Eweleaze is the Glastonbury Festival of UK campsites. Advance tickets sell out shortly after going on sale; resident cows are herded into other, temporary grassy accommodation; the production is super slick; and food and drink is available in abundance. The capacity is the largest in the UK, too; over a thousand people a day share this cliff top location. And like Glastonbury, its faithful fans return every year, won over by a curving Jurassic coastline that's cherry-topped with its own private, shingle beach.
A steep, dusty track dives down to the camping village below. In daylight, the sight of all the fields looks quite, quite special. At night, it's downright magical, lit up with campfires and twinkling fairy lights. Collect car passes at reception, stopping perhaps at the courtyard – home to a well-stocked shop, a popular bakery, solar-powered showers, puppies and roaming goats, geese, peacocks and pigs – before searching for a spot.
The Beach field is closest to the steps that lead to the beach and small pontoon (a big hit among the kids). The Track field is further from the sea and facilities, but you can keep your vehicle by your pitch. And the Point field is quieter, but disruptively windy at night. It can take a few seasons to master your own personal preference. And you will keep returning…
A 'no music policy', except on Saturdays, is the main difference between Eweleaze and Glastonbury. In fact, groups wishing to gas all night should head for the back fields where there is more privacy. The main demographic is young, urban families, who need sleep to be alert when their cherubs wake up in the morning. Regulars can be quite territorial about their summer bolt hole. Respect the rules and everyone has a good time.
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Campsite with a good dose of everything!
Fabulous in Everyway
Puppies, yoga and peace
Lovely but rammed
We camped here over the August bank holiday in 2014. Our kids loved it - we managed to find a great pitch in Flat Field, which was sheltered and huge. You can use hay bales to create a boundary and stop other campers pitching too close. The drive in is hair-raising - we tended to walk everywhere and use the facilities on site, which are many. We had a lovely break, but not sure if we would return - too many other sites to explore!
Although the weather was bloody awful this time around we still love this campsite. The ingredients for me that make it great are you can have a fire where you wish, you can pitch where you wish and set up camp with friends. There's acres of space around the site and the facilities are great and largely eco friendly. Easy walking distance to a large variety of pubs and restaurants in Weymouth and close to great beaches like Lulworth Cove. We always have a great time and the kids absolutely love all the animals. Very reasonably priced food and booze onsite with no tacky onsite bar or entertainment.
Windy and wet and fab
We had such a great time here. Brilliant place to meet up with friends and let the kids roam free. 45 mph winds pulled out tent pegs and lashing rain caused a mud bath. Great sport taking bets on which vehicles would sink, slide or slip on their way out of the field. Short walk to the beach, stunning views. Hot water in the shower and washing up. Turkish bath was a perfect treat. Friendly people, organised site, enough space to not disturb/be disturbed.
When we arrived we were greeted by a stunning sea view - we felt this was the campsite's best asset. For us, the enjoyment began and ended there. After asking where the flattest place to camp was, we were informed by a member of staff there was only one flat field. This field was so full we had to look elsewhere for a pitch. From that moment on we experienced the worst camping holiday we have ever had.
The pitch was on a slope, which made everything difficult. We wondered how anybody cooked, so one evening took a stroll to see most didn't; they used the onsight take-a-way out lets and restaurant. Eweleaze is a middle class camping experience with all the frills but without the basics. We didn't need the pizza stall, freshly cooked croissant or Turkish bath. They would be great as added extras if the basics were in place but, unfortunately, they are not - which, subsequently, spoilt everything.
We queued for the toilet (there was only one at the end of our field). We queued for washing up basins (there were only two at the other end of the field). We queued for the showers (there were 6 for the use of three fields). Just to put this in perspective, there were approximately 200 tents per field. The place was simply over run by people. The toilet on our field was cleaned daily but regularly ran out of toilet roll and the anti-bac hand cleaner was never replaced after it ran out on our first day. This was needed, as a water supply was a 5 min walk away.
