Tom's Field

UK England South East England Hampshire Fordingbridge

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Sometimes you just can’t fight your destiny; this is the campsite formerly known as farmland where the owners caved in to campers constant requests and now, for 28 days a year, this field gets to fulfil its wonderful campsite potential

Just minutes from the M27, the motorway gives way to moorland, drivers reduce speed in homage to the grazing gardeners of the New Forest – the wild ponies – and time slows down in step with the traffic. Cue deep exhalation of city congestion and, ventilated by heather-perfumed air, one remarkably swift passage into the wilderness.

Such accessibility from the conurbations of southern England earns the location big accolades. Still, don’t expect to hurry through William the Conqueror’s former hunting ground; wild horses may have dragged you here, but they’re unlikely to budge from the road till they’ve had their fill.

Tom Charman’s grandmother bequeathed her family the pottery and farmhouse adjoining the field. For years, campers would turn up requesting a pitch, encouraging Tom and his cousins to run an honesty site: a sign at the gate would welcome arrivals and contributions were collected each morning.

Tom’s Field now has 50 plots, managed by Tom and his wife Tina. Numbered pitches run parallel to the road, opposite another line of tents that overlook the moors. Here, parents sit outside their ever-expanding canvas constructions looking almost stunned by the sudden onset of relaxation. At the far end, beside a clutch of woody pitches, is The Copse, a favourite with couples.

You can walk for miles on the moors and explore villages by bike or on horseback. At night, campers laze around, barbecuing food. ‘Or the more adventurous,’ laughs Tina, ‘make the half-a-mile pilgrimage to the pub’.

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Facilities

There’s shower block (male and female), washing up sinks and a mobile shop. Woodgreen Community Shop visits every morning with freshly-baked croissants and lots more, while a pizza van usually visits one night each weekend. Firepits for hire and wood, kindling and charcoal are available to buy at reception. There is a freezer for ice packs or you can leave a deposit and borrow some.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, dogs – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

It’s ½ mile to Sandy Balls Holiday Park (08442 491193), home to all the extra amenities you might fancy (including a swimming pool, bike hire and children’s playgrounds). There are a number of good cycle routes running past the campsite. Bikes are generally considered the best way to make the most of the area. Keep your eyes peeled for wild ponies and deer or spot them more easily at local wildlife parks. It’s a ½-hour drive to the Beaulieu Estate (01590 614621), home to the National Motor Museum among other delights, and less to Paultons Family Theme Park (02380 814442), home to Peppa Pig World, and hugely popular with little ones.

Food & Drink

Visit The Cider Pantry (01425 402193) to sample and buy locally brewed cider or apple juice made ye-olde-worlde way. The Fighting Cocks (01425 652462) is a hop and a skip away with outdoor seating and piled-high plates of usual to unusual pub fare, such as New Forest faggots and mash and spicy New Orleans jambalaya.

Opening Times

Weekends from the end of June until around the end of the school summer holidays.

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The Owner Says

Tom’s Field commands a stunning location close to the village of Godshill, 3 miles from the town of Fordingbridge and is open for weekends throughout the summer months. Godshill is a quiet village on the fringes of the New Forest  where ponies, donkey’s and cattle all wander freely. We boast direct access and fantastic views. Footpaths and cycle routes are literally on our door step. With just over 50 pitches the main field offers large perimeter pitches for families and small groups. Our copse area is exclusively for couples which offer smaller pitches and a quieter retreat. We are a small quiet campsite and therefore have a no music policy at all times and request that there is no noise after 11.30pm. We can only take individual bookings on line. Please call for advice if you are a small group.

Pitches

36 pitches in the main Family Field & 14 in the Adult Copse field.

Family Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 37 Available
Large family pitch on the perimeter of the main field

Couple/adult pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 3 14 Available
Smaller pitches situated in our Copse area for couples/adults only

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Location

Contact Tom's Field, Godshill Pottery, The Ridge, Fordingbridge, Hampshire New Forest SP6 2LN

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Getting There

From the M27 take the B3078 towards Fordingbridge. The campsite is just outside the village of Godshill, 3 miles before Fordingbridge. It’s half a mile before the Sandy Balls holiday centre, which is signposted from the M27.

Many campers disembark with their bikes at Brokenhurst railway station, 15 miles away and cycle to the site. Also open top seasonal bus runs and can be pick up at Brockenhurst, Lymington and New Milton train stations. Transfer onto Red route and get off at The Fighting Cocks.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 20 reviews

★★★★★

Welcoming site for all all!

