Simple tent camping in the farming village of Damerham with countryside views and easy access to England’s favourite natural playground, the New Forest.
Despite being a new site, Jubilee Camping – located a mere 10 minutes from the New Forest National Park – has taken old-fashioned, traditional camping principles to heart and applied them to perfection. The site's owners, Alison and Dave, understand that campers want to let their kids roam around making dens and getting muddy. They understand the importance of a crackling campfire. And they understand that today’s campers don’t want to share these moments with big motorhome monsters and rows of caravans. It’s no surprise then, that we think this killer combination of space, campfires, and a tents-only rule, makes Jubilee prime camping territory.
Consisting of little more than a four-acre field, the camping area – with 60 generously sized, 10 metre-squared pitches – is firstly, fantastically spacious. Due to its impressive size, the flat field never feels overloaded and there's always plenty of space for family fun and ball games. Surrounded by trees and with countryside views, there's a gravel track along one side of the field for easy access and a fence along the other, with livestock nuzzling along its base as they graze the longer grass that grows there. In fact, the land was previously a Hampshire dairy farm but is now occupied by a mixture of beef cattle and recreational horses.
Washing facilities – housed in bespoke wooden-clad units built on skids – are impeccably clean and simple, but that's all part of the charm of Jubilee; a real throwback to the halcyon days of old-school, unfussy camping. Simple extras include washing up sinks and a well-pressured water supply to the camping field, but there's no electricity and mobile signal is limited – although it can normally be found somewhere in the field.
With a wealth of things to do within easy driving distance – notably the New Forest's web of walking and car-free cycling trails – plus, Jubilee's humble and easy-going atmosphere, this is one of the best camping options in the region for traditional campers. Pity it's only open for 28 days in the summer...
7 Showers and 7 toilets in the main blocks, plus 2 further blocks each with 2 toilets. All facilities are unisex, and unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair access. 2 washing-up sinks and draining boards are available next to the shower block. There are no laundry facilities, and there is no electricity on site (there are some battery lights in the toilet blocks, but please be aware there are no lights in the showers). Campfires are permitted in fire pits and BBQs must be raised off the grass (bring your own or available to hire; logs for sale). Plenty of natural wildlife, plus cows, horses and ponies.
Tents, couples, families, and well-behaved dogs – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, large groups wanting to party – no. (Groups welcome in the woodland camping, but still no wild parties please! Quiet times will still apply)
Cycling is the best way of experiencing the surrounding countryside; be it the New Forest or Cranborne Chase – both are within easy pedaling distance. You could even cycle to the Sixpenny micro-brewery in Cranborne (01725 762006), and enjoy one of their award-winning real ales in the Tap Room. Cranborne Village (3 miles) is the hub of the Cranborne Estate and well worth a visit. Teeming with history, the village boasts the beautiful Manor House, built in the 12th Century as a hunting lodge for King John. As it’s a private residence for Viscount Cranborne (the eldest Son of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury), the Manor House isn’t open to the public, however the beautiful Manor Gardens are open one day a week during the Summer (opening times, and other information can be found here). There's a couple of World Heritage sites within easy reach: The Jurassic Coast is around an hour away by road, and Stonehenge is 40 minutes. It’s around 20 minutes to Salisbury and 30 minutes to Bournemouth, so, where you want to go shopping, head to the beach, or catch a theatre production, you’re well catered for.
Food & Drink
Go for lunch at Cranborne Garden Centre (01725 517248) or The Compasses Inn (01725 518231) is only a few minutes walk from the campsite. If you want an alternative to The Compasses Inn for dinner, La Fosse (01725 517604) can also be found in Cranborne; an intimate fine dining restaurant run by Dorset Chef of the Year Mark Hartstone and his Wife Emmanuelle. Also, there’s the Inn at Cranborne with all ingredients found within a 30-mile radius, including game, seafood, and smoked meats. There is a village shop stocking that's heavy on the most local products, including real ales, artisan breads and handmade cheeses. A local mobile pizza van and fish and chip van will temporarily be available on site at certain times (a schedule for both will be given to campers on arrival).
28 days a year: The 2nd Bank Holiday in May, the 3rd weekend in June, plus most of August.
Jubilee Camping, Browns Lane, Damerham, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 3HD
On the High Street in Fordingbridge, drive through the town to a small roundabout with The Augustus John Pub on your right hand side. Take the second exit (straight on) towards Sandleheath and Damerham. Continue on this road for 3 miles, which will go through the villages of Sandleheath and eventually Damerham. Once in Damerham (mind a couple of sharp bends), the road will take you past The Compasses Inn on your left. Continue, still on the main road, through to the other side of the village, round a sharp right-hand bend and away from any houses. The entrance to Jubilee Camping can be found on the left, approximately 200 metres from the bend.
