Camping on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, BH13 7EE
Camping at Brownsea Island
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 stay from1 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 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

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

    Island entry: Island entry is included with all camping fees.

    Places / Pitches: 200 places / 12 pitches

    Transport: The last boat leave both Sandbanks and Poole Quay at 4.30pm. We advise you arrive on or before the 4pm boat. The boat fare is additional.

    Parking: There is no parking available on Brownsea Island. 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.

    Hazards: Arrival to the Island is via boat and 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 such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

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.

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