Dorset Country Activities & Attractions

Whether you are coming to our Dorset glamping site for a rural glamping holiday, looking for a family glamping holiday in the Dorset countryside or joining us for a romantic getaway in rural Dorset, our holiday park and glamping site is brilliantly situated to offer a variety of activities and attractions.

World Heritage Sites
Here in Dorset we are spoilt for choice when it comes to world heritage sites within easy reach of our glamping site. Whether your interest is The Jurassic Coast, The city of Bath or Stone Henge, all of which are approximately under an hours drive from us.

Dorset Walks
Our glamping site is nestled at the foot of Duncliffe Wood, an ancient woodland managed by the Woodland Trust. Duncliffe is open to the public and is perfect for dog walking, an adventurous trip for families with children or a romantic picnic with a loved one. There are many walks through the woods and the vista offers views right across Dorset. In season, Duncliffe is known as one of the Dorset bluebell woods in April and May. 

Other good local walks include Hambledon Hill, a prehistoric hill fort, and Bulbarrow, one of the highest hills in Dorset, offering views across Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon. The North Dorset Trailway, and the Wessex Ridgeway are other, more level walks which can also be cycled or ridden.

Activities & Attrations for Couples
The surrounding area is wonderful for couples to relax and get-away from it all. Here are just some options available while staying with us:

  • Bath Therma Spa
  • Fishing
  • Massage
  • Beauty treatment
  • Golf
  • Longleat House
  • Stour head house & gardens

Activities for the energetic
We know that resting in the tranquil countryside is not everyones cup of tea and that some people unwind by filling the day with high adrenaline activities or some gentle exercise so heres a list of activities for the more energetic amoungst our guests (pleas note some of these activites do require minimum numbers):

  • Fitness centre (on site)
  • Horse riding
  • Paint balling
  • Laser shooting

Local towns
Shaftesbury
in Dorset, is one of the oldest, and highest, towns in England, evoking old world charm. Riddly Scott's directorial debut was here during the filiming of the Hovis advert on Gold Hill situated behind the town hall. Many mistakenly believe that the cobbled hill featured in the advert is in Yorkshire but you too can walk up it an feel like the bakers delivery boy, but you are welcome to have a cup of tea at the cafe when you reach the top. Shaftesbury also has a fascinating Abbey ruin that was once the seat for royals and the most powerful Abbey in the country.

Gillingham in Dorset, is a great place for some local night life. It has a number of pubs, two bars and a night club. 

Sherborne in Dorset, is known for it's Abbey and Castle.

Wincanton in Somerset has a lovely racecourse.

Salisbury in Wiltshire, is known world wide for it's medieval Cathedral and is very close to the world heritage site of Stonehenge. A local city with a race course and good night life it is also easily accessible from Gillingham train station (just 2 stops) two miles down the road.

Yeovil in Somerset, is a large town with good entertainment facilities for families such as bowling, arcade games, cinema and theater as well as with a vibrant night life including pubs, bars and night clubs. This is another country town that is easily accessible by train from our glamping site.

EVENTS... In and around the area

May

9th May                         Dream Machines, Poole Quay
14th May                       Shaftesbury Festival
19th -21st May              Poole Harbour Boat Show
20th May                       Meet the Ranger, Studland Beach
21st May                       Heathland Hullabaloo, Knoll Beach
28th May                       Poole Regatta, Poole harbour
29th May                       Sherborne Castle Country Fair


June

4th June                        Simply Porsche, Beaulieu
6th June                        Dream Machines, Poole Quay
10th June                      Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
10th June                      Falconry at Corfe Castle
10th-11th June             Cheese & Chilli Festival, Christchurch
11th June                      Kingston Maurward Country Fair
13th June                      Dream Machines, Poole Quay
24th-25th June             Tankfest, Bovington
30th June - 2nd July     Shaftesbury Fringe Festival



Family Activities & Attractions
There are many attractions in Dorset and the surrounding countryside of both both national and international aclaim, making our holiday park the perfect place to stay whilst you visit attractions in Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and even Avon.

Some of the most popular locations for guests to visit are:

  • Shaftesbury Swimming pool (5 mins)
  • Shaftesbury, Dorset (5 mins)
  • Soft Play Centre (5 mins)
  • Sherborne Castle, Dorset
  • Farmer Giles (approx 15 mins)
  • Cerne Abbas Giant
  • Compton Abbas Airfield
  • Stonehenge (approx 30 mins)
  • Stourhead House & Gardens (approx 30 mins)
  • Terracotta Warriors Museum (approx 30 mins)
  • The Teddy Bear Museum (approx 30 mins)
  • Dinosaur Museum (approx 30 mins)
  • Farmer Palmers Farm Park (approx 30 mins)
  • Fleet air Arm Museum, Dorset (approx 30 mins)
  • Great Dorset Steam Fair
  • Haynes International Motor Museum (approx 30 mins)
  • Larmer Tree Gardens (approx 30 mins)
  • Longleat house & safari park (approx 30 mins)
  • Lulworth castle (approx 35 mins)
  • Monkey World
  • Moors Valley Country Park
  • New Forest National Park
  • Old Wardour Castle
  • Paultons Park
  • Salisbury Catherdral (approx 40 mins)
  • Tolpuddle martyrs museum (approx 40 mins)
  • Poole, Dorset
  • Adventure Wonderland (approx 50 mins)
  • Beaulieu Motor Museum
  • Bournemouth beach, Dorset (aprox 50 mins)
  • Bovington tank Museum
  • Pythouse Garden shop & Cafe
  • Bath city
  • Tutankhamun Exhibition (approx 50 mins)
  • Splashdown Water Park (approx 50 mins)
  • Snowtrax
  • Peppa Pig World (approx 60 mins)
  • Abbotsbury Swannery (approx 60 mins)
  • Corfe Castle (approx 60 mins)
  • Weymouth, Dorset
  • Sea Life Advernture Park (approx 60 mins)
  • Portland Castle (approx 60 mins)
  • Swanage Steam Railway
  • The Tank Museum (approx 60 mins)
  • Wookey Hole Caves (approx 60 mins)

For further details on individaul attractions in the area please speak to the attraction directly.

 

  July

30th June - 2nd July     Shaftesbury Fringe Festival
2nd July                        Gold Hill Fair
8th July '17                   Yeovilton International Air Show
7th-8th July                  British Beach Polo Championships
8th-9th July                  Pommery Dorset Sea Food Festival

August

5th-6th August            The Great Dorset Chilli Festival
16th August                 Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show
24th - 28th August      The Great Dorset Steam Fair
2nd-3rd Sept               The Dorset County Show
9th-10th Sept              Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
30th Sept                     Shaftesbury Carnival

October

7th October                 Gillingham Carnival


 

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