Time for a Dorset staycation?


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This month I have been looking at different campsites to visit in Dorset. Many are still open in the autumn and some even open for short breaks over Christmas – it might make a lovely ‘staycation’ for half term!

Brewery Farm Campsite
Family-run Brewery Farm is near the village of Ansty. It is a small site, with a few lodges and a campsite (tents and caravans) which is open all year.

West Bay Campsite
This large campsite is near the stunning cliffs, beach and harbour of the Jurassic coast. It has an indoor pool and a playground that children will enjoy. You can bring your own caravan or camper or rent a tent or lodge, and there are glamping options if you fancy a bit of luxury. There is a special Halloween short break, and the park is closed between November and February.

Wood Farm Holiday Park
Wood Farm is in a rural setting with a fishing lake on site, and also has camping pods for a glamping alternative. There’s a wide range of activities for the whole family, including an indoor pool. Closed from the end of October.

South Lytchett Manor
As well as your own caravan or motorhome, at South Lytchett there’s the option to stay in a glamping pod, Shepherd’s Hut or traditional Romany caravan. They are open throughout December and into early January and have many special Christmas events like a market and carol services.

Sandford Holiday Park
Sandford is a wonderful place to camp out during the half term break – it’s in a quiet woodland setting and has beautiful beaches near by.The camping facilities are great for the whole family to enjoy for a long weekend.
The site is closed between November and February.

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