Thorncombe Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Dorchester

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking



Toilets, showers (on a prepaid card system) and washing-up facilities all onsite. BBQs and campfires permitted but must be raised well off the grass (there are firepits for hire on a first-come-first-served bases; £5 for the duration of your stay). Logs for sale. Bell tents feature a double and two single beds (top sheet only, bring bedding), carpets and rugs, storage cabinet, mirror, mini fridge and recharging point for mobile devices. Outside, each bell tent has a firepit and BBQ and a double-ring gas stove is provided, along with four sets of cutlery, crockery and a washing-up bowl.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans and dogs (on leads) – yes. Groups – by prior arrangement only.

Would guests be aware that for health and hygiene reasons under no circumstances are any pets allowed in our Bell Tents for whatever reason.
Whereas we are happy to accept pets would guests please make suitable arrangements for their pets for the duration of their stay with us.


In 1789 King George III took a spontaneous skinny dip in Weymouth (10 miles) prompting the start of a classic English seaside resort. Today, the town remains popular with visitors enticed by a golden beach and revitalised harbour. Also on the to-do list: the Sea Life Tower (0871 423 2110) and for all you adrenaline junkies, take a high-speed ride around the bay with Weymouth White Water (01789 989 2317). Thorncombe Farm is only a 10-minute drive from the market town of Dorchester. Home to an eclectic mix of museums including: The Teddy Bear Museum (01305 266040), The Dinosaur Museum (01305 269880) and the fascinating Tutankhamun Exhibition (01305 269571). The son of a stonemason, Thomas Hardy was born near Dorchester in 1840 and became a local architect. After the success of his fourth novel, Far From the Madding Crowd, Hardy was able give up the architect game and concentrate on his writing. Nearby towns are recognisable in his novels, although given different names: Dorchester became Casterbridge, Lulworth became Lulstead, Tolpuddle became Tolchurch and Sherborne became Sherton Abbas. A life-size statue of Hardy stands in The Grove.

Food & Drink

Thorncombe Farm has a supply of meat cuts, mince, burgers and free range eggs (duck and chicken) for sale. Dochester, Puddletown and Bockhampton offer many different pubs, cafés and restaurants that cater for all tastes. Yalbury Cottage (01305 262382) produce creative yet classical French dishes using only the finest seasonal British fish, meat, vegetables and dairy products. The Wise Man Public House (01305 261970) is a 400 year old thatched pub in a quiet village. The food, presentation and service are all excellent, and dogs are welcome too. The Blue Vinny Public House (01305 848228) has a warm, friendly country ambience with a cool, airy modern interior. The food is home cooked and, where possible, the ingredients are seasonal and sourced locally from friends or trusted specialist suppliers.



The Owner Says

Situated in the heart of the Dorset countryside, Thorncombe Farm offers a warm, friendly welcome. Our mostly flat campsite has beautiful views into the valley and comes with all the amenities you would expect from a small site, with the add bonus of fresh free range eggs and home produced meat, burgers and sausages available for pre order!

Bell Tents

For 2020, glampers and those that want to take the hassle out of pitching/buying a tent/less baggage in the vehicle or even those that want to try camping under canvas for the first time our site has 3 (5 metre) furnished bell tents each with a separate dining area complete with seating and table. The tents have been upgraded with deluxe double and 2 single beds, carpeting and rugs , storage cabinet and mirror. We have now supplied electricity to the tents so we can provide a small fridge, recharge points for devices, In addition each bell tent has a fire pit and barbeque and a double ring gas stove. Four settings of cutlery , plates and mugs are supplied with a wash bowl.

The beds are supplied with a top sheet only. So please bring what you need or a sleeping bag.

Each booking is for a minimum 2 night stay and is for up to 4 people. Priced from £70/night

We can supply 2 additional Disco beds bunks to take the total to six guests . The additional guests would be subject to a supplemental charge.Any queries please contact us before booking if necessary.


All are grass pitches only. and we retain the same facilities. There will be 25 pitches available. Please note at Bank Holiday Weekends it is a minimum 3 night booking. Fri-Sunday.We allow fires and Barbecues. All we ask is the barbecue or fire pit is off the ground and does not burn the grass of the campsite.There are fire pits for hire on a first come first serve basis at £5 for the duration of your stay. There is firewood available for sale

Showers are on a card system; please see staff to purchase cards.

Absolutely no pets in our bell tents whatsoever on the grounds of hygiene, health and the welfare of other guests , guest will asked to leave if pets are found or seen in our bell tents. Pets welcome as per existing rules just not in our tents.

Social Distancing Measures

We would ask that guests comply with government guidelines of hygiene and distancing. We will be providing hand sanitiser and we will be spraying shared facilities with disinfectant on regular basis. Showers and toilets will be open and we will keep the cleaning up to its usual standard. Try to use facilities in groups , family or other wise to reduce interaction. Please use common sense when using shared facilities and observe guidelines. Use a masks in communal areas as much as possible where practicable. We do not have areas for activities just the camp fields so would ask you keep your own groups especially children. When camping in family groups please do according to guidelines but do not spread out as we may ask you to move you tent, van or whatever to reduce your foot print and maximise space between groups.

Be NICE , Be SENSIBLE and ENJOY your stay with us.


Contact Thorncombe Farm, Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QH

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Getting There

From the East: At the end of the A35 dual carriageway, before the bridge, turn left up the hill towards Higher Bockhampton. Go through the village towards Lower Bockhampton and Thorncombe Farm campsite is 500 yards on the left.

From the North: On the A37 from Yeovil, approach Dorchester, go around the town and bypass to the A35 (towards Poole.) At the roundabout, turn right in the direction of Kingston Maurward and Bockhampton. In around one mile (at the crossroads), turn left for Higher Bockhampton. Thorncombe Farm campsite is in 200 yards on the right-hand side.

Buses do run to Kingston Maurward but no further, so unfortunately there’s no bus route that passes the farm. That said, its only a short walk to the town, either by the road or the footpath through the water meadows (next to the River Frome). Rail links are to either Dorchester West or South (plenty of taxi service in Dorchester too).


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