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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
  • 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.

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
  • First-class entertainment
  • 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

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
  • 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

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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

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-Piggy-Back-Caravans

Family fun caravan holidays | Oakdene Forest Park

Lodges at Oakdene Forest Park in woodland area

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.

The Sporting Field offers 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 camper vans. Please note that there is no Wi-Fi acessible from the seasonal pitches. Instead, Wi-Fi is available from the main facility buildings.

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  • No electric hookup
  • Suitable for tents only
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi available in main complex
  • 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

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. Sessions for the gym will need to be booked in advance. This can be done up to 48 hours ahead online from here, or via our app!

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. It is typically open from the end of May until the beginning of September each year.

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
  • Sauna & steam room
  • Heated outdoor pool with sun-loungers (open from 29th May - 5th September 2021)
  • Launderette (opening times vary)
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Arcade
  • Free Wi-Fi in self-catering accommodation suitable for light browsing (please note there is no Wi-Fi from the seasonal camping pitches)
  • Wi-Fi available in main complex
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Indoor flume slide | Oakdene Forest Park

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Fun for the whole family | 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

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

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

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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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Outdoor pool, perfect for summer days | Oakdene Forest Park

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Family summer fun in our outdoor pool | Oakdene Forest Park

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

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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.

We have an extensive menu of delicious food and drink in a relaxed setting. Choose from The Acorn Bar and Restaurant or enjoy the south coast sun on The Terrace.

The Acorn Bar 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

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Delicious food served daily | Oakdene Forest Park

Entertainment

Entertainment

Socially distanced entertainment is now back!

Entertainment is back! Throughout the year, we have a range of incredible cabaret acts such as Tony Rudd, as seen on X-Factor, Shane Nolan and Graeme Mathews, 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! Simply book online here.

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 page.

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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

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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.

Oakdene Forest Park is proud to be the only Go Active+ park on the south coast! Plus... Our brand new Escape Room Experience is now open!

Our Go Active+ activities have now returned too! Make sure you reserve your space and pre-book your session to avoid missing out.

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  • 'Go Active+' activities for all ages
  • Escape room experience now open!
  • 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

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

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 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.
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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.
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Upcoming Local Events

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Pick Your Own Pumpkins & Halloween Maize Maze

Head to Fordingbridge Picking Patch for a fabulous range of activities. There's 10 acres of pumpkins to pick plus the Halloween Maize Maze! Pre-booking is required for the maize maze (£6.50 per ticket, under 4's free)
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Pick Your Own Pumpkins & Halloween Maize Maze

Head to Fordingbridge Picking Patch for a fabulous range of activities. There's 10 acres of pumpkins to pick plus the Halloween Maize Maze! Pre-booking is required for the maize maze (£6.50 per ticket, under 4's free)
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Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bournemouth is set to be lit up by more than 100 festive-themed illuminations this winter. The Christmas Tree Wonderland includes a 60ft feature tree with a trail taking visitors across the town.
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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 and Wilksworth.

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.

*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 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 (Supersaver, Budget, Economy, 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.

In order to maintain social distancing and to ensure your accommodation is ready, we kindly ask that you DO NOT arrive any earlier than the assigned check-in time.

When does the outdoor swimming pool open?

The outdoor pools across all our parks* will be open from Saturday 29th May until Sunday 5th September 2021.

*The outdoor pool at Wlksworth Caravan Park will remain open at weekends only until the 26th September 2021.

The opening of all our outdoor pools is weather dependent.

We have outdoor swimming pools at Shorefield Country Park, Oakdene Forest Park, Wilksworth Caravan Park* and Merley Court. 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

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

Great stay

Lovely park. Good facilities. Kids loved the swimming pool and flume. Club house entertainment was good. Caravans were clean and modern. Arcade staff were very helpful. Overall great weekend away

Sunset_dreams6533 – Sep 2021 Tripadvisor 50
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Great park

A great holiday park. Great surroundings, caravans are clean and a good quality. Some great evening entertainment and lots for the kids to do there. So much to do in the sounding area and places to go. Paultons, Moors Valley, Farmer Palmer's to name just a few.

Louis Watts – Sep 2021 Google 44 2020
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Highly recommend

A fantastic holiday park, extremely friendly staff and has all the necessary amenities. Overall, a fantastic stay, will highly recommend to others, and am already planning on my next visit.

Miss French – Sep 2021 10 Out Of 10
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Felt Covid Safe

Clean friendly site and staff. Lovely location. Great pools. Easy Covid check ins.

Karen Hayes – Jun 2021 Facebook 46
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Very covid clean

Very Covid clean caravans. Lots of activities. Have to book the swimming pool in advance. Fun weekend.

Kim Cannings – Apr 2021 Google 44 2020
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