Charisworth Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Blandford Forum

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A spacious campsite in a traditional parkland setting, with campfires allowed and farm animals to meet

Kids love camping. And some campsites, like Charisworth Farm, seem ready made for them. Not because of any fancy facilities or organised fun but simply because of the space and freedom on offer. This expanse of parkland meadow, broken up by great oak and beech trees, is the perfect example, with a rope swing in the wooded area at one end, and animals, like Libby and Zed the horses, to meet. A chalkboard near the washing up sinks, meanwhile, is occasionally scrawled with interesting activities – ‘farm tour at 10am’ – and, at night, marshmallows around the campfire seal the deal. It’s good old fashioned camping and the result is good old fashioned fun.

The campsite is a pop-up, summer-only affair, with facilities in portable cabin blocks and no motorhomes or caravans allowed. It all lends the place a well-run but homespun charm. A marquee at the top of the field has a fridge-freezer and boiling water on tap for making tea and coffee – a very welcome touch – and, on Friday’s, there’s a barn that houses a bar and serves barbecued food, ideal after a long drive. They’re all touches that show the proprietors of the place really understand their campers and listen to their needs, including the offer of pre-pitched bell tents for those who don't really want to do much heavy lifting at all.

Charisworth is very much a working farm. Farmer Richard is happy to show campers around, with pigs, sheep, cows and chickens to meet, and the campsite also has excellent access on to the farm’s trails and wider public footpaths. South, over the fields, it’s a three-mile walk to the village of Winterbourne Kingston, where there’s a good pub with a Mediterranean-style, statue-dotted garden (around an hour’s walk each way), while, north, a footpath along a track leads to Gorcombe Activity Centre, if quad biking or archery take your fancy. Further afield, it’s four miles to the market town of Blandford Forum – a good place to eat on night’s the barn bar isn’t operating – and 10 miles to Kingston Lacey, one of the National Trust’s flagship country estates. Or of course, you can simply stay put at the campsite, as many do; enjoying the space and the setting and the fact that the kids are having fun.

Details

Facilities

Plenty of toilets in new cabin-style washblocks and two showers. Covered washing-up area. A marquee houses a communal fridge freezer for food and ice-blocks, plus tea making facilities, a microwave and sockets for charging mobile phones. Barbecues and firepits are available for hire. A licensed bar inside a farm barn serves barbecued food on Friday nights with picnic tables outside.

Suitable For

Couples, families, tents, dogs (on leads) – yes. Campervans, caravans, stag and hen groups – no.

Nearby

Charisworth is nicely tucked away, with footpaths and bridleways nearby, including a good route along a sunken path to Great Coll Wood and a three-mile off-road route to The Greyhound pub (01929 471332) in Winterborne Kingston. However, the proximity of the A354 also makes it convenient for zipping around Dorset and visiting attractions further afield. It takes 10 minutes to drive the four miles into Blandford Forum, a pleasant market town with a museum (01258 450388) – as well as a separate Fashion Museum (01258 453006) – plenty of good places to eat and drink, and shops for stocking up. Wimbourne and Dorchester are also within half an hour, as is the National Trust's Kingston Lacy House & Gardens (01202 883402) and Bovington Tank Museum (01929 405096). If you like extreme sports and adrenaline, meanwhile, it's only a couple of miles to Gorcombe Extreme Sports (01258 452219; you can walk there from the campsite in around 20 minutes), where you can try quad biking, paint balling, archery and more.

Food & Drink

There aren't any pubs within strolling distance but it's a 10-minute drive into Blandford Forum for plentiful options, including the flagship pub of the local Woodhouse Brewery, The Crown (01258 456626), and it's only five minutes down the A354 to the recently reinvigorated Milton Arms. Other top picks include The Greyhound (01929 471332) at Winterborne Kingston, the thatched, low-beamed Worlds End (01929 459036) in Almer and the magnificent Fox Inn (01258 880328) set in an old country house in Anstey. If you follow the footpath behind the campsite north to the Gorcombe Extreme Sports Centre, there is also a decent little café there – The Good Life Café (20–25 minutes' walk).

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Charisworth Farm provides the perfect escape from everyday life. Despite being just 4 miles from the nearby town of Blandford, you'll feel like you've gone back to nature when you visit us. Based on a working farm, we offer a peaceful tree-lined campsite, surrounded by open fields offering superb country views. There's plenty of space to allow adults to unwind, while the children are free to play in the stunning parkland setting and woodland areas.

In the evenings, this site is all about peaceful, quiet times around the firepit (music and parties aren’t permitted), with the added bonus of a quiet bar serving draught lager and cider, spirits and soft drinks on Friday nights.

We are happy to show guests around the farm and to introduce them to the animals - we have cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and ponies.

Accommodation

30 or so camping pitches, plus 20 pre-pitched and furnished bell tents for hire.

Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 10 Available
Pitch your own tent in our parkland setting

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 6 Available
Pre-pitched - all set up ready and waiting for you! Sleeps max 4

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Location

Contact Charisworth Farm, Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset DT11 9AL

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Getting There

Charisworth Farm is just off the A354. You enter the farm drive directly from the A road. Look out for a white 'Charisworth Farm' sign on the road, opposite the entrance. It's four miles south of Blandford Forum (the entrance is on your left if travelling south from the town) and two miles north east of Winterborne Whitechurch village (with the entrance on your right).

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Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Perfect location

What a great campsite! Such a lovely peaceful countryside location. Friendly laid back staff. Perfect for families. Our children loved seeing all the farm animals. Particular highlight camping by a field of horses. Great little wooded area & tree swing. Lovely relaxing in the evening next to a roaring fire (fire pits to hire there). Short drive to a lovely pub & around 5min drive to Tesco supermarket. Around half hr drive to beach. Basic toilet & shower facilities but pretty clean & as expected for a pop up campsite. Highly recommend. We will definitely look to go back next year!
Aug 31, 2021 by Emily
★★★★★

Family fun relaxed camping trip

We have just returned form our 1st ever camping experience The site was perfect, quiet and very family friendly We stayed in a bell tent with beds made for arrival Our kids enjoyed the farm tour and the pop up bar and BBQ was perfect The site is small but location was great Staff were very helpful and friendly
Aug 22, 2021 by alison davis Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful, relaxing holiday with the friendliest hosts

My family and I have just returned from a few nights away staying in a bell tent at Charisworth Farm. We can't wait to return. The setting is amazing and the facilities are excellent. The children loved the bell tent which was very spacious and we took lots of cool throws and put up a gazebo to make it our own space. There is so much room for the children to play, there is a swing in the woods, animals to see and amazing walks. We didn't even get in the car to leave the campsite during out stay. The added bonus of tea and coffee making facilities, microwave and fridge/freezer on site was welcomed. We cooked at our tent and the washing up area was excellent with piping hot running water. Farmer Richard was so accommodating and nothing was too much trouble. We even purchased some eggs from his parents which were the best eggs we've ever tasted - all from the chickens on the farm. We'd thoroughly recommend staying here and we will definitely be booking to return very soon.

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