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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.

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 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!


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:


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:


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:

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:


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

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

Prices From
£16.10 per night (Two Adults)

At a Glance

  • Toilets and showers available
  • 600 pitches
  • Rally field
  • Licensed shop on site, with hot food takeaway service
  • Open 6th April – 30th October 2017
  • 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

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Such a warm welcome. Loved the 'looseness' of finding a pitch rather than the more military style sites. Home cooked bread? In 10 minutes? What else do you need? Had our 3 yr old granddaughter with us. Perfect stay.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Great location
We stayed over the Easter weekend. We booked then read the reviews and were nervous. However the site was great the staff friendly and facilities clean. The site wasn't noisy even though busy. There are loads of local walks and the site is convenient to other amenities. Try cream tea at the Rienfield hotel along the continental drive. We booked a hard standing but they moved us to a grass pitch which was better but can understand that some would be upset about that. My suggestion would be to book grass any way if going here again. All in all great break over a busy weekend.
Unit Type: Caravan
Beautiful location but the site is disappointing. The site has a certain charm but it does need some investment. The hard standings are rough, some of the railings and posts need cleaning and painting. The 'fence' to hide the wardens static van is rough and needs replacing. We have been coming to Holmsley for thirty plus years, but it's starting to look very tired. One toilet block was closed due to boiler failure, but we thought the site would have been checked in the weeks before opening. The wooden winter door was still In place in the ladies side, so obviously no one had checked it or cleaned it. We didn't use the showers as we did not like the thought of the water running through from the adjoining showers. Surely it should run underground. I am not sure what constitutes a premier pitch. We had a grass with ehu but there was rubbish from last season grown in in the brambles, including an orange plastic bucket. As club members we feel let down.
Unit Type: Caravan
Great walks, but noisey
We booked this site for the electric hook up, being easter holidays we expected it to be busy and it was, very noisy at times with children playing and using the hard standing areas as race tracks on there bicycles,scooters and skateboards,and I have some damage to the front off my caravan which know body knows anything about,For this reason I will not be going there again and will not be advising anyone else to,but in its favour there is very easy access to the forest and great walks,which our dogs loved,
Unit Type: Caravan
A nice stay but motorhome facilities need improvement.
The site urgently needs a proper motorhome service point, with a road level grey water emptying facility. The grey water points at present are all above road level, with a raised rim around the drain, and some distance from the road. Even with a pipe it is practically impossible to successfully empty a motorhome tank.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Arrive Early for help pitching especially if booked Electric!
We arrived around 6.30pm on the Thursday before the Easter weekend to find the reception closed and instructions to find a pitch ourselves and report in the morning. Having booked an Electric hook-up we found it extremely difficult to firstly identify where the Electric was within the camp site using the map provided and secondly find a vacant point as other guests were reserving points for family members arriving the next day! We were told by other guests that had arrived earlier in the day that they had been escorted to their pitch by the man on the tractor, but there was no sign of him! It was also confussing as to where the premium pitches ended and the standard pitches began, the last thing we wanted was to have to move again in the morning because we were in the wrong area. Eventually we pitched and crossed over fingers! This is a large site, which we are not used to, but all the electric point are squeezed into one rather small area which was extremely busy being Easter. The site facilities are good but the only reason we booked here was because we had two dogs and wanted to be able to walk out of the site and be in the forest without using the car. It would have been good if the reception stayed open a little later on such a busy weekend. I don't think we would return because of the pitching issue!
Unit Type: Caravan
Great stay
Great overall stay, easy check-in and facilities are above and beyond what you'd expect for fees paid. Site not overcrowded by any means and well maintained.
Unit Type: Tent
Perfect for camping
Really lovely campsite. Nice and quiet and beautiful scenery. Staff were always friendly and really chatty which made you feel very welcome. A nice shop onsite which sold lots of useful items which many may forget, didnt sell alcohol which was a shame as we did want a couple of drinks before going to bed but qt least we know for next time to come better prepared. Toilet blocks were clean and there was a little playground area for children. Lots of bins about which meant it was nice and clean. Only downside is, if you (like us) intend to pitch your tent at the very back of the campsite then be aware its a few minutes walk to the nearest toilet block. Not a major problem, but a 5am dash to the toilet meant I had to wake my partner up to come with me :)
Unit Type: Tent
The best place on earth
My family absolutely loved it here. The staff were so helpful and the area was beautiful. We hope we can come back every year.. loved it!
Unit Type: Caravan
Nice surprise
Holmsley was brilliant for us, really relaxed and calm. Loved how a modern type site felt of an older time but still gave the modern facilities. The site is separated well giving big open spaces throughout the patches of wild ground and trees. Good location for south coast and New Forest locations, masses of wildlife around but great for dogs. Would definitely recommend but tents need decent pegs as the ground is fairly stoney.
Unit Type: Tent
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