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Holmsley campsite occupies part of what used to be Holmsley Airfield in WWII - one of 12 New Forest wartime airfields and Advanced Learning Grounds. Now with a slightly different role, the site accommodates thousands of campers every year, offering them a beautiful and unique forest base for camping holidays and outdoor activities.
A beautifully open campsite, Holmsley offers the perfect location to take in the stunning forest views. Surrounded by ancient trees on all sides, and sitting next to a large heathland, it takes advantage of the beauty and outdoor escapes the New Forest has to offer.

Its history is reflected in its landscape - large open fields dotted with trees - reminding you that you’re in one of England’s most amazing woodlands. Pitches can be found nestling amongst the trees in their own secluded areas or sitting in open fields, allowing full appreciation of the forest in all directions.

The site is predominantly grass, so as well as exploring the forest, children have plenty of space to play in.

Camp at Holmsley and you’ll have the opportunity to take off straight into the forest on foot or by bike and enjoy its miles of tracks and footpaths. 

The rural villages of Burley and Bransgore are close by and not much further are Christchurch, New Milton and Bournemouth making Holmsley campsite the perfect base from which to explore the forest’s more urban neighbours.

Of course being close to Bournemouth also means the campsite is close to the coast, and so pristine beaches and blustery coastline walks await at Rally Barton on Sea, Bournemouth, Poole and everywhere in between.

For more information on things to do in the New Forest and the towns that surround it, take a look at our information pages.

o enjoy a forest holiday at Holmsley campsite, book online now.

Facilities available at Holmsley Campsite, New Forest

The site has full toilet, shower and washing facilities, and pitches suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes. There is a fully equipped shop on site selling groceries, camping essentials and games. Also a take away for some well-deserved grub.

Takeaway times for Holmsley site

Low and Mid Seasons

Monday to Thursday - last orders for the takeaway are 5:15pm. The shop and reception close at 6pm

Friday and Saturday - last orders for the takeaway are 7:15pm. The shop and reception close at 8:00pm

Sunday - last orders at the takeaway are 4:30pm. The shop and reception closes at 5pm


High Season

Monday to Thursday - last orders for the take away are 7:15pm. The shop and reception close at 8:00pm

Friday and Saturday - last orders at the takeaway are 8:15pm. The shop and reception close at 9:00pm

Sunday - last orders are 6:15pm. The shop and reception close at 7:00pm

Directions to Holmsley

Please use the postcode BH23 8EB for your satnav. 

From London, the East, East Midlands and East Anglia (Avoiding Lyndhurst)

  • Take M3 westbound on to the M27 west.
  • At J1 join the A31.
  • Continue on A31 as far as Picket Post and turn left (signposted to Burley Street and Burley).
  • Follow the road over the heath through Burley Street and into Burley.
  • Turn right opposite the cycle hire shop (signposted to Bransgore).
  • After about 1.5 miles at the cross roads, just before Thorny Hill, turn left.
  • The site is signposted from here. After 1 mile, at the sign, turn left up the entrance road to the site.

From Bristol, the West, Wales and the West Midlands (Avoiding Christchurch and the Bournemouth area).

  • From the M4 at J15 take the A346 south and then the A338 as far as Ringwood.
  • At Ringwood turn left onto A31 east (signposted Southampton).
  • At Picket Post turn right (signposted to Burley Street and Burley).
  • Follow the road over the heath through Burley Street and into Burley.
  • Turn right opposite the cycle hire shop (signposted to Bransgore).
  • After about 1.5 miles at the cross roads, just before Thorny Hill, turn left.
  • The site is signposted from here. After 1 mile, at the sign, turn left up the entrance road to the site.

Public transport at Holmsley

Holmsley has a broad road system but why not give your car a rest? You can get here by train, bus or coach!


The closest rail station is Hinton Admiral – about 4 miles from the site – which is operated by South West Trains. The station is part of the route Poole-London Waterloo and also Weymouth-London Waterloo. From the station you can walk, cycle or phone a local taxi service. 

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Wilts & Dorset offers two services around our site – 175 and 176. Both are part of the route Christchurch-Ringwood that also passes through New Milton and Lymington.

