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Top 5 Easter Egg Hunts on the Jurassic Coast - March 15th, 2018

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We’ve put together for you the top 5 Easter egg hunts that are happening through-out the Easter holidays this year along the Jurassic Coast! There are some fantastic hunts going on all over the Coast, along with daily activities and events happening in each of the towns as well through out the weeks.
There is also a mention of a fantastic competition you can enter to win a FREE Guided Fossil Hunt– check out the end of the post for details!


Kicking it off, I’m sure you have seen the TV advents which have been showing for a couple of weeks now…
1) National Trust & Cadbury’s

The National Trust have teamed up with Cadburys this Easter to bring you a number of Easter egg hunts across the UK. In Dorset they are holding 5 hunts over the Easter weekend, 2 of which are along the Jurassic Coast at Golden Cap Estate and Burton Bradstock.
Both of these locations have some of the fantastic views and scenery, showing off what the Jurassic Coast has to offer. Perfect scenes for you to admire while the family are enjoying the clue hunt and chance for a cheeky Instagram shot or two!
Each hunt is £2.50 and you will be rewarded with a chocolatey prize!

Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth, Dorset DT6 6RA 01297 489481
March 30th and 31st, both 11:00 – 15:00
Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4RF 01297 489481
March 30th – 2nd April 11:00 – 15:00.
Both Golden Cap Estate and Burton Bradstock offer free entry and free parking if you are a national trust member, if not parking fees will apply.


2) Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is full to the brim with Easter activities and events this year, with an Easter Eggstravaganze over the Bank Holiday Weekend. From the 30th – 2nd April, the bunnies on the farm will be helping the Easter Bunny hide hundreds of eggs for you to find during your visit! The Easter egg hunt is included in the admission price for the day. These prices are: Adults £9.50, Child 3+ £9.50, Children 2-3 £4.90 and Under 2s Free. With Easter eggs to seek, there are also all the baby animals to find while you are visiting. Goat kids, lambs and chicks will all be arriving over the next couple of weeks and who doesn’t like adorable fluffy baby animals!? Check out this adorable lamb & proud mum from last years flock!

Farmer Palmers Farm Park Ltd, Wareham Road, Organford, Poole Dorset BH16 6EU 01202 622022


3) Smugglers Easter Egg Hunt

The Charmouth Shark Tooth Gang smugglers have discovered some rare Jurassic Coast Easter eggs in a shipwreck off the shores of Lyme Regis. They have hidden all of the eggs in shops around Lyme Regis town, leaving clues for you to solve to locate them. Once participants have successfully located the 9 missing eggs you will be able to claim a chocolatey reward! Each trail is £3, which can be purchased at Roly’s Fudge shop. The trail will be taking place from the 1st April – 15th and are available to collect from 10:00 – 17:00 daily.
62 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QF 07896 004278

While you are at Roly’s Fudge Shop you must try the variety of fudge they have to offer! With flavours ranging from classic fudge to Cherry Bakewell and Lemon Meringue, they also have some Easter themed flavours such as Eton Mess and Hot Cross Bun! If you are lucky you may also visit on a day when they have piles of fudge on the front bench being prepared and portioned, the smells are delightful!

Lyme Regis’ car parks can get very busy very quickly during school holidays and on sunny days! If you are planning on heading down to the town during Easter do think ahead for parking. Holmbush Car Park is on of Lyme’s biggest carparks, with parking for £2 all day! There is a pretty steep hill down to the Cobb from this car Park, not as bad if you take the hill down through the town or gardens. There is Monmouth Car Park down near the Cobb and Harbour which will allow you to walk along the seafront to the town, though this car park charges from £1.20 an hour.


4) Roarsome Dino Easter Egg Hunt

Starting on Good Friday through to the 16th April, Wacky Nation have put together a trail of clues to follow around Weymouth. It is your job to find Jurassic Dino Eggs which have been hidden in shop windows throughout the town centre and to discover where the ‘very rare T’-Rex Egg’ has been hidden by Evil mad scientist Dr Destruction! Entrants need to complete and return their trail form by Monday 16th April to be in with a chance of winning a bag full of Easter goodies!
Throughout the holidays there will also be a search for a baby tyrannosaurus Rex! Make sure you become equip with a Dino Quest Passport & Map, visit the challenge points around the town which will be located in your Dino map and collect all 4 Dino stamps for an extra yummy treat! If you have the best detectives in your family and solve the clues in record breaking time there will also be Dino Mask Making, Dino Balloon Modeller & Magician, Dino Mask Parade and a Dino Roar Competition throughout the day to keep you occupied!
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8PF

End the day with a trip the arcade and mini fair ground at the end of the seafront (towards the Jurassic skyline) one of the best arcades around here I think! Jam packed with a variety of arcade games to keep all the family happy. Followed by that seaside classic fish & chips on the beach- perfect!


