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Toms Field Camping Site
Toms Field Road
Langton Matravers
Dorset   (Browse area)
BH19 3HN
Tel: 01929 427110
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Pitches: 100
Open: Mid March To End Of October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 91 Reviews
                9/10 from 91 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   No Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 5 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool 5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach 5 miles   Watersports 5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: KGCOTTAGE 1 review from this member

Excellent site. Nice level site, plenty of water points and good facilities. Well stocked shop. Charges very good particularly as I camped on my own and was charged per person not for the pitch. Will definitely stay again.

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tony Burgess 9 reviews from this member

We had a wonderful 4 nights at this site. Friendly and helpful staff, no complaints by us about the facilities. We think this is a great site and have already recommended it to friends and family.

When walking on the footpaths by the site we found plenty of cowpats and sheep droppings to avoid but can't remember being troubled by dog-poo, so no bad experiences on that count unlike an earlier reviewer.

As well as the hourly bus service through the village we used the at least hourly Swanage to Bournemouth service via Studland and the Poole Harbour ferry. Stops allow walkers to alight for walking the chalk downs either to Corfe or on Ballard Down to Old Harry Rocks, and we did the latter with fabulous views over both Swanage or Poole Harbour. In high season there is also a bus from Swanage to Lulworth Cove.

RSPB have a large reserve area with facilities at Arne, a wonderful place to visit with extensive car parking at £5/day. Follow different routes to walk over heathland and in woods, and maybe picnic on a beach - an ideal adventure for nature-loving families.

We found the Langton Parish church open on Thursday mornings for coffee & cake, and the small museum revealing both the history of Purbeck stone quarrying and of the development of small aircraft-carried radar during WW2 which enabled submarines to be successfully located. We also enjoyed visiting one or two 'PAW' (= Purbeck Arts Weeks) venues to see the work of craftspeople and artists.

One of our most enjoyable camping breaks! Much to explore, very good walking, fine beaches - all in the glorious setting of the Purbecks.

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: R001 4 reviews from this member

We are in our mid 60's & have been to this site a couple of times now and really like the laid back atmosphere. Buses stop just outside the site (going to Poole, Wareham & Swanage) and there are some wonderful walks. It's an easy walk along the Pilgrims way to Swanage and a simple, quick bus ride back means no need to drive, so you can have a few beers - Brill!

There is a Pub a comfortable walk away in the village which sells food (we never tried the food), as well as real Ale & Cider. Loads of people on the site had their dogs with them and the only negative was that walking in the fields around the site (not on the site itself), meant having to dodge the doo-doo thoughtlessly left in the middle of the pathways - dog owners please understand that it is extremely thoughtless & unpleasant to allow your dog to foul on a well trodden footpath. Please be courteous and move it off the footpath.

The ablution facilities are clean, perfectly adequate and what one expects on a normal campsite - not modern or luxurious. The pitch hire charge is most reasonable in our opinion given the excellent location. You can buy basics & hire a small BBQ (only off-the ground BBQ's allowed), from the reception/shop which is also where you buy tokens for the showers from. The shop didn't seem to open for many hours so I'd advise buying what you need when you see it open.

You don't need to book in advance except possibly the absolute peak season as this is a big site and there is another just down the road, so it's extremely unlikely that one or the other will fail to put you up. Each time we have been it has been busy but there has still been plenty of space and the pitches are generous. The last time we went we were offered a choice of pitches with or without hookup and chose a lovely secluded one - wonderful.

If you want one of those five star, highly regimented, spotless, manicured club sites with concrete everywhere don't go to Tom's Field, but if you want a basic, no frills, laid back site this is perfect. We'll be going back many times as we absolutely love the area.

No marks for child friendliness as we don't have any and we were there during term time, however, there were a number of well behaved under school age tots on the site that seemed to be having a wonderful time.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: TheBicks 6 reviews from this member

Just come back from a 4 night stay at Tom's Field. £18 per night for a family of 4 in a medium sized tent.

This campsite suited us down to the ground. No frills but a lovely site divided up into areas with bushes, trees and rabbit warrens. It was full half the time we were there but never felt overcrowded.

Our 2 boys played games with other children on the site for hours. Apparently it's a great place for hide and seek.

The facilities are basic but plentiful and clean. 25p for a 3 minute shower and lots of hand basins and toilets in the ladies though I can't speak for the men's. There was even soap!

The owners were perfectly pleasant and very helpful. The shop sold enough to keep you going including fresh rolls and croissants in the morning. Outside the shop is a fairly extensive herb garden for campers which we thought was a lovely touch and made very good use of.

A great site for families in a beautiful location just 20 minutes walk from the South West Coast Path and 3 miles drive from Swanage. You also need to visit the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers, 5 minutes drive away. What a pub!

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Bekchops 1 review from this member

Great little site, very popular with VW vans, a few electric pitches. 3 small fields, couple of other small areas frequently use by DoE or schools. Showers and toilets clean and functional, 25p tokens for showers, purchase in shop. Quite and relaxed.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Seniorsx2 6 reviews from this member

Brilliant campsite, helpful owners, well organised, clean facilities, recycling well oranised. There is a small shop on site. Lots of wild life. There is pub grub in the village lasagne, scampi etc all very affordable and enjoyable and within walking distance. It was spring bank week when we visited but still plenty of space and peaceful atmosphere. We can t wait to return and stay longer. We went on a family camping holiday with our 2 daughters and their families and we all agreed we would reurn.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mzyvrc1 4 reviews from this member

We recently spent the weekend here with friends in order to visit the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers. The site does not take reservations outside of high season but there was plenty of space when we arrived and although it was a beautiful weekend, the site was not crowded.


