Adventure camping

Experience the peace and tranquillity of Brownsea Island on a campsite steeped in history, surrounded by sheltered woodlands, sea views and rare wildlife.

The experience

Camping on Brownsea Island is a unique adventure experience.  This is a low impact, back to basics opportunity to spend time soaking up the natural sights and sounds of the island. You can stay on the island by yourself or gather friends and family together for a real group adventure. The island is your home for the night, and with several protected wildlife habitats on your doorstep and dramatic harbour views, there’s plenty to explore and enjoy when all other visitors have gone home.

Brownsea’s picturesque setting means keen photographers are bound to capture glorious sunrises and sunsets, without even unzipping their sleeping bags.

Camping equipment

You can bring your own tent or hire one of ours (to set up yourself). Each pitch will have access to a field kitchen where you can cook your meals. It is not permissible to carry camp cookers and fuel on our boats so please do not bring these with you for your stay.

To lighten your packing list, we also include in the price of your pitch the use of cooking equipment which we provide to you upon check in. This will include all the equipment you will need for cooking and preparing food, but you will need to bring your own personal items such as cutlery and crockery. We ask that you please wash up everything you use and return it to us in a clean and complete condition.

Tree tents and hammocks

Fancy trying something a little different? Why not hang out in style and hire a pre-pitched tree tent (sleeps 3) or single hammock? Both have built-in mosquito nets and are made with durable waterproof material keeping you warm and comfortable. The hammock has a 3m x 3m waterproof tarp strapped over the top providing enough cover to store your camping gear underneath.

Please be advised that the minimum age to stay in a tree tent is 3 years old.

Camping on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Camping on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Camping on Brownsea Island, Dorset


There are toilet and hot shower facilities as well as sheltered cooking stations set up for communal use. Please note there is a no open flame policy on the island and so no campfires, BBQs or candles are allowed.

Island facilities

Brownsea Island does not have a shop, so you will need to bring food for your stay with you. We would recommend pre-made, dehydrated camping meals for convenience and to keep your packing list light. There is a small café on the island which is open from 10:00- 17:00, where you can buy hot food and drinks.

How to get here

Poole railway station with services from London Waterloo is a short walk from Poole Quay where you can get a ferry direct to the island. Overnight parking is also available at the nearby public carpark.

Book your ferry crossing and walk to the campsite, or kayak, sail or paddle over from the mainland straight to the South Shore. If you arrive by public ferry, it’s a 20-25-minute walk from the quay. As you will be responsible for carrying your own equipment to the campsite, we advise travelling light or hiring a tent from us. The cost of the ferry is not included in your campsite booking.

Arriving in your own boat

If you would like to come in your own boat, you can arrive directly at the campsite on the South Shore. There is a slipway 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. Please arrive before 17:00 so we can check you in to the campsite and provide you with any pre-booked equipment before our reception closes for the day.

The bell tent at Brownsea Island Campsite, Dorset

Packing List and Tips 

Here's a list of what you'll need to pack for your stay at Brownsea Island Campsite