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If you really want to get the most out of your holiday in Dorset then you can't beat packing your tent and going camping. The joys of long days in the great outdoors and nights under the stars are the stuff of childhood memories. There are no shortage of great campsites in Dorset both on the farm and by the coast.

Gold Hill, Dorset cottages

Of course going camping has come a long way in recent years both in terms of popularity and facilities. Long gone are the days when a campsite meant a field on a slope which you might have to share with a herd of cows. These days campsites have a fantastic array of facilities with hot showers, electric hook ups and internet access the norm. Many of the bigger campsites have swimming pools or alternatively you could find one offering camping by the beach. Good news for pooches too, many of these offer dog friendly camping.

With the advent of glamping much of the effort and hardship of camping has been eliminated. Combining glamour and camping, the glamping experience saves you the effort (and potential disaster) of pitching up your tent. The yurts, bell-tents, safari tents, camping pods, tipis, or whatever luxury canvas you choose to sleep under are all set up and ready to go when you arrive. Just imagine it, coming in from cooking your sausages on the open fire to crash out on your comfy bed!
In the old days, if you wanted this kind of luxury you had to rent a caravan and the good news is you still can. There are quite a few caravan sites in Dorset including several Caravan Club approved sites.

If you're looking for a bit more mobility and fleibility then you may be looking for a cool campsite where you can park up your campervan. Oh, you don't have a camper van?! Not a problem. There are several campervan hire companies based in dorset that are more than happy to supply you with a classiv VW camper or modern motorhome with all the home comforts.

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Camping and caravan parks

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Deep in the heart of Thomas Hardy's rural Dorset, Dorset Country Holidays Glamping offer an exclusive range of glamping accommodation on the holiday park nestled at the foot of the forestry commission wooded hill in the centre of what Hardy called 'the va
Based in Portland, Dorset with breathtaking views from Portland Bill to Weymouth Bay.
This luxury 2 Bedroom Nordstar is situated on the Castle Cove Caravan Park, a unique privately owned site of 12 caravans on the Jurassic Coast between Weymouth and the Isle of Portland adjacent to the historic Sandsfoot Castle and Gardens.
Sandyholme Holiday Park nestles on the edge of the picturesque villages of Owermoigne and Moreton in West Dorset, and is pleasantly secluded and surrounded by trees.
Graston Copse Holiday Park is quietly situated on the northern edge of the lovely village of Burton Bradstock which is located at the westerly end of Chesil Beach
Golden Cap Holiday Park is situated in the seaside village of Seatown, Chideock, 150 metres from the quiet shingle beach, well known for its beach fishing, and about 2 miles from the busy market town of Bridport in West Dorset.
Highlands End Holiday Park is a family run Holiday Park located in the delightful small village of Eype, situated on the World Heritage Coast just outside the busy market town of Bridport in West Dorset. It offers Caravans for sale and hire, Touring and C
Old Bidlake Farm is a smallholding situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as the Marshwood Vale, three miles from the Jurassic Coast. We offer the chance of sleeping under canvas, close to nature and free from the stresses of modern life.
A family-friendly campsite in the popular tourist haunt of Worth Matravers.
At a-break-away our aim is to provide you with the ideal home from home holiday experience. We are set on the 5 star Chesil Vista Holiday park overlooking The Fleet and Portland Harbour, the Olympic venue for the 2012 sailing events
2,4 and 6 Berth motorhomes for hire. short weekends, weekly, fortnightly or long term hire available
Fantastic family holidays on Chesil Beach
Family camping park near to Weymouth, camping, fishing and riding stables
10 exclusive camping pitches for adults and tents set in a glorious field overlooking a wooded valley. Superb and easy to use facilities. Just 5 minutes drive from seaside town of Lyme Regis & 3 mins drive from River Cottage HQ. Handy for Axminster. Ne
A family oriented, multi award winning caravan park. Touring and camping areas with electric hook ups and toilet block with family bathroom, disabled showers, free hot showers and laundrette. The Olde Carte Shed serves breakfasts, lunches, evening meals a
A 5 star rated Holiday Park. Luxury 6 and 8 berth holiday homes and extensive facilities including childrens play areas, sports & leisure facilities, mini market, diner and laundrette.
A friendly, family welcome for Touring Vans, Motor Vans and Tents. Facilities include bar/grill, mini supermarket, launderette, off licence, plus toilet, shower & bathroom blocks. Disabled facilities also available. Children and Pets Welcome.
Kids love camping at West Fleet, with its outdoor pool, family clubhouse, and space to play.
Sea Barn Farm is probably the most beautiful licensed camping park in Dorset. Its spectacular views of the Fleet Lagoon, Lyme Bay and World Heritage Jurassic Coast are breathtaking.
A small secluded site overlooking Portland Harbour, with its own private access to a safe, sandy beach. Caravans available are 2 bedroomed, 6 berth and fully equipped.
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