Farrs Meadow

UK England South West England Dorset Wimborne Minster

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A charming Dorset campsite overlooking the beautiful Stour valley and a short walk from both the river and the market town of Wimborne Minster

Perched on a hill just outside the pretty market town of Wimborne, with far-reaching views across the Stour Valley, Farrs Meadow is a rural camping gem with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It’s a perfect choice for anyone looking for a touch of wilderness that’s not too far from civilization.

The campsite is small and delightfully car-free, with a quad bike available to carry your tent and belongings to your pitch. Quirky showers have been imaginatively installed in upcycled old horseboxes, which are deceptively spacious and the perfect setting to listen to nature’s chorus whilst taking your morning shower. More horseboxes dotted around the campsite host compost loos, and the washing-up area makes ingenious use of disused cattle troughs, converted into long, deep metal sinks. Those looking for a bit of extra comfort can choose to stay in a yurt or the tastefully converted stable – both of which are comfortably furnished with a double bed, two single beds, fire pits and outdoor furniture.

The main field is enclosed by beautiful mature trees that give dappled shade in the sun and shelter in the rain. During the day buzzards circle overhead and in the surrounding woodland you can hear the drill of the woodpecker, while at night bats emerge from the trees and dart between the tents, feasting on moths that are attracted by the campfire and torchlight, and the long grass emits an ‘LED-like’ glow from the glow worms. 

Wimborne is only a 15-minute walk away from the site, worth visiting for the famous Minster of St Cuthberga, one of the finest churches in Dorset; and it’s just a short stroll down the hill to the picturesque meandering River Stour, where you enjoy a wild swim under the Eye Bridge with just brown trout to keep you company.  Wander a little further to try your hand at catching them, with fishing permits sold on site for angling both in the Stour and also in the adjoining River Allen, a celebrated chalk stream for fly-fishing. When evening descends, however, you’ll find the best policy is just to settle down on one of the giant logs encircling the campfire in the main meadow and toast a marshmallow or two on the open flames. And if the weather doesn’t agree, then fear not – it’s a 10-minute walk to one of the coolest little pubs around, the National Trust-owned Vine Inn – a unique Dorset bolthole with a tiny bar that seems to encapsulate everything that’s great about camping here: a small, independent place ensconced in beautiful countryside.

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Toilets: 4 Long drop loos. Showers: 3 Hot Showers; All in upcycled horseboxes. They aim for the site to be as close to wild camping as possible: Spot the deer and foxes in the early hours, buzzards and owls at night and enjoy natural cooking on the firepit and barbeques. There are rope swings, woods to build dens in and a secret garden with an orchard, greenhouses and a small pond to sit by. Throughout the season goats and alpacas are on grass mowing duty.

Suitable For

Tents, dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans – no. No cars beyond the carpark, but a quad bike helps bring stuff into the meadow.


The campsite overlooks the Stour Valley and the river is a mere 5 minutes walk from Farr's Meadow. The Stour offers some of the best wild swimming in England, perfect for whiling a day away. Farr's Meadow offer fly fishing and course fishing on the Stour and the River Allen (guides optional). Some of the best beaches in Dorset are within 20 minutes drive. There are plenty of great marked bicycle routes nearby and National Trust walking routes border the campsite. For the rainy days Wimborne, with its famous Minster (01202 884753), is a 10 minute walk away, while Kingston Lacy (01202 883402) and Badbury Rings are a 10 minute drive. Further afield Bournemouth and Poole make for popular day trips, while the Jurassic Coast is just over 45 minutes in the car.

Food & Drink

A much loved favourite pub for lunch or supper is The Anchor in Shapwick a ten minute drive  (01258 857269) booking is advised. On the way to The Anchor you pass Barford Farm where they make the most delicious ice cream which is well worth the visit. The most local pub, The Vine Inn (01202 882259), is less than a 10 minute walk across the fields and is owned by the National Trust, supposedly boasting the smallest public bar in the country. Pamphill Dairy is a twenty minute walk away, there you will find a lovely cafe serving delicious food and a well stocked shop for groceries. In Wimborne, you'll find a good selection of restaurants and pubs including the child-friendly Olive Branch (01202 884686), Number 9 (01202 887557) and The Tickled Pig (01202 886778). There's also a Waitrose and Co-op supermarket.

Opening Times

May –  September 16th

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The Owner Says

Perched on a hill just outside the pretty market town of Wimborne, with far-reaching views across the Stour Valley, Farrs Meadow is a rural camping gem with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It's a perfect choice for anyone looking for a touch of wilderness that's not too far from civilization.


15 tent pitches, 2 furnished gypsy wagons, 2 furnished shepherd's huts, 3 furnished yurts and a unique stable accommodation. All furnished accommodation options sleep 2–4 people.

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Contact Farrs Meadow, Cowgrove Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH214EL

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Getting There

Wimborne Minster to Farrs Meadow is just 1.5 miles. From Wimborne head out towards Blanford Forum on Victoria Road (B3082). Turn left on to Cowgrove Road at the Hospital. Keep going past the Football club and Farrs House (big White house on your right). Farrs Meadow is the 2nd drive, 30 metres, on your right after Farrs House. It is signposted Farrs Lodge and Farrs Meadow. Drive slowly if its your first time as its easy to miss!

There are two bus companies operating regular services to and from Wimborne Minster. There are several taxi companies to choose from in Wimborne Minster but we highly recommend and work closely with Apollo Taxis 01202 887766. Taxi ranks are in High Street and West Borough, both central to the town. The nearest train station is Poole (0845 748 4950). There are regular services from London and Weymouth, amongst others. Taxis or buses are regularly available for the 8 mile journey.

