The Village Inn is Getting a New Look

January 31st, 2018

Whilst Ulwell Holiday Park is closed for the winter, our very own on site bar and restaurant is getting a refit. We are busy refurbishing the whole of The Village Inn, to create a brand new look and feel. Our family friendly pub in Swanage will soon be open to guests at our popular camping and caravanning site, as well as families not staying on the park.

Nautical themed decor

The new interior will have a distinctly nautical feel, with a soft colour palette of blues, whites and natural wood. We’re hoping to create eye catching statement features, with themed wall paper and ship port holes, salvaged from a shipwreck in Swanage Bay.

One of the main aims of our refit is to create an open plan space that can be enjoyed by our visitors throughout the year. Whether you’re popping in for a light bite and refreshing drink on a hot summers day, or a warming meal in the middle of winter.

Socialise with friends

The restaurant, bar, family area and toilets are all getting the special treatment. Take a look at what we have in store for you. We’re especially proud of the new fire feature – it’s the perfect spot to get comfy and socialise with friends.

The new bar area will be stocked with a range of local ales and our chefs will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen, serving a new menu using locally sourced produce.

Dog friendly pub in Swanage

Once we re-open we will be pleased to welcome visitors with dogs in our bar area. Families will also be welcome, with facilities on site, including an outdoor play area.

Throughout the project we’ve been working with a dream team of brilliant tradesmen, who have been working hard to bring our plans to life. Doors have been removed, new toilets fitted, new windows installed, and complete redecoration throughout. The space has been rearranged to be much more open than before.

If all goes to plan the new look Village Inn will reopen at the beginning of March, to coincide with the start of the 2018 season at our Swanage Holiday Park. We can’t wait to welcome you into our newly refurbished bar and restaurant, to see what you think of our hard work!

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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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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.


1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North

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