Had we been able to source a flat pitch, had there been more basic facilities of toilets, basins and shower blocks, I'm not sure we would visit again. There were just too many people and it was anything but the calm break we go away for. The lack of available hygiene facilities are a concern. Tents were also pitched with guy ropes touching, which is also a concern as it breaks all the usual 6 metre fire regulations (especially when open fires are allowed). The site seems to be like a marmite experience and for us, we just didn't like anything about it apart from the view. We left early and won't be returning.
A bit too commercialised
A mixed review about this site having just returned from a 4-day trip. We have wanted to visit Eweleaze for a couple of years now and on arriving were surprised at the scale of the site and how many tents were pitched. Tents were pitched practically on top of one another and on our first night, one of our group had a row about space with another family which darkened the mood slightly! Fellow campers were not unfriendly but there was a more reserved feeling than we are used to at other sites. The site was set up really well but almost a little too done for a real camping experience. The yoga tent, sauna, and turkish tent were nice touches but not necessarily needed. I was also a little put off by the 'small' charges for everything including mobile phone charge. The shop was well stocked with lovely organic produce but disappointingly never had bottled water by mid morning so I would take your own. The view of course is tremendous, our kids loved every minute of it and the beach was fab. It is an amazing set up considering it's only for one month of the year and I would probably go back now I know what I know but with a different mindset.
Organic Camping at it's Coolest
We have had the best time at Eweleaze. The kids ran off and played for hours on the stacks of hay with the other children. The miniature ponies trotted past the tent, while the pigs snuffled around. The boys enjoyed walking the puppies and cuddling the kittens. We hunted for fossils on the beach and found some! The showers are particularly fabulous, being recycled shipping containers heated with solar panels. I even looked down and saw a guinea fowl walking underneath me...a birds-eye view had she looked up!! I thoroughly recommend staying here and have introduced this site to loads of friends. Try it, you won't regret it.
Stayed August bank holiday week 2014. We were a party of fairly novice campers (4 mums, 8 kids aged between 2-5) having previously stayed at smaller campsites we drove down the long drive to be greeted by a spectacular view of Weymouth Bay & camping on a monster level. I didn't realise it was quite that big, that aside, it has all the facilities to cope with so many campers & it didn't actually feel that big once you were in amongst everything.
The kids loved petting the guinea pigs, the hay bales were great fun & the trek down to the beach was great. But they would spend hours riding their bikes up & down the hills.
The bakery & the pizzas were delicious.
My only gripe was there needs to be more sinks, or even extra hand-washing only sinks.
First Camping Trip
Our first ever camping trip in August 2014 with some good friends. Our trip began with the slightly hairy one km track to the campsite in the rain but for the most time this was well marshalled by staff. On our drive along this route and to our pitch on the top field was greeted by the most wonderful views of the Dorset Coast. The reception staff were helpful and provide a very useful guide to the facilities. Our 2 kids enjoyed playing in the hay bales, the small petting zoo, the campsite's proximity to the beach and the chance to cook marshmallows on the campfire. Catering facilities were also excellent with the bakery a particular highlight. On the more challenging site we had to shoo away a band of renegade Shetland ponies from our tent a few times and the force 9 gale on the final night provided a challenge. Overall though a good introduction to camping backed up by the fact that the kids went to sleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow.
We have been going to Eweleaze for the past 10 years and have always had fabulous holidays there. Both my sons love it and I told a few favoured friends about it ( our cover was blown when it went into Cool Camping) Every positive I have read about it still stands. Eweleaze is simply beautiful and the combination of sea, campfires, friendly staff, relaxed rules and great facilities is a complete winner. However, we were surprised when we arrived as to how much busier it is this year. We usually camp in Flat Field but tried a different spot this year and camped in Point Field nearish the hedge which had a fabulous sea view whilst still offering protection.... but the people, oh dear. We had a camp right next to us which grew with new arrivals each day of very noisy urban families with young children. One new arrival camped right next to us despite there being plenty of space. No-one made any effort to keep the children quietly entertained before 7.30am which always used to be the code ( and one we observed when ours were young!) so our day started between 6.00 and 6.30 am. On the other side, nearby, we had a very large, loud group of people who got very drunk, shouted, swore and partied until the small hours for two nights in a row. Even earplugs didn't help! To be fair, when I complained, that group was spoken to by the staff and did tone down their behaviour. But the atmosphere has changed at Eweleaze and for us, it has lost its charm. In conclusion, I would say go there if you are prepared for a noisy experience with free range children and barking dogs ( most were off leads this year but very friendly), late nights and early mornings but if you are after a more peaceful experience, Eweleaze is not for you!
