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Oakdene Forest Park

A tranquil Dorset holiday park, perfect for a relaxing getaway

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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
  • FREE Go Active sessions included with every stay
  • Beaches of Bournemouth and Poole nearby
  • Stunning woodland setting
  • Hot tub accommodation
  • 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.



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
  • First-class entertainment
  • Great range of activities for all the family
  • Close to Bournemouth and Poole
  • Pet-friendly accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi in our self-catering accommodation (suitable for light browsing. Streaming not guaranteed)
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Oakdene Forest Park



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
  • Free Wi-Fi in accommodation suitable for light browsing. (Wi-Fi available in main complex with consistent connection)
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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

Oakdene two bedroom subllime living area

Lounge in a Sublime caravan | Oakdene Forest Park

3 Sensation Caravan Kitchen

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

Oakdene Hot Tub Lodge

Superior hot tub lodge | Oakdene Forest Park

Refurbished Superior Lodges at Oakdene

Superior+ hot tub lodge | Oakdene Forest Park

Lodge Exterior Hot Tub Decking

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


Family fun caravan holidays | Oakdene Forest Park

Lodges at Oakdene Forest Park in woodland area

Secluded and peaceful lodges | Oakdene Forest Park

Park Facilities

Park Facilities

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

The heated outdoor pool is open everyday from the 25th May until 1st September, 10:00am - 6pm (weather dependent) and has plenty of poolside sun loungers to help you relax under the South Coast sun. It is typically open from the end of May until the beginning of September each year.

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  • Indoor swimming pool with flume
  • Adventure Golf
  • Large playing field
  • Outdoor play area
  • Fully stocked supermarket
  • Sauna & steam room
  • Heated outdoor pool with sun-loungers (open from 25th May - 1st September)
  • Launderette (opening times vary)
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Arcade
  • Free Wi-Fi in self-catering accommodation suitable for light browsing.
  • Wi-Fi available in main complex
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Indoor flume slide | Oakdene Forest Park


Fun for the whole family | Oakdene Forest Park

Arcade Machine Playing Family

Traditional fun in the arcades! | Oakdene Forest Park

2  Kids Playing On The Outdoor Climbing Frame

Outdoor play park perfect for all ages | Oakdene Forest Park

Oakdene gym health and fitness club

State of the art gym | Oakdene Forest Park

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Indoor swimming pool with flume | Oakdene Forest Park

5 Indoor Pool With Jacuzzi

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

Family Walking Dog Through Woodland

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


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

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Outdoor pool, perfect for summer days | Oakdene Forest Park

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Family summer fun in our outdoor pool | Oakdene Forest Park


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

4 Couple Gym Weights Workout

The latest equipment ready to use | 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 with our outdoor dining.

The Acorn Bar has an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, featuring delicious locally sourced products whenever possible. There is also our fabulous Sunday Lunch Menu and dedicated 'Pooch Menu' for all our four legged guests. When the sun is shining enjoy a refreshing beverage or bite to eat in on our Terrace.

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

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  • Order food to enjoy in your accommodation
  • Vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options available
  • Sky Sports and BT Sport in our Acorn Bar
  • Outdoor dining
  • Proud to serve Costa coffee
  • Pet-friendly restaurant area
  • A more consistent Wi-Fi experience is available in our complex and alfresco dining areas
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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



There's something for everyone so sit back and enjoy the fun!

Throughout the year, we have a range of incredible cabaret acts such as Nathan Moore, singer from band Brother Beyond, Basil Brush (BOOM BOOM) and Matt Edwards, magician as seen on Britain's Got Talent. Take a look at our entertainment calendar to see what's on during your stay at Oakdene Forest Park.

Woof's Workshop features our Slime School, Sand Art and Pottery Painting. Activities can even be booked in advance, ready for your stay! Themed activities are always created for the key holidays including Easter, Summer, Halloween and of course at Christmas season, meaning no two weeks are ever the same!

For inspiration on some of the types of activities, entertainment and live acts you can enjoy during your stay just view our entertainment and activities page.

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  • Get creative in Woof's Workshop *chargeable activities
  • Live music
  • Music weekenders & themed events
  • 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

1 Entertainer Act Live Music Stage

Fantastic shows | Oakdene Forest Park


Let our team entertain you | Oakdene Forest Park

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First class entertainment on daily | Oakdene Forest Park

Fantastic Arts Crafts Woofs Workshop

Arts & crafts in Woofs Workshop | 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, plus loads more to keep the whole family busy!

2 FREE Go Active+ sessions now included with every short break or holiday at Oakdene, booked with us directly. Each session can include a maximum of 6 people and can be selected from our full range of fantastic activities using your exclusive code that will be sent shortly after you make your booking with us. Want to 'Go' for more? Additional activities are bookable, but are chargeable.

Make sure you reserve your space and pre-book your session to avoid missing out on your first choice of activity as spaces on each activity are limited.

Plus... There is our fully immersive Escape Room experience that is designed to test your skills and get you thinking outside the box, as well as woofs workshop our fantastic range of daytime activities perfect for all the family!

