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Norden Farm

UK England South West England Dorset Swanage & Isle of Purbeck

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Authentic on-the-farm camping on the idyllic Isle of Purbeck within walking distance of Corfe Castle.

If Old MacDonald had this farm you could keep the rhyme going for hours. Home to pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, alpacas, donkeys, calves and lambs, Norden Farm offers camping in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, close to Dorset's imposing Jurassic coast.

In a peaceful, rural setting the campsite overlooks fields of grazing sheep and the rolling Dorset countryside beyond, and includes a small natural pond, good for fishing or spotting wildlife. Split over three fields (with an extra spill-over field in peak season) it offers all the facilities you need for a comfortable stay including clean, modern shower blocks, laundry and a covered washing-up area. There are some thoughtful details too like the bath in the family room for cleaning-off grubby toddlers and a 'pooch parlour' where dog owners can give their mucky pups a wash. The farm shop is reasonably priced and well stocked with camping accessories, general groceries, and fresh local produce.

The campsite lies at the gateway to the imposing and geologically significant Jurassic coast - Kimmeredge Bay, Lulworth Cove and Dundle Door (geography field-trip heaven!) are all close by and impressive sights to see. Studland Beach, a 20-minute drive away, is a 4-mile stretch of golden sand with views of the Isle of Wight and Old Harry Rocks (three chalk stacks in the sea) and is a good spot for water sports as well as being home to Britain's most popular naturist beach. There are plenty of well marked paths for walkers, ramblers and cyclists to discover along the coastline, through woodland and across heathland. The picturesque Purbeck coast also offers some of the best rock climbing routes in Northern Europe with ascents for every ability.

Corfe Castle with its iconic medieval ruins is just over the Purbeck Ridge, though a footpath on the farm saves you climbing the hill and you can walk there directly from the campsite in a pleasant 20 minutes. Step back in time with a visit to the ghost village of Tyneham, evacuated shortly before the start of WWII and eerily empty ever since or hop on the Swanage Steam Railway, which also offers a reminder of a bygone era – you can take the train from the small station at nearby Norden and travel to the coastal town of Swanage which retains its traditional Victorian seaside charm, complete with bathing huts, promenade and paddle steamer pier.



2 WC and shower blocks, covered washing up area, laundry, family room with baby changing, disabled room and 'pooch parlour' dog shower. Free fishing onsite. Wi-Fi (charged for).

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, camper vans, motor homes, dogs (on leads). This is a family-friendly site and gets very busy in the summer holidays.


Visit the iconic medieval ruins in the historic village of Corfe Castle (5 minutes by car, 20 minutes walk), where you'll also find the model village (01929 481234). Ape around at Monkey World (0800 456600) in nearby Wareham or step back in time at Tyneham ghost village. Travel by steam train on the Swanage Railway (01929 425800) – the small station of Norden is a 10 minute walk away and the train will take you almost to the beach in Swanage. A short drive gets you to Studland Bay (01929 450500), a 5 mile stretch of golden sand bordered by dunes. Get active at the beach with Studland Watersports (07980 559143) which offers kayaking, paddle boards, sailing and powerboats trips. Enjoy walks and wildlife at Arne Peninsula nature reserve (01929 553360).

Food & Drink

Onsite shop stocking local produce including all ranges of meat from a local farm only 5 miles away, as well as honey, cheeses, ales, ciders, beers and ice cream. Small catering/burger van onsite. The Halfway Inn (01929 480402) in nearby Norden is a great family pub serving decent food, while The Castle Inn (01929 400311) is a popular, dog-friendly pub 20 minutes away. At The Quay Inn (01929 552735) in Wareham you can enjoy meat and fish cooked at your table on volcanic hot rock. Shell Bay Cafe (01929 450363) serves fresh seafood in a picturesque beachside setting.


Early July – end August.

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Contact Norden Farm, Norden Farm, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DS

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Getting There

Bus stops at site entrance with services to Wareham and Poole and Corfe Castle ad Swanage (timetables available in shop). Swanage steam railway a 10 minute walk from site, Wareham train station (main line) 5 miles away.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews


Ein wirklich schöner Urlaub

Norden Farm was our second stop on our GB tour and we were very excited about what to expect. We had a really friendly reception at the registration. By the way, we had (almost) only friendly contacts wherever we were in the UK. The campground itself was well organized and clearly arranged. The pitch we booked was very generous for our "Tent-Trailer". The whole area and all facilities was very well maintained and clean. Employees were always on the move mowing, turfing and cleaning. The campsite store was more than adequate equipped with everything necessary. Even camping equipment could be bought here at reasonable prices. Also Campinggaz bottles were exchanged here. During the main season, the food supply was simply super. So who did not want to cook or grill (fire bowls and grills by the way allowed) could feed here well :-). A nice change were the animals, some of which could be free on the area (geese, peacocks, turkeys) and otherwise around the area in the pastures (cattle with calves, sheep, goats, donkeys, deer, llamas) were distributed. Conclusion: An incredibly beautiful place for families with children ... have not seen everything after 10 days and will be happy to come back. Turkeys) and otherwise around the area in the pastures (cattle with calves, sheep, goats, donkeys, deer, llamas) were distributed. Conclusion: An incredibly beautiful place for families with children ... have not seen everything after 10 days and will be happy to come back. Turkeys) and otherwise around the area in the pastures (cattle with calves, sheep, goats, donkeys, deer, llamas) were distributed. Conclusion: An incredibly beautiful place for families with children ... have not seen everything after 10 days and will be happy to come back.
Sep 8, 2019 by M. Urbas