Great large campsite
Having just booked yet another trip to Eweleaze Farm Campsite I thought it was about time I write a quick review on it. One of the best large campsites we've been to, both as a couple and on large family and friends trips. Something for all the family - haybales to jump on and farm animals for the kids, open fires and AMAZING pastries for the adults, and some of the best sea views you will find at a campsite! Only slight negatives are that it can be quite exposed in the wind and the roads can get a bit slippy in the rain, but any slight negatives are totally outweighed by all the positives. Well worth a visit, or 5!!
The best for everyone!
We have completed 3 fantastic holidays here in August 2011, 2012 and 2013 in small groups and as part of a large group. During the time we've spent here, unless we are actually going out for the day, or down to the beach, we barely see the children as they are having so much fun with the animals, in the hay barn, walking the puppies or playing in the fields.
I love this place so much that I wish I could write a rubbish review so no one else would go there, but it's too fantastic not to share.
The beach is down some steep steps, but once you're there it's brilliant, and the recent addition of the jetty makes for even more fun.
It is a windy site in some of the fields, but there are hedges and lower fields that make more sheltered pitches. The novelty of the bio toilets just adds to the adventure so don't let it put you off.
There are lovely walks to Weymouth, and Osmington Mills which can take half an hour, or an entire day depending on how you feel. Then when you return you've got the pizza oven, organic kebabs, or your own campfire to chill out next to.
This will be our 4th or 5th year camping at Eweleaze with our gang of 7 grown ups, and in that time we've accumulated 3 children and a dog between us (and sadly said goodbye to another dog too). It's absolutely brilliant for everyone, we used to do a pub crawl into Weymouth, although now we're more likely to do a drive there and back as the cliff walk isnt that buggy friendly...
The site is really well set out and we've been lucky to get excellent pitches each time. Being able to go to sleep and wake up with the sound of the sea is awesome.
Having fires is one of the absolute highlights of the site, and the private beach. It is a bit like a festival without the bands, and it's wonderful to see everyone just totally chilling out. the facilities are great, basic loos and showers, and a well stocked farm shop.
Last year we discovered Shortlake, which is the sister site of Eweleaze, and is a bit smaller, and a bit less polished, much like Eweleaze was when we first started camping there. We're staying there again this year, partly due to the fact that we didn't get Eweleaze booked in time, but mainly because we totally prefer it! Fingers crossed we will get the perfect pitch which we stumbled upon last year too!
All that life can throw at you...
Ahh the famed Eweleaze! Well we decided to take trip to this site after staying at the Northdown sister site across the road and loving it!
However our Eweleaze experience was not to be!
On arriving and immediately finding a rare flat pitch for our camp, we considered ourselves pretty lucky, since the vast majority of the site is anything but flat.
Soon after getting our little camp up we were witness to a fellow camper charging out of his tent and collapsing in a fit, shaking and hugely distressed.
I offered my assistance which was welcomed by his friends, but we were met with nothing but aloofness and ignorance by every single neighbouring camper.
His friends were really concerned, and we tried our best to find a contact number for a First Aider in the welcome pack leaflet, we could not and had to walk to security to find one.
The First Aider arrived, but had no experience of the condition presented to him or knowledge of what to do. A Paramedic arrived about an hour later, soon followed by an ambulance. The gentleman was taken to hospital in Dorchester, kept in for a day and returned to the site thankfully fit and well.
