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.

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!


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:


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

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
£16.60 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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Lovely and Relaxing holiday
Myself, Partner and 2 year old Son booked up here for Easter week along with my parents and their friends and children and Grandchildren. Despite the continuous rain, we had a brilliant week. The staff were very welcoming and extremely helpful and the facilities were excellent and always very clean and tidy. Lovely site with little tucked away cul de sacs and also big open spaces, perfect place for a relaxing break away :-)
Unit Type: Tent
Great Site You wont be disappointed
As usual the site was great, the toilets clean and the staff helpful and friendly. We are it has to be said regular visitors to this site and it gets better every time. There is so much to do in the surrounding area you cant fail to have a good time. i sometimes think the random placing of caravans and tents could be better but then the site would probably lack something! There used to a board on the site shop giving you the history of the site as it used to a WW2 airfield and then a camp for people displaced by the war. This has now gone Shame!
Unit Type: Caravan
Great few days at Holmsley campsite
Had a great few nights at Holmsley Despite the wet weather the campsite drained well and we had no problems with waterlogging. When we arrived it was raining and there were very few puddles. The toilet blocks were excellent and very well looked after, with plenty of hot water and space. Washing up was also very good. The onsite shop and take away is also very good. Fab location with walks all around into the woods and beyond. My dog and daughter loved the nearby stream which was crystal clear. Recommend to anyone
Unit Type: Tent
Super site - clean and with loads of level pitches. Fantastic staff with loads of on site activities to take part in and information and booking for off site activities too. Good facilities and we really appreciated the take away food service. Strange times of day for closing the showers and toilets to clean them though 9:30 - 10:30 when they are surely at their busiest?!
Unit Type: Tent
One night stay
Arrived early at 10.30 am as only staying 1 night and meeting friends who had booked in the day before. Told we had to pay another £3 to book in early ! Camp site was not full at all and I only had a 3 man tent so very disappointed in the extra cost. Didn't have a good nights sleep due to noise. Very loud people and dogs barking most of the night. Finally the noise settled by midnight so tried to sleep but within 1/2 hour music started very loud we tried to find were it was coming from but as we got closer to the music all we could smell was weed! so wasn't about to confront the group ! The memo about noise after 10.30 meant nothing unless you have staff on in the evening to but it in to place. Sorry but wouldn't stay again and wouldn't recommend.
Unit Type: Tent
Lovely site and great staff but loud music till gone 1 am keeping all awake not good enough
Unit Type: Tent
Not great
Stayed here last weekend - paid over £100 for 2 nights - paid for XL space / very limited space left - tent was very close to other people and therefore couldn't sleep due to noise. Left on the Saturday as didn't want to stay 2 nights Facilities pretty poor for cost
Unit Type: Tent
Great location
Great location however we were pitched near seasonal ones...with fenced off pieces of forest for their gardens and a sense of proprietary we didn't feel very comfortable. Would suggest requesting a pitch well away from these or perhaps simply a grass pitch. Take away was great as was having an on-site coffee shop staff were fabulous and facilities very clean. Location is amazing for cycle paths so we had a great time anyway!
Unit Type: Camper Van
A great site for families.
We arrived at Holmsley to a very warm welcome at reception, the team were very helpful with our complicated booking, our party had arrived a day early before our large group. We were told where was the best place to pitch as a group, and given directions to the area. Facilities wise there is a takeaway which was reasonably priced, fish and chips etc, as well as freshly cooked bakery goods. The shop is very well stocked, with provisions as well as games, and camping equipment. The site is very large, but the pitches (we were on grass - non-electric) didn't feel crowded at all. The toilets/washing up facilities were very good and clean, the showers were hot, although another block closer to the very large field would have been beneficial as it was a very busy weekend. There are several walks right next to the site which are perfect for dog walkers and cyclists. There is also a small children's play area. As it's an old airfield there are plenty of tarmacked areas for the children to play on their bikes/scooters/rollerblades, the speed limit of the site is 5mph so very safe. The wardens were really helpful when our tent pole broke, they really went out of their way to help us out, which was much appreciated as the weather was atrocious. Having a later than normal check out of 12pm was lovely as gave us ample time to pack up, as was the option to increase this for an additional £3 (depending on what has been booked). All in all a lovely site, the only downside it being a forest site is that campfires aren't allowed. We had a lovely stay and will be back!
Unit Type: Tent
Excellent clean tidy lovely site. Helpful staff. Friendly. Evenings a bit noisy the cut off 10.30pm is not acknowledged by all. But otherwise loved it. Would be nice to have some entertainment on site. Club house or bar.
Unit Type: Tent