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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.