As the day progressed the site got busier and busier, with it seems, everybody wanting to share our little flat pitch, and by the evening had 2 tents actually in contact with our tent. The only other place I have ever witnessed this is at big music festivals, but here, on a family campsite, well we just thought it was just too much, and very claustraphobic. Without option and even a few choice comments by dark our bedroom now backed onto other peoples bedrooms with only a couple of sheets of thin tent between us, we could hear them breathing!!
Having an unusual/rare dog we found ourselves a little like we were on a stage, and were constantly bombarded with adults and children alike intruding on our camp and literally walking up to pet him without permission or introduction, even whilst we were eating from breakfast to bedtime. After 3 days of this, our dog was tired of it and we very tired of it, and were really getting fed up with peoples ignorance of basic rules and respect.
There were plenty of other dogs on the site and most were kept on short leashes and well behaved and even occasional escapee making a comical run for it. We even accepted the 5am wake up call of a neighbours dog howling, and the subsequent car horn blowing as he bounced around his new corrale!
BUT there were many that were badly behaved, even dangerous. To the point that our 9 year old daughter who handles dogs exceptionally well, was actually bitten on the arm by a dog from a family that had camped literally on top of a children's hay bale play area.
Not only this, but we weren't even approached by the owners with an apology or at least any concerns for our daughters injury or wellbeing. We however, trekked the 70 paces to their tent 24 hours later........just wondering to myself whilst writing this what happened to the dog now that it HAS demonstrated aggression!
The site itself is set up really well, the shop, the bakery, pizza van, open fires, random wandering ponies, pigs, calves and the children cuddling chickens to sleep was actually a real delight to experience. The beach was a fantastic surprise, with a pontoon to jump off of at one end and a small inlet at the other end brilliant for snorkelling and safe paddling for the younger children with rock pools and the odd shrimp to scare the wits out our 4 year old, bless.
The "long drop" toilets were clean, litter cleared regularly, traffic on the track mostly organised, beware of punctures though and take your time to prevent them. Be respectful to other cars on the track, there were occasions that we didn't even get a thank you from drivers that we had stopped in the hedge and waited to let by.
Prices of everything were fair, except the pizza'a maybe, but rampant profiteering seems to be out of Pete the owners remit, he makes the money on volume! All these facilities attract people, and lots of them, but not all of them bring their common sense or rules and take on a little feral nature!
Be warned, this isn't our idea of camping, were we go to get a little space, a little peace, and quiet to wind down from everything that life throws at us. This site however was everything that life can throw at you.
Not Bad...Shortlake field
This was our first camping holiday break as a family, site was easy to find, though the track was a little precarious and probably not very healthy for any low bearing vehicles. Toilets were as described and placed in the fields so there were no long walks to them. Showers were nice and warm if you get there at the right time otherwise still warm enough on a sunny day.
Traffic on the site can be busy during the weekend evenings as some campers return from a night out in the town. Overall it had a Glastonbury green field feeling. I felt the farm itself was a little untidy/crusty and in my opinion needs upgrading. Farm animals were friendly though needed a tender push to keep them off your food, please note that the animals lick the food off the tables where everyone sits and eats their food.
The site it had a lovely view of the sea and Weymouth. A great view to be had when there are fireworks over the bay. Tent was a little tricky to put up as it can get windy as its right next to the sea. It was great to have a camp fire, £3.50 a bag of wood which was great value as the wood was good quality a lasted a while, don't forget you can look for wood yourself, take a mini saw. It was also great to bring the dog along, they are welcome on site and on the beach. The field was on a slope and a little uneven so it was difficult to find a space, later we were horrified to find our view blocked by newly arrived campers that did not follow the pirate code so be prepared and choose a pitch in a way that others cannot spoil your view, lesson learnt!
Overall the site staff were helpful and friendly, local produce in the shops was tasty too...there was room to breath and enjoy the coastal walks. The stone beach was disappointing and a little too steep for my boys to play in but there was a wobbly pontoon that was liked by all...recommend the Smugglers Inn for something to eat...will we go again...no, there are too many sites out there to try out next...
