I’m typically not much of a camper and everyone laughs if I say we’re going. But. There is something about camping that’s quite liberating. If it’s not raining that is.
Several years ago we went to Eweleaze Farm on the outskirts of Weymouth, Dorset and decided to make the same trip again this year. Open for just four weeks every August the farm is set on the coast with it’s own private beach. It’s beautiful views, fresh sea air and farm vibes make it like nowhere else. You are able to pitch your tent wherever you choose, with some fields excluding cars to make it more authentic and nearly all of them facing the sea.
Environmental factors play a big part and there’s more recycling bins than normal waste bins. Solar panels power the showers and most of the toilets are non-flushing eco-friendly. These take a little getting used to.
One of my favourite things about this place is the space it gives you, even when it gets busy you never feel too hemmed in which is useful when everyone starts their campfires in the evening. Logs are available to buy for around £5 and as many campsite don’t allow fires, it’s a real novelty. Make sure you pop to the onsite shop for marshmallows.
Talking of food, the range and quality on offer is incredible and it’s also well priced. Most meat is sourced from the farm itself and it’s not hard to see why the queue for hog roast snakes round the seating area. Woodfired pizzas, fresh crepes, a vegetarian stand, gourmet pies and the most amazing bakery mean you barely need to leave the campsite to eat well.
But if you do fancy a trip out, take the coastal path into Weymouth, which takes around an hour to walk, stop at the crazy golf on the way and look out for the seals as you stroll into town.
Weymouth is a great seaside town, not tacky and not pretentious. There’s an abundance of places to eat and drink but we chose The Ship Inn which is super dog friendly and serves excellent food, all overlooking the harbour.
The walk is slightly harder on the way back with full stomachs but totally worth it for an afternoon on the beach waiting for the sunset.
As we’ve all experienced this year, travelling has been much harder but making the most of this amazing country is not something to be sniffed at and as much as I miss going abroad, taking time out to appreciate where we live is certainly something we’ll continue in the future.
Fees for 2020
£9/night Sunday to Thursday nights, and
£18/night for Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend)
Children, 3-14 inclusive
£4.50/night Sunday to Thursday nights, and
£9/night for Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend)
£3.00/night Sunday to Thursday nights, and £6/night for Friday and Saturday nights
Flat fee of £15 for each vehicle brought onto site for the stay
No charge for: Infants under 3, extra tents, gazebos etc.