Family-friendly, traditional New Forest camping with a pub next door and footpaths leading directly from the gateway
The New Forest may be 150 square miles in size but the essential characteristics are almost perfectly parcelled up in the immediate surroundings of Harry’s Field. There’s an appropriately named old English pub – The Foresters Arms – next door, footpaths and bridleways leading immediately from the end of the lane and wild ponies grazing in the heathland across the track. If you want to enjoy all the New Forest has to offer without spending your holiday hopping in the car, Harry’s Field is certainly a top choice.
The campsite has all the basics covered. The field is flat and well drained, there are showers, sinks and toilets at one end and pitches are generously sized. There’s also a great buzz about the place. The meadow affords room for up to 60 pitches, with two set aside for pre-pitched bell tents, and, though they don’t like big groups or late night noisiness, the campsite still has a thoroughly sociable, family feel. Even the pub has a tendency to captivate every age group – while parents are having a taste of the local ales, kids will fall in love with the donkeys who graze an apron of grass by the front gate.
“We want to run Harry’s Field as the sort of place we would love to camp ourselves”, owner Vivien explains. The Sheriff family grew up on a staple of summer camping holidays and it’s clear their approach to the site draws on classic camping memories: campfires are allowed, dogs are welcome and they’ll happily provide guests with an annotated map outlining the best walks and bike-rides in the area – a little local insight goes a long way. There are no frills, bells or whistles and they don’t have plans to fill the place with new, manmade facilities either. If it’s the sort of place they’d camp themselves then, we’re happy to say, we’d certainly go camping with them.
The Owner Says
Harry’s field is a small campsite run by campers for campers. We’ve created a tranquil retreat in one of the most serene corners of the New Forest with everything we’d expect to see on our perfect pitch.
Combine years of experience, decades of enthusiasm and almost half a century of New Forest camping heritage and you get Harry’s Field, a perfectly formed campsite in one of the New Forest’s most striking hamlet’s.
We love it here, in fact, for three generations our family have lived right next door.
Escapism and considerate New Forest camping underpins our philosophy at Harry’s Field, so we don’t welcome large groups – sorry to be party poopers. With no busy roads, just quiet country lanes, the only thing that will keep you awake at night will be the hoot of owls – and maybe a snoring husband, but I’m afraid we can’t do much about that!
There are cycle trails and numerous walking routes right from the campsite so you can truly explore the best of the New Forest right from the gate.
Harrys Field has a very well stocked little shop and we pride ourselves on our warm croissants & pain au chocolate (which our guests rave about).
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Lovely site in idyllic surroundings.
Thanks Vivien. We had a fab time here. Wonderful place for our extended family to enjoy beautiful walks, bike rides and picnics in a delightful part of the world. The wood fired pizzas on Saturday were delicious (and super efficient!) The proximity to the pub next door was a bonus, allowing a cheeky refreshing 'well earned' pint after an exhausting picnic! The vibe at the site was chilled and very family friendly. We loved it! The owners could not have been more helpful and accommodating! We will definitely be coming back! Thanks again. Phil, Kate... And the rest of 'Okefest'
Great location, super close to great walks and bike rides around the new forest. Fantastic facilities, including toilets, showers, washing up station, plugs for phone charging, pizza van and kids disco. Best part obviously being that you can have campfires! Can’t wait to return!
A relaxing rural treat.
This was our first attempt at camping; with a 3 year old and 5 year old the thought of basic amenities and potentially noisy neighbours had so far put us off. We needn't have worried - a stay in a Bell Tent at Harry's Field provided us with all we needed (and more) in a tranquil, spacious setting. I know hardened campers would sniff at the suggestion we were camping, when we were staying in such a luxurious set up, but it was still under canvas so counts as far as I'm concerned! The tent itself is gorgeous; decked out with a comfortable bed, side tables, chair, two extra beds, and plenty of cookware and utensils. The decor is very boutiquey shabby chic and it's just lovely inside the light and airy tent. Loads of space for the 4 of us, and outside a table and chairs, cooking stove and a huge field for the children to stretch their legs in. There were lots of lovely extra touches; flowers, copious spare blankets, hot water bottles, and even a fruit cake. And the amenities are all spotless and plentiful so there was no queing for the loo. Phew. We loved the visiting pizza oven on Saturday night, how hospitable our hosts the Sheriff family were, and the incredibly beautiful countryside we were able to explore. I really appreciated the peace and quiet - no music on the site from other campers - just the sound of kids having fun and early birds waking us up in the morning. We look forward to returning soon, and it'll be back to a Bell Tent as it was such an effortless treat we all enjoyed.
