Ice Cream Cone - Caravan Park Cerne Abbas

Book Your Long-Awaited Summer Holiday at Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park

Today’s further easing of restrictions means that here at Giants Head camping site in Cerne Abbas we can open our gates to many more guests and we couldn’t be more excited. Due to the Government restrictions in place, our reopening on April 12 only permitted us to host those with the benefit of their own on-board facilities. However, as of May 17th this has changed.

Our shared facilities, including showers, hand basins, washing up and laundry facilities, are now open and we’re no longer restricted in the type of guest we can welcome! Covid-19 safety measures will be in place and we ask that social distancing still continues to be exercised in order to ensure a safe environment for all of our guests and staff.

Things are definitely starting to feel more normal and we’re so excited to see our caravan and camping site filled with many new, as well as some familiar, faces this summer. And speaking of familiar faces, we’re sure that Giants Head regulars will be happy to learn that Jen’s Ice Creams will once again have a regular presence here over the next few months, on hand to provide her delicious ice creams and other sweet treats. Jen is a firm favourite here and we know that her ice cream will go down a treat like always!

Another local business that our guests love is our friends at Cerne Abbas Brewery. Located just a couple of miles down the road from us, Cerne Abbas Brewery is a must-visit whether you’re a beer fan or not! Their fantastic beer garden provides the perfect environment to enjoy a nice cold drink on a warm day.

Cerne Abbas Brewery’s Lovely Beer Garden

Alongside their delightful range of beer they also offer cider, wine, spirits and soft drinks – so there’s definitely something for everybody. The beer garden is open Thur – Sun with local food prepared and served on site on Saturdays. Although you’re always welcome to take along your own picnic or snacks to enjoy as you’re quenching your thirst!

Caravan Park Cerne Abbas

Whilst it’s important we don’t let our guard down in terms of staying safe and lowering the spread of Covid-19, we’re also very much looking forward to getting back to a level of normality we haven’t had a chance to experience in some time – and we know this is a feeling shared with those across the whole country! If you’re looking to enjoy some time away our caravan & camping site in Cerne Abbas offers the perfect location for that long-awaited holiday. Get in touch with us today to make your booking.

Camping in Dorchester Giants Head

We’re Open Again!

The past year or so has certainly brought many hurdles and difficult circumstances for everybody to overcome, and we’re definitely ready to see the back of it. With restrictions easing and the number of vaccinations growing every day we’re cautiously optimistic that better days are right around the corner.

We were absolutely thrilled to reopen again on April 12th! It’s been a while since we’ve had the pleasure of guests staying with us, and we’re so excited to change that – albeit under some strict restrictions. Unfortunately we are currently unable to open our shared facilities. Whilst we wish we could welcome everybody, at the moment we can only cater to those with their own on-board facilities. We appreciate that it’s a frustrating limitation however, at Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park we’re committed to abiding by all of the current guidelines.

The good news is that if everything continues as planned, this restriction will be lifted as of May 17th. From that date the opening of shared facilities will be permitted, allowing us to open our gates to all types of leisure guests. You’ll be more than welcome to come and stay with us at our campsite in Dorchester even if you don’t have the benefit of your own on-board facilities.

Camping near Dorchester

We’re eagerly awaiting the moment that we can host campers from near and far without restrictions, and we simply can’t wait until our campsite is filled with the smiles and friendly faces of guests enjoying their holiday, just like we’re used to. If you’d like to book your stay at Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park please get in touch with Caroline on 01300 341242 or via email at holidays@giantshead.co.uk.

Campsite near Minterne

Looking Ahead… We can “Carry on Camping”, but be Prepared & Plan Ahead to Avoid Disappointment.

At Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park we love the relationship we have with all of our campers and appreciate when someone gives us a positive review or recommends us to friends & family. We came across this fantastic post one of our regular visitors posted on their personal blog, in which they very kindly mentioned us. With permission we’re reposting it here as a guest blog post!

I think the film “Carry on Camping” had quite a positive effect on numbers of campers when it first appeared (for several reasons!) Sad recent news about Barbara Windsor, but it is perhaps the fun side of camping, the unexpected, that she so brilliantly portrayed that will stay with us for a long time and is so important to all campers.

Although very keen campers, my family only managed one day camping in Dorset last year. After weeks of lockdown and by the time we decided to bite the bullet and organise a trip away the campsites in Dorset were practically all full, only the odd day was available. We love camping near Dorchester and this year we are starting early.

Preparing for Your Camping Trip

Prepare for Camping Near Dorchester

For most of us, it’s a trip up into the attic, the garden shed or the garage to locate and check all the camping gear – do it NOW, if you have spare time on your hands. Putting it all together in one place is the best bet and refer to your Camping Equipment list if you have one, if not, it’s ESSENTIAL. How many times have you forgotten the wooden mallet, the pump, the torch or the bottle opener or bottle(s) of wine. There are always great deals on at the beginning of the year, time for a new tent to impress your fellow campers – or on a less expensive, practical note – some new tent pegs to replace all those bent ones.