The bus stop is by the crossroads in Thorney Hill – about 1.5 miles from the site.

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Transdev Yellow Buses offers four different services to Christchurch – 1a, 1b, 1c and 21 – that will connect it with Bournemouth, Boscombe, Poole and Somerford.

Christchurch is about 6 miles from our site but there are bus and taxi services available.

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New Forest Tour Bus

Why not see the New Forest on the open top bus tour? You can hop on and off where you like and catch another bus later on with the same ticket.

The route includes Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Lymington, Beaulieu and the Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway.

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The New Forest and surrounding area offers visitors to Holmsley campsite a whole range of fun activities and family days out to enjoy. You can go horse riding and cycling in the forest or head a little further afield to one of the area’s many attractions or simply sample some of the local food and drink on offer in one of the area’s many tea rooms, pubs and restaurants.

With the forest in such close proximity, you’ll never be short of things to do. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

patio tables and chairs outside restaurantThe Huntsman Restaurant, Brockenhurst
A 13th century coaching inn full of character, charm, drink and food. A perfect countryside treat after your busy day in the forest.

Address: Brockenhurst, SO42 7RH
Tel: 01590 622 225

family taking part in forest ranger activitiesForest Ranger Activities 2016    
Our Forest Ranger Activities are back for 2016, and they're better than ever. You can take part in these wonderful family events at four of our New Forest sites.

Tel: 01590 646682

cyclists on the old railwayForest Leisure Cycling
Cycle hire from Forest Leisure Cycling, in Burley, the perfect base for easy access to the New Forest Trails, with rides and bikes for all ages!

Open 7 days a week.
Tel: 01425 403584

family on bikesTrax Bike Hire
One of the best ways to see the New Forest is by bike. Take a look at Trax Bike Hire now for your New Forest holiday. Trax offer wide choice of bike to suit all age ranges and abilities.

Tel: 01425 618562

peppa pig worldPaultons Family Theme Park, Home of Peppa Pig World
Perfect for families, Paultons Family Theme park is a great day out. Paultons Park is host to more than 60 additional rides and attractions.

Address: Paultons Park, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6AL
Tel: 023 8081 4442

people in canoesThe New Forest Activity Centre
Try some exciting outdoor activities such as archery, bushcraft or family combat games, or take part in a full day of adventure.

Address: The Old Forge, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7YA
Tel: 01590 612377

the three tuns buildingThe Three Tuns Inn, Bransgore
A cosy retreat in the heart of the New Forest, with a log fire for the winter and a beautiful terrace.

Address: Bransgore, BH23 8JH
Tel 01425672232

sign for ringwood breweryRingwood Brewery, Ringwood
Take a tour around Ringwood Brewery and try their four locally brewed Best Bitter and Fortyniner ales.

Address: Ringwood, BH24 3AP
Tel: 01425 470303

Forest Ranger Activities 2016

Woodland Nature Activities
Meet at 10am in Reception (1 hour session). All ages welcome.
Sunday 14th August & 28th August 


Family Activity Drop in Sessions

Fun for all the family. Activities include: Bug hunting, Whose Poo?Scavenger Hunt, Sensory exploration, nature crafts and much more!
Held from 4 - 7pm from Thursday 28th July to Sunday 4th September 2016. Every Saturday 4 - 7pm.

For Rainy Days

Monkey-MadnessMonkey Madness Play Centre, Christchurch
A perfect place for kids to have fun indoors and get some exercise whilst burning off extra energy. Adults will enjoy themselves too with some great offerings in the café!

Address: Reid Street, Christchurch , Dorset, BH23 2BT
Telephone: 01202 481015

Prices From
£15.75 per night (Two Adults)

At a Glance

  • Toilets and showers available
  • 600 pitches
  • Rally field
  • On-site shop, with hot food takeaway service
  • Open 17th March - 31st October
  • View our pricing guide and seasonal dates

Contact Details

Phone bookings: 024 7642 3008
Holmsley Campsite, New Forest Forest Road Christchurch BH23 7EQ (Use BH23 8EB for Sat Nav's)
01425 674502

