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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: 14/03/2021 to 31/10/2021
           14/03/2022 to 31/10/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 100 Reviews
                9/10 from 100 Reviews

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 Tent Pitches   No Caravans   Motorhome Pitches   Small Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 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 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming <5 miles   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
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: July 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Crinion 4 reviews from this member

 Very clean, friendly and accommodating - I am a bikepacker and they loaned me an outdoor chair to sit on.

They have a dedicated small field for hikers and bikers 

Date of Visit: October 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 8 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Miffy9 1 review from this member

 Excellent site, Good showers- no token needed.

Great location- pub within walking distance, still serving food. Small shop on site and also within walking to little village shop selling local cheeses, fresh bread and other essentials.

Lots of walks from the site, also a great local bus from the village to Poole and other local places.

Would recommend this site, had a great time. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Kensingtongreen 107 reviews from this member

 This is a basic but well-located site. Reasonable value at £24 pn. Friendly and helpful staff.

However, there are no hardstandings, all pitches are grass and all pitches are sloping. The breakfast was excellent both for quality and value (£7. 50 for full English and coffee)

The facilities are basic but clean.

Notes :

1) The Breezer Summer bus timetable stops after 21st September

2) Bus takes 10 minutes to Swanage and 30 minutes to Wareham

3) Market Day in Swanage is Friday

4) Market day in Wareham (on the quay and quite small) is Saturday 

Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Susieblue1 2 reviews from this member

 Lovely campsite, hot showers, plenty of hand sanitizer,

Great walk to Swanage, though the 'Dorset mile' a bit vague, walk to Square and compass, lovely. 
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Date of Visit: August 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jarecraven 6 reviews from this member

 What did we like. What didnít we like.

Lovely peaceful site just a toilet block, shop, fields and cows perfect for us.

Super coast line, lots and lots of great walks, Fantastic views, Easy access to Swanage by walking, cycling or bus. Good bus routes to Corf castle, Poole and other areas.

Very helpful staff, good shop. Lovely fresh

Bread and croissants.

Just be carful if your not a strong cyclist, most of the cycling routes were up lots of steep hills.

We would definitely recommend this site. 
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Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Beatsworking 4 reviews from this member

 We visited this site mid-week (on a Thursday) before the school holidays and were able to book a pitch over the phone the day before arriving.

We were met at the gate by a friendly gentleman and he suggested that we use the 'family field' as it is flatter for our classic 1970's VW Camper. We actually drove around the upper, more sloped, field first but agreed that the lower field was more suitable. There are no marked pitches but quite a few areas were reserved, presumably for the weekend, so it wasnít too packed in either field and therefore not a lot of people around and it was lovely and quiet.

The location is great and we had intended to stay a few days to explore the coastal paths and possibly walks to Corfe and Swanage. However, when we checked the toilet and shower facilities we were not so sure as both the male and female blocks left a lot to be desired as they were dirty and smelly with the floors somewhat awash. We had expected to find dated facilities but not for them to be in the state that we found them. Having read some good reviews we wondered if we had arrived before the cleaners so we booked for just the one night and left things open.

We enjoyed the walk to the Dancing Ledge on the coast during the afternoon and then pored over the maps in anticipation of further walks over the following days. However, things in the facilities blocks were just as bad in the evening so we decided not to take showers and to leave next morning. Hopefully we just hit a bad time to visit but I am afraid that we are unlikely to return unless later reviews show that was the case. 

Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 6 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: JOCUKCamp 6 reviews from this member

 We started our visit to Tom's field prior to the school break-up. At this point the campsite was nicely quiet with plenty of space available - it filled up enormously the first weekend of the school holidays and was perhaps rather too full of tents and motorhomes for our liking.

Booking was limited to certain areas when we arrived to enable the school holiday pre-booked campers their space, but if I am being honest this suited us as having a huge tent a large flat surface suited us best and we managed to find one.

Many of the pitches in the field we used that were being reserved would not have suited us as well as I felt that many were sloped to some extent and I am glad we were able to choose where to pitch - though there were very few very flat large areas available even with few people present.

It isn't that the slope is huge in most places, but it was significant enough to have made pitching our own, rather large tent, awkward if we could not have found the flatter spot we used.