Research – Camping Site Cerne Abbas

Ask your friends, use the internet, but be aware, do it early in the year to avoid disappointment. There are going to be a lot more Brits holidaying in the UK this year and one of our favourites, Giant Heads camping (the campsite near Minterne) are reporting a lot of early bookings from April onwards.

It goes without saying that it’s quite a “carry-on” this camping lark, but whether young or old, you are bound to have a memorable time, you are out in the fresh air, it’s very safe. Plan ahead and book early, especially if you’re camping in Dorset!

Camping near Dorchester - European Eagle Owl

Xtreme Falconry

If you’re looking for a fantastic way to spend your afternoon while staying with us at our campsite in Dorchester then you should definitely consider Xtreme Falconry. Located at Dorset Falconry Park, situated just outside of Dorchester and only a 20 minute drive from Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park, this family-run business has a massive collection of birds of prey and hosts a range of excellent experiences for guests to enjoy.

Celebrated for their passion about birds and important conservation work the team at Xtreme Falconry offer an exciting and informative experience to all of the park’s guests. Visitors are invited to settle down in the gorgeous surroundings of the park and enjoy the two daily shows at 11am and 3:30pm, during which you’ll have the opportunity to see many of the birds free flying. Their collection contains a range of birds including owls, falcons, hawks, vultures & eagles and it is a real privilege to witness them in action.

In the time between shows you can also watch the birds while they are exercised and trained in the meadow. Alternatively you can take a walk through the butterfly garden to learn more about the conservation efforts that are made within the park. There is an onsite tearoom in which you can enjoy a sandwich, cake and hot drink or you’re more than welcome to bring your own picnic.

If you’d like to get a little more up close and personal there are also bird handling and falconry experiences available. From as little as £89 per person you will have the opportunity to meet some of the different species of birds in a more intimate setting. Depending on which experience you choose the birds you will get the chance to handle and fly include Harris’s hawks, bald eagles, hooded vultures and European eagle owls. An encounter with these majestic creatures is an experience that you’ll never forget!

Dorchester Caravan Sites

With tickets for under £10 each (adults £9, children/concessions £7) Xtreme Falconry is a cost-effective day out that provides fun for all of the family. Visit their website today to begin planning your visit.

If you are searching for a campsite in Dorchester get in touch with us today to book your stay!

Camping Site near Cerne Abbas Giant

Cerne Abbas Giant

One of the most popular activities guests enjoy while staying with us at our camping site near Cerne Abbas is paying a visit to the legendary Cerne Abbas Giant!

At 180ft high the giant is a prominent figure situated on Trendle Hill near the village of Cerne Abbas. The giant is a hugely important part of the local culture and folklore with many people believing him to be a significant fertility symbol – and even the quickest of glances is enough to learn why. He’s certainly not shy!

While there are a lot of unknowns about the giant one of the biggest mysteries has always been concerning his age – nobody knows exactly when he first appeared. However recent tests have shed some light on the big question and we have snails to thank for this new revelation!

It had been hoped that the giant was prehistoric or Roman. Unfortunately the nature of the snail shells discovered within the soil indicate that he instead dates back to medieval times. While he may not be as old as we had thought the Cerne Abbas Giant is still a firm favourite of everybody here at our campsite in Dorchester!

Camping Site Cerne Abbas

If you want to visit the giant in order to make your own judgement on his age then our caravan park near Cerne Abbas is the ideal location. There are plenty of fantastic vantage points nearby which give you the perfect chance to appreciate the sheer enormity of the giant chalk figure. For a truly wonderful day out you can combine your trip to the giant with a visit to the lovely village of Cerne Abbas to enjoy some food & drinks.

Get in touch today to book your stay!

Sculpture by the Lakes Summer 2020 Picnics

During your visit to Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park this summer you definitely won’t want to miss out on experiencing a Saturday night picnic at Sculpture by the Lakes. Situated just outside Dorchester, a quick 20 minute drive from us, Sculpture by the Lakes is the perfect location to enjoy a night out while also staying safe and adhering to Government guidelines during this pandemic.

Saturday Night Picnics

This collection of magnificent sculptures, created by internationally acclaimed sculptor Simon Gudgeon, are set against the backdrop of 26 acres of Dorset’s natural beauty, which provides an entirely different experience than a traditional art gallery. While usually open in the summer Wednesday – Sunday from 10am to 5pm, this summer they are offering the fantastic opportunity to enjoy an evening picnic in the incredible surroundings of their park from 6pm – 10pm.

Simply pre-book your food and drinks from their exquisite menu and your picnic will be provided to you from their onsite cafe. Enjoy your meal at the tables and chairs situated around the lakes or bring your own blanket for the authentic picnic experience. The scenery is stunning and most definitely makes for a memorable picnic location! Even if the evening turns cold or damp, don’t worry as The Retreat and Studio 1 will be open with socially distanced tables.

