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Prices From £18.05 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 take off straight into the forest on foot or by bike and enjoy its miles of tracks and footpaths.

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.

Please note: 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 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.

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

Prices From
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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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Quiet retreat
Staff very helpful, dog friendly site. Old RAF airfield with plenty of history. Close to trails through the forest so ideal for walks. Not too far from Bucklers Hard and Beaulieu motor museum. On site shop has good stock and take away facility. Overall good place to stay in NF.
Unit Type: Caravan
Great hot showers very clean bathrooms. Welcomed by friendly staff.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Fab site
This site is amazing for someone like me single traveller with dog. The facilities are great, washing machines, tumble dryer, well stocked shop & the friendliest group of wardens. Lovely forest walks & yet local to nice villages & main towns. Spacious site & love you can choose your pitch. Will definitely be back next year many thanks
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
The staff were helpful and friendly and always smiling even though the weather was not good. Love staying hear, the toilet/shower block kept clean and tidy.
Unit Type: Caravan
Sadly very wet time
It poured for hours, everywhere was wet and muddy, but the dog thought all that mud and water was great! Despite the weather, the toilet blocks were kept clean and warm. The staff were their happy selves. The shop was running down stock for the end of the season, but that was to be expected and didn't affect us . As always we had a wonderful break in the beautiful New Forest. Wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Good facilities and friendly staff
Despite the weather we had an enjoyable stay. Staff were great. Shower and toilet facilities very good as were the shop and cafe. Very good walking straight out of the campsite. The walk over to Burley via Holmsley Inclosure recommended.
Unit Type: Caravan
Nice Place with Shop
Found all staff very helpful at all times and having the food take away with good food, also shop had most things we wanted and not to over priced.
Unit Type: Tent
The site is very good, ideally positioned, very good clean facilities, very good shop and hot food. There were several cats roaming the site, not sure who they belonged to but as this is a forest site with wild animals and especially birds around I would think that it is not a good idea to allow cats on the site.
Unit Type: Camper Van
New forest break
My wife and I stayed for the weekend and enjoyed the relaxing and tranquil Campsite within the new forest. We took a relaxing walk from the site to Burley. There we discovered there was a steam and vintage fayre. Burley is a lovely and quaint village within the new forest with pubs and local shops. It was our first stay on this site and found both the staff and facilities first class. 😁
Unit Type: Tent
Lovely Site
I was rather worried about staying at this site due to some poor reviews. I needn’t have worried! Unfortunately we can only stay one night, but we will be back. Friendly and helpful wardens. It’s a lovely but unusual Setting on an old airfield. It has a lovely feel about it. I much prefer it to the clinical and expensive MH&CC site we’ve just been on (Black Knowl) which was soulless and just rows of mainly caravans, and £10 a night more expensive! This site is open but next to forest and heath and great for wildlife. There are 3 Toilet blocks which were better than I’d imagined and all very clean. There is a large shop selling camping equipment, food, fresh bread, wine & beer AND it has a takeaway open from 8-5. 15 and 5 stars for food hygiene. We had a great breakfast. The ground was dry even after 24 hours of solid rain. Loved it! And if you think I’m easily pleased, you need to read my other reviews-I am rather picky!
Unit Type: Camper Van