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Prices From £21.05 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 discover the forest nearby along miles of stunning waymarked tracks and footpaths. Why not try a scenic ride along the National Cycle Route from Holmsley Walk car park to the beautiful, bustling village of Brockenhurst, within the heart of the New Forest.

The rural villages of Burley and Bransgore are also 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.

Worth Noting

The shop and takeaway service will remain closed for the season.

When visiting the New Forest, please follow the New Forest Code to help us care and look after this unique place for everyone to enjoy. Find out how here.

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 be 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.
Please be aware the shop and takeaway service will remain closed for the season.

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

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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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Lovely position
Great position and helpful staff. Facilities very clean, just wish showers had a dry area to get dressed. I am too old to stand on one leg and not get my knickers wet!!
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Not thought out
The toilet block nearest us was closed for cleaning for 7am to 9am, just when everyone is wanting to go for showers, the next toilet block stated it was closed from 9am to 1pm for cleaning. The staff said the site was full, it was no where near, although they might have meant for the number of staff they had and that they were very busy. The site was tidy and we had a lovely time there. Shop is only open until noon and the from 4 to 6pm and is not fully stocked, so bring what you need with you.
Unit Type: Caravan
Excellent as usual
This is our 5th year here although my husband first visited Homesley at the age of 14 back in 1969. The site is perfect for getting to both woodland and sea. This is our first year with our new dog and she loved it as much as us. The staff are super friendly and they work really hard to make sure all the facilities are clean and ready for use. It was slightly disappointing that the site shop was not selling takeaway food or alcohol this year - however this did not detract from what was a lovely relaxing holiday
Unit Type: Tent
Nice basic site
Nice basic site , the showers and toilets are looking a bit old now but all very clean. Only one petty point that let the place down there was no sink plugs in any of the washing up rooms.
Unit Type: Tent
We arrived around lunchtime having booked a hard standing for the caravan which turned out to be the tarmac of the runway. We were told to park at the edge & put our awning on the grass which was on a slope. To be honest first impressions were unorganised and untidy- not the sort of site we expected. We looked at each other & the warden asked if everything was ok & we said no not really. To be fair he did say if it wasn’t what we expected & if we wanted to find somewhere else they would give us a full refund. We couldn’t have spent one night there so managed to get 7 nights at a Caravan Club site a mile or so down the road which was fantastic. Can’t comment on the facilities as we didn’t use them. Make sure you read all the reviews before you book.
Unit Type: Caravan
Wonderful wardens
Had a wonderful 10 days here this month. Such a lovely site in a beautiful location. The highlight by far, though, were all the wonderful staff who looked after us. All went above and beyond to make the site the best it could be and make our stay the most enjoyable it could be. The most friendly, helpful and diligent group of wardens we have come across throughout our stay. Then, when I realised I had left a camera behind after leaving, a simple phone call saw it returned to me by special delivery within a few days. No problem! Nothing is too much trouble for these guys. We were both most impressed and look forward to visiting again.
Unit Type: Caravan
Excellent campsite staff and clean site
Thank you Holmsley for making our visit so enjoyable. Your staff were the best we have seen at any site. They kept the site and Services so clean, They were always on hand and around the site tidying up. Well done we will certainly visit again. Sally and Chris.
Unit Type: Camper Van
Not very pretty
Unfortunately this site hasn’t got lots going for it. Although set in the New Forest means it has a few nice pitches, it is dominated by the scruffy grey tarmac and wheeley bins, which give a rather depressing look. The ‘hard standings’ mean you get to park on the road !!! with people on top of each other, with completely chaotic spacing. The wardens are helpful and friendly, but over zealous in the ticket checking and a little clueless in directing people to pitches that aren’t marked up. The shop is disappointing, with rather poor quality products. The motor home service point is a joke and not for for purpose. All in all a very average site that is, at best, near to the coast for family’s looking for inexpensive accommodation.
Unit Type: RV Motorhome
Lovely campsite with a historic background and a great helpful team
We loved this campsite Holmsley for its beauty in full nature, the open pitches, the landscape, the team of workers who were always there to help or to give advise and last but not least the great history of this former Airfield.
Unit Type: Caravan
Brilliant campsite Beautifully clean and super friendly helpful staff We loved the ponies and the numerous walks around Burley The shop was a welcome addition Our elderly blind dog loved it too Would recommend
Unit Type: Tent