We love the Dorset Coast, there are so many great areas to visit, and with our last trip to Dorset in the campervan being aborted we had another go at staying for the weekend. This time we booked into Woodfarm Caravan and Camping Park in Charmouth.
The last time we stayed in Charmouth was back in August 2015, when the children were 3 and 1 years old! Oh so cute….
Woodfarm Caravan and Camping Park boasts an on-site swimming pool, cafe, views and is just a short drive from Charmouth beach and the lovely Lyme Regis.
We didn’t have a great start to the weekend with Bodhi having been a bit lethargic in the week and not wanting to go to nursery in the morning so I was wondering if we would get to Dorset.
Travel to Dorset
We stopped at a Harvester restaurant on the way down as it was dinner time and all seemed to be going well. Bodhi had fallen asleep in the car not long after we left so we had to wake him up to eat but he seemed fine. Not long after our food had arrived Bodhi went a bit clingy and flaky, wanting to snuggle into me and not eat much food and saying he wanted to go home. I took him back to the car and asked for my food to be wrapped up to take with us. Of course, as soon as went outside Bodhi perked up and was fine! He kept saying he wanted to go camping so we continued with our journey to Dorset.
Woodfarm Caravan and Camping Park
We arrived too late on the site to be shown to our pitch which was a shame as we had to park up in the late arrival section car park. This meant that we had to pack up in the morning to check in properly and be shown to our pitch.
It really was an amazing site though, so well-kept and brilliantly terraced which made the pitches seem more private. The views of the hills in the distance were stunning especially in the early sun on Sunday morning.
Individual toilets, showers & basins
I’m still getting used to the campervanning life (What we’ve learnt off campsite) but this just made the site even better for me. It’s not my favourite thing sharing a big toilet and shower block so to have individual rooms with toilets, showers and basins (including hair dryers) was the best thing to discover! They were all clean, roomy and I thought they were a brilliant idea.
Swimming Pool on-site
The children decided they had to go swimming on Saturday morning, no surprise really as we’d decided to eat breakfast in the Off Shore Cafe which looks onto the swimming pool.
The pool was a toasty 30.5 degrees when we had a swim. The shallow end was 1m and there is quite a dip which takes it to 1.4m. We had a great time swimming, with the children being lovely and splashy, oh well I needed to wash my hair anyway.
There was a fairly large changing area and a couple of shower rooms, not the biggest but me and Bodhi fitted in fine.
I was then left in peace to finish drying hair and put make-up on whilst they went out into the play area.
Childrens Play Area
There is a good size children’s play area outside the cafe with swings, trampoline set in ground, pirate ship and assault course. It’s a great area for children to run about and let off some steam.
At the top of this field there is also a tennis court.
There is also an indoor play room that has a pool table, football table, table tennis and a soft play area. We didn’t get to use this room as the weather was pretty good and we wanted to venture to some of the local attractions.
Off Shore Cafe
Who left the expresso coffee maker at home? That would be me!
This would probably be my husbands most important thing to bring away in terms of cooking equipment, without his coffee in the morning nothing is happening, hence why we decided to go to the cafe so we could get enough caffeine into him. Along with the coffee we also had a lovely breakfast to kickstart our day, well Bodhi had a bowl of marshmallows to go with his hot chocolate!
The cafe served breakfasts, light lunches and drinks. There was also a shop at the reception selling freshly baked croissants and a selection of goods (including a few toys that Bodhi wanted to buy!)
I’d love to be able to say that when we’re away in the campervan our phones, iPads etc remained locked away but no, we are a little addicted. Fortunately the WiFi, though not free, was pretty good for such a large site.
The children had a bit of time to watch their tablets before bed on Saturday night with Charley deciding she had to have her seatbelt done up for part of this!
We were also able to watch the Eurovision 2018 on Saturday night, yay we know how to live!
It was such a quiet peaceful site, hopefully we didn’t wake anyone up as the children were up not long after 7am. It was so bright and hot in the camper on Sunday morning!
Fortunately we had a bit of time to get Charleys homework done before we had to pack up and leave the site by 12pm.
Whilst we were staying in Dorset we visited Lyme Regis, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove but these will have to be in another post! Just stunning!
Have you visited Dorset before? Where is your favourite place there?