Thank you Tom and Tina for a most enjoyable stay! We all loved the site, there was loads of space for all the children to run around and play and enough space for the adults to cook and hang out around the fire pits. We walked through the beautiful forest to Woodgreen and had lunch at the local pub. The site is well looked after with clean facilities. There is a well stocked shop in the mornings (excellent pastries) and a fish and chip van on Saturday nights! It was a great stay. Thank you.
Jul 14, 2019 by Hannah Bawcombe
★★★★★

Great for young families!

We visit Tom's field every year. It's family friendly atmosphere and fab facilities make it a great weekend escape. Our boys love the tyre swing and we love that they can explore the site and have their own adventures (whilst always being in our line of sight) Highly recommended.
Aug 13, 2018 by Penny
★★★★★

Beautiful location and friendly campsite

We had a great weekend camping at Tom's Field. The location is lovely and a great base to explore the New Forest. The site is great - open, level, marked out but spacious pitches. The toilet block was always clean we hardly ever needed to wait. There is a washing up area with cloths and washing liquid provided. We were provided with a bag to put our recycling in - it often seems hard to recycle when camping so this was good to see. We bought our own fire pit but you could hire one, and buy wood on site. There was a freezer to re-freeze your own ice pack or the option to hire one. There was a mobile shop which visited each morning and we bought Pizza from the van which came on Saturday evening. The site felt safe and friendly and there was minimal noise. A perfect site for us - we hope to return and have already recommended it to friends.
Jul 2, 2018 by Emma
★★★★★

Small friendly clean campsite

We really enjoyed our stay in Tom's field. We stayed in the adult only area with our dog. It is very pretty with trees dotted about and a lovely view of the forest quiet and the added bonus of no music policy. The campsite toilets and showers are very clean all thanks go to Tina and Tom for this. The pop up shop and the visiting pizza pig and fish and chips van were great. The ice cream van visit was an added bonus on a hot evening. The added extras like soap, washing up liquid and cloths is a lovely idea. Tina and Tom do take pride in their campsite and it shows as it is such a nice clean campsite.They are so friendly and nothing is too much. we had a fantastic camping experience here and will go again very soon!!
May 30, 2018 by Debbie Dowling
★★★★★

Beautiful, honest and welcoming place

This campsite is in as picturesque a location as the description says, but what really makes staying here an experience is the owners. Tom and Tina are very sincere and lovely people. They have put a lot of thought into making the place run smoothly for everyone and it shows. Our car broke down and Tom gave us a lift into Salisbury while Tina advised on buses to get back. That’s the sort of people they are and that’s why we felt so comfortable and happy there.
May 30, 2018 by Gemma Stedrak-Booth
★★★★★

Small, friendly, dogs allowed

Had a great stay. The owners are very friendly and helpful and clearly take pride in running a happy, well-kempt campground. The site in general and and the shower/toilets in particular are kept pristine. We stayed in the adult area, which is prettier and more wooded than the main families area, but be aware you can still hear the children (many of whom find the 'grown ups only' idea quite intriguing), that said it remains relatively tranquil. I especially appreciated the absence of music (nothing worse than a cacophany of other peoples music), the presence of dogs, and the visit from the fish and chip van.
May 29, 2018 by helenpoplett
★★★★★

Fantastic campsite in a perfect location

Tom’s Field is a fantastic campsite, perfectly located in the New Forest. The owners are very friendly and helpful. They keep the site spotlessly clean. Good sized pitches. Beautiful views. Pop up shop plus pizza/fish and chips. Cycling/walking on the doorstep. We’ll definitely return!
May 28, 2018 by Catharine
★★★★★

Great little campsite

Booked a weekend for 2 mums and our 4 kids. The site is small but perfect for letting our kids(3.5, 4, 2x6.5) have a little more independence. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The facilities were clean, although we were furthest from them (but someone has to be). The campsite was fully booked but didn't seem overcrowded. The owners were let down by their pizza van (apparently not the one they normally use) but were very apologetic and provided menus for nearby takeaways so we got our pizza anyway. Would definitely go back and recommend to people looking for a simple weekend camping experience in the New forest
Aug 14, 2017 by Ann
★★★★★

Just amazing

We booked to stay at Toms Field because it was close to where we wanted to be for an event but as it turned out the campsite was the event! The owners are an absolute delight and make you feel so welcome. Nothing is too much trouble. Our two young children made an army of friends within minutes of arriving and the child friendly atmosphere in the family section made it all so relaxing. Never have i known the facilities to be kept so clean and the morning shop was reasonably priced and very well stocked. In short its just an amazing site run by people who quite clearly care about what they do. we didn't want to leave and will definitely be back.
Aug 19, 2016 by Thorpy
★★★★★

Chilling

We have been to the field now for holidays every year for the last few years and I have to say that it is just fantastic to chill it's no noise policy appeals just to be able to listen to nature at it best . The campsite is well run by Tom and Tina and nothing is too much trouble .we get the croissants and locally produce from the farm shop just delicious and good value . The shower block is always cleaned and the water is lovely and warm and always has soap and toilet roll as it is chechecked regularly . We love the fact we can hire a fire pit and there is coals and wood in the store to re stock . Having a freezer to re ice blocks is great too . I can't say enough good things about this field and we wouldn't go anywhere else . 

