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The award-winning Sandy Balls Holiday Village is set against the stunning natural backdrop of 120 acres of woodland on the edge of the New Forest National Park and bordered by the fast moving waters of the River Avon. Hidden away in peaceful glades, it is the perfect getaway from the everyday world for families, couples and friends.

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Sandy Balls has been running for more than 95 years and in that time tens of thousands of guests have enjoyed its superb customer service, luxury facilities, quality accommodation and an abundance of activities in a breathtaking setting. Five-star Sandy Balls has something for everyone, so whether it's a long weekend, mid-week break or longer, it offers the perfect holiday destination.


For those looking to savour the great outdoors, but wrapped in a little luxury, our five-star accommodation includes one, two and three bedroom luxury woodland lodges sleeping two, four or six guests and four-berth static holiday homes. All are fully equipped, centrally heated and have a DVD and TV. The lodges have their very own decking and barbecue area and some even come with a private hot tub too.

Our Premium and Premium Plus lodges offer all the delights of our Laidback and Laidback Plus lodges with extra opulence and convenience. A dishwasher to take the hassle out of your holiday, an iPod docking station to keep you entertained. Complimentary towels and bathrobes, an early check in and use of the gym is also included with our Premium lodge range.

Our most luxurious accommodation, Premium Vista lodges, are a real home from home. With all the benefits of Premium and Premium Plus lodges, you also enjoy the best views on the estate across the Avon Valley. Enjoy it from your roof top terrace or infinity balcony, some of which come with a jacuzzi. Premium bathrooms and decor throughout complete our top lodges.

For 2015 we've introduced brand new four and six berth Superior and Superior Plus caravans and refurbished our Cosy caravans.

For those who prefer to bring their own equipment there are the fully-serviced touring pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents. All our award-winning serviced pitches come with gravel hard standing, drainage and electricity, water and satellite TV hook-up. Pitch fees include the use of the well-appointed shower, toilet and laundry blocks with their unlimited supply of hot water and heating. Of course, Sandy Balls also has all the essential facilities you would expect from a five-star holiday village - including a launderette and three spotless and well maintained shower blocks for tourers.

Our Camping Pods offer the excitement of camping but with a little more luxury. A seating area converts into a double bed and two single pull out chair beds offer accommodation for four guests. A fridge, kettle, TV and heated towel rail complete your pod.


In addition to pet friendly and pet free lodges, caravans, camping pods and touring pitches, our dog exercise field and a wide choice of woodland walks makes Sandy Balls the perfect holiday destination with pets.

Sandy Balls Holiday Village is open all year round.

  • Sandy Balls Holiday Village,
    Godshill, Fordingbridge, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 2JZ
  • 50.9302, -1.7599 | SU 16 14

From the east, leave the M27 at Junction 1 signposted New Forest/Lyndhurst/Cadnam A337 and at the end of the slip road, take the third exit B3079 to Brook and then join B3078 to Fordingbridge.

From the west, follow the A31 to Ringwood until the turning onto the A338 to Fordingbridge, and then take the B3078 for about 2 miles.

From the north, follow the A338 through Salisbury to Fordingbridge and then take the B3078 to Godshill.

For those travelling by train, the nearest mainline railway station, Salisbury, is 12 miles away.

Sandy Balls welcomes 70,000 holiday guests every year and, with an increasing national trend for holidaying in the UK, there are a growing number of guests that visit several times a year. The success of Sandy Balls is due in no small part to its excellent facilities which are all situated in the safe haven of a pedestrianised Village Square.
There's the onsite pub, The Woodside Inn which serves food with flair - from tasty tapas and flavour some flat breads to beer battered fish and chips or gourmet sausages served with bubble and squeak. A children's menu, snack menu and specials blackboard are also available all year round. It's a bright and airy place to enjoy a great range of ales including Ringwood Best and Guest ales, lagers, ciders, stouts and spirits. It is also popular for an indulgent full English breakfast.
Live music is enjoyed every weekend, year round and there is a full family entertainment programme every evening during the school holidays. Afternoon entertainment is available on selected days during the school holidays, and can include our popular fire performer or crazy clowns. A full list of entertainment can be found on our website.
The Italian style menu at The Forest Table is a family friendly, warm and welcoming restaurant - ideal for a family treat or a glass of wine on the terrace. Favourites such as margherita pizza and spaghetti bolognaise stand aside a la carte dishes, such as roasted salmon, on the menu. There is also a pizza takeaway service.
The Village Store is a fully-stocked supermarket where guests can buy anything from a newspaper to warm bread baked daily- or all the ingredients for a New Forest themed supper. Sandy Balls home-brand chutney and jams and a range of New Forest souvenirs to take home for presents can also be found in our store.
Sandy Balls Leisure Centre boasts a state-of-the-art gym and both an indoor and outdoor pool, a jacuzzi and sauna. It's the perfect place for guests who want to keep fit or just relax.
For those seeking challenging exercise, the gym has the latest workout equipment including steppers and upright bikes as well as indoor bikes and treadclimbers - and instructors to help use them.
The Cycle Centre in the Forest Hub offers the hire of mountain bikes, tandems, children's tagalongs and even doggy trailers. It is the perfect way to indulge in a day's cycling the forest trails or quiet lanes in and around Fordingbridge. There are loads of cycle routes available to suit all abilities.
The Retreat beauty suite offers luxurious Clarins facials, relaxing massages and body wraps.