5) Egg-citing Easter Dinosaur Egg Hunt
From the 1st April – 16th you can take part in the Seaton Jurassic’s Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt which will lead you on a journey through the Jurassic Coast’s history. Starting in the 19th century you will be egg hunting alongside local fossil hunters, geologists and evolutionary-thinkers! You will then be taken back 200 million years, taking the controls of a time-ship, searching through the prehistoric creatures for more clues. Once you have followed all of the clues to complete the trail you will be able to collect your prize. The prices are: Adult £9, Child £5.40, Under 3 Free, Family(2A+2C) 19.80 plus £1 per clue sheet. Once you have claimed your prize there is no need to leave in a hurry, Seaton Jurassic has plenty to see and do, rain or shine. Play beneath the waves of the infinity pod and hunt for fossils in the sand pit or just relax in the beautiful wildlife garden.
The Underfleet, Seaton EX12 2WD 01297 300390

Most places in Seaton are no more than a stone’s throw away from the seafront. Seaton has a level promenade, great for kids to ride their bikes, scooters, even rollerblading. It also makes for an easy walk with a pushchair. You can walk from one end right to the other of the beach, a lovely little walk in the afternoon sun.


If you are already staying in Dorset over Easter, or are thinking about it I cannot recommend entering the Jurassic Coast Guide competition they are currently running! It’s free to enter, all you need to do is follow their account and retweet this tweet on Twitter and your in!


If you are still searching for accommodation we currently have an offer on our Static Caravans! Starting from Good Friday, 30th March, we are offering £45 off brochure price for a short break (Friday-Monday/Monday-Friday) or £95 off the brochure price of a weeks holiday from the 30th! We are here in the office awaiting you call from 8am – 7pm. Our touring pitches are filling up fast, we have camping spots available and grass electric pitches for motor homes and caravans, again you can pop us a call or you can book online which is available 24 hours.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for anymore last minute deals for Easter!

Whatever you decide to do this Easter we hope you have a wonderful time with lots of family fun!

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Only 15 days to go! - February 21st, 2018

We hope everyone has been enjoying the lovely weather over the last couple of days! It’s giving a real summer feel to Dorset and making us even more excited for the season to begin. We open our doors on Friday 9th March this season. There is still some availability all over- Caravans, Apartments and Touring Pitches. Search our availability here and join us for the first weekend!

Around the Park everyone is busy continuing work on the improvements we’ve been making over the closed period.

James has been making the most of the sunshine  and is paving the outdoor Doggy Dining Area which is outside reception. Once this is completed we will be bringing in tables and chairs and completing the last of the finishing touches with lighting, planters and hedging which will run along the top of the cladding.


Our Spar shop has been refitted with new shelving and chillers… We even have Spar Radio this season so you can dance along while picking up those essentials! Mark has had his first sets of deliveries and is beavering away getting the variety of products we stock into place and on display.

The new Sales Office we mentioned in our ‘A New Year Catch Up’ post is starting to look like a real office, miles away from the chip shop it used to be. You can see this on our Instagram page through the Mobile App, check out our story highlights in the ‘Newlands’ bubble.

Bar Manager Steve and Wendy are back onsite after a lovely Winter break. They have been joined by Zoe this week to start bringing the complex and bar back to its normal appearance and preparing stock orders ready for the season.

We’ve had deliveries! 8 Brand new caravans have been delivered on site, with 1 left to come. These are our 2018 Willerby Rio Gold Caravans which have replaced some of the older units on the lower rows.

During Half Term  various members of staff from across the Park took part in a 3 day First Aid For Work Course with Exe Solutions Training. For some of our staff this was the first time they had taken part in First Aid training and for others it was a good experience to top up their knowledge and skills ready for our upcoming season. Everyone enjoyed themselves and have come away with even more confidence for if we are ever faced with an emergency.



Do you have a couple nights free in March and want to take a trip down to Dorset for a weekend? Fancy a family trip to see #Dippyontour at The Dorset County Museum or a weekend fossiling on Charmouth Beach with The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre maybe? Well we currently have a 2 night special on for Saturday 24th March, departing on the 26th only £149.00! The Offer is available for 6 berth caravans and 4 berth apartments.
Hurry though these are sure to be snapped up quickly! Click here to find out more.

