Adult-only camping amid the apple blossom of an award-winning cider orchard
You don't have to love to cider to adore this adults-only campsite five miles from the Jurassic Coast. But, if you do, you can almost certainly stop the hunt for your favourite campsite now. With pitches tucked in amongst the orchard and the camping area just an apple's throw from the Dorset Nectar taproom, this is a campsite with a visitor experience baked in. From taking a tour and learning about the origins of cider, to tasting the latest craft casks, campers here can immerse themselves in the wonderful world of apples at the same time as enjoying a campsite that is, quite simply, practical, friendly and fun.
Started by former sculptors Penny and Oliver Strong in 2006, the organic orchard produces award-winning ciders, sold around the country but also in the onsite farm shop, next to which you'll find the campsite's shower block, toilets and washing-up facilities. On arrival you're encouraged to salute your neighbours, the farm’s resident geese Sir Humphrey and Dame Maggie Smith, before making your way to a pitch in one of the rows of apple trees in the 3,000-strong orchard. All the trees are uniformly planted in a vast grid, which transforms into a stunning blanket of pink apple blossom through late May and June.
The farm shop is open until 10pm if you want to pick up fresh apple juice or local ingredients for cooking over the campfire (firepits are available for hire and logs are sold on site), while the adjacent tap room also opens for special events and frequent entertainment, with everything from folk singers to ska and rock from local musicians. That's not to say this is a wild and noisy place. In fact, don't be surprised to rise in the morning and spot deer ambling through the farm. Oliver and Penny's sculptures, too, dotted around the place – spot the diving dolphin, the seahorse and the turtle – show a real care and love for the entire space.
Getting off the farm is easy, you can follow one of the footpaths to the idyllic village of Netherbury or drive to the coast, with beaches like Eype nearby and the big cliffs of West Bay and Burton Bradstock offering filmic backdrops to your fossil hunting. The local town of Bridport has its fair share of quirky events, like The Bridport Hat Festival, the Bridport Folk Festival and, for the brave, the Annual World Nettle Eating Competition. After all those nettles no doubt you'll feel like a cider or two. Or you can buy bottles of nettle juice at the festival, if you really have been converted.
The site has a self contained toilet block and two shower cubicles, all of which are cleaned at regular intervals throughout the day. Multiple drinking water points are dotted around the site, and there is a washing up station as well. WiFi, phone charging and picnic benches at the farm shop. Fires are permitted, provided they are raised off the grass, and each pitch is provided with a small BBQ made from a cider cask (logs available to buy on site). Cider Farm Tours run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am–12.30pm where you can learn about the organic orchards, the history of cider making and take a behind the scenes look at how the modern craft cider company works. The tasting room is also open on other days outside of the tour times.
This is an adult-only campsite. Tents, adults, respectful groups (including stag and hen parties) – yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs, under-18s, noisy folk – no.
Stay onsite and take part in a taproom tour and tasting to complete your experience. This part of Dorset is an area of outstanding natural beauty and, while you can forge your own path down to the coastline, smaller walks from the farm lead to Furleigh Estate Vineyard (01308 488991; one mile) or Mangerton Mill & Gardens (01308 485224; three miles), both excellent days out. You can also take a walk down a bridal path from the farm to visit Hugh Fernly Whittingstall’s original River Cottage. It's a 15 minute drive to the best of the western stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Dramatic West Bay is great for fossil hunting and is the nearest beach, along with Burton Bradstock, while Charmouth and Lyme Regis are 25 minutes by car and it's a half-hour drive to Chesil Beach. On rainy days, drive the half hour to Dorchester, which has a slew of different museums.
Food & Drink
Apart from the on-site tap rooms, The Hare and Hounds Inn (01308 488203) is within walking distance of the orchard (around 10 minutes or less) and serves delicious food with killer views of the valley. If you're heading to the beach, try the West Bay beach food huts for a food market-style grub and book in for a fancy cocktail and oysters at Rise café and bar (01308 422 0110). The George (01308 423191) in West Bat boasts harbour views and and has a wonderful atmosphere come sunset. For cream teas and great sandwiches try West Bay Tea Rooms (01308 455697).
