Wild woodland camping in secluded pitches

There are several wild woodland camping pitches, spaced throughout Southover Woods. Each pitch has plenty space to for you to setup your tent and create your own natural home for the night. The sites have their own fire pits, wild showers that can be filled with hot or cold water and composting loos. We will also provide you with a kettle and grill to cook and heat water.

Truly wild camping for couples, familes and large groups

A Southover Woods offers a peaceful woodland area for couples, families and large groups to pitch hammocks and tents under the trees or in Meadows and get back to nature.

Meadow Camping surrounded by woodland

Camp in the peaceful meadow with 3 well spaced pitches around the edge of the meadow. Each area is around 350 m2, and has its own fire pit with BBQ grills.

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Wild Camping in Dorset
Wild Camping in Dorset

Wild Camping in Dorset

Booking is now available online for the 2024 Season.

The Campsite is open from 1st April – 30th October with the exception of Hazel Wood pitches which opens on 1st June due to Bluebells.

Southover Woods offers a unique holiday experience in beautiful woodland and open meadows with wild camping in well secluded pitches.

There are a range of different experiences and activities aimed at enhancing your wellbeing through connection with nature. Keeping life simple and looking after the environment are central to the ethos of the woods.

The large woodland is part of  a private estate with two adjoining meadows, nestled in the South Dorset countryside. Only 20 minutes from the Jurassic coast, and connected by numerous bridleways and footpaths to both local and national walks, it is perfectly positioned for a wonderful break.

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Taking time in the woods to live life well
Fire Pits

Each campsite has its own fire pit and grill. Logs are available to purchase when booking or onsite from the ranger. Please do not use disposable BBQs and do not pick the deadwood off the ground to burn. Deadwood is vital habitat for the ecosystem of our woodland. When finished with the fire pit please empty ash into the bucket provided, under ’NO' circumstances tip ash/coals onto the woodland floor even if you believe it to be cool.

Plenty of Space

Our ethos is simplicity, and our aim is to provide the space to enable people to connect with nature. Each pitch is located in a secluded spot away from other campers.

Plenty of Space

Our ethos is simplicity, and our aim is to provide the space to enable people to connect with nature. Each pitch is located in a secluded spot away from other campers.

Wild Showers

Our showers are as wild as our camping. Fill the bucket with warm water, and then pull up to enjoy a brief shower. The showers have an enclosure with a rubber mat, please note no towels are provided. We ask you use eco friendly soaps. You can purchase from ‘Artie’s shop’ or the ranger on call if required.

Water

Water is available at 3 standpipes. We recommend bringing containers however containers are available to purchase if required. The ranger on duty can assist with this if required. We recommend you boil water before use. Water needs to be brought to a boil then boiled for one min before its classed as safe to drink. However we cannot accept responsibility for campers water management.

No Vehicles

We ask people to only park in designated parking areas and then use wheelbarrows provided to transport your kit to your pitches. We want children, campers and dogs to remain safe. We also want to preserve our woodland. Cars on soil can cause root compaction and root compaction for trees can be detrimental.

Pony Meadow

Bring your own horse or pony and keep them in our 2 acre pony paddock. With great hacking to Moreton ford, and throughout Puddletown forest.

Rubbish

Please take your rubbish home, or take it to the local municipal sites (Wareham, Dorchester and Weymouth are closest). Please note if rubbish is left we withhold the right to charge for removal. We want to preserve our beautiful woodland.

Meadow Camping

Camp in our peaceful meadow offering a truly wild-camping experience hidden away in a secluded wooded valley close to Dorchester in Dorset. Each meadow camping area is around 350 ms2, and has its own fire pit with BBQ grills.

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Yurt Camping

Tenders treat yourself to a nearly wild glamping experience in Tenders pitch. The Yurt is set in its own secluded woodland glade and is surrounded by pine trees with an outdoor cooking area and log seating around the  fire pit.

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Activities around Southover Woods

At the Southover woods we are passionate about sharing what great things the woods have to offer. Based in the woods, Birchbark Events has a broad range of activities and events that are weaved into the family friendly camping at Southover Woods.
From children and families wanting to play, learn, rediscover and reconnet with nature; through to adults boosting their wellbeing or bushcraft skills. Our private group activies include yoga, reiki, bushcraft, foraging, wild cooking, birthday parties and coporate teambuilding.
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Bushcraft & Survival

Bushcraft & Survival

Book a private event for Bushcraft & Survival with Birchbark Events and tailor the activities around your preferences ranging from Fire lighting and management, Tools of the trade, Shelter building and camp craft, Axe and knife skills, Water purification, Natural navigation, Foraging, Camp cooking, Tree identification, Whittling, knots and ropes with access to Wooodland play area.

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Corporate Groups & Large Parties

Corporate Groups & Large Parties

Book a private event for Corporate Groups & Large Parties with Birchbark Events and tailor the activities around your preferences ranging from Fire lighting and management, Tools of the trade, Shelter building and camp craft, Axe and knife skills, Water purification, Natural navigation, Foraging, Camp cooking, Tree identification, Whittling, knots and ropes.

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The Woodland School

Woodland School

The Woodland school caters for birthday parties, private groups or join in with existing programmes. Choose from Face Painting, Fire lighting, Den building, Story telling & Drama play, Campfire Cooking, Woodland arts and crafts, Woodland games inc Tug of war, Hide and Seek, Nerf Wars, Bow making, Archery, Axe throwing, Green woodworking and carving, with access to our woodland playground.

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Yoga & Wellness

Yoga & Wellness

Book a private Yoga & Wellness event with Birchbark Events at our The Woodland Wellness centre and tailor the activities around your preferences ranging from Fire lighting, Forest bathing, Yoga, Reiki/crystal healing, Woodland tea, Drum and chant, Axe throwing, Sharing fire circle, Woodland craft – Make a dreamcatcher, Campfire carving, Wild walks – Nature connection, Singing circle, Nature Natal

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Fly Fishing

Next to Southover Woods, Wessex Fly Fishing has been running fly fishing in Dorset for over 30 years. Countless fishermen have enjoyed their waters, many returning every year.

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Southover Woods

Wild camping in Dorset at its best
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