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

For the seasoned camper this is a low impact, back to basics opportunity to spend time soaking up the natural sights and sounds of Brownsea. 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.

"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)

Camping equipment

You can bring your own tents or hire one of ours, you just need to book it in advance (please bear in mind that this is not a glamping option and you will need to pitch your own tents).

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 and the tree tent hire includes an additional 3 person tent for storage of kit.

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 and dining areas 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.

How to get here

Catch the public ferry service to the island 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, you will need to find your way to the campsite which is a 20-25-minute walk from the quay.

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 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. Arrivals by your own boat must be pre-arranged with the bookings team.


Camp fees – prices are per person per night.

• Adult £23.50

• Child (5-17yrs) £12

• Child (4 and under) free

3 person tents and hammocks are self-pitch. Prices are per item per night.

• 1 person hammock £7

• 3 person dome tent £7

Tree tent pitches – price per night

We have only 3 tree tent pitches available (each tent sleeps 3 people, minimum age 3 years). 

• £50

Price of £50 includes 1 x pre pitched tent, camp fees for 1 adult and a small storage tent.

Additional adults and children will need to pay additional camp fees listed above – per person per night.

Availability 2020 - online booking will be open from 20 January 2020

Please note the campsite will be used by Scout, Guide and youth groups throughout the 2020 Spring and Summer season. Public camping is not offered during peak times.


  • Monday 13 –Friday 17 (Check out Friday morning)
  • Monday 21 – Friday 1 May (Check out Friday morning)


  • Monday 4 – Friday 8 (Check out Friday morning)
  • Monday 11 – Friday 15 (Check out Friday morning)
  • Monday 18 – Friday 22 (Check out Friday morning)

Adventure Camping is not available during May Half term.


  • Friday 5 – Friday 12 (Check out Friday morning)
  • Monday 29 – Friday 3 July (Check out Friday morning)


  • Monday 6 – Monday 20 (Check out Monday morning)


  • Saturday 29 – Friday 11 September (Check out Friday morning)


  • Tuesday 1 – Friday 11 (Check out Friday morning) 
  • Monday 14 – Friday 18 (Check out Friday morning)
  • Monday 21 – Wednesday 30 (Check out Wednesday morning)