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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. 

Spring & Summer Camping Breaks in Cerne Abbas

Sights to see this spring & summer if you are camping near Dorchester

There are so many great things to see and do if you are joining us at Giants Head this spring or summer and camping near Dorchester.  Less than a 10-minute drive away is one of the more popular local attractions, Minterne House & Gardens.

Minterne House Gardens near Giants Head Campsite

Our campsite is near to Minterne, home to the lovely Minterne House & Gardens.   Minterne House & Gardens is a stunning country house in the heart of Dorset boasting a spectacular garden that has been featured on BBC’s Gardeners World.  To compliment the rhododendrons and the distinctive handkerchief tree, spring bulbs are now appearing in the Himalayan Garden.

The house is an attractive private residence that has been home to both the Digby and Churchill family before being rebuilt in the 1900’s.  The house that currently stands on the estate was designed by award winning architect Leonard Stokes and is just superb.

Entry to the beautiful garden is just £6 and children under 12 go free! The gardens are open from 1st February to 9th November from 10am – 6pm.

Why not visit Minterne House & Gardens while you are at our camping site in Cerne Abbas exploring the best of Dorset!

Cerne Giant Festival – 13th April to 6th May

The CERNE GIANT FESTIVAL was born out of our vibrant May Day tradition, when the Morris Dancers and villagers gather at dawn on the Trendle, the original site of the village Maypole at the top of the Cerne Giant, Dorset. Here we salute the sunrise and celebrate the start of summer with a barrel of Beltane Beer.

This is the third year of the Festival, which has now extended to about 3 weeks. With a theme of ‘Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape’, there will be a huge variety of events including workshops, talks, and walks so that there is something for everyone to explore their own connection with landscape of Dorset and what it means to them. Any profits from the Festival will go towards maintaining the fabric and work of the churches in the participating villages.

£8.58 – £21.91

Wild Brew! The Making of the Beltane Brew
Nether Cerne Herbs, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Mindfulness with Natural Objects

Mindfulness with Natural Objects
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Understanding the Value of Riverflies

£3.79

Understanding the Value of Riverflies
Cerne Giant Festival - Paganism: Then and Now

£7.52

Paganism: Then and Now
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Connoisseur Tour of Minterne Gardens

£9.12

Connoisseur Tour of Minterne Gardens
Minterne House and Gardens, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Secrets of Bees

£7.52

Secrets of Bees
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Interesting Angles Photography workshops

£9.12 – £16.58

‘Interesting Angles’ Photography Workshops
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Feed the Soul Seasonal Vegan Feast

£43.23

Feed the Soul Seasonal Vegan Feast
The Granary, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Needle-felt a Poppy-field

£30.44

Needle-felt a Poppy-field
The Old Saddler, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Easter Fire and Vigil

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Easter Fire and Vigil
Hilfield Friary, The Friary
Cerne Giant Festival - Walk in their Footsteps: 2000 Years of Farming Cerne

£9.12

Walk in their Footsteps: 2000 Years of Farming Cerne
Cerne Abbas Brewery, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Labyrinths and the Journey of Life

£7.52

Labyrinths and the Journey of Life
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Experiencing the Labyrinth: Journey to Wholeness

£5.92

Experiencing the Labyrinth: Journey to Wholeness
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Myth and Magic of Water Meadows

£5.92

Myth and Magic of Water Meadows
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Archaeological Roadshow

£7.52

Archaeological Roadshow
Village Hall, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Feel Vibrant with Food Workshop

£27.24

Feel Vibrant with Food Workshop
Feed The Soul, Godmanstone
Cerne Giant Festival - Pub Quiz About Dorset and Finger Buffet

£9.12

Pub Quiz ‘About Dorset’ and Finger Buffet
The Royal Oak, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - A Village at War – and then for Sale

£11.25

Kate Adie: ‘A Village at War – and then for Sale’
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate

£7.52

The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Sunrise on Giant Hill and May Day Procession

Sunrise on Giant Hill and May Day Procession
The Trendle, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - May Day at the Silver Well

May Day at the Silver Well
St Augustine’s Well, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Dowsing 6000 Years of History

£7.52

Dowsing 6000 Years of History
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Landscape, Flowers, and Butterflies

£7.52

Landscape, Flowers, and Butterflies
Village Hall carpark and picnic site, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Ceilidh with Tatterdemalion

£3.83 – £8.14

Ceilidh with Tatterdemalion
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Rambling with Dorset Poetry and Song

£8.06

Rambling with Dorset Poetry and Song
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

If you’re visiting from outside the area why not stay at our camping and caravan site in Cerne Abbas.

Easter Camping in Cerne Abbas – Easter camping breaks in the Dorset countryside

Caravan Park in Cerne Abbas
Easter at Giants Head Caravan and Camping Park

Are you searching for your 2019 Easter break? Book your Easter Camping break at Giants Head Caravan & Camping Park in the heart of West Dorset!

With Lent well underway and weeks until the Easter Holidays, we are busy getting the park ready for Friday 5th April when we open for the 2019 summer caravan and camping season.  Our camping & caravan park in Cerne Abbas has lots of charm with lovely views of the local area. We boast green grassy campsite pitches, modern shower block and a dedicated dog friendly area.

There are lots of events planned locally to keep campers entertained in the Dorset countryside. Just some of the local activities include:

  • The annual Brewery Square Easter Egg Hunt in Dorchester from Good Friday to Easter Monday, 10am – 4pm
  • The Cerne Giant Festival
  • Cadbury Easter egg hunt at Hardy’s Cottage in Dorchester. Track down the clues in the house and garden to solve the puzzle and win a chocolate prize, from Good Friday to Easter Monday
  • Food Fair in association with Dorset Food & Drink at Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, Saturday 20th April 2019, 10am – 5pm

This year come and celebrate Easter at our campsite in Cerne Abbas and discover our idyllic West Dorset villages. Book your camping pitch today!

Dorset Knob Throwing

Now in it’s 8th year, the Dorset Knob Throwing and Frome Valley Food Festival is one of the best events of the Dorset calendar.

Come along and sample some of the tasty Dorset foods and drinks, as well as having a go at some Knob Games – see if you can beat the record for Knob Eating held since 2012 or Guess the Weight of the Big Knob, Pin the Knob on the Giant and many more fun games.

Why not come along and stay at Giants Head Caravan Park, a dog friendly campsite & caravan park in Cerne Abbas, just a short drive from the Festival. You can come back after Knob Throwing, sit out in the evening and enjoy your food and drink purchases.

The Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival will be held on Sunday 1st May 2016. For full info please check here:- Dorset Knob Throwing 2016

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