Event: Half Term and Halloween Events in Dorset 2018

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If you’re heading to Ulwell Camping and Caravan Park this October half term, why not try one of the exciting family that are happening across Dorset. From creepy Halloween themed castles to farmyard fun, there is something for all ages to enjoy, all within a short drive of the site. Here are just a few of our favourites to keep the kids entertained.

Corfe Castle, Corfe

Head to Corfe Castle this half term for a fun filled day out with the family! Search for missing pumpkins amongst the ruins of this medieval fort and learn all about the creatures that inhabit the area. Children will love the great escape zip wire, where they can help their teddy bear flee from the Castle’s keep. There is also a missile launch in the afternoons from a replica Warwolf II engine!

Date: 20th – 28th October 2018

Time: 10:00 – 17:00


Lulworth Castle, Lulworth

Enjoy an afternoon at Lulworth Castle at the Spooky Fun event. Kids will love playing outside and jumping in the gigantic leaf pile. Join in the hunt for bats around the castles grounds and meet Merlin, the mystical magician! Throughout the day there will be a variety of Halloween themed activities for the whole participate in, including making a spooky mask!

Date: 23rd – 26th October 2018

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The Blue Pool, Wareham

Take a leisurely walk around the spectacular Blue Pool this October half term and see for yourself the magical lake that changes colour with the seasons. From striking turquoise to varying shades of green, it really is a site not to be missed. Throughout the week there will be spooky trails to follow around the outskirts of the pool and as an extra special half term treat there will be 15% discount in the onsite Teahouse.

Date: 20th – 27th October 2018

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

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Studland Bay, Studland

Follow a self guided trail through the dunes of Studland Bay this half term in search of creepy crawlies as part of the National Trusts Creatures of the Night event. The walk begins at Knoll Beach each morning and aims to help children discover and learn about the natural environment and the animals that inhabit it. The discover centre will also be hosting a range of Halloween themed crafts for children take part in.

Date: 20th – 28th October 2018

Time: 10:30 – 15:30

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The Tank Museum, Bovington

The Tank Museum houses the world’s biggest collection of tanks and is the ultimate day out for any vehicle or military enthusiast. Take a tour of the museums exhibition halls and get up close to these impressive feats of engineering. During half term there will be the live displays every day, where you will get the chance to see the tanks in action accompanied by explosions and a running commentary. To keep the kids entertained there is also be the to opportunity to ride in a M548 tracked vehicle as well as a number of activities, including dressing up, an exciting trail and an indoor and outdoor play area.

Date: 20th – 28th October 2018

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Farmer Palmer’s, Organford

Throughout half term Farmer Palmers will be hosting a Halloween spectacular! Join in the fun by dressing up and joining in with the range of themed activities including dancing and face painting. There will also be all of the usual fun you would expect from a family farm including animal feeding and play areas.

Date: 22nd – 28th October 2018


Arne Nature Reserve, Wareham

Join one of the Welly Walks at Arne Nature Reserve this half term and get your little ones out into the great outdoors. Splash around in the puddles and explore the forest trails that lead to the sea. The volunteer staff will be on hand to advise what animals you may spot and also help you learn how to use ‘journey sticks’ as you explore the forest.

Date: 23rd – 25th October 2018

Time: 11:00 – 13:00

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Durlston Country Park, Swanage

Durlston County Park is hosting a number of exciting and creative activities and workshops over the half term, with something to appeal to ever member of the family. Head out on a trail in search of bats, or create a spooky stop motion animation out of clay. There is even the chance to make wind chimes and garden hangings made from naturally sourced materials.

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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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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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