The site is an open rural family-run campsite for touring caravans, motorhomes, trailer-tents and tents, three miles drive from Wareham town, with direct access into Wareham Forest and centrally located in an ideal position for exploring Dorset and the Jurassic Coast. There are two toilet & shower blocks, shop, security barrier system, large separate games field, play area, paddling pool for the children & direct access into the forest for dog walks and general exploring! The THS is before our very popular Feast of Lanterns meet and there is a small period in-between. Unlike last year booking is NOT ESSENTIAL but we do ask you to call the stewards for availability and provide your vehicle registration number for security purposes. Your stewards are Janet 07513409978 or Colin 07928652832
£11.00 per unit night to include 2 adults, children & Electric. Non Electric £9.00. Extra adults £3.00 per person
The site is located on a good, straight, unclassified road called the Bere Road, half way between Wareham and Bere Regis.
From Poole (A35/A351) or Dorchester/Wool (A352/A351):
On the north side of the railway line at Wareham on A351, at the roundabout follow the road signposted Bere Regis. Follow the road down to a second roundabout take the third exit onto Bere Road. Follow Bere Road for about 2 miles. You will pass the Silent Woman pub on your left. Birchwood Tourist Park is the second Park along the road, being the first on the right hand side.
From Dorchester (A35), or Wimborne (A31):
At the Bere Regis roundabout at the Shell Petrol Garage, take the A35 exit sign posted towards Poole. At the next smaller roundabout take the first exit. Follow the A35 towards Poole for about a mile. Turn right at the sign post to Wareham with a brown caravan sign (with three distances on it). This takes you off the A35 onto Sugar Hill, follow the long straight road (Bere Road) through the forest for nearly 3 miles. Birchwood Tourist Park is second Park along the road on the left hand side.
The New Forest D.A. welcome you to this Holiday Site in delightful Dorset on the edge of the Purbecks and in Wareham Forest
The site includes mains water, dry waste and toilet disposal. There are 2 toilet/shower blocks which we have full use of. All types of units are welcome. Advanced booking is essential. Please Note: Unoccupied units are not allowed to remain on site overnight. The site has a registration recognition security barrier so your number plate details must be correct on your booking form and if you change vehicles please make sure you notify us in advance of your arrival. The ehu is 10amp. there is an Information shed with lots of leaflets giving ideas of things to do in the area.
A short walk down the road back towards Wareham you will find The Silent Woman PH There is often food available on site but you need to check their information boards for this. Fish & Chips and other restaurants are in Wareham Town
Ancient town and former royal borough, the charming market town of Wareham is a veritable delight wherever you look at any time of the year. Between the rivers Frome and Piddle, the attractive gateway to the Isle of Purbeck was a major port until the Middle Ages. Now Wareham is a thriving market town, happily combining the old and the new for locals and visitors alike. Throughout the year there is a small market on Saturday on the Quay
The County town of Dorchester is forty minutes by car. It is of Roman origin with the name of Durnovaria. There are many relics of the Roman age to be seen in the County Museum, Colliton Park, the earthworks at Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and two miles west at Maiden Castle. There are associations with Hardy with a reconstruction of his study in the Museum and statue at the end of the town. A statue of William Barnes – clergyman, poet, and champion of the Dorset dialect – is in front of St. Peter’s church. The infamous Judge Jeffreys is remembered where he lodged, a picturesque half-timbered building, now a pub and restaurant. In keeping with modern times. The main shopping area is pedestrianised. Shops include supermarkets and most of the multi-nationals. There is a large market held in Dorchester every Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A traditional seaside town perfect for families wanting sand, donkey rides, Punch and Judy and safe, shallow bathing in the sandy bay. Sightseeing and sea-fishing boat trips are available from the quay. Seaside shows are performed at the theatre and there is a Sea Life centre for additional interest. The South-West Way coastal path runs from Weymouth west to Abbotsbury and beyond, and east through Osmington, Ringstead, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and on to Swanage, which has the added attraction of steam trains through to Corfe Castle, a village dominated by the Castle standing over it. The coast continues to Studland Bay with large expanses of sand and sea. Inland are the Purbeck hills with footpaths giving panoramic views over the area.
This is only 6 miles from the site. Much publicised on TV, this famous animal park is home to over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes – in 65 acres of ideal, large surroundings.
BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM:
Near Monkey World, this Museum houses the world’s largest and finest collection of tanks and armoured vehicles from over 26 countries. The many displays are a must for the boys!
9 miles from the site, Poole is a working port with many interesting features. The quay provides fascinating views of shipping into the container port, the new gigantic Condor Fast CAT to the Channel Islands and cross channel ferries together with many leisure boating activities. Harbour boat trips are available and trips to Brownsea Island (National Trust) can be made – a peaceful island where red squirrels live and home to a sea bird sanctuary. There are many varied restaurants along the quay and adjacent side streets.
Tower Park on the outskirts of Poole has a large entertainment complex. Here you will find, Splashdown waterpark & swimming pool (open Tues to Sun), Bowlplex for ten pin bowling, 10 Screen Cinema complex, children’s soft play area and a large range of restaurants. On the same site is a Supermarket & petrol station.
5 miles further east, Bournemouth is a sophisticated resort with beach, shops and nightlife. The sandy beach stretches to the east and west of the central pier. Theatres run summer shows, many nightclubs and pubs provide entertainment for the night owls.
Take a trip back in time and visit the Steam Railway. The small station at Norden has a Park & Ride facility. The Steam train will drop you off in Swanage, a short walk through the town takes you to the beach.
The sandy stretches of Studland Beach are excellent for family bathing, with extensive sloping beaches and shallow waters safe for children. Just one small note of warning - there is a dedicated section for use by naturists towards the northern end, but there is plenty of beach left for everyone else!
Travel a little further east and you will find the chain ferry which will take you over to Sandbanks and Poole.
ARNE PENINSULA RSPB
The Arne Nature Reserve, owned by the RSPB, is considered one of England’s most important nature reserves. It covers around 1300 acres encompassing the three main habitats on the peninsula - estuary, heathland and woodland - and is home to the Dartford Warbler. Arne Nature Reserve is a safe environment for family walks with viewpoints offering panoramic views across Poole Harbour.
All this – and much more – makes Wareham a perfect site for a holiday in Dorset. The New Forest D.A. team look forward to your stay with them, and will do their best to make your visit a happy and memorable one. We are open from Sunday 2nd October 2pm until Sunday 16th October 2pm