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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.



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 entertainment*
  • *Subject to government advice
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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
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Lounge area in a Statement Caravan | Oakdene Forest Park

4 Caravan In Woodland Setting

Supreme caravan in a woodland setting | Oakdene Forest Park

2  Sublime Caravan Interior Lounge

Lounge in a Sublime caravan | Oakdene Forest Park

3 Sensation Caravan Kitchen

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

5 Lodges Woodland Park Oakdene

Superior hot tub lodge | Oakdene Forest Park


Superior hot tub lodge | Oakdene Forest Park

7 Lodge Exterior Hot Tub Decking

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


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


Family fun caravan holidays | Oakdene Forest Park

8 Lodge Trees Wooden Decking (2)

Secluded and peaceful lodges | Oakdene Forest Park

Informal Camping

Informal Camping

Our grass camping pitches at Oakdene let you stay under canvas with access to all the facilities. Open from 28th May - 6th June and 23rd July - 31st August 2021.

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 here 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
  • Open in the school holidays (May half term and Summer)
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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

Whilst we are safely reopening as many of our fantastic facilities as we can, all with social distancing measures in place, our ’Getaways’ may have reduced facilities available dependent on the latest government advice.

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 during the summer months (weather dependent) and has plenty of poolside sun loungers to help you relax under the South Coast sun.

The facilities on park include:

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  • Indoor swimming pool with flume
  • Adventure Golf
  • Large playing field
  • Outdoor play area
  • Fully stocked supermarket
  • Launderette (opening times vary)
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Wi-Fi available across the park
  • Arcade*
  • Heated outdoor pool with sun-loungers (open during summer months)
  • Sauna & steam room (currently closed until further notice, following Government guidelines)
  • *Some facilities may remain closed following government advice, depending on the date of your stay
  • Please note our changing facilities must remain closed, therefore we ask that you come 'swim-ready'
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Indoor flume slide | Oakdene Forest Park


Fun for the whole family | Oakdene Forest Park

2  Kids Playing On The Outdoor Climbing Frame

Outdoor play park perfect for all ages | Oakdene Forest Park

3 Fitness Gym Workout

State of the art gym | Oakdene Forest Park

1 Indoor Pool Flume Shallow

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

5 Outdoor Pool In Summer Sunshine

Outdoor pool, perfect for summer days | Oakdene Forest Park

6 Outdoor Pool Kids Swimming

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

Arcade Machine Playing Family

Traditional fun in the arcades! | 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.

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 to our outdoor dining areas 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.

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 with table service and new social distancing measures
  • Proud to serve Costa coffee
  • Pet-friendly restaurant area*
  • Sky Sports and BT Sport in our Acorn Bar*
  • *Currently unavailable until further notice following government guidance
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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

2 Bar And Restaurant At Oakdene

Acorn bar and restaurant | Oakdene Forest Park

3 Bar Tables Chairs Menus

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

4 Bar Menu Beer Pumps

Delicious food served daily | Oakdene Forest Park



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

Please note that following current Government guidance, we have temporarily 'pressed pause' on our entertainment until further notice. We can't wait to safely welcome you back once we can!

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, including the likes of 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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  • 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

4 Mascots Cyril Cybil Pat

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

6 Couple Singing Stage Show Music

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 soon, our new Escape Room Experience.

Oakdene Forest Park is proud to be the only Go Active+ park on the south coast! Our Go Active+ activities will return from the 12th April, with reduced activities and smaller groups to help us maintain social distancing. Make sure you reserve your space and pre-book your session to avoid missing out!

  • 'Go Active+' activities for all ages
  • Outdoor play area
  • Cycle and walking routes
  • Large playing field
  • Escape room experience* (currently unavailable until further notice following government guidance)
  • *Please note these activities are currently unavailable until further notice following government guidance
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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

Young Girl Enjoying An Archery Lesson At Oakdene Forest Park

Try out a new skill on our archery range | 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


The Shorefield Edit

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!

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


New Forest Folk Festival

A small, intimate family run festival. With local folk artists as well as home made food and even a home made stage!

