Family camps on Brownsea Island

Camping on Brownsea Island, Dorset

An exciting opportunity to bring your family to camp on Brownsea Island.

Family camp weekends give you the chance to enjoy the adventure of camping on the island, while having the peace of mind that the tent is provided and the cooking is taken care of.

What can I expect?

Your adventure starts when you catch a ferry from Poole Quay at 09:30 on Saturday morning. On arrival our team will meet you and direct you to the outdoor centre and the site of Lord Baden-Powell’s first Experimental camp in 1907.

Once here you will be issued your tent, we have lots of supporters around to help you set up your camp.

Activities including, archery, low ropes, wildlife activities and a water sports option are available to pre-book on both days.

We cook a campsite dinner on Saturday night which is followed by a traditional Scouting camp fire and sing song led by our team. On Sunday morning you will be treated to a hearty breakfast before getting on with your day, whether that be enjoying more of our activities, chilling out or exploring more of the island before a departure time of your choice.

We have 4 Family Camps scheduled for 2018 on the following dates:

June 16/17
June 23/24
September 8/9
September 15/16

Booking for Family Camp opens on 22 January 2018 so please call or email on or after that date.


Adult (including evening meal and breakfast) - £35

Adult (self-catered) - £23

Child (including evening meal and breakfast) - £29

Child (self-catered) - £19

Child under 4 (including evening meal and breakfast) - £6.50

Child under 4 (self-catered) - FREE

Equipment and facilities

The campsite is equipped with hot showers and a toilet block for campers, drinking water and a washing up area. The family camp price includes your entry to the island, tent hire and cooked evening meal and breakfast or catering equipment if you choose the self-catering option. 

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, leaving Poole Quay at 9.30am or Sandbanks at 10.00am on the Saturday morning. Please pack as light as possible, ensuring all your luggage is in one item per person.