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  • Go Active+ activities for all ages. 2 FREE sessions included with every Oakdene holiday!
  • Woof's Workshop, full of daytime activities including stuff a bear, pottery painting, slime school & more
  • Escape room experiences
  • Woof's Workshop
  • Outdoor play area
  • Cycle and walking routes
  • Large playing field
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Archery Target Range

Go Active+ archery | Oakdene Forest Park

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

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

Stuff a Bear Woofs Worshop

Stuff a Bear in Woofs WorKshop


The Shorefield Edit

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

Peppa Pig World

20 mIles away 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.

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

Shake and Stir

Shake and Stir Vintage Music Festival

From rock’n’rollers looking for the best in 1920’s-1970’s music… to jive bunnies, fashionistas and grease monkeys - the Shake & Stir festival appeals to a variety of vintage life-stylers.
3 The Tank Museum At Bovington


The world's biggest and best live display of historic armour, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank - The Tank Museum, Bovington.

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim

Setting off from Bournemouth Pier, you'll swim 1.4 miles parallel to the shore as you make your way to the finish line at Boscombe Pier, raising money for British Heart Foundation.
More local events

Frequently Asked Questions

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 (including Downton Holiday 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.

Please be aware that the Wi-Fi service is suitable for light browsing and checking emails, but during peak times may be limited. Streaming/gaming/video conferencing is not guaranteed.

Unfortunately, mobile phone reception and network is dependent on your mobile phone provider and therefore is out of our control. 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.

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

Check-in will vary depending on the accommodation you have booked.

  • All our Signature lodges, Treehouses, Lavender House, Wisteria House and Honeysuckle Cottage have check-in from 2pm
  • All other lodges (Select, Select +, Superior and Superior +) plus The Burrow, Tudor Rose House and Sublime Hot Tub Caravans have check-in from 3pm
  • All remaining accommodation (Forest, Supreme, Serene, Sensation, Seaside and Statement Caravans) have check-in from 4pm

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

You are welcome to arrive earlier and make use of any of the parks facilities, but please do not head to your accommodation until you have received your text confirming that it is all ready for you.

When does the outdoor swimming pool open?

The outdoor pools across all our parks open from Saturday 27th May 2023 and their opening is subject to park specific opening times and is weather dependent.

We have outdoor swimming pools at Shorefield Country Park, Oakdene Forest Park and Wilksworth Caravan Park. To check specific opening times for a particular park, please give the park's reception a call.

Is any of the accommodation adapted for disabled guests?

Yes, have a specifically adapted three-bedroom Select Lodge at Shorefield Country Park, as well as wheelchair-accessible Serene Caravans at both Oakdene and Shorefield Country Park. To find out more please see our accessible accommodation page and access statement.

Some of our other units are suitable for those with limited mobility. Whilst not specifically adapted for wheelchair users, our treehouses are accessed via a sloping timber walkway and have one downstairs bedroom (the other two bedrooms in Silvertree and Coppertree are located upstairs), making them suitable for those with reduced mobility. As our treehouses have not been specifically designed to cater for wheelchair users, they may not be suitable for those looking for fully accessible accommodation.

If you require accommodation near to the facilities or with level access, please state this at the time of booking and we will do our best to help find you something to suit your requirements. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, feel free to give our Reservations Team a call on 01590 648333 who will be happy to assist.

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Oakdene Forest Park

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What our guests have to say

Great Stay!

Just got back from the lodge we stayed in, lovely park, teenagers enjoyed the swimming pools would definitely return, very clean.”

Samantha Jane Beach – Aug 2022 Facebook 46
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Felt Very Safe

Sensation caravan was spotless upon arrival. Comfortable and modern. Felt new actually. We took our dog so was in pet friendly accommodation.

Lisa Walker – Aug 2022 Google 44 2020
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Outstanding accommodation

We went for a much needed retreat and our stay at Oakdene far exceeded our expectations. From check in to departure we couldn’t have asked for more. Staff were lovely, facilities great and as for the accommodation, outstanding. We loved it, thank you very much and we will definitely be back

andrewhF4544OW – Dec 2023 Tripadvisor 50
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Thanks to all the Oakdene staff

Just had a lovely family weekend at this park. We had three statement caravans, all clean, modern and very comfortable. Two for family members with dogs, so it was nice to be able to bring the dogs along. Dogs seemed welcome everywhere. We all loved The Acorn restaurant.

Straussbunny – Dec 2023 Tripadvisor 50
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All the families had a blast

We went with six other families, and it catered brilliantly for our large group. The lodges were modern, spacious and having hot tubs was the cherry on top. The variety of children-centric activities kept all our little ones entertained, from the lively pool activities to the engaging events.

Ranjit K – Sep 2023 Our Guest Survey
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Towns & beaches just a short drive away

Good facilities such as hot tub, steam room and gym. Arcade and main area is good with entertainment regularly on. Caravans are spacious and well equipped. Have always found staff to be friendly and helpful and overall just a great place that I love going to.

Tom – Nov 2023 Google 50
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