Firstly the post code takes you to a very narrow lane10ins from the campsite not great start! I regularly stay at campsite in the new forest through the camping and caravan club, I was very disappointed with homsley! Arrived to site to be told there was no pitches!! Although had booked 10 weeks previous! Has to temporally pitch on a bank! I have 3 small children and this was not acceptable another camper told me that the same had happened to him! The site is very over crowded and safety is not good there is not 6 m between everyone, people are squashed in left right and centre. When I complained to staff about the in convince of temp pitching and moving again in the morning they were unhelpful and refused to reimburse 1 day that I had lost messing around moving re pitching! Instead I was offered a coffee! Throughly disappointed would not attended again as if this to were happen again it is very inconvenient and stressful. Written this review as wouldn't want other families to have to put up with this puts a real downer on the holiday!!
Review by: Kate King
Lovely staff, useful shop, lovely walks near by great for families and dogs
Our first UK camping trip with 2 kids (3&5) and puppy 6months. We did pitch away from the centre of the camp site which looked horribly full ! But on the sides near the forest it was lovely and quiet... no one near us and it was a busy weekend. The staff are all mature staff from the area so they know a bit about camping, kids, dogs and the local area, which is lovely and useful. They are also very friendly and very helpful. There are enough showers and toilets and they are relatively clean and not smelly! The dog and the kids both loved it. There is everything you need in the shop if you forgot anything, from dog treats and food to kids treats and food! Games, deck chairs, gas bottles etc... they have a handy ice pack system for 50p you can freeze and ice pack with them and if you dont have your own simply hire one for ?2 deposit which you get back on returning your freezer packs. l Great staff great place...
Review by: Tanja Kent
My car arrived on the back of a low loader and the caravan being towed, not the best start to our holiday. But Des and his staff were wonderful. They helped in such a way that it helped the start of the holiday. For the 10 days we stayed the were kind and Des the manager was extremely good. Taking my wife shopping, and taking me to the garage for the repairs. I cannot speak highly enough of the team. What started to be a disaster turned out to be a joy. Good pitches, very clean toilet blocks, it has to be a must when in the new forest.
Review by: Pete Cross
Brilliant birthday weekend
I have to say we have had a brilliant weekend even though the site was really busy we enjoyed every minute of it. The staff were friendly the site had a well stocked shop and a kids play area. The site was not noisy everyone was very considerate to other campers. The walks around the site were beautiful. I would recommend and wont use anywhere else.
Review by: Katie Lewis
Brilliant bank holiday weekend at Holmsley.
We had a lovely weekend, although we arrived rather late, the staff were very helpful and even found us a suitable pitch. It had been raining a lot and a number of the other campsites had been turning away people as the sites were flooded in places, so it was very busy. It is within easy reach of a lot of the places we wanted to visit. I would recommend this site especially to families. The shop and takeaway on site were most welcome as well.
Review by: Chelle Brooke
AnitaH review of Holmsley, New Forest
My family and I loved it here, the site was full to capacity, but was quiet and peaceful especialy at night. My only small complaint is that it is a free for all to try and find your pitch, as my son and his family were bringing their caravan as well it was difficult to find 2 pitches together, luckily someone was just packing up next to an empty pitch so we waited for that one. It would be helpful if you could book 2 together as our holiday would have beem spoilt had we not got together, also there were some people pitched with tents on electric hook up pitches that were not using them. That is what happens when it is a free for all. But apart from that small gripe we loved it, the staff were all nice the shop was well stocked with basics, and there were plenty of toilets and showers.We would definately visit again in the future.
Review by: AnitaH
AMC London review of Holmsley, New Forest
A great centre for exploring the new forest. The site is a disused WW2 airfield, so very big and not particularly beautiful. The ground was hard, stony and grass patchy. The facilities were brand new, but some pitches were quite a distance from them. The site is spacious, but the siting of the electric points make the 6m rule almost impossible to apply. The site is very peaceful at night.
Review by: AMC London
Steve review of Holmsley, New Forest