Camping near Dorchester

Located a short 4 minute drive from Cerne Abbas village centre our campsite near Dorchester is perfectly situated for those looking to enjoy the Sculptures by the Lake. Our dog-friendly campsite is well equipped to welcome touring caravans, tents & motorhomes and our grassy pitches offer fantastic views of the Dorset countryside. If you’re looking for Dorchester caravan sites or campsites contact us today to book your stay.

Dorchester Treasure Trails

Dorchester Treasure Trail for camping near Dorchester

Are you thinking about camping near Dorchester? Do you love a good Treasure Trail? Why not combine the two and stay with us at Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park in Dorchester and take part in one of the local Treasure Trail adventures!

Murder Mystery Treasure Trail

One of the most popular treasure trails near our campsite in Dorchester is the Murder Mystery Treasure Trail.  You will need 2 to 3 hours to explore the self-guided route around the market town of Dorchester.  The 1.5-mile trail takes you through the hometown of Thomas Hardy, you pass by the town center shops, Dorchester Museum and the Roman Town House.  If you like a good Murder Mystery, then this themed trail is for you!

Spy Mission Treasure Trail

The Spy Mission Treasure Trail is an accessible 1.5-mile route around Prince Charles’ new village near Dorchester.  Poundbury is home to a lovely array of boutique shops, street side café’s, pubs and a garden centre.  The Spy Mission Trail is a circular route full of clues that will take you several hours to complete.  You will need to use your detective skills to solve the clues carefully hidden on monuments and feature buildings in the village. 

If you are looking for caravan parks near Dorchester in easy reach of the town, visit our website for more information on our camping and caravan park and book your next break today.

Cerne Historical Society Cerne Abbas 1919 Village Sale Exhibition

After a successful National Lottery Grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cerne Historical Society have announced plans for their Centenary Exhibition and Celebrations.  Events to mark the centenary of the most important juncture in the village history includes the village Horticultural Society Annual Show, concerts and the Annual Village Cricket Match.  More details on the key events are:

  • This year the annual Village Cricket Match will be hosted on the 30th June and as part of the celebrations a band has been booked and everyone is being asked to go along in period dress.
  • The 24th September 2019 marks 100 years since the Pitt-Rivers family sold their plots in the village at Dorchester Town Hall. From the 24th September 2019 for 12 days visitors will be able to visit the exhibition being held at St Mary’s Church, just a short drive from our camping site in Cerne Abbas.
  • On the 28th September 2019 there will be a period re-enactment of the 1919 auction, this will be held at St Mary’s Church at 2pm.

For more information on the Cerne Abbas for Sale project check out the Cerne Historical Society website.

The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair

The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair is due to take place this week on Sunday 2nd June in Dorchester.  From 11am to 4pm High West Street and High East Street will be closed to vehicles while the town celebrates the 179th birthday of Thomas Hardy.

English novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy, lived in the village of Stinsford near Dorchester.  He became famous for writing novels Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and his work is still admired up and down the country today with Thomas Hardy’s Wessex being a popular choice for tourists visiting the South of England.

The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair is being organised by The William Barnes Society, William Barnes being a neighbour that inspired some of Hardy’s work.  If you are camping near Dorchester, the Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair has something for all the family from Thomas Hardy themed activities and live music to food & drinks stalls and Hardy tours.

Our Giants Head campsite is near Dorchester and is less than a 15-minute drive from the town for guests staying with us.  For more information on the Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair you can visit the William Barnes Society website .

Cerne Abbas Open Gardens & Music Festival

The 44th Cerne Abbas Open Gardens event is due to be held on 15th and 16th June this year between 2pm and 6pm on both days. The Cerne Abbas Open Gardens is popular with both locals and tourists with around 25 gardens being open to the public to admire.  If you are staying at our camping site in Cerne Abbas over the weekend of 15th/16th June, then pop along to this wonderful village event.

All the gardens are in easy walking distance of the local car park and tickets cost just £7 for adults with free tickets for children with a paying adult.

Other highlights of the weekend include the well-stocked plant stall and teas at St. Marys Church from 1.30pm. Not only is this a fantastic local event but all proceeds get divided equally between Weldmar Hospice Care Trust and Cerne Watermeadow Trust.  Two very worthwhile causes!

If you are visiting our caravan park in Cerne Abbas mid-June and would like to visit the Cerne Abbas Open Gardens you can find out more information by visiting the Cerne Abbas Open Gardens Website here.
Cerne Abbas Open Gardens 2019

Cerne Abbas Music Festival

Do you have a love of music? Are you visiting our camping site in Cerne Abbas between 11th and 14th July? Then book your tickets to the Cerne Abbas Music Festival to experience some wonderful music from top performers.  The festival programme is full of variety and access to the planned rehearsals is free of charge to the public.  It’s easy to book your tickets online, just visit https://cerneabbasmusicfestival.org.uk for more information.