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Rated ★★★★★ over 31 reviews
A Newton apple revelation!
Camping among the apple trees on the Cider Farm Orchard Campsite was a fun and unique camping experience. We loved waking up each morning to the view along our row of trees and we enjoyed sampling the range of ciders on offer. There was one shower cabin which always had lovely hot water, two portaloos and one bathroom with a toilet and shower (which had slightly unpredictable water temps). Washing up facilities were one outside sink with cold water. We look forward to seeing how they develop the facilities as the campsite gets more established as they are in their first year. The staff were friendly and helpful and everything was clean and tidy.
We stayed for 2 nights and had a brilliant time - really chilled atmosphere and cider on tap! Also a short walk to the local pub. Loved the uniqueness of the site, and the fire pits for each pitch were a great bonus.
Gem of a campsite in quiet location with advantage of being able to purchase cider made on the premises.
I stayed here for a couple of days in August and having left home at 5.30 am to best the traffic was allowed to pitch up at 9.30! Be aware of the very narrow lanes to get to the site ( not a problem for me). Lovey garden with sculptures and seating greets you on arrival. Friendly staff around until 9/10 pm. Adult only site and quiet at night. Fire pits free to use ( need to purchase logs). Yes facilities are rustic but cleaned regularly with a new shower / basin at far end and porta loos on site. Nice pub just up the road. Only 20 min drive to nice beach / harbour/ cafes at West Beach with great coastal walking on the coast path. Only gripe I had was with all the space available a couple pitched their tent right alongside mine! ( while I was out) . Usually there are rules to be at least 2-3 mtrs away for fire safety and think this should be pointed out when campers arrive. Would definitely visit again.
Lovely little getaway
My husband and I spent two nights here and we had a lovely time. The site is beautiful and while there were a few other campers, it was very quiet and peaceful. The facilities were good - the wash up area and additional toilets/showers and water points were handy but we were really impressed with the little fire pits provided for each site which meant we could have a private barbecue each evening. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we tried most of the cider, which is great! We also went to the local pub, 'The Hare and Hounds' which was lovely - good food and the owner was so accommodating when we arrived without a reservation and they kindly squeezed us in for dinner. Overall a lovely time away, we will be back!
Great location for a quiet and secluded campsite
We have been coming to West Dorset camping for many years but never to Cider Farm Orchard. It's a great location set in the Dorset hillside not far from Bridport with a limited number of well separated pitches. It's great to camp amongst the apple trees. Each camping group gets their own row between the trees in which to set their camp up. The site is quiet and has good basic amenities. The added advantage as some other reviews have mentioned is the cider tasting you can do on site. We will be returning next year.
Perfect quiet getaway
Was looking forward to go somewhere for a short city escape, and Cider Orchard did not disappoint! Got quite fortunate with some rear good weather, and loved every bit of my time there! Despite peak season, it still felt private since you get your own space between two rows of cider trees. Staff were lovely and had a nice time winding down for the long bank holiday weekend. Give it a go, you won't regret it!
A lovely, quiet campsite
After a disastrous camping trip last year, we thought we’d give it one more shot with Cider Farm, and I’m so glad we did. The secluded farm, a short drive from Bridport, was peaceful, beautiful and welcoming. As previously mentioned in another review, they’re very new, but are responding to feedback and already have plans for new toilet blocks etc. The only thing we were unsure of is the website states no dogs and no children. However, there were couples with dogs and a family with a child. Overall a really lovely two night stay. We’ve recommended the site to friends and we will definitely be back.
Amazing relaxing stay
Such a lovely place to camp. We had just come for a wedding and booked this camping for a relaxing couple of days after which is exactly what it was. Owners are lovely and take the time to chat to you. Cider is AMAZING!!! just a really lovely place and would highly recommend. We will definitely be back with more people as plenty of space as you rent a row. The toilets and showers were clean and cleaned regularly - could do with more but I think this will come in time as when we were chatting with one of the owners they said they surprised at how well its taken off but its camping so the fact there is a shower and toilet anyway is a good thing. Thank you for a lovely stay and we will be back.