International Airports at both Bournemouth & Southampton.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 73 reviews


Lovely setting in beautiful countryside

My daughters and I spent 3 nights at Farrs Meadow and loved the experience. It is a lovely small campsite, perched on a hillside with views of the beautiful dorset countryside. We had a great pitch in the 'dew pond' and enjoyed the serenity and simplicity of cooking and lighting a fire in the evenings and waking up to birdsong and cup of tea in the sunny mornings. David was extremely helpful and even drew us a map of local sights! The beautiful river is 5 mins walk away and the girls enjoyed paddling and swimming. We explored the local area, including Wimborne Minster, Dairy Farm shop, the 'Ice-cream Garden' and the Anchor pub for lunch. Lots of fun.
Sep 3, 2019 by Zoe Heaton

Absolutely Amazing

Don't usually leave reviews but wanted to share our experience. As a family with 2 young kids and 2 spaniels we stayed 2 weeks and could have easily stayed for a 3rd! Campsite is an absolute suntrap and such a great space for the kids to play and make friends. Dave the guy who runs it works like a trooper but takes a lot of time out to share is knowledge and enthusisam for things to do and see in the local area. Really feels like he genuinely cares for all his customers to have the best holiday possible. Beaches are lovely with lots of choice and great spot for wild swimming walking distance from the site.
Sep 1, 2019 by tom

Stargazing around the fire

Small campsite, friendly people, lovely location and perfect for stargazing, close encounters with wildlife (a tawny owl hooting all night every night - beautiful), loved having a fire. Facilities were fine/rustic but showers were a bit hot! We had a great time and would come again.
Aug 30, 2019 by Eleanor

great campsite for a relaxed holiday

We had a lovely time at Farrs Meadow. The owner David was very friendly and helpful. The campsite is car free which meant that our daughter (7) could safely run around, play with the many friends she made during our stay, climb in trees and play with the tree swing while we had a relaxed time as well. The toilet horse boxes are a nice feature and the showers have comfortable hot water. We had many car-free days as you can walk to the river for a swim and scooping up small fish with a net and you can also easily walk to Wimborne Minister from the campsite. It is a pretty village with several supermarkets and various restaurants. The campsite allows campfires which is great. Several beautiful beaches are about 30-45 min drive away and the nearby National Trust property is also worth a visit. We had a fabulous stay and would love to come back next year.
Aug 26, 2019 by nicole

Lovely campsite, helpful owners

Very nicely managed campsite, great for families. Rustic but clean facilities. Take toilet paper! The river early is beautiful and worth a whole afternoon’s relaxation, the campsite will even lend you a boat
Aug 21, 2019 by Ella


Wonderful campsite and a great owner. Loved the toilet s and the showers were very clean and hot. David was very helpful and is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. The local river was a wonderful way to cool off on the hot days we had. My girls (6+8) absolutely loved it. Thanks David for a lovely stay.
Aug 19, 2019 by Scott Hutchinson

Not entirely as expected

The location is great, near a lovely town and the the Dorset countryside and easy to get to. the owners were friendly and hospitable as could be but I have to be honest that the site did not meet my expectations. I believe the images are misleading as we were surprised to find that the gypsy caravans are literally next to the car park, when we were under the impression they were secluded and away from other caravans by the pictures and because no cars were allowed near the sites as stated on the internet reviews. The caravans are too small for children from the age of 8+ , with the lower bunk bed feeling claustrophobic. The caravans are not competitively priced for what they offer and whilst many people may like such primitive back to basics, I would think that with the money received a bit of investment can be inpuitted into the amneties such as new shower curtains, improving the seating area etc. I understand from the reviews many people love it but perhaps just for us compared to other sites with such amneties, it was not what we were expecting. But others love it as I see!
Aug 19, 2019 by Bart

Rustic delight!

What an absolute treasure of a find! This is as close to wild camping as you can find with a campsite but that still gives you all the appreciated comforts of home (hot showers/ inside converted horse boxes, clean toilets- Also inside of horse boxes!, fridge and freezer & electric charger point available, inside a quirky little covered part away from the tents) David is a warm and thoughtful host backed up by a small team of friendly and helpful people. They take everyone’s camping equipment up the hill to the meadow in their 4x4 so no need to lug any bags. Spectacular views, chickens and goats, plenty to explore in the area.. We loved it and will definitely be back. Highly recommended.
Aug 14, 2019 by bronya

Tranquil fun on the edge of Wimborne

Very relaxed and laid back owner, kept us well informed of busy nights and was on hand to help move kit up and down the hill. Excellent initial greeting informing us of local pubs etc. Amazing 5min walk to the river where it is possible to swim. Location is great for days out. Showers were excellent. All in all one of the best family campsites we have been to in the last 7 years As a rule we tend not to go back to the same campsite , but we are sorely tempted.....
Aug 12, 2019 by jeremyransome451

A magical stay

We had a wonderful time at Farrs Meadow!! We’ve stayed here both last year and this summer for a period of ten days. Last year we brought our six week old baby and our six year old daughter, and had a delightful stay in one of the beautiful yurts. This summer we stayed in the gypsy caravan and we pitched up our own tent. The campsite’s location is great and David is a wonderful and very helpful host! We can’t wait to come back next year!
Aug 2, 2019 by Carol


Thanks for such a wonderful stay. It was our three month old’s first camping experience and the boy had a blast. Farrs Meadow is set in beautiful countryside and is situated incredibly well for visiting all of Dorset’s must see places. The shower and toilet facilities are eco friendly and work very well. I enjoyed taking a shower in a converted horse trailer every morning whilst pretending to be a horse, but that last bit could just be me 😬 It was very useful having a microwave there as well as having lots of fridge space. David could not have been a more accommodating and friendly host. He is very knowledgeable about Dorset and can give you great ideas for days out. We hope to come again next year. 👍👍👍👍👍
Jul 21, 2019 by Matt, Cat and Finn

Stunning location for walks and wild swimming

Farr's Meadow is in an unrivalled spot a few minutes' walk from the River Stour, where we swam every day. Footpaths meander past the campsite through gorgeous countryside to Kingston Lacy and beyond. David is friendly and efficient - we were very well taken care of. Highly recommended.
Jul 14, 2019 by Natalie Gey van Pittius

Idyllic back to nature break

David and his team were cheery, helpful and informative. Perfect hosts really - far more friendly than the typical "management" at camp sites. We loved the site and the facilities are all you need - the showers are quaint but perfectly functional. The buzz around the place is really friendly and relaxed. Our boys (8 and 10) loved it too, plenty of room to run around and play. Trees to climb, slopes to tire them out, the nearby (beautiful) river is perfect for a dip if it's warm enough. We'll be back!
Jun 25, 2019 by John

