Frome Meadow Campsite

UK England South West England Dorset Dorchester

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A magical riverside retreat near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Few outdoors experiences satisfy our appetite for adventure like a spot of wild swimming. On a balmy summer’s day, there’s nothing quite like a cooling dip in a tranquil lake or sun-dappled swimming hole. Waterside campsites – amongst the most magical of settings for a night under canvas – are rarer than you might expect in the UK. So on hearing about a brand new East Dorset campsite in 2018, right beside a river, we knew we had to dive straight in. A few years on it’s become a go-to destination for a summer camp and ‘dip-nic’.

Set on a dairy farm just outside the historic village of Moreton, Frome Meadow Campsite is five spectacular acres bordered by wildlife-rich woodland. Like all things beautifully ephemeral, it only pops-up for the month of August, so be sure to book well in advance. Campers lucky enough to secure one of the privileged pitches in this sprawling space enjoy unparalleled access to the River Frome. Exclusively accessed by patrons of the campsite, this private stretch of river is perfect for paddling and swimming for the more able (and more cold-hardy). The current can be quite strong in places and campers are reminded to take the usual common-sense precautions (particularly in the deeper areas), with children needing to be supervised at all times. But with a bit of food packed and jelly shoes on feet, the little ones will be content for hours splashing about and spotting minnows and frogs beneath the surface.

The camping experience, itself, is what you may expect of a rural site that only opens for one month each year. It’s simple, off-grid and off-the-beaten-track but highly suited to the sort of character that likes swimming in rivers rather than swimming pools. Facilities-wise, you’ll find eco-friendly compost loos, hot showers and a washing-up area but little else besides. For those who like to travel light, though, there’s a couple of family-sized bell tents, too, kitted out with comfy mattresses, lanterns and deckchairs.

Owner Catherine’s encouraging attitude to wild swimming extends to her general outlook on camping. Campfires are more than allowed, so you can spend evenings toasting marshmallows over the flames while regaling your friends with tales from the riverbank, and there’s a relaxed ‘pitch-where-you-like’ policy. She does, however, draw the line at around 25 tents, avoiding any danger of overcrowding. There’s more than ample room for a game of rounders and novice naturalists can spot all manner of flora and fauna, including, occasionally, sika deer, which were first brought to the UK from Japan in 1896 and settled on nearby Brownsea Island, only to swim across Poole Harbour and begin populating the rest of Dorset.

Follow one of the many bridleways emanating from the campsite and you’ll soon end up at Moreton. This charming village is steeped in history, with its most famous son T.E. Lawrence (more commonly known as Lawrence of Arabia) commemorated in the heritage trail that takes in his rural retreat and grave at St Nicholas’ church. And if you haven’t sated your watery desires back at camp, the Jurassic Coast – including Lulworth Cove and iconic Durdle Door – is just 20 minutes’ away by car.

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3 hot showers, 4 eco loos and a washing-up sink. Campfires permitted and wild swimming access to the River Frome.

Suitable For

Tents, trailer tents – yes. Caravans or camper vans – no. Large groups can be accommodated in a separate field to avoid disturbing others. Dogs are permitted on camping pitches but not in the bell tents.


Moreton village is 15 mins walk way. This charming village is synonymous with T.E. Lawrence, more commonly know as Lawrence of Arabia. Visit his rural cottage Clouds Hill (01929 405616), now maintained by the National Trust, and his grave at St Nicholas’ Church where you can also view the ornately stencilled windows. The churchyard backs on to The Walled Garden (01929 462243) a lovely spot for a stroll or a spot of afternoon tea. Also nearby, Sculpture by the Lakes (07720637808) is a tranquil art-filled haven that hosts regular events and courses. For a day out with the kids, Bovington Tank Museum (01929 462359) and Monkey World (01929 462537) are both within 3 miles of the campsite. For a day at the beach, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast are about 6 miles away, while Weymouth is a little further along.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of pubs within easy reach of camp. The nearest local is The Frampton Arms (01305 852253) a 2-minute drive away. The Countryman Inn (01305 852666) at East Knighton is famed locally for its Sunday carvery, while The Blue Vinny (01305 848228) serves an array of dishes including wood-fired pizzas. The Wise Man (01305 261970) serves an inventive menu of locally sourced dishes, and for a slice of a cream tea or a spot of lunch head to The Dovecote Café (01929 462243) in Moreton’s Walled Garden.

