Beaminster in Dorset

Beaminster

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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Our Awards & Accreditations

Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset and the South West. 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 - there is more information on the pages for each park.

dorset tourism awards gold 2021/222021 travelers choice tripadvisor awarddavid bellamy blooming marvellous pledge for nature 2022david bellamy conservation gold award 2020/21taste of the west south west england award 2022david bellmay conservation award honey bee friendly park awardgolden cap holiday park commended south westthe queens green canopy platinum jubilee logoplastic free champion surfers against sewage

What our guests say

  • The Most Magical Campsite

    We have just come back from the most magical few days staying at Highlands End. In fact, it was so good we extended our stay by a few days whilst on park. We are new to campsites and this was beyond my expectations

    Mr Scott - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Happy second visit

    Perfectly clean, ample space, lovely views, close to everything, what more could be asked for?

    Dan Pipper - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Well maintained and quiet

    Lovely clean and tidy site. well maintained and quiet in walking distance to Hive Beach and West Bay only a couple of miles away over the coastal walk.

    Linda S - Google Reviews
    Graston Copse

  • Friendliest park on the Dorset coast

    Possibly the friendliest park on the Dorset coast. Staff are exceptional, very helpful and keep the place spotless. The views are fantastic. Showers and toilets are very modern and extremely clean.

    Mr Leck - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic

    This is a lovely quiet, friendly, well maintained site with very friendly, helpful staff who are knowledgeable about the local area and more than happy to pass on useful information to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

    Nigel White - Tripadvisor
    Sandyholme

  • Wonderful three night stay

    Our pitch was spacious and quiet. The facilities were clean and a generous number of showers etc whatever time we needed them. A very picturesque site and plenty to do straight from the van without the need to drive

    Rachel L - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • Beautiful weekend away

    This park is in a wonderful location. The local village is beautiful and only a 15 min walk along the river. The beach is then another 15 minutes along - again a beautiful walk. We were blessed with amazing weather so we spent the afternoon on Hive Beach.

    Clairey16 - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Ideal base for exploring

    Ideal base for exploring Dorset , everywhere we wanted to visit was within easy reach . Site itself was very good, nice and quite and clean and staff very friendly.

    James S - Tripadvisor
    Sandyholme