Holmsley Campsite, New Forest, Hampshire
Holmsley is a campsite steeped in history. Occupying part of what used to be Holmsley Airfield in the Second World War, it is one of 12 wartime airfields and Advanced Landing Grounds in the New Forest. Indeed, the aircraft hard standings and taxiways are now the campsite roads and parking spots!
The campsite is close to the rural villages of Burley and Bransgore, with shops including a bakery, chemist, and chip shop. The site is predominantly grass, meaning there is a lot of space for the children to play. It also offers direct access to forest walks and safe cycling tracks; ideal for exploring the local flora and fauna with the whole family.
Onsite there is a fully equipped shop that sells a wide range of groceries, camping essentials and games to ensure that your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. There is also an excellent take away; perfect after a busy day exploring the forest and when you want to put your feet up in your tent and relax.
Next to the site there is a large heathland which is fantastic for a spot of nature watching. Free-roaming ponies, cattle and deer are frequent visitors, and you might see squirrels, badgers and foxes if you are lucky. New Forest woodlands are thought by the locals to be at their very best in the autumn, during the annual Pannage season. At this time the forest turns crimson and gold and echoes to the sound of rutting deer. Fungi of all shapes and sizes appear, and squirrels and birds forage across the woodland floor searching for acorns. During Pannage, New Forest pigs are released to feed on acorns and beech mast. Acorns are poisonous to ponies and cattle but do not harm the pigs at all, so during Pannage, the pigs act like vacuum cleaners eating up the potentially deadly harvest, keeping the forest in perfect working order.
Premium pitches are available onsite, and there are also toilets, showers and a launderette available. Holmsley is close to several stunning beaches including Barton on Sea, with Bournemouth and Poole just a drive away. Please remember to bring your rock pegs for this site. Due to the low level of lighting campers must pitch up before dark.
Pitch types at Holmsley
There are 600 pitches at Holmsley, made up of standard and premium pitch types.