Relaxing 5 nights camping

We stayed here with another family for 5 nights over the Easter holidays. All 4 kids, enjoyed exploring the site and climbing trees and the parents had a wonderful relaxing time. There was more than enough room to pitch our tents and the host David couldn't have been more helpful and definitely added to the experience. The long drop toilets were kept spotless and the showers always hot. The location is perfect for walking in to Wimborne Minster along the river, and for exploring the local area. We spent days on the beach at Canford Cliffs which is much less crowded than other beaches, a trip to Brownsea Island and walks along the river. Not to be missed is a walk to The Vine pub for evening drinks! Thoroughly recommend staying here.
Jun 20, 2019 by karenwhitehead30

Peaceful, lots of space, eco friendly

Fantastic weekend, great communication with the owner who is so helpful with running you up and down with your gear as the site is car free. Lots of space, well maintained site with lovely showers in horse boxes and clean long drop toilets. 10 minute stroll into pretty nearby village with lots of pubs, cafes and little shops to potter. Fridge and freezer along with microwave and plug sockets avaliable if required. Highly recommend.
Jun 17, 2019 by kei_870

A really lovely weekend

From the word go, David was a great host, running our luggage up to the yurt, recommendations on things to do locally, places to eat, all of which we did and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a stunning site in a beautiful part of the country. The facilities are kept very clean and neat. A definite 5 star review!! We will be going back soon!
Jun 16, 2019 by Tommy

Peace and comfort

This was our first glamping experience and it completely fulfilled all our fantasies - real canvas rather than pod, a pretty field in a gorgeous part of the world, cooking over a fire and a very comfortable bed. The meadow is small, surrounded by trees and with loads of opportunities for children to explore safely We were a bit nervous about the long drop loos but they are kept really clean and work amazingly. Not a single whiff of anything nasty. David is a brilliant host, friendly, helpful with lots of tips about local food and activities. Our dogs were made very welcome too which was lovely We'd definately recommend Farrs Meadow to all our country loving friends
Jun 3, 2019 by Sarah Patey

Quiet, idylic setting quirky facilities and helpful ownerl

Beautiful site, even pitches. Was a little concerned about dragging camping gear up the hill to the meadow but David was always around and took all the gear up in the truck. Easiest arrival we have had in a while at a no car campsite. The composting loos were clean and effective. Awesome showers set up in horseboxes added a really unique feel. Again they were clean and generally hot. You do have to cross a road to get to the river but it isn't far. Beautiful swimming spot and a bridge to jump from. Plenty of space in the meadow between pitches so kids had room to play and no feeling of being on top of each other. The Vine pub, reached by a lovely walk through the woods, is delightful. But they do only take cash so go prepared! We would definitely stay here again.
Jun 1, 2019 by Rosie Woods

Prachtige, idylische camping!

Wij hebben genoten van onze tijd op Farrs Meadow, zelfs zo dat we tijdens onze rondreis zijn terug gekomen voor een tweede periode. Kamperen op Farrs Meadow komt dicht in de buurt van wild kamperen, 's nachts genoten van de uilen en de dieren die rond de tent rommelen. En waar kun je nou douchen terwijl je zicht hebt op de eekhoorns die rond rennen? Het nabijgelegen plaatsje Wimborne is gezellig en heeft alles te bieden wat je nodig hebt. David, de eigenaar, is een geweldige, gastvrije gastheer. Kortom een absolute aanrader wanneer je graag dicht bij de natuur leeft.
Sep 19, 2018 by Linda Jelsma

Stunning wilderness campsite

We spent 3 days (2 nights) at Farr’s Meadow and had an absolutely idyllic time. The eclectic facilities (with compost loos and nice hot showers built within converted horse boxes) worked well and made ablutions quite fun. There were enough of them that no queuing was necessary. The site is in an ideal location with the River Stour in walking distance along scenic footpaths (a perfect spot for paddling/ swimming, dinghy-ing and paddle boarding) - there were dinghies on site to borrow. Also within walking distance was Kingston Lacey Estate with its beautiful arboretum and gardens to walk around. We did Blandford parkrun on the Saturday which was only a 19min drive away. David (owner of the site) was a treasure and could not have been more helpful. He greeted us on arrival and drove our camping gear up to our pitch for us from the carpark and was around for the weekend to sell us eggs from his chickens and logs and a fire pit for keeping toasty in the evenings. He had good local knowledge and made us feel very welcome. We would definitely come back again.
Sep 16, 2018 by Ellie and Tim

A tonic for the soul.

We spent six wonderful days enjoying the quirky peace and freedom that Farrs meadow has by the bucketload. The beautiful setting and warm welcome made it easy for us to relax and enjoy the site, the local area and nature at it's best. The owner kindly lent us dinghies and the children spent hours messing about in the river which was only a short walk from the site. We all enjoyed a delicious meal at The Anchor in Shapwick and enjoyed the laid back atmosphere in Wimborne town. We spent a day at Canford cliffs beach which was everything we could've hoped for in a beach - quiet, clean and safe. The facilities were well maintained - we all loved the showers and found the loos cleaner and sweeter smelling than many a toilet. There is a steep walk up to the campsite but it is well worth it for the views and for the car free environment that allowed the children to play and explore to their hearts content. Firepits we're the perfect way to end the day, with wood you could buy ready chopped or forage in the woodland for yourself. There was plenty of fridge and freezer space and electric points for charging phones housed in a rustic shelter - a great place to chill and listen to the birds singing in the trees. This site really is something special. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Sep 3, 2018 by Sue

The best camp site we've been to for a very long time.

