Camping at Shortlake

Camping at Shortlake

This year we are opening for the dates 29st July to 26th August

The campsite is located next to the coast in a beautiful area of countryside, accessed from a no-through lane in Osmington Village.

The site covers several fields with sea views over Weymouth and Portland.  It is quiet, secluded and safe for children, with a 10 minute walk to the beach via steps just west of the site, and a 12 minute walk to Eweleaze Farm.

This campsite site is run along very similar lines to the popular Eweleaze Farm. Like at Eweleaze, guests are able to choose their own pitch, so friends and families can camp in groups as they please and parking by your tent is allowed on most of the fields. There is loads of room for kids to run around, fly kites, play ball games and the like.

Campfires are allowed, adding to the atmosphere, and firewood is available from the farm shop.


Toilets - every field has toilets
Showers - there are free hot showers at two locations on the campsite
Washing Up - washing up sinks with hot water are located around the site
Drinking Water - from stand pipes around the site

Recycling Facilities - these are available on-site
Ice Pack Exchange - this is available in the shop
Camp Fires - these are allowed, firewood is available to buy in the shop
Pets - are welcome both on-site and on the beach


Farmshop & Catering

We have a farmshop which sells a good range of mostly organic produce including beef and lamb from the farm, pork, eggs, milk, cheese, bread, vegetables, as well as firewood, gas, bbqs, charcoal and other essentials.  The organic bakery at Eweleaze supplies the bread, cakes, croissants and pastries.  The full range of shop produce is the same as at the Eweleaze Farmshop

We are again serving organic pizzas from our wood fired Pizza Van (exact days TBC)

Our onsite pop-up bar, the Foal and Pheasant will be serving drinks and cocktails every evening this year.


On-Site Activities

Play Areas - there are hay bale play areas for the kids around the farm

There are other activities at Eweleaze which are available to Shortlake Farm guests who can walk there along the coast path



There are a number of good beaches in the area.

Eweleaze Farm

Ringstead Bay
Bowleaze Cove
- this beach is 800m from the site (about a 10 minute walk). Note there is no parking available at Eweleaze
- the beach is a quiet, shingly cove running out to a rocky headland
- beach activities there include: Passenger FerryRIB RidesSwim Raft, Fossil Hunting
- this bay is 5km from Shortlake, along a toll road, £5 including parking for the day
- popular with windsurfers, this beach is 5.5km from the site. Free on-road parking
- this is a long sandy beach with a typical English seaside theme. It does get busy in season

For others try


Local Area - print the guide

The South West Coast path runs along the edge of the fields above the beach, with walks to Osmington MillsRingstead, Durdle Door and Lulworth to the east and Weymouth and the Isle of Portland to the west.

Weymouth is 7km by car (walking 6km), and has a sandy beach, a harbour and very good nightlife
Dorchester with its museums, market and other attractions is about 10km
Isle of Portland is worth a visit, with highlights including Portland Bill, the Verne Prison & Jailhouse Cafe, and Tout Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park among others

A good source of local info is the Visit Dorset website


Off-Site Activities - print the guide

Horse Riding - available at Rosewall Equestrian
Kayak Tours - available from Jurassic Coast Activities & Sea Kayak Dorset
Coasteering  - available from Jurassic Coast Activities & Sea Kayak Dorset
Paddleboarding - available from Jurassic Coast Activities & Sea Kayak Dorset
Bicycle Hire - available from Jurassic Trails Cycle Hire


Local Shops - print the guide

The nearest shops are the Spar and Co-op located in Preston 2.5km down the road towards Weymouth.
In Weymouth itself there is a large range of shops, supermarkets and restaurants.
Dorchester is less hectic in the summer, and has more upmarket shops for crafts, gifts and antiques

Preston - 2.5km walk from Flat Field or 2km drive towards Weymouth - Spar with Post Office, Appleby's (small) (cashpoints at both)
Overcombe Corner - 3km towards Weymouth, on the roundabout - Charlbury Wine StoreChemist
Littlemoor - 6km - Co-op (large), ChemistLittlemoor Hardware, McColl'sChinese takeaway
Dorchester Road, Weymouth - 9km, outskirts of Weymouth - MorrisonsLidlTesco ExpressLaundrette, Takeaways
Weymouth Centre - 9km - AsdaIcelandAldiTesco ExpressMountain Warehouse (camping equipment) etc.
Dorchester - 10km - Tesco superstore, HalfordsWaitroseCo-op (Large), Great Western Camping etc.


Local Pubs & Cafes print the guide

We have a number of good pubs and cafes within walking distance (1-3km) of the site. Of note are the Smugglers Inn at Osmington Mills, and the Oasis Cafe just west of Bowleaze Cove.

East along the coast path - Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills (recommended)
West along the coast path - Oasis CafeSpyglass Inn
Preston via path from Flat Field - Spice ShipBridge Inn, and a little further the Springhead, Sutton Poyntz (newly renovated with recommended restaurant)
Weymouth Quayside Bar & KitchenOasis BistroGalley BistroThe Dorset Burger KitchenEnzos (Italian)Shalims Indian Restaurant and many others
Dorchester Brewery Square La Caverna (Italian), Rajpoot (Indian), Kao San (Thai), Myras Kaiseki (Japanese) and others

For local food and drink the Visit Dorset website is very comprehensive


Fees for 2024

£8.50/night Sunday to Thursday nights, and
£17/night for Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend)

Children, 3-14 inclusive
£4.25/night Sunday to Thursday nights, and
£8.50/night for Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend)

Flat fee of £14.50 for each vehicle brought onto site for the stay

No charge for: Infants under 3, pets, extra tents, gazebos etc.


Booking System





- Bookings are taken exclusively by debit/credit card on the online booking system (book here)
- No bookings can be taken by phone or email

- A 10% non-refundable deposit (min £10) is payable immediately on booking
- You should receive a confirmation email with your booking reference

- Log on with your booking reference to make changes
- Adjustments to dates or numbers can be made up until the balance is paid

- You must pay the balance at least 2 weeks before your stay otherwise your booking will cancel
- We do not store card details so you must log back in to pay the balance
- We send email reminders from 3 weeks before your stay
- Note: No changes to dates are possible after the balance is paid - only car reg changes


Getting to Shortlake

Please see the Directions Map for travel options.


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