Just returned from this site yesterday so were there for Swanage Carnival week. This is the first caravan park I have stayed on but had thoroughly researched our options in Swanage beforehand. We had hired a privately owned caravan on site which had a fantastic view over the bay and surrounding coutryside. The downside of this was that it was a fairly steep climb up from the reception/clubhouse/laundette so pretty hard work for older people/pushchairs. The site was well laid out, pitches not too close or overlooking each other and the other owners we met were friendly. Having two small children we felt that the entertainment in peak season was poor, two evenings a week there was a children's disco (the same one both times with the same music/games) and that was it. This didn't start until at least 7.30 so not much use for us after the first half hour or so. Drinks and meals in the bar were pricey. Reception closes at 5.30 at the latest. I picked this site as it had an indoor pool, but the one time we used it the water was quite cool so we didn't bother again (and they charge you to use it!) Can't comment on the gym as we didn't use it. No shop on site although the nearest is probably ten mins away (uphill on the way back!) Thought that the 1 mile or 10 minute walk to the beach/town was an underestimation - if you have small children or older people it would take a lot longer as it is on top of a hill. Overall - lovely scenery but would chose somewhere with more going on next time.
Swanage Bay View Holiday Park, Swanage, Dorset