A trip to Brownsea Island is an absolute must during a camping, caravan or glamping holiday at South Lytchett Manor in Dorset. Set in the middle of Poole Harbour, with spectacular scenery and a rich history, it is the largest of 8 islands and is the ideal place for a fun-filled family day out.
Brownsea Island is home to a variety of habitats which enables various species of wildlife to thrive. The wildlife sanctuary boasts a mix of woodland, heathland and lagoons, so you’re likely to spot a vast array of birdlife, including oystercatchers, kingfishers and terns. Its best-known resident is perhaps the red squirrel, which you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of during your visit. For the best chance of seeing one follow the marked trails around the island.
As well as walking trails and hides for avid bird watchers, visitors can enjoy numerous picnic areas and pretty buildings that once played a role in the farming and pottery industries that took place on the island. Brownsea Island is the home of Scout movement and camps continue to take place on the island to this day.
For younger members of the family there’s a natural play area and ample opportunities to climb trees, build dens and run around to your hearts content. During the school holidays there are often activities on offer including bug hunts, foraging and wildlife tours.
If you’re feeling peckish there’s also a café and gift shop where you can treat yourself to a delicious bite to eat.
One of the best bits about Brownsea Island is getting there and its remote location, in our opinion, only adds to its charm. Catch a boat from Sandbanks or historic Poole Quay and enjoy a scenic ride across the harbour. The Island is owned by the National Trust, so members can enter free of charge – there is a fee for non-members. Please note, the cost of the boat is additional to the entrance fee and must be paid by all, including National Trust members.
Follow signs to Poole and then Poole Quay
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Opening times vary throughout the year and access via boat is dependent on weather conditions. Please consult the National Trust website prior to your visit.
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We booked for two nights in our Motorhome and ended up staying six nights. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Shower blocks were kept clean and water was lovely and hot. Bus stop directly outside site going to Poole and Swanage on the he number 40 bus route. Worth getting a return ticket to save money Mo, Oct 2021
We had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend this Beth, Nov 2020
Great campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time.... Richard , Oct 2020
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