Opening Times

August only.

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The Owner Says

We invite you to camp in the meadows alongside the beautiful River Frome, where you can go wild swimming in this private stretch of the river and cook over a campfire in a peaceful green space normally only enjoyed by local wildlife and the cows.

​There is plenty of  room to choose your own pitch or you can hire one of three furnished bell tents - take the hassle out of camping and stay in one of our gorgeous tents with comfy beds, colourful rugs and blankets, solar lights and an up-cycled fire pit.

 The site has eco loos, hot showers and a washing up area.

​Moreton, a popular destination for visitors, is a 15 minute walk from the meadow, from here there are miles of walks and cycle paths. There are many local attractions including Lulworth Cove, only 6 miles way, and lots of pretty Dorset villages to explore.

​Although when you are settled in this quiet field in the middle of our family run dairy farm, you may not want to leave.


30 tent pitches plus 2 furnished bell tents.

Far from the Madding Crowd

Bell tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
A 5m Bell tent suitable for a family of up to four, we provide a double mattress and any extra singles you may require. WE REGRET THAT NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE BELL TENTS.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 40 Available
Pitch where you like in our camping meadow, alongside the beautiful River Frome. There are woods and hedges all around so you can choose a pitch in the sun or shade - but we advise you to pitch for the best sunset views!

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Contact Frome Meadow Campsite, Frome Meadow Campsite, Moreton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8RA

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Getting There

From Wimborne take the A31 west to Bere Regis. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit for A35 west towards Dorchester. Take the first exit off the dual carriageway for Tolpuddle. Turn left and after 200m turn right onto the B3390 towards Crossways. Continue for 3 miles (traveling over 3 bridges) then take the next left, signposted to Moreton. Turn immediately left onto a gravel track. The campsite will be clearly signposted.

Moreton station is one mile away and there are hourly trains between London Waterloo and Weymouth. Catherine is happy to collect campers arriving by train by pre arrangement.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 20 reviews


Quiet natural campsite

It was our first visit to Frome Meadow. We were a group of 2 families, one of which was there first camping trip. Despite the weather being glorious and it being the August BHol, the field was not crowded and the site quiet, consistently mainly of young families. We enjoyed the refreshing river to swim in most and the ability to have a hot shower. The other facilities are basic- a drop loo and only one washing station with cold water only. We would have liked a separate tap to be able to wash hands next to the loo but this was a minor point. A recommended site for families - esp the river and ability to have a campfire.

Blissful escape in a truly tranquil setting!

We've just returned from 5 nights at From Meadow and really didn't want to leave!! We were blessed with sunshine during the day and clear star-filled skies at night. The showers were hot, composting loos kept clean, hay bales stacked in the middle of the field for the kids to play on, then there was the river to paddle/swim in - our dog loved this almost as much as the kiddy campers did! A lovely little amble through fields to reach the beautiful little village of Moreton, where we found the highly recommended Tea Rooms. A great place that welcomed us and our furry friend. We also found a beautiful walk along the Lawrence Trail through woodland, heather and well maintained paths.The Frampton Arms was just up the road too which was perfect for a pint on the one rainy evening we had. Lulworth Cove and the Jurassic Coast were a 15minute drive. Weymouth was reached in 20. The location couldn't have been much better and the campsite couldn't have offered much more. We LOVED it. Campfires rule!
Aug 31, 2019 by Laura Morley Verified Review

