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Family Big Wild Sleep Out at RSPB Arne

The Big Wild Sleep Outs at RSPB Arne are a unique opportunity to sleep out in the Wild. Spend the night in an idyllic private area of a large nature reserve overlooking Poole harbour and the Purbeck hills.

Enjoy a hearty locally sourced dinner and an early morning breakfast as you take in the beautiful surroundings. With wonderful views, delicious locally sourced dinner & breakfast, expert guides and organised nature walks. 

It's the perfect chance to get back to the wild!

This year we are offering a longer stay sleeping out in the wild where you can stay Friday and Saturday night!

No under 5's please and children (under 18) must be supervised at all times by their responsible adult.

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General Information


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No under 5's please and children (under 18) must be supervised at all times by their responsible adult. 

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

A reserved parking area in the overflow carpark will be sign posted on arrival.See our website for train, bus, bike, and road options.Our carpark is located on the right at the beginning of Arne village.Arne Nature Reserve, Dorset - The RSPB 

Do you cater for special dietary needs?

Yes, our catering team can cater for any special dietary requirements. Please note these on the booking form. 

Can I stay on the reserve after the sleepout?

Yes, Arne is open from dawn to dusk, once you have packed up and returned it all to your vehicle, you are welcome to explore the rest of Arne, including our wild play area, café, shop, wildlife garden and beautiful trails. Your ticket purchase for the Big Wild Sleep Out grants you access to the reserve on Friday and Saturday, or Friday-Sunday if booking the weekend ticket

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email All bookings must be made online. 

What's the refund policy?

If we cancel an event for any reason, you will receive a full refund. Should you need to cancel, then you receive a full refund up to three days before the event, after which no refund is available. Cancellations must be made using the email address

 Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No - We will be using the QR code send with your ticket confirmation. please bring this on your phone or printed. RSPB members should bring their membership cards with them please.

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