I have to say that the location is perfect, as was the access, the welcome and overall the site was exactly what we were looking for. I found the staff very friendly. I would like to say however, that as previously commented, it was not ideal that you have to drive round and round the site to look for a pitch. I had expected to be allocated one having pre-booked, as we were arriving late and would need as much time as possible to set up. We actually spent a good 20 minutes driving round before we found an area that was only acceptable, and not to the standard we had hoped. Some visitors have commented on the hard ground, and I have to say that this information is stated on the website, so we went prepared. Finally, whilst it states there is a shop and takeaway on site, neither of them were more than average, and despite very friendly staff we did have to leave site for both food and essentials. Yes, we would return, and despite all the issues we found the location fabulous for just relaxing and walking!
Review by: Steve
Tony review of Holmsley, New Forest
What a fantastic site The site had something for everyone both young and old. All the fellow users were understanding of 2230hrs silent hours and the site staff were helpful, efficient and made sure the camp rules were adhered to. The shower facilities looked brand new with all the piping nice and shiny there are three large main blocks with separate male and female ablutions, baby changing and dish washing areas in each. Next to each block there were all the relevant facilities for caravans and a full recycling centre. I will 100% revisit this site and plan to in the near future.
Review by: Tony
kdbcmt review of Holmsley, New Forest
The best first experience for my partner. She'd never been camping before but has now returned to this site and gone to others. Facilities were clean and modern. The shop and cafe were well stocked. Staff were friendly and surroundings were picturesque. The site was generally quiet and the late rule was kept to.
Review by: kdbcmt
Matt & Jane review of Holmsley, New Forest
This was our first time at Holmsley and we will defiantly be going back. There are a lot of poor reviews for this site saying the staff are rude, facilities poor etc and I have to say I was a bit dubious before we booked, however they were all unfounded as the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The facilities although not 5* were clean and in good condition and the best bit was you could pitch anywhere! as long as you were 6m from your neighbour. We had left the kids at home and planned on a quiet weekend walking with our dog and we were not dissapointed. The site is on an old WW2 airfield and the aircraft turning pans and taxi ways form the road network of the site, There are plenty of cycle ways and walks leading from the site through Holmsley inclosure including a disused railway that leads to Burley. or you could take a stroll up the old runway which is still visible on the ground. The site was about 3/4 full and there were a lot of groups & family's with children, but to be fair by about 10pm all was quiet. All in all a great site and we'll be going back with the chidren.
Review by: Matt &
L + C review of Holmsley, New Forest
Visited for the first time and stayed for a long weekend. The weather was unusually good and when we arrived the place was heaving with a vast assortment of other weekenders. Felt slightly concerned about being crammed in with the masses but sought advice from one of the employees and ended up with a pitch that was perfect to our needs. Loved the location of the site and the peace when everyone left on Sunday + found the facilities more than adequate (especially the shop) but would recommend wearing crocs or similar in the showers because of the sloping floors. Will happily return there again because there are so many places to visit in the area and it's also a good chill-out zone too!
Review by: L +
K Corke review of Holmsley, New Forest
I was slightly dubious about booking this site after reading previous reviews and after staying at the fabulous Verwood site just up the road a few weeks previously. However, it was bank holiday weekend and Verwood was booked up so we thought we'd give it a go. The site is set in a lovely location and we found the arrival process very smooth. Personally I wasn't very keen on the layout of the site (an old airfield). The site is vast and we found a spot in the upper field. The ground is extremely stony, you will definitely need rock pegs. Drinking water taps are dotted around, our nearest was in serious need of better drainage as it was a big muddy puddle hard to get close to. We found the facilities basic but clean enough. However, as I mentioned it was the August bank holiday weekend, we arrived on Thursday and found a pitch fairly easily. By mid afternoon on Friday the site was heaving. Pitching distances were reduced to 3m between units which led to people literally pitching on top of each other. There were easily 2,000 on site and the noise level reflected this. Despite the wardens best efforts it was not a good nights sleep all round, Each morning there were queues for the showers and many times there seemed to be not enough hot water for all the taps trying to use it at the same time. I'm sure that at a quieter time the site is more pleasant, and the staff were very friendly and helpful, however I didn't like the feel of it and I'm not sure that we would return, more likely we would try to get back into Verwood next time.
Review by: K Corke
Cath review of Holmsley, New Forest
