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Swanage area overnight parking

hi all
we are booked into a campsite in swanage, but will be travelling the night before so will need somewhere to overnight we should get to the dorset area about 11.00pm and will be travelling down from essex, does anyone know of somewhere we could park up till morning.
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As you come into swange on the main road just before the sea front there is a large car park on your right hand side, you can overnight there for one night only. But please check as this may have changed since my last visit.
There is a fee to pay but can't remember exact amount

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You can also overnight on the North Shore car park I think it was £5.50 per night last year.



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you can park on swanage sea front no charge for as long as you like clubman -gl
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Last weekend we had an overnight in the Bay at South Beach NT car park and at Corfe Castle NT car park the following night. We've stayed in both places before "in" season and now out without incident.

There are signs saying members (we are) can park for free but no sleeping overnight. There is a proposed £25 "fine" (it would be a civil tort) for breaching this but I would argue to them were such a fine be issued, that they get either the £25 fine or my £84 membership, not both!

In any case we were not bothered by anyone and at South Beach even cleared up some rubbish left nearby to were we parked.

It was a nice weekend.
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hi all
we are booked into a campsite in swanage, but will be travelling the night before so will need somewhere to overnight we should get to the dorset area about 11.00pm and will be travelling down from essex, does anyone know of somewhere we could park up till morning.
many thanks
ann
Hi Ann, we have the same dilemma, what to do for a weekend in the motorhome, when quite naturally, you want to drive down to Studland/Swanage for the weekend and arrive 10pm Friday night. Seems site owners don't want to recognise the weekend brigade.
Can I ask how you got on; we're off tomorrow around 6pm. In the absence of any corroborated info, think we'll take a chance on your answers received here.
Ta.
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Swanage area overnight parking

You can wildcamp overnight, and many do, at the foot of the Corfe Castle mound. Turn right just before entering the village and there is a big parking area immediately on your right. As has been said you can park on the sea front but be aware that next weekend (4-6 March) is the Swanage Blues Festival weekend and overnight spaces will fill up quickly on the plus side, if you're into live music in general and the Blues in particular, there's a stack of great music most of it free all around the town.

Also be aware that the seafront parking will cease when the front is closed at the end of April but the South Beach car park will still be available for a fee.

Sadly the most spectacular wild camping spot on the Corfe to Studland road was severely abused and has now been subjected to the dreaded 'no overnight camping' signs which are enforced. Shame.

Enjoy.
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Swanage parking

As a resident of the town, I can assure you that parking/sleeping overnight is allowed in King George's car park, Victoria Avenue and the North Beach car park at the end of Bon Accord Road. The fee is approx £5.50 each night. I would mention that the North Beach car park has the football club adjacent so might be more noisy, plus the recycling bins are situated here.
I actually wrote in to the Town Council saying they were missing a trick by banning motorhomes and you can see the notice board at the entrance has been changed to reflect this change of heart. Enjoy!!

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Re: Swanage parking

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As a resident of the town, I can assure you that parking/sleeping overnight is allowed in King George's car park, Victoria Avenue and the North Beach car park at the end of Bon Accord Road. The fee is approx £5.50 each night. I would mention that the North Beach car park has the football club adjacent so might be more noisy, plus the recycling bins are situated here.
I actually wrote in to the Town Council saying they were missing a trick by banning motorhomes and you can see the notice board at the entrance has been changed to reflect this change of heart. Enjoy!!

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Thanks guys, some really specific answers. Problem solved and plenty of choice.
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cheers all for your answers, we are not off until april, so at least we have a choice of where to go, did think of finding a tesco's car park somewhere but at least i know there are car parks in the area now.
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