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- Award-winning park two miles from Wimborne
- Direct access to the Castleman Way for walks, cycling and horse riding
- Pool, seasonal weekend bar, family room and play park
Simply smashing: award-winning Merley Court Holiday Park two miles from the Dorset town of Wimborne is firmly set up for family days and seaside stays: it's a short drive to Poole and Bournemouth, and is full of facilities for all including an outdoor pool open in summer, a seasonal bar and family room serving up lashings of drinks and meals, a shop, a games room and a play park.
Want more? Guests can also use the facilities at Merley Court’s sister site Oakdene seven miles away along the A31, with over 20 on-site activities including a gym (a small charge applies), sauna, steam room and indoor pool (how fab).
The park is set in 15 acres of sheltered grassland and woodland, two miles from the market town of Wimborne and a quick drive from the sands of Poole and Bournemouth. It has direct access to the waymarked Castleman Trailway for 16.5 miles of not too strenuous cycling, walking and horse-riding; you can pedal your way to Poole from here or amble along by the riverside.
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Arrive: Tuesday 15 September 2020
Depart: Monday 21 September 2020
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Very clean site
A great place to stay
great escape from the hustle and bustle super friendly staff
Just great will definitely return again as we thought the site was fab
Good site facilities
More frequent emptying of bins
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
- Coach stations
St Johns Church
— 4.4 miles
4.4 miles St Johns Church — 4.4 miles
4.4 miles Seldown Coach Station — 4.6 miles
- Train stations
Hamworthy Rail Station
— 4.3 miles
4.3 miles Poole Rail Station — 4.5 miles
4.5 miles Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 4.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing
— 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 5.2 miles
5.2 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 6.8 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Southampton Airport — 29.8 miles
Make room in the itinerary for a trip or two to Wimborne for its minster and its indoor market, the biggest undercover market in the south of England: it has a huge flea market and car boot every Saturday, fresh local produce including meat, cheese and fish, antiques, jewellery and vintage gear to rummage through… start saving up.
Nearby Dorchester and Swanage markets are worth a punt too, and heaps more shopping is available in Bournemouth and Poole.
Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are the main day trips for visitors to this part of Dorset, with Portsmouth further along the coast to the east and Weymouth and the Isle of Portland easily reachable to the west.
All have miles of award-winning beaches, a myriad of museums, theatres and restaurants, boat trips, sea fishing and watersports for all sorts of landlubber and seafarer holidaymakers; combine both with a comb around the Jurassic Coast to see what fossils you can find (even if it’s an unidentifiable shard of bone, be sure and tell the kids it’s from a T-Rex).
If you’re more of a sea dog than an urbanite, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is first class for a gander around historic ships and pretending you’re Horatio (or maybe that’s just us). The National Museum of the Royal Navy is here too and there are several other attractions on offer including the Mary Rose, harbour tours by boat and Action Stations with simulators, tech experiments and a giant climbing tower; one ticket covers all dockyard attractions and is valid for a year.
A harbour cruise from Poole, the biggest natural harbour in Europe, should also be firmly added to the diary – look out for the Very Posh houses of the Sandbanks peninsula if you feel like gnashing your teeth in envy (it has the fourth highest land value in the world and the moniker of Britain's Palm Beach).
Land fans are loaded with options in the area: try exploring and pony-trekking in the New Forest (the main visitor centre at Lyndhurst has info on this and heaps more foresty things to see and do); golfing at Dudsbury or making your way around the several National Trust properties in Dorset including Brownsea Island, one of the best wildlife-watching spots in the south-west.
For a rainy day at Poole, the Tower Park Leisure Complex has a water park, cinemas, bowling and an award-winning soft play centre.
And, as the kids will remind you even if we don’t, Peppa Pig World is in the vicinity too, along with other famed kid-friendly attractions like Monkey World at Wareham, the theme park Adventure Wonderland at Christchurch, the formidable Tank Museum at Bovington and swinging about at Go Ape! in the Moors Valley Country Park.
- Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (2.8 miles)
- Adventure Wonderland (6.3 miles)
- The Bournemouth Balloon (6.7 miles)
- Kingston Lacy (2.6 miles)
- White Mill (3.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Does Merley Court Holiday Park have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
- Is Merley Court Holiday Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Merley Court Holiday Park? Make room in the itinerary for a trip or two to Wimborne for its minster and its indoor market, the biggest undercover market in the south of England: it has a huge … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Merley Court Holiday Park?
Camping and touring Arrive: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.