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9 Things We Love About Staying At Highlands End Holiday Park, Dorset

Children are unpredictable aren’t they?

This weekend we should have been staying at Highlands End Holiday Park in Dorset, and meeting up for the first time with other VW California owners through the VW California Club. (We know how to party!!)

We pitched up, settled down to sleep……. and then my daughter was sick! Upstairs in the camper van when we were 100 miles away from home, with the minimum amount of clothes packed, and no spare sheets or duvets.

After an initial panic, and trying to get Charley warmed up and settled (think it was probably travel sickness as she was absolutely fine the next day), we thought it was best to pack up and come home to sort the mess out, and let everyone have a little bit of sleep. We arrived home just before 4am, and got the first yucky wash on and then hit the sack.

Anyway, it’s not a post about sick but about what we enjoyed at Highlands End Holiday Park as we previously stayed here back in October last year. We were really looking forward to another stay, especially as there were going to be lots of VW owners on site to get tips and advice from.

The 9 things we love about it:

1. Short walk to coast

From the campsite there is a path you can follow (there are various paths to follow) that takes you down to the beach. It’s a bit of walk back up but there are benches to sit on if you need to have a breather and the views are just stunning.

Walking from holiday park to West Bay


Coastal path to West Bay


View of West Bay coast

Beach at West Bay

There’s also a great cafe on the beach so you could stop for a snack or some lunch here if you needed.

2. Swimming pool on site

Always a bonus if you are staying anywhere with children and the weather turns wet. My children love having a swim and it keeps them entertained for a whole morning/ afternoon. Great also if you are staying in a camper as you can use the shower facilities there. (There is a small charge for using the swimming pool in the Leisure Club).

Highlands End Leisure Club

3. Large restaurant and cafe

The cafe offers fantastic views of the area and the restaurant has a great menu, plenty of space and an outside playground area for children to use. The restaurant is also open for breakfast, perfect for a bacon butty in the morning. 

Lunch in Martins Bar and Restaurant

Martins Bar and restaurant

4. Outside children’s play area

There is a large outside children’s play area with lots of climbing equipment for them to use, a great space for children to run off some of their steam. Hopefully so they’ll stay in bed just a few minutes longer in the morning!

Outside play area

5. Dog exercising area

Not that we have a dog yet, but there is a great field dedicated to dog exercising.

6. Great showers and toilet blocks

These were lovely and warm inside. Although not the most modern they were clean and there was plenty of space in them.

7. Proximity to Dorset Coast

Lyme Regis, Chideok and Chesil beach are all within a car journey away if you fancy a bit of time away from the holiday park. All great places to visit along the Dorset coast.

8. No need to drive

As there is plenty to do on the holiday park and close by there is no need to drive the camper anywhere for the weekend. This is great for us as it means we can store the children’s car seats in the drive away awning, leaving us more room in the camper van, and we don’t need to pack the van up for a trip out.

Betsy in the campsite

9. Shop on site

You can buy your essentials from the on-site shop too and toys for the children (just in case you need to bribe them to stay in bed a little bit longer – not that I’d ever do that!!!!!)


Highlands End Holiday Park – hopefully we shall be back for another adventure and get to stay for a whole weekend soon.


Do you have a favourite place to stay/camp? I’d love to hear in the comments below.





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18 thoughts on “9 Things We Love About Staying At Highlands End Holiday Park, Dorset”

  1. Dorset is always a great area to stay and this site looks ideal for taking children and keeping them entertained. Looks like you will have to do a return visit and perhaps squeeze in a spare duvet and covers, just in case!

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  2. I need to convince my OH that we need to stop at holiday parks like this with plenty to do! We always end up in the middle of nowhere with not much entertainment. Great there is a pool! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  3. I haven’t been to Dorset but this holiday park looks idyllic. Holidaying with a camper van sounds so much fun and I bet you all have the best time! I’m sorry that this one didn’t quite turn out as planned though. Thanks for linking up with us for #DreamTeam x

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  4. looks like a great place for the kids although sorry to hear your daughter wasn’t very well that can’t have been much fun in the camper. We’ve got a new VW on order which we’re having converted, I’m so excited and can’t wait to get out and about in it. #bigpinklink

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