Cant wait to come back!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Harrys. The site is so well run, probably the cleanest facilities on any camp site we have stayed on. The shared kitchen was so lovely and always enough washing up bowls, plenty of hot water and some where to charge the kids bloomin phones! The surrounding area is great, all the walks and cycle rides seem to start by the gate and there are ponies and donkeys all around the village. It is a small campsite, but we found there was enough room for the kids to spread out and we particularly loved having a campfire in the evening. The family that run it could not have been more friendly and willing to help and even helped me put the tent up as I forgot my poles! Thanks Harry and family, we will be back.
Festival feel with some nice touches but expensive and overcrowded
We booked Harry's Field for the bank holiday weekend: the welcome was really lovely, there is access to cycle paths just down the road, and the pub next door is fantastic (booking highly recommended if you want to eat). The pizza evening was also really appreciated. However: this is one of the most expensive campsites we have ever stayed at for the facilities on offer - on a par with sites we've stayed at in Switzerland for which we had a view of the Alps and electricity. The campsite is basically a field, with tightly packed pitches and not enough facilities for the number of people on site (for that weekend at least), which although gave the whole experience a festival feel, was not what we were after. Larger / better spaced out pitches and increased facilities, as well as a slightly lower pitch price would have made the experience better. That being said, we could not fault the hosts, who did provide a lovely welcome.
Friendly campsite; great location
Harry’s field was a lovely campsite next door to a pub serving good food and in a wonderful New Forest location. On Saturday night the pizza oven was a brilliant touch. Shop onsite and bathroom facilities were fab. Myself and three friends had a great time. We will no doubt be returning!!
Lovely field, friendly hosts and great facilities.
FABULOUS HOSTS MAKING THE BASICS INTO A FIRST CLASS STAY.
My husband, 7-year-old son and I stayed at Harry's field over the weekend of 17th Aug 2018. We cannot recommend this campsite enough. Vivian and Ian are tremendous hosts and cannot do enough for you. We forgot our plates and cutlery, not a problem as they were there to offer their own for our use. Great idea of the traveling pizza oven on Saturday evening, however, we had already arranged our dinner for that night, maybe next time. Clean showers with lovely flowing hot water with enough toilets for all campers on our weekend. As for the size of the pitches, we have a large 4 man tent and a 4x4 vehicle and had plenty of room. Yes, as more campers turned up we had less room for throwing the frisbee, however, there are acres and acres of woodland to explore. The owner's local knowledge makes a difference as you could get lost in the woodland, but with the help of a map and advise off we went exploring. All in all, a fantastic weekend on a great campsite with great hosts in a truly magical woodland. Thank you, Vivien and Ian. The Page Family.
The warmest of welcomes
Just home from a two night stay at Harry's Field. We arrived at the same time as a few other campers and whilst I could see Vivian (sp?) had her hands full briefing all the new arrivals, she gave each of us the warmest of welcomes. SUPER well organised campsite and faultless facilities (how many camp sites play records on a vintage record player next to the washing up area?! Or have a stone baked pizza night?!) Gorgeousness. Our son had a donkey-related accident (off site) and Vivian's lovely husband was so kind in getting us info for the nearest hospital straight away (our son is essentially fine, but very sore) and were so sweet to him on our return. Even making a special trip to our tents to check in on him and tempting him to eat something with the offer of an ice cream to cheer him up. A really special couple creating some camping magic :-)
Fantastic family campsite
How lovely to arrive at Harry's Field after a long drive and be welcomed by the Sheriff family! The site is well planned out and a lot of thought has gone into the facilities - we loved the fire pits, the kitchen area with kettles, tea and coffee and the hot showers. We enjoyed eating at the pub next door, the delivery of fresh croissants on Saturday morning and following one of the family's recommended walks in the New Forest. We would love to come back next year!
Great campsite, perfect facilities
Just spent the weekend at Harry’s field with a group of friends and had a great time. The campsite is smaller than others I have stayed on but the beauty of that is that nothing is too far away. The facilities are the best I have experienced- a choice of real toilets with sinks, hot water, soap and retro style mirrors and also portaloos which were super clean too. The shower blocks were also clean and easy to use. The nicest touch though has to be the kitchen area with tea, coffee and milk provided and kettles to use. They had plenty of washing up bowls so there weren’t any pointless queues waiting to wash up your stuff. The first night we ate in the pub next door then got pizza from the mobile van on Saturday. This was well thought out as you could pre order and choose the time slot for yours making it super easy on the day. Plus the pizzas were delicious! The Sherrif family were always around to help, chat and kept the place spotless which added to the experience. They also provided a map for a walk to go on and were very welcoming. I would definitely recommend staying here, we had a fantastic weekend at Harry’s Field!
