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 two main camping offers: 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
Following government guidance in England, all campsites in England will remain closed until 16 May 2021 inclusive.
We are currently working on getting the campsite open to take bookings for the 2021 season. We will indicate here when it goes live.
Why book with us?
- Unrivalled locations
- Free entry to our places
- Award winning customer service
- Help us care for nature, beauty and history
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- Postpone or refund with no admin fee
- Enhanced cleaning regime
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Types of Accommodation
Features and facilities
- BBQ available
- Play area available
- Showers available
- Toilets available
- Washing-up area available
Notes for guests
Group Camping: Defined by 15 or more persons camping at one time for Scouts and Guides association groups.
Adventure Camping: Public camping aimed at primarily friend groups, families and individuals at restricted times of year.
Two 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 you will need to pre-book your arrival boat. Return boats must be pre-booked but can be done so from the campsite. If you intend using these boats (essential unless you’re bringing your own) then tickets should be ordered and paid for when booking camping. Arrival boats run in the afternoon. Departure boats run in the morning only.
Arriving by private boat: You are welcome to arrive by sailboat, canoe or kayak.
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 Poole - a 10 -15 minute walk to the ferry at Poole Quay.
Transport: We aim to meet all groups on arrival and may be able to transport kit up to the campsite for a small charge. Adventure Campers will need to make their way to the campsite: a 20 – 25 minute walk on a rough track. We recommend travelling light.
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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