Brownsea Swim – Camping Weekend

The National Trust are again offering a new public camping called Eco Adventure Camping, where you get to experience the beautiful tranquillity of Brownsea Island out-of-hours.  ‘Eco Adventure’ is for confident campers and nature lovers.

You can use the public boat service to get to the island and then walk across to the campsite (20-30 mins), or those of you opting to kayak, sail or paddle straight to South Shore are also welcome!

Camping Weekend:

  • For the nights of 28th  – 30th July, the National Trust are offering a discounted/‘swimmer’s’ rate for participants of the Brownsea Island Swim and their family/friend group.

Camp fees

  • Adult – £17.00
  • Child – £10.50
  • Option to hire tents if you wish but the NT  encourage you to bring your own.


  • The last public boats to the island depart from Poole Quay and Sandbanks at 4:30pm.
  • For the swim only, we have allocated a limited number of late arrival places on the private National Trust boat service departing hourly from Sandbanks.
  • This is charged at the same rate as the public boat service (£3.25 Adult / £2.50 Child single ticket).
  • For swimmers your return trip on 29th is included with your swim.


  • Toilet and shower blocks
  • Washing up area and drinking water taps
  • Mobile phone charging point
  • Access to a communal sheltered cooking station and dining area: gas burners (incl. gas), cooking pans and utensils, tables and benches will be provided are included in the camp fee.
  • You can bring your own tent or hire one as an optional extra. We have a limited number of hammocks and tree tents we hire out on a first-come-first-serve basis. This is not a ‘glamping’ option – members of the team can assist if necessary but you need to erect tents yourself.

Things to be aware of…

  • Brownsea Island has ‘SSSI’ status – it is important that public use of the campsite does not conflict with our values and conservation status.
  • For this reason open fires are NOT permitted on the campsite
  • There are no shops on the island so you must bring all supplies with you.


Swim Registration

  • You will need to inform the swim organiser that you will be camping on the island so as to include you in the ‘ON ISLAND’ Registration.
  • Registration for those swimmers that are camping on the island will take place at 08:15hrs under the Clock Tower by the black gate entrance to the Castle.
  • Failure to Register in time will prevent you from taking part in the swim

Further details:

  • Any further questions re camping please contact – the Outdoor Centre business support.

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