Camping on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, BH13 7EE
Camping at Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island, Dorset
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Red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset.
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Red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset
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At-a-glance details

  • Type of accommodation Tents Tree Tents
  • No of places / pitches200
  • Seasons
    1 April 2018 - 30 September 2018
  • Minimum stay1 night(s)
  • Dogs welcome per pitch0

About Camping on Brownsea Island

Spend a night under the stars on the spot where the first Scouts camped over 100 years ago.

This unique campsite is nestled on the south side of Brownsea island overlooking the rolling Purbeck hills and is easily accessed by using a variety of pathways across the island. Your efforts will be rewarded by breathtaking views and a possible red squirrel sighting. You will find showers, toilets and drinking water but no food shopping facilities are available. 

This wildlife haven with its lagoons, lakes and reed beds offers sanctuary to a vast number of birds while the woodlands are home to red squirrels and Sika deer. Staying on the island offers the chance to enjoy the setting at either end of the day when the majority of visitors have departed.

There are two main camping offers: Eco Adventure Camping for the experienced camper and people who love nature and the great outdoors, or Group Camping which is primarily aimed at groups 15 persons and over such as scouts, guides, special interest, corporate groups and schools.

Enquire and book

Call 01202 492161

Opening times

Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 16:00

Online booking for eco camping only. Group bookings please phone or email.

Please note it’s quicker and easier to check availability for eco camping online.

Email brownseagroupbooking@nationaltrust.org.uk

Types of Accommodation

Features and facilities

  • BBQ available
  • Play area available
  • Showers available
  • Toilets available
  • Washing-up area available

Additional Information

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Campsite Rules 

To ensure everyone who stays at Brownsea Island campsite has a great holiday, we have a few simple site rules.

Notes for guests

    Camping enquiries
    01202 492161

    Group Camping
    Defined by 15 or more persons camping at one time, primarily aimed at scouts, guides, special interest, corporate groups and schools. If you are in any doubt please contact Group Bookings/ Campsite Enquiries on 01202 492161.

    One night stays
     Available on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability.

    Getting to and from the island
    The only way to access the island is by passenger ferry. Public boats run between April and October (and a private service runs between October and March). The last public boats leave both Sandbanks and Poole Quay at 4.30pm. We advise you arrive on or before the 4pm boat. The boat fare is additional.

    Arriving by private boat
     You are welcome to arrive by sailboat, canoe or kayak but this will need to be pre-arranged.

    Parking
     There is no parking available on Brownsea Island and access is by passenger ferry only. The nearest parking is the main pay and display car parks at Sandbanks and Poole and they are a 10 -15 minute walk to the ferry.

    Transport
    We aim to meet all groups on arrival and transport kit up to the campsite. Eco Adventure Campers will be expected to manage their own arrival, including signing in, finding their way to the campsite and transporting all their kit.

    Hazards
     As arrival to the Island is via boat, visitors must be able to independently transfer from the boat onto the jetty. The campsite is close to the sea and cliffs.

     

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 Acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level through to 5 Acorns at the highest level. Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose, safe and clean. Running water and a WC are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities (details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage). Bedding, linen and towels are supplied (with a few exceptions, which is again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. Generally a 1 acorn cottage does not have wifi. Examples of a 1 acorn offer include Cartref, Wales and Rosedene, Worcestershire.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high sleeps to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 acorn cottages have wifi and, similar to a 1 Acorn cottage, the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic in their offer. All 2 (and higher) Acorn cottages supply bedding, linen and towels. Examples of a 2 acorn offer include Engine Cottage, Cornwall and High Hallgarth, Cumbria.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small sized kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage. Examples of a 3 acorn cottage include the Mustard Pot Cottage, Norfolk and Rose Cottage, Isle of Wight.

4 Acorn: these cottage have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally it is likely to have added comfort extras. The ratio of bathrooms to guests will be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers as opposed to over bath showers. Examples of a 4 Acorn offer include Portland House, Dorset and Stepper View, Cornwall.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage. This is the highest offer available. The furniture is of high standard, and has real comfort for modern living. Examples of a 5 Acorn cottage include The Old Rectory, South Wales and West Gate Lodge, Yorkshire.

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