A wonderful place to unwind
I enjoyed 2 peaceful nights in this beautiful spot. Facilities are basic but quite adequate. The toilets and showers were kept clean and well supplied with toilet roll and sanitiser. The setting was stunning and staff very friendly. I recommend giving the cider a try-delicious! The roads surrounding are very narrow, so care needs to be taken. The sea is only a short drive away and you're within easy reach of a number of towns. I thoroughly recommend this site
Fabulous site- needs a few improvements
As others have said, this is an idilic site in many ways. We loved camping amongst the cider trees and the space for each pitch is exceptional. The on-site cider shop and bar is also a great bonus, you can sit at outside tables and sip cider made from the tress around your tent. Delicious pizzas can be delivered to the site. The staff are friendly and helpful. The downside- only one proper bathroom with a toilet/shower, plus a shed with a shower and sink, and three portaloos that were smelly by the end of the weekend. Fix this problem and it would be a five star site.
Excellent service and relaxing environment.
Spacious well maintained site with a whole avenue of trees to yourself. Fire pit provided on each site with wood for sale. Being adults only it is really peaceful. Friendly and attentive service. On site cider tasting and cider tours available. Pizza takeaway on site Thu to Sat or Sun (sorry to have missed that as we left Thu morning). Currently 2 showers and toilet with additional toilets being porta loos and all ablutions are cleaned regularly during the day (4 or 5 times). Sink provided for dish washing. Plans for proper shower block in the near future. Located on a quiet country road so not much traffic noise. Lots of walks in the area. Easy access to the coast. Pub a 5 min walk away.
Great idea but not quite ready
The location itself is great, you do get a lot of room per pitch and it's not a huge campsite so doesn't get very loud and it's a relaxing environment however what let it down for me was the lack of proper amenities. There was 1 toilet and shower in a block otherwise you had to use porta loos which is never ideal. The other shower was just in a wooden shack without a toilet. It's quite difficult to get to as the roads leading to it are very thin and windy, not ideal if you've got a large car! It also says as pub is a short walk from the site but I'm not sure you'd be very safe walking those single track roads with no path. It was an enjoyable experience but I feel it would have been that much better with proper toilet and washing facilities. Give them a year or so and it will be brillaint!
The orchard is a lovely camping spot, each lane is very generous compared to a normal camping site. The family are friendly and helpful and the cider tour was good fun. The facilities are very clean and we never had to wait or queue. Would highly recommend.
We have just returned from a wonderful 6 nights at Cider Farm Orchard Campsite - though calling it a campsite doesn't do it justice! This is a beautiful haven of peace and relaxation, sheltered amongst the apple trees which provide privacy and seclusion. We were made to feel very welcome by the lovely family who own and work the cider farm, asking for suggestions and any criticisms (...we didn't have any..) to enable them to provide the best stay for future visitors, telling us about their plans for facility upgrades etc, which should only enhance what they already have here. One member of the family in particular - Dame Maggie Smith (...the remaining goose...) provided hours of entertainment, and their little dog who stopped by to say hello a couple of times. There was an abundance of hot water in the clean showers and stacks of loo roll available. We loved the quiet evenings relaxing with a firepit and sampling the organic cider made on site - I can't see myself going back to the mass produced ciders after sampling those made here, I particularly loved the Hunny Bubble! This is the perfect spot to explore the natural beauty of the area without having to travel far, including the beautiful beaches and refreshing waters of the Jurassic Coast. Even closer to the farm, beautiful food at the Horse and Hare a short walk along the country lane. We will definitely return!
