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The Gaggle of Geese

9.5

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General

  • Pub site over five acres in the village of Buckland Newton
  • Half an hour's drive from beaches and the Jurassic Coast
  • Homemade meals and local beers, plus barbecue and pizza oven in summer

Walkers, riders, fishing folk, dog owners, family groups… all will want to take a gander at The Gaggle of Geese, a friendly country pub in the little village of Buckland Newton.

This is a place that’s mighty well located for all sorts of Dorset days out – it’s in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for all your country pursuits, 20 minutes’ drive from the historic market town of Dorchester and half an hour from the county’s stunning coastline. On top of that, those on family hols may like to note that a drive of less that 45 minutes offers up all sorts of ways to entertain/wear out the small sorts – animal parks, fossil hunting, watersports…

It’s not all about location though – the pub’s a rather fine destination in its own right. Five fab acres of peaceful fields, an orchard and a pleasingly sizeable beer garden make up the outside space, while inside’s all comfy corners and a warm welcome for all (nippers and dogs included). Up for a bit more activity? Skip over to the skittle alley or check the events list to see if there are any quiz nights, wine tastings or live music afternoons scheduled.

And you’ll be needing eats and drinks of course... homemade pub classics can be washed down with local beers and ciders; summer nights often see action out at the barbecue shack and wood-fired pizza oven too. Barbecues and campfires are welcome if you’d rather go the DIY route.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 246 reviews

 

98% would recommend this park to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

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Excellent site! Lots of to do if you want to stay local!11/28/2022

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

  • Birdie shepherd's hut (two person)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Open spaces, good distance away from other families, goodies on arrival, really cosy, great location, lovely to have a fire pit inside and outside

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Excellent site, great facilities and fantastic pub09/27/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRachel W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Beautiful location and fantastic pub!

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Everything superb 👌09/26/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
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    Everything superb 👌

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We only stayed for one night so didn’t get to explore properly09/24/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
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    Rustic appeal, friendly helpful staff and yummy food

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Pub meals, informal camping, friendly hosts.09/20/2022

Reviewer's country: AustraliaRobyn A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
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  • Liked: 

    Pub meals, informal camping, friendly hosts.

    Disliked: 

    Facilities are a little old and tired. Need upgrading.

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As described before.09/19/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSean P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Welcoming host who showed us to the area where we could pitch, despite being busy herself (wedding party).

    Lovely grounds to walk around. Seems well suited for younger children as there were games on the lawn and a converted soft play bus.

    We had some pizzas in the evening and garlic butter fries (very tasty). Well priced.

    The toilet and showers were excellent.

    WiFi at the pub.

    Iron Man event closed some roads on the morning of departure, we were able to pack up and leave the car at the site, and go on a nice walk to see the Cerne Giant and loop back to Buckland Newton. No pressure to have to move the car beforehand.

    Would stay again.

    Disliked: 

    One of the wedding party guests throwing up at 4am near our tent, but that wasn't a fault of the host obviously.

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We can't sing the praises enough of the Gaggle of …09/19/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCorinne L.Confirmed

  • Gaggle bell tent (two person)
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    We can't sing the praises enough of the Gaggle of Geese! Great food, great service fantastic wedding party for our niece and her husband. We'll be back!

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Relaxed atmosphere, nice pub, friendly staff.09/18/2022

Reviewer's country: AustraliaReginald A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
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    Relaxed atmosphere, nice pub, friendly staff.

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Level pitches, nice pub. We were only here for one …09/16/2022

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

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
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    Level pitches, nice pub. We were only here for one night but the camping field looked great for families. There's also a wood fired pizza oven which we would have tried if we'd been here longer. We did eat in the pub however, and the food was great.
    Might try it again next time we're down this way.

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Everything you need . Toilets ,showers, pub, food . Excellent09/16/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
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    The whole place was fantastic . Lovely hosts

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Pub campground

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset, England, DT2 7BS
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8438°N 2.4440°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Greenhill — 8.1 miles
Coldharbour — 8.1 miles
Queens Head — 8.5 miles
Train stations
Chetnole Rail Station — 5.9 miles
Yetminster Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 7.0 miles
Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 16.3 miles
Poole Ferry Terminal — 21.8 miles
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 22.1 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 27.2 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

Country wanderings aplenty await around here – there are heaps of places for walks both short and lengthy in the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A popular ramble from the pub is the four-mile route to the Cerne Abbas Giant (indeed a sizeable chap at 55 metres long – potential pub quiz answer...?)

Horseback hacks can be had from several stables within half an hour, and there’s a fab coarse fishery with 10 lakes (10!) five minutes’ drive away. Want a bit more oomph in your outings? Head to Henley Hillbillies (five minutes’ drive) for days zooming about on quad bikes or in hovercrafts or souped-up Minis.

Need nipper-pleasing days out? Take your (or more likely their) pick from The Dinosaur Museum (20 minutes), Monkey World (half an hour), the Tank Museum (half an hour), the Sea Life adventure park (40 minutes), Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park (40 minutes)… or head to the coast for beach days in Weymouth (40 minutes), watersports at Lulworth Cove (45 minutes) or fossil hunts in Kimmeridge (50 minutes).

Must see

  • Hardy's Birthplace (8.2 miles)
  • Mapperton House & Gardens (12.0 miles)
  • The Tank Museum (13.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Hardy's Cottage (8.2 miles)
  • Max Gate (9.4 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

RV, travel trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  noon –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  5 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Gaggle of Geese cancelation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

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

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 cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Gaggle of Geese 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.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

Payment methods accepted at the park

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MasterCard
Cash
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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • Does The Gaggle of Geese have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Gaggle of Geese dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Gaggle of Geese? Country wanderings aplenty await around here – there are heaps of places for walks both short and lengthy in the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A popular ramble from the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Gaggle of Geese?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  noon –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  5 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more

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