When you arrive at the park, you can check in at the Park Reception. Here you will find information and leaflets about some of the best things to see and do locally, what’s going on at the park and the Holiday Homes that are currently for sale on the park.
Go through from the Park Reception into the SPAR Shop which sells a range of products that you need while on holiday, including hot and cold drinks, beach toys and games, gifts, postcards, hot and cold food, camping essentials and more. There is a small bakery range of pastries and breakfast items. There are tables and chairs both inside the shop and outside in the picnic area. This area at the front of the park has great views straight out to sea, picnic benches and our giant deckchair to help with the perfect holiday photo!
Adjoining the picnic area is the dog exercising meadow. This is a half acre field, situated next to the River Winniford that is enclosed to allow dog owners to exercise dogs off the lead. Head through the park and you will come across a children’s play area, located next to the hard-base touring pitches in the centre of the park and suitable for children aged 5 to 14, with monkey bars, a climbing wall, a slide and more. There is also a fishing lake on the park, which is a beautiful and peaceful place to relax. A small charge applies and you need a fishing permit to use this facility. Golden Cap Holiday Park has been a recipient of the David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award for many years in a row due to the work the park does with the environment and you will see many examples of this around the park with areas of planting and wildflowers, as well as our Bug Hotels called ‘Bugingham Palace.’
Facilities in the local area
Surrounding the park, you will find 3 excellent local pubs all within walking distance. The Anchor Inn is located right on the coast with a clifftop beer garden overlooking the beach. This is a Palmer’s brewery pub with some great local ales and dishes. Head north from Golden Cap Holiday Park along the bridleway or footpath towards the village of Chideock and you will find The George Inn – a friendly thatched pub popular with locals and holidaymakers and a seasonal menu alongside Palmer’s Ales, bottled largers and wines. Also in the village, you will find The Clock – a 16th Century thatched family-run free house with dedicated restaurant area, bar dining facilities and games area for skittles matches, darts, table football, table tennis and children’s darts.
There is a bus stop in the centre of the village, with the X51 and X53 service running along the coastline to Bridport, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, West Bay, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorchester and other popular locations. There is a convenience store in village and there are 4 supermarkets just a few miles away in the town of Bridport. There is a network of footpaths surrounding the park, covering the 2,000 acres of National Trust land. The South West Coast Path runs right past the park entrance, with challenging but rewarding walks to the top of 2 of the most impressive walks on the south coast – Golden Cap and Thorncombe Beacon. Dogs are welcome on Seatown Beach between 1st October and 30th April, plus the footpaths and dog exercising meadow provides many walking opportunities. A mile away in the village of Morcombelake, there is Felicity’s Farm Shop, Annie’s Tearoom and Moore’s Biscuits.
Facilities at Highlands End Holiday Park
Holidaymakers staying at Golden Cap Holiday Park are welcome to use any of the facilities at nearby Highlands End Holiday Park, which is a 3.6 mile drive or 1.5 hour coastal walk (stunning views!) On the Park, you will find Martin’s Bar & Restaurant with amenities including a sunday carvery, live music & events, a children’s play area, Costa Coffee, food served all day (Feb to Nov), a unique display of fire engines and memorabilia and more. Dogs are welcome in the venue, which is open daily from 9am to 11pm (Feb to Nov, with limited opening hours outside of these dates). There is a fire engine-themed Soft Play for younger children (charges apply).
Also on the park, you can use the exclusive and luxurious facilities at Highlands End Leisure Club, with its indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room. There is a timetable of classes and activities, as well as family fun sessions and adult-only swimming times. Charges apply, except for holidaymakers staying in lodges at Golden Cap Holiday Park. There is fun for all ages with the pitch ‘n’ putt course, which enjoys beautiful views over the sea and West Bay (charges apply). There is a free 2 to 3 mile Nature Trail that explores the countryside surrounding the park and the ‘Bee Bank’, ‘Wildlife Lake’ and ‘Bug Hotel’. Collect the clues as you follow the trail and enter your answers for the chance to win £250 off your next holiday. There is plenty of free parking for you to come and enjoy the facilities at Highlands End Holiday Park.