We stayed for 2 nights at the beginning of August and found the site to be everything we'd hoped for. The lack of cars makes it perfect for camping with children and ours spent many happy hours roaming around, playing in the trees and bushes. We had loads of space and weren't really aware of other campers most of the time. It was great to be able to walk to the Stour for a swim and to the nearby pub for a drink. The facilities are fairly basic, but that's all part of the fun! Wimborne is close by so it's easy to pop out for supplies, but it does mean that you can hear some traffic noise in the distance (it didn't bother us though). David is an amazing host and nothing was ever too much trouble. The best camp site we've been to for a very long time. We'll be back!
Aug 29, 2018 by Ben

Great location, proper camp site

We camped here for two nights last week and it was a wonderful experience, ticking all of my boxes. David is a charming, friendly host, generous with his time and knowledgeable about the local history. He explained the camp site facilities and surroundings fully and told us to call him if we forgot any of his directions (we didn't need to). Wimborne is a short walk away, a great local pub, The Vine Inn is just across the field, a safe river entry point is only a 10 minute walk away. The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is only a 45 minute drive to the south. The showers were clean and the water hot, the compost loos also clean (take your own loo roll though). Dogs and fires are also permitted. If you are looking for a highly polished camp site this may not be for you, but if you want a lovely down to earth one with friendly neighbours, great facilities and helpful host this will fit the bill.
Aug 19, 2018 by Paul

A great getaway stay

Wonderful spot with very friendly host. Loved the quirky failitlies and close proximity to the River Stour where we saw our first Kingfisher! Wimborne has great pubs and restaurants 👍🏼👍🏼
Aug 18, 2018 by John

Beautiful spot, small site with quirky eco facilties and a great host - highly recommended!

We've just stayed two nights at Farrs Meadow and had a fantastic weekend. David and his team are so helpful and always available. Homemade pizzas were delicious and we loved the horsebox showers and compost toilets - what a clever way to minimise the impact on the landscape. Great to have the fridge/freezers. Walk to the Stour river is perfect, even for little ones, and was refreshing to swim, although very crowded this weekend. Dean's Court Cafe in Wimbourne serves delicious food in an idyllic little garden. Also drove to Studland beach (50mins) which is beautiful, but was extremely crowded on such a hot weekend!
Aug 6, 2018 by Georgie

Perfect setting

This is a delightful spot. Off the beaten track but a short walks distance from the lovely town of Wimborne Minster. A good stones throw from the delightfully quaint Vine pub (cash only) and another quick trot to the Daily Telegraphs top ten places in England to enjoy the River Stour where boating and swimming are a treasured local past time. We were blessed with incredible weather and an England win(!) so we were very happy campers. Back to basics made much more tolerable by the delightful host David who goes out of his way to ensure you have all your camping trip needs. If you love wild-ish camping this is for you. Long-drop loos fashioned out of horse boxes, solar powered showers also made from horse boxes make this a very rustic experience. But for the setting, the simple pleasures and the joy of being close to nature this is perfect. Libby (mum) and Benji (15 yrs) accompanying Jane (mum) and Zoe (15yrs).
Jul 8, 2018 by libbymck

Great vibe - relaxed, quirky, friendly

Farrs Meadow is great for a weekend get-a-way, as we did, or even a longer stay during the summer I'm sure. Really interesting and quirky features like showers built into old horse boxes, a pizza oven on the back of an old golf buggy and chickens/goats in outdoor pens. David the host was brilliant - friendly, fun, helpful. A gem of a find.
Jul 4, 2018 by John

bloomin ace!

My partner is disabled and when we arrived, though we knew the campsite was going to be on a hill, we went "uh oh". She has a bike that attaches to her wheelchair but the steep approach and the nature of the terrain were evidently going to be too much for it. Our hearts sank. But a brief conversation with genial host David led to us being accommodated at the foot of the campsite in among the gypsy caravans and suddenly accessibility was no longer an issue! We proceeded to have a very wonderful time, thoroughly enjoying the space we had, the old horse boxes housing the toilets and the solar showers adding to the charm of this tucked-away site. Our 10 year old daughter quickly found friends to play with and delighted in spending time with the billy goats at the base of the campsite. We were joined by friends from Devon and it was no problem for them to pitch next to us. We swum in the Stour, pottered round the attractive town of Wimborne and played all sorts of games right in front of our tents. We also had the guitars out a few times and didn't disturb anyone (as far as we know!) . Thank you David for being such a fantastic host and accommodating us so well. I don't see any reason why we wouldn't return here again, especially at this time of year.
Jun 2, 2018 by woody

Best Campsite Ever

David is the best host at the best campsite ever!!! Amazing!!
Jun 1, 2018 by The Daly Family

7th Visit!

We are big Farrs Meadow fans and have just returned from our seventh visit! We have tried out all the different types of accommodation and experienced all different kinds of weather! The thing that is always the same is the warm welcome and David (the owner)'s attitude of nothing being too much trouble. We love the sense of freedom the children have and the endless games of cricket, football and badminton they had up on the car free camping field. Can't wait to visit again later in the summer.
Jun 1, 2018 by Libby-Logs

Great place to chill out

A great place to get away from it all, Farrs Meadow is a lovely campsite in a beautiful setting. David couldn't be more helpful - driving our kit up and down from the meadow (car free so perfect for safe play) and recommending where to go and local pubs and cafes. The children ran around through the woods and meadows, went wildlife watching and swimming in the river (5 mins away). We hired a fire pit on site for cooking and keeping warm which made for lovely, chilled out evenings, the horse box showers were spacious and hot and the long drop toilets were totally fine (even the children got used to them!). We loved it so much we extended our stay and are already planning when we can go back.
Jun 1, 2018 by Caz

Fab, friendly, laid back campsite!

Just home from a fabulous 2 nights at Farrs Meadow. We stayed in the main camping meadow in our own tent though the yurts looked very tempting. The meadow is very pretty and big enough that you have lots of space to yourself. My kids spent hours roaming free, making friends, exploring the woods and getting progressively muddier which meant I could relax by the campfire and enjoy the view. David was an excellent, welcoming host. He ferried our camping stuff up the hill on arrival and back down again on departure, lent me a mallet which I’d forgotten and kept up a steady banter with my kids to their delight. This is a lovely place to stay, the horsebox showers and toilets work really well, there is a fridge, freezer and plug sockets for guests to use which was really useful and just down the road is a lovely river to paddle/ swim in/ picnic next to and a tiny pub with a nice garden. I’ve camped a lot with my kids and this was by far the friendliest campsite we’ve been to, they are already asking when we’re going back!
May 27, 2018 by Lucy

1000 stars - the best!!!

