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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.

o enjoy a forest holiday at Holmsley campsite, book online now.

Regrettably opportunistic thefts, especially of bicycles, are known to occur in the New Forest area, which is an unfenced environment. Please be aware and take extra care to fully secure your property when camping.

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

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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3 night stay
We recently stayed at Holmsley and were disappointed. When we arrived we were shoehorned in between two caravans and we couldn't believe the proximity to other caravans. My new neighbour had to move his car to allow us to get in and couldn't believe how close we were. What has happened to the fire safety rules? The pitch itself was just a bit of grass near one of the old runways so had no getaway forest feel at all. If we had been placed on one of the runways as others were I would have driven straight off the site and gone home. The position of the vans looked like lorries parked up on hard shoulder of a road. On the plus side the shop and the staff are really good with everything you could need and the direct access to the heath for the dogs were the highlights of what is a very ugly site. The location of the site is also great for being close to the beach and local villages. Time of Stay: 26th October 2018
Unit Type: Caravan
Nice site
The staff were really friendly and helpful, ammenities were nice and clean. Good weekend.
Unit Type: Caravan
Friendly and electric hook up available
We used to stay here some 20 plus years ago with our young family and now we are camping again. We remembered the site with fond memories and have not been disappointed on our return, this time and last year. Warm, friendly welcome by Campsite Staff. Toilets/shower blocks (2 out of 3 open this time) clean and appear well maintained. Close to walks and cycle path. Take Away Menu available, but closes before 6pm.
Unit Type: Motorhome
Group of families camping trip
Found campsite easily, lovely location in the new forest. All staff contact thoughtout whole stay was very good. Food and shop on site also great. Campsite was as expected, good standard, open spaces, walks, clean, services etc... we would definitely go back here. My only issue was the state of the male toilets, they got quite disgusting as the day went on and by day two I had learnt to use them by 830! By mid morning there was really one out of four cubicles useable. Upon booking they had said toilet blocks were closed so everyone was sharing one. And I know the state of them reflects on the customers, but with this amount of use for what we were paying they should have been useable all day. The showers and female toilets were all ok.
Unit Type: Tent
Nice site - but not great for tents
This campsite is in a great location, close enough to Chirstchurch, Ringwood & Burley for some nice days out and some great walks through the forest. It has very good facilities, with clean toilets/showers and a well provisioned shop/takeaway with lovely staff. I've stayed here twice, once with family and once on my own, in tents both times. The first thing that struck me is that the site is quite "concrete" with lots of hard standings and that the "grass" areas are quite gravely, which doesn't make pitching a tent particularly easy. I chose this site as I wanted to feel like I'm in the forest, but found it really tricky finding a suitable pitch that wasn't next to an access road or right out in the open, so on both occasions and ended up quite a long way from the facilities. Fine when I was on my own but not great for kids. I'd probably say that this is a great site for campervans/caravans (a number of which seem to be pretty well established) but not so great for tents. Also be aware that its close enough to hear to a fast noisy road (A35) and seems to be directly under the landing flight-path for Bournemouth airport, and the usual (rather strict) New Forest camping rules (and prices) apply.
Unit Type: Tent
Fantastic site
Lovely site. Staff really helpful too. Horses not allowed in the actual site.
Unit Type: Tent
Great site
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
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!
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!
Unit Type: Tent
Too many rules
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