Our R&R Retreat Centre sleeps 10 - 24 in bedrooms/dorms, we can also accommodate 16 camping on-site. Ideal for groups, schools, families, in fact anyone wanting to spend time together in a beautiful rural setting. You can even bring a couple of dogs!
We provide real value-for-money facilities with a large self-catering kitchen, toilet and shower facilities, as well as a cosy log-burner and lots of extra bits and bobs. Our Centre is situated in its own grounds, in open farmland, on the edge of the picture-postcard village of Worth Matravers, 20 minutes walk from the Jurassic Coast section of the South West Coast Path.
Prices from £350 per night
Sleeps up to 24 people
Camping for up to 16 people
Children, families, walkers, runners, climbers, mountain-bikers, in fact just about everyone loves our centre with its rustic feel and wide open space. Our wheelchair-accessible centre is available all-year-round for weekends and longer breaks.
Being next to a World Heritage Site and in an area of special scientific interest (SSI) the centre also offers an ideal base for field studies, social education programmes, appreciation of living and learning skills. Our centre is owned by MYTime charity - booking your stay would help us to support young carers from across Dorset and the UK, by bringing them to Worth Matravers for a young carers' break.
- Sleeps 24 across four dorms
- Camping for 16 at £7 pp/pn
- Fully equipped kitchen & large dining area
- Lounge area with cosy log-burner
- WiFi and telephone available
- Indoor games incl. table-tennis & football
- Calor gas central heating
- Bedding sets available*
- Two shower rooms and another en-suite
- Disabled access
- Outdoor space, BBQ, fire-pit, basketball
- Ample hard-standing parking
- No smoking inside
- Two dogs welcome on site*
- Short walk from village centre & pub
- Jurassic Coast and South West Coast Path* Additional charges & deposits may apply
Check availability now and secure your dates.
The Isle of Purbeck is rich in natural history and things to do.
We can accommodate up to 16 people camping in the grounds of the MyTIME Outdoor Centre. You need to be part of the party that are using the centre accommodation as you will be sharing the facilities - showers and WCs, kitchen and dining area, lounge and log burner, table tennis and table football! But that's OK because they'll be sharing the outdoors with you - BBQ, firepit, basketball, play area, parking...
We'll expect you to bring all of your own gear for the outdoors. We'll keep you sheltered near the Centre away from the dry stone walls and you can easily access the centre for use of all facilities including your own shower and toilet facilities. Now simply book your stay and add camping in the special requests box.
We have enjoyed our stay at MyTIME and will definitely recommend to our friends. Sinoy, Sept 2017
A piece of history. From May 1940 to May 1942 Worth Matravers was the nerve centre for radar development in the UK and our building was at the heart of that establishment. Top radar scientists trying out new ideas for better systems were based there, in fact when we think of radar today, we think of a rotating aerial and a display which looks like a map - this was first built at Worth Matravers.
This area of Dorset was chosen because it had a flat clifftop site, good for testing radar, and was seen in 1940 as away from German-occupied territory. About 200 people came to Worth in May 1940; by May 1942 about 2000 people worked here! However in May 1942 research was quickly moved inland and only a few were left. The RAF continued to operate radar at Worth until well after the war, and the 110 metre tower was only taken down in the early 1970s. Almost nothing is left today except some foundations on the cliff and the MyTIME building now used as an Outdoor Centre, providing group accommodation and a place for young carers to come for a break.
Want to learn more?
Look out for some commemorative pictures and newspaper cuttings at the Centre during your stay.
The Purbeck Radar Museum Trust was formed to raise awareness of the WWII work and an exhibition can be found at the Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre. The Trust also have their own information and some great photos of the area at Purbeck Radar.
Take a short walk from the Centre down to the clifftop at St Aldhem's Head and you will find a spectacular memorial to radar at the site between 1940-1942.
For many years locals wanted to find a way to commemorate the pioneering work undertaken at Worth Matravers and in October 2001 veterans watched as the monument, designed and sculpted locally was unveiled.
After the war, the buildings around us were slowly removed and the area restored to farmland. It was years later that our building was rescued from disrepair and restored to a habitable state. Since then it has been used as an Adventure Centre, Field Studies base and Outdoor Centre for vulnerable young people. At MyTIME, we now focus our efforts on offering young carers breaks in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
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