If you really needed anymore persuasion to spend the weekend in Dorset, check out this fantastic video taken on the 20th February by I Love Lyme Regis.

Remember to keep up to date with daily posts on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages as we draw closer to opening!

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Charmouth’s Sea Dragon and Dippy the Dinosaur! - January 19th, 2018










Over the last couple of weeks the Jurassic Coast has been hitting the headlines and appearing all over our TVs. Chris Moore and his team were working with Sir David Attenborough on Lyme Regis beach and in the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre discovering the Ichthyosaur, Sea Dragon!

UPDATE: on 8th November 2018 Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre announced on Twitter that the Sea Dragon display will be staying for another year! Their winter team have been busy putting together the missing skull that artist Darrell Wakelam helped the centre make in the Summer. Remember the centre has free entry and is currently on winter hours when they are open Friday to Monday 10:30am – 4:00pm. The display is fantastic at the Centre, providing lots of information on the Sea Dragon. Throughout the Heritage Coast Centre there are also many other displays of fossils found on our coastline.
They have tools you are able to hire and there are also adult and children’s fossil hunting backpacks full of information, tools and safety equipment you can buy to take out on the beach after you have seen the displays. Fancy finding your own Sea Dragon or other creatures? Have a look here for fossil finding details.

You can still catch the TV program that documented the discovery and evacuation of the fossil on the BBC IPlayer, which aired on the 7th January, available to watch until the 13th February 2018.
Over the news there has also been a lot of articles with more details about the discovery and Charmouth’s team working with Sir David Attenborough. Follow this link here to read up on the Telegraphs write up…
As the BBC worked on this program they also featured the grand opening of the Sea Dragon on the BBC South Today, the grand opening of which Sir David Attenborough was a surprise special guest for!

At Newlands, we are only a stone throw away from Charmouth Beach and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, both providing the perfect day out or place for a morning walk in the Dorset sunshine. Check out on our website availability for the upcoming season so plan your Sea Dragon holidays!


You may have seen on Facebook or Twitter that Dippy the Diplodocus will be travelling from the Natural History Museum around the UK. Follow #Dippyontour to keep up with the travels! Dippy will be making the first stop in, you’ve guested it, Dorset! Dorset Country Museum will be holding the Full display from 10th February to 7th May 2018. On Sunday 11th February the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre will have a display for the day of the Skull of Dippy to see. It will feature alongside Charmouth’s very own dinosaur the Scelidosaur!
A quote from Museum Dinosaur Research Paul Barrett, ‘Dippy would have recognised many of the same kinds of plants and animals that were also present in Jurassic Dorset. Cousins of Dippy roamed all over the area leaving their fossilised bones and footprints behind.’
Have a look on the Natural History Museum for full tour dates and see the CHCC (Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre) and DCM (Dorset Country Museum) Twitter pages for more detail on the displays they will be holding!


If you do have Twitter or Facebook follow us to keep up to date with all the details of what is happening around Charmouth… anymore Sea Dragons we may discover!


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A new year catch up. - January 11th, 2018


Happy New Year!
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and saw the New Year in with style, we sure did here at Newlands! The office re-opened on Tuesday 2nd and everyone was back to work ready and raring after our Christmas break.
Did you try to call while we were away? Make sure you remember to quote “santa” for an added bonus to your stay with us!

Firstly, a catch up on the work we started when we closed in November to before our Christmas Break: the swimming pool was retiled (over 2000 tiles were taken out and replaced if you were guessing from the previous blog post), both of the changing rooms have new lighting, a new roof has been fitted for the poolside apartments, we replaced the electric hook ups in the black touring field and continuing the work for into 2018, bringing our top toilet block up to date with new flooring and undercover washing up area, hopefully in time for Easter. Alongside these having the finishing touches and some still on going, a lot of new tasks have begun!
Outside of the reception we have taken out the walled planter ready to be decked, re-paved and vamped out as a new area for guests with 4 legged friends to enjoy! A perfect place to eat and drink in the Dorset sunshine from the Tow Bar & Restaurant.
Our Spar shop is currently dismantled ready for a spruce up! There will be a lot more space and chillers for new products and some old favourites for you to purchase during your stay… and any last minute forgotten bits we’ve got you covered! As well as the usual painting, replacing and tiding up which our Shop Manager Mark is watchfully overseeing, from a height, paint pot and brush in hand.
We have said goodbye to Newlands chip shop take away this year, as mentioned in the previous post briefly, the fryers are now out and the work has begun. Many guests have feasted on our chip shop fish and chips with traditional extras and they will be missed I’m sure, but fear not, lovers of a cheeky portion of chips on the way to your tents and caravans you can still order take away from The Tow Bar & Restaurant onsite. What will this space be used for now? Well we are focusing on the Park and how we can expand our services by designing this area into a Sales office for our new and pre-owned caravans! The office will be manned by a very familiar face from around the Park, can you guess who?








