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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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Based on an old World War II Airfield, Holmsley is a site steeped in fascinating history and is on the edge of the New Forest National Park, giving you the perfect opportunity to see ponies, deer and other wildlife. The heathland at the eastern end of the site provides a chance to relax and enjoy the serenity of nature.

With its children's play park, Holmsley is ideal for families of all ages - from those with young children looking for safe cycling routes to those looking for adventure with longer hikes and mountain biking.

Holmsley has both standard and premium pitches (600 in total, predominantly on grass), plus a separate rally field.

Non-members welcome.

Open from 17 March to 31 October

  • Holmsley Campsite,
    Forest Road, Thorney Hill, Bransgore, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7EQ
  • 50.7913, -1.6955 | SZ 21 99

Please use the postcode BH23 8EB if using satnav. This will get you onto Forest Road, then look out for the Holmsley campsite signs.

From London, the East, East Midlands and East Anglia (avoiding Lyndhurst), take the M3 westbound onto 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), Exit 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 directions above from the road over the heath through Burley Street and into Burley.

The site has full toilet, shower and washing facilities, and a fully equipped shop on site selling groceries, camping essentials and games. Also a take away for some well-deserved grub (available throughout high season and at weekends in mid/low season). Please note not all blocks may be open in quieter periods.
The nearby village of Burley offers traditional pubs and tea rooms and Bransgore has a bakery, butchers and a chemist, as well as the highly recommended inn, The Crown.

  • Adult only
  • Allow pets
  • Allow vans
  • Bike hire
  • Café / restaurant
  • Communal BBQ
  • Disabled facilities
  • Drinking water
  • Electric hookups
  • Entertainment
  • Family friendly
  • Fires allowed
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Glamping
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Internet access
  • Kids club
  • Kids playground
  • Laundry
  • Near beach
  • Near pub
  • Open year round
  • Peaceful
  • RV pitches
  • Shop
  • Showers
  • Swimming pool
  • Toilets
  • TV room
  • Vineyard
  • W.C. disposal
  • Water hookups
  • Watersports
  • Couples
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Members Only
  • Naturists
  • Older families
  • Peace and quiet
  • Rallies
  • Single Sex Groups
  • Under 18's
  • Young families
Grass pitches

Grass Pitches

Mostly flat grass pitches with optional electric, suitable for tents, trailer tents, caravans and motorhomes. Rock pegs are advised. Seasonal pitches available.

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Hardstanding Pitches

Hardstanding pitches with optional electric are available.

The New Forest and surrounding area offers visitors to Holmsley campsite a whole range of fun activities and family days out to enjoy. 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:

  • Forest Ranger Activities 2016
  • Cycle hire from Forest Leisure Cycling and Trax Bike Hire
  • Paultons Family Theme Park, Home of Peppa Pig World
  • The New Forest Activity Centre
  • Ringwood Brewery

The site is also close to several stunning beaches, including Hengistbury Head.

Prices from £15.75, based on two people sharing.

Please remember rock pegs are advisable for this site.


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