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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.


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

 

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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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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Arrived late but phonecall from the site earlier in the afternoon made it clear that wouldn't be an issue. Site was very clean and quiet. Facilities were excellent, very clean very modern. Staff very friendly.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Beautiful area for my first stay in the forest
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For my first time in the forest, it was amazing, horses running outside the site, owl's in evening, a woodpecker occasionally. I also like planes so being under the Bournemouth flight path was also enjoyable for me. The site was spotless, the shop plentiful and the staff polite and friendly. When I booked, I didn't realise the horses weren't allowed inside the site so on arrival I was disappointed but there were plenty outside to see. There were quite a few dogs, which I wasn't keen on but they were all well behaved. All in all, I came home very relaxed after a hot, sunny and very pleasant 5 night stay at Holmsley. Thank you all involved!
Unit Type: Tent
Overall, love the site. Amenities are very good. Well stocked shop.
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Didn't realise until we arrived that the toilet block nearest the plain would be closed. A little disappointing, especially since it was a bank holiday weekend. There was a family in a residential caravan not far from us that seemed not to be able to exist without their radio on. they were spoken to one evening about 9:30 and did respond by turning the volume down. However the next day the radio was outside on the table whilst they sat in their caravan. Not sure what your policy is on this but I do feel that they should be spoken to. They were the only family that had a radio on that others could hear. I have no objection to them listening to what they want to, but I do not see why we should be forced to listen to it as well.
Unit Type: Caravan
Good
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I always enjoy my stay at Holmsley, I come down in the Spring nearly every year. This year was no exception, except for one windy day with Storm Hannah I had a very peaceful 8 days enjoying walking and reading.
Unit Type: Caravan
Lovely, spacious campsite
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We stayed for 3 nights at Holmsley and had a wonderful time. We just wanted a relaxing time with plenty of short walks and reading to catch up on. It's great to visit a spacious site with lots of options of where to park up. Also, there were plenty of walks around the site that didn't involve having to drive again or cross busy roads- you can just lock up & go unless you need to go further afield. Also, Holmsley has one of the best stocked shops I've been to - really excellent. Staff friendly and very helpful - will definately return.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Fantastic!!
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Our maiden trip with our Eriba caravan was a great success!. Staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. We chose our own pitch as it wasn’t too busy which was great. Toilet block very clean, showers hot and powerful and plenty of them. The shop has everything you need and you can’t ask for more! Altogether a fabulous site.
Unit Type: Caravan
Ok but
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Site is very clean and also the facilities. Great stocked shop and friendly staff. Great location to get everywhere we wanted. Downside which unfortunately is quite a big one for me... the showers! If you close the curtain there isn’t enough room to swing a cat and showering with a curtain in my face isn’t greatly appealing. Darn annoying when the push button only stays on for 1 second in some cubicles, if your lucky you may get one that stays on for 4 seconds. Impossible to shower / soap properly with the water on and to keep you warm when it’s flipping cold in there. Really miserable showering experience. Have paid the same amount of money and less for a site with way better showering facilities! Lovely site but sadly wouldn’t return.
Unit Type: Caravan
Highly recommend
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The site was lovely and peaceful, amenities were clean and well maintained, staff were all helpful and friendly and the shop reasonably priced. A perfect few days in perfect setting.
Unit Type: Tent
Best camp ever
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Wow We could not recommend this place more if you want to escape.. right on an amazing cycle path out long weekend could not have been better😎😎
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
camp site
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camp site very clean and tidy very very frendley staff and so helpfully be going again for sure
Unit Type: Caravan