We have come to Farrs Meadow many times now since 2014 and absolutely love it. It is simply the BEST campsite we have ever stayed on and I cannot recommend it highly enough. We have stayed in the yurts, the shepherds huts and the stable. The atmosphere is very laid back and the site is well run. This site is what camping is all about: Nature, space, tranquility, campfires and great ambiance. Thanks to David and his team for sharing this little corner of heaven with us! We'll be back in 2018.
Sep 8, 2017 by Bromleyboy

Refreshing Break

We had a fantastic few days at Farrs Meadow, the very epitome of long and languid, sultry summer days. David and Simon provided a super friendly welcome and were very helpful getting our stuff up to the site and back down the hill too. It was lovely to relax around a fire pit of an evening, disturbed only by the hooting owl. Wimbourne Minster is an easy walk and offers every amenity. Kingston Lacy house was well worth a visit, and Badbury Rings had an almost mystical atmosphere, revealing the deep history of the place with long views over the Stour valley and Cranbourne Chase.
Jul 2, 2017 by Nearandfar

Laid back haven

Just getting used to the walls again after a lovely long weekend at Farrs Meadow. Welcoming and laid back, a perfect retreat from London. The surrounding countryside is stunning; a friendly local en route to The Vine pointed out the pyramid orchids. Fox gloves bordered the meadow, the river Stour was lovely for a swim and owls hooted at night. Magical!! All the facilities which appeared quaint and quirky worked very well, without distracting from some proper away from it all camping! Kingston Lacy, Badbury Rings and Wimbourne all within easy reach...very well situated for numerous activities...if you can draw yourself away from the site!
Jun 5, 2017 by Clare Pereira

an amazing place

Just spent a fantastic 4 days at Farrs Meadow and we're already thinking about returning. The meadow is a haven away from it all and the welcome we got from David and Simon was as generous as we have seen. There are many lovely walks direct from the campsite, loads of country pubs nearby and the beach is only a half hour drive too.
Jun 2, 2017 by mikeandrhi

Super Friendly Quirky Site

A busy Bank Holiday weekend and David and team were the friendliest owners I have encountered in a long while, helpful, welcoming and laid back. A flat field on the top of a ridge surrounded by enough woods for the kids to disappear into. Keeping the field car free and having your kit ferried up by Quad bike adds to the welcome, and also to the charm of the place. Quirky facilities do the job. 10 minutes walk to swim in the Stour or a little further to sup cider at The Vine. The owls might wake you as they swoop up and down the field, but hey, I can live with that.
May 30, 2017 by Broomp


A truly friendly campsite from the moment you arrive and are welcomed with a smile as they help you unload and drive your gear up the hill, right through to when they're baking delicious pizzas! The horse box shower was honestly the nicest campsite shower yet. And the river swimming was perfect.
Oct 23, 2016 by Maria

Our Favourite Site

Just to reiterate Simon’s review (18-8-16), we (my wife and 2 kids aged 9 & 10) are just back from Farrs Meadow after a 10 night break. David and Luds are great hosts and really make the site (which is brilliant anyway) friendly and relaxed. They don’t mention the free fishing on their own stretch of the Stour, all you need is a rod licence. The fishing is easy for kids as there are so many small fish, but if you want more serious fishing, then there are decent chub and very big roach in there, along with pike and trout. The wildlife in the area is really worth looking for, there are exceptional nature reserves such as Brownsea Island, Arne, Radipole lakes, and a little research on the net is worth doing in advance as there are sites like Badbury rings mentioned which is only 10 minutes along the road. We’ve been camping for quite a few years now, and we all agree, this was our favourite site so far.
Aug 24, 2016 by Dave Moir

Fantastic stay!

My three children and I are just back from Farrs Meadow - we had a fantastic stay! The upper campsite is in a beautiful meadow surrounded by trees, quiet and spacious, on a hilltop and dotted with Yurts and tents, occupied when we were there by a mixture of families and couples. To me this is a classic campers campsite, simple and gentle and with a natural feel, tucked away in the Dorset hills. Loos and showers are cunningly incorporated into old horse trailers lower down the hill, there is a lovely hidden garden where fresh coffee is available each morning and (discreetly) a fridge, freezer and plugs for mobiles if needed. David, Luds and their team were friendly, cheerful and full of good advice. Thanks guys. The sun shone during all of our stay, the barbecue sizzled, there was fresh air in abundance and lots of chat around the campfire; it was an idyllic spot & relaxing experience and I would unreservedly recommend it to all who have yet to visit
Aug 18, 2016 by Simon

Perfect for Special Events

We've just returned from hosting a celebration at Farr's Meadow, and absolutely recommend the site for anyone looking for a perfect location.  The yurts, caravans, shepherd's hut and stables are beautiful and comfortable.  Everyone at the site is very friendly, and David, Luds and Debbie helped enormously with the planning, organising a fabulous BBQ for our fifty guests on the first night, and baking a seemingly never-ending series of delicious pizzas on the second night, as well as organising entertainment in the form of a silent disco (this was ace and deserves a five-star review of its own).  Our guests included some fairly reluctant campers, but they were rapidly won over by Farr's Meadow; it was a magical weekend, which we will remember for years to come.

Jun 5, 2016 by felicity000


A beautiful, peaceful, rural meadow. David was really welcoming and couldn't do enough to help. A fire by the full moon was the highlight! Local walks very pretty. Can't fault it, will definitely be returning. Thank you.

May 23, 2016 by Julia M

Perfect escape

Stayed here for a few nights last summer. Just perfect, simplicity without compromising comfort and full of quirky design features. David and Ludz are the perfect hosts, the pizza van was epic! Wild swimming in the local river with the kids just topped the perfect escape.

Apr 26, 2016 by Simon Travis

Happy Memories Here!

