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Campsites and Holiday Parks in Dorset

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Dorset campsites and holiday parks for jaunts around the Jurassic Coast

Dorset campsites and holiday parks are as diverse as you’d expect from a county home to both lush green countryside and the fossil-filled Jurassic Coast. 

Speed down to this stellar region for dreamy days hunting dinosaur bones at the beaches or meandering around grassy meadows - more than half of Dorset is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so spectacular scenery is everywhere you turn.

If you’re planning a hol at a Dorset campsite, head over to the filters on the left-hand side of the page to figure out the best spot for you from options including fancy yurts and fantastic family parks.

Dorset campsites and holiday parks to decide between

Our range of Dorset campsites and holiday parks has something for tourers, caravanners, glampers and wild campers – in short, just about anyone who fancies a stint down south. 

If you’re after an especially swish spot, select a fully kitted-out shepherd’s hut (great for couples) or bed down in an upscale yurt big enough to fit families or groups of friends.

Picking a park with a back-to-basics feel? Keep an out for those that allow campfires, so you can spot stars while snuggling up next to a big blaze.

When you’re holidaying in the winter (and whyever not – windswept walks down to the multicoloured beach huts of Hengistbury Head are just as satisfying in nippy weather), have a look for campsites open all year in Dorset.

Facilities at Dorset campsites and holiday parks

Travelling with particularly antsy young holidaymakers? Tire them out by letting them loose on the facilities at a holiday park – there are campsites in Dorset with an indoor pool for splash time, as well as organised kids’ clubs and fab family entertainment. Some even include have access to bowling, ice cream parlours and clubhouses.

Tiddlers with the means to amuse themselves will do well at a simpler site made up of not much more than a field to run about in (and, as a bonus for those on a budget, these sorts of options are usually a go-to for a cheaper break).

If the only smaller travellers you’re planning on bringing along on a hol down south are of the four-legged variety, choose from our dog-friendly Dorset campsites. On a couples’ break, dial up the decadence by opting for a park with a hot tub.

Angling aficionado? Trawl through the parks on offer for a break at a Dorset campsite with a fully stocked pool in the grounds. There are options with free fishing on the local lakes and rivers, with carp and trout being some of the smashing specimens you could land. 

Where to stay at a Dorset campsite or holiday park

Many travellers worth their salt look out for Dorset campsites by the sea, so they can stay near the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile-long area covering stunning scenery dating back more than 200 million years. Some of the best beaches to bound around include Durdle Door – famed for its spectacular stone arch sitting in the sea – and the eye-catching curved bay of Lulworth. 

If you’re wanting a special stay, take a look at campsites in Dorset at southern England’s highest point, Golden Cap, plonked between Charmouth and Bridport, or amid the leafy manicured gardens of a massive National Trust estate. 

Check out campsites near Poole for a break at a cute town with a vast natural harbour (not to mention some of the UK’s priciest houses) – it has Georgian homes to admire and boats that sail over to Brownsea Island for trots on trails through woodland.

Book campsites in Bournemouth if you like being close to amenities and activities – this city has enough museums, galleries, amusement arcades and play parks to fill a fair few days of your hol.

Inland, there’s Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, Dorchester, on the River Frome, and Wimborne with its impressive minster at the edge of the Cranbourne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Back down by the beaches, Bridport market town and Weymouth, home to the sought-after sands of Chesil, are a couple of other popular seaside destinations.

Adventures to have and things to do in Dorset 

If you’ve decided to settle close to the coast when camping in Dorset, take a look at parks with watersports, kayaking or sailing close by. As you seek thrills on the sea, keep a beady eye out for dolphins and puffins – these marine creatures call this area home.

Flitting around with the family? When you’re not seeking remnants of dinosaurs out in the open air – perhaps at Lyme Regis, which organises guided fossil walks – school the small fry on the coast’s age-old history at the local museums.

Hikes are particularly pleasant in Dorset as it has the highest number of conservation spaces in England and more than 300 miles’ worth of marked trails across the region, including a section of the serene South West Coast Path. The 15.5-mile Purbeck Way is also a keen contender for prettiest path in the county, beginning at Wareham Quay and passing Corfe Castle. 

Rather ride than roam? The National Cycle Network Route 2 crosses Dorset – you could take on the whole 365-mile stretch or just pick a portion (we recommend speeding off from Christchurch to Lyme Regis or, for more inspiration, browse campsites in Dorset near cycling trails here). 

Looking for a little luxury while on a break? Get a glamping trip to Dorset sorted by browsing these top options scattered across the county.