lyme regis garden beach harbour and cobb

Best family friendly beaches in Dorset

5 May 2020Holiday Park News

At West Dorset Leisure Holidays our enviable position on the Jurassic Coast, means we have an abundance of family friendly beaches within a short drive of our holiday parks. Whether you are looking for a sandy beach for the children to build sandcastles and play or somewhere to go rock pooling and explore, there is something to keep everyone happy!

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis’s ‘Town Beach’ is perfect for families looking to spend a day by the sea. The beach is split into two distinct sections, one that contains pebbles, and an adjoining stretch of sand that is perfect for building sandcastles and letting the children play. During the summer months a team of RNLI lifeguards man the beach, which provides added reassurance for those wanting to swim or paddle in the shallows. Rows of pretty, pastel beach huts adorn the length of the promenade, which can be rented throughout the year and a selection of catering huts serve tasty ice creams – a must during any visit to the seaside!

lyme regis garden beach harbour and cobb



Weymouth boasts more than 3 miles of fine golden sand and is renowned for its shallow waters. It is flanked by impressive Georgian buildings and the esplanade, where you can hire a deck chair, sit, relax and watch the world go by. Children will love the traditional entertainment, including donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, swing boats and pedalo’s. Just a short walk from the beach is Weymouth’s town centre and historic harbour side, where you can grab a drink or bite to eat from one of the delicious restaurants as you watch the visiting yachts sail up the harbour.

Weymouth beach and georgian architecture


Bournemouth beach is more than 11 miles in length and stretches from Hengistbury Head to Sandbanks. It comprises of lots of little beaches and inlets, each with something different to offer. If you’re looking for an active visit, there is plenty to see and do at Central Beach, including the Pier to Shore zip wire, which is perfect for thrill seekers looking for an adrenaline rush! There is also the Oceanarium and RockReef activity centre to keep the little ones entertained.

bournemouth beach and pier


Situated on the Isle of Purbeck, Swanage beach is renowned for its clean and clear waters. It has been awarded Blue Flag status for more than 17 consecutive years and is perfect for families due to its fine white sand, ideal for making sandcastles. There are facilities such as cafes and toilets along the promenade and it is also possible to hire kayaks, pedelo’s and deckchairs along the beach

sandy beach at swanage


Charmouth beach on the Jurassic Coast is renowned for Fossil hunting and unearthing treasures from prehistoric times. The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre has some of the best examples on display and a team of expert volunteers are on site to offer advice and guidance to visitors hoping to find a fossil to take home. At low water, the beach is a hot spot for rock pooling and you may, if you’re lucky, find an array of crabs, fish and other marine life. Next to the car park, the Beach Café serves up a range of light bites to refuel after a busy day exploring.

West Bay

West Bay is the setting of the acclaimed ITV series, Broadchurch and you will recognise many of the programmes landmarks as you take a walk around this much loved fishing village. The shingle beach is lined with domineering cliffs, which makes for a striking backdrop and dramatic views. The small harbour is the ideal location for children to go crabbing whilst sat on the harbour wall, and you can see the fishing boats return after a long day at sea. Fish and chips can be purchased from one of the many kiosks lining the harbour side.

Stay with us in Dorset

West Dorset Leisure Holidays comprises of 5 holiday parks situated at prime locations along the Dorset coast. All of the parks are dog friendly and there are a range of accommodation options available including luxury lodges, caravan holiday homes, glamping and pitches for touring and camping. There are also a variety of facilities to keep the whole family entertained, including Martin’s Bar & Restaurant and Highlands End Leisure Club. Check availability for your holiday and make a booking here.

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse