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  • Small site in Tarrant Keyneston, overlooking the Tarrant Valley
  • Half an hour's drive from the beach and Monkey World
  • In the grounds of a pub, with beer garden and playground

Bring your beloved, bring your kids, bring your granny, your dogs, your boss (steady on, now)… all are welcome to share the love at The True Lovers Knot, a small site behind the traditional pub of the same name in the pretty village of Tarrant Keyneston.

Shack up here with whoever’s lucky enough to have made the cut and you’ll be well placed for all sorts of Dorset days out – there are loads of places to ride a bike, go for a walk or go fishing in the scenic surrounds of the Tarrant Valley, and you’re half an hour or so from the beaches around Bournemouth and Poole. Blandford Forum, four miles away, is your nearest town, but it’s also a doddle to get to Wimborne, Dorchester, Salisbury and lots of family-friendly attractions.

Pitching up behind a pub, of course, has the benefit of drinks and dinner awaiting your return, whatever you’ve ended up doing with your day. And what a range of foodie choices the pub has; they’re particularly proud of their pies, their local meats and their lengthy list of gluten-free options. A beer garden beckons on sunny days, and there’s a playground for the nippers to scamper around in.

Over at the pitches, there’s a loo and shower along with facilities to sort electricity and water supplies.

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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




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


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Hikers’ paradise


Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market


Pub campground

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Gray water hook-up for caravans


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  • Tarrant Keyneston, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England, DT11 9JG
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8413°N 2.0972°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Seldown Coach Station — 16.2 kilometres
St Johns Church — 16.7 kilometres
St Johns Church — 16.7 kilometres
Train stations
Hamworthy Rail Station — 14.0 kilometres
Holton Heath Rail Station — 14.5 kilometres
Poole Rail Station — 15.8 kilometres
Ferry ports
Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 16.4 kilometres
Poole Ferry Terminal — 16.5 kilometres
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 19.7 kilometres
Bournemouth International Airport — 20.0 kilometres


Take the B3082 towards Tarrant Keyneston. In the village turn right at the crossroads (if coming from Wimborne; left if coming from Blandford) and the entrance to the car park is the first turning on your left.

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

Trots around the Tarrant Valley are terribly scenic – a fave walk from the pub takes you on a trail to Tarrant Rushton (a mile away) to see its 14th-century church and World War II airfield. If you’d like a blast of sea air as you stroll, the South West Coast Path starts half an hour away in Poole (no need to follow its full 630-mile length; a shorter stretch is rewarding too).

Folks who don’t fancy a long journey can amuse themselves nearby sauntering through the elegant estate at Kingston Lacy House, imagining life as a giant at Wimborne Model Town or learning the finer points of beer making on a tour of the Hall & Woodhouse Brewery; all are within an easy 10-minute drive.

Look a little further afield and there’s heaps to keep you busy for days on end: with half an hour’s drive you can be on the beach in Bournemouth, giggling at the residents of Monkey World, admiring the armoury at The Tank Museum or boarding boat trips from Poole to Brownsea Island.

Must see

  • Kingston Lacy House and Gardens (5.4 kilometres)
  • Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (18.1 kilometres)
  • Adventure Wonderland (19.2 kilometres)

National Trust

  • White Mill (4.8 kilometres)
  • Kingston Lacy (5.7 kilometres)

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.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does The True Lovers Knot have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The True Lovers Knot dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The True Lovers Knot? Trots around the Tarrant Valley are terribly scenic – a fave walk from the pub takes you on a trail to Tarrant Rushton (a mile away) to see its 14th-century church and … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The True Lovers Knot?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

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 cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception is open from noon to 11 p.m. between 01/04 and 30/09 and between 01/10 and 31/03.

The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.