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- Off-grid farm and alpaca centre in peaceful rural Dorset
- Alpaca walks, meets and parties all available to book
- A 10-minute drive to Bridport, 15 to Dorchester and 30 to Lyme Regis
It’s all about alpacas at Happyard, an eco-friendly farm home to a herd of friendly woolly beasts that guests can meet, walk with or even book a party with.
The herd’s home is rural Dorset, in a swathe of green space with views over fields towards the Hardy Monument in the distance. It’s deep in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but is a handy spot for getting to sightseeing of all sorts: Dorchester is 15 minutes’ drive to the east, Bridport 10 minutes’ west and Weymouth within 25 minutes.
Driving west again past Bridport, the Jurassic Coast’s Charmouth and Lyme Regis are easily day-trip doable at 30 and 35 minutes. Or stop off at the site on the way to Devon or Cornwall, as its setting just after the village of Winterbourne Abbas is minutes from the A35.
The roomy accommodation field has spacious open-plan pitches – no postage-stamp sizes here, points out the site team – so there’s loads of room to roam when you’re not making friends with the Happyard herd. And yet another happy feature? Campfires and barbecues are allowed, so spark up your masterpiece and sit back under the night sky.
Please note that the site is off grid and that guests should bring their own drinking water. Portaloos and a standard toilet are the main yard but please note there are no showers on site. Book alpaca experiences in advance, using the contact details in your booking confirmation email.
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friendly staff & clean toliets
Excellent location, fuss-free, great value!
Excellent site with a lot of space and very helpful/friendly staff
Lovely and quiet. Nice to wake up to the horses …
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
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Small (11-25 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Touring and motorhomes
- Coach stations
Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop
— 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 7.5 miles
7.5 miles Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 9.7 miles
- Train stations
Maiden Newton Rail Station
— 4.2 miles
4.2 miles Dorchester West Rail Station — 6.7 miles
6.7 miles Dorchester South Rail Station — 6.9 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal
— 10.1 miles
10.1 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 26.3 miles
26.3 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 26.7 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 33.6 miles
Even away from the alpacas, this is an excellently family-friendly place in which to settle down for a Dorset hol, whether you want countryside, coast, farms or fossil hunting.
Or ditch the idea of day trips while you’re here and set off on the hiking paths and bike trails around the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Kingston Russell manor house, the Dorset Downs, Long Bredy village and the Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve are all within walking or pedalling distance.
If alpacas have whetted the kids’ appetite for creatures of all sorts, drive 20 minutes or so south to Abbotsbury Swannery, the world’s only managed colony of mute swans. Around 600 swans are here to see and help feed, on a sizeable site also home to a petting farm, play areas, pedal go-karts, a nature reserve and a maze. (The Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are five minutes’ drive from here if you crave a calmer time afterwards.)
Other excellent options include West Bay, scenic setting of the TV drama Broadchurch (15 minutes); a gawp at the Cerne Abbas Giant (20 minutes), the 55-metre chalk figure etched into the Dorset hillside, and following the Thomas Hardy trail around Dorchester to Higher Bockhampton.
- Abbotsbury Swannery (4.3 miles)
- Mapperton House & Gardens (7.1 miles)
- Hardy's Birthplace (8.9 miles)
- Max Gate (7.5 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (8.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||Anytime|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Happyard cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Happyard will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkPayPal
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Happyard have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Happyard dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Happyard? Even away from the alpacas, this is an excellently family-friendly place in which to settle down for a Dorset hol, whether you want countryside, coast, farms or fossil hunting. Or ditch the … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Happyard?
Camping and touring Arrive: 3 p.m. – Anytime Depart by: 11 a.m.