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Prices From £18.60 per night (Two Adults) BOOK NOW
Holmsley campsite occupies part of what used to be Holmsley Airfield in WWII - one of 12 New Forest wartime airfields and Advanced Landing 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 discover the forest nearby along miles of stunning waymarked tracks and footpaths. Why not try a scenic ride along the National Cycle Route from Holmsley Walk car park to the beautiful, bustling village of Brockenhurst, within the heart of the New Forest.

The rural villages of Burley and Bransgore are also 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.

Worth Noting

When visiting the New Forest, please follow the New Forest Code to help us care and look after this unique place for everyone to enjoy. Find out how here.

Any barbecues used on our sites should be specifically designed and used only for the purpose of cooking food (i.e. not firepits). They should be robust, secure and able to be raised off of the forest floor, there should be no damage or marks left on the ground where they have been used. In support of the New Forest Action Plan, we are asking campers not to bring disposable barbecues for their stay. We are also reminding campers that outside of our sites, no barbecues of any kind are now allowed anywhere in the New Forest.

Please do not feed, pet or approach the animals in and around the campsite; they may look friendly but are unpredictable and can bite and kick. Please keep all food sealed and out of reach of the ponies.

Facilities available at Holmsley Campsite, New Forest

The site has full toilet, shower and washing facilities, and pitches suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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: New Forest Activities, Hazel Copse Farm, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7WA
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

Holmsley Campsite, New Forest Forest Road Christchurch BH23 7EQ (Use BH23 8EB for Sat Nav's)
01425 674502

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Not bad
The first pitch we were a signed was not great as two caravans by us had daring dogs, but after a conversation we moved to a much quiter pitch but very noisy at weekends
Unit Type: Caravan
Interesting Site!
This was an interesting site, as it is a disused airfield. Hard standing is literally on the side of the road with some grass next to it. It’s not what you expect, but it kind of works! The location was good, surrounded by lots of New Forest land, and not very hilly. Good for cycling and there are 3 pubs in Burley, about 3 miles away. My only negative is that not all the toilet blocks were open, supposedly due to low occupation, although it seemed quite busy to me. Also, they were shut between 9 and 10 ish in the morning, which is surely when people most want to use them!
Unit Type: Motorhome
Big open site
Nice location in the forest, facilities were good, lots of hot water in the showers however the shop and takeaway were not open and i feel this should have been on the website, not just waiting as a surprise when we arrived.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Returned to camping after 20 years and enjoyed my stay. Staff were helpful and polite. Campsite in a fantastic location with shops and beaches just a short drive away. Toilet block always found clean with decent hot showers. 100% return to this campsite. Thank you all at holmsley
Unit Type: Tent
Great place
We booked at Holmsley because we had seen the shop and cafe on a previous visit to another site. A few weeks after booking we got an email to say the shop and cafe were closed for the season. We enjoyed the site but felt it would have been better with more facilities open.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
A nice big site within reach of all local attractions
We have stayed here several times in the past and twice this year, the facilities are clean and modern, its unfortunate that the shop was closed, It is a very clean site and the staff are nice i only have 2 criticsisms, we were bunched up in the main field and would have prefered that the units were spread out a bit more, (there was plenty of room) we have noticed on our last two visit that despite the 21 day rule for seasonal pitches there are several unsightly older caravans that have been on site for ages,
Unit Type: Caravan
Not sure what I paid for
I had to purchase an XL pitch as the normal pitches were all 'sold out' On arrival the place was empty, didn't even have a pitch, it was just go wherever so not sure what the extra £20 was for. The shops was also closed which was annoying.... don't seem to remember that being mentioned. The campsite shuts at 1030 so be quick if you want to go out (which you will have to do since the shop is closed) Had a great time, but not sure that had much to do with the campsite
Unit Type: Tent
Sad to say
All the years I've been going to homsley, this was the worst ever.. I pick homsley because of the shop on site.. Of which was closed. I was told it was closed fue to lack of staff, but if I had been told this when I booked I would not of gone.. £60 for 2 nights.. Won't be returning
Unit Type: Caravan
Fair comments
We booked for 5 nights, 2 adults with 3 dogs. The site was open and well maintained with good shower/toilet facilities. There was a shop with cafe which looked nice but had been closed all season which was a shame. Walks directly onto the forest which was great for us dog walkers. The only downside was the meagre amount of windbreaks allowed, only 6 poles. We normally enclose our campervan to keep the dogs safe and prevent them being a nuisance to anybody else. The chap on arrival was lovely, inspected our pitch complete with windbreaks and said it was fine but after 4 days another chap told us to take them down. We left a day early but had very much enjoyed our stay up to then.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Friendly, no fuss site
Friendly, no fuss site.
Unit Type: Caravan