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This beautiful county in South West England is the perfect place for a family glamping holiday. Located on the English Channel coast, Dorset is largely rural and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its coastline features notable sites such as the Durdle Door, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Lulworth Cove. Come and explore this county for a relaxing Dorset family glamping holiday.

Have a great family holiday in Dorset

The county is hugely appealing, with the coast and the attractive countryside drawing in many visitors. The landscape is wonderfully varied, meaning there’s plenty to explore. Extensive low lying heathlands unfold in the east while the west is hilly and covered in fields and woodlands. The centre of the county is mainly chalk downland dominated by streams and rivers.

Stay close to nature at our glamping site

One of our Dorset glamping locations, East Shilvinghampton, is nestled in a tranquil valley close to Chesil Beach. Experience the beauty of the countryside while being close to the farmyard. There, you can meet many farm animals such as pigs, goats, cows, ducks, hens and rabbits.

A special area of the countryside in the UK

A peaceful family holiday is waiting for you at the other Dorset Feather Down Farm – Mount Pleasant Farm in the heart of the Blackmore Vale.The Blackmore Vale is a plain that dominates the north of Dorset and is dotted with tiny fields defined by hedgerows and curving lanes. This lush landscape full of pastoral beauty, and visitors can spend their time wandering the maze of winding paths and bridleways.  Take a look at Feather Down luxury camping in Dorset, and get ready to plan a wonderful family holiday that you will never forget.

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    Dorset, Weymouth

    4 night stay, starting at £ 276.000
    East Shilvinghampton is less than 10 minutes from dramatic Chesil Beach and only 15 minutes from the golden sand of Weymouth Beach, and offers panoramic views across the Dorset Area of Outstanding ...
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    Dorset, Blandford Forum

    2 night stay, starting at £ 309.000
    Located in a timeless patch of English countryside, Mount Pleasant Farm is a farm that is very much of the moment. At Mount Pleasant, you set the pace of your ...

Dorset glamping, Customer reviews

  • Remember blankets Hot water bottlesHired bikes in Weymouth great day adventure

    From 21-10-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hodder-Williams (10)

    Great local walks

    From 21-10-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Dr. Chambers (10)

    We had a lovely tour of the farm, and then a good walk, but then the rain hit and we stayed in the surroundings of our cosy tent. We weren't really there for long enough to explore too much!

    From 14-10-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Bagnall (10)
  • Abbotsbury was lovely and well worth a visit. We also took a trip to Chesil Beach which was fascinating - there's a really nice café there that do a whole range of food including children's menu. There's also a shop and information centre/drawing etc.. for the kids - definitely worth a visit

    From 03-10-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Miller (10)

    The farm visit is really interesting .. Mike spent a lot of time explaining to us about the sheep / what they were doing to them and why etc, really interesting.we were only there for 2 days so we just enjoyed relaxing on the farm , had a lovely walk through the incredible surrounding countryside and just chilled!! Perfect

    From 30-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Blest (10)

    No

    From 23-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Thompson (8.8)
  • We enjoyed local walks and a bike ride to Bullbarrows hill..tough cycle but worth it for the views.

    From 16-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Keane (10)

    We enjoyed local walks and a bike ride to Bullbarrows hill..tough cycle but worth it for the views.

    From 16-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Keane (10)

    I would definitely recommend the beaches and landscape of the Jurassic coast

    From 05-09-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Hinkley (10)
  • Bring bikes, use the pizza oven, go for a walk!

    From 02-09-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Holden (10)

    Nothe Fort at Weymouth was great if your into World War 2 Stuff.

    From 26-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Miss Finikin (8.8)

    We were visiting family close by and so did not need to cook...had we needed to cook our evening meal on the wood burner this would have been quite limiting. We are used to wood burners and coal fire Aga cooking but were we to stay at a Feather Down we would bring a gas camping stove to supplement the facilities provided.Some of the cooking utensils were of very poor quality and in particular the can opener. lack of potato peeler, and lack of a garlic crusher.

    From 22-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mevr. Halford (7.5)
  • Stuminster Mill is a lovely tour.

    From 22-08-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Harris (10)

    The farm tour - excellent and very informative The Hive and Watch House cafes at Burton Bradstock and West Bay West Bay East Beach Weymouth Watesports - we went paddle boarding with 8 and 6 year olds - the tuition was excellent, and the water was warm and very shallow in the bay, so no fear of falling in. Brilliant. The Bakery Cafe in Poundbury was excellent for breakfast too! Ducks Deli in Portesham for your gourmet goodies.

    From 12-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Davis (10)

    Great beaches all along the coast - the Hive beach cafe is amazing.

