The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula (not an island) and lies on the southern tip of Dorset. We headed by train and taxi to Swanage, destination the lovely family-friendly campsite at Kirkwood Park. Swanage town - just a 10 minute walk from the campsite - is full of old-fashioned British seaside charm. It has a small sandy beach with fine views across the bay, great fish and chip shops, a choice of amusement arcades and a magnificent working steam railway.
Daytimes we rode the chuffing, puffing steam train through an Enid Blyton landscape, climbed up to Corfe Castle and took coastal walks along Studland Bay, marvelling at the glory of Old Harry Rocks. By night we wandered through town following the sound of ringing church bells and sat around a campfire toasting marshmallows under star-filled skies.