Simple, relaxing, natural,spacious

A great back to basics campsite set in two large open fields. Good showers and a clean simple toilet block allowed us to relax without the clutter of more formal campsites. The children had a great time playing on the hay bales swimming in the river and running round the fields whilst we relaxed around an open campfire toasting marshmallows. Brilliant and load of things to do nearby.
Aug 31, 2019 by R morgan

A magical place operated with love and care

I stayed in a bell tent and it was beautifully done: comfortable bed and useful furniture decorated with lights and fresh flowers. The campsite is just the right size: busy enough to have an atmosphere but also peaceful and relaxing. Facilities were great: clean toilets always well stocked and lovely hot showers. Great spot by the river, just all round great fun! Will definitely be returning!
Aug 28, 2019 by Laura Smith

Camping like it used to be

We booked this quite late- so glad we did.We haven't been camping for a few years since our daughter grew out of it but this year we wanted a real getaway. We've got fed up with huge sites with marked out pitches too close together and toilet blocks the size of Tesco. This was the exact opposite - small site, plenty of space, no noise (except the sound of happy kids, which is fine by us). The eco loos were a revelation and the hot showers a bonus. Lovely bit of river to paddle/swim in, and campfires allowed. The owners were really friendly and obliging with our cool blocks - taking them to their freezer overnight and bringing them back in the morning. The land rover came every day with wood, matches etc and local honey and eggs. You can choose your spot - shady or sunny. The middle of the field had a few bales and the children had a whale of a time on them. Can't think of a more peaceful way to spend a few days.
Sep 14, 2018 by LS

Amazing experience!

We're just home but wish we were still at Frome Meadow. The field is beautiful with large hay bales which our children played on for hours on end with their new found friends. We enjoyed looking for kindling and building fires, wandering along the river (was too cold for a swim), and exploring the local area. It's a perfect spot to visit Durdle Door, Lulworth Cover and our favourite, Kimmeridge. Thank you for a fab stay, we'll definitely be back!
Aug 31, 2018 by Vicky

Home from Home Glamping

What a rare treat to stay at a 'back to basics' campsite, yes you have eco loos and wooden showers with privacy but everyone we met was beaming smiles and wanted to stay longer and visit again. The children loved the river, the marshmallows on the camp fire and the fact the Dog could get involved too!! Wind down in the evening with a glass of wine by the fire with the tranquil surroundings, this is my kind of heaven! Well done and will see you next year!
Aug 31, 2018 by Alan

Lovely, quiet, great location

The owners were helpful and friendly. The location is super - close to so many great places to explore. The 'pop-up' facilities worked well. We enjoyed the rustic but effective style.
Aug 27, 2018 by Martin

What a beautiful get-away-from-it-all!!

First time camping in over 35 years and was not disappointed. Such a beautiful spot and so peaceful and regenerating. The field is huge so you don’t feel overwhelmed by others campers. The river right on the doorstep is beautiful -perfect for paddling and swimming and there are blow-up rings for anyone to use. Squirrels, hares, rabbits, birds of prey all about. The owners have put a lot of thought into this and it shows. From the spotless drop toilets (toilet paper and hand gel supplied) to the gas powered eco showers, seperate bins for recycling, a washing up area, drinking water tap, firepits dotted around and a teatime visit every day to stock up on logs, kindling, honey etc - they really have done an excellent job. Very nostalgic watching the kids playing every day on the hay bale towers in the middle of the field. Genius and took me back to my own childhood!! The village is a lovely 15 minute walk away across the fields (signposted) and the walled garden and ford are well worth a visit. Had the dog with us and she absolutely loved it!! Some great walks 🐶 We had to unfortunately cut our trip short to 3 days instead of the 4 booked, but would definitely go back next year. Well done and thank you Frome Meadow - you did a great job!! 😀😀
Aug 26, 2018 by Wendy