    From 12-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Gardner (10)
  • Stay local as roads around the coast gets jammed,

    From 12-08-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Mayes (8.8)

    Camping stove for tea/coffee. Abbottsbury great for children and cafe.

    From 05-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Morrison (10)

    Radipole RSPB reserve at Weymouth, Portland Bill

    From 05-08-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Moore (10)
  • We would recommend Corfe Castle, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, the swimming was amazing as were the locations.

    From 01-08-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. England (10)

    Nothe fort in Weymouth was a great place to spend several hours. The fort itself was bigger and had a broader appeal than we were expecting plus the surrounding gardens are an added bonus. The cafe is great and dogs can go round the fort with you. Historically interesting with great views across the bay. Easy parking close by.

    From 29-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Hutchinson (8.8)

    Guided fossil hunting trip from Lime Regis Museum highly recommended.

    From 29-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Cooper (10)
  • Lyme Regis was wonderful and fun and safe for the children, avoid Sundays. West Bay was wonderful, sheltered beach and excellent cafes, sea and harbour. Please could you put leads with 4+ plugs in the honesty shop for phone charging....... Otherwise all perfect.

    From 29-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Watkins (10)

    Monkey world is only half an hour away. The farm walk/talk is great too

    From 25-07-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Liddle (8.8)

    Fossil hunting at sea town was good fun and we have a couple more ammonites to add to our collection

    From 18-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hemingway (10)
  • There is plenty of coastline to explore nearby but if you're willing to venture a little further then Corfe Castle is worth a visit, as is the local steam train. Forde Abbey is about 1hr away but has a great kids trail that takes you round all the gardens and there's a fantastic pick-your-own on the estate as well.

    From 11-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Slee (10)

    Monkey World was enjoyed by all of us.

    From 11-07-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Jones (10)

    We had a very good meal at The Kings Arms in the nearby village and sampled the beef that had come from the cows on the farm where we were staying.

    From 08-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Gumbrell (10)
  • Bovington Tank museum Monkey World Abbotsbury

    From 04-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Dillon (10)

    Beatiful aerea, lots to see and do. Searching for fossils on Charmouth beach was great.

    From 01-07-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Roels (8.8)

    Stay on site and chill for as much time as possible.

    From 24-06-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Stanley (10)
  • The farm is set in beautiful countryside with lots of local things to do and see.

    From 24-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Whittow (10)

    We had a fantastic meal at The Cadtle Inn in Lulworth Cove and highly recommend it.

    From 24-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Perkins (8.8)

    We stayed on site so didn't venture out, but there is a book in the tent from previous guests and their visits to local sites. The farm is isolated so a sat nav or a good navigator would be very useful.

    From 17-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Haines (8.8)
  • We stayed on site so didn't venture out, but there is a book in the tent from previous guests and their visits to local sites. The farm is isolated so a sat nav or a good navigator would be very useful.

    From 17-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Haines (8.8)

    We had a wonderful Enid Blightonesque romp around Corfe Castle. The tea garden at the model village was delightful.

    From 03-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Dr. Moran (10.0)

    Monkey World and Tank Museum go down well with the kids.

    From 03-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. North (10.0)
  • Monkey World and Tank Museum go down well with the kids.

    From 03-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. North (10)

    We had a wonderful Enid Blightonesque romp around Corfe Castle. The tea garden at the model village was delightful.

    From 03-06-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Dr. Moran (10)

    Monkey world was a fab day out. The Greyhound Inn was perfect for a Sunday afternoon family meal.

    From 27-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Andrews (10.0)
  • We didn't leave the farm during our stay as we wanted to chill out, so I can't comment on this.

    From 27-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Smithson (10.0)

    We didn't leave the farm during our stay as we wanted to chill out, so I can't comment on this.

    From 27-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Smithson (10)

    Monkey world was a fab day out. The Greyhound Inn was perfect for a Sunday afternoon family meal.

    From 27-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Andrews (10)
  • Gets very dark so remember torches/ extra candles, especially if you have children who get up in the night for the loo!

    From 20-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Lewis (10.0)

    Gets very dark so remember torches/ extra candles, especially if you have children who get up in the night for the loo!

    From 20-05-2016
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Lewis (10)

    Hive beach cafe nice in nearby Hive.

    From 13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Mcpherson (10.0)
  • The Hive beach - 20 minutes away.