Open fire and a view of the sea.
We've been going to Eweleaze for 4 years now and each year it gets better and better. The kids love the site with all the animals (puppies, kittens, goats, calf, ponies, and horses) and we love the view of the sea and the campfire. The people are helpful and relaxed and the you can't beat it for the food. Everything in the shop is great - the steaks are some of the best i've ever had. (and i cooked them over the campfire) And the food they make is even better.
Weymouth is a gorgeous town with lots to do when it's rainy (10 pin bowling) multiplex, and even more when it's nice (Mackerel fishing, Sea Life or the big sandy beach). Top site.
Fantastic time had at Eweleaze Farm
We went to Eweleaze Farm on 29th July this year. I can honestly say it was the best 4 days we've had away in a long time. The staff were really helpful and friendly. Our son (6) had a fantastic time playing on the bales of hay in the middle of the field. It was great seeing the animals roaming around, make sure you don't leave food out as we did see some pigs dipping into some crisps while the owners were away. It's great you can have a campfire, it really adds to the atmosphere. You can buy logs from the barn or if you take s saw, you can help yourself to the free wood. We never had any problems with noise and we were in one of the busiest fields. The farm shop is well stocked. The food cabins were excellent (bakery, patisserie, hot food, ice-cream parlour, pizza). All in all a fantastic campsite, just wish it was open longer than 4 weeks every year. We will definetly be going back next year.
far from the madding crowd
My children (10 and 7), LOVE eweleaze. It's so spacious. We have always found a spot far from the madding crowd, and spread ourselves about with campfire, picnic table, bale, tent, den and car. They spend hours jumping of the pontoon, until they are too cold/hungry/tired to do it anymore, they slide down the shingle beach on their boogy boards like life boats on rescue missions, and take nerf guns and water pistols and make tons of friends playing on the bale forts at the bottom of the fields. We cook supper on the campfire, after treating ourselves to fresh croissants for breakfast, and fresh pizzas for lunch. If we want a hot shower, we'll go when it's quiet. It's great as a base for exploring the area.....Clouds Hill (for me), Tank Museum (for the boys), Jurassic coast and Dinosaur Museum (a shared indulgence). It might not be heaven- but it's pretty darn close.
Not all heaven.
Please don't run away with the idea that this is heaven on earth. We went there last year for a week and I'm still having nightmares now. If you like camping with lots of other considerate, friendly people this isn't the place for you. It's a scrum of Arabellas and Tarquins, off to the country for a jolly bit of glamping. I half expected to meet the cast of AbFab. If you want a festival without the music and loads of spoilt, badly behaved kids, this is perfect.
Wow! This was one of our first camping trips (in a campervan) last August, and it really is amazing. The weather was mixed, but there is plenty of covered seating at the farm, delicious bread, pizza and other food, and plenty of animals to pet and entertain the children! So relaxed - pitch where you like, open fires...
Even the compostable loos were clean and very acceptable. We've already booked for this August, with lots of our friends, and I'm really looking forward to the new additions, such as the boat ride over to Weymouth.
My favourite campsite to date.
Relaxing and beautiful
First stayed here in 2011 and liked it so much that we returned in 2012. Only reason we won't be going this year is that my partner can't get the time off work in August. This is a lovely campsite. It is a bit hilly, as per previous reviews, but there is lots of room so we didn't find it a problem to choose a flat (ish) spot either time. Yes, there are inconsiderate campers who set up right next to you but that's not a problem that is specific to Eweleaze. Being able to choose your own spot is a nice touch – great sea views from the tent on both visits – and is part of the appeal for us. I have also never known the site to feel full even when fully booked. The shops onsite are great for picking up odd bits and bobs, bread, dairy products and fast food. I always use the compost loos but my partner is slightly more discerning over his toilet facilities and he preferred the flushable loos that are available. The showers are great generally and I have only once experienced the water not being warm enough. The campsite has a lovely relaxed feel to it that I've never experienced anywhere else and I would highly recommend it.