The shop in the name is adequately stocked and there is a fair amount of camping gear available if you hit a problem or forget something. It stocks local foods and understandably these are priced somewhat higher than most supermarkets, but you are getting local products and we did enjoy some of the things on offer to support the local businesses.

It was open whilst we were there for a few hours in the morning and early evening, but I did find myself wishing the opening hours were longer at times when I realised I forgotten to change things like cool blocks.

Now cool blocks are a case in point - their site advert is quite correct you cannot re-freeze your own blocks, you have to hire one for a refundable £1 deposit and each change costs 30p during the week. The drawback of this is that you can't plan to take home local perishable foods as you don't have your own frozen blocks to take home unless you trash your £1 deposit and take a site frozen block home.

Another truism of the site advert is that showers are by token - a 25p token buys 3 minutes. Again they are perfectly up-front about this and I went there with this knowledge, but both the shower payment and the block re-freezing payments seem a little petty when it's a £20 a night stay for a no-frills pitch with a shop of limited hours, on an admittedly clean and tidy site in a lovely location.

I've been to many sites that make available a chest freezer for folks to sort out their own blocks FOC. And which offer free showers for no more cash per night. It is just a little jarring to have to work around both systems and for such small exchanges of cash each time.

It would surely be easier to just add £1 to the stay each night and site would probably still be in profit and folks could enjoy showers and the use of a freezer FOC. The shower block and toilets were clearly older, but all functioned well and were kept spotlessly clean - the facilities seemed adequate for the numbers there - especially the numerous toilets, showers were fewer - I think I counted 4. There were a good number of basins and the divisions between them was a nice touch that I have not seen before.

There were good washing-up facilities and I cannot fault the temperature of the hot water (which was free apart from the showers) except to say mind that it doesn't take your skin off it was that hot! All the sinks seemed to have their plugs though so cold could be added to a sink full of hot. They also have a breakfast bar open on weekends, but we did not try this.

There is excellent walking nearby that can be reached on foot, and we did Dancers Ledge, but note that there is an off-putting small climb to get down to the base of the ledge the last section of which I think would be beyond some people with infirmities.

The site was was nice and quiet, but check the date of the local Reggae festival as this does penetrate across the fields until they pack up for the night - You might want to plan an evening out yourselves! Also once the schools break-up and loads of folks arrive you do get the expected noise of families with children. I didn't expect otherwise.

We also liked Swanage and took a lovely boat trip to Poole. I would also recommend Athelhampton House. All the staffs we met on site and in the area were lovely too.

All in all I'd certainly return, but it would be nice if they could sort out the inconvenience of all the extra payments and just wrap it all up in the cost of a night's stay. 

Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: FraFra 7 reviews from this member

 If I was going to run my own campsite, there's not much I would do differently to Tom's Field. The location is ideal: quiet and secluded but short walking distance to the village pub and shop in one direction and the coastal path in the other.

There's a range of pitches to choose from depending on your preferences for views, privacy and space. There are plenty of toilets and washing up sinks for the size of the site. The showers are good (paid with 20p tokens) with changing space in the cubicles.

When the site was full over May bank holiday there were a few people had to queue on a couple of days but that's to be expected. The staff are generally friendly and the shop is well stocked.

As it's first come first pitched we were glad we'd driven down on the Thursday of the bank holiday weekend as it filled up during the course of the Saturday.

There's a field next to the campsite for taking the pooch to the toilet, and the site is very doggy friendly. The only downside was that from reading the info on ukcampsite we thought we weren't allowed fires so didn't come prepared, but other people did have fires in raised baskets with no bother - next time we'll come prepared.

We'll definitely be back! 

Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: SmallB 12 reviews from this member

 Stayed at Tom's Field for 4 night in a tent and had a fantastic time. The site isn't just one field but a number of different areas, some small and cosy others bigger. The site is really chilled and laid back with a great shop.

Facilities are clean and basic but with all you need for your stay. There's a little hut which serves breakfasts at the weekends which was great to visit.

At £9 a night for me, my tent and the car it was also great value. All in all a fantastic site, much recommended. 

Date of Visit: July 2018 Unit:  Tent
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. 

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