    From 13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Etherington (10.0)

    The Hive Beach cafe

    From 13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Falkiner (10.0)

    Explore the local beaches (Chesil, Hive, West Bay) and for fun with kids Weymouth is a must do on a sunny day. We stopped at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on our way back to London to break up the journey a little, and still can't believe how beautiful they were. Dorset is perfect for a family break

    From 13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sita-Lumsden (10.0)
  • Explore the local beaches (Chesil, Hive, West Bay) and for fun with kids Weymouth is a must do on a sunny day. We stopped at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on our way back to London to break up the journey a little, and still can't believe how beautiful they were. Dorset is perfect for a family break

    From 13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sita-Lumsden (10)

    The Hive Beach cafe

    From 13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Falkiner (10)

    The Hive beach - 20 minutes away.

    From 13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Etherington (10)
  • Hive beach cafe nice in nearby Hive.

    From 13-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Mcpherson (10)

    Abbotsbury and its 3 main attractions (Swannery, tropical gardens and Childrens farm) are all good to visit and easily filled half a day each, even with an excitable toddler. The childrens farm though is not for older children, anyone above 5 or perhaps 6 would not be entertained.Weymouth beach cannot be beaten if you want a traditional beach type day.

    From 09-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Scutt (10.0)

    Abbotsbury and its 3 main attractions (Swannery, tropical gardens and Childrens farm) are all good to visit and easily filled half a day each, even with an excitable toddler. The childrens farm though is not for older children, anyone above 5 or perhaps 6 would not be entertained.Weymouth beach cannot be beaten if you want a traditional beach type day.

    From 09-05-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Scutt (10)
  • We visited Weymouth beach, the lighthouse at Portland, Abbotsbury for the Swannery (amazing and great cafe!), and Hive Beach (twice!). Great location to see the beautiful coast of Dorset. The Farm Tour was great for adults and kids followed by fresh pizza cooked in the pizza oven. Loved it

    From 15-04-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Kirtland (10.0)

    As the wood burning stove takes a long time to get going, a small camping stove would be advisable to boil kettle or heat things more quickly. Locally, the beaches are good, monkey world was good day out. The featherdown website could be improved so that you can see what is available at each individual site as it is fairly generic. Eg, hairdryers in shower block etc

    From 11-04-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Beaton (10.0)

    All the recommended places were great. We visited Chesil Beach, The Hive Cafe, The Tank Museum, and the Swannery. We had a good meal at The Kings Arms which was close by. The hot food provided by the farmer was excellent. It was very cold at night and there could be warmer bedding for the colder times of the year. It is important to have good torches or lanterns. Warm slippers are essential.

    From 04-04-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Shrives (8.8)
  • Additional comment - we were restricted by weather but it would be best to have the farm tour and pizza night towards the start of the stay as helps to get to know other guests and for the children to make friends.

    From 29-03-2016
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Piper (8.8)

    There is so much to do and and see. Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Chessil Beach. A big must is Hive Beach Cafe.

    From 23-10-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Scott-White (8.8)

    If travelling with a baby take lots of wet wipes and torches for night times. Try the cottage pie...scrummy. Chesil beach was stunning.

    From 28-09-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Pass (10.0)
  • Wood burning stove had broken glass (hole) on the front. Think this effected its efficiency.

    From 18-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Johnson (10.0)

    The farmers stew was fun to make and very tasty.

    From 18-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Evans (10.0)

    The farmers stew was fun to make and very tasty.

    From 18-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Evans (10)
  • Wood burning stove had broken glass (hole) on the front. Think this effected its efficiency.

    From 18-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Johnson (10)

    There is so much to see and do. The fresh fish is a must for the bbq by your tent. Monkey world is a must.

    From 07-09-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Watts (8.8)

    we didnt do anything other than stay on the site for the weekend

    From 04-09-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Miss Mitchell (8.8)
  • The Hive restaurant and beach a must and can take dogs to one side of the beach and the restaurant at peak season- very dog friendly.

    From 01-09-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Patel (10.0)

    Abbotsbury (4 miles away) has loads to do - children's farm, swannery and tropical gardens are all great in addition to the pretty village and lovely walks you can do.

    From 24-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Wilkinson (10.0)

    Weymouth indoor swimming pool very good for wet days plus abbotsbury children's farm. Lovely cafe at hive beach.

    From 24-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Harrison (8.8)
  • I would definitely recommend the daily fresh baked bread. Which was delivered to our tent every morning. I would also recommend the home cooked meal, which was delivered to us by the 'Invisible Chef'.We visited Lyme Regis one day, it's about an hour drive, park in the first car park you see in Charmouth Road and walk down to the town. It's a lovely place.

