20 Reasons to Visit Ulwell Holiday Park in 2020

January 16th, 2020

If you’re in the process of booking your 2020 holiday, why not consider a stay at Ulwell Holiday Park? Situated in a picturesque location on the outskirts of Swanage, our family owned holiday park boasts high quality accommodation and abundant facilities. In case you need more convincing that our Dorset holiday park is the perfect place to enjoy a family holiday or short break with friends, here’s 20 reasons to visit Ulwell Holiday Park in 2020.

1) Fantastic location

Ulwell Holiday Park occupies a prime position in Swanage. Situated at the base of the Purbeck hills, our idyllic location boasts stunning views over Swanage Bay and affords visitors easy access to a variety of nearby attractions. Swanage beach and town centre are a pleasant 20-minute walk from our family friendly holiday park. The picturesque towns of Corfe and Studland are within walking distance and Wareham, Poole and Bournemouth are easily accessible by car.

ulwell cottage caravan park swanage


2) Pristine caravan holiday homes

We’re delighted to offer a range of caravan holiday homes for hire in Swanage. Relax and unwind in comfortable, modern and well-equipped self-catering accommodation, with plenty of room to socialise with family and friends. Our Prestige caravans are brand new and furnished to the highest standard. Along with a host of luxury fixtures, fittings and soft furnishings, they feature a large decking and some even have a bath!

caravan holiday homes


3) Friendly staff

Guests are guaranteed a warm welcome on arrival at Ulwell Holiday Park. We pride our self on our exemplary customer service and always endeavour to meet our guests needs. All members of staff from the front of house team to the housekeeping and groundskeeping staff always try to go the extra mile to ensure guests have a memorable stay.


4) Exciting local events

Swanage plays host to a number of exciting events throughout the year, which means that there’s always something happening in the local area for our guests to enjoy. The Swanage Regatta and Carnival provide endless fun for young and old and the Lifeboat Week and Purbeck Film Festival attract visitors in their droves each year. Other annual events that are worth checking out include, Swanage Folk Festival, Swanage Fish Festival and Swanage Railway Diesel Gala.

swanage lifeboat week

Photo credit: Gary Edgings – Flickr


5) Spacious touring pitches

We’re delighted to welcome guests with touring caravans, motorhomes and tents to our campsite in Dorset. Visitors can enjoy spacious and well-maintained pitches with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Hard standing pitches with water and drainage are available and all pitches enjoy electric hook up.

camping in dorset


6) Frequent bus service

Take advantage of a frequent bus service which connects Swanage and Bournemouth from the bus stop right outside our park. Leave your car on site and let someone else do the driving, so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space! The open top bus goes via Sandbanks and Studland so you’re guaranteed beautiful views during the journey.

purbeck breezer bus

Picture credit: More Bus


7) Well stocked onsite shop

Our on-site shop is well stocked with all the essentials, so there’s no need to worry if you’ve left something important at home. Open daily from Easter to October, the shop stocks fresh vegetables, meat, wines and spirits, camping and beach supplies as well as freshly baked pastries and much, much more. Wherever possible, produce is sourced from Dorset producers.

beach goods and camping essentials at the on site shop


8) Luxury holiday homes to buy

Many guests enjoy their stay at Ulwell Holiday Park so much they choose to invest in their own caravan holiday home. We have a number of competitively priced holiday homes for sale, which provide owners with a Dorset base to enjoy quality family time throughout the year. Holiday home owners can make use of the park’s extensive facilities, including swimming pool, play park and Village Inn.

abi rydale caravan lounge holiday home for sale


9) Family friendly bar and Restaurant

Our onsite bar and restaurant, The Village Inn is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner. Light, bright and decorated to a high standard, the Village Inn consistently received rave reviews and features an extensive menu. Our team of chefs work hard to offer daily specials using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Throughout the year there are a number of themed events, including an oriental night as well as celebrations for Mother’s Day and New Year.

