10 reasons to take a UK staycation in Dorset

Our holiday resorts have some of the most spectacular locations anywhere in the UK. Now is a great time to jump aboard the growing trend to take a UK staycation. There’s no better time to get a change of scenery and enjoy world-class coast and countryside. Here are our top 10 reasons to enjoy a holiday in Dorset with us:

1. Superb locations

Each of our 5 family-run holiday parks has a unique location. They are surrounded by seemingly endless coastline and countryside on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Each park offers something different, with different facilities, walks, accommodation and nearby attractions.

  • Highlands End Holiday Park is a 5 star park set on a clifftop with panoramic views over 99 miles of coastline and was awarded the Dorset Holiday Park of the Year award in 2019. The park is great for families, with plenty of facilities including a bar & restaurant, leisure club, soft play, pitch ‘n’ putt and more.
  • Golden Cap Holiday Park is a truly scenic getaway, just 150 yards from Seatown Beach. The park is surrounded by footpaths and coastal paths criss-crossing 2,000 acres of National Trust Land. The park has our largest range of accommodation and facilities including a children’s play area and fishing lake.
  • Graston Copse Holiday Park is a small and peaceful park, surrounded by rolling countryside, but just 1 mile from the beach. It’s popular with nature lovers thanks to its woodland and riverside walks, wildlife, bee hive, bug hotels, bluebells and more.
  • Sandyholme Holiday Park has a countryside location close to some of the highlights of a Dorset holiday, including Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. It’s a great base from which to explore. The pretty park has a children’s play area, wildlife lake, playing field and nature trail.
  • Larkfield Holiday Park is exclusively for Holiday Home Owners only in a sought-after village location, just a few hundred metres walk from Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock. There are caravan holiday homes and luxury lodge holiday homes for sale, if you are looking to enjoy unlimited holidays during a 9 or 10.5 month season, respectively.

2. Quality accommodation

We offer a range of accommodation for a Dorset holiday to suit all budgets, preferences and group sizes including luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom lodges, 2 and 3 bedroom deluxe caravans, 2 and 3 bedroom caravans, 2 and 4 bedroom apartments, 1 bedroom bungalows, glamping accommodation and pitches for tents, touring caravans, motorhomes and campervanscheck availability and book online.

3. Famous landmarks

The Jurassic Coast was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. It ranks alongside the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef as one of the wonders of the world. As you would expect, there are some incredible landmarks and coastal formations to discover along its 95 miles.

Some of our favourites include Durdle Door (a 140 million year old limestone arch), Lulworth Cove (a beautiful shell-shaped cove), Chesil Beach (a barrier beach with a lagoon behind it), Old Harry Rocks (sea stacks with a great view towards Bournemouth) and the ‘ammonite pavement’ at Lyme Regis (a fossil bed that is the only one of its kind in the world). These are all within easy reach of our holiday parks. Many of the roads around Dorset, such as the coast road and the A35 enjoy incredible views. A great experience whilst you’re on your way to discover new places!

4. All year round destination

Looking for a UK staycation in a location that’s as spectacular in winter as it is in summer? Dorset is the perfect choice! Outside of the more popular ‘peak season,’ you can experience having Dorset to yourself. Enjoy exhilarating coastal walks, starry night skies, powerful winter storms, stunning sunrises and sunsets, and crisp winter days. Plus there is some of the best fossil hunting opportunities in the UK. Find out more about winter breaks in Dorset.

5. A walker’s paradise

Walking is one of the most popular activities our visitors enjoy when they stay with us and why wouldn’t it be, with nearly 3,000 miles of footpaths in Dorset and a breathtaking coastal path that runs the length of the county from Lyme Regis in the west to the New Forest in the east.

6. Great facilities

If you’re looking for a UK staycation holiday park with plenty of facilities then Highlands End Holiday Park is your best option. However if you’re looking for a quieter location then Graston Copse Holiday Park will be just right.

Facilities available across the parks include:

  • nature trails
  • children’s play areas
  • park shops
  • visitor informations
  • doggy showers
  • spotless toilet and shower blocks

7. Range of attractions

There are so many attractions, places to visit, activities and places to eat and drink to choose from and great news…we have listed all of our favourites on our Holiday Planner! Displayed across a map of Dorset, you can browse the options. Save your favourites to your itinerary and see the distance they are from your holiday park of choice.

Some of our very best options that shouldn’t be missed during a holiday to Dorset include Monkey World, The Tank Museum, Abbotsbury Swannery, Mapperton House & Gardens, Swanage Railway, Lyme Bay RIB Charter and Corfe Castle.

8. Perfect beaches

Are you looking for a nice child-friendly sandy beach, or perhaps a secluded pebble beach for dog walking on your UK staycation? Well, whatever you need, Dorset has it. Due to the coastal locations of some of our parks, many have beaches within walking distance.

At Golden Cap Holiday Park, Seatown Beach is just a stone’s throw from the park entrance, with views across to Lyme Regis, the clifftop peak of Golden Cap in view and the Anchor Inn with its clifftop garden. At Highlands End Holiday Park, it’s a 5 to 10 minute walk down the hill to Eype Beach, a pebble / sandy beach that welcomes dogs all year round and is one of the quieter beaches.

In Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach with its towering golden cliffs and award-winning beach cafe is a short walk from both Larkfield Holiday Park and Graston Copse Holiday Park and at Sandyholme, the park is just a 5 mile drive from the coastline at both Ringstead Bay and Osmington, with Weymouth Bay and its long sandy beach just a couple of miles further.

9. Family & dog friendly

With all the great park facilities and local attractions and beaches mentioned, a Dorset holiday is ideal for families. We have accommodation sleeping up to 8 people. There are various options with self-catering accommodation to increase that to be suitable for group bookings.

A UK staycation wouldn’t be the same without your four legged family members. All 5 of our parks are dog friendly, welcoming up to 2 dogs per booking. Highlands End, Golden Cap and Graston Copse Holiday Parks all have a designated off-lead dog exercising area. At Highlands End, Martin’s Bar & Restaurant welcomes dogs, has a small doggy menu. Plus there’s a doggy shower at the toilet block. The park shops at Highlands End and Golden Cap sell dog food, toys and treats, so all the family are welcome. Find out more about our dog friendly UK staycations.

10. Wildlife

There is plenty of wildlife to be seen both on and off the parks. This includes deer, birds of prey and occasionally seals and dolphins. Over 50% of Dorset is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

On the parks, we work hard to protect and enhance the environment and local area. All of our parks are multiple gold winners in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards. Initiatives in place across the parks include wildflower planting, solar panels, a recycling scheme, using local produce and suppliers, electric vehicles and charging points, nature trails and reducing plastic use – find out more.

If you would like to book a UK staycation and holiday with us in Dorset please visit our Bookings Page to check availability and book online.