We have camped three times now at Farrs Meadow and this has become (as my children of 6 and 4 told me) "our special campsite". Each time, David or Luds have been on hand helping us up the hill with our camping equipment loaded onto their quad-bike trailer, to the delighted squeals of the children. We love everything about this campsite: the long drop loos in converted horse boxes, showers in other converted horse boxes, washing up station in converted cattle feed, all spotless and cleaned regularly, the general ambiance of the whole campsite is just magical. The children spent hours exploring, playing in the woods surrounding the campsite (all very safe and fenced off), swinging on the rope swings, collecting wood for our campfire, toasting marshmallows and just being free as children don't often get chance to be. We have swum in the nearby river, visited Studland and explored Wimborne all of which were lovely. I can't say enough about this place really and my reviews would go on for ages. Basically just try it, you won't regret it one bit. Thanks David and Luds, see you again soon :-).

Sep 21, 2015 by Beccyboo

A lovely campsite

We have camped at Farrs Meadow twice this summer! After our first weekend there, we just had to book again.  David and Luds are both so helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them.  Upon arrival they quickly take all your belongings up to the meadow on the back of the quad bike and even if you have too much stuff like we always do they don't mind at all!   The campsite is set in a beautiful meadow. Our children loved going into the woods to search for wood for the fire pits.  The tyre swing was a big hit and the river swimming was brilliant.  The horse box showers and loo's are done very well.  On Saturday night's their homemade pizza's are fabulous and a must have! We have had two great weekend's at this campsite this summer and we can't wait to go back again.  

Aug 3, 2015 by NHuman

fantastic spot

This is a great site for everyone, the guys David and Luds have done a great job so far and have created some really unique features. Everything you need is within walking distance and it's great walking country too. I'd recommend this place and book a fire pit with your pitch, you won't need a stove if you do! Well done guys keep it up!

Jun 24, 2015 by Ned

Fab camping weekend

My husband & were looking for a campsite for a weekend break with our 2 year old. We found Farrs Meadow on the cool camping website, and we instantly liked the look of it, we especially liked that they allowed campfires (a must in our opinion!) and after seeing the reviews decided to give it a go. Our very first impression was their flexibility - we weren't sure if the weather would hold up for the weekend so wanted to leave it to the last minute to book - this wasn't a problem with Farrs Meadow. When we arrived, Luds was there to meet us. He helped take all our gear up the short hill in his quad trailer. We had a fantastic pitch, overlooking the clearing with beautiful views! Our daughter had lots of fun on the rope swings and running around the field, apart from a slightly steep hill, the field was very safe.

There was a very chilled atmosphere at Farrs Meadow, I enquired about a possible group booking, which they were more than happy to accommodate. It happened to be the 'Folk Festival ' while we were there, so we took a walk into the town via the scenic route - along the beautiful river! Which was a lovely walk (my husband was desperate to cast a line out, but unfortunately fishing season didn't open until the 15th!) The walk into town took about 15minutes, and there were plenty of shops & pubs around. Unfortunately most of them were charging entry and were extremely busy due to the festival. We went to the Olive Branch which had a nice beer garden.

The campsite was quiet at night, the only noise we experienced was a low hum of music coming from the town, but again I expect this may have been due to the festival.

Facilities were clean, toilets were situated in horse boxes (long drop loos) toilet paper isn't normally provided, so make sure to bring a roll! The door to our nearest loo didn't close properly & kept swinging open! But luckily no one walked in on me!

When we were packing up, David was very helpful, providing an extra hand to squish our tent back into the carrier! He helped with all our stuff & took it all back down the hill in his 4x4.

 David had recommended visiting Studland for a beach day, which we visited after leaving Farrs Meadow. We went to shell beach, which was a beautiful stretch of golden sand.

We really enjoyed our relaxing & chilled weekend, and will definitely be coming back!

Jun 15, 2015 by Lexi J

Perfect Hen-do weekend!

A group of us rented the large yurt and stable building last weekend for my sister's hen do and Farr's Meadow was perfect. Luds and David were excellent hosts and could not have done more to make sure we had a great time (especially considering this was their first hen do, and  think were't quite sure what to expect!). The campsite is in a beautiful spot and accommodation was great -  charmingly decorated, with lanterns, fairy lights and fresh flowers from the garden. We went to the Minster Arms for dinner on the Friday night, which was a short walk along the river and delicious food. The highlight of the weekend were David's home made pizzas, cooked in their wood wired oven, which was mounted on the back of a little three-wheeled truck! They have done an excellent job to make a really lovely atmosphere on the campsite (dogs/goats/kids running around having a great time and everyone respectful of one another) and I know all of us who came on the weekend will certainly try to come back again - a great find!

Jun 10, 2015 by harrisame

Blooming Marvelous

What a find!  To find a campsite ran by fantastic people who couldn't be more accommidating.  Sarah and I went away for our wedding anniversary and Luds found us a quite little hideaway.  Magical walks along the River,  enjoying a glass or two of something in front of an open fire under a star lit sky watching the bats whizz by.  Just be prepared to use a long drop loo and horse box showers. Dave was excellent with our late departure as our pitch was not re-allocated. Definitely a site to be revisited!!

Jun 9, 2015 by Kev & Sarah

Lovely camping spot

Farrs Meadow is a great little place full of character. Ludz and David were very welcoming and friendly, helped us set camp and were there to answer any questions. The view from the field was lovely and the proximity of the woodland added to the magic of the place. The only comment I would make is that the campsite sign is both small and poorly positioned- it can only be seen when the car is right next to the (very sharp) turn and we ended up missing it twice!

Jun 9, 2015 by Kate

A hidden gem

Have just spent a weekend at this fantastic little camp site tucked away in the middle of the Dorset countryside. Owners Luds and David are really welcoming and so helpful. They have created a magical place - small is beautiful in this case. Highly recommended to those looking for a simple yet quirky campsite in an idyllic setting.

Jun 7, 2015 by susielabon

This weekend

Fantastic  site.amazing host couldn't be a better spot to get away from it all.thank you so much. This site won't disappoint .highly recommend the short stroll to the pub in the evening through the woods.