    From 24-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. De Florinier (10.0)

    Tank Museum and the area's connection with TE Lawrence is interesting (Clouds Hill is worth a visit for those interested).Had a fabulous lunch on the beach at The Hive near Burton Bradstock. A bit of a drive but worth it for sea food lovers,

    From 24-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Lamb (8.8)

    Tank Museum and the area's connection with TE Lawrence is interesting (Clouds Hill is worth a visit for those interested). Had a fabulous lunch on the beach at The Hive near Burton Bradstock. A bit of a drive but worth it for sea food lovers,

    From 24-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Lamb (8.8)
  • I would definitely recommend the daily fresh baked bread. Which was delivered to our tent every morning. I would also recommend the home cooked meal, which was delivered to us by the 'Invisible Chef'. We visited Lyme Regis one day, it's about an hour drive, park in the first car park you see in Charmouth Road and walk down to the town. It's a lovely place.

    From 24-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    De Florinier (10)

    Dorchester museum. All the local beaches. Weymouth beach very busy when the weather is good.

    From 21-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Miss Walton (7.5)

    Spend some time making the most of the beautiful site and enjoy seeing the farm animals. There were some lovely walks near our site including Bulbarrow Hill which can be walked or driven up and gives amazing views. We also went to the Bournemouth Air Show and Bovington Tank Museum during our stay and would recommend both of these.

    From 21-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Dr. Tear (10.0)
  • Spend some time making the most of the beautiful site and enjoy seeing the farm animals. There were some lovely walks near our site including Bulbarrow Hill which can be walked or driven up and gives amazing views. We also went to the Bournemouth Air Show and Bovington Tank Museum during our stay and would recommend both of these.

    From 21-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Tear (10)

    We went to Pound Stables for horse riding - excellent for children. We travelled on the steam train to Swanage. Dorchester is a small town worth a visit and Weymouth Harbour is a beautiful place to visit too. (Please note we did not require use of the communal showers so can't really comment) See above.

    From 17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Miss Springford (10.0)

    So much to see and do. We went to Adventure Wonderland and Swanage.

    From 17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Glasser (10.0)
  • Pound cottage riding centre for riding for all ages (my 2 year old had great fun!)Dorchester market or cinema if it's raining!Blandford Forum for mooching round cute shops. Swanage only an hour away with railway and funfair and, weather permitting, fishing!

    From 17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Freedman (8.8)

    Pound cottage riding centre for riding for all ages (my 2 year old had great fun!) Dorchester market or cinema if it's raining! Blandford Forum for mooching round cute shops. Swanage only an hour away with railway and funfair and, weather permitting, fishing!

    From 17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Freedman (8.8)

    So much to see and do. We went to Adventure Wonderland and Swanage.

    From 17-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Glasser (10)
  • Take wine glasses! Head torches are very useful and so many beaches locally but don't bother with Weymouth and Lyme Regis stick to the smaller local beaches.

    From 14-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Eales (10.0)

    There is so much to choose from at this location. We loved Seatown for fossil hunting, Chesil Beach for its size and Lulworth Cove for swimming.

    From 14-08-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Eakin (8.8)

    We spent a lovely day at Kingston Lacy, a jewel of a NT property.

    From 10-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Bawdon (10.0)
  • We spent a lovely day at Kingston Lacy, a jewel of a NT property.

    From 10-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Bawdon (10)

    We visited Weymouth and Sandbanks beaches - both excellent and equal distance from the farm about an hour's drive.

    From 07-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. White (7.5)

    We visited Weymouth and Sandbanks beaches - both excellent and equal distance from the farm about an hour's drive.

    From 07-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    White (7.5)
  • Lulworth cove - very picturesque with lovely cliffs top walks.Bovington Tank Museum - good option on a rainy day. One for the boys!

    From 03-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Green (10.0)

    Monkey world was well worth a visit. Don't go to blandford forum on a Sunday.

    From 03-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Edwards (10.0)

    We took a load of glow sticks and they were VERY popular with all the kids

    From 03-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Shaw (10.0)
  • We took a load of glow sticks and they were VERY popular with all the kids

    From 03-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Shaw (10)

    Lulworth cove - very picturesque with lovely cliffs top walks. Bovington Tank Museum - good option on a rainy day. One for the boys!

    From 03-08-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Green (10)

    Definitely go to Lulworth Cove-you can walk to little coves between there and Durdle Door and have your own private beach! We found fossils at Seatown and Charmouth and a great bike route for families between Portland and Weymouth.

    From 31-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms Pateman (10.0)
  • Pizza night was fun. The 5yr old in our party loved monkey world

    From 27-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Goodwin (10.0)

    A couple of blankets for the evening camp fire chats would be handy...