Bournemouth 7's

An award-winning sports festival bringing together sports and music. Known as the sporting Glastonbury!

Bournemouth Air Festival

The UK's biggest air festival returns to Bournemouth beach. Packed with aviation action, entertainment and unique nautical displays across 4 days, this is one of the most highly anticipated events in the south!
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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Last updated 7th April 2021: We were delighted to be able to safely reopen many of our fantastic facilities following the first lockdown, all with new social distancing measures in place. What we will be able to offer will depend on the date of your arrival, as well as the latest announcements as a result of the government's reviews.

Currently, this roadmap outlines that the following facilities will be able to open no earlier than 12th April:

  • Indoor swimming pools at all parks (with reduced capacity, pre-booking required)
  • Outdoor dining and food delivery service to your accommodation at Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park
  • On-site shops across all parks
  • Gyms at Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park (with reduced capacity, pre-booking required)
  • Go Active+ Activities at Oakdene Forest Park (pre-booking required)
  • Adventure Golf at Oakdene Forest Park
  • Outdoor play areas
  • Outdoor sports courts at Shorefield Country Park (pre-booking required)
  • Reflections Day Spa at Shorefield Country Park (open from 13th April)

Whilst we’d love to be able to open all our usual facilities, some will remain closed for your safety until any changes are announced by the Government. We've put together our handy guide with what we hope to reopen and when, following the government's roadmap.

We regret that we are not yet able to reopen saunas and steam rooms, entertainment, indoor bars and restaurants, Reflections Day Spa, arcades or Oakdene's Escape Rooms until further notice. Unfortunately the Retreat Bar and Gym at Merley Court also remain closed 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'.

Rest assured we are working hard to ensure we can offer you as much of the Shorefield Holidays Experience as possible on your staycation.

We will keep you updated if the Government make any announcements that indicate whether we will be permitted to re-open our facilities and any changes that may take place.

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

Check-in is from 4pm 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 4pm. We therefore advise that check-in may be any time between 4pm and 4.30pm.

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 4pm.

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 the changing rooms will remain closed. 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. If you no longer require your swimming session please ensure you cancel your slot to make your space available to other guests. We currently have extremely limited slots available in our pools and sessions are booking up fast, doing so will enable others to enjoy these facilities when you are no longer able to or simply change your mind.

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).

You will also receive information including all the links to our booking systems for our facilities in your pre-arrival email, shortly before you are due to arrive.

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

I am looking to book but am unsure of who I can stay with, according to government guidance?

The Government's current roadmap advises the following for mixing households in the same accommodation, tent or holiday home:

  • One household or support bubble only for arrivals before the 17th May 2021.
  • No more than two households OR the rule of 6 for arrivals between the 17th May – 21st June 2021 (subject to review).

Therefore, you can enjoy a staycation with just your household or support bubble only for holidays arriving before the 17th May.

For any holiday arriving between the 17th May and 21st June, bookings sharing the same accommodation will be limited to either two households or six people.

Please note that this is dependent on government advice and reviews, therefore may be subject to change.

Last updated 25.02.2021 following the government announcement on 22.02.2021.

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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

Lots to do

A great experience. Caravan was new and clean. Staff friendly. Lots to do and see around there. Shop on site with bar and restaurant. Social distancing and Covid-19 compliance in place.

Shant Kevorkian – Oct 2020 Google 44 2020
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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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A great experience

As a family of 6 we had a great experience. Our second time with you, excellent staff, very helpful and polite. Thanks for the safe entertainment. All food and drinks were great. Accommodation was very clean and comfy. Overall I think you have done a great job in these times. Well done.

Mrs Wellham – Nov 2020 Smartsurvey 10 Out Of 10
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Great park

The park itself is perfect for dog owners with the on-site forest, although we went on plenty of other lovely walks nearby too so a great destination. Our caravan was very clean and the contactless check-in was a brilliant idea.

Marshmallow_9 – Oct 2020 Tripadvisor 40
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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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