A very big site, and exceedingly busy over the weekend during summer holidays. The children's playground is small, but fine for younger children. Had to queue for a shower on Saturday am, but otherwise no problems with the facilities - good hot showers and cleaned regularly. Great location for New Forest walks and cycling, also very close to the beach.
Review by: Cath
sammienhs review of Holmsley, New Forest
I have been to this site 3 times now, and really like it but it does have its pitfalls. I have been when it is very busy, and the comments some people have left regarding the free for all pitching is true, it can be difficult to squeeze in when it is busy. I have often found it noisy too well after 23.00 but the last time in May 2011 it was quiet. I found it frustrating having a premium pitch and still told \"to find a space anywhere\" to try and squeeze in where there was a free socket but giving the units there a clear 6 mtr space. It just wasn't possible as units already there had spread out. I would very much prefer marked pitches but the site is in a great location in the heart of the forest, perfect for cycling/walking and a short drive to the beach. I am back there in June but dread driving around finding a pitch, thats the worst bit, but even with that its one of my favourite sites.
Review by: sammienhs
Human Condition review of Holmsley, New Forest
Forget the description -- unless you're driving everywhere this site isn't close to *anything*, and given this site touts its green credentials it seems a little at odds. (If you're in a motorhome you may not want to drive anywhere; see below). The walking directions to Burley are needlessly long, but it turns out that unless you want to hire a bike or buy a tacky souvenir it's pointless anyway. Bransgore has a pub, a Co-Op, a chip shop, a pharmacy, and a butcher, but these are a two and a half mile walk (the on-site shop covers the basics, but anything beyond bread, milk, and ice cream and you really need to head to town). The site organisation is dreadful; we booked a premium pitch and when we turned up we were told to take our pick. Unfortunately as people can park more or less anywhere it meant that very few premium pitches were accessible, and as the site filled up we watched several people circling the site fruitlessly looking for somewhere to hook up. This also meant we didn't feel able to drive anywhere as there was a fair chance that when we got back we'd have lost our pitch. One other minor complaint: dogs are supposed to be kept on a lead but this doesn't seem to be enforced at all. In closing, the sheer scale of the place means that you don't feel like you're getting away from it all but still manages to be miles from anywhere -- it's the worst of both worlds!
Review by: Human Condition
Simon review of Holmsley, New Forest
This is the second time we've camped here and again we had a great time. We stayed two nights and didn't go anywhere else - we just enjoyed chilling out on our pitch, playing a bit of 'tennis' and frisbee and walking in the forest around the site. There are lots of horses who gather at various places around the perimeter fence every day, and a few cows as well, which liven up even short walks from the site, especially for children. We like the 'pitch anywhere' sites but we have a small campervan and no awning so we're very flexible. I think if you're arriving at busier times with a big tent or a larger caravan or motorhome it might feel a bit like hard work trawling around the site trying to find a spot you can definitely fit into, especially if you've paid to be near an electric hook up point, which cuts out most of the site. That said, we were there in the middle of August and were surprised at how much room there was overall. There's a useful shop with a range of groceries, newspapers, camping spares and hot drinks available. We were tickled to see people driving all of 100 yards from their pitches to the shop in the morning. Staff are friendly and the site is well maintained but if you normally only camp in manicured, well-ordered sites with ruler-straight defined pitches you might have to relax your expectations a bit to get the most out of this one.
Review by: Simon
campervan review of Holmsley, New Forest
camp here first time. We found this camp very clean with all the facilities. Staff are all very friendly. the only problem was the postcode indicated is incorrect and we took some time to find it.
Review by: campervan
Broomsticks review of Holmsley, New Forest
We stayed here when the weather was horrendously stormy so ended up with a small lake in the centre of our awning due to it running under the skirt, however, weather is not the sites fault! Lovely little shop, facilities good. Perfect for kids and dogs! Lovely for walking the dog. We thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful stay, despite the weather and we are going back again next week!
Review by: Broomsticks
sambo review of Holmsley, New Forest