    From 27-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Lafford (10.0)

    Pizza night was fun. The 5yr old in our party loved monkey world

    From 27-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Goodwin (10)
  • Hive Beach & Cafe is lovely.Abbotsbury Swannery & Children's FarmBike ride into Portesham to the Kings Arms pub which does great food.Chesil Beach

    From 24-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Johnstone (10.0)

    Give beach and beach cafe for excellent brunch and lunch.Lulworth Cove and Durdle DoorCharmouth for fossil hunting, better to go at low tide and can hire hammers from Heritage CentreWeymouth Sealife centre, train and towerCycle ride to Kings Arms in Potersham

    From 24-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Allder (10.0)

    We enjoyed the Hive beach & restaurant; a day trip to Brownsea Island (need to allow a full day) & making the most of the stunning coastline & scenery.

    From 24-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Gaillardin (8.8)
  • Gewoon genieten!!

    From 20-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Timmer (10.0)

    Bring swimming stuff and go to The Victorian Barn at Woolland - for a small fee the pool is great and would work well on rainy days. There is also lakes for fishing if that appeals. An hour's drive is Studland and Knoll Beach is beautiful. Dogs on leads.

    From 20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Grainger (10.0)

    Definitely make time to visit the coast (we loved Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Swanage) and plan to spend a day at Monkey World - we all fell in love with the monkeys and apes!Splashdown in Poole was a long way but worth a visit, especially if you have older (>8yrs children).

    From 20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Dr. Trumper (10.0)
  • Go to the viewpoint on Bulbarrow hill - several benches there for a picnic. Then walk up the hill itself to the cross up the top- fantastic views on a clear day.

    From 20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Kingston (10.0)

    Bring lots of 'light/torches' for evening. Make sure you visit the beaches

    From 20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Hamilton Taylor (10.0)

    Go to the viewpoint on Bulbarrow hill - several benches there for a picnic. Then walk up the hill itself to the cross up the top- fantastic views on a clear day.

    From 20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Kingston (10)
  • Definitely make time to visit the coast (we loved Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Swanage) and plan to spend a day at Monkey World - we all fell in love with the monkeys and apes! Splashdown in Poole was a long way but worth a visit, especially if you have older (>8yrs children).

    From 20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Trumper (10)

    Bring swimming stuff and go to The Victorian Barn at Woolland - for a small fee the pool is great and would work well on rainy days. There is also lakes for fishing if that appeals. An hour's drive is Studland and Knoll Beach is beautiful. Dogs on leads.

    From 20-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Grainger (10)

    Hive beach was family friendly with free parking for national trust members and a great location. West Bay has some interesting antique shops and the tropical gardens at Chesil beach were amazing!

    From 17-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Wylie (10.0)
  • We liked the Mill at Sturminster Newton and Kingston Lacy.

    From 17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Fisher (10.0)

    We visited Studland beach (middle beach) which was stunning and lots of rock pools for the children to explore (although the rocks are v slippery). The cafe there is also excellent, good food at reasonable prices which makes a change when there is a captive audience! Osmington Mills also has a great pub/restaurant called Smugglers Inn which is very accommodating to children. After a lovely lunch behind the pub are a number of cliff top or beach walks, perfect to walk off the food!

    From 17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Glover (10.0)

    We had fun walking the hill close by and we had a great day at Studland Bay. Milton Abbas is v picturesque too.

    From 17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Seccombe (10.0)
  • We liked the Mill at Sturminster Newton and Kingston Lacy.

    From 17-07-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Fisher (10)

    The Sea Life Adventure Park was good. The associated Tower wasn't working so can't comment, but you definitely need a clear day to get the benefit. I think they accept Tesco vouchers (arrange in advance), or you can get a discount booking online. For online activity, there is a McDonalds in Weymouth where you can register to use their free Wi-Fi.Our 2 boys (11 and 8) aren't into museums, but the coastline provided walks and scenery and beaches that kept them interested. Lyme Regis was lovely, and has a small sandy each at the harbour end. Durdle Door was good, but a steep walk that some will struggle with. Lulworth Cove was more impressive from a distance than close up, but the village is nice. The car park ticket is valid for both DD and LC, so buy 1 ticket for all the time you need.

    From 13-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Slay (10.0)

    We loved Abbotsbury with the Children's farm and Swannery. The Children loved feeding the Swans. Weymouth beach is excellent and the Punch & Judy show was a highlight. Lulworth Castle and Cove made a nice day out too with lunch at The Weld Arms in the middle!

    From 13-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Larkin (10.0)
  • Bring a cool box, and a raincoat.

    From 10-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Westmacott (10.0)

    Fossil Hunting

    From 06-07-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Young (10.0)

    Beehive Cafe at Birton Bradstock

    From 26-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Stanley (10.0)
  • Poney grooming is a must

    From 26-06-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Akinola (8.8)

    Enjoy the wonderful views from your tent!

