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Prices From £21.05 per night (Two Adults) BOOK NOW
Holmsley campsite occupies part of what used to be Holmsley Airfield in WWII - one of 12 New Forest wartime airfields and Advanced Landing 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 discover the forest nearby along miles of stunning waymarked tracks and footpaths. Why not try a scenic ride along the National Cycle Route from Holmsley Walk car park to the beautiful, bustling village of Brockenhurst, within the heart of the New Forest.

The rural villages of Burley and Bransgore are also 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.

Worth Noting

The shop and takeaway service will remain closed for the season.

When visiting the New Forest, please follow the New Forest Code to help us care and look after this unique place for everyone to enjoy. Find out how here.

Any barbecues used on our sites should be specifically designed and used only for the purpose of cooking food (i.e. not firepits). They should be robust, secure and able to be raised off of the forest floor, there should be no damage or marks left on the ground where they have been used. In support of the New Forest Action Plan, we are asking campers not to bring disposable barbecues for their stay. We are also reminding campers that outside of our sites, no barbecues of any kind are now allowed anywhere in the New Forest.

Please do not feed, pet or approach the animals in and around the campsite; they may look friendly but are unpredictable and can bite and kick. Please keep all food sealed and out of reach of the ponies.

Facilities available at Holmsley Campsite, New Forest

The site has full toilet, shower and washing facilities, and pitches suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes.
Please be aware the shop and takeaway service will remain closed for the season.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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: New Forest Activities, Hazel Copse Farm, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7WA
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

Holmsley Campsite, New Forest Forest Road Christchurch BH23 7EQ (Use BH23 8EB for Sat Nav's)
01425 674502

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Great clean friendly site
Went for 3 nights with my family we took 3 caravans had a wonderful relaxing stay very clean the warden and staff very friendly toilets and showers spotlessly clean great little shop definitely going again soon
Unit Type: Caravan
Lovely Location
We were a bit apprehensive having read previous reviews but our experience was very positive. The pitches were rather close together but it was a busy weekend and we didn't feel too cramped. The staff were friendly and helpful making sure a friend who also stayed was sited close to our pitch. The shop was open and we didn't have any problems with the shower block being closed for cleaning as an alternative was nearby. Facilities were clean and there were plenty of rubbish and recycling bins around the site. Being sited in the middle of the New Forest on an old airfield it is to be expected that there would be limitations to how the site could be laid out, e.g. distance between water points, waste disposal sites, etc. but nothing that we found a problem. Plenty of lovely walks either from the site itself or nearby. There were many ponies (with foals) and cattle grazing just outside the site gates which were lovely to see. We would love to return again, there is so much to see and do.
Unit Type: Caravan
Excellent Campsite!
I couldn’t speak more highly of this campsite. The staff were friendly & helpful, the pitches well maintained, the toilet & shower facilities were clean & warm and the shop is stocked with just what you need ….. oh & it’s only 20 mins cycle from Burley for a trip to the pub! We’ll definitely be coming back, Thanks all!
Unit Type: Camper Van
Lovely site
Our second stay here. Saw several scathing reviews elsewhere just before our trip, so was a little trepidatious, but we needn’t have worried 😊 Great location, friendly helpful staff and the shop is open again which is a bonus! It would be nice to have a choice of pitch, but we wouldn’t hesitate to come back 👍
Unit Type: Motorhome
Perfect site for a Spring/Early Summer visit.
Although primarily a site used by caravans and motor homes, it is extensive enough for tent-only campers such as us to find a choice of quiet and secluded pitches. The toilet/shower/washing-up facilities were excellent and the servicing/cleanliness of these areas was faultless. We found the staff to be helpful and good-spirited and their attention to the maintenance of rules and security was reassuring. Overall it proved to be a fine location for a camping trip to such a beautiful area at this time of the year.
Unit Type: Tent
Friendly ,spacious site
We stayed with our 6 year old, loads of space to run around and a great little play park . All the team there were really friendly and the guy in the shop was very helpful . Will return
Unit Type: Trailer Tent
Nice campsite
Holmsley was the first Camping & Caravanning Club site we've visited. Having read some of the reviews we were a little sceptical about spacing of units etc. However, we really enjoyed our 4 nights there. I should say it was out of school holidays, and with 600 pitches (!!!) we could see how caravans/tents could perhaps become a little overcrowded, particularly the non-electricity ones as pitches are not defined. Even though there weren't many people there we came home from a walk one afternoon to find 2 more caravans near us. When I say 'near' one of them was probably no more than 2m away from our caravan, so definitely within the 5m boundary mentioned on the campsite leaflet. Fortunately, they probably realised that too, as shortly afterwards they must have enquired at the office as they hitched up and moved to another pitch. Why couldn't they have been shown there in the first instance? Having said that the toilet facilities were spotless, the shop well-stocked and the staff friendly. Being in the middle of the forest we were likely to wake up to horses, and their newly born ponies just over the fence from our caravan - beautiful (and cute).
Unit Type: Caravan
Very Peaceful
Excellent site. Clean tidy and well managed.
Unit Type: Motorhome
All round excellent site very helpful efficient staff and a great experience
We had a family reunion on the site over a long weekend and found the facilities excellent,impeccably clean. The staff were very conscientious, friendly and helpful. Thank you for a good weekend. We will be back.
Unit Type: Tent
Lovely clean site
Site was clean and quiet which was lovely. Showers and toilets were spotless. Shop was handy and the pastries and coffee in the morning is a bonus.
Unit Type: Tent