The Ergohacks Verdict
Charmouth beach, at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, is one of the most famous and popular world-wide destinations for fossil hunting. Newlands Holiday Park is one mile north-east, a twenty minute walk or 5 minute drive, from the famous Charmouth Heritage Centre at the beachfront, making it an ideal place to stay when visiting the Jurassic Coast. It is a large holiday park with a range of accommodation choices and comprehensive facilities set in a prime location.
We arrived at lunch time and as we pitched our tents, BBQ grills were filling the air with the smell of sausages, children of varying ages were playing and running around between the pitches and the camping field had that friendly family atmosphere. The first night was cold with the weather dropping well below freezing and the birds woke us up at a very early hour with the loudest dawn chorus I had ever heard. We got up to put on the kettle a while later, still early for most and the camp was slowly stirring with life. Other campers emerged wrapped in thick duvets, wearing bear sized slippers and winter hats over uncombed sleeping bag hair to make hot drinks and grilled bacon rolls.
It was sitting in a camping chair with a steaming hot mug, warming my hands and feeling the first sunlight of the day quickly warming up everything around us, melting the frost and unthawing our toes that I decided that this is a camp site that will be going on my “places to stay” list. It is personable without being suffocatingly social, it’s friendly without being overly familiar, it’s large, but from our tent I could see less than ten other tents and a handful of camping pods. It is a great base for exploring the Jurassic Coast.
The electric pitches were small and marked out, but the non-electric pitches was a pitch where you like field with some shade, some sea views and plenty of space left between tents. Newlands Holiday Park is a great compromise between being outdoors and feeling close to nature whilst retaining access to convenient facilities and active entertainment for children – which is sometimes nice to have access to. Recommended.
Price: £14 – 46 per night for pitches
About Newlands Holiday Park
Newlands Holiday Park is privately owned.
Newlands is a quintessential family park with great family facilities – indoor soft play and heated indoor pool for rainy days, outdoor adventure playground for sunny days and outdoor pool with water slide during the summer. There is plenty of open space for throwing around a ball, BBQ’s are welcomed (open fires are not) and there is a bar, lounge, games room and evening entertainment on-site.
It is a large campsite with 200 pitches divided a several fields that makes it feel more secluded than it actually is. We camped in the Blue Field overlooking the play area a level below through a mature treeline and hedge. The camping pitches were not outlined or restricted and there was at least 5 metres between us and our neighbors. The red and black field pitches were more standard, set out in a tight grid pattern and the yellow field is set next to the road into Charmouth. It is a well designed and even at the edge of it, we were only a few minutes’ walk away from the on-site facilities.
Travel season: March – November (May – September for pods)
Accommodation: Tent and touring pitches, pods, chalets, rooms and apartments.
Location: Newlands Holidays, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6RB, United Kingdom
On-line booking: Yes
Check-in: 11am – 9 pm for pitches
Check-out: 10:3 0 am
Map: PDF map can be found here.
The review is based on a 2-night booking in May 2016 for a non-electric grass pitch in the Blue Field. This article was first published on 27 May 2016 and last updated on 13 July 2017.