    From 19-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Gumbrell (10.0)

    Hive beach cafe was amazing!

    From 19-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Yates (10.0)
  • Hive beach and cafe are fab. Sealifecentre in Weymouth a good rainy day outing. Seatown has a lovely pub and good for fossils (though we didn't find any!)

    From 19-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Dilley (10.0)

    A visit to Kingston Lacy was good because it's not to far from the farm and has lots to see and do.

    From 19-06-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Szollosi (10.0)

    A visit to Kingston Lacy was good because it's not to far from the farm and has lots to see and do.

    From 19-06-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Szollosi (10)
  • We loved Weymouth beach, Hive Beach, Abbotsbury for the swannery but the kids animal farm was mediocre however there is an amazing B&B and restaurant just across the river from it which is fantastic with superb food and service.

    From 15-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Bradbury (10.0)

    The swannery was really good as was the tropical gardens. We bought a pass so we did everything in Abbotsbury (closest village). Lyme Regis was the biggest surprise. Really lovely town and sandy beach (as requested by our daughter) Much nicer than Weymouth. Fish and Chips were delicious!

    From 05-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Darch (8.8)

    Hive beach was great and Portland lighthouse

    From 01-06-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Casserly (10.0)
  • A trip out to Corfe Castle is well worth the effort. Also, the pony grooming with "Simon" the pony is great for kids and Anna helps make everyone feel at ease.We went on the "Nature trick" and had a great time exploring the woods. Feeding the cutest pigs in the world is also a must!

    From 01-06-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Potts (10.0)

    A trip out to Corfe Castle is well worth the effort. Also, the pony grooming with "Simon" the pony is great for kids and Anna helps make everyone feel at ease. We went on the "Nature trick" and had a great time exploring the woods. Feeding the cutest pigs in the world is also a must!

    From 01-06-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Potts (10)

    There are some fabulous info sheets in the tent and the Bartletts can recommend some breathtaking walks too.

    From 29-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hagan (10.0)
  • The old mill at Sturminster Newton was lovely. Run by local volunteers, they opened the sluice gates and got the mill working all just for us.Turnballs tea rooms in shafetsburys is amazing. It's the home of the Hovis bread advert and at the bottom of the hill is a great park with a twin slide which both Noah and Pippa loved.

    From 29-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Anwyl (10.0)

    The water mill nearby was an interesting place to visit.

    From 29-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Beaton (10.0)

    The old mill at Sturminster Newton was lovely. Run by local volunteers, they opened the sluice gates and got the mill working all just for us.Turnballs tea rooms in shafetsburys is amazing. It's the home of the Hovis bread advert and at the bottom of the hill is a great park with a twin slide which both Noah and Pippa loved.

    From 29-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Anwyl (10)
  • We highly recommend a visit to the much hyped Hive Beach Cafe, but it's chaotic so get there early. Joby's home cooked meals were great and made our first night really easy. And the hot croissants for breakfast are not to be missed. Highly recommend ordering pizza to cook in the wood oven and taking lots of marshmallows to toast in the campfire.

    From 25-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Worthington (10.0)

    Kingston Lacy and Brownsea Island as national trust members

    From 25-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Engall (8.8)

    Riding

    From 22-05-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Spice (10.0)
  • Studland beach is beautiful with a great National Trust Cafe and worth a day or two. Hive beach cafe is also excellent.

    From 18-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Newman (10.0)

    Buy a local map preferably Ordnance Survey

    From 15-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Mouradian (8.8)

    The farm tour was brilliant.

    From 08-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Dr. Appleyard (10.0)
  • Lots to see and do, whatever the weather. Visit to Portland very good and excellent food at the Kings Arms.

    From 01-05-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Carter (8.8)

    Lots to see and do on the farm but also visit West Bay, The Hive beach restaurant, The Swanery, Durdle Door. So much to do.

    From 24-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Etherington (10.0)

    Hive Beach Caf? for superb food and crabbing with the kids at West Bay.

    From 24-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Falkiner (10.0)
  • Recommend crabbing at West Bay ... Guaranteed to catch a crab :-) . The Hive Cafe at Burton Bradstock - cakes fabulous !

    From 24-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Thomas (10.0)

    Weymouth beach donkey rides is a must.

    From 13-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Miss Heley (10.0)

    Corfe Castle and the steam train trip to Swanage is a great day out - only about 40 minutes from the farm.

