After a fun filled weekend at Camp Bestival we headed along the coast to Brigport to continue our little holiday, stopping off for a look at the stunning Durdle Door on the way.
To see Durdle Door you park at the top of the cliff and walk down towards the beach along the clearly makred path. There is a car park which has refreshments and a little shop alongside it. We took some tie to sit on the pebble beach and even dipped out (dirty) festival feet into the water. It was freezing although some brave guy was in his trunks having a dip. There is always one haha!
Freshwater Beach Holiday Park was our campsite of choice and we had pre booked a pitch in the centre of the main field.
Check in was easy and we were directed to our pitch. The boys helped out by plugging in our electric hook up (which most pitches have) and getting things out of the car.
First stop was the site laundrette to wash through all our clothes. To minimise the load I had packed for 5 nights (even though we were going to be away for a total of 9 nights) so our clothes were well ready for wash. There were a couple of other mums in there with festival wristbands doing the same on so this site is clearly a popular one post-CB! We joked it was just like being at home as the boys went for an explore of the campsite!
On site there is a well stocked Spar shop which was reasonably priced with fresh baked goods each morning, camp provisions and all the daily essentials you need. There is a large toilet and shower block which was kept scrupulously clean – I think the best I have ever seen – as well as dish washing facilities.
There is also a leisure complex with indoor pool, slides, splash area, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room as well as a bar and restaurant, bowling alley and amall amusement arcade. Perfect for a rainy day!
Freshwater Beach also has plenty to do on a sunny day – a playarea and a huge field to run around plus a stunning private beach! You can walk along the coast to West Bay in one direction and Burton Bradstock in the other!
In the evenings there is no fear of being bored either with a disco for little ones. We didn’t make it to this but we didn’t miss a game of Ship Ahoy, which is basically bingo with playing cards and you buy your sheets at the bar before the game. The boys loved this although we didn’t manage to win – boo hoo! Following on from Ship Ahoy is the entertainment – we saw a brilliant juggler one night and an amazing ventriloquist another night. Both acts were really good!
Now, we didn’t want to just hang around the campsite no matter how lovely it is. The beach route to West Bay was unfortunately so we took a drive round and parked in the car park just before the centre of town. There is a brilliant play area just off the car park which I thought we were going to end up spending the day in haha!
West Bay is famous for its location being used in Broadchurch.
The beaches are stunning. It must be said though they aren’t for building sandcastles as many of them are largely pebbles. Still fantastic to paddle and swim in the sea though.
West Bay was the perfect place for catching crabs. There is a little harbour and there is also a pier where there were lots of children and parents throwing their crabbing buckets and lines over to see what they could get.
Noah seemed to be a remarkably good fisherman and caught lots of crabs, shrimps and even a little fish!
It was a tad windy when we were visiting – perfect for kite flying on the beach!
Dorset isn’t known as the Jurrassic coast for nothing and Charmouth Beach has stacks of fossils washed up onto the shores every day!
There is a little museum with free talks on that you can go and visit to find out all about what to look for.
Guess what – Ethan found one (verified as a fossil by the experts in the museum!).
Thank you to Chelsea Mamma for this tip!
We also spent a day on Brownsea Island which for two little Scouts was an amazing treat!
There is still so much we want to see and do in Dorset so look forward to our next visit.
Do you have any recommendations? Would love to hear!