Jun 3, 2016 by
★★★★★

Authentic, friendly and well-run

Second year staying here on the 2nd Bank Holiday weekend in May. We were Dads & Sons camping and this provides a great spot to do it. I like the scale, friendliness and simple rules of this place and Tom & Tina are welcoming hosts. I was impressed they remembered us from last year - a personal touch. This is good jumping off point for many outdoor activities and Moors Valley Park is a particularly well-run adventure park (they have a Go Ape facility). Definitely would recommend and will be going again!

Jun 2, 2016 by David C
★★☆☆☆

Good for Beginners

+ Kids love it, good non-profit making shop each morning, great views, good walks. Woodgreen especially, The Horse & Groom pub, very nice. http://www.horseandgroompub.co.uk/

- Very regimental, you get told where to pitch and the border lines are burnt into the grass for your plot. Too expensive, for a narrow field - bit of a free for all, kids everywhere! The toilet block is too small (lots of queuing at peak times) for this site and dated, dishwashing facilities were always occupied, day and night. I don't want to shower 6" away from a stranger who's on the toilet! Pizza's, well you'll place your order and wait, over 2 hours (2h35m) to be precise, so a lot of frustrated parents feeding their children gone 9pm. Not particularly welcoming, we won't be returning.

May 31, 2016 by DoubleOSeven
★★★★★

A room with a view

We loved this campsite and have returned for the second time. Kids had a great time playing in the fresh air and toasting marshmallows over the fire. Fire pits can be hired and there is wood for sale too. If you want to sit round a fire, listening to horses munching on the grass and the birds singing in the valley below, then this is the perfect place. Friendly owners and simple but clean facilities make this a great weekend retreat. Don't go if you want to get really drunk, fall in the fire, have a drunken argument with your husband/ wife make lots of noise, play loud music or irritate everyone else on the campsite- this sort of person doesn't camp here thankfully.

Aug 31, 2015 by Doobee
★★★★★

Wanted to stay longer!

Tina and Tom are so very helpful and really make you feel at home. The facilities are clean, showers were always hot.

Fire pits are available on request and Tina went out of her way to make sure we had the best stay. We could have stayed a lot longer, Thank you!

Jul 23, 2015 by HollieM2015
★★★★★

Peaceful and fun!

Tina and Tom run a super small campsite with just 50 pitches.  There are super views and ponies are just over the hedge.  It's a great safe place for children to run around.  You can walk straight onto the heath. The mobile shop that arrives has a great selection of pastries, local produce, papers etc.  An ice cream van comes in the evening too! The showers and loos are in really good condition, with lots of hot water.  Washing up sinks even come with cloths/brushes and washing up liquid.  We've just booked our 3rd visit and can highly recommend it.

Jun 9, 2015 by The Peets
★★★★★

Perfect!

Fantastic campsite! We visited Tom's Field with our 3 children, our dog and some friends. Beautifully maintained, spotless toilets & showers, even washing-up liquid and brushes provided for washing up. Full but never felt crowded, lovely family feel. Gator truck rides in exchange for picking up litter were a massive hit with the kids. Thank you Tom & Tina we'll be back next year. The Howells of Usk

Aug 17, 2014 by The Howells of Usk
★★★★★

Loved it!

Great atmosphere and owners fantastic. Had a great time, was quite a way from nearest train station but overall loved it!

Oct 2, 2013 by Gemma
★★★★★

A Great Weekend Retreat

My boyfriend and I booked a last minute weekend here and had an amazing time. We were in the copse which was for couples and adults only. It was a secluded spot, nestled in the forest with spectacular views. The morning shop with fresh pastries, milk, papers etc was a welcome treat. The facilities were also very good and we were able to hire a fire pit. Would definitely recommend. The top field was suitable for families and larger tents. The owners were very welcoming and helpful seeing as I emailed at 9pm on a Thursday eve. Thanks for a lovely, impromptu stay!

Aug 19, 2013 by Bobella
★★★★★

One of the UK's best small sites

We love this site and have returned time and time again - Tom and Tina are lovely, the site itself is small but perfectly formed and our kids love it - you really couldn't ask for more!!

Aug 6, 2013 by donna&chris
★★★★★

Tom’s Field (Hampshire)

Love love love!

Jun 14, 2013 by Jodithelegs

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