Farrs Meadow

UK England South West England Dorset Wimborne Minster

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A charming Dorset campsite overlooking the beautiful Stour valley and a short walk from both the river and the market town of Wimborne Minster

Perched on a hill just outside the pretty market town of Wimborne, with far-reaching views across the Stour Valley, Farrs Meadow is a rural camping gem with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It’s a perfect choice for anyone looking for a touch of wilderness that’s not too far from civilization.

The campsite is small and delightfully car-free, with a quad bike available to carry your tent and belongings to your pitch. Quirky showers have been imaginatively installed in upcycled old horseboxes, which are deceptively spacious and the perfect setting to listen to nature’s chorus whilst taking your morning shower. More horseboxes dotted around the campsite host compost loos, and the washing-up area makes ingenious use of disused cattle troughs, converted into long, deep metal sinks. Those looking for a bit of extra comfort can choose to stay in a yurt or the tastefully converted stable – both of which are comfortably furnished with a double bed, two single beds, fire pits and outdoor furniture.

The main field is enclosed by beautiful mature trees that give dappled shade in the sun and shelter in the rain. During the day buzzards circle overhead and in the surrounding woodland you can hear the drill of the woodpecker, while at night bats emerge from the trees and dart between the tents, feasting on moths that are attracted by the campfire and torchlight, and the long grass emits an ‘LED-like’ glow from the glow worms. 

Wimborne is only a 15-minute walk away from the site, worth visiting for the famous Minster of St Cuthberga, one of the finest churches in Dorset; and it’s just a short stroll down the hill to the picturesque meandering River Stour, where you enjoy a wild swim under the Eye Bridge with just brown trout to keep you company.  Wander a little further to try your hand at catching them, with fishing permits sold on site for angling both in the Stour and also in the adjoining River Allen, a celebrated chalk stream for fly-fishing. When evening descends, however, you’ll find the best policy is just to settle down on one of the giant logs encircling the campfire in the main meadow and toast a marshmallow or two on the open flames. And if the weather doesn’t agree, then fear not – it’s a 10-minute walk to one of the coolest little pubs around, the National Trust-owned Vine Inn – a unique Dorset bolthole with a tiny bar that seems to encapsulate everything that’s great about camping here: a small, independent place ensconced in beautiful countryside.

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Facilities

Toilets: 4 Long drop loos. Showers: 3 Hot Showers; All in upcycled horseboxes. They aim for the site to be as close to wild camping as possible: Spot the deer and foxes in the early hours, buzzards and owls at night and enjoy natural cooking on the firepit and barbeques. There are rope swings, woods to build dens in and a secret garden with an orchard, greenhouses and a small pond to sit by. Throughout the season goats and alpacas are on grass mowing duty.

Suitable For

Tents, dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans – no. No cars beyond the carpark, but a quad bike helps bring stuff into the meadow.

Nearby

The campsite overlooks the Stour Valley and the river is a mere 5 minutes walk from Farr's Meadow. The Stour offers some of the best wild swimming in England, perfect for whiling a day away. Farr's Meadow offer fly fishing and course fishing on the Stour and the River Allen (guides optional). Some of the best beaches in Dorset are within 20 minutes drive. There are plenty of great marked bicycle routes nearby and National Trust walking routes border the campsite. For the rainy days Wimborne, with its famous Minster (01202 884753), is a 10 minute walk away, while Kingston Lacy (01202 883402) and Badbury Rings are a 10 minute drive. Further afield Bournemouth and Poole make for popular day trips, while the Jurassic Coast is just over 45 minutes in the car.

Food & Drink

A much loved favourite pub for lunch or supper is The Anchor in Shapwick a ten minute drive  (01258 857269) booking is advised. On the way to The Anchor you pass Barford Farm where they make the most delicious ice cream which is well worth the visit. The most local pub, The Vine Inn (01202 882259), is less than a 10 minute walk across the fields and is owned by the National Trust, supposedly boasting the smallest public bar in the country. Pamphill Dairy is a twenty minute walk away, there you will find a lovely cafe serving delicious food and a well stocked shop for groceries. In Wimborne, you'll find a good selection of restaurants and pubs including the child-friendly Olive Branch (01202 884686), Number 9 (01202 887557) and The Tickled Pig (01202 886778). There's also a Waitrose and Co-op supermarket.

Opening Times

May –  September 16th

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Perched on a hill just outside the pretty market town of Wimborne, with far-reaching views across the Stour Valley, Farrs Meadow is a rural camping gem with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It's a perfect choice for anyone looking for a touch of wilderness that's not too far from civilization.

Accommodation

15 tent pitches, 2 furnished gypsy wagons, 2 furnished shepherd's huts, 3 furnished yurts and a unique stable accommodation. All furnished accommodation options sleep 2–4 people.

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Getting There

Wimborne Minster to Farrs Meadow is just 1.5 miles. From Wimborne head out towards Blanford Forum on Victoria Road (B3082). Turn left on to Cowgrove Road at the Hospital. Keep going past the Football club and Farrs House (big White house on your right). Farrs Meadow is the 2nd drive, 30 metres, on your right after Farrs House. It is signposted Farrs Lodge and Farrs Meadow. Drive slowly if its your first time as its easy to miss!

There are two bus companies operating regular services to and from Wimborne Minster. There are several taxi companies to choose from in Wimborne Minster but we highly recommend and work closely with Apollo Taxis 01202 887766. Taxi ranks are in High Street and West Borough, both central to the town. The nearest train station is Poole (0845 748 4950). There are regular services from London and Weymouth, amongst others. Taxis or buses are regularly available for the 8 mile journey.

International Airports at both Bournemouth & Southampton.

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