Jun 7, 2015 by kerry

Beautiful Site

We have just returned from a lovely stay at Farrs Meadow. David and Luds are both really helpful. They let our son drive their quad bike which made his weekend. The location is stunning, especially our view from the small campervan field. You don't have to leave the site as Wimborne is a 15 minute walk away where there are pubs/shops etc. There are lovely walks close by. 

The site is basic in facilities, but this is very clear from the website. We loved the 100% natural vibe. 

We will return for sure and wish David and Luds all the very best for their business.

With thanks the Clark and McGill families

May 31, 2015 by flossydrop

Welcomed with a smile

My family and I have just returned from a wonderful 4 night stay at Farrs Meadow. (24th - 27th May) we made a last minute dash from London to dorset and arrived early evening. This did not fase Luds and David who were on hand to welcome us with friendly smiles cheers guys. We felt relaxed and at home from the very start. Setting up was made easy, Luds transported our gear with the quad bike to our choosen spot his efforts were much appreciated thank you. Set on flat ground at the top of a hill with beautiful views and surrounded with mature trees this is as close to wild camping as it gets. My daughter enjoyed the cute horse box showers hot and refreshing after a day at the beach or wild swimming in the River Stour. My 13 year old son had a chance to reset, he enjoyed collecting wood, building fires and rolling down the hill in his onsie without a thought for his phone his hair or PS3. We have found a gem and we will be returning.

May 29, 2015 by Carmen poulten

happy camping

Just had a fantastic bank holiday weekend at Farrs Meadow. We were four families, all with young kids.

It's in a great location, situated just outside of Wimborne, with access to supermarkets, shops and pubs, whilst the camp site is set back and secluded, so you really feel cut off in nature. There's a lovely walk through the wood to a tiny pub, The Vine, and you can walk further to get to a dairy with its own farm shop and butchers - so everything you need and a pleasant walk to get it.

The camp is in a field surrounded by trees in which the kids made their own secret camp and had adventures. They saw deer and hares, climbed trees and picked flowers. It was particularly magical for them, and the iPads stayed packed for the whole weekend, for once.

What also really made a difference to the weekend were the guys that ran / owned (?) the place, Lud & David. Nothing seemed too much for them, and their laid back attitudes reflected the chilled out nature of the camp site. And they spent a lot of the weekend driving all the kids round on a tractor, which made them very popular.

A great location for families and to explore Dorset, with an easy drive down to the coast for Swanage, Durdle Door and Lulworth.

May 5, 2015 by JustinV

First of many visits

Not being the hardiest of campers we opted for a night in the stable with our two boys (3&5) and found the place and the experience quite wonderful. The stable has a remarkable, almost magical charm; it's simple and honest yet elegantly chic, difficult to sum up without sounding pretentious, which this place certainly is not. It felt like we were in a beech hut on a castaway island, it's ramshackle decor falling effortlessly together. The whole site had the same feel of being hidden far away and dotted with surprising gems. The toilets and showers in little horse-boxes are intriguing from the outside, opening out into unexpectedly attractive spaces. The owners have a careful, classy, unfussy sense of design as well as being very friendly. The surrounding woods, fields and river are enticing to explore adding to the sense of being in a slightly different world, but conversely this secluded spot sits near a pub and cafe (walking distance) as well as a whole town only moments away. In the evening we cooked over our fire pit and were treated to a bright clear night sky. 

A really special easy place, our stable stay gave us more than we could get from camping or a hotel. Our boys loved playing and exploring and we all had a most relaxing and fun weekend.

Oct 7, 2014 by realsam

My favourite campsite

This site is a real gem of a find - relaxed, beautiful and full of character. Encircled by a wide variety of trees, tents are dotted throughout the top field. There are also a few furnished bell tents, a yurt and a converted stable and a separate field for camper vans. It's a really spacious site, with lots of room between set ups. There is a no car policy on the main field, which I like. There is a handy quad bike to help ferry stuff from the car park.

I love the converted horse boxes that are used for showers and loos  - genius, and beautifully done. Showers are warm and have an al fresco feel, the long drops are surprisingly comfy and don't smell a bit. Fire pits are provided and there are communal BBQs on hand if you need them. Fairy lights and up lighters help add to the magic in the evening, but do bring enough torches as when the sun goes down you'll need them.

The kids entertained themselves for our whole stay as there is so much for them to do - making dens, rolling down hills, climbing trees and generally exploring the site.

 The location is superb, being close by to lots of great attractions. There is a lovely pub 10-15 minutes walk away.

We are just back from our second stay here. And will definitely be returning.

Farrs Meadow is what camping is all about. I love it.

Sep 14, 2014 by steelo77


Have just returned from a 2day stay in the Yurt  I'm not a seasoned camper but we had the best time. The facilities were very good and well thought out. We walked to the Pub for a drink before going back to the site to cook supper. We will definitely return, and highly recommend this site.

Sep 8, 2014 by Lyndatownsendbateson

A magical, relaxing rural hideaway

My family and I spent a wonderful break at Farrs meadow recently, a long weekend of tramps through the unspoilt countryside, refreshing dips in the river Stour and delicious food from The Squash Court Cafe. This really is a lovely spot.  We opted for the bell tent complete with four poster bed and a small afghan sofa bed for our toddler. After one of the best nights sleeps I've ever experienced on a camping trip we woke to see baby foxes playing in the long grass outside our tent. Breakfasting on sausages cooked on the fire pit, I took a lovely hot shower in my own private horse box! 

Luds and David, the guys who run the campsite couldn't have been more helpful, even leading us across the fields, through a herd of friendly cows to a quaint little country pub.  We shall definitely be back next year!

Sep 4, 2014 by Kate78

One of my favourites

We stayed here with friends over the weekend and absolutely loved it. From the moment we arrived we felt completely relaxed. A great campsite, very friendly owners, brilliant location and amazing horse box showers.

We will be back!

