Camping on Brownsea IslandBrownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, BH13 7EE
About Camping on Brownsea IslandSpend 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 three main camping offers: Eco Adventure Camping for the experienced camper and people who love nature and the great outdoors, Brownsea Adventure Weekends for families who wish to camp and do activities on the island, or Group Camping which is primarily aimed at groups 15 persons and over such as scouts, guides, special interest, corporate groups and schools.
The campsite is open between April and September.
Online booking opens on 21 January 2019.
Dates for 2020 will be announced in November 2019.
Enquire and book
Call 01202 492161
Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Online booking for Eco Adventure Camping and Brownsea Adventure Weekends only.
2019 online bookings will be available from 21 January 2019.
Please note it’s quicker and easier to check availability for eco camping online.
Types of Accommodation
Features and facilities
- BBQ available
- Play area available
- Showers available
- Toilets available
- Washing-up area available
Notes for guests
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.
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.
We aim to meet all groups on arrival and transport kit up to the campsite for a small charge. 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. Brownsea Adventure Weekends campers’ luggage transfer is included in the camp fee.
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.
Similar places to stay
Ismore Coppice Campground is on the edge of the National Trust's Attingham Park estate. This simple, informal site, on the banks of the River Severn is popular with canoeists as it offers access directly onto the river.