Ideally located in the Purbecks the site is a short distance from the centre of Wareham. We have the use of one of the playing fields and so the camping field is flat and has easy access. The bus stop in town provides journeys to Corfe Castle, Swanage, Poole & Bournemouth. There are local shops within easy reach. There is a market each Saturday morning on the Quayside. Local attractions include Arne Peninsula RSPB, Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Swanage steam railway, the chain ferry between Sandbanks & Studland.
Stewards Contact: Janet & Brian 07513409978
Price: £10.00 per unit night. Extra Adults £3.00 per person
Follow A351 Wareham to Weymouth road (Wareham By-pass). At the roundabout with the junction of the A352 signposted Weymouth turn left towards Wareham town centre. Go straight across the traffic lights in the centre of the town into East St. Continue into Bestwall Rd. The site is on the left at the end of the lane. Look for the NFDA signs. Do not use your Satellite Navigation equipment as the left turn at the traffic lights is very sharp and not suitable for long units. Own san is essential. Booking is neither available nor necessary
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 market on Saturday on the Quay and a Produce Market at the United Reformed Church in Church Street. Here you can catch a bus to Weymouth & the Jurassic coast and beyond.
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.
13 miles east of the site, Poole is a working port with many interesting features. The quay provides fascinating views of shipping into the container port, 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.
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 and is backed by a pedestrianised promenade. The multiplex cinema provides up to date films and two theatres run summer shows. Many nightclubs and pubs provide entertainment for the night owls.
Weymouth, Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage currently stage weekly firework displays.
This is only 6 miles from the site. Much publicised on TV, this famous animal park keeps many large apes – mainly rescued – in ideal, large surroundings.
BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM
Near Monkey World, this filling five large halls, this Museum houses the world’s largest and finest collection of tanks and armoured vehicles from over 26 countries. A must for the boys! There are often Live displays throughout the summer.
Take a trip back in time and visit the Steam Railway. The small station is at Norden which is just 4 miles from the campsite and the Steam train will drop you off almost on the beach in Swanage
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!
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.