Dorset Glamping History

A brief history of glamping at our site in Dorset.

Our glamping site in Dorset is based on our family-run holiday park in the Blackmore Vale.

Located between the towns of Shaftesbury and Gillingham it has been providing a base for family holidays for five generations.

Back in the 50's this park was originally a bustling "truck stop" for those travelling on their way to or from the Westcountry, often from London as the A30 adjacent, an ancient roadway, was at one time the main route to the capital, indeed the filling station at the front of the site still maintains an attended service to this day.
During the 60s & 70s camping & caravanning came to the site and many pitches were occupied much of the year round. The luxury static holiday homes were originally founded, and modern equivalents are still resided in on the site today.

During the 80s & 90s with the touring & camping business going from strength to strength, a modern gym was installed for visiting guests and local residents to exercise with state-of-the-art equipment and knowledgeable staff.

During the early 2000s glamping began on the site with Bell tents, then Yurts, and then a whole host of other accommodation options!

Today in addition to the traditional businesses which have been the foundation of our Dorset park for generations, DCHE's variety of glamping accommodation is unique, with Yurts and Bell tents as you would expect, plus a Dome, Kabin and vast, 6-person Family Bell tent for larger families.