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Tom's Field (Dorset)

UK England South West England Dorset Swanage & Isle of Purbeck

  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Relaxed campsite with views of Swanage Bay and the Isle of Wight

In an area of rural Dorset called the Isle of Purbeck, which isn’t actually an island, it seems appropriate that Tom’s Field isn’t in fact Tom’s. It was at one stage, but Tom has now pitched his tent in that great campsite in the sky, leaving his field to be loved and camped on by younger generations.

If it isn’t Tom’s, it is at least a field, so that part of the description is accurate. It’s rather a nice field, comprising just over four acres of gently rolling soft grass with old stone walling around much of its perimeter. It’s divided into a flat lower field, and a slightly more undulating higher field, which is compensated for by the outlook. If you’re looking the right way, you can see a long view seaward across Swanage Bay, and on a clear day you might see the Isle of Wight.

With so many attractions around here, it’s difficult to know where to start. The pub is probably as good a place as any, and what a pub the Square & Compass in Worth Matravers is. This gem has become an attraction in its own right, with visitors making a special trip to Worth Matravers to taste the ales and pasties, sit by the fire and bang their heads on the low beams.

This stretch of coast – aka the Jurassic Coast – is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the geologically significant rocks that date back more than 100 million years. With that accolade, it has joined the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world. Now, Tom would be proud.



2 Basic family shower rooms, toilets and freezer pack storage. A mobile shop sells breakfast staples. Washing-up sinks. Otherwise, Tina concurs, ‘regulars seem to like things staying exactly as they are’.


Treat yourself to a boat trip along the Jurassic Coast from Swanage. Contact Marsh’s Boats (01929 427659).

Food & Drink

Stock up on local, organic and fair-trade produce, including bread and eggs, at the on-site shop; bring your own bag. Or check out the regular local produce Farmer’s Markets.

As well as the quaint Square & Compass (01929 439229) in Worth Matravers (a 5-minute drive or a half-hour walk away), the excellent Scott Arms (01929 480270) in Kingston has a garden and views of Corfe Castle.


Mid March – end of October.

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Contact Tom's Field (Dorset), Tom’s Field Road, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3HN

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Getting There

Leave the A35 onto the A351 or A352 (depending on direction) and proceed for 11 miles. Turn right onto Haycrafts Lane; after a mile turn left onto the B3069 and after another mile turn right onto Tom’s Field Road.

Take the train to Wareham and then the no. 40  bus, which stops at the end of Tom's Field Road in Langton Matravers


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Rated ★★★★★ over 17 reviews


What an amazing place! Love everything about it

Stayed 2 nights here and wow, what a place! The campsite was gorgeous and the staff were so friendly and helpful. Everything was Covid safe too which makes the site shop (which seems to have literally everything you'd ever need lol) feel safe. The campsite seemed to be pretty full and yet it was so peaceful and quiet. Toilet/shower area were very clean and big and all the facilities were great. The surrounding village is beautiful and relaxed, with a great pub 3 min walk down the road called The Kings Arms that served great food. Highly recommend the walk to Dancing Ledge, which is right by the sea. An old quarry that surrounded by grassy hills with rock climbing and a large rock pool you can swim in. Will definately be back here soon and can't say just how good this place is! Really appreciated the helpful chatty campstaff too as they gave me some great tips and maps for the area. Highly recommend this place, very grateful to have found it.
Sep 14, 2020 by SB


the night we came their it was a hurricane so we stayed in his very comfortable B&B! Amazing, friendly, fun man, with an amazing fields, and it was the best experience, The B&B is very comfortable bedding and breakfast. And we truly loved this experience and it was full of fun and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it! We loved our experience and Tom is a really great man, There are showers(very clean) a microwave, toilets and cupboards were we can store our food if it can’t fit in our tent! We recommend you should go and Tom is a really nice, warm and friendly man, and the holiday was one to remember! There is a lovely friendly dog called Flash and he is very friendly and is very good with kids! We recommend you go because we loved our stay!
May 2, 2020 by Craig, Grace and Lauren

Perfectly located for exploring the Isle of Purbeck.

Have stayed here several times over the years. Perfectly located for exploring the Isle of Purbeck. 20 min walk through fields to the Square and Compass pub, Dancing Ledge and the ridgeway. Site itself offers clean wash block, basic shop, recycling facilities and hook ups. Although the site can get busy pitches are well spaced so you are not tripping over other peoples tents. Tom's Field does not lend itself to large groups so ambiance is pretty friendly and chilled.
Apr 16, 2020 by Danny Fitz

The views and how friendly the staff were

I stayed here many years ago and have never forgotten about the place
Feb 8, 2019 by Martine

Beautiful site close to nature

Excellent facilities, plenty of room in the fields, but quite expensive. Shop with fairtrade products, really good recycling. We saw rabbits and a young blackbird came in to our awning in search of crumbs! Good bus service into Swanage (well, one never turned up but otherwise OK) and steam train to Corfe. Will definitely come again.
Jul 18, 2018 by Constance

A Super Little Site

We spent a few days/nights at Toms Field mid-July. All very relaxed and once checked in were told to pitch up wherever we could find a space... we arrived mid morning so no problem finding a nice spot backed up against a hedge. It is a small site but nicely laid out with a number of separate areas - although quite a few are sloping. The facilities are small but adequate and kept clean with plenty of hot water on tap. The small on site shop had fresh bread and essentials - although no fruit and veg - but you can always wander into Langton where there is a small shop/post office. Beautiful spot to walk straight out from the campsite up to the coastal path and down to dancing ledge etc. Nice peaceful and relaxed campsite and although the glorious weather helped - we loved it and will certainly be back.
Jul 16, 2018 by Peter B

A nice weekend.

