Sleep under the stars in cheap camping sites in Dorset

Budget not quite running to that boutique hotel this year? That doesn't mean you can't enjoy some of England's finest scenery. Pack the canvas and sleeping bags for the best cheap camping sites in Dorset.

Luckford Wood House in Wareham (www.luckfordleisure.co.uk) is one of the most reasonably-priced campsites in the area. Pitch your tent where you like on the site, fringed by woodland. Enjoy the shower facilities, and spend the evenings round the traditional camp fire (wood and kindling are supplied).  Prices range from £2 per person per night based on 10 people with 5 tents, to £7 per person for 2 people sharing one tent.

Oakland, near Wimborne, is an peaceful country site, with just 4 pitches. Nearby are a fishing lake, and a small pub with good food. The campsite has running water, a large trampoline, toilets, and even throws in 6 free range eggs for that first morning's breakfast. Prices range from £12.50 per night for a 2-person tent up to £18 for a 6-person tent.

Moreton Garden Campsite (www.moretongardensdorset.co.uk) is a summer-only site, situated in the village of Moreton, surrounded by cycle paths, bridle ways and walking trails. Pitches are generous, with toilets, hot showers and washing-up facilities on site. Fees are £6 adults, £3 children, minimum stay 2 nights.

For those who like their cheap camping sites in Dorset served up with a side order of country pub, the 17th century Trooper Inn, near the market town of Sturminster Newton, is the ideal choice. This popular real ale freehouse has a secluded campsite overlooking tranquil countryside. There is a play area for the kids, and excellent toilet facilities. Call 01963 362405 for rates and reservations.


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