Longthorns Farm, our Journey
Longthorns Farm is situated in the picturesque heart of Dorset along the Jurassic coast, next to Monkey World, we are 2 minute's drive to the Famous Tank Museum, you may even hear the rumble of tanks passing on training days or be woken by the singing of the gibbons, the whistle of a glider landing next door. Purbeck shooting school is an approx a mile from us, offering a great day out Clay shooting.
We are a working farm and campsite, with 47 acres including woodlands, and fields with a fabulous woodland walk. Producing hay and haylage off the fields, the mixture of meadow grasses and permanent pasture which gives excellent quality hay results.
For at least 200 years Longthorns has been a farm, and at one time had 4 properties including a market gardener and a florist.
Artefact's found on the farm can be seen around Longthorns, previously a dairy farm.
Our champion breeding Alpacas initially bought to guard the chickens against foxes, in 2010 have done us proud at local and National shows. We keep a herd of around twenty Alpacas and they have brought much pleasure to our visitors, who can learn about them, pet and walk them, at Longthorns whilst camping. We also have The Alpaca Experience, walking Alpacas for the general public, and more recently a Meet & Greet session.
There has been camping at Longthorns since 1978, we have been here since 2007 and have heard many stories of campers' happy memories they have had staying at Longthorns farm and long lazy summers spent in the Bunny field.
The farm has changed a lot since we moved in, once a derelict sad farm, many of you have been on the toilet and shower journey with us when we arrived there were no facilities for the campsite We managed to equip a portable cabin with 2 toilets and one shower, the next phase was again portable, 6 toilets and 4 showers the third stage was to hire in 10 toilets. Longthorns was growing and finally, our goal of a new facilities building was built, this was the icing on the cake for us, to reach the standard we had always set out to achieve.
Our aim is to provide quality camping, whilst respecting nature, farm sustainability, recycling and reuse wherever possible and for as many people to enjoy Longthorns Farm as much as we do.
In April 2021 we moved off-site, Richard and Debi Parsons along with their 5 children moved into Longthorns farmhouse, Richard with his Glamping experience and Debi an award-winning wedding venue stylist making a winning team, they are now managing Longthorns, we are still very much involved, but in the background in a quieter role.
Mark & Sally
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Explore our woodlands walk here