Cider Farm Orchard Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Bridport

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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.

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Facilities

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.

Suitable For

This is an adult-only campsite. Tents, adults, respectful groups (including stag and hen parties) – yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs, under-18s, noisy folk – no.

Nearby

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).

Open

May–August.

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The Owner Says

Here at our unique Cider Farm Orchard Campsite we aim to offer a lovely, peaceful experience to those who want to escape the hustle and bustle whilst still offering great amenities and facilities.

It is perfect for those that want to escape from large rowdy sites for a smaller low-key site with lots of space.

Each pitch is its own wide Cider Apple Orchard row and is named after the Apple variety.

Pitches

Around 14 camping pitches, set within the apple tree rows of the orchard. You can park at the end of the row but it's not possible to park directly beside your tent.

Orchard Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 14 Available
A unique orchard camping grass pitch. Each pitch is 12m from others, non electric and 16ft wide by 90ft long, down the mature cider apple orchard rows.

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Location

Contact Cider Farm Orchard Campsite, Strong Orchard, Pineapple Lane, Waytown, Bridport, Dorset DT65HZ

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Getting There

The campsite is located in the village of Waytown, three miles outside Bridport in West Dorset. By car as you get closer to the orchard you will see a number of signs for ‘Dorset Nectar Cider Farm’. Or try the name 'Strong Orchard' or 'Dorset Nectar Cider' on your SatNav with the postcode DT6 5HZ.

Crewkerne is the nearest train station, from there it's a 20-minute taxi ride, or you can take the Y6 bus to Beaminister, which gets you closer, but you're still a good two miles from the campsite.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews

★★★★★

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.
Jul 26, 2021 by valerie amos Verified Review
★★★★☆

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!!
Jun 28, 2021 by Wiebke Heyer Verified Review
★★★☆☆

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.
★★★★★

So lovely

Gorgeous place to stay, were made to feel very welcome. Lovely cider, showers and toilets on site and very friendly staff.
★★★★★

Terrible facilities

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 😃
Jun 13, 2021 by EllaLHowells Verified Review
★★★★★

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!
★★★★★

Great campsite

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.
★★★★☆

Amazing campsite

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.
★★★★★

Impeccable campsite!

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...
Jun 6, 2021 by Ian Rogers
★★★★★

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.

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