Quiet and relaxing

We had a lovely stay for two nights with our 18 month old. The site is very basic - the facilities consist 3 long-drop loos, two showers, a washing-up sink and a drinking water tap. The toilets were always clean and the showers were nice and hot. There is a beautiful stretch of river just off the main camping field, suitable for padding or swimming, and in the middle of the field are some hay stacks for the children to jump around on. It's a perfect place to get back to nature, and enjoy some quiet relaxation time. There's loads of space for the kids to run around safely. There are also plenty of places to go for days out in the area, the nearest beaches are less than 20 minutes' drive away. I'm already looking forward to coming back next year!
Aug 23, 2018 by Caz

Such a lovely location and great experience

Campsite was great wish I could have stayed longer, I will definitely go back.
Aug 19, 2018 by Christina Kirkland

Close to nature

We loved this well set up and well run campsite. Plenty of space and a nice atmosphere. We swam in the river, watched shooting stars, saw buzzards overhead and an owl flew over our heads as we sat round the campfire. The walk to Moreton through wild flowered lanes is very pleasant. A real delight.
Aug 18, 2018 by Jackie Verified Review

Great campsite and river was fab

Great set-up with clean long-drop loos, hot showers. The best bit is the riverside location. My girls loved getting into the two huge inner tubes (put there by the owner for guests' fun) and floating down the river. The water is clear and not too deep but real fun for kids that are allowed an adventure. My girls loved the experience so much that getting them to leave the campsite and go to the beach was a challenge. There's also some haystacks where the kids play and jump about. Overall, a simple and lovely site that gets you back to nature and what life is all about. Good luck with the venture - you have made a great start!
Aug 14, 2018 by Rob

Totally beautiful

Being a total novice we booked a bell tent and it was delightful. V comfortable and everything you could wish for. Definitely coming again next year!
Aug 12, 2018 by Kim


Booked Frome Meadow on a whim, and was not disappointed. Lovely owners and a lovely flat site. Loads of space for everyone, and of course the river. Toilets and showers both excellent - don't be put off by the "composting" - we were there during the hottest part of August and they were still smell-free. Return visit next year? Definitely.
Aug 12, 2018 by Dan Verified Review

Very quiet and peaceful

Access to river is fab
Aug 11, 2018 by mark

Ticks all the boxes

Had a fantastic 3 night stay at Fromme meadow . Location is great, close enough to all the main Dorset sites. The owners were friendly and welcoming. The camping area is perfect, lots of space for our dogs to run around . The fire pits on site are a great touch. The river is beautiful, deep enough in places to swim and shallow enough if you just want to paddle. Hope to return again next year
Aug 10, 2018 by Lou

Fantastic peaceful meadow

We stayed for 2 nights on the meadow, it's beautiful and peaceful with plenty of space and a great atmosphere. The kids loved the red toilets and warm showers and the hay bales to climb on. The river was great for paddling and there were great beaches to visit close by. The walkable village of Moreton has some lovely gardens and tea rooms. Highly recommended and we hope to come again.
Aug 8, 2018 by Hilary

Peaceful and beautiful, camping at its best!

My boyfriend and I booked this as a 3 night getaway. I am so, so pleased we did! The family run campsite is beautiful right next to a stunning river, the meadow wasn't packed full of tents, there was enough room so you felt like you had your own space and the showers and loos next to the cornfield were great. Firepits were provided and you were able to buy logs on entry. Amazing value for money and we will definitely be back next year. Thank you so much for a fantastic trip. (The site is within 20 minute drive of all the main sights of Dorset but we found most evenings we actually just wanted to be back by the meadow). Can't thank you enough!
Aug 7, 2018 by Clarice

Amazing campsite, fantastic location

We have just spent two nights in one of the lovely bell tents, and could not have wished for a more peaceful and relaxing weekend. The tent was beautifully presented and had very comfy beds; the river at the bottom of the site was amazing fun for children, adults and dog. Toilets and showers etc. all immaculately clean. The owner Christine and her son Matt are really friendly and helpful, with regular delivery of logs and excellent local knowledge! We will definitely be staying again next year. Thank you!
Aug 6, 2018 by cat_woods

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