Cider Farm Orchard Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Bridport

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Adult-only camping amid the apple blossom of an award-winning cider orchard

You don't have to love to cider to adore this adults-only campsite five miles from the Jurassic Coast. But, if you do, you can almost certainly stop the hunt for your favourite campsite now. With pitches tucked in amongst the orchard and the camping area just an apple's throw from the Dorset Nectar taproom, this is a campsite with a visitor experience baked in. From taking a tour and learning about the origins of cider, to tasting the latest craft casks, campers here can immerse themselves in the wonderful world of apples at the same time as enjoying a campsite that is, quite simply, practical, friendly and fun.

Started by former sculptors Penny and Oliver Strong in 2006, the organic orchard produces award-winning ciders, sold around the country but also in the onsite farm shop, next to which you'll find the campsite's shower block, toilets and washing-up facilities. On arrival you're encouraged to salute your neighbours, the farm’s resident geese Sir Humphrey and Dame Maggie Smith, before making your way to a pitch in one of the rows of apple trees in the 3,000-strong orchard. All the trees are uniformly planted in a vast grid, which transforms into a stunning blanket of pink apple blossom through late May and June.

The farm shop is open until 10pm if you want to pick up fresh apple juice or local ingredients for cooking over the campfire (firepits are available for hire and logs are sold on site), while the adjacent tap room also opens for special events and frequent entertainment, with everything from folk singers to ska and rock from local musicians. That's not to say this is a wild and noisy place. In fact, don't be surprised to rise in the morning and spot deer ambling through the farm. Oliver and Penny's sculptures, too, dotted around the place – spot the diving dolphin, the seahorse and the turtle – show a real care and love for the entire space.

Getting off the farm is easy, you can follow one of the footpaths to the idyllic village of Netherbury or drive to the coast, with beaches like Eype nearby and the big cliffs of West Bay and Burton Bradstock offering filmic backdrops to your fossil hunting. The local town of Bridport has its fair share of quirky events, like The Bridport Hat Festival, the Bridport Folk Festival and, for the brave, the Annual World Nettle Eating Competition. After all those nettles no doubt you'll feel like a cider or two. Or you can buy bottles of nettle juice at the festival, if you really have been converted.

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Facilities

The site has 4 toilets and two shower cubicles, all of which are cleaned at least 4 regular intervals throughout the day. Multiple drinking water points are dotted around the site and there is also a washing up station. WiFi, phone charging and picnic benches are available at the Cider Farm Tasting Room/Farmshop and Cider Garden. Campfire Fires are permitted, provided they are raised off the grass, and each pitch is provided with a small raised firepit made from a cider cask (logs/kindling available to buy on site). Cider Farm Tour & Tastings run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am–12.30pm where you can learn about the organic orchards, the history of cider making and take a behind the scenes look at how the modern craft cider company works. The Tasting Room is also open 9am-8.30pm.

Suitable For

This is an adult-only campsite. Tents, adults, respectful groups (including stag and hen parties) – yes. Campervans, dogs, under-18s, noisy folk – no.

Nearby

Stay onsite and take part in a taproom tour and tasting to complete your experience. This part of Dorset is an area of outstanding natural beauty and, while you can forge your own path down to the coastline, smaller walks from the farm lead to Furleigh Estate Vineyard (01308 488991; one mile) or Mangerton Mill & Gardens (01308 485224; three miles), both excellent days out. You can also take a walk down a bridal path from the farm to visit Hugh Fernly Whittingstall’s original River Cottage. It's a 15 minute drive to the best of the western stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Dramatic West Bay is great for fossil hunting and is the nearest beach, along with Burton Bradstock, while Charmouth and Lyme Regis are 25 minutes by car and it's a half-hour drive to Chesil Beach. On rainy days, drive the half hour to Dorchester, which has a slew of different museums.

Food & Drink

Apart from the on-site tap rooms, The Hare and Hounds Inn (01308 488203) is within walking distance of the orchard (around 10 minutes or less) and serves delicious food with stunning views of the Brit valley. If you're heading to the beach, try the West Bay beach food huts for a food market-style grub and book in for a fancy cocktail and oysters at Rise café and bar (01308 422 0110). The George (01308 423191) in West Bat boasts harbour views and and has a wonderful atmosphere come sunset. For cream teas and great sandwiches try West Bay Tea Rooms (01308 455697).  For Seafood on the Jurassic coast we may recommend amongst others the; Anchor Inn Seatown, Hive Beach Cafe, Rise Cafe/Bar, Anchor Inn Burton Bradstock.

Open

May–August.

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The Owner Says

Here at our unique Cider Farm Orchard Campsite we aim to offer a lovely, peaceful experience to those who want to escape the hustle and bustle whilst still offering great amenities and facilities.

It is perfect for those that want to escape from large rowdy sites for a smaller low-key site with lots of space.

Each pitch is its own wide Cider Apple Orchard row and is named after the Apple variety.

Pitches

Around 14 camping pitches, set within the apple tree rows of the orchard. You can park at the end of the row but it's not possible to park directly beside your tent.

Orchard Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 14 Available
A unique orchard camping grass pitch. Each pitch is 12m from others, non electric and 16ft wide by 90ft long, down the mature cider apple orchard rows.

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Location

Contact Cider Farm Orchard Campsite, Strong Orchard, Pineapple Lane, Waytown, Bridport, Dorset DT65HZ

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Getting There

The campsite is located in the village of Waytown, three miles outside Bridport in West Dorset. By car as you get closer to the orchard you will see a number of signs for ‘Dorset Nectar Cider Farm’. Or try the name 'Strong Orchard' or 'Dorset Nectar Cider' on your SatNav with the postcode DT6 5HZ.

Crewkerne is the nearest train station, from there it's a 20-minute taxi ride, or you can take the Y6 bus to Beaminister, which gets you closer, but you're still a good two miles from the campsite.

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