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Our Beautiful Dorset Holiday Park From exploring the rolling landscapes of the Dorset countryside to the fantastic local beaches

Oakdene Forest Park

A tranquil Dorset holiday park, perfect for a relaxing getaway

Smartsurvey 82 Out Of 10
Our family-friendly woodland holiday park is set on the edge of the Hurn & Avon Forest, with plenty of open spaces.

The park is ideally located on the eastern edge of Dorset and set in 55 landscaped acres bordering unspoilt river meadows and woodlands.

The Hurn Forest provides a stunning woodland backdrop with access to scenic pet-friendly walks just waiting to be explored. Plus, the golden sandy beaches of beautiful Bournemouth and Poole or the rolling landscapes of the Dorset countryside are right on your doorstep.

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  • Self-contained caravan and lodge accommodation
  • Beaches of Bournemouth and Poole nearby
  • Stunning woodland setting
  • Hot tub accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi across the park
  • Pet friendly
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Discover Our Amenities

We have everything you need to make your stay at Oakdene Forest Park the perfect holiday.

Overview

Overview

With miles of woodland walks directly accessible from the park, loose yourself in a leafy landscape and feel a million miles away. If you’re looking to venture further, Dorset’s sandy beaches are close by.
  • Forest walks on your doorstep
  • Close to Bournemouth and Poole
  • Pet-friendly accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi across the park
  • First-class daily entertainment programme and facilities for 2021 holidays
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Oakdene Forest Park

Accommodation

Accommodation

From modern caravans to luxury hot tub lodge lodges, it's no wonder our guests come back time and time again.

We understand that not everyone wants the same thing from their holiday, which is why our range of accommodation is designed to suit a variety of tastes. We regularly invest in new accommodation, meaning our caravans are fully equipped with a range of mod-cons and stunning cosy interiors.

Looking for something a little more luxurious? Why not treat yourself to relaxing hot tub retreat...

Your holiday accommodation is fully self-contained, so you can relax with those you love whilst in your own little world.

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  • Contactless check-in and check-out
  • A range of modern caravans with either 2 or 3 bedrooms
  • Superior & Signature hot tub lodges
  • Pet-friendly accommodation
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Family fun caravan holidays | Oakdene Forest Park

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Lounge area in a Statement Caravan | Oakdene Forest Park

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Supreme caravan in a woodland setting | Oakdene Forest Park

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Lounge in a Sublime caravan | Oakdene Forest Park

3 Sensation Caravan Kitchen

Kitchen and dinning area of a Sensation caravan | Oakdene Forest Park

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Superior hot tub lodge | Oakdene Forest Park

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Superior hot tub lodge | Oakdene Forest Park

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Signature hot tub lodge with decking and outdoor furniture | Oakdene Forest Park

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Spacious modern lounge in our Signature hot tub lodge | Oakdene Forest Park

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Secluded and peaceful lodges | Oakdene Forest Park

Summer Camping

Summer Camping

New for the summer holidays, our grass camping pitches at Oakdene let you stay under canvas with access to all the facilities.

Choose from The Meadow, with informal pitches suitable for tents of any size, or The Sporting Field area with spacious designated pitches suitable for tents up to 7m. The relaxed campsite has no access to any electric hookup, making them ideal for a back to basics retreat whilst making the most of all the fantastic on-park facilities. Find out more and book camping at Oakdene.

We regret that these pitches are not suitable for tourers, motorhomes or campervans.

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  • No electric hookup
  • Suitable for tents only
  • Grass pitches
Grass camping pitches at Oakdene Forest Park

Grass Pitches on The Sporting Field | Camping at Oakdene Forest Park

The Meadow camping at Oakdene Forest Park in Dorset

The Meadow | Camping at Oakdene Forest Park

Park Facilities

Park Facilities

Our ’Getaways’ may have reduced facilities available during 2020.

Packed with everything you could need to make your holiday memorable and enjoyable, Oakdene Forest Park has a range of on-site facilities so you don't have to venture far. The indoor pool, complete with flume, features a sauna & steam room for you to truly unwind whilst on holiday, or make a splash in the outdoor pool in the summer!