Chill, Unique, Clean pitches between the Orchards of the Cider farm
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Orchard campsite. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. Large pitches, ample space. Clean facilities 4 toilets 2 hot showers with hot basins, plenty for the small characterful site. Facilities cleaned 4 times a day. We arrived rather late, the owners/staff were very accommodating and stayed open late just for us. Close to.the seaside, or 10/15 minutes drive, lovely pub within easy walking distance although I adkir we enjoyed a number of the Cider farms awesome Cider from.their Tap Room. Phone charging and plug points available for use. WiFi code available. Chill adults only site for the 2 of us. 11pm quite time so we sat under the stars with the fire pits Free and available to us at each row. Met some of the friendly fellow campers. Cider Garden.with cool sculptures, canwalk.in the orchards. Site surrounded by several footpaths. The Owners 2nd month running it and I hope to come next year again, Great work.so far guys, will be nice to stay next year for all the exciting new features. There isnt single negative I can think of. Would highly recommend to anyone it's a Must visit Campsite.
Camping along an orchard row is just lovely
We had a great few days staying Sunday to Thursday. Camping along an orchard row was just lovely. As we camped midweek we had a choice of pitches which ranged from very shady to dappled, which we chose. As there were only six tents there for most of our stay the facilities were sufficient, and kept very clean. The cider tasting room / shop is relaxed with sockets for plugging in devices, with a variety of seating areas in amongst a sculpture garden. The owners were extremely helpful and seem to have plans to improve the facilities going forward. We thoughly enjoyed this peaceful location (early morning farm operations excepting) and would stay again.
Great place to camp, unique!
Great place to camp, lots of shade to keep your tent nice and cool during the scorching summer days. Lots of tables and and places to eat. Nice clean showers and one flushing toilet. The only reason I am not giving a 5/5 is that the 2 eco-loos and the one flushing toilet clearly not enough for an almost full campsite. Also, by the end of the weekend the eco-loos were almost unbearable to use because of the smell. If this gets fixed, then this campsite is a no brainer, absolutely wonderful to camp to, great owners, lovely people.
Peaceful, unusual and unique
I've never known a campsite like this. I think the idea is genius, literally camping in amongst the cider apple trees! You have a good 10 metre stretch of 'lane' to yourself. The cider shop is lovely and the garden outside, so so beautiful, with handmade sculptures (the families sode-gig, I believe) and array of flowers. The whole place has a wild camping vibe but with the added amenities of proper showers and toilets. Neven the portal's are always clean! Oh and don't be put off by the geese... they are all mouth and actually provided much entertainment! We hope to visit again sometime.
One of the best camping experiences I've ever had.
Beautiful location, friendly hosts and good facilities. My boyfriend and I stayed for a few days and had a great time. This campsite is relatively new, and they have already made it feel very safe, comfortable and above all relaxing. Easy to find using the Satnav instructions, two nice showers and clean loos, washing up facilities were great too. Above all this is an extremely beautiful and peaceful place to stay. There were the sounds of a working farm in the mornings but that's to be expected. Waking up to the sounds of birds and being amongst the apple trees was wonderful, and there was enough space between plots to feel like you had privacy too (not always a given when camping). We liked the fire pit too. The hosts were extremely friendly, and we had an impromptu cider tasting which was a really memorable part of the trip. I'd highly recommend staying here! Don't be put off my the concerns about the loos / showers - we had no issues with either. We hope to be back soon.
Amazing location and fantastic site
The site is amazing! Pitching your tent between the apple trees is such a great experience. We trialled a lot of the ciders in the tap room and there was a very chilled and friendly atmosphere around the place. Not too over crowded due to every party getting their own row in the orchard. Brilliant place!!
Nice & and bit different -- not enough facilities though
Positives: Quite picturesque, camping among the apple trees. And a nice long pitch for your various tents etc. Negatives: Quite noisy with farm machinery in the next field waking us up, and other campers getting a bit overexcited (and ignoring rules around where you can pitch etc.). When full, as it was on the Friday/Saturday, there was nowhere near enough facilites. Queues for the two showers were normal, and worse there was only one proper functioning toilet. There were two portaloos as well but one was out of order and the other was in such a state it was unusable really. Queueing up to take a number two is never nice.
Gorgeous place to stay, were made to feel very welcome. Lovely cider, showers and toilets on site and very friendly staff.