Myself and my other half had never been to this campsite before and we were pleasantly surprised. It was a relaxing and friendly environment with beautiful surroundings. The showers and toilets were VERY clean and seemed to be being cleaned by a member of staff every time we went in there. Christ Church and Bournemouth were only a short drive away if you wanted a day out, My other half loved the fact that there are horses and cows wandering around just outside the campsite. We went peak season and still found that it wasn't overly cramped. Only thing i would say is make sure that you know exactly where the campsite is before you leave as their post code does not come up on sat navs. Apart from that we both had a lovely time.
Review by: sambo
Scott review of Holmsley, New Forest
Fantastic place to go! Please be aware the ground is very hard and you will need strong pegs. I agree with other people about trying to find the electric hook up pitches where a nightmare.if you pay for a hook up they should provide you with a space. Other than that fantastic place!!
Review by: Scott
Mick & Gella review of Holmsley, New Forest
This was our second visit to Holmsley and will definitely be going back again. On both occasions we had no problem finding a Premium Pitch, we don�ۡ���t understand why people have such an issue with having to find their own pitch, (Postern Hill does the same, again no problem). This site is just perfect for our needs, with very friendly and helpful staff. Would be good if the CDP and grey waste area were covered to give some shelter in bad weather and it�ۡ���s a shame the site is not open all year, would be ideal with the amount of hard standing. GREAT SITE!
Review by: Mick &
jean review of Holmsley, New Forest
We have been to this site several times and intend to visit again. We have children from 1 to 16 ages and they all had a lovely time The site is not pitch marked which gives it a lovely feel, there is a lot of hardstanding but that is great for the children's bikes etc the staff are so friendly and chatty, they had a fun morning for the children which they enjoyed. There are lovely walks available short and long, don't be put off by the reviews, this is a site that needs enthusiastic is what you make it.....
Review by: jean
Jon Estell review of Holmsley, New Forest
On a disused airfield with large expanses of broken roadway, the site was incredibly busy to the point of overcrowding even given the time of year. The words 'busmans' holiday were expressed by our party on a number of occasions! Free-for-all on pitches led to some interesting positioning by some! Superb location for mountain biking and near the lovely coast. Main shop useful with take away Pizza on site although local pubs served excellent food. The facilities were too small for the numbers and were in need of updating, particularly the showers. However, the nearest shower block had a sign stating it would be closed for renovation the following weekend. Safe for the kids but really noisy at night. Generally, we felt the Forest Holidays description did not meet the reality. A beautiful location rather let down by the disused nature of the sites grounds.
Review by: Jon Estell
Ryan review of Holmsley, New Forest
When we arrived there was no one in reception, just a sign saying ''closed for lunch'' which meant we had to wait with 2 very young children for nearly an hour before we could book in. After setting up we decided to get a take-away as advertised on the website, however we found that it is only open at certain times of the year. The site staff on the whole were very helpful, apart from one woman who refused to provide some hot water for a bottle for our baby as our stove failed to work. The site manager, Ben, however was fantastic, when there was an incident on the site he was very helpful and reassuring, overall while the site has it's failings it is perfectly placed in the forest and is great for a family getaway as long as you don't have to rely on the facilities.
Review by: Ryan
Mr & Mrs R review of Holmsley, New Forest
We stayed in August, turned up on a Saturday and told to find a spare pitch - this meant driving round the large site trying to find one as we were given no idea of where the empty pitches were. No organisation so tents/vans were all over the place. Many pitches on concrete with awning on sloped bank next to it. We were lucky but without the mover would not have managed to get the pitch we did. Saw a couple other vans come and go to another site. Outside site nice area for walking, kite flying.
Review by: Mr &
Simon review of Holmsley, New Forest
First time we have camped in our new motorhome so our opinions are not as qualified as others but.....we felt the entrance VERY narrow, staff pleasant but not very informative & we were a bit annoyed at being told the local pub in Burley was only 2 miles's nearly quite a walk there & taxi back!! Toilets very clean, pitches were ok - wouldn't rush to go back - sorry!
Review by: Simon
Hawkeye review of Holmsley, New Forest
We found all the best and worst comments about this site were true. It must be chaos in the school holidays. Difficult to find an available electric hookup, the 10 inch waste water drain had no cover, at the weekend when the site was busier units were too close together and no-one seemed to care, we just had to get on with it. It's good not to be regimented - have a look at the nearby Caravan Club site ! - but some organisation would be good. The whole site looked as though it needed some TLC but the location is wonderful.
Review by: Hawkeye
Simmo review of Holmsley, New Forest