The heated outdoor pool is open during the summer months (weather dependent) and has plenty of poolside sun loungers to help you relax under the South Coast sun.

There is also a fully-equipped gym with a wide variety of equipment available (fees apply), including free weights, resistance machines, running and cycling machines.

The facilities on park include:

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  • Adventure Golf
  • Arcade
  • Indoor swimming pool with flume
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Large playing field
  • Outdoor play area
  • Fully stocked supermarket
  • Launderette (opening times vary)
  • Wi-Fi available across the park
  • Heated outdoor pool with sun-loungers (open during summer months)
  • Sauna & steam room (currently closed until further notice, following Government guidelines)
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Indoor flume slide | Oakdene Forest Park

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Outdoor pool, perfect for summer days | Oakdene Forest Park

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Practice your swing on our Adventure Golf course | Oakdene Forest Park

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Traditional fun in the arcades! | Oakdene Forest Park

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Outdoor play park perfect for all ages | Oakdene Forest Park

3 Fitness Gym Workout

State of the art gym | Oakdene Forest Park

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Indoor swimming pool with flume | Oakdene Forest Park

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Family summer fun in our outdoor pool | Oakdene Forest Park

Family Walking Dog Through Woodland

Stunning woodland walks, directly from the park | Oakdene Forest Park

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9 holes of adventure on our golf course | Oakdene Forest Park

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Newly refurbished for 2020 | Oakdene Forest Park

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Fun for the whole family | Oakdene Forest Park

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The latest equipment ready to use | Oakdene Forest Park

5 Indoor Pool With Jacuzzi

Swim in the pool, or relax in the Jacuzzi | Oakdene Forest Park

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

After a day out making the most of the gorgeous local scenery and open spaces, put your feet up with our food delivery service from our restaurant or enjoy a refreshing drink in our outdoor dining area.

We have an extensive menu of delicious food and drink in a relaxed setting. With new social distancing measures in place, as well as table service and new mobile ordering, you can enjoy safer getaways without missing out on our mouth-watering meals or your favourite cocktails.

Don't fancy leaving your holiday home? We’re bringing our delicious food to your accommodation! Our new food delivery service will be available to any accommodation on park, letting you put your feet up and order some tasty treats to be delivered directly to your door.

There is also a pet-friendly indoor seating area as well as a stylish decked outdoor seating area, both of which are perfect for enjoying a meal with your canine companion.

Please note that The Acorn Bar will remain closed for 2020 Getaways until further notice. You can enjoy our delicious food with table service in our Showbar.

For 2021 holidays, The Acorn Bar features Sky Sports & BT Sport to keep you updated on all the games that matter.

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  • Order food to enjoy in your accommodation
  • Vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options available
  • Outdoor dining
  • Table service and new social distancing measures
  • Proud to serve Costa coffee
  • Pet-friendly restaurant area
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The Terrace, outdoor seating area | Oakdene Forest Park

Oakdene Dog-Friendly Indoor Seating Area

Pet-friendly restaurant area | Oakdene Forest Park

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Acorn bar and restaurant | Oakdene Forest Park

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Ample seating at the Acorn bar and restaurant | Oakdene Forest Park

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Delicious food served daily | Oakdene Forest Park

Entertainment

Entertainment

Starting February 10th, be sure not miss our full entertainment programme providing shows, themed nights and activities for both adults and children.

We're Back! Following the latest Government announcement, our entertainment has now returned! Whilst we can't get up to all the usual stuff, we will still have plenty of safely distanced family fun from 6pm - 10pm every night.

Our usual entertainment programme is jam-packed with shows, themed nights and activities for both adults and children. Be sure not to miss our fantastic new shows 'Elton John's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and 'Mainstage' showcasing favourite hits from across the years, all performed by our very own entertainment team!

We also have an incredible range of cabarets lined up for you this year including Tony Rudd, as seen on X Factor, Shane Nolan and Graeme Mathews, as seen on Britain's Got Talent!

Why not take a look at our entertainment page to find out more about the types of live acts and entertainment you can enjoy during your stay.

