Beaminster in Dorset


Quaint rural village in West Dorset close to the River Brit.

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8.7 miles from Highlands End
10.9 miles from Golden Cap
9.8 miles from Graston Copse
27.3 miles from Sandyholme

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  • Beaminster in Dorset

Beaminster is located in rural West Dorset at the foot of a valley. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and perfectly positioned for escaping the hustle and bustle of busier towns in the county. Beaminster has an extensive array of listed cottages and buildings, which help create a quaint town centre.

There are a number of independent shops to peruse during a visit, ideal for selecting a last minute gift. There is a particular focus on homeware and soft furnishings.  The butchers and bakery are great for local produce and there are numerous eateries to enjoy a bite to eat. Beaminster also boasts an excellent selection of pubs with a cosy feel. The Ollerod for instance, dates back to the 13th Century and has an exciting menu using locally sourced ingredients.

Beaminster is close to the source of the River Brit, which is the highlight of a number of walks in the area. Keen hikers will enjoy the Brit Valley Way, which begins in Chedington, just north of Beaminster and follows the river until it meets the sea in West Bay. The walk passes through the town centre, making an ideal pit stop on your journey.

Things to do

Beaminster is renowned locally as a hub of culture and is popular amongst artists. Each year this is celebrated in the Beaminster Festival of Music and Visual Arts, which showcases some of the best artwork and literature in the region. Beaminster Museum has numerous exhibitions, which change on a seasonal basis and give an insight into local history.

Mapperton House, a Jacobean Mansion is well worth a visit during your time in Beaminster. This stunning stately home has been voted the best manor house in the UK and has beautiful gardens to explore. Slightly further afield, Furleigh Estate offer wonderful vineyard tours and wine tasting experiences.




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At West Dorset Leisure Holidays, we have a great choice of accommodation and facilities across 4 family-run holiday parks on or near the Jurassic Coast - Highlands End, Golden Cap, Graston Copse and Sandyholme, as well as Caravan and Lodge Holiday Homes for sale.

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Our Awards & Accreditations

Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park.

2021 travelers choice tripadvisor awarddavid bellamy conservation gold award 2020/21david bellamy blooming marvellous pledge for nature 2022tatse of the west south east england gold awarddavid bellmay conservation award honey bee friendly park award

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