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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.

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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:


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:

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:


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
£16.10 per night (Two Adults)

At a Glance

  • Toilets and showers available
  • 600 pitches
  • Rally field
  • Licensed shop on site, with hot food takeaway service
  • Open 6th April – 30th October 2017
  • 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 staff, the site has everything you need and is placed so wonderfully to see all of the animals.
Unit Type: Tent
What a great site. Very peaceful during our stay! The Staff and receptionists were friendly and efficient. They seemed to like working for the happiness of the customer. Well done to the training manager and the leadership. Tim and Teri
Unit Type: Caravan
Great value in a peaceful location
We stayed here for 4 nights. We were prepared for the lack of formality here as we had read the reviews so it was fine by us to be able to drive around and decide where to pitch. We like to be in the open and not under a tree so were happy to be in the middle of one of the main areas. The facilities are clean and adequate and the site is fairly well kept although not ultra smart. The staff were friendly. The shop has a range of goods, food and non-food but for those with transport, there is a butchers and a small supermarket in nearby Bransgore and lots of big supermarkets on the edge of Christchurch. We liked being able to walk in the forest directly from the site and the location is so peaceful at night but the light pollution from the facilities blocks does impinge on the sky at night. We would return here if we wanted to come back to the New Forest. On a practical note, the route via Lyndhurst is the best for towing, not via Burley which was the recommendation from the member of staff I spoke to on the phone before we came!
Unit Type: Caravan
Excellent campsite
Although we only stayed for two nights this time, we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. The site is very well run with all staff doing all they can to help you. The facilities are very good, clean and well laid out and the shop caters for all your needs. We will definite;y be back.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Best ever camping holiday!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Holmsley. The site is really spacious and safe which meant we were happy for our 4 and 7 year old girls to ride their bikes up to the playground, toilet block and shop unaccompanied. The site staff are really helpful and friendly and we were escorted to our pitch on arrival. The site is very quiet at night as most most people seem to get an early night. We really enjoyed the New Forest ponies being just across the road and the girls loved visiting them each day. Holmsley is a really beautiful setting to enjoy the New Forest. We enjoyed cycling through the woods to Burley. The Cider house at Burley is worth a visit, serving home cooked food and cakes and of course cider. Mudeford is definitely worth a visit getting the ferry over to the sandy beach, there are some gorgeous beach huts there. We also went to Bournemouth for the day. We will be back!
Unit Type: Trailer Tent
Great spacious family site
We camped at holmsley for 2 nights at the weekend. We had a lovely time. The weather was good which does always help! The shop on site is very well stocked, it has the usual items you would expect plus a few extras you can also purchase cooked food like bacon rolls etc and as well as whippet ice creams and slush puppies. There is plenty of staff on site. The toilets were always clean and stocked with soap and toilet rolls. The showers are a good temperature nice and warm with a push and hold button to operate which was my only tiny bug bear I hate this style of shower but I can appreciate the idea is to save water usage etc. The basin areas also are great, plenty of basins and all have a mirror (would be great if they had a lower mirror for little ones to see to clean face and teeth, as all quite high placed) there are I think 3 different shower/toilet blocks on site each block has plenty of toilets and showers, the site was busy and we never had to queue once for either the loo or showers : ) washing up area is clean and adequate also. Great location for forest walks etc . We went on a bike ride for 15 miles! It was great fun. We loved our camping trip and will definitely return again. Dogs are welcome on leads and definitely a fab site for families lots of children as well as older people and couples a real mixed environment and lots of space
Unit Type: Tent
Great time
We arrived after the May bank holiday on Tuesday 30th so we had loads of choice of where to pitch our tent. The toilets and showers were fine and clean. The staff were pleasant and the sun shone. The shop was well stocked and managed. I don't have much experience of camping so I can't say how this compares to other campsites but I had a great holiday.
Unit Type: Tent
Lovely site but only one Disabled Toilet!
Lovely stay. One problem - only one disabled toilet! It's not humane.
Unit Type: Tent
Family camping trip
We have been coming to Holmsley for the last 9 years, We really enjoy the site and area. This year we noticed that the facility block is starting to look a little tired, some of the showers you have to hold in the button constantly. An outside shower to wash off muddy kids and dogs would be a great idea.
Unit Type: Tent
Great campsite
This was our 2nd visit to holmsley and can say we love it here. Clean facilities and friendly staff. Dog friendly as well which our girl loved the field to run around in, also cooling off in the stream next to campsite. Kids loved having the horses, cows and rabbits as our neighbours, playing in the park or exploring in the forest. Already booked for summer and can't wait to get back there
Unit Type: Tent
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