Blue Pool Camping

Camping chairs outside a bell tent on the Furzebrook Estate

One of Dorset’s most-loved natural attractions is the Blue Pool on the Furzebrook Estate, near Corfe Castle – and now you can camp here.

It’s an area of woodland and heathland with a flooded, disused clay pit at its centre – the area has become a haven for wildlife and is now a nature reserve and tea rooms and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) popular with both visitors to the Isle of Purbeck and Dorset residents.

Bell tent area with barbecue at the Blue Pool, Furzebrook

Blue Pool Camping bell tents

Visitors can now stay at The Blue Pool in one of its new eco-glamping tents – sleep under canvas in style, without the fuss of putting up your own tent, and enjoy a back-to-basics experience complete with a fire pit and eco-loo.

With only six bell tents in the dedicated camping field, you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of this special spot and are likely to spot wildlife such as squirrels in the treetops and the resident deer roaming the surrounding woodland.

You can also pitch your own tent in a dedicated ‘wild camping’ area.

The Blue Pool itself is a tranquil place to spend an afternoon walking the dog or catching up with family. There’s also a great children’s play area set amongst the trees, and the tea room serves locally-produced food and drink.

Blue Pool through foliage from walking path
The Blue Pool from woodland path
Blue Pool play equipment in the woods
Woodland playground equipment
Roundabout in the play area of Blue Pool in Furzebrook
Have a spin on the roundabout
Blue Pool viewed from path through trees
The Blue Pool


This is an intimate, back-to-basics campsite, keeping things natural and as wild as possible, with the addition of some essential home-from-home items.

Whilst there is no toilet/shower block, each tent does have its own long-drop composting loo and a standpipe for drinking/washing up water.

Tents come equipped with beds, a table & chairs, and an outdoor fire pit with supplied firewood and kindling – if you run out you can buy more on site.

Each pitch has solar-powered lighting, and a lantern for each tent is provided.

One car per pitch may park for free – let the team know if you need further parking.

Tent types and tariffs

Bell tents

Camping chairs outside a bell tent on the Furzebrook Estate

Bell tent and chairs (picture credit: The Blue Pool)

There are two types of tents at Blue Pool Camping. All are by Bell Tent Boutique:

  • Two-bed bell tent – The 5 metre tents sleep two people in either a single or double bed
  • Family bell tent – The larger 6m tents are equipped with a double bed and two singles and can sleep up to four

You’ll need to bring your own bedding and cooking utensils.

Glamping prices

Prices vary during low and high season (from 23 July) and according to which tent size you require:

  • Low season – £85 per night for the 5m tent and £100 for the 6m
  • Peak season – £100 for the 5m and  £120 for the 6m tent

Camping at the Blue Pool also gives you a free day pass for exploring the nature reserve itself.

Wild camping

The team at the Blue Pool also offer special ‘secret’, wild camping spots at undisclosed locations on the estate for campers wanting to answer their own call of the wild.

Let your sense of adventure guide you and stay on a magical, private pitch in the heart of the woodland.

Upon arrival you’ll be taken to your secret spot, which has an eco toilet and water, where you’ll be left to experience nature at its very best.

Wild camping pitches are £25 per night 

Contact details

Purbeck Ice Cream and Eco Coffee for sale at The Blue Pool Tearooms

Visit our Blue Pool page for more information about the nature reserve, or check the Blue Pool Camping page for full glamping details.

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