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.
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.
- Target audience: Focused on families, but welcomes everyone. Optimized for leisure and holiday travel, commercial vehicles not permitted on-site.
- Target age range: All ages.
- Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral, but has segregated bathroom and shower facilities.
- Indoor and outdoor facilities, well-suited for inclement weather.
Environment & People
Newland’s holiday park is well priced for its location, standards and facilities. We payed £40 for a 2-night booking for 3 over a bank holiday for a large, non-electric camping pitch. It is set in a beautiful location with many Dorset attractions nearby and the park itself is maintained to a very high standard with friendly, knowledgeable staff always happy to help. There is some noise from the busy A35 nearby, most notable during the quiet evening hours once everyone has turned in, but not so much to be disruptive.
Conveniently placed, good value for money and we were checked-in and picking our pitch (we passed on the seaview for a closer location to the playground) within ten minutes of our arrival. A real bargain for a short-break in Dorset.
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.
Caravan & touring facilities
Hard standing with drainage, water and electrical hook-up points
Max. motor home length: 7.6 metres
Newlands Holiday Park brought back memories of camping and touring holidays I had as a child. 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 “great 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, but I could spend a family weekend here without leaving the camp site. Reading, swimming, going down to the play park and cooking leisurely outdoor meals.
Newlands Holiday Park is an excellent compromise between being outdoors and feeling close to nature whilst retaining access to convenient facilities and active entertainment for children. Highly recommended.
The review is based on a 2-night booking in May 2016 for a non-electric grass pitch in the Blue Field. Click to read more about our eco icons and access icons used in this review. This article was first published on 27 May 2016.