Stunning view from the top of the field over Swanage Bay towards the entrance to Poole Harbour.

Lovely stone-free if slightly sloping field with freedom to pitch where you like.

Easy access to stunning coastal walks and a half an hour walk to the world-famous Square and Compass pub.


The shower block is somewhat poor, with a frustrating system of tokens for showers, a problem which is compounded by the limited opening hours of the reception out of season.

As has been mentioned, the welcome is not especially warm.

Overall, we would go back for a weekend but probably not a longer stay until the bathroom facilities have been improved.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Stanley21 3 reviews from this member

We spent 6 nights on this no thrills very beautiful campsite, situated in rolling countryside with lovely views reaching out over farmland to the sea. We booked an electric pitch and needed the use of the disabled shower room as my partners son who relies on a wheelchair came along with us, upon arrival we were shown the disabled shower room which itself was quite adequate for our needs and given the key to come and go as we please without having to pay a deposit, we were also shown and given the choice of 3 vacant hook up pitches, there was no pressure to pay immediately we were allowed to settle our bill at our leisure. The site facilities were always very clean with enough toilets, showers, hand basins and pot wash basins to go around with out having to wait. Be prepared to recycle your rubbish there are general waste bins plus bins for different coloured glass, plastics and used gas canisters, well done Toms Field. The site as a whole is excellent there are 3 main fields in which to camp and wonderful little places tucked away in the trees that are totally private down the center of the site an area is left for wild flowers and brambles to grow and beneath this there is a massive warren, bunnies are everywhere, you are also advised to keep any food locked away as there are badgers in the area. At night there are no lights around the site apart from around the toilet block so there is no light pollution which makes for great star gazing. The village of Langton Matravers is right on the door step, the village pub is a 10 minute stroll away which serves food and is an olde worlde ale house type it serves a big range of local ciders and comes with our recommendation, the village also has a small shop and with Swanage only a couple of miles down hill away, we caught the bus into town one day and it cost £9. 60 for the three of us return. For us this campsite is excellent value for money at £20 per night for a large family tent, it is far enough from town to avoid the crowds and traffic, it gives the best of both worlds being in the country but not too isolated. A great time had by all.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pj_andrew 7 reviews from this member

We visited over a Bank Holiday weekend. The site was full. However there was still room to breath, the tents are not totally packed in and the facilities coped well.

This is a good site which covers all the usual bases.

The site is a mix of level and slightly sloping. There are open areas and also some enclosed areas perhaps for larger groups. There's a gravel road around the site so access is easy. Plenty of water points which was useful.

The shop is well stocked and has a good supply of camping equipment as well as food basics. It's not like a supermarket but covers the basics. There is a Coop in Swanage which isn''t far away. The shop was relatively short opening hours however it was open all the time over the Bank Holiday - a good idea.

Showers and wash up are ok. There are 4 wash ups and we never had to queue. The water can be a tad tepid but the site was full. The showers are fine and work off tokens (25p for 3 minutes). We found it a very generous 3 minutes and indeed some of them worked without tokens! The shower pressure was low but acceptable. (Note: they refund unused tokens - a nice touch).

Toilets are fine, pretty much as you'd expect for a campsite. They seemed clean enough. Apparently the ladies was always clean and the gents was like a normal gents! I note a number of previous reviews about the toilets but I found them no different to other similar camp sites.

The site location is fantastic. It's a leisurely walk to Dancing Ledge over the hill. Even walking to Swanage or Worth Matravers is fairly easily done. Great activities in the area such as the beach (a drive away), the steam railway and all sorts of other holiday type activities.

I found the site quiet at night and no real issues. Would definitely go again.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Activeman 2 reviews from this member

Spent a long time looking for a site in Purbeck that was rated highly by others and yet did not cost the earth. On this basis I booked Tom’s Field camping site and for the same reasons I leave you my review.

We booked a reserved pitch with EHU which cost about £130. 00 for the week which seemed reasonable but as the old saying goes it seems on some occasions you get what you pay for…

The site itself is nice enough – no frills and the pitches are a good size but that’s about all I can say. The many rules and regulations that are dotted around the site in the form of multiple signs seem to keep the place in check which is good.

The welcome upon arrival was a little lack lustre to say the least, and the shop where you check in was really a very poor effort with limited stock.

The main issue is the toilet and wash facilities which are an absolute disgrace – they are old and smelly and feel like you are in a public toilet in the middle of a town centre rather than a campsite in Dorset. The men’s toilet cubicles are so narrow that you can barely open the door to get yourself in and out let alone what else you need to do in them.

The showers are weak and grotty and last 3 minutes before needing to put in another token – I think they can forget about the time limit as I really wouldn’t want to spend any longer than 3 minutes in the showers. The stench from the men’s urinals is over powering and really not good enough for this days and age.

All in all I now wish I paid a few more quid a got a campsite where I actually felt the facilities were adequate rather than squalid.

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