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DisTea Purbeck Island (34174)

Event Overview

Not so far away on the Isle of Purbeck, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a site of special scientific interest, you can enjoy a imaginary world of endless fun with just a 'spoonful of sugar' - Let flavour flood out!

Make sure you put the kettle trON and celebrate this magical teaparty and behold a weekend extravaganza of coastal walks, dining, and toothsome fairy cocktails.

Blast off to infinitea and beyond on this forgotten isle, where we will explore an enchanting castle and ride on a steam train in a magic kingdom, celebrating life's most precious and most starry-eyed moments. Yours.

Meeting & Times

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What to bring

Bedding is provided. Saturday's breakfast, evening meal and Sunday's breakfast are also included. You can also help yourself to teas and coffees throughout the weekend. You will just need to bring the following:

  • a towel and washkit
  • swimming sorts - its summer, and we will visit a tidal pool!
  • comfortable clothes for the hostel and some Disney garb if you wish to dress up
  • buffet food contribution for Friday. This could be themed or homemade, or just something hearty to feed 2 to 3 people
  • walking boots and full outdoor walking gear, bearing in mind it could be windy, rainy, muddy and sunny at the same time
  • Bring sandwiches for the walk on saturday and some money for anything extra you want to do like pubs meals, castles, steam trains or other sightseeing
  • Ear plugs and a headtorch can also be useful
  • Bring your camera!


This is an outstanding area and it sits within an SSSI nature reserve (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

The David Donald Field Studies Base, run by Poole and Dorset Adventure Centre, is actually a converted RAF radar station, first erected in May 1940. It has been extensively renovated with full central heating and double glazing.

The base comprises the main building, a paved games area and car park, a picnic point and a designated barbeque/campfire area.

There are 24 beds comprising 2 dormitories of 11 and 9, and 2 smaller double rooms and beds will be allocated on arrival.

There are full toilet and shower facilities.

The bedrooms are linked by wide spacious corridors, leading to a drying room, a large well equipped kitchen and a spacious community room.

The kitchen is extensively equipped and includes a range cooker, microwave, fridge, deep freeze, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.

The nearest village is Worth Matravers and is particularly picturesque, however shopping for anything other than essentials can be expensive. There are supermarkets in nearby Swanage.

What's Going to Happen?

We start the weekend with a buffet (prizes for the best home made contribution) and we will then have some light entertainment to set a Disney theme for the weekend.

You might wake up to a breakfast surprise! 

We will then head out for a full day's walk along the rugged coastline where you can witness a beach of near-rectangular stepping stones made from dolomite layers and find old friends of Nemo and Dory fossilised in Chapman's Pool, and far more besides. The coast is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site because of it's unique geology. We will certainly visit the tidal pool on Dancing Ledge, so make sure you have your swimming trunks on as its will be a warm and safe pool to bask in the afternoon as the victorians did not so long ago.

If walking is not for you then there are other attractions a short drive away, including: Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum, Lulworth Castle, Durdle Door, Tyneham Village, Athelhampton House and Gardens, the Swanage Railway and the beaches at Swanage and Studland. Other activities are also available locally, which can include cycling, swimming, sailing, diving, windsurfing and fishing.

Once we are back at the hostel and neatly showered, don't miss out on this opportunity to go wild and dress as your favourite hero for the evening. The spectrum is broad with animated characters and not forgetting swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean, The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Sister Act, Star Wars and Finding Nemo.

You can enjoy an eye-popping themed evening banquet and spectacular parade (in your garb) with a prize for best dressed.

And finally, enjoy a summer night bedazzlement with a royal effervescent gala of brightly coloured, glittery, sparkly, toothsome fairy cocktails.

On Sunday after a final breakfast you may head home and do the ironing with singing laundry birds, or optionally, we could visit Corfe Castle (National Trust) and enjoy a short ride on the steam train, photographing the most photographed pub in England - and then enjoy a pub lunch together before you head home...


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