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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.There is a fully equipped shop on site selling groceries including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, camping essentials and games.


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.

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


Regrettably organised thieves are known to operate in the new forest area, which is an open and unfenced environment. High value bicycles left outside units in particular are targeted. Please be aware and make your own informed choices regarding security arrangements for your property.

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 including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, camping essentials and games.

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!

Train

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. 

For more information: www.southwesttrains.co.uk

Bus

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.

For more information:
www.wdbus.co.uk

Coach

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.

For more information: www.bybus.co.uk


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.

For more information: www.thenewforesttour.info

 

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
 

 

 
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



hurst-castle-panoramicHurst Castle 
Discover the fortress built by Henry VIII. Take a short ferry ride or trek along the 1.5 mile sea road to get to the magnificent castle. 
Tel: 01590 642500



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
 
 
 
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


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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

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One of the best campsites in the new forest
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We had a brilliant stay at homesley the weather was on our side the staff are lovely and friendly and helpful. The campsite was a clean and tidy. Lovely showers and toilet blocks and a well stocked shop and food service would recommend to friends and family
Unit Type: Caravan
Holmsley Camp Site
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Bit concerned about telling you how good this site is in case it gets too popular. So keeping it short. Thoroughly enjoyed my second stay there. Will be returning.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Functional and friendly
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The facilities at Holmsley are basic but functional, the staff are absolutely terrific and very friendly. The shop provides you with any essentials you have forgotten, and any non essentials that catch your eye! They stock locally made and grown produce which I thoroughly recommend you try and the cafe sells IMHO the best latte in the New Forest! The only drawback was the poor attitudes towards the campsite rules by some of the other campers but that is not the fault of the campsite or staff.
Unit Type: Tent
Great family friendly site
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Stayed at homsley twice now. Great family friendly campsite, great little park, good showers and really well stocked shop and cafe inside. Great location to go see the new forest ponies and relax
Unit Type: Tent
How camping should be.
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Just got back from a beautiful stay at Holmsley . The staff are amazing happy to help , a warm welcome and friendly throughout the time we spent on the site. The site is well maintained all facilities worked as expected the toilet and showers are clean and operational . All in all i can not fault this site at all . (The weather was lovely !) So it does help keep everyone cheerful :) Advice - bring rock pegs.
Unit Type: Tent
Excellent facilities and staff who are cheerful and very efficient.
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We love Holmsley. It's a brilliant location with plenty of choice of pitches, a high standard of facilities, good walking from the site and a first class beach at Highcliffe, less than 15 minutes' drive away.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Superb base for the New Forest
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Just stayed here for the one night to visit friends. The staff arranged it for us to be placed next to their van which was very good of them as the site is huge. Highly recommend a visit to the Three Tuns in Bransgore. Excellent beer and the food looks exceptional. Only 15 minutes away on bike, less in a car and a little longer if you walk! Facilities are very good, plenty of toilets and showers and very clean. Shop is well stocked. All in all a very good site.
Unit Type: Motorhome
Good clean site
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Holmsley campsite was a site we have never been on and was so lovely. Lovely walks for the dog etc. The dogs had to be kept on a lead and weren’t allowed in the washing areas which I understood however a lot of people were blinkered to that they would do their own thing and ignore that, which was frustrating. All in all I would definitely come back to this site, clean and nice facilities. Ground a bit hard to bang in tent pegs but being July understandable.
Unit Type: Tent
Feels smaller than it is
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This is a very well-run site. Facilities are clean and well-maintained, staff are friendly and helpful. It manages to feel fairly small, although has the advantages of a larger site. And their chips are a great addition to a bbq.
Unit Type: Tent
Holmsley site
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Very good facilities toilets and shower blocks very good and cleaned regularly. Camping pitches very disorganized, not sure if a quiet area with Elecric hook up available but would have chosen this option.
Unit Type: Tent