Eweleaze Farm

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Loads of space, great views, a private beach and campfires. Cracking.

Eweleaze is the Glastonbury Festival of UK campsites. Advance tickets sell out shortly after going on sale; resident cows are herded into other, temporary grassy accommodation; the production is super slick; and food and drink is available in abundance. The capacity is the largest in the UK, too; over a thousand people a day share this cliff top location. And like Glastonbury, its faithful fans return every year, won over by a curving Jurassic coastline that's cherry-topped with its own private, shingle beach.

A steep, dusty track dives down to the camping village below. In daylight, the sight of all the fields looks quite, quite special. At night, it's downright magical, lit up with campfires and twinkling fairy lights. Collect car passes at reception, stopping perhaps at the courtyard – home to a well-stocked shop, a popular bakery, solar-powered showers, puppies and roaming goats, geese, peacocks and pigs – before searching for a spot.

The Beach field is closest to the steps that lead to the beach and small pontoon (a big hit among the kids). The Track field is further from the sea and facilities, but you can keep your vehicle by your pitch. And the Point field is quieter, but disruptively windy at night. It can take a few seasons to master your own personal preference. And you will keep returning…

A 'no music policy', except on Saturdays, is the main difference between Eweleaze and Glastonbury. In fact, groups wishing to gas all night should head for the back fields where there is more privacy. The main demographic is young, urban families, who need sleep to be alert when their cherubs wake up in the morning. Regulars can be quite territorial about their summer bolt hole. Respect the rules and everyone has a good time.

Details

Facilities

Campfires allowed. Around 400 spacious unmarked pitches over 8 fields; 33 showers – 8 outdoor solar-powered; toilets in each field; firewood and hay bales (for sitting and playing on) available; access to private beach (for snorkelling, swimming) with pontoon. As well as the bakery, there are pizza and ice-cream huts. A shop (open 8am-9pm) sells food, drinks, gas, kites, camping and snorkelling gear, and a mobile charging service (£1 per visit). There are no known dangerous currents or other hazards at the beach, but there’s no lifeguard, so appropriate supervision is required.

Suitable For

Every man and his dog (camper, tent).

Nearby

The South West Coast Path follows this stunning coastline in both directions from the campsite, the stretch of Durdle Door to Weymouth is particularly rewarding. Nearby Weymouth is a great spot for sailing; courses for adults and kids aged 5 upwards are available. SailLaser (0845 337 3214) in Weymouth offer various levels and packages, from £150, or you can hire a boat if you’re already qualified. For a day trip, the Monkey World (01929 462537) ape rescue centre is a must.

Food & Drink

Have a lay in and send the kids down to the bakery to pick up the breakfast pain au chocolats. Tea and coffee is decaf only (the owner, Pete, believes the world doesn't need caffeine, but he's created a camping utopia, so we'll forgive him). Woodfire pizzas (served midday–8pm) are small but tasty. The on-site farm shop (8am–8pm) sells organic meats (some frozen) including goats leg, sirloin steak, sausages. You can buy fresh donuts, takeaway burgers, pies, kebabs and jackets and the perennial tea-time favourite, marshmellows. The Smugglers Inn (01305 833125) in Osmington is just less than 2 miles along the coast path, a view-tastic 40-minute walk. It has a pleasant family garden but is rammed in summer, so don’t expect a quiet pint. Or prompt service. For a sunset beer, seek out the terrace of The Cove House Inn (01305 820895) on Chesil Beach at Portland. It’s not exactly Café del Mar, but this no-frills locals pub is a good spot to catch the last of the day’s rays.

Opening Times

End July – end August.

Family Friendly

A private beach on Dorset's Jurassic Coast is just for starters; locally sourced organic produce is the main course, with marshmallows melted over a roaring campfire for pud. All digested with the help of stunning sea views. Yum!

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Location

Contact Eweleaze Farm, Osmington, Dorset DT3 6ED

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Getting There

From the east, take the A35 towards Dorchester, then the B3390 and A353 to Osmington. After the village, look out for a speedlimit sign, and turn left here onto a dirt track to the farm. From the west on the A353, continue through Preston, look out for the speed-limit sign just before Osmington, and turn right down the dirt track.

A no. 503 bus from Weymouth stops at Waterside Holiday Park, a 300 metre walk away.

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