We were pretty disappointed with our stay 12/13 June - two dirty portaloos one combined shower toilet which took half an hour to get into waiting around, no lighting to find any of the facilities, one open air sink with cold water to wash dishes !! which is a shame as the pitches are nicely set in the orchard
An idyllic campsite
What a wonderful location! Dorset is beautiful and quintessentially English in the summer sunshine with the wildflower hedgerows and winding country roads. Camping between the apple trees with two characterful geese wandering around, and a plentiful supply of cider to buy from the on site shop, what more do you need. The three loos and two showers were clean and the whole site was well kept. We had a super time, thank you 😃
Picturesque and quiet campsite
We really enjoyed our stay at the Cider Farm campsite. The pitch is a whole row of the orchard meaning there is lots of space to camp and means you are not too close to other campers. It is quiet and a fairly small site with plenty of facilities for the size of the site. There is a pub within walking distance of the campsite and supermarkets are only a 10 minute drive away. It is also not too much of a drive to West Bay beach. The family running the site were very welcoming and friendly, I would recommend the orchard tour and cider tasting. The Cider in their shop is especially tasty!
Really nicely put together site, camping amongst the orchard of a cider farm, complete with cider shop/bar and garden. You have an entire avenue of trees to choose where to camp, so can space yourself out. Nice people, lovely countryside, short drive to the Jurassic coast and 10 min walk from a nice village pub. Add in that there is pizza deliveries to site and it's a gem! Will definitely go back.
This is an awesome campsite. You get a whole row of trees to yourself so it’s very secluded and peaceful. No kids, no caravans just tents and the crackle of many fires around. Staff are super friendly and the shop sells local beer, sausages, crisps and more. Of course, their cider is amazing and very well priced (£3.25 for a 500ml bottle!). You can also get nice wood-fired pizza delivered to the campsite for free from a local place. I would happily give five stars if they could sort the toilet situation. Only 1 shower/bathroom and 2 porto-loos (these are always a bit grim) are available. But overall we loved the experience and would definitely stay again.
This campsite is situated in a fantastic location about 15 minutes from the Jurassic coast. It’s a beautiful campsite that’s been meticulously managed and maintained. The stars are unbelievably clear late at night and it’s wonderfully quiet! You can even order amazing stone baked pizzas to the site from a local pizza place which was a huge bonus for those not looking to cook up a storm. My only negative thing to say would be about one of the staff members, a chap with short spiky hair who seems to have some serious shortcomings when it comes to social skills! The rest of the staff were helpful and friendly and the facilities were very clean. Would without a doubt stay again, oh and the farms cider is delicious! I would highly recommend the Raspberry Kiss!
Escaping the Maddening Crowds
Just got back home to Cumbria,already missing the place. The Lakes are just crammed,so Cath and myself decided to find somewhere quiet to try our new tent. The Cider Orchard Campsite was perfect,at your pitch you felt it was only you in the Orchard. The only noise was the apple blossom falling on you and your tent the most amazing constant hum of the honey bees at work and the birds calling in the background , oh and of course the 2 resident geese. I'd dare anyone to say they only drank 1 bottle of cider,once you started you had to work your way through the whole range. At night the fire pit was great for extra warmth and of course toasting marshmallows. During the day there was also a great communal picnic area with tables,surrounded by sculptures near to the shop and you could also order great takeaway pizza,highly recommend. The local pub the Hare and Hounds was also cracking with great views and a friendly landlord who has only recently taken ownership and deserves every success. Walking from the campsite down the lanes was also great even in the hot sun as many of them are high banked and the temperature was always pleasant. If you do wander into civilisation and the maddening crowds like Bridport and Lyme Regis at least you know you can quickly get back to this little gem of an oasis and more cider...
Picturesque campsite with ace cider drinking opportunities
Gorgeous setting. Very friendly. Quiet and relaxing. Highly recommended.
Amazing relaxing campsite
This campsite was beyond our expectations. Having a whole orchard row to yourself is brilliant. The shop on site is a lovely touch and there cider is very good indeed. Would highly recommend.