    From 13-04-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Dersley (10.0)
  • Kingston Lacey National Trust very good_x000D_ Great beach experience at Burton Bradstock

    From 13-04-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Randall (10.0)

    We went to Lime Regis fossil hunting. It took us a good 1.30hrs to get there and initially we thought it was very much a 'kiss me quick' location! However when we went a bit further round we found the Jurassic coastline and hunted for fossils along the beach. We did manage to find some ammonites fossilised in some large rocks (too large to bring home much to the kids disappointment)....so we went to one of the many fossil shops and bought some!

    From 10-04-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms. Malby (10.0)

    We enjoyed the Abbottsbury Swannery, Weymouth Beach and The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester (although it is small it pleased our little dinosaur fans).

    From 07-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sturgess (10.0)
  • Lyme Regis Beach - stunning.

    From 07-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Price (10.0)

    The Dorset beaches are lovely especially Fossil hunting on Charmouth Beach.

    From 03-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Banks (10.0)

    Lots of wonderful beaches to go to, loads of things to do locally, of which we only got to sample a few of. Hive beach at Burford Bradstock was excellent for hunting for fossils and swimming in the summer (we imagine!) and had an amazing fish 'cafe' but we warned - its so popular, you need to get there promptly at 12 to get a table without queuing!

    From 03-04-2015
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Calthrop (10.0)
  • We attended a wedding in the New Forest and apart from that stayed on the farm.

    From 03-04-2015
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Kiewell (10.0)

    Corfe castle & steam railway_x000D_ Chesil beach_x000D_ Monkey world

    From 27-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Pond (10.0)

    Lyme Regis, Portland bill and all the prettying villages along the coast

    From 24-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Price (10.0)
  • fossil hunting at charmouth was a joy !

    From 20-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Cousins (10.0)

    We enjoyed visiting Weymouth and Chesil Beach (which has a good visitor centre and cafe)

    From 17-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Cutts (10.0)

    Chesil Beach and Portland Bill a short drive away and well worth seeing. But stay on the farm and you won't be bored at all!

    From 03-10-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Price (10.0)
  • Bring pillows.

    From 26-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Holt (8.8)

    Really enjoyed a visit to Hive Beach (and the beach café there) and had a great day out at Abbotsbury Children's Farm.

    From 19-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mevr. Heywood (10.0)

    Visit the local beaches for cheap fun nearby!

    From 19-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Ridley (10.0)
  • Just enjoy and relax

    From 15-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mevr. Heap (10.0)

    The Hive Beach cafe has fantastic seafood and Lulworth Cove is well worth a visit.

    From 12-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Rushforth (10.0)

    Do go on the farm tour with Anna & Mike - amazing to listen to them talk passionately about their home and farm._x000D_ Sandbanks is 60 minutes away for a day on the beach._x000D_ Or Weymouth is 45 minute away for a day on the beach. _x000D_ if good weather, then do it as both beaches were fabulous.

    From 05-09-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Risley (10.0)
  • The pub in Portesham : King's Arms was excellent for food and has a lovely garden. Corfe Castle is a great National Trust place to visit and Weymouth has a beautiful beach.

    From 01-09-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sanson (10.0)

    Only there for a weekend, but we walked up nearby Bulbarrow Hill for a vast, amazing view of beautiful lumpy chalk hills, visited pretty Sherborne for shops and tearooms, and had a fab day visiting Corfe Castle (NT) which had longbow lessons and medieval activities and then a sunny afternoon on Swanage beach and posh fish and chips on the harbour.

    From 29-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Keily (10.0)

    Hive Beach was lovely and Hive Cafe was excellent. It gets very busy but we got there at 5.30pm from the beach and managed to get a table for 14 people. You can't reserve a table but they serve food from 6pm so if you get there early you won't have to wait!!

    From 26-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Arnold (7.5)
  • We decided to stick to the simple pleasures of local walks rather than visit paid for attractions. The children loved visiting the mills at Sturminster Newton and Fiddleford. We also drove to the top of Bulbarrow Hill and had a short walk to Rawlsbury Camp where the children and dog loved climbing up the outer ramparts!

    From 26-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. James (8.8)

    its a great area with loads to do - close to the beach (1 hour) and Sturminster Newtown has everything you need for provisions.

    From 26-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Ms Wheatley (7.5)

    West Bay for crabbing, beach and cliff walk (possible fun fair)_x000D_ _x000D_ Hive beach for cliff walk to Chessil and excellent cafe for fresh fishseafood lunch or afternoon tea_x000D_ _x000D_ Fresh Water Beach Park Jurrasic Fun Centre (by Hive Beach) for pools and slides

    From 18-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Cohen (10.0)
  • Drive to Poole and pick up the ferry to Brownsea Island. A wonderful day out!