  • 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
Camping Pods

8 x Camping Pods

Adding a new level of luxury to camping with double insulation to provide a warm and cosy alternative to sleeping under canvas. A sofa bed provides a comfortable bed for the adults, whilst the kids can have fun sleeping on pull out sofa chairs.

Woodland lodges available to sleep two, four or six guests.

63 x Woodland Lodges

All our lodges are centrally heated, open plan living with TV & DVD and fully equipped kitchen with microwave. Bed linen is supplied and all have a decking area, BBQ stand & picnic area. Pet friendly and pet free options are available.

Premium Lodges

48 x Premium Lodges

All the features of our Woodland lodges with some added extras of flat screen TVs, dishwasher and iPod docking stations. Complimentary towels and two bathrobes, an early check in and complimentary use of the gym add to your stay.

Premium Vista Lodge

9 x Vista Premium Lodges

With spectacular views they feature floor to ceiling windows, infinity floors onto the veranda and tasteful decor. These fully equipped lodges have two bedrooms, a sofa bed in the lounge, and offer all of the luxuries that come with our Premium Lodges.

Caravan Holiday Homes

49 x Caravan Holiday Homes

Our four and six berth Superior and Superior Plus caravan holiday homes as well as our Cosy caravans feature spacious open plan living, complete with TV, DVD player, and central heating, they also have fully equipped kitchens and BBQ stand.

Caravan touring pitch

225 x Touring pitches for caravan and camping

Our fully-serviced touring pitches are perfect for camping or caravanning, all within a short walk from the central facilities of a fully stocked Village Store, launderettes, shower and toilet blocks, water supply and electric hook-up.

Cornfield Camping area

100 x Seasonal Camping Pitches

During August we open our basic camping field Cornfield. A great atmosphere prevails as families of campers sleep under canvas. Full access to all Sandy Balls facilities in your generously sized pitches as are hot showers in portable shower units.

New to 2016 - Safari tents

8 x Safari Tents

Located in The Glade, this exclusive area is conveniently located next to Northfield shower block which provides your bathroom facilities. Your Safari Tent gives you all the luxury of a lodge, with all the freedom and adventure of sleeping under canvas..


The New Forest - home to Sandy Balls - instantly conjures images of ponies on heathland, deer grazing in glades and meandering paths through ancient woodland.

Beautiful in the summer, stunning with glorious rich autumnal backdrop, breathtaking in winter wonderland whiteness - and when spring emerges with its spectrum of colour, simply a joy.


There are three outdoor play areas for children of all ages, and an indoor soft play area for the little ones.

Every week Sandy Balls runs a full programme of activities giving guests the chance to do as little or as much as they like during their stay. These activities are branded 'Get Active', 'Wet and Wild', Explore the Forest' and 'Get Creative'. Activities may vary throughout the seasons but may include:

  • Guided walks around the forest's park and woodland
  • Arts and crafts classes
  • Horse-riding, archery, falconry and laser combat
  • Nature talks, pond dipping and bug hunts
  • NEW! Alpaca walks
  • Kids jet skis and Pirate Mania with our giant
  • pool inflatable
  • Sport tournaments

Fishing is another popular reason to visit with challenging stretches of the River Avon.


  • Sandy Balls is the perfect base for exploring more of the New Forest and the surrounding area -because of its location. Local attractions include:
  • Beaulieu Motor Museum
  • Exbury Gardens
  • Paultons Park with
  • Peppa Pig World
  • Marwell Zoo
  • Mottisfont Abbey
  • Beaulieu Abbey
  • Lyndhurst - the ancient capital of the New Forest
Prices start at £10 for camping and touring, Camping pods from £160. Please see the website for all current prices.

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