Great location, friendly, well equipped
My sister and I have just enjoyed a weekend stay with our two kids. The site is in a good location, with local walks, donkeys roaming around outside and a pub serving good food next door. The site is very well equipped, with a shop, kitchen with tea making facilities and charging points, plus hot showers and flushing toilets. We are not seasoned campers but the owners were very helpful in answering all our questions. We took advantage of the fresh croissants in the morning and visiting mobile pizza oven in the evening. Good size pitches with space for games of footy etc. The kids absolutely loved it! A really good weekend, despite changeable weather. Would definitely recommend and would come back again. Thank you!
Perfect campsite for families
Really pleased we chose this site for a short family break. Friendly and helpful owners and a very picturesque spot with great facilities to make your camping trip just that little bit easier! The site included the following: a small farmshop, good washing-up area, complimentary tea and coffee (very welcome!), charging points, fire pits and ice blocks to hire and good shower and toilet facilities. We also loved the pizza night on Saturday evening - a welcome night off and absolutely delicious pizzas! Would definitely recommend!
Exactly the right type of camping
Harry's Field is exactly the right sort of camping. Its relatively small so you don't feel over crowded - it has all the right amenities and the owners simply can't do enough to please - which is a perfect combination. We will definitely be returning if only to see what a morning is like when it isn't raining...
Friendly welcome. Good size pitch. Offered help with set up (just me and 2 small kids). Fire pits and wood available. Tea making facilities. Great showers. Lovely fresh pizza on Saturday. Enjoyed a glass of wine and marshmallows with the lovely owners. Children were sad to leave. Will definitely come again.
We stayed at Harry's field with 3 other couples and a few children and I must say I was very impressed. Positives: Great hot high pressured showers, fires are allowed and fire bowls are available with well-seasoned wood, free tea/coffee and a decent shared kitchen area, wood-fired pizzas available on Saturday night, owners very friendly and helpful and of course the great location. Negatives: I'm not a huge fan of portaloos. If they converted these to permanent toilets, like the two they already have, I think this would be a big win.
I am inexperienced camper but stayed here with my son for two nights in August and completely recommend it. It is very well run and the facilities were excellent (we never queued for anything, though admittedly it was only about half full because of bad weather). My only comment would be on the recommended pubs - High Corner Inn is a great location and good if you can sit outside - but if you can't, I would avoid it. The Forresters Arms next to the campsite does not look like much from the outside but is a much better bet on all counts
The commitment of the family to ensure that everybody has a great time
We stayed for 2 nights at the end of July and just as others have said it is a very family friendly place with many things that you will not find in other campsites.i.e. coffee and tea and washing up liquid and fresh morning bakery goods. Having flattened by car battery by leaving a coolbox plugged in overnight Ian was there in 10 mins with car and jump leads to help me out! We are going back for a second time at the end of August to explore more of the immediate countryside as it was just too hot to walk far last time. Great place to stay!
Bell tent heaven
2 nd stay here. Had previously stayed a couple of years ago when was in early days of site. Things haven’t changed in terms of owners’ commitment to the experience from my last stay. They’re a lovely family that work hard to ensure all have a great stay. We decided to stay in the large bell tent this time. It was great and even had a lovely homemade cake waiting for us on arrival! They have the unexpected perk of being cooler than regular tents, which given it was 32 degrees whilst we were there was welcome. Toilets, showers and kitchen all very, very clean. The pizza van was back and was well worth it. Bery nice pub next to gate with good food. Just 10 min drive into town. Big recco on this site - we’ll be back again. Thanks to all there.
Everything that's good about camping!
