Eco adventure camping

For the experienced camper who loves nature and the great outdoors.

Eco adventure camping is a low impact and environmentally considerate camping offer, meaning that you'll need to be self-sufficient, self-cater and leave a minimum footprint behind.

Stay on the island by yourself, or with family and friends during term time week days or over selected dates in the summer holidays. Catch the public boat service to the island and walk to the campsite, or kayak, sail or paddle over from the mainland straight to the South Shore. You will need to find your way to the campsite (a 20-30 minute walk from the quay) and transport all your luggage and equipment yourself and so with all this in mind, we encourage you to pack lightly.

"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)

Eco adventure camping prices 2019

  • Adult £22 per person per night
  • Child (5-17 yrs) £11 per person per night
  • Child 4yrs and under free


You can bring your own tents or hire one from us. Please bear in mind that this is not a glamping option and you will still need to pitch your own tents.  All tents will need to be booked in advance.

Tree tents and hammocks

Hire a pre-pitched tree tent (sleeps 3) or single hammock and have your own unique island adventure.

Both the tree tents and hammocks have built-in mosquito nets and are made with durable waterproof material. The hammock has a 3m x 3m waterproof tarp strapped over the top providing enough cover to store your camping gear underneath. The tree tent hire includes an additional 3 person tent for storage of kit.

This is a truly unique way to experience the dawn chorus and sunrise on Brownsea.


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

Use of your own transport

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.


The campsite will still be used by Scout, Guide and youth groups throughout the season. Public camping is not offered during peak times (including some half terms and holidays).

The following 2019 dates are available: 


Monday 1 – Thursday 18

Monday 22 – Tuesday 30


Wednesday 1 -  Friday 31


Saturday 1  -  Friday 7

Monday 10 - Friday 14

Monday 24 – Friday 28


Monday 1 - Friday 12

Monday 15 -  Sunday 21

August and September

Saturday 10 August – Friday 13 September

Monday 23 – Sunday 29