A nice little site. Reasonably sheltered and surrounded by nature. Good base to explore Purbeck from. I camped at the far end with lots of hedgerow/bushes about so could hear the dawn chorus of birds really well. Deafeningly well in fact, and at 5 am! Can't complain about nature though. Stunning views of the ridgeway in the distance.

The walk south to the coast and Dancing Ledge was more of a work out than a gentle stroll. Swanage is the ideal old fashioned seaside town. Studland Bay has miles of beach and dunes to explore. Brownsea Island is a nice day out that feels a bit adventurous. Poole isn't so great but has a really nice park and boating lake.

Sep 27, 2015 by Tiggy


We stayed at Tom's Field in June 2014. Staff were lovely & quite helpful. We found a nice spot to pitch. Great facilities, handy shop & a good breakfast. No playground or anything such for the kids (2&3), but they loved running around playing & were perfectly happy.

The location is great for a day on the beach at Studland & a wander around Swanage. I recommend & will definitely be going back. 

Aug 29, 2014 by Nikalla

Good Site, shame about the attitude of staff

A great location, fantastic green recycling ethic, solar heating of water, its obvious they care for the land. However the non friendly welcome from staff cast a shadow over the start of our break. It was if everything was too much hassle; and when asked any questions it was as if we were really putting staff out.

However the location is quaint, well maintained, with a lovley coastal walk into Swanage, with an option of a short 1hr walk, or to follow the coastal path it will take about 3hrs, passing a lighthouse and a castle.

This site is worth a visit, its just a shame the staff aint so enthu

Aug 25, 2014 by Claire

Un-commercialised basic camping

Great vibes here, it was early June so not busy season. Some parts of the field are slightly sloping but luckily not too bad for sleeping. Amenities are good and shower token system actually made me realise one can take a shower within 3 minutes!

Jun 16, 2014 by Pooh-ey

Busy but not over stacked

Great site within walking distance of coast.  (Lovely walk too down to Dancing Ledge - even the kids asked to do it more than once).  Well stocked shop with essentials incl fresh bread.  Lovely showers - very clean and idea washing area.  Would love to return if only we could get a booking!!!

Jun 15, 2014 by Jess Wright

Tom's field (dorset) - Fab!

Lovely spot, with views and surrounding countryside.  The kids had a great time exploring dens and surrounding fields.  Staff helpful and facilities were well thought through.  (We had lots of rain and there was a warm drying room which we couldn't have lived without.)  Lots of nice people camping, who've been going for years, which says it all.    

May 31, 2014 by pottskvm

Tom's Field (Dorset)

We visited Tom's Field this week and we really enjoyed our stay there. Friendly welcome and a helpful lady greeted us. The campsite has wonderful views across cracking countryside. Awoken by birdsong which is about all you can hear, makes you feel alive and relaxed. A four mile walk along the coastal path was rewarded with a few beers and a lovely pasty in the Square & Compass, well worth a visit, less so the Kings Arms in Worth itself, nice pub, food wasn't great.

All in all a very enjoyable visit to Tom's field, i can imagine it getting busy at peak times, but well worth going when a bit quieter

Jun 20, 2013 by Stoneageman

Tom’s Field (Dorset)

The area is lovely around Tom's Field and it is really easy to walk out over beautiful countryside.  We visited over a half term weekend and the site was at capacity which meant we did feel crammed in, there wasnt space for the children to play but it is a very safe environment for families.  The shower and toilet facilities were clean and the staff very friendly.

Jun 2, 2013 by Sheena Hulme

Tom’s Field

Very friendly staff, good and clean toilets and showers and well equipped campshop, but campsite itself was a bit disappointing. Views and location are great, but during the weekend it feels more like camping on a carpark with slamming cardoors and big campers blocking your view of the further stunning surrounding. Not so magical as promised....But we visited in a weekend in july that probably makes the difference.

Aug 1, 2011 by dutchskies

Tom’s Field

Having researched sites in the area we decided Tom’s Field would be a good location for a few days away...and we were right. The location of the site is tucked away down a small quiet road. Very peaceful with only the sound of birds and sheep disturbing the silence of early mornings. The Axe and Compass is definitely worth a walk along a path and across a couple of fields (signposted) as it’s a very quaint pub with many unique features (including a serving hatch to replace a more traditional bar to serve drinks!). Back on the campsite the showers, toilet block and washing-up area are all clean and well equipped, as is the on-site shop. You can also hire barbecues for a small charge. Whilst on staying here we visited Studland Beach, Swanage and took advantage of the lovely countryside for walks and picnics! I would recommend this site if you are after a peaceful get-away. x
May 25, 2011 by hels.robinson

Tom’s Field

this review is about tom’s field in purbeck (there are two tom’s field/s) don’t want you to get confused. anyway.... tom’s field is fab. different fields each with a different character. it’s always a bit of worry as to whether you’re going to be able to get in - arrive early to be sure. the shop is lovely - plenty of veggie bits n pieces which suits me. lots of camping gear which you suddenly realise you just have to have :-) wouldn’t sell it on its views - the best bits have the worst views (sounds counter-intuitive but right) but the walk down the the wonderful dancing ledges during the morning and the square and compass at night, is just magical.

Aug 5, 2010 by fionabobjamesanded

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