Eco Adventure Camping on Brownsea Island

Woman reading on beach on Brownsea Island, Dorset

Following the success of it's launch in 2017, we are offering the opportunity again for the general public to come and stay on the campsite with our Eco Adventure Camping offer.

Our aim is to allow you to experience the beautiful tranquility and the nature on Brownsea Island outside of opening hours.  Catch the public boat service to the island and walk to the campsite, or kayak, sail or paddle over from the mainland straight to the South Shore.

Eco Adventure Camping is for the experienced camper who loves nature and the great outdoors. It is a low impact and environmentally considerate camping offer, meaning that you'll need to be self-sufficient, self-cater and leave a minimum footprint behind.  You will need to find your way to the campsite (a 20-30 minute walk from the quay) and transport all your luggage and equipment yourself and so with all this in mind, we encourage you to pack lightly!

"My wife and I had a wonderful time on Brownsea. It was really convenient to come by boat. The camping area was perfect - almost deserted! The facilities were first class. The service and welcome from NT volunteers and staff was excellent.  We would love to come again!"

Ewart Wooldridge (Eco Adventure camper, July 2017)


You can bring your own tents or hire one from us. Please bear in mind that this is not a glamping option and you will still need to pitch your own tents.  All tents will need to be booked in advance.


The campsite will still be used by Scout, Guide and youth groups throughout the season and public camping is not offered during peak times for these groups.

The following dates are available:

April 17 - 20, 23 - 27, 30 – May 2 (Mon, Tues, Wed)
May 7 - 11, 14 - 18
June 4 - 8, 11 – 13 (Mon, Tues, Wed)
July 2 –  6, 9-13
August 23 –  Sept  7*
September 10 - 14, 17 - 21 & 24 - 28

*NB. If you are booking for Eco Adventure Camping for Families between August 23 and September 2 , each family will need to complete a separate booking form. This offer is not a structured camp like our Family Camps in June and September so please be aware that we will expect you to be self-catered and pack lightly.

Use of your own transport

If you would like to come in your own boat you can arrive directly at the campsite on the South Shore. There is a slip that campers can use to haul canoes and kayaks up from the beach to the lower camping pitches.  Please be advised that boats are kept on site at your own risk. For safety information and a map of Poole Harbour with Canoe/Kayak routes, please download the following leaflet:

Canoeing in Poole Harbour (PDF / 4.4287109375MB) download

Anybody wanting to camp must pre-book by emailing our group booking at or calling 01202 492161

Camping at Brownsea Island
Camping at Brownsea Island
Camping at Brownsea Island