Site is basic. Shower block is clean but poorly appointed. Cublicles are small and have neither stool nor shelf. Hooks are small and basic. THere are no discreet hand-basin cublicles. Dropping point for waste water is just about accessible for camper van, but not for m/homes; it is almost surrounded by mud. Pitching arrangements are haphazard with no clearly defined pitches. We were attending a party 10 miles away and were told there was no way that we could access the site after 10.30pm. We had to leave the prty early. Having said all that, the staff were cheery and helpful but seemed resigned to the mediocre set-up. The site needs bringing into the 21st century!
Review by: Simmo
Renee review of Holmsley, New Forest
We arrived late and struggled to find a small pitch. There are no marked pitches and there is no way there was 6m between pitches. The paths/roads around the camp are not marked or lit and it is huge. There are only 3 toilet/shower blocks and the showers were filthy. The water was too hot - and there were babies and small kids being showered and no way to turn down the heat. The next morning the water was cold. The noise carried on until well past 11pm and I wont be using the site again!
Review by: Renee
Chris review of Holmsley, New Forest
This site is a paradox: The location is perfect, but everything else is very poor. I booked in Nov 12 to visit in May 13, booked and paid for a premium pitch with hard standing, in any other campsite you would get exactly that, here this just means park somewhere on a runway, and hope there is a hookup within 50 metres, I was told that this 'was a premium pitch' it was not its was no different to a layby I had passed on the M3 on the journey down there. I was then told I could chose anywhere that I liked or have a refund, considering this was a Bank Holiday weekend I felt backed into a corner to try to find a half decent place to park up. I am very unhappy about the way this site is sold or described at the CCC, and will take this further once the office opens this week. the facilities are very out dated, and considering how busy this place gets they are very small. The only redeeming factor is that it is in a perfect location, but that aside I would say, this site is worth going to on the following basis. The price of pitches is reduced by half: That the CCC do not sell this site with anything other than grass pitch and hook up, so fee paying people like myself are not under the impression they are getting something which is clearly unavailable at this site. The owners and managers in my view are complacent and are using the location to keep getting punters through the door. They should spend some of that money on making the site better.
Review by: Chris
Paul & family review of Holmsley, New Forest
Nice location but there are real issues with this site. General lack of maintenance is obvious, my wife told me that half the ladies showers were not working in our block. I know that they wish to save water but setting the shower controls so that you get just over a second of water per push as well as being frustrating means that you have to develop a technique of keep the button permanently depressed, somewhat self defeating! I also tried another block and the shaver points were ALL out of order. The provision of a dirty old mop to clean showers out was hopeless, used it once and the result was worse than before I mopped it. There is a take away on site, but even in high season it has limited opening times, if fact not opening at all on many days. The vehicle access hours are not at all enforced so you will be disturbed very late and very early as well. My overall view is top prices for at best poor 2nd rate facilities (excessive prices for gas replacement and being charged ̴�5 per night for our very small trailer is greedy in the extreme!!). You may guess that we will not be returning here.
Review by: Paul &
Ivan review of Holmsley, New Forest
We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and found the free for all system very poor considering we had booked a premium pitch (caravan and awning) The site had a number of weekenders (Which i am not against as we do the same)We ended up with a poor pitch at the bottom of a slope which caused problems when it rained we could have pitched on the ex runways/roads but we did book with awning.The actual premium parts are not very nice looking unless you use the far fields which are a long way from any facilities let alone hook ups.Toilets etc have been refurbished? The showers only have hooks no benches and curtains missing. Take away advertised but when we want to use closed do to lack of numbers onsite.Overall i feel this site requires a complete overhaul to make it more inviting we would not return as it is.
Review by: Ivan
Shoreham review of Holmsley, New Forest
Not appealing!! Entrance is way too tight - constricted by posts - and why there would have been plenty or room? Pictures are misleading. Hardstanding is a joke. No marked pitches.Ugly site. I dont think the Club should list this site. In defence there was no parking allowed on the grass due to weather. So should it be open? I was given a refund but would not return. I have parked in better lay By's.
Review by: Shoreham

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