We've just returned from a two day break with friends at Harry's Field. Admittedly, we had amazing weather but even so, this little gem of a campsite is everything we love about camping; freedom, relaxation, walking. 30 minutes away from some great beaches, a cracking little pub and walking trail on your doorstep - what more could you want? We were in the smaller field and pitched next to our friends. The middle area is kept free so the kids were able to play happily while we sat and drank G&T's and marvelled at the British weather! The facilites are not five star but are very well thought out and the cleanest I've EVER seen on a site! The onsite kettle/cups/tea/charging points/freezers were so appreciated and made a huge difference to our stay. My highlight was the record player spinning old '78s while I washed up....and the impromptu dance lesson from an older gent. I'm sorry about your toes! Wonderful, friendly campsite. Thank you for making us so welcome, you guys rock!! x
The friendly vibe and the little extras
We’ve just come back from a stay at Harry’s field. We had a lovely welcome from Vivienne and Ian, who seem to know everyone on first name terms. The site is fabulous, just the right size and safe enough for our small children to wander a bit. The facilities are brilliant, great little shop and kitchen (with teabags) lovely toilets and showers. Pizza night on Saturday night was a big hit, and having the walks, and the donkeys, literally outside the site was fantastic. We stayed in the bell tent this time which was so luxurious and well equipped. We will be back for sure.
Stuffed in Luke sardibes
Nice location but small field filled to the rafters with marked piches. No leaway at all a d they are not generous. So basically expect to be camping in top of people. Also there is no place for kids to play as too full of pitches. Never again Saying that the facilities are thought through with kettles and such like. But with so many people it is too busy. Pity it is about money and not camping
Relaxing, friendly, great amenities, quiet, chilled, perfect location, donkeys, good pub next door, couldn’t recommend it enough 👍🏻
A lovely, lovely little campsite! This place is just what imagined camping to be - really friendly, helpful and relaxed people, all the facilities one needs, clean, very simple, and yet with lovingly added details everywhere. There's a well stocked small shop on site and they even offer two belltents for glamping (pink chairs included!) It is quite obvious that the owners thoroughly enjoy what they are doing. The site is located in a pretty little village and the village pub is literally next door. We were on the smaller paddock to the side, which offers a sense of privacy and, well, coziness ;0) Also, aim to go during the week. you'll get to experience the uniqueness of this place a lot more!
Lovely campsite with a super vibe in a lovely location with wonderful owners. Don't be put off by the cabin showers, they're lovely and hot with plenty of water. Nice touch to be able to get fresh bread and croissants at the weekend and it is so handy to have a shop with local meat and extra marshmallow supplies. Nice pub next door, a farm shop up the road that does awesome cream teas and the Forest on your doorstep. We had an idyllic time.
Lovely welcoming site
We stayed here for one night last week and were impressed from start to finish. Spoke to the owner about a late booking and she was so helpful. A really lovely campsite with lots of brilliant small touches, like the little farm shop, lovely vintage trinkets all over which make it unique and just a generally friendly feel. We were pointed in the right direction for a lovely short walk with amazing surroundings. We will be recommending this campsite to anyone we know visiting the area. Make sure you visit the pub next door also for great food.
Little gem of a campsite
My daughter and I camped for 3 nights over the bank holiday weekend and had a wonderful stay, in an idyllic location. The family running the site are friendly and welcoming and the facilities are basic but very clean. We loved the quirky touches like the "gold" mirrors in the posh toilets and music to accompany washing up! Local meat from camp shop was delicious on the BBQ, as were the freshly baked croissants for breakfast. Space was limited, so not much room for a game of football or cricket but the children all seemed to be having great fun. Would definitely return here, the owners are doing a great job running this campsite.
Could be great
Many people obviously enjoyed this new site for 2016 and the location is truly stunning. Anyone who believes that 2 sinks and 4 porta-loo showers is adequate for 300+ people obviously has a differing set of priorities to me. The pitches are a little small and too closely packed for my liking but it doesn't seem to bother others. The close proximity and high camper density gives the place a kind of festival feel that some people obviously like. I've given three stars for this site. One for the friendliness and enthusiasm of the team that run the site and two for the location that is really fantastic. If it weren't for the location... If the owners were to build a toilet/shower block before next season then I could see it being worthy of 5 stars.
This is one of the best sites I have stayed at in the Uk. This is a relatively new venture for 3 generations of a family and I think they are on to a good thing. The site is imaculately maintained. This is probably aided by the limited number of weeks in the year that they are open. The toilets and showers are a mix of permanent and portalloos/ showers. In my opinion they set the benchmark for cleanest loos you'll see. They are constantly being cleaned throughout the day. The result was that a couple of people that claimed they never use portaloos havpd no problem here. Pizzas cooked fresh on site on Saturday night we lovely. I'd recommend that you book early, as those later on faced big delays due to the popularity. Great pub next door for food and drink. It even has some wild but very friendly donkeys on its doorstep. Finally, the family that run the place are great. Very friendly and totally focuses on ensuing all have a fantastic camping experience.
