Birchwood Tourist Park
Wed 4th September to Wed 2nd October 2019
Centrally located in an ideal position for exploring Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.
Full facility site & direct access into the forest for dog walks and general exploring!
Site is not on a bus route.
Price: £12 per unit night includes EHU, No Extra Adults fee (Early booking advised due to NFOL being held at Shaftsbury)
CASH ONLY ACCEPTED
The site is located on a good, straight, unclassified road called the Bere Road, half way between Wareham and Bere Regis.
From Poole (A35/A351) or Dorchester/Wool (A352/A351):
On the north side of the railway line at Wareham on A351, at the roundabout follow the road signposted Bere Regis. Follow the road down to a second roundabout take the third exit onto Bere Road. Follow Bere Road for about 2 miles. You will pass the Silent Woman pub on your left. Birchwood Tourist Park is the second Park along the road, being the first on the right hand side.
From Dorchester (A35), or Wimborne (A31):
At the Bere Regis roundabout at the Shell Petrol Garage, take the A35 exit sign posted towards Poole. At the next smaller roundabout take the first exit. Follow the A35 towards Poole for about a mile. Turn right at the sign post to Wareham with a brown caravan sign (with three distances on it). This takes you off the A35 onto Sugar Hill, follow the long straight road (Bere Road) through the forest for nearly 3 miles. Birchwood Tourist Park is second Park along the road on the left hand side.
Electrical hook-up point (10 amp supply) pitches on grass or gravel
Non-electric grass tent pitches
Well stocked self-service shop with off licence, newspapers, general groceries, sweets, ice cream, soft drinks, toys, Calor gas exchange and camping & caravanning supplies
Icepack exchange for a small charge
Free hot showers in toilet/shower blocks, heated in the winter
Chemical toilet disposal points
Motor-home waste disposal point
Dogs admitted if kept on a short lead
Direct access into forest
Launderette with washers & tumble-driers (tokens to purchase)
Wash up sinks (indoor & outdoor)
Local leaflets and information
Books to borrow or swap
Children’s play area and sand pit
Children’s paddling pool (unheated & unsupervised) 2 foot deep (0.6m) open end May to end August
Pool table & table-tennis table (additional charge for equipment)
Games field opposite the Reception and shop, a large separate open grass area for all ball games and kite flying, football & netball posts
Free tennis, badminton, on grass area, pitch-n-putt, with your own equipment or for hire
Public pay phone
WiFi available in some areas of the Park (extra charge for login code)
Some facilities may not be available throughout the full season
Take a trip back in time and visit the Steam Railway. The small station at Norden has a Park & Ride facility. The Steam train will drop you off in Swanage, a short walk through the town takes you to the beach. In 2017 the line was extended to Wareham with a limited number of trips.
A short drive towards Dorchester turn off left to this family run farm park with a variety of entertainment for young children where they can experience first hand, feeding of some of the animals, milking the cow etc.
There is also a café on site and the all important gift shop as you depart !
Near Monkey World, this Museum houses the world’s largest and finest collection of tanks and armoured vehicles from over 26 countries. The many displays are a must for the boys! Lawrence of Arabia’s cottage is just down the road whilst his grave is at Moreton where the church has an interesting history and magnificent etched windows. There is also a tearoom near the church and ford at Moreton..
Much publicised on TV, this famous animal park is home to over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes – in 65 acres of ideal, large surroundings. A visit can easily take you all day.
Tower Park on the outskirts of Poole just off the A35 has a large entertainment complex. Here you will find, Splashdown waterpark & swimming pool (open Tues to Sun), Bowlplex for ten pin bowling, 10 Screen Cinema complex, children’s soft play area and a large range of restaurants. On the same site is a Supermarket & petrol station.
Ancient town and former royal borough, the charming market town of Wareham is a veritable delight wherever you look at any time of the year. Between the rivers Frome and Piddle, the attractive gateway to the Isle of Purbeck was a major port until the Middle Ages. Now Wareham is a thriving market town, happily combining the old and the new for locals and visitors alike. Throughout the year there is a small market on Saturday on the Quay, Fish & Chips & other local restaurants in the town centre.
The County town of Dorchester is about thirty minutes by car. It is of Roman origin with the name of Durnovaria. There are many relics of the Roman age to be seen in the County Museum, Colliton Park, the earthworks at Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and two miles west at Maiden Castle. There are associations with Hardy with a reconstruction of his study in the Museum and statue at the end of the town. A statue of William Barnes – clergyman, poet, and champion of the Dorset dialect – is in front of St. Peter’s church. The infamous Judge Jeffreys is remembered where he lodged, a picturesque half‑timbered building, now a pub and restaurant. In keeping with modern times. The main shopping area is pedestrianised. Shops include supermarkets and most of the multi‑nationals. There is a large market held in Dorchester every Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A traditional seaside town, perfect for families wanting sand, donkey rides, Punch and Judy and safe, shallow bathing in the sandy bay. Sightseeing and sea-fishing boat trips are available from the quay. There is a Sea Life centre which can be an all day attraction. The South‑West Way coastal path runs from Weymouth west to Abbotsbury and beyond, and east through Osmington, Ringstead, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and on to Swanage, which has the added attraction of steam trains through to Corfe Castle, Norden and a few go through to Wareham. The coast continues to Studland Bay with large expanses of sand and sea. Inland are the Purbeck hills with footpaths giving panoramic views over the area.
Poole is a working port with many interesting features. The quay provides fascinating views of shipping into the container port, the new gigantic Condor Fast CAT to the Channel Islands and cross channel ferries together with many leisure boating activities. Harbour boat trips are available and trips to Brownsea Island (National Trust) can be made – a peaceful island where red squirrels live and home to a sea bird sanctuary. There are many varied restaurants along the quay and adjacent side streets.
5 miles further east, Bournemouth is a sophisticated resort with beach, shops and nightlife. The sandy beach stretches to the east and west of the central pier. Theatres run summer shows, many nightclubs and pubs provide entertainment for the night owls.
The sandy stretches of Studland Beach are excellent for family bathing, with extensive sloping beaches and shallow waters safe for children. Just one small note of warning – there is a dedicated section for use by naturists towards the northern end, but there is plenty of beach left for everyone else!
Travel a little further east and you will find the chain ferry which will take you over to Sandbanks and Poole.
The Arne Nature Reserve, owned by the RSPB, is considered one of England’s most important nature reserves. It covers around 1300 acres encompassing the three main habitats on the peninsula – estuary, heathland and woodland – and is home to the Dartford Warbler. Arne Nature Reserve is a safe environment for family walks with viewpoints offering panoramic views across Poole Harbour.