Eco 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.

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

Facilities

There are toilet and hot shower facilities as well as sheltered cooking stations and dining areas set up for communal use.

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.

Prices

Prices are per item per night. Tents and hammocks are self-pitch. Tree tents are pre-pitched.

  • 1 person hammock £5.50
  • 3 person dome tent £5.85
  • 5 person dome tent £10
  • 6 person tunnel tent £15
  • 3 person tree tent £30 (pre pitched)

Availability

May 2019

  • Wednesday 1 - Friday 31

June 2019

  • Saturday 1 - Friday 7
  • Monday 10 - Friday 14
  • Monday 24 - Friday 28

July 2019

  • Monday 1 - Friday 12
  • Monday 15 – Sunday 21

August 2019 **Tree tents now fully booked**

  • Saturday 10 - Friday 13 September

September 2019

  • Monday 17 – Sunday 29

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