James and the Grounds team have been busy bees with the annual hedge maintenance. There has been a lot of work put into this over the last month and upcoming ones so you may quickly notice some dramatic changes to a few of the hedge lines around the Park when you return this year! Regarding the grounds of Newlands we have an on-going maintenance program to improve the health of our hedging which will have many beneficial effect during its time. All the changes we make come back around the program. For example, the hedge between the red and black field. This hedge has been allowed to grow tall and broad, almost 12ft wide in places. This creates a hedge that is sparse, open at the bottom, and carries most foliage and fruit at the top. Ivy had also taken hold in places, which had killed the hedge it was climbing up. Removing the ivy and dead material then creates space to plant new hedging which can be properly maintained from the start, in return this will attract and provide better cover for birds and insects, and create a thicker, more manageable and attractive hedge.
Planting throughout the Park’s hedge lines has been complementary, adding different hedging species to increase the diversity of the hedge line and thus diversity of the wildlife it attracts. In the case of the red/black hedge, honeysuckle, blackthorn and field maple have been added to work alongside the hazel and holly already established, and where possible the hedge has been laid.



As the Park is set in 23 acres of landscaping Dorset grounds we really want to continue taking pride in the beauty and help it thrive as much as possible, keeping the wildlife increasing and safe. While you stay with us this year why not take a sunny morning walk around the Park following our nature trail so you can see just how much wildlife there is around us! Insects, squirrels and many different species of birds visit every day, most of which can be identified with our nature trail leaflet.

This is all for now, we will catch up with you in February with continued updates of the work we are doing ready for your return in March!
Remember to keep up to date with daily posts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Pages.


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What’s been happening on the park? - December 14th, 2017

Winter at Newlands


We closed down for the winter at the beginning of November after a great end of season party with the New Hero’s ending the night with a bang! We had a fantastic season here at Newlands and cannot wait to welcome you all back in 2018.

While most of our staff are having a quiet winter we still have the Reception, Grounds and Maintenance teams, Shop Manager and our House Keeper here keeping the Park ticking over. Our reception is open from 09:00-16:30 Monday-Friday and 09:00-14:00 Saturday-Sunday. You are more than welcome to pop in and enquire about any plans to stay with us in the new season or even have a look around our brand new 2017 Swift Antibes caravan we currently have for sale, would make a very nice Christmas treat!

Although we don’t have many guests on the Park during the winter months we are all kept very hard at work! Last month the Grounds and Maintenance team have got straight to work re-laying the electricity cables for our black touring field, burying them deep down under the field out of the way of any tent pegs!

Work has also began on our Top Toilet block, where we are re-flooring & updating the whole area including the roof. This is your closest amenity area when touring in the blue or black field and even staying in the pods. After some welcomed feedback from our static owners who also use these amenities and tourers from our surveys in the back of our Park guides we decided it was time this block was given a re-vamp!
Our take-away is also having a little touch up and will be our sales office from 2018, concentrating on caravan sales and enquires. Don’t fear though, take-away food can still be purchased from The Tow Bar & Restaurant!

Over the whole Park, the Grounds team have been pruning and trimming back the hedges and trees creating space for new to grow through in the spring. Selections of trees and shrubs that bloom during the spring/summer and have a fragrant scent are taking place with the team manager James. These will give the Park an extra burst of life as we welcome our lovely guests back!
Steve’o and Darren from the Maintenance team have been busy over the last few weeks removing the loose tiles, replacing & re-grouting the bottom of the pool ready for the New Year. How many tiles do you think we replaced? Comment with your guesses!

