Camping for groups

Camping on Brownsea Island, Dorset

Brownsea Island outdoor centre is located around the site where Lord Baden-Powell held his original camp in 1907. The campsite is open for group camping from 1st April to the end of September.

The campsite is open to all youth, community, special interest, corporate groups and schools.

How to book

All camping visits need to be booked in advance. To talk to the Group Booking team, please call 01202 707744 and select option 2, or email

The campsite

With its views over Poole Harbour and the Purbecks, the campsite is set around the very site that Lord Baden-Powell used for his experimental camp in 1907.

Equipment and facilities

The campsite is equipped with hot showers and a toilet block for campers, drinking water and a washing up area and a campfire area (subject to permission from the Duty Manager and dependant on fire risk on the day).

To make bringing your group as easy as possible, we have a range of equipment available to hire from tents to cooking equipment and dining shelters. 

Download list of available equipment and tents for hire here

Equipment & tent hire (PDF / 0.1MB) download

Cargo boat luggage transfer service

For larger groups (40-50+) who choose to bring their own equipment we offer a cargo boat transfer service on the Brownsea Seahorse (our landing craft vessel). Groups can load their kit directly onto a trailer on the Seahorse at the Sandbanks jetty or at Poole Quay and the Outdoor Centre team will then tow the trailer straight to the Outdoor Centre on Brownsea to reduce manual handling.

  • £120 - return transfer from Sandbanks
  • £240 - return transfer from Poole Quay

Getting here

Brownsea Island Ferries (01929 462383) and Greenslades Pleasure Boats (01202 631828) run the boat service from Poole Quay and Brownsea Island Ferries run the boat service from Sandbanks. You will need to book your boat crossing with the boat company who will be able to advise you on prices and luggage allowance. This is usually restricted to one piece of hand luggage per person plus 3 food crates per 10 people. 

Arriving on Brownsea

The campsite wardens aim to meet all groups on the quay as you arrive, however in busy periods we may have several groups arriving at the same time. If we are not there, the pier wardens will be able to advise you of where to take your group and luggage ready for us to transport luggage to the outdoor centre.

Some groups like to take on the challenge of walking and bringing their own luggage to the site. Please let us know if you would like your group to do this. 

When you arrive at the campsite, a centre warden will gather the group for an induction to the site.

We aim to make Brownsea Island and our services accessible for all. Please discuss with us any exceptional needs which the group or group members may have. 

Getting here (PDF / 0.2MB) download