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  • New Look '2020 Getaways' Entertainment program
  • Live music
  • Themed nights
  • Comedy acts
  • Gameshows
  • Magic & illusionists
  • All included in the price of your holiday when you book direct
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Live music and themed nights | Oakdene Forest Park

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Meet our mascots! Cyril, Cybil and Pat | Oakdene Forest Park

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Fantastic shows | Oakdene Forest Park

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Let our team entertain you | Oakdene Forest Park

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First class entertainment on daily | Oakdene Forest Park

On-Park Activities

On-Park Activities

Oakdene Forest Park gives you the chance to try your hand at everything, from archery and Panna Soccer to Sea Scooters and Waterwalkerz. Plus... Arriving in late 2020, our new Escape Room Experience.

Oakdene Forest Park is proud to be the only Go Active+ park on the south coast! With over 20 activities for all ages including archery, fencing, Sea Scooters, Body Zorbing and more. For your safety, our Go Active+ activities are temporarily closed for 2020 Getaways until further notice.

  • Large playing field
  • Cycle and walking routes
  • Outdoor play area
  • Over 20 'Go Active+' activities for all ages*
  • Escape room experience*
  • *Please note these activities are temporarily closed until further notice
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Family Cycling Forest Track

Adventurous local cycle routes | Oakdene Forest Park

Forest Women Dog Walking

Local wildlife walks perfect with the family pet! | Oakdene Forest Park

Archery Target Range

Go Active+ archery* | Oakdene Forest Park

Boy Body Zorb Activity

Go Active+ zorbing activity* | Oakdene Forest Park

Pool Kayak Jumping Activity

Go Active+ activities, enjoy a spot of pool kayaking* | Oakdene Forest Park

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Try out a new skill on our archery range* | Oakdene Forest Park

Location

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See the great local attractions and days out that are close to our park.

Peppa Pig World

20 mIles away Discounted tickets at reception The one and only home of Peppa Pig. A magical part of Paultons Park which hosts 7 themed rides and attractions designed to entertain the younger visitors. Discounted tickets available to pick up from our park receptions!
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Bournemouth and Poole

10 miles away Home to sandy beaches and scenic quays, Bournemouth and Poole have so much to offer.
The Sandy Beaches Of Bournemouth

Upcoming Local Events

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Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

A celebration of art across many forms including, participatory experience, diverse music, art and dance, site-specific installations and large scale spectaculars.
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Mr Kyps Northern Soul & Motown Weekender at Oakdene Forest Park

Enjoy a fantastic weekend of Soul & Motown guaranteed to get you up on your feet & dancing. Held at Oakdene Forest Park, acts include the The Signatures, Northern Soul DJ's and many more favourites.
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Ska & Reggae Music Weekend at Shorefield Country Park

Enjoy a two-day weekend of Ska, Mod and Reggae at our music festival! Enjoy incredible acts such as Bad Manners, The Decatonics & RU40. Tickets cost £32.40 (Friday night), £43 (Saturday night) or £58.55 (both nights).
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Frequently Asked Questions

Due to COVID-19, what facilities will be open?

The following facilities are currently open across our parks, all with new social distancing measures in place:

  • Entertainment venues at Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park*
  • Indoor bars and restaurants with table service only, at Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park
  • Outdoor Dining at Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park
  • Indoor Swimming Pools at all parks
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools at all parks
  • Tennis & Football Courts at Shorefield Country Park
  • Indoor arcades at Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park
  • Adventure Golf at Oakdene Forest Park
  • Food delivery service at Oakdene Forest Park & Shorefield Country Park
  • On-site shops across all parks
  • Launderettes at all of our holiday parks
  • Outdoor play parks at all parks
  • Gyms at Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park
  • Reflections Day Spa at Shorefield Country Park

*Please note that our entertainment venues will be open every evening from 6pm - 10pm with safely distanced family fun.

For your safety we regret that closures will therefore still apply for our saunas and steam rooms, Oakdene's Escape Rooms and Go Active+ until further notice. Unfortunately the Retreat Bar and Gym at Merley Court also remain closed for 2020 Getaways until further notice. You can still get away and enjoy the stunning open spaces, miles of beaches and scenic woodlands on one of our 'Shorefield Getaways' in 2020.

We will keep you updated if the Government make any announcements that allow us to open our remaining facilities sooner.

Is there wifi? What is the phone reception like?