Norden - Perfect pitch up for friendly families

We book again for the following year as we depart in the main summer hols ... says it all. Norden ticks all of the British caravan/camping holiday boxes for us. Run by lovely people. Dog, child friendly. The surrounding area(s) are so steeped in history with stunning beaches and endless days out (with lots of free NT parking around), going back (we are not same place year after year folk ordinarily) is a no brainer. The site has everything you need, the prices are great in high season (£5 a night for a gazebo bumps up the cost though!) and the walk into Corfe is unmissable, just beautiful. NT membership pays for itself when you wander in & out of the castle grounds throughout the stay. I have no complaints about the site or management, however the minority of other campers might want to reconsider smaller, quieter sites. Two years, two whinging/rude campers who despite our attempts to keep noise down after 10.30-11pm (sat on our own pitch around the fire) and despite our wasted attempts to demonstrate politeness, some moaned for the sake of moaning instead of just talking to us. Our holidays are so packed we don't have time or inclination to whinge .. some thrive on it unfortunately. Management dealt with things professionally & diplomatically. We won't be put off by Miserable Meldrews, we will always revisit this lovely place in our van. It genuinely provides everything a British budget coastal holiday could.
Oct 8, 2018 by Sam Lune

Brilliant short break

Camped in a tent here for 3 nights with parents in their caravan next to us on an electric hook up pitch. It's lovely. Kids love it. Kids and animals take precedence over cars. Beware they keep an eye on your speed round the site. Excellent showers and washing up facilities on a beautifully maintained site. Love the sounds of the goats, chickens and peacocks. We stayed in the main field with a decent sized pitch and there are plenty of places to camp, at least 4 fields. Have been loads of times and it's great each time. If you've never been you should go.
Aug 8, 2018 by Clare Davies

OK...but I'll stop elsewhere next time.

Whilst there was nothing largely bad about our time at Norden Farm, when we return to the area, it will be at a different campsite....this one wasn't for us.

There was plenty of space on the top field when we arrived during bad weather as many were leaving to avoid it! The wind really hits that top field hard as it's in the valley, and we snapped a pole during pitching, but our tent was still able to be pitched at survived the strong winds until they finally relented. My advice would be to pitch correctly to the wind and use all your guys, we saw a fellow camper lose their tent as it rolled down the field in the wind as they hadn't pegged down sufficiently. By the end of the week and the good weather back the field was fully booked and jam packed. Personally it was too many for me, and we felt right on top of each other. Others were noisy late at night and running up and down the field playing football right up to our tents once we had gone to bed (past 11pm). There seemed to be no one around to quieten noise or remind people to be considerate of fellow campers. The amount of parents and teens shouting at each other late at night was surprising. 

The showers by top field/ pond field were not great either.  There seemed to be no temperature control and the water was far to hot to stand under, let alone wash our young children in. We did find the main field facilities were much better with family rooms, unisex showers and male/female showers, which had temperature control and adjustable heads which were fab for washing the children. If used at the wrong time however you were in after someone who left it a bit messy then it was disappointing but the showers were cleaned regularly. The top field toilets also got extremely smelly the busier the site got near the end of the week. My other half informed me the men's smelt alot of wee quite often.

Pot washing was good, everyone left it clean which was nice. At peak times there was a 5 minute wait to wash up. But if you timed it right you were fine.

Shop was well stocked and staff friendly. Lovely cakes and bread daily. They take card payments too which was a plus. As  lovely as the duck and chicken eggs were...The farm area really let the site down. The buildings housing animals looked it a terrible state of repair and they smelt awful. I know it's a working farm and believe me I've been in many, they didn't have a proper muck out whilst we were there and it looked like they were trying to deep litter by putting more fresh hay and straw on top. They also seem to be huge hoarders. There is a lot of stored old rubbish all over the farm area, clapped out vehicles, scrap metal, rusted shepherds huts, all sorts! If they scrapped in all the hoarded stuff we were  retain they would have enough money to repair or even rebuild the animal sheds.

There is a lovely walk into Corfe Castle from the site, through a gate at the entrance by the main road. And the walk to Norden Steam Station is also simple and quick. The hill next the site also is a lovely position  for a sunrise overlooking Corfe Castle. 

On a whole there's nothing hugely wrong with Norden Farm and I can see how for others it perfectly suits their holiday. But it wasn't for us. We really want to go back to Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, but we won't be at Norden again.

Aug 2, 2015 by loobylou88

Norden Farm

One of the best campsites I've had a chance to visit. Perfect location. Shop on site is also great, you'll find everything you may possibly need there.Only 15 min walk up the hill and you'll find a great spot for some early morning photography with the view of beautiful Corfe Castle:) love it and definitely will be back!

May 20, 2015 by montananeiro

amazing family friendly site

We have been visiting Norden Farm for 4 years, we visit at different times of the year from Easter right through to October,it has such beautiful surroundings that change all year. I am a 36 year old woman with a 7 year old son, I frequently come straight from school on a Friday with a friend and her son, we set up the tents ,have dinner and get the camp fire on, I have never felt unsafe here. We do Also come with my husband and a large group of friends for August bank holiday weekend.  The site is spotless, lots of hot clean showers, toilets and washing up sinks. The safe are very friendly and helpful.  The shop is very well stocked with fresh bread ,cakes,meat and the best fresh jumbo eggs, also logs for the fire. The take away van comes in very handy for breakfast on the last day before packing up. My son always takes his bike and I'm more than happy when he's riding around, as the cars drive very slowly. The steam train is only a walk from the site and Corfe and wareham aren't far. The price is very good Also.  We Love this site.

Sep 21, 2014 by princess Leia

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