridge that is within Swanage and look for large signs saying Swanage Golf Games at Kirkwood Park on your right.

From Poole
Come to Swanage sea front then turn right into Victoria Avenue (A351); Go past the coach car park on the left then look out for Swanage Golf Games at Kirkwood Park signs on the left.

By public transport
There are trains to Wareham or Bournemouth with connecting bus services to Swanage. From Wareham, ask the bus driver to stop at Herston; from Bournemouth go to the Swanage town centre and walk or three minute taxi to the campsite.

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

The surrounding 20 acres of fields are public open parkland space ideal for kite flying or ball games. A modern children’s adventure playground and a new skateboard park are only 40 to 80m away.

Visitors enjoy several walks to the long sandy beaches at Swanage and Studland, to the cliffs of the stunning Jurassic coastline or to go fossil hunting at Chapmans Pool.

Try any of the famous country pubs such as the Square and Compass perched on hills above the sea renowned for its homemade ciders and real ales, or the Scott Arms with its sweeping views over Corfe Castle. both are a good walk from our site as it corfe Castle, Durlston country Park and the steam railway.

Must see

  • Swanage Railway (0.4 miles)
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (3.3 miles)
  • Corfe Castle (4.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (2.4 miles)
  • Corfe Castle (4.3 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.


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Terms and conditions

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

Additional terms

Admission to Swanage Bijou Camping implies a commitment to uphold the rules of the park which set out general standards of conduct and behaviour expected. Any person in breach of these rules may be asked to leave the park with no refund. The warden is entitled to refuse admission when deemed necessary even when a prior booking has been made.

Under normal summer conditions a grass car parking space will be provided as part of your booking (which has been available for every camping day we have opened so far); however, extreme weather is beyond our control and if this were to occur it may be possible that a temporary alternative arrangement for your vehicle may have to be made. Should this eventuality appear likely we shall make reasonable efforts to keep you updated.

All bookings are made in strict compliance of our late noise policy (hushed voices from 10pm near the ablutions, 11pm elsewhere and silence everywhere from midnight), the breaking of which may forfeit both your camping fee and your opportunity to remain on the site.

Please ensure ALL your booking details, including contact details, dates, numbers of vehicles, people, children, under 4s, tents and any other pertinent information like gazebos or additional 'pup' tents are included with any bookings sent to us so we can accurately fulfill your space requirements.

Arrivals are normally between 12am and 9pm. If your arrival will be outside these times please advise us one day before arrival.

No refunds will normally be given for early departure unless special circumstances.

Note: as a courtesy to our neighbours we ask visitors to keep car movements to a minimum.

Access to the camping area is by foot only. We advise you carefully consider the (about) 40 metre walk over rough ground to and from your tent prior to booking and do not recommend this site if you have any member of your group who cannot easily walk this distance in the dark. Ensure you pack a torch!

Swanage Bijou Camping is a family-orientated site; however, we are able to accept single sex and younger groups upon the receipt of a £25 per person 'noise bond' to be paid on arrival.
Our noise policy is hushed voices from 11pm and silence from midnight. We believe this to be only fair to other campers who may be trying to sleep and the bond simply provides a financial incentive for groups to adhere to the noise rules. If all is well, the bond will, and normally is, returned in full at the end of your stay.

Barbecues and small fires are permitted in the vicinity of your tent either off the ground or placed on the off-ground steel trays provided (free but with returnable deposit) by us, but only if attended to at all times, prior to midnight and when weather conditions (not windy or very dry) are suitable.

Cycling and ball games other than golf are not possible (unless small and informal) within the park; however, about 20 acres of adjoining public park land more than adequately caters for these activities with football pitches, free children's adventure playground, a modern skateboard park and dog walking areas.

All campers qualify for one round on our pitch and putt course at half price.

Generators and air conditioners are prohibited.

Campervans and Ccravans are not permitted at the site by law.

Dogs are very welcome but must be on leads at all times (so there is no opportunity for them to do what dogs do without their owner noticing!) and must not foul the site or be left on the site or in cars unattended.

Please recycle whatever you can - it is good for us, good for you and good for your children's world. Recycling buckets and separate hoppers are provided to make it easy peasy!

This might seem a lot of bothersome stuff but really we just want you (and us!) to know what you are getting, how to get it, to enjoy your stay and to be as informed and relaxed as possible!