We had a couple of great competitions to enter during November, ending at the beginning of December. One to win a 7 night stay in a Lodge during June 2018 for you and up to 6 guests, this was open to any guests who stayed with us during the 2017 season, closing date was the 1st December. The lucky winner was Stephen Heptinstall, he has booked ready for June and we cannot wait to welcome him back! We also held a competition for our seasonal pitch holders and static caravan owners to win a 2 course meal and a bottle of wine in The Tow Bar & Restaurant! Closing date for this was the 11th December and the winners will be contacted on Friday 15th.


We may be a little quieter over the next couple of weeks on our social media pages and blog as we are closed for Christmas from the 19th December to the 2nd January. We look forward to hearing from and seeing you all in 2018!

Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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Dorset Christmas Lights - November 3rd, 2017

Dorset is, without doubt, a superb holiday destination for the family. The summer months can be filled with Mackrel fishing, visits to the beach, days out at historical castles and fun-fuelled adventure parks.

But Dorset can also be a winter retreat.

Gone are the bustling towns and villages and the buckets and spades that fill the Jurassic coast empties a little and is replaced by warmer and more waterproof apparel.

Lazy Sunday-lunches in a Charmouth beer Garden soon changes to cosy retreats in front of open-fires, autumn colours with blustery weather-fronts.

As part of this change in season, there are things to do in Dorset and a thriving winter calendar such as Christmas Markets and the annual Christmas lights “switch-on”. Here’s our guide to the towns switching on their Christmas Lights in 2017.

Lyme Regis Christmas Lights

Date:2 December 2017
Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

West Bay Christmas Tree Lights

Date:3 December 2017
Location: West Bay, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

Bridport Christmas Cheer

Date:6 December 2017
Location: Bridport, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

Seaton Christmas Lights

Date:4 December 2017
Location: Seaton, Devon
Website: Visit Website

Dorchester Christmas Cracker

Date:7 December 2017
Location: Dorchester, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

Axminster Christmas Lantern Parade

Date:24 November, 2017
Location: Axminster, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

Further Afield

Weymouth Christmas Lights

Date:1 December 2017
Location: Weymouth, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

Corfe Castle Winter Lights

Date:9 to 30 December 2017
Location: Corfe Castle, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

Bournemouth Christmas Lights Switch on

Date:17 November 2017
Location: Bournemouth, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

Southbourne Christmas Lights Switch on

Date:25 November 2017
Location: Southbourne, Dorset
Website: Visit Website

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Newlands Halloween Activity Timetable - October 18th, 2017

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Spooktacular Halloween Week - September 26th, 2017

Halloween Week
21st Oct – 28th Oct 2017

 Pumpkin Carving
 Magic Show
 Halloween Bingo
 The Naughty Nag Hunt
 Trembling Tales
 Monster Mask Making
 Haunted Nature Trail
 Spooky Circus Skills
 And The Haunted Alley Experience

Nightly Entertainment

Friday 20th – Dave Curtis – DJ/Presenter
Saturday 21st – Station Road – DUO
Sunday 22nd – Ben Cornish – Kids Entertainer
Anthony Jay – Solo Vocals
Monday 23rd – Mat Morgan – DJ/Presenter
Tuesday 24th – Chris Davies – Game Show
Wednesday 25th- Dave Curtis – DJ/Presenter
Thursday 26th – Mark A Smith – Solo Vocals
Friday 27th – Joe Stone – DJ/Presenter
Saturday 28th – New Heroes – Band
Paul Webber – DJ/Presenter

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Newlands MACMILLAN Coffee Morning Saturday 7th October - September 26th, 2017

Saturday 7th October Newlands are Hosting a MACMILLAN Coffee Morning from 10am in the Tow Bar & Restaurant. Plenty of Homemade cakes on offer with all the money raised going to MACMILLAN Cancer Support

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Whats on in September? - September 12th, 2017

Dorchester Flavours of the World Market, Food & Drinks Markets

Start Date 14/09/2017 09:00

End Date 16/09/2017 17:00

Brewers Fair, the Old Brewery, Dorchester

Axminster Carnival

Date 16/09/2017 8pm

The Carnival Procession will start at approx. 8pm

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival, Shore Road Swanage

Start Date 16/09/2019

End Date 24/09/2019

This year there will be a new and exciting range of walks for all ages and abilities. The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker’s paradise

Shore Road, Swanage

Shaftesbury Carnival

Start Date 30/09/2017 14:00

End Date 30/09/2017 20:00

Shaftesbury Carnival is held once a year and supports local charities with fundraising event throughout the year. Most of the fun happens the week leading up to carnival day. A children’s parade is held in the afternoon, with a band competition and an illuminated parade through the town in the evening

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