One of the largest, longest running and best known car boot sales in Dorset, Ashley Heath is an excellent all round boot sale. It's well organised and well attended by both buyers and sellers often extending into a second overflow field. Disabled parking is available and there is a permanent toilet block in place on the far side of the first seller field. There is plenty of parking and the parking attendants make sure that buyers are parked with appropriate space with noone being blocked in. Parking is only 50p too, so on behalf of the local residents, don't be a cheapskate, pay your 50p and park in the field provided. Don't park on the verge outside or at the local shops, blocking up the roads and access for the locals!
Dogs are allowed onto the site with the usual caveats of cleaning up after them and keeping them on a lead. They also have a main office which is attended throughout the day next to the seller entrance. Lost property, lost kids and the occasional stray pup usually turn up here.
Ashley Heath always has a pleasant atmosphere and is attended by many regular traders (both buyers and sellers) and this is particularly noticable first thing. The downside of that is that it does attract a lot of dealers so you have to get up early if you are to have any hope of catching a bargain on the bric-a-brac and collectibles circuit. Despite this being one of the largest boots, I must confess I struggle to find much to turn for a profit here, but there is still plenty to buy and many savings to be had if you are looking for stuff for your own personal use.
It would always be one of my first choices to sell at too, simply due to the volume of people, both local and tourists that they get coming through the gates week after week.
My last visit was the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend, which as always was very busy. Bank Holiday Mondays tend to be a bit quieter than the Sundays, and largely feature the leftovers of what wasn't sold on the Sunday, but it's still worth turning up to for a punt round as they attract a few new faces.