Are you thinking about visiting Dorset for a caravan holiday?
Dorset is home to a beautiful, long-stretching coastline and a rural, unspoilt countryside.
And if you’re looking to stay in a holiday park, there are plenty to choose from in Dorset, many set in stunning locations.
Caravan holidays in Dorset range from small and quiet family-run sites to much larger parks with various facilities to keep everyone entertained.
With so many popular options, deciding which one to visit is tricky.
Read on to discover the best holiday parks in Dorset – and let us know which one you pick!
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Haven Littlesea Holiday Park, Weymouth
Haven run Littlesea Holiday Park is ideally located in the popular seaside resort of Weymouth. The holiday park has access to the South West Coastal Path, where you can walk to Chesil Bank beach.
Families will love this popular Dorset caravan park with its wide range of onsite activities, including heated pools with plenty of water and other entertainment and activities throughout the holiday park.
If you can drag the kids away from the onsite activities, there’s plenty to keep them occupied in the local area.
Popular days out include the award-winning Weymouth beach and a seaside town, as well as the chance to explore the local Corfe Castle.
Rockley Park, Poole
Rockley Park, another Haven-run holiday park in Dorset, is located close to Poole’s bustling and picturesque town.
Rockley Park is a large caravan park set in the heathland area of Ham Common nature reserve. Next to the holiday park is a beach, lake and woodland.
The park has a wide choice of different static caravans, camping pods and luxury lodges to rent for a short break or a longer holiday.
Onsite facilities include a heated and outdoor pool (with slides), a climbing wall, and crazy golf, as well as restaurants, entertainment, takeaways, pubs, shops and a launderette.
You could easily spend your entire break at Rockley Park without leaving the site, but that would be a shame as the area near Rockley Park has a lot to offer.
You could explore Poole Quay and take a boat ride across to Brownsea Island, build some sandcastles at the world-famous Sandbanks beach, or go fossil hunting along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
Weymouth Bay Holiday Park, Weymouth
If you are looking for a classic seaside holiday, we recommend Weymouth Bay Holiday Park.
The pebble and sand beach is just one mile away from the holiday park, and there are two swimming pools joined by a Lazy River.
Both pools are heated, so you can enjoy a swim even on cooler days.
There is also an outdoor children’s play area, as well as archery, climbing wall and den building for the whole family to enjoy.
And when the sun goes down, the indoor entertainment complex has plenty of options to keep you entertained, including a bar, restaurant and amusement arcade.
Plus, the holiday park offers plenty of dining options, so you can find something to suit your taste.
And did we mention that it’s a dog-friendly holiday park? So your furry friend can come along and enjoy the fun too!
A range of accommodation options is available, including caravans, lodges and chalets.
Merley Court Holiday Park, Wimborne
If luxury and tranquillity are top of the list for a Dorset caravan break, Merley Court Holiday Park in Wimborne is the perfect escape at any time of the year.
The site has a secluded woodland area where you can rent a luxury lodge to relax and escape it all. Some lodges come with hot tubs, flat-screen TVs and Xbox consoles to ensure everyone is entertained on a rainy day.
Some onsite facilities include a seasonal heated outdoor pool and play area.
Merley Court has no restaurants, bars or onsite entertainment, making this park the ideal location for a peaceful holiday.
But when you stay at Merley Court, you have the best of both worlds. Guests of Merley Court can use the facilities and enjoy the entertainment at the livelier, nearby Shorefield sister site, Oakdene Forest Park.
And locally, Wimborne is a popular market town with various independent shops, restaurants and pubs.
The popular beaches of Dorset are also not far away, and there is the Castleman Trailway, where you can cycle and walk throughout the area.
Seaview Holiday Park, Weymouth
Seaview Holiday Park in Weymouth is owned and run by Haven Holidays, located amongst the stunning natural beauty of the Dorset coastline.
Seaview is an ideal holiday park for families or couples who are looking for a peaceful setting. The onsite activities include an indoor and outdoor pool with accommodation options, including glamping, caravans, and chalets.
Nearby activities include nature walks, Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth beach, Lulworth Castle, and Monkey World. Dogs are welcome at this holiday park.
