Sandyholme has a number of facilities on the park, many suitable for families. There is a Park Reception with a small shop selection including drinks, ice creams and local gifts. For a more substantial food shop, there is a co-op in Crossways (1.7 miles), a Tesco, Waitrose and Lidl in Dorchester (8.2 miles) and a Sainsburys and Morrisons in Weymouth (9.9 miles). Many of these supermarkets will deliver to the park.
Outside the Park Reception, there is a gravel area with picnic benches overlooking the adjoining fields and meadows. This picnic area is flanked by planters and wildflowers, popular with bees and butterflies. There is also an electric vehicle charging points and a security barrier to get into the main area of the park. There is a bin and recycling bay next to the Park Reception. The toilet and shower block has facilities for touring and camping guests, including hot showers, free hairdryers, toilets, washing up sinks, a laundry (charges apply), a visitor information with leaflets and a chemical disposal point.
Close to the Park Reception is the wildlife lake with a circular walk around it, beneath tall trees. The lake and island are home to a number of different species of duck and mallard, the the lake on the flight path from the Arne Nature Reserve and Poole Harbour. Next to the Wildlife Lake is a spacious playing field for children with football goals and a children’s play area beneath the trees.
Venture down through the park into the camping meadow and on into the next field and you will reach the Tadnoll Brook River that flows past the park. There is a ford and a pond here and it’s a great place to spot dragonflies. Other wildlife that is commonly spotted around this area are deer, particularly at dusk and dawn. From here, you can cross the bridge and take a circular walk across a boardwalk, through the woods, back out to Moreton Road and along the lane to the Park entrance.
Approximately 20-30 minutes walk from the park is the start of Tadnoll Nature Reserve, which is a great place to walk. This is an internationally important area of lowland heath and wet meadows with a circular marked trail. There are cattle and ponies here all year so while it is a popular place for dog walking, dogs must remain on leads at all times. In the summer, a carpet of purple flowers cover the heathland and it is home to a number of wildlife species, including nightjars, the Dartford warbler, dragon and damselflies, silver-studded blue butterflies, water voles and many flower species.
Near the park, in the village of Owermoigne, there is Kate’s Farm Shop with some great local produce, a petrol station and the Wyevale Garden Centre with the Little Digger’s Children’s Soft Play. Just up the road from the park, there is the Mill House Cider Museum and Clock Museum ,where you can learn how cider is made, enjoy some tasters and see the range of clocks on display.
Visit the Holiday Planner page of the website to see some of the other attractions, beaches and places to eat near Sandyholme, including Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, The Tank Museum, Monkey World and more.Visit the Holiday Planner