Camping with kids in Dorset – my tips! – Mail Online

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Last year we went camping to Dorset with a few friends who I’ve known since I was about 15. We has such a good time that we have done it again this year and we hope that it’s going to become an annual affair. Three families, one single chap and a dog hit Dorset.  

Here are our tips:

Swanage Beach is lovely. A big expanse of sand, good for swimming, digging big holes, lounging and beach cricket.

For a treat, lunch at The Pig On The Beach is fab and very child friendly (must book!)

Go fossil hunting and swimming on Kimmeridge Bay


Burnbake Campsite is lovely – you can camp under trees. We couldn’t get in this time as it was booked up.

Don’t take any gadgets with you – for a start you don’t want to be leaving tablets in tents, but it’s amazing how quickly screen-obsessed kids find something else to do when there aren’t any screens. Ours played for hours in their tents, in the nearby woods, and bought an awful lot of ‘snaps’ from the campsite shop!

Let your kids go a bit feral, it’s good for them to have some freedom – ours were like a big, bonded, slightly grubby gang by the time we left!

Buy pasties for lunch or dinner from the bakery in Corfe.

Corfe Castle is magical.

Take sun cream and hats even if the weather forecast doesn’t predict sun – things change fast by the coast.

Go for a swim in the sea – even if it’s chilly. It’s life affirming and the kids will love it if you go in too!


Don’t forget your towels like we did – I had to share my friend Tim’s (told you we go back a long way!)

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