village inn bar and restaurant ulwell holiday park


10) Quirky camping pod

If you fancy a break on the Dorset coast but don’t fancy sleeping under canvas, why not try our camping pod during your visit to Ulwell Holiday Park in 2020. The wooden pod sleeps up to 4 people and boasts heating, electric sockets, ample storage and small decked area with outside seating, where you can while away a summers evening with a glass of wine!

wooden camping pod ulwell


11) Dog friendly

Ulwell Holiday Park is dog friendly, so there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home! We have a number of dog friendly caravan holiday homes available to hire and our touring pitches and the bar area of the Village Inn are dog friendly too!

dog friendly campsite holiday park dorset


12) Indoor heated pool and play park

The indoor heated swimming pool offers hours of fun whatever the weather. With a waterslide, toddler splash pool and waterslides, you can be certain it will be a hit with younger members of the family. If you don’t fancy taking a dip, there’s a poolside viewing area where you can sit back and watch the fun. The pool is monitored by trained lifeguards at all times for added peace of mind. There’s also a large outdoor play park where little ones can let off some steam.

families swimming in the pool at ulwell


13) Spotless amenities block

We know how important well-maintained facilities are to ensuring an enjoyable stay, that’s why we work hard to ensure our modern toilet block is well maintained and kept spotlessly clean throughout the day. Showers are free to use with unlimited hot water and there are also hair drying and accessible facilities. The amenities block is situated in a convenient location, so you don’t have to walk far in the night! We also have two washing machines and two tumble dryers available onsite.

toilet block in camping field


14) Free WiFi for all guests

Holiday park guests can enjoy free WiFi across the site, so you can easily stay in touch with family and friends during your stay.

free wifi


15) Close to local attractions

Our Dorset holiday park is perfectly positioned for enjoying a range of nearby attractions, whether you choose to visit Swanage or venture slightly further afield. We are just a short drive from Corfe Castle, Blue Poole, Putlake Adventure Farm, the Tank Museum, Dorset Adventure Park and a host of other family friendly attractions. Our reception staff will be more than happy to offer suggestions and can provide you with a range of leaflets. If you’re looking after the pennies, we can also recommend a number of free things to do in Swanage.

dorset adventure park


16) Award winning accommodation and facilities

Ulwell Holiday Park has received industry acclaim for its attention to detail, accommodation offering and facilities. We have been awarded a 4-pennant rating by the AA and are one of 100 parks nationwide included in the Premier Parks collection, which recognises high standards and customer satisfaction.

reasons to visit ulwell holiday park


17) Scenic walks nearby

There are a number of excellent walks from the grounds of Ulwell Holiday Park, which take in some of the Purbecks most scenic views. Whether you fancy a 4-hour hike along the Purbeck Way or a more leisurely jaunt to Studland and famed Old Harry Rock, we’re certain you’ll find a route which will capture your heart and leave wanting to explore more of the region by foot!

old harry rocks


18) Spectacular coastline and beaches

Dorset is famed for its spectacular Jurassic Coastline and miles upon miles of unspoilt beaches. Our idyllic location provides easy access to some of the county’s most impressive beaches, including Studland, Swanage Beach, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Swanage Bay


19) Eye catching landscaping

We take great pride in our park and do our upmost to keep it clean and tidy. Our groundskeeping staff work hard to create pretty and eye-catching floral displays, which are enjoyed by our guests. We’ve been careful to ensure our grounds benefit the native wildlife and conservation is always at the heart of our landscaping. Each year Ulwell Holiday Park enters the David Bellamy Conservation Awards.


20) 2020 holidays at 2019 prices

If the previous 19 reasons aren’t enough to tempt you to visit Ulwell Holiday Park in 2020, we’ve saved the best until last! If you book your 2020 holiday before the 1st of April 2020 you can enjoy your holiday at 2019’s prices!

What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

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Proudly associated

Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

  • Camping and caravanning
  • AA
  • British Holiday & Home Parks assocation
  • Poole Tourism
  • Visit Britain

Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

Please note: The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action until at least October.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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