Local Area

Sandyholme Holiday Park has a superb location in the Isle of Purbeck, a different area of Dorset to our other 4 Parks. The park is located close to the village of Owermoigne, between Dorchester and Wool. There is plenty of places to visit and activities nearby the park, as well as some of the best beaches, attractions, events and locations on the Jurassic Coast within easy driving distance.

Close to the Park

Within a 1 mile walk / drive of the Park, you will find the Mill House Cider Mueseum, Kate’s Farm Shop and Wyevale Garden Centre with the Little Digger’s children’s soft play. There is a small co-op store located in the village of Crossways, 1.7 miles from the park and the Warmwell Sports Centre with activities including crazy golf, a swimming pool, cycle hire, archery, a dry ski slope, a roller rink, soft play and more.

Just a 30 minute walk from the park is Tadnoll & Winfrith Nature Reserve, which is a beautiful area of heathland and wet meadows with a circular trail. Also nearby is Moreton Ford and Tearoom, a quiet river spot great for picnics, swimming and paddling, as well as Moreton Forest which is popular with dog walkers.

Isle of Purbeck & The Jurassic Coast

Sandyholme Holiday Park is just 5 miles from the Jurassic Coast and the nearest places to visit are Ringstead Bay, a quiet beach with stunning views towards the Isle of Portland and Osmington Mills, a hidden gem with a fantastic pub.

Two of the most visited and spectacular locations on the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, are just 7 miles from the park and further east from Ringstead Bay and Osmington Mills. Durdle Door is a 10,000 year old limestone arch and is one of the most iconic landmarks in the whole country, while Lulworth Cove is a famous shell-shaped bay attracting up to half a million visitors each year.

While these are locations that really can’t be missed on a holiday to Dorset, there are some quieter coastal locations near the park that we love. Kimmeridge Bay is great for rock pooling, snorkelling and photography with clear waters teeming with marine life and ammonites on show on the rocks at low tide.

A few miles east from Lulworth Cove and only open during school holidays and weekends is the village of Tyneham and Worbarrow Bay. A small village abandoned during World War II, Tyneham is a fascinating village frozen in time and Worbarrow Bay is a beautiful beach just a 1 mile walk away.

Other quieter and beautiful spots on the coast include Chapman’s Pool and St Aldhem’s Head, Mupe Bay, Dancing Ledge, Durlston Country Park,White Nothe, Old Harry Rocks, Studland Bay and Portland Bill.

Attractions

Two of the biggest and most popular attractions in Dorset are just a 10-15 minute drive away – The Tank Museum and Monkey World. Other nearby attractions include Farmer Palmer’s award-winning farm park for children, the ruins of Corfe Castle (one of the first castles in the country), Dorset Mud Trail, Dorset Water Park, Swanage Railway, Durlston Country Park, Athelhampton House & Gardens, Sculpture By the Lakes and the Etches Collection.

The county town of Dorchester is a 15 minute drive from the park with a vibrant shopping and leisure area known as Brewery Square and family friendly attractions including Maiden Castle, The Dinosaur Museum and The Tutankhamun Exhibition.

The seaside resort of Weymouth is also just a 15 minute drive from the park with places to visit including Nothe Fort, the Sea Life Centre and a beautiful stretch of golden sand. The Isle of Portland, part of the 2012 Olympic Games, is a fascinating place to visit with Tout Quarry Sculpture Park, a beautiful viewpoint over Chesil Beach and Portland Bill with a lighthouse.

Events

Some of the best events in the county’s calendar take place close to Sandyholme Holiday Park and so many of our guests enjoy visiting them for a day out, such as the Tolpuddle Martyr’s Festival, the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Bournemouth Air Show, Camp Bestival, Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Carnival, Tank Fest, Swanage Carnival & Regatta. There are themed events for Easter and Halloween at locations such as Corfe Castle, The Tank Museum and Farmer Palmer’s and there are weekly markets nearby:

  • Dorchester Farmer’s Market – First Saturday of the month
  • Dorchester Market – Every Monday
  • Wareham Farmer’s Market – Fourth Thursday of the month
  • Wareham Market – Every Thursday