Eco Adventure camping on Brownsea Island

Woman reading on beach on Brownsea Island, Dorset

For the first time since the campsite opened 50 years ago, the general public will have the opportunity to camp on Brownsea Island.

Our aim is to allow you to experience the beautiful tranquility and the nature on Brownsea Island outside of opening hours.  You can come across using the public boat service and walk to the campsite (20-30mins), or you can kayak, sail or paddle over from the mainland straight to the South Shore.

There are toilet and shower blocks but no supermarket in case you forget your supplies and you will need to transport all your luggage and equipment to the campsite yourself.  If you come by public boat this will involve a 20-30 mins walk once you are on the island.

Brownsea Island has 'SSSI' status meaning that we are a protected conservation area and it is of vital importance that public use of the campsite does not conflict with our values and conservation status.

"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.

Eco adventure camping will be available on the following dates:

22nd - 26th May (Mon-Fri)                  25th Aug - 8th Sept (Fri-Fri)

5th - 9th June (Mon-Fri)                      11th - 14th Sept (Mon-Thur)

12th - 13th June (Mon-Tue)                 18th - 22nd Sept (Mon-Fri)

                                                             25th - 29th Sept (Mon-Fri)

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 / 4.4MB) download

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

The many attractions of Brownsea Island are close by for the East dorset Association
Visitor watching deer on Brownsea Island, Dorset.