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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.

T
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!

Train

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

Bus

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

Coach

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:


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: 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


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£16.60 per night (Two Adults) BOOK NOW

At a Glance

  • Toilets and showers available
  • 600 pitches
  • Rally field
  • Licensed shop on site, with hot food takeaway service
  • Open 22nd Mar – 29th October 2018
  • 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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Fantastic site
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Lovely site. Staff really helpful too. Horses not allowed in the actual site.
Unit Type: Tent
Great site
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Fantastic site, staff incredibly helpful for us, very inexperienced caravaners, could not have helped more! The location is very easy to access from all directions, roads easy to navigate with an unfamiliar appendage behind the car. The site is beautiful, the Forest ponies and cows made the holiday for my Grandson. We have experienced many sites as tent campers, and we will certainly be returning to this one again. Cannot recommend this site highly enough.
Unit Type: Caravan
Excellent
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Second stay at this site. Choice of pitches accommodated by the extremely helpfull and friendly staff. Dog friendly, good shop and good quality take-away. Back next year for sure, again when the oiks have gone back to school!
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Fantastic weekend in the New Forest!
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We have visited here many years ago a few times with our children as a large group. It’s still as good today with wide open spaces direct access to tons of forest walks and the toilet/wash facilities are very good. The shop stocks all we needed and even a takeaway too! We will definitely be back next year!! Oh and the staff were very cheerful and helpful too!
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Too many rules
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We have family camped at this site for years now. 2 caravans and 1 tent. Each year more rules come in. The final straw was this year. You can't fly a kite . Wrong label on tent. Camping should be fine. It's like a prison camp. We freeze in evening as no fires allowed even in a bbq. We won't be going back and shall find a site that allows fun
Unit Type: Tent
Lovely idyllic location
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What a lovely site. Big open space on one side where the old airbase runways were but total forest behind. Wonderful walks, amazing location and of course lots of beautiful ponies. Nice clean toilets and showers, amazing shop, friendly staff. We will be back !
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Basic family camping in good location
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Popular site while we were there. Served as a good base for a 2 night visit to the New Forest. Rubbish could be better organised with more bins and better recycling. Showers lack a small shelf/seat in order to put clothes and towel whilst showering.
Unit Type: Tent
Rules for the sake of rules ruined our stay
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We've been coming to Holmesley for over 20 years and this visit was by far the worst for over zealous, power-mad wardens. It's September, so it's quiet... yet my daughter and he friend got told off for flying a kite in wide-open space with absolutely nothing underneath it because a child fell of a bike staring at a kite earlier in the season. Ridiculous - the kite didnt even have any poles in it, it was just material. So she had to go outside the main gates... where she couldn't fly it because the horses were going mad. The next complaint was when my sister-in-law returned in her car to the campsite and was told that she was displaying the wrong ticket in her car and that one should have been on their tent and the tent one should be on the car so could she swap them. The information on both tickets is IDENTICAL, just one is slightly bigger than the other. OMG, can they get any more petty than that? If it's that much of an issue, why not put "VEHICLE" on one and "TENT" on the other. It's a real shame you get wardens like this. Most are really nice, but some seem to be on a power-trip.
Unit Type: Caravan
Nice site
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Nice location of campsite. Staff friendly. Well equipped shop. Showers hot but cubicles small and not all of them have shower curtains which caused clothes to get wet. Would benefit from a shelf in the cubicle. Cleaning of showers/toilets at 10am is not a good time as people still needing to use them and one complete block closed. Would come again.
Unit Type: Tent
Fabulous
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Holmsley is the perfect place for us great staff very friendly the shop is well stocked and very good value it can be busy with children but do could anywhere we’ve been twice in 6 weeks for a 3 nighter 😊
Unit Type: Tent