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.
To 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
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.
- 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: www.southwesttrains.co.uk
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
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:
The 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
Forest 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
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
Trax 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
Paultons 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
The 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 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
Ringwood 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 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