Sandhills Holiday Park, Christchurch
If you are looking for a luxury Dorset holiday park by the sea, Sandhills Holiday Park, owned and run by Park Holidays, is set on a stunning beachfront location.
The park setting in Mudeford is ideal for exploring the local historic town of Christchurch and a base for discovering the rest of Dorset and Hampshire.
Sandhills is only separated from the beach by a promenade and has panoramic views across the English Channel.
The park is smaller and more peaceful than others in the area, but bars, restaurants and shops are all within walking distance, offering the best of both worlds.
Facilities at Sandhills include an outdoor swimming pool and bar area as well as an adventure playground, gym and launderette.
Accommodation options include caravans, lodges and luxury apartments.
Wood Farm Holiday Park, Charmouth
Wood Farm Holiday Park is set along the Jurassic Coast, a short drive from the popular fossil-hunting at Charmouth beach.
The park itself is set in the Char Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Wood Farm is the ideal park if nature and stunning scenery are on your list of holiday priorities.
Although the park is quieter than others on this list, there is still plenty of things to do to keep the whole family happy.
Facilities onsite include an indoor heated swimming pool, on-site fishing at the park lake, a tennis court and an adventure playground.
Accommodation options at Woodfarm include touring, caravans, camping pods and luxury apartments.
If you want to explore the surrounding area, there is the charming nearby seaside town of Lyme Regis and plenty of coastlines to go fossil hunting.
Sandford Holiday Park, Near Poole
If you are looking for a caravan park in Dorset that is lively and close to all the action, Sandford Holiday Park near Poole is definitely one to consider.
Although Sandford Holiday Park is located in the peaceful Holton Heath woodland, it’s a short journey from the stunning golden sandy beaches of Studland and Sandbanks, as well as the bustling towns of Bournemouth and Poole.
The family appeal of this Dorset holiday park is due to the amount of onsite entertainment – indoor and outdoor swimming pools, play areas and kids clubs, an amusement arcade, evening entertainment, and various dedicated sports areas, including a jungle-themed crazy golf area.
As would be expected, there are plenty of places to eat and drink on-site, too, including fish and chips and the Arena restaurants serving pizzas and other family-friendly meals.
Sandford Holiday Park offers caravan, lodge holidays, glamping and pitches for touring caravans and tents.
Swanage Bay View Holiday Park
Swanage Bay View is a popular holiday park owned and run by Away Resorts. The popular park has stunning views across to the Purbecks and is close to the cafes and amusements along the promenade as well as the Victorian pier and the variety of shops, cafes, and pubs in the town.
Swanage Bay View has an indoor heated swimming pool as well as children’s entertainment and play areas.
There is a lounge bar with nightly entertainment, hosting the Swanage Blues Festival in March and October.
Accommodation options include caravans and lodges sleeping from 2 to 8 people.
Durdle Door Holiday Park
Durdle Door Holiday Park, located on the popular and stunning UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, is a family-owned park.
They offer accommodation in luxury caravans, camping pods and cabins.
Onsite facilities include an onsite bar and restaurant serving locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy some live sports on the bar TVs or try your hand at a game of pool.
Elsewhere in the park is a children’s adventure playground with a football area, zipline, swing and obstacle course.
When you’re not enjoying the holiday park and its many facilities, you can go out and explore the beautiful Dorset coastline, including the pretty Lulworth Cove and the limestone arch of Durdle Door beach.
Oakdene Forest Park, St Leonards
This woodland holiday park can be found on the edge of Hurn & Avon Forest, providing plenty of outdoor space to explore and run off energy.
Oakdene is the perfect choice for combining the beautiful beaches of Dorset with the stunning countryside, all begging to be enjoyed. The popular New Forest National Park is also not far away, offering acres of outdoor space to run, cycle and walk within.
Onsite facilities include Go Active activities, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well, and evening entertainment.
Both caravan and luxury lodge accommodations are available at this holiday park, some with hot tubs, and some are also pet friendly.
Oakdene is close to Peppa Pig World, making it a perfect base for fans of the popular show!