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Turnpike Showground

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The Gents, Ladies and Disabled Toilets.

General

  • Spacious pitches spread over a 30-acre field in the Dorset countryside
  • A 10-minute drive to Shaftesbury; half an hour to Longleat safari park
  • Dog-friendly site with easy access to the A303 and A350

Turnpike Showground is a huge site in the north Dorset countryside, a mile from the village of Motcombe and handily located between Gillingham and Shaftesbury (both of which are less than 10 minutes’ drive away). And that’s not it on the ‘excellent location’ scoreboard either – the A303 and A350 are both close by too, for easy jaunts in whatever direction you choose around Dorset or the neighbouring Wiltshire and Somerset.

To call this place huge is no exaggeration: the whole site stretches over more than 60 acres, with a field of over 30 acres given over to the pitches. The number of people on site is never massive though: bookings are always kept to a sensible limit to make sure that all comers can reap the benefits of that open space.

Life on site is pretty laidback: it’s a non-contact check-in here and there are no marked-out pitches so you can roam around and pick the spot that appeals the most. Drinking water taps are spread around the site and guests have access to a toilet block that has separate ladies’, gents’ and accessible facilities, plus a baby changing area.

This is a place that welcomes dogs and kids, who are welcome to join you on rambles around the outer stretches of the site to take in the rural views (and if you want a bit more of all that, it’s worth noting that the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is but a few minutes’ drive away.

Planning an open-air dinner on site? Barbecues are permitted to help with such plans. Supplies can be picked up in either of the nearby towns, and they’ve both got pubs and eateries galore if you’d prefer to have someone else do the catering.

Please note

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

At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.

Minimum spacing of 6 metres between pitches.

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

The shower facilities are closed. Guests will need to use their own facilities.

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) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.


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9.6

Overall rating based on 11 reviews

 

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So much space and can pitch anywhere! Were the only …05/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    So much space and can pitch anywhere! Were the only ones there which was lovely as our dog could roam free. The weather must have put people off....we must be mad 😂 will defo stay again. Thanks.

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Clean facilities with easy access12/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDaniel M.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The site was clean and tidy and spacious for our children and dogs to run freely. We had easy access and had a pleasant experience.

    Staff were contactable and available via phone and SMS and the experience was a positive one.

    This was a great experience for first time campers

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The great outdoors. Befriended the lambs.02/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlex T.Confirmed

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

    Very spacious, had 30 something acre just to myself.. well with the sheep. Choose own pitch, good location to explore north Dorset.

    Disliked: 

    Almost nothing. But there were telco engineers doing work at the gate entrance almost every day.

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Lovely peaceful site. Amazingly clean toilet block. We came with …27/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKEVIN B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely peaceful site. Amazingly clean toilet block. We came with our 2 dogs to treat them to a weekend away.

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Loved the freedom of the big open fields. Lots of …23/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDeborah B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Loved the freedom of the big open fields. Lots of level pitches. Basic facilities. Simple camping at its best. Really enjoyed and will be back.

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Clean toulets, huge field. Pretty level.21/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNicola M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    24hr access, remote check-in, clean toilets.

    Disliked: 

    Too far to walk into Shaftesbury

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tidy site, mostly flat, clean toilets, but no showers20/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomsteve t.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    tidy site, mostly flat, clean toilets, but no showers

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Excellent place to stay with lots of space to spread out17/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomStuart T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The size and spaciousness of the show ground, access to cold drinking water, little light pollution at night time

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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Perfect for a simple overnighter en-route to my event. Will be back14/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMark S.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
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    Flat and spacious. Loo block excellent.

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Great open area with decent toilet facilities. Needs a shower block.07/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDerek V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Loved the open space. Allowed my kids to run wild without disturbing any other happy campers

    Disliked: 

    I'd have loved there to be a shower block.

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

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

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

D. of E. 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

Peaceful

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Show Office, Motcombe, Dorset, England, SP7 9PL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.0188°N 2.2301°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Shaftesbury Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
Henstridge (Somerset): Virginia Ash Coach Stop — 7.8 miles
Wincanton: Memorial Hall Coach Stop — 8.1 miles
Train stations
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 2.1 miles
Tisbury Rail Station — 7.2 miles
Templecombe Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 23.8 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 23.8 miles
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 25.8 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 24.1 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

Attractions and activities nearby include:

- Shaftesbury (Abbey, Gold Hill and Castle Hill): 10 minutes’ drive

- Stourhead (National Trust estate): 20 minutes

- Larmer Tree Gardens: 20 minutes

- Old Wardour Castle: 20 minutes

- Haynes International Motor Museum: 25 minutes

- Hauser & Wirth (vineyard and art gallery): 25 minutes

- Longleat House and safari park: half an hour

- Stonehenge: 35 minutes

- Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park: 40 minutes.

Must see

  • Stourhead House and Garden (7.2 miles)
  • Longleat (11.8 miles)
  • Haynes International Motor Museum (14.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Stourhead (7.1 miles)
  • Philipps House and Dinton Park (11.5 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:  Anytime –  Anytime
Depart by:  Anytime

Turnpike Showground cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

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

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

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. Turnpike Showground 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.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

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

Bank transfer

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Turnpike Showground have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Turnpike Showground dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Turnpike Showground? Attractions and activities nearby include: - Shaftesbury (Abbey, Gold Hill and Castle Hill): 10 minutes’ drive - Stourhead (National Trust estate): 20 minutes - Larmer Tree Gardens: 20 minutes - Old Wardour … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Turnpike Showground?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
    Depart by:  Anytime
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Turnpike Showground? From £8 (for 1 night, 4 people) - 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
At least one of the party members must be aged 21 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.
Please pick any available pitch on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

Coronavirus
Minimum spacing of 6 metres between pitches.
The shower facilities are closed. Guests will need to use their own facilities.

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) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

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

General
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 8:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.
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.
The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
Open fires are prohibited.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 8 p.m. and 6:30 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 11:30 p.m..

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