Autumn and Winter Breaks in DorsetEnjoy an off-peak break at Ulwell Holiday Park

Autumn and Winter Breaks in Dorset

Dorset is the perfect destination to enjoy an autumn or winter break. A staycation at Ulwell Holiday Park during the shoulder season provides the opportunity to relax and unwind, whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery for which the Isle of Purbeck is famed. Without the crowds of summer you’ll have your pick of nearby beauty spots to explore at your own pace before returning to the comfort of your caravan holiday home for a cosy evening spending quality time together.

Autumn and winter breaks at Ulwell Holiday Park are the ideal choice for families or couples wanting a romantic short break by the coast. Beat the winter blues and make the most of our off-peak tariff during the quieter times of year. Spending less on accommodation will enable you to stretch your budget further and visit award-winning attractions or restaurants nearby. Ulwell Holiday Park is open from March to January each year*.

Exploring the Jurassic Coast

There’s something charming about coastal walks in the winter months and the Dorset coast is not short of options! Don your woolly hat and wellington boots and head out onto the Jurassic Coast to admire the far-reaching views as the waves crash along the shoreline. The dramatic scenery is a budding photographers dream, with a huge variety of landscapes on offer within the park’s immediate vicinity. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy long walks on our counties quiet beaches or take a leisurely stroll through nearby forests to admire the beautiful colours, you’re certainly find a location that takes your fancy. We highly recommend taking the time to visit iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, Durlston Country Park, Kimmeridge, Worbarrow Bay and Corfe Castle during your stay at our holiday park in Swanage.

lulworth cove in the winter


October half term holidays

Treat the kids to an October half term holiday in Swanage. Whilst it may be a little chilly for swimming in the sea, you can still enjoy fun filled days at the beach fossil hunting and collecting shells. There are an extensive range of family-friendly attractions nearby, including the Tank Museum, Farmer Palmers and Monkey World! You can also spend some time in our heated indoor swimming pool or dining at our delicious restaurant with dedicated kids’ menu, the Village Inn.

kid jumping into swimming pool


Warm and cosy accommodation

Caravan holiday homes are not just for summer, they make the ideal base from which to explore the local area during the autumn winter months. We have a range of self-catering holiday homes available for hire, boasting double glazing and central heating to ensure you’re warm and cosy when the outside temperature drops. Some of our prestige holiday homes even have a bath, so you can spend a lazy evening taking a dip!

If you prefer to stay in the comfort of your own touring caravan, campervan or motorhome during your stay, you can make use of warm and powerful showers and our heated amenities block.


Dog friendly getaways

If you’re travelling to our holiday park in Swanage with your four-legged friend, autumn or winter may be the perfect time of year. During the quieter seasons many beaches throughout Dorset lift their restrictions to allow dogs. A number of our caravan holiday homes are dog friendly, providing comfortable and convenient accommodation for you and your pets.


Autumn and winter events

There’s always something exciting happening in Dorset and the autumn and winter months are no exception. Incorporate one of the many seasonal events into your stay to make the most of your trip. Whether it’s spooky Halloween events, bonfire night celebrations or carols and markets in the lead up to Christmas, you certainly won’t be short of activities or events to visit whilst staying at Ulwell Holiday Park.

christmas events in swanage


Christmas and New Year breaks

Why not try something different this year and spend Christmas or New Year in Dorset. Swanage and the surrounding area is the ideal place to spend the festive season. Enjoy the special day surrounded by family and friends in one of our comfortable holiday homes or touring pitches. All of our self-catering accommodation is well-equipped with everything you’ll need to cook some tasty meals. Or, you’d prefer to let someone else do the cooking, treat yourself to a celebratory meal at the Village Inn.

If we’ve tempted you to try a low season break at Ulwell Holiday Park this autumn or winter, you can search availability and book online. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to speak with one of our friendly and helpful team, you can call reception on 01929 422823.

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*specific opening and closing dates vary year to year. Please check our touring tariff for the most up to date information.


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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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.

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.


1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North



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