We spent 3 nights here in mid August, the owners of the field couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating. That seemed to rub off on all the campers staying there, it had s a warm, welcoming atmosphere. There were some nice extra touches too like a kettle, teabags and milk in the washing up area so you can make that first cup of tea in the morning to get you going, and the pizza van on Saturday night was great. Loads of power points for phone charging and pretty much all the essentials stocked in the shop. Good pub, and nice walks from the campsite. What more could you want?! We'll definitely be going back next year! This place deserves to be a success, well done guys!
A - MAZE - ING!!!
Fantastic campsite, with a lovely, friendly feel!! We arrived here in the late afternoon and felt very at home immediately!! Offered a cup of tea upon arrival and was asked "would your daughter like to come and sing happy birthday to this little girl and have some cake?" The little golf buggy rides were a hit and the helpfulness of everybody on site was brilliant!! I felt like I knew Viv & Ian like they were old friends by the time we left. The pub next door was great with fantastic food. Would recommend this site to everyone, and will definitely be back. Thanks for making our holiday even more enjoyable.
We have just returned home after 6 fantastic nights camping here, no one wanted to leave in fact our little boy cried his eyes out and said he wanted to live here all year long. It was a fabulous site with a lovely atmosphere; for once we felt we could let the kids go off biking round the field and not worry. The guys who run the site could not do enough for you and some lovely little touches made a huge difference, mobile phone charging, Wood Fired Pizza on the Saturday night, well stocked shop with fresh bread every day, great pub next door, the list goes on and on. We have camped many times and I have to say this was the nicest site we have stayed on, would highly recommend to all. Looking forward to returning next year
Friendly and welcoming - very special site
LOVED Harry's Field - feel very lucky to have found it on it's opening weekend! This is a very special place with a lovely atmosphere - a credit to the incredibly friendly & welcoming family who run the site.
Best bits: tea & cake on arrival (amazing!), freshly baked pastries on the weekend, spotless loos and showers (they may only be portable showers but the water was hot, the pressure was good, and there were plenty of hooks to hang up clothes / towels behind the shower curtain to keep them dry), good size pitches, no traffic noise (unless you count donkeys and horses walking past...!), firepits, yummy local sausages and bacon from the little shop on site, pub next door will serve you in plastic glasses so you can take your drinks back to your campfire, big co-op nearby in Fordingbridge to get supplies, recycling on site (we were given bags for rubbish & recycling when we arrived), plenty of plugs for charging mobile phones...oh, and the wonderful Viv, Ian, Harriet, Jesse, Harry and Pete who made us feel so welcome.
I loved our time here - it was really nice to stay somewhere where you feel the people who run it genuinely care about your stay and go out of their way to make sure you have the best possible experience. At the end of our weekend it felt like we were leaving friends - hope to be back soon :-)
Stayed for 2 nights in May and were thoroughly impressed with this site. The hosts were so friendly and helpful, the facilities were clean and the shop was well stocked. There were so many lovely little touches to the site including the joy of warm croissants on sale in the morning! Thankyou so much to Vivien and Ian for all of their hard work and for making our stay so enjoyable.
Never met a more helpful and welcoming family & campsite
We (two adults and two young kids) turned up with a brand new (and untested) bell tent with no guy ropes or pegs!! Naturally panic set in but Viv, Jesse, Harriet, Harry and Ian were on hand to recover the situation, whizzing about in a golf buggy decked out in bunting followed by Dash the Dog. Its a thoroughly family friendly campsite. It is in its infancy at the moment, but that all added to the whole experience. They made a fuss of every single family that came through the gate, came around with tea, coffee and cake for their inaugural weekend, and had a great little shop with all the camping essentials and loads of local meat, which was a lovely surprise. They had bucket and nets for the kids to use in the local river. we had to leave early because of the boys being ill but Viv was quick to send an email when we were home to offer us some time to make up for the loss. We hope to return in August and will endeavour to make it an annual trip as they were so kind and helpful. It was like camping in a friends garden! :) see you soon guys. Patrick
Great family friendly site
We were lucky enough to stay at Harry's Field on their debut. It was perfectly thought out, all the little touches making it very special, mobile phone charging points, plug in kettles, adding that little something extra! Three generations help to run the site which adds to the whole experience, Harry, Viv and Ian were always on hand, it was a very relaxed and friendly site. The pitches had ample room, with open spaces for the kids to come together for a game or two! We had a great meal at the pub next door and there are numerous walks on the doorstep, the location is perfect for a relaxed, chilled out getaway. We shall definitely be returning.