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Watersports Holidays in Dorset

If you’re planning a watersports holiday in Dorset this summer, look no further than South Lytchett Manor Caravan Park. Our multi-award-winning site occupies a convenient location, within easy reach of world-renowned Poole Harbour and picturesque beaches along the Jurassic Coast.

Dorset is widely considered one of the best watersports destinations in the UK, with plenty to offer intrepid visitors looking to try something new. Surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, open water swimming and sailing are all possible, just a short drive from our park.

Getting out on the water is a great way to experience the spectacular scenery from a unique perspective during your camping, glamping or caravan break. Whether you’re an experienced water sports enthusiast or a complete beginner, were sure you’ll have a memorable watersports holiday in Dorset and will want to return year on year.

Watersports providers

There are lots of activity providers operating at coastal locations across Dorset. They offer a wide variety of equipment hire and lessons, which can be geared to suit all ages and abilities. Signing up to a taster session is a great way to get to grips with the basics and learn core skills alongside necessary safety information. If you already have some experience, you can perfect your technique, with the input of an experienced instructor.



Bournemouth is the top surfing destination in Dorset. There’s an artificial reef in Boscombe, which provides perfect sets year-round. Bournemouth Pier is also a popular spot, especially in the winter when there’s reliable swell and offshore winds. Sorted Surf Shop offer group surf lessons as well as private 1-1 to tuition.

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Kayaking is a great way to explore the Jurassic Coast. Take in the picturesque views as you explore beauty spots and secluded beaches at a leisurely pace. We highly recommend heading out with an experienced provider, who has an excellent understanding of the tidal conditions. Lulworth Outdoors run a 3-hour trip, which takes in Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

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Stand up paddleboarding

Studland is one of our favourite places to go stand up paddleboarding in Dorset. The bay is sheltered and shallow, meaning its perfect for families and beginners, looking to get to grips with the basics. Experienced paddlers can make the scenic trip to Old Harry Rock if the conditions are right. Fore Adventure are situated in the car park at Middle Beach and offer equipment hire and tuition.

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Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world and one of the most popular windsurfing destinations in the UK. It attracts experienced surfers from across the country, looking to get out on the water and make the most of the excellent conditions. H20 Windsurf School specialise in small group lessons and boast some of the best equipment on the market. They teach beginners, intermediate and advanced board riders.

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Cumulus Outdoors run coasteering sessions at Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic Coast. This unique outdoor adventure activity is great fun and includes climbing over rocky outcrops, exploring sea caves and jumping into the crystal-clear water below. Cumulus has an excellent team of experienced instructors and provide high quality wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets.

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Watersports holiday accommodation

South Lytchett Manor occupies a central location, close to Bournemouth, Poole, Wareham, Weymouth and Portland. Our family friendly holiday park is well-suited to watersports enthusiasts looking to spend adventure-filled days by the coast.

We have plenty of accommodation to choose from, depending on your needs. Bring your own caravan, motorhome or tent and make use of our spacious touring and camping pitches. Or, treat yourself to a relaxing glamping break in one of our Romany caravans, shepherds huts or camping pods.

Visitors can make use of our excellent on-site facilities, including our clean and modern amenities blocks, café and well-stocked shop.

We have ample parking onsite and guests are welcome to bring boats or jetskis – there is a small charge for this facility.

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