Brownsea adventure weekends

Make the most of the long summer evenings with a family adventure on Brownsea Island. With lots of family activities available and a campsite overlooking the sea, Brownsea adventure weekends are tailor made for time well spent in the outdoors.

As the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement, Brownsea Island is the perfect place to sample the Scouting life and spend a night under the stars.  The Outdoor Centre campsite is located on the South Shore of the island, with beach access and views over the water to the Purbeck hills.

Things to see and do over the weekend

The island is your home for the night, and there are plenty of walks and habitats to explore. To help you make the most of your visit, there are some pre planned activities included in the price, as well as some additional bookable activities for you to take your pick from.

On the Saturday night we will be preparing a campfire at the campfire pit and providing marshmallows for toasting. Feel free to lead your own singalongs if the mood takes you!

On both Saturday and Sunday there’s an opportunity join a free guided nature walk with one of our Rangers to learn more about the island’s protected habitats, with the added challenge to spot various animals including the famous red squirrels and sika deer.

Bookable activities

Over the course of the weekend there will be lots of activities on offer; swing into action on the low ropes course, take aim on the archery range, or join a Ranger led coastal ramble. Whatever the age, there's plenty to keep little legs busy.

  • Low ropes course
  • Archery range
  • Coastal ramble
  • Big Canoe
  • Adventure weekend pack and night time safari pack

If the weather’s nice, Big Canoe is a firm favourite; help launch one of these unique canoes from the South Shore of the Island and paddle around Poole Harbour.

Activities start from £5 per person and need to be booked prior to your stay. More information will be provided at the time of booking.

Group activities on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Group activities on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Group activities on Brownsea Island, Dorset

Hiring a self-led pack

The Adventure Weekend Pack includes all our island trails, colouring in sheets, animal tracking and ID sheets, as well as a deck of cards, mini raft building on the beach, a frisbee and plenty of other activities to keep your family entertained on Brownsea. 

The Night time Safari Pack helps you explore a different side to Brownsea island’s wildlife as the sun starts to set and all other island visitors head home. These packs contain star charts, tips on which species to look for including glow worms, nightjars and looking for the eyeshine of sika deer in the woodlands. 

Self-led packs are £15 per pack and are limited in terms of availability. All information on how to book activities will be sent to you once we’ve confirmed your booking.


The weekend is self-catered, but we have lots of recipe ideas on hand to help you plan your meals for the family.  Self-catering also providing you with the freedom to plan meal times around your activities.

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.

More information including activities, how to get here and equipment hire will be arranged at the time of your booking.


  • Adult £24 per person per night
  • Child (5-17 yrs) £20 per person per night
  • Child (0-4) free

Cost includes marshmallows for toasting on a campfire and a place on a nature guided walk on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.

Other activities will carry an additional charge and will be available to book after your camping has been confirmed.


*Please note that tree tents are now fully booked for all weekends*

  • Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 June 2019
  • Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 June 2019 Fully booked
  • Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 July 2019
  • Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 September 2019

Activities booking form 29 - 30 June 2019

Activities booking form 13 - 14 July 2019

Activities booking form 14 - 15 September 2019

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