We have only been camping twice (once being Eweleaze) and considering we went during the sailing olympics and Weymouth was closed off it was fantastic!. We are a family of 5, my husband, myself and 3 girls aged 13yrs 10 yrs and 8yrs oh and a dog 1yr. We tried field camping as a family the first time but this time we wanted more adult company so decided to drag our friends to join us (who hadn't been camping before). This place has given us and our friends the camping bug. I was always worried about the toileting and showering issues with camping but Eweleaze have worked hard to put peoples minds at rest. My family showered everyday and all different times of the day we only had a luke warm shower once in the whole 5 days, the toilets were clean even though throwing woodchip down the pan was too hard for some, there was always toilet paper and they didnt smell!!
We visited the beach once but that was enough for us. The route we took to the private beach was very uneven and with one baby and a buggy it was scary. The campfires were brilliant you can pay for the wood or rumage through the big pile of tree cuttings for free which we did a mixture as the kids thought it great to carry all the wood back and build there own fire, which was a break through as I can't even get them to wash up at home! The views from our field were amazing although being on a slope did cause a few sleeping issues like waking up with a face full of tent! But that was due to lack of experience there were flat fields but the view was better from our plot. The drive out is a bit of a mission and could do with the pot holes being filled as my car nearly lost its exhaust. As for the food court i found it reasonable in price but the hygiene that surrounded the kitchen wasnt great but it definitely wouldn't stop us going again. If you dont like it take the food back to camp, like we did and just get a grip and take soap! I loved the fact that you couldn't spend alot, the kids and dog were free to run wild and i got to read my book without worrying if my kids were bored and bothering others, in fact i can honestly say i didnt hear" i'm bored" once! Everyone seemed so laid back and it was just what i needed! We will be returning this year... Absolutely loved it!
Posh, lazy, eco crunchy camping a la poo
3 days in August!
In the words from the film Grease, 'The rules are there are no rules'! You can pitch where you like and just enjoy your stay. Although there are lots of groups camping a Eweleaze, there are quieter fields and more isolated pitches due to the scale of the site. Our children loved it and happily explored the farmyard on their bikes. We spent a lot of time on the site as it has everything you need, including a lovely beach. Buy organic meat and veg from the farm shop and take it onto the beach for a bbq. Swimmming in the sea is a must but take beach shoes as it is pebbly. Great showers and the compost loos work well.
Ahhh Eweleaze! This place has an other wordly feel about it...although some fields do look like a page out of an upmarket yummy mummy catalogue. Bell tents, bunting, wind banners and VW's populate the undulating landscape and the atmosphere is chilled and the children all well-behaved (and called Camilla and George - geddit?). This is definitely a place to go with a gang - our field last year had a party of 50 one weekend and because most people come with mates they all stick to their own friends so its not a place to meet new buddies. That said the kids all pal up and we didn't see ours for days at a time.. lost one of them in the puppy pen for a full 7 hours! The walk to the Smugglers Inn is a real highlight (and you get to charge your phones etc) - walk via shoreline there and take the cliff path on the return. As dusk falls and the fires spark up the magic really happens - sit on one of the hills and count the sky lanterns disappearing up into the Dorset sunset. Can't wait to get back - and returning with a gang this year! Negatives, stay downwind of the earth loo's particularly if you go late in the month and if it rains consider yourself pretty stranded onsite, unless you have a 4 x 4, as the one lane hill to outside-land gets pretty hairy...oh and forget the horseriding unless you want to be taken on an hours tour through the caravan park next door!
Beautiful family run farm, which opens up in August only for camping. Steps direct down to private cove on Jurassic coast, fires and BBQ’s are welcome on the beach which proves a wonderful atmosphere on a summers evening.
Family friendly, with lots to do in the area, lots of cows and sheep to pet. Farm shop onsite selling their own produce, amazing cuts of fresh meat, eggs and milk all direct from the farm.
Heaven on earth (in the UK!)
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