Holmsley Campsite Camping in the Forest

UK England

Steeped in history, Holmsley occupies what used to be Holmsley Airfield, one of 12 wartime advanced landing grounds that scatter the magical New Forest

It’s not often you can pitch so somewhere steeped in history. Holmsley occupies what used to be Holmsley Airfield, one of 12 wartime advanced landing grounds and airfields that scatter the New Forest. Today, the taxiways and aircraft hard standings have been transformed into roads and parking spots, keeping the landscape's working history very much alive. On the southern edge of the New Forest, Holmsley is perfectly positioned to explore not only Britain’s most densely populated national park, but the numerous nearby beaches, including Barton-on-Sea, Poole and Bournemouth. With enchanting forests, stunning beaches and a dramatic history – what more could you possibly want from a campsite?

Holmsley is big, very big, but even though there may be a couple of hundred campers onsite at any one time, it never feels overcrowded. Most of the site's 600 undefined pitches are flat, secluded and come with lovely views, although rock pegs are advised, but that's quite the norm for the New Forest.

Ablution facilities are clean and modern with three huge blocks, each containing showers, toilets, a family shower room, washbasins and electric shaving sockets. There’s also a well-stocked shop with all the things you may have forgotten (groceries & camping essentials), whilst the onsite takeaway is very popular with visitors, peckish after a wonderful day exploring the forest.

Whilst most campers head for the New Forest's intricate maze of walks and cycle paths, you can also visit several sandy beaches, all of which are only a short drive away. Buzzing Bournemouth is popular, whilst its reserved, more attractive neighbour Poole is an altogether more peaceful place to spend your day. The quay is littered (in a good way!) with restaurants and old fisherman’s pubs, whilst the small peninsula of Sandbanks has a jaw-dropping beach and plenty of activities to keep you busy, from windsurfing and powerboating to kayaking and kitesurfing.

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