    From 18-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Ms. Harding (10.0)

    Travel light! It gets tiring go/from the car with loads of luggage loaded on a wheelbarrow. Items in the honesty shop were reasonably priced. The tents got chilly at night, but with the bedding that was provided we were warm enough. We found having a flask to fill with hot water very useful. Would go back to feather down again tomorrow!

    From 18-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Mccarron (10.0)

    Visit the beach to search for fossils at Charmouth. Make a note that you can hire fossil hammers for £3 from the fossil shop at the beach. Also, call into the fossil museum just above the shop to get a booklet as to how to find fossils. Pre-book fossil hunting trips before you go to the beach in the summer. _x000D_ _x000D_ Visit West Bay for crabbing and the beach there is beautiful and where Broadchurch is filmed. Fish and chips are very good at the harbour._x000D_ _x000D_ Avoid Hive Beach café in August. You will have trouble getting a table. The beach is also very busy in the summer._x000D_ _x000D_ Avoid the A roads and the pubs on the A roads in the height of summer!_x000D_ _x000D_ Lulworth Cove is beautiful BUT heaving in the summer. There is a speedboat from the Cove that takes you along the coast to Durdle Door at top speed. There appears to be no life jackets offered - so take your life into your hands, particularly with small children. It is very much a money making operation with no thought of safety.

    From 15-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hayward (10.0)
  • a trip to lulworth cove is well worth it_x000D_ a trip to durdle dor is well worth it and adjacent to teh above_x000D_ if you want some retail therapy Clarks Shopping Village is an hour away_x000D_ a walk up Bulbarrow Hill is well worth it and if you dont want to walk up then drive up, park and go walk about

    From 11-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Holloway (10.0)

    Fish and chips at Hive Beach...Yum!

    From 08-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Wright (10.0)

    The Iron Age Hill Fort at Bulbarrow Hill is well worth a visit especially at sun set. Ringstead Bay is an easy drive away and makes a great day out.

    From 04-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Boiling (10.0)
  • If you have small people with you who like trains, a great day out was to catch the train from Swanage up to Corfe Castle, spend a couple of hours and have tea in the Greyhound pub and then catch the train back down again.

    From 04-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mrs. Owen (10.0)

    You must visit Ringstead Bay the beach is a bit stoney but if you walk round the headland you will find superb sandy beaches with hardly any body there_x000D_ nice pub for food Smugglers Inn near Ringstead Bay

    From 04-08-2014
    at Mount Pleasant Farm
    Mr. Derbyshire (8.8)

    Chesil beach is amazing - read 'On Chesil Beach' by Ian McEwan whilst you're sitting on the 18 miles of pebbles!_x000D_ Great waves at West Bay and the Hive Beach. Spotlessly clean water. Very stony so take a thick blanket or chairs!_x000D_ The Hive Cafe cooks amazing fish and is located right on the beach. Buy the recipe book to try some things at home!

    From 01-08-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Fraser (10.0)
  • Martin & Joby provide excellent recommendations for places to go to and places to eat. Their recommendation of Hive Beach was spot on as was the Kings Arms at Pottersham.

    From 28-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Stothard (10.0)

    the whole area around Shivlinghampton was great. the beaches are so clean and good fun. we took our dog with us and he was welcome everywhere. definitely a great part of the country - the farm is so well located and central to lots of good places to visit.

    From 25-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Pryce (10.0)

    Go to the recommended beaches

    From 21-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Bonnell (10.0)
  • The Kings Arms in Portesham is worth a visit._x000D_ A trip to Corfe Castle on the steam train._x000D_ A visit to Bridport for independent shops and cafes_x000D_ For children there is a nice park in Abbotsbury

    From 18-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Tranter (10.0)

    Mackerel fishing from West Bay,_x000D_ Eating on a Hive Beach_x000D_ Donkey rides at Weymouth beach_x000D_ Climbing Portland Bill lighthouse

    From 14-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Hulyer (10.0)

    We did a fossil hunting trip at Charmouth. All the children found something and there are beautiful pyrite ammonites for those lucky enough to find one. In Weymouth we found a lovely juice bar, Mejusa as well as the fantastic local homemade ice creams on the seafront that Joby recommended. The Swannery is a lovely day out: much more there than just swans!

    From 14-07-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Sà¸rensen (10.0)
  • When the weather is good we are quite happy hanging out at the farm letting the kids run around or visiting the beach. The beach with the Hive Cafe is great for the kids in good weather. The swanary was also a hit.

    From 20-06-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mr. Stanley (10.0)

    Monkey world was by far the best day out. The farmers were so welcoming and very helpful.

    From 13-06-2014
    at East Shilvinghampton
    Mrs. Baker (10.0)
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