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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.

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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
  • New offers available! View details.
  • 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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Peaceful Retreat
We stayed at Holmsley for one night with our two dogs, to see how they would react to being under canvas with a view to future camping trips with them. It is well signposted and located for various venues within the forest, all readily accessible by car within a short time. The entrance to the site was strewn with New Forest Ponies with foals, they too appeared keen to try and get into the site! The receptionist handled the booking efficiently and gave us a great map of the site allowing us to choose our pitch. The shop was well stocked with local beer and a take-away was possible too! We found a great pitch and our tent erected in no time. We headed out for a walk in the forest around the site and were thrilled to find extensive walks around. The dogs were in seventh heaven, and with noses down and tails wagging non-stop we walked all around the local area. The camp site was quiet and peaceful with a few dogs on site. The facilities blocks are clean and tidy, well stocked with toilet paper and hand wash, which was very encouraging. We didn't use the showers or dishwashing but both appeared to be clean and pleasant. All in all we had a great stay and would highly recommend, and will definitely be visiting again ourselves with the pooches, as they had a great time too!
Unit Type: Tent
Quiet location, nice facilities
Stayed here for one night on our way to the South West coast. Lovely location for this campsite, very in the middle of nowhere and private. The campsite is large and has many spaces. We arrived in Mid-Season so there were fewer plots free and we had many neighbour's but they were quiet. The amenities blocks were clean and sufficiently large. Would recommend if you're staying for a short amount of time - very nice place. This place may not be for you if you're staying for a long time outside of low season and don't have children as it can be quite busy/loud.
Unit Type: Tent
Nice Site
A really delightful site, even if the toilet blocks are a little cramped and old fashioned. Nicely situated to explore the whole forest and brilliant for bike riding. Was very noisy on last night (First night of school summer holidays), until almost midnight which took the shine off a superb holiday. The staff were helpful and cooperative, a fellow camper complained about the noise and the staff said they would "have a word".. well worth s visit.
Unit Type: Trailer Tent
Excellent site and excellent staff. Superb service.
Holmsley is a lovely site with plenty of space and clean facilities. The staff were very helpful and courteous lending me various tools, that I had left at home, allowing me to pitch my drive away awning successfully. Thanks to all for a quiet and enjoyable holiday.
Unit Type: Motorhome
Gorgeous spot, but gets busy
I've seen loads of reviews on this site & a great many complaints - most of which appear to be from people who don't understand camping. We found it well run, clean & with a good shop & excellent toilet blocks (needs a bar, though!). Having said that, we were careful to stay midweek .before the holidays started. Even then it was relatively busy. If you don't like noise & loads of kids etc, avoid like the plague on summer weekends & during the holidays. The walks & paths into the Forest were great - if you're in a motorhome you're unlikely to .want to go touring around after you've pitched up, and there is a danger you'll lose your pitch in busy periods. More precise marking & control of the EHU pitches would help here. PS: Don't arrive via Lyndhurst...
Unit Type: Motorhome
Super friendly!
We stayed for just a couple of nights and the facility's and staff were great! The shop had a range of useful products too! It's a lovely spot with great surroundings!
Unit Type: Tent
Very reasonably priced & good site
Very good toilet & showers (free) in Pleasant New Forest surroundings,cheaper than others with plenty of space & near to New Milton & Christchurch - a lot of NF ponies hang around the entrance & don't budge when you try to drive through!
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Great Weekend
This was our first time camping in the New Forest and Holmsley was a great start. The staff were really friendly and helpful, the facilities were really clean and exploring the forest was so easy from there. We found a great secluded pitch amongst the trees, which was ideal. Would definitely recommend the site.
Unit Type: Trailer Tent
Spacious site, friendly staff cannot do enough for you. Modern, spotlessly clean loos.
I never write reviews but I do feel on this occasion one is most deserving. An excellent site and camping experience. Lovely site, plenty of space, well organised and faultlessly operated. Really nice vibe, friendly folk staying a nice balance of people groups dogs etc! The site is a credit to the staff, thank you - book a stay with confidence and enjoy!
Unit Type: Tent
Relaxing, perfect base
Just back from a wonderful relaxing weekend. The perfect base to explore the New Forest and close to beaches. The site is so lovely, you have the perfect balance of everything. Shop and staff are brilliant and so helpful. Shower and toilets are clean. Honestly, we couldn't speak high enough we love it here!!
Unit Type: Camper Van
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