Sep 1, 2014 by Samantha

Hello Farrs Meadow

What a treat. We spent two nights in the converted stable block en route to Yorkshire from Cornwall. We loved the intimacy of the site, the friendliness of the owners and the other campers. The mix of yurts, bell tents and self pitched units made for a great atmosphere especially with the absence of cars. We enjoyed a stroll to the local pub and also to the river down the road. Unfortunately we didn't get as far as the local beach - one for next time. The stable block has just perfect for our family of four. Tastefully kitted out and with great added extras. Very cosy. Hope to return next year

Sep 1, 2014 by Stubbsy


We were two families, five kids, and we stayed five days. Idyllic for the children and adults alike: trees to climb, acres of woods to explore and report back with walkie-talkies, room in the meadow for football and boules, a river to try out new fishing rods, and positive encouragement for our nightly campfires (we brought a metal fire pit, but they could be borrowed from the site). Long and peaceful evenings where grown-ups could relax with a local Badger beer and children could stoke the fire with collected kindling and roast marshmallows. The chilled-out and convivial atmosphere helped to foster new friendships with other campers, and the uber friendly and helpful hosts made us feel instantly welcome and at home. We loved the spacious and airy horse box loos and showers that smelled mostly of cedar sawdust and the scattered lavender, and felt like they belonged in the woodland setting. A couple of easy day trips, including to the fantastic Brownsea island by ferry, made our holiday even more interesting, but it was wonderful to return to the meadow, and the days spent in and around the site were delightfully relaxing. We would have happily stayed longer if the weather hadn't been so typically unco-operative on Bank Holiday Monday, and I suspect we will be back. 

Aug 31, 2014 by Camper Cathy

Truly magical!

We stayed at this site for a few days and can't wait to return! Luds and David were extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. The location is fantastic with a fabulous atmosphere and once there, you really can do without the car - walking along the river to Wimborne for provisions (plus delicious cakes etc at the Old Squash Court Cafe), beautiful scenic walks nearby and a stroll to the little pub for an evening tipple. We experienced the yurt and the stables which were both wonderful. Highly recommended if you wish to have a peaceful, relaxing turn off!

Aug 31, 2014 by scampers

dorset delight

Just got back from our second stay at this great campsite. The owners are really welcoming and keen for people to relax and explore the beautiful surroundings. We had happy tired children, a river to swim in, a pub to walk to, a beautiful town nearby, hot showers in a horsebox and a crackling firepit. The converted stable looks amazing - can't wait to try it! We'll definately be returning.

Aug 27, 2014 by pdshaus

Very chilled out

Just spent two days over the bank holiday at Farrs Meadow and am very impressed. Its such a lovely space to camp in and was a great base for walks through the country and trips to nearby beaches. Wimborne is a lovely little village with some great pubs for the weary hiker. The campsite itself is set in a beatiful meadow border by trees and is very relaxed. We really enkoyed our stay and will definitely be going back.

Aug 26, 2014 by drshminky

Welcoming, quirky and chilled

Just spent 2 nights at Farrs Meadow over the bank holiday. Despite it being busy, it didn't feel it, in a good way! Loved the clever use of horse boxes. The owners were really friendly and helpful in any way they could be! Lovely and chilled out, basic camping at its best!

Aug 25, 2014 by lottieness


What a fab little ground. Peaceful meadows and untouched beauty, are of course the reason you come here, but David, Lurtz and their families are a credit to this stunning area of Dorset, making it a truly memorable place to come. Their attention to detail, friendliness and views for the future of Farrs Meadow are enough of a reason to come back here as soon as possible. If spending an evening or two under the stars, toasting marshmallows on your own little campfire, in a secluded meadow, followed by waking up to a deliciously hot shower in a quirky upcycled horse box is what you are after...then I recommend no place more appropriate and more perfect than Farrs Meadow! I look forward to seeing the continual transformation soon guys! 

Aug 25, 2014 by Terridannimunch

A gem of a place

We live in Dorset and were looking to spend a couple of nights not too far from home, and stumbled across Farrs Meadow website. Our children loved it, the horsebox showers were a big attraction (i can never normally  persuade them to have showers when camping!), as was cooking on the fire pits each night. The quirky pub and swimming in the river were an  added bonus and it was great not to have to get in the car over the weekend, everything is easily reachable on foot. farrs meadow is charming, quirky, and I'm so glad we discovered it. We will be back!

Aug 18, 2014 by Lottie

Best little place - thank you!

I wanted to show my Swedish friends some beautiful parts of England and got recommended this place. We were only planning on staying one night but loved it so much we decided to stay for three... We had the little converted stables which were perfect for lazy campers like us - we loved all the beautiful little details as well as a very comfy bed. 

Making fires in the evenings cooking dinner were highlights as well as early morning swimming in the nearby river. Showers in pretty old horse boxes was pretty special too. 

Cant wait to come back again! 

Aug 17, 2014 by Kajsa

Camping heaven

From the moment we arrived with two tired children and two energetic Labradors we felt relaxed, looked after and most importantly just fell in love with Farrs Meadow at first sight. Perched up on a hill from the car park, all of our kit was efficiently quad biked up to the beautiful camping ground by one of the owners, we chose our pitch, got the tent up and dogs and children explored whilst we set up camp. Later that day we explored the area and had a great afternoon on Studland Beach .

Our whole Farrs Meadow experience was so great....a special mention for the awesome showers.... that 2 weeks later we came back!

Aug 15, 2014 by Libby-Logs

Great camping in Dorset

I stayed at Farrs Meadow over a weekend with a couple of friends and had a great time. The two guys running it are hellarious and very welcoming. Their facilities are custom to the site and are made very comfortable.
I would definatly return to Farrs Meadow for another relaxing camping weekend.


Aug 15, 2014 by Tanya


I stayed here with a friend when it first opened. It was one of the highlights of our summer so far! Run by a couple of very friendly, helpful guys this was the perfect weekend. It is a very peaceful area, but close to the coast. The atmosphere on the site was very warm and friendly - a variety of families, friends and couples. Definitely recommend this campsite for a tranquil weekend in Dorset... already plannning on the next trip down !

Aug 15, 2014 by sjstokes85

Idyllic setting

This is real camping! Fantastic location, walking distance from the town (which has some great restaurants), and 2 minutes walk to the river. The campsite has a wild feel which we loved. Cute little horse boxes made in to showers were great. Friendly welcome. Highly recommended.

Aug 15, 2014 by CB Camper

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