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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. On site, there is also a fully equipped shop which offers groceries, camping essentials and a take-away service.

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, camping essentials and games. Also a take away for some well-deserved grub.

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
  • On-site shop, 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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Firstly the post code takes you to a very narrow lane10ins from the campsite not great start! I regularly stay at campsite in the new forest through the camping and caravan club, I was very disappointed with homsley! Arrived to site to be told there was no pitches!! Although had booked 10 weeks previous! Has to temporally pitch on a bank! I have 3 small children and this was not acceptable another camper told me that the same had happened to him! The site is very over crowded and safety is not good there is not 6 m between everyone, people are squashed in left right and centre. When I complained to staff about the in convince of temp pitching and moving again in the morning they were unhelpful and refused to reimburse 1 day that I had lost messing around moving re pitching! Instead I was offered a coffee! Throughly disappointed would not attended again as if this to were happen again it is very inconvenient and stressful. Written this review as wouldn't want other families to have to put up with this puts a real downer on the holiday!!
Lovely staff, useful shop, lovely walks near by great for families and dogs
Our first UK camping trip with 2 kids (3&5) and puppy 6months. We did pitch away from the centre of the camp site which looked horribly full ! But on the sides near the forest it was lovely and quiet... no one near us and it was a busy weekend. The staff are all mature staff from the area so they know a bit about camping, kids, dogs and the local area, which is lovely and useful. They are also very friendly and very helpful. There are enough showers and toilets and they are relatively clean and not smelly! The dog and the kids both loved it. There is everything you need in the shop if you forgot anything, from dog treats and food to kids treats and food! Games, deck chairs, gas bottles etc... they have a handy ice pack system for 50p you can freeze and ice pack with them and if you dont have your own simply hire one for ?2 deposit which you get back on returning your freezer packs. l Great staff great place...
My car arrived on the back of a low loader and the caravan being towed, not the best start to our holiday. But Des and his staff were wonderful. They helped in such a way that it helped the start of the holiday. For the 10 days we stayed the were kind and Des the manager was extremely good. Taking my wife shopping, and taking me to the garage for the repairs. I cannot speak highly enough of the team. What started to be a disaster turned out to be a joy. Good pitches, very clean toilet blocks, it has to be a must when in the new forest.
Brilliant birthday weekend
I have to say we have had a brilliant weekend even though the site was really busy we enjoyed every minute of it. The staff were friendly the site had a well stocked shop and a kids play area. The site was not noisy everyone was very considerate to other campers. The walks around the site were beautiful. I would recommend and wont use anywhere else.
Brilliant bank holiday weekend at Holmsley.
We had a lovely weekend, although we arrived rather late, the staff were very helpful and even found us a suitable pitch. It had been raining a lot and a number of the other campsites had been turning away people as the sites were flooded in places, so it was very busy. It is within easy reach of a lot of the places we wanted to visit. I would recommend this site especially to families. The shop and takeaway on site were most welcome as well.
AnitaH review of Holmsley, New Forest
My family and I loved it here, the site was full to capacity, but was quiet and peaceful especialy at night. My only small complaint is that it is a free for all to try and find your pitch, as my son and his family were bringing their caravan as well it was difficult to find 2 pitches together, luckily someone was just packing up next to an empty pitch so we waited for that one. It would be helpful if you could book 2 together as our holiday would have beem spoilt had we not got together, also there were some people pitched with tents on electric hook up pitches that were not using them. That is what happens when it is a free for all. But apart from that small gripe we loved it, the staff were all nice the shop was well stocked with basics, and there were plenty of toilets and showers.We would definately visit again in the future.
AMC London review of Holmsley, New Forest
A great centre for exploring the new forest. The site is a disused WW2 airfield, so very big and not particularly beautiful. The ground was hard, stony and grass patchy. The facilities were brand new, but some pitches were quite a distance from them. The site is spacious, but the siting of the electric points make the 6m rule almost impossible to apply. The site is very peaceful at night.
Steve review of Holmsley, New Forest
I have to say that the location is perfect, as was the access, the welcome and overall the site was exactly what we were looking for. I found the staff very friendly. I would like to say however, that as previously commented, it was not ideal that you have to drive round and round the site to look for a pitch. I had expected to be allocated one having pre-booked, as we were arriving late and would need as much time as possible to set up. We actually spent a good 20 minutes driving round before we found an area that was only acceptable, and not to the standard we had hoped. Some visitors have commented on the hard ground, and I have to say that this information is stated on the website, so we went prepared. Finally, whilst it states there is a shop and takeaway on site, neither of them were more than average, and despite very friendly staff we did have to leave site for both food and essentials. Yes, we would return, and despite all the issues we found the location fabulous for just relaxing and walking!
Tony review of Holmsley, New Forest
What a fantastic site The site had something for everyone both young and old. All the fellow users were understanding of 2230hrs silent hours and the site staff were helpful, efficient and made sure the camp rules were adhered to. The shower facilities looked brand new with all the piping nice and shiny there are three large main blocks with separate male and female ablutions, baby changing and dish washing areas in each. Next to each block there were all the relevant facilities for caravans and a full recycling centre. I will 100% revisit this site and plan to in the near future.
kdbcmt review of Holmsley, New Forest
The best first experience for my partner. She'd never been camping before but has now returned to this site and gone to others. Facilities were clean and modern. The shop and cafe were well stocked. Staff were friendly and surroundings were picturesque. The site was generally quiet and the late rule was kept to.
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