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 March – 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, Thorney Hill Bransgore, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 7EQ (Use BH23 8EB for Sat Nav's)
01425 674502

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After paying a considerable amount for having a seasonal pitch I was very disappointed with this site. Its a free for all as to where to pitch sometimes having to step over other people guide lines to get in the awning and having a view of an extremely large tent right in front of us. Loud music until all hours of the night, I didn't feel safe here as you don't see any wardens walking about at night. Toilets are a disgrace. Vehicles not sticking to the speed limits and young children speeding down the hill an accident waiting to happen!! The staff are friendly but don't often venture out of the shop. They seem to keep a blind eye on everything that goes on there! Its a real shame as could be a lovely site. Would never go back.
Unit Type: Caravan
Staff on site most helpful and welcoming
We realise that our stay was out of normal holiday time and therefore we were happy that there was no overcrowding. Everything clean and accessible and always staff were happy to assist us with things we had forgotten or did not know. The site was well positioned for good walks and easy access to places of interest.
Unit Type: Motorhome
Unable to choose a pitch !
Been coming here for so many years I forget ! So go for weekend break only to be told if you wait with your vehicle someone will take you to your pitch .... sorry ? Can't choose our own pitch ? That's the joy of camping in forest sites for us ! Choosing a nice quiet spot. Oh no you can't cos the grass needs to be I damaged when we hand back in two weeks !! What the heck. Wait for 20 mins no one comes. Then I flag him down. He takes us to a ridiculous spot. Makes us block someone's view. Right in the middle of everyone. We stay only one day. Very disappointing. Gone downhill. Toilet blocks very poor also.
Unit Type: Motorhome
This is an all round fantastic campsite. The staff were more than friendly and were happy and polite. They all looked as though they were happy to work there. Facilities are great - and the setting is absolutely amazing. We had our two children with us (10 and 3) and they both thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Located near to great walks, attractions, quays and shopping. We would definitely recommend this campsite.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Almost non existant mobile signal or wifi made for a awful experience
Campsite itself was ok, not the best gates are Shut at 1030 so unless you park outside ure locked in like a prison as u can't get anywhere round here on foot, the real pain is that there is absolutely no mobile phone signal across 99% of the campsite, which means if you have a business or anything important to keep tabs on you really are in trouble which is what I found myself in. Since we are now well into the 21st century surely there should be some Mobile phone masts or wifi capability, as majority or people do like to use phones and browse, watch movies etc while away, I know I as all my family do so as a result, it has been a pretty awful holiday, and had we known we would never have booked, we actually checked service with our mobile phone provider in the area beforehand only to arrive at holmsley to find it a near total dead spot, which has wrecked havoc with running my business and totally bored to death everyone else staying with us, my advice is if u need any sort of communication with the outside world or internet then DO NOT STAY HERE!
Unit Type: Caravan
Having stayed in various campsites in the new forest, this one was a let down. Not enough toilets/showers to cater for the site - didn't seem to be cleaned regularly either. It was a hot bank holiday weekend and they ran out of ice, BBQ food, cold drinks....no point in the shop. Decided to get our kids some chips to have with their dinner....a 45 minute wait!!!? Not a good experience and with other new forest campsites being a lot better.....they need to up their game! The only thing going for it is the relatively remote location.
Unit Type: Tent
Love this campsite
Been coming to this campsite for spring and autumn since 2014 now. This site has a special atmosphere at these times of year. It is very relaxed and only half full. The staff are very friendly and they do the best with what they have. On every stay there has always been one of the three toilet blocks out of order and the playground is in desperate need of updating as are the shower blocks. But this is an excellent value campsite for exploring the New forest proper or the south coast. Going again this autumn....
Unit Type: Caravan
Not my favourite camp site, to say the least! Because there are no marked out pitches, everyone pitches up anywhere - oblivious to everyone else! It makes the site very unorganized and scruffy looking and there is no privacy at all because you're crammed in like sardines! Also there was a lot of kids on site, with no room to play, apart from between the cars and tents - needless to say, we had to rescue 2 balls from under the van and it was hit umpteenth times! The facilities are ok, until we went into the showers and there was a sign up saying there was limited hot water, due to vandalism! This filled me with dread because I have been camping all my life and have never heard of any vandalism, anywhere! It made me feel very uneasy. When I called to make the booking I specifically asked whether there was hairdryers, pleased to be told yes, one in every block, but was not told you had to pay 20p! They were decent hairdryers, for a change, but I needed 40p each time, so be prepared! Also, the huge rally field, with the seemimgly rare electric hook ups, was empty all weekend - such a shame as everywhere i try and book, the hook ups are always sold out!!! In such an over crammed site, why was this huge area empty? I will not be returning as I hate being crammed in and having to listen to families arguing all evening!
Unit Type: Camper Van
Great for kids
This is the 8th year a group of mums and their kids have come to Holmsley. There is lots of space, woods and a shop. Kids get back to being kids outside in the fresh air.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Perfect site for families
I recently stayed here with my husband and our three young children and we loved the site. Everything was a close walk from where we set up. The kids loved the play area, takeaway service was quick and food was nice. Staff very friendly. Toilets and showers cleaned regularly . Shop had the essentials. Good area for riding our bikes and close enough to towns and a supermarket if you wanted to venture out. Will be booking to come back again next year!
Unit Type: Trailer Tent
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