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available around the parks and inside your accommodation at Swanage Coastal Park, Oakdene Forest Park*, Shorefield Country Park, Merley Court Holiday Park and Forest Edge Holiday Park. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available throughout the main facility buildings across these parks.

There is limited Wi-Fi at Lytton Lawn and Wilksworth.

Mobile phone reception in the New Forest area can sometimes be patchy on some networks but is generally improving over time. There is usually no problem at Swanage Coastal Park or Merley Court Holiday Park.

*Please note that there is no Wi-Fi access from the summer camping pitches at Oakdene Forest Park. Complimentary Wi-Fi can still be accessed from the park's main facility buildings.

What entertainment will be available, in regards to the current situation?

We're delighted that entertainment has returned to Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park! Whilst we can't yet reintroduce our usual jam-packed programme, we'll still have plenty to keep you entertained.

There will be a limited programme from 6pm - 10pm every night, featuring the likes of family quizzes, free bingo and cabarets on selected nights throughout the week.

Unfortunately our Squirrel Squad are still on "FUR"-lough until further notice, therefore we are unable to offer meet and greets for the time being.

Your safety and that of our teams and other guests is our top priority, therefore we ask that you maintain social distancing whilst in our entertainment venues. For this reason, our dance-floor will be temporarily out of action and we've pressed 'pause' on our discos.

Don't forget to fill in our Track and Trace form when visiting any of our Showbars too!

What are your check-in and check-out times for self-catering accommodation?

Check-in is from 5pm on the day of your arrival across all our accommodation. Please note that due to the enhanced cleaning procedures, we cannot always guarantee that your accommodation will be ready at 5pm. We therefore advise that check-in may be any time between 5pm and 5.30pm.

Check-out is by 10am on the day of departure. Note: Sunday departures for two night breaks are by 7pm.

In order to maintain social distancing, we kindly ask that you DO NOT arrive any earlier than the assigned check-in time of 5pm.

How do I book a swimming slot?

You can book a session to use our swimming pools online up to 48 hours in advance.

Sessions will be 45 minutes long and we request that you come ‘swim-ready’ as there will be no changing facilities available in order to minimise the use of shared facilities and high-risk touch points. There will also be no lockers in use so please ensure you bring a bag to safely keep all of your belongings in.

To ensure you can safely keep your distance in our pools we will be operating a reduced occupancy. We therefore kindly ask you to respect others and book no more than two sessions per day.

Staying at Oakdene Forest Park or Shorefield Country Park? You can book your slot from our handy app too, so you can book at any time on park or whilst on the go. Our app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play (Oakdene and Shorefield only).

In the interest of fairness we do not release sessions more than 48 hours in advance.

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ParkLife Blog

Keep up to date with our latest news and stories below, a great read to help with some of the reasons why you should choose to enjoy the park life with us.

Oakdene Forest Park

Forest Setting
Located next to the stunning Hurn Forest
Perfect Location
Close to Bournemouth, it's the perfect base to explore
Food Takeaway
Enjoy in the comfort of your accommodation
Contactless Check-In
We look forward to welcoming you from a distance

What our guests have to say

Excellent social distancing

Excellent social distancing measures in place. Food was brilliant, used the app to order food and drinks and everything came in good time. Will probably go again.

Bryan O'Neill – Aug 2020 Google 44 2020
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Clean and Safe

Perfect location for exploring all the area has to offer, trips to Country Parks, driving through the New Forest and seaside towns. We stayed in a Sensation 2 caravan and it was clean and modern. Just a perfect getaway, lots of family fun and great facilities, everything felt clean and safe too.

Charlie T – Aug 2020 Tripadvisor 50
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Felt Covid Safe

Loved this place! Great location, spotless modern caravan with amazing shower and very friendly helpful staff. Restaurant was well organised and felt Covid safe, kids loved the amusements.

Roisin Burns – Sep 2020 Facebook 46
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Will definitely be coming back

The lodge itself was absolutely beautiful. Loved the location of the lodge we were in and would love to stay in that specific lodge again. Will definitely be coming back. Perfect location for things to do around the park itself and days out.

Mrs Donovan – Aug 2020 Smartsurvey 10 Out Of 10
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