The most local train station is at Salisbury (12 miles). Buses from Salisbury to Fordingbridge are fairly regular; it’s the last 3 miles which may prove a problem as there is just one bus service a day between Fordingbridge and Damerham (timed for the school run, i.e. weekdays only). If necessary, and by prior arrangement only, the campsite owners may be able to collect/drop off campers to/from Fordingbridge bus stop, however this may not always be possible and may incur a small charge.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 21 reviews
We stayed in a Bell Tent for the last weekend in August and absolutely loved it. The tent was amazing and we loved the fire-pit and logs. 2 lovely evenings chatting around the fire. It was so peaceful - a real escape from everyday life. Back to nature but great to have a proper bed! Would definitely recommend it and we hope to go again next summer.
Amazing site beautiful
In a few words most beautiful views Great sunset’s Lovely staff& family. The best campsite Brilliant finishing touches lovely Fresh pizza Clean warm showers and clean toilets loads off toilet roll etc. No queuing for toilets or showers. Loads off space for the kids to play. Nice to meet such helpful kind and happy owners
Beautiful views. Great Facilities Many little extras. Great family.
A beautiful Campsite
We found Jubille Campsite on a camping website called cool.camping. The campsite was absolutely epic. The views and location are stunning and the amount of room you get for your tent is extremely generous. You can hire fire pits which is a must when camping and the camp also provides good clean facilities for everything you need. They also have a lovely little breakfast bar and fresh pizzas in the evening. The best part for us was meeting the owners Dave and Alison and his extended family who run the campsite when open. A beautiful bunch of funny, caring and kind people who were so helpful throughout. The campsite is everything and more that a campsite should be and definitely hope to come back. Thank you for a great time! Tasha, Tim and Michael
Great location, needs a LOT of work!
Despite my Located just 4 miles outside of Fordingbridge on the outskirts of the New Forest, the campsite is set on a family run farm. Fordingbridge is excellent for stocking up on supplies with a large Co-Op store and Tesco express. There’s also a large number of takeaways should you be feeling too tired to cook in the evening. Now to the campsite. Its described as having 80 pitches with onsite facilities - toilets (5 or 6 in the main, two on the overflow and 2 up the top in the woodland area) and shower facilities (7 I think). There’s the option to hire fire pits and purchase wood on site. Now to the not so good... I would estimate there was approximately 150 - 200 tents on site at any time over the bank holiday weekend as they had opened up the overflow field. With such limited facilities, they brought in extra portaloos - all two of them and quite frankly are not capable of having this many tents on site - not because of the room, more so because of lack of basic facilities. The showers, despite being clean were terrible and lots of disgruntled people complaining in general about the fact that you could only get little more than a trickle out of them and often went cold after a couple of minutes. Queues were often 10-15 people deep at any time. By Sunday morning, there was no water - someone was on site in the morning trying to fix it. To the owners, I would suggest a couple of things to make it better: Enforce your own rules: either you have allocated pitch spaces or you don’t. Update your website, if your going to open it up to significantly larger numbers of people, advise this. We were looking for a quiet and peaceful break which simply was not the case. This is not cheap at nearly a £100 for the long weekend. Fire pits were £5 per night Wood was £10 for a large bucket Kindling was £3
Great campsite for families and small groups
Just back from a fabulous weekend at Jubilee Campsite. We were a bit concerned about the weather as storms were predicted, but after heavy rain on Friday night, glorious sunshine for the rest of the weekend. This campsite was perfect for us, we were a group of 3 families, there is loads of space for the kids to run around, play rounders, tennis etc, the showers and toilets were clean, lots of hot water and good washing up facilities. Added bonus was the "breakfast bar" and the bacon and egg rolls on offer! We are already planning our return visit.
Fantastic, back to basics camping but with little extras that really help
Stayed at Jubilee Camping for two nights over the late May Bank Holiday. Had a very warm welcome from Alison when we arrived. Although it is a basic site, all the extras that Dave and Alison do really make it an enjoyable experience. Nothing is too much trouble and we had a great time. There is toilet roll in the toilets which is constantly replenished and washing up liquid, brushes and bowls for everyone to use. The pitches are spacious and you do not feel you are too close to other tents. Dogs are welcome and always made a fuss of. The hire of fire pits and wood to buy made you really enjoy the evenings as everyone likes sitting round a campfire. A big thank you to Dave and Alison for all their hard work. We certainly return in the future.
An amazing long weekend, the perfect pitch and great location for fun with the kids
Arrived late on Friday set up and didn't know what to expect but were heartened by Dave's warm welcome. 3 days later, the kids cannot wait to go back. The atmosphere was friendly, the pitches were spacious and it never felt crowded or busy even though it was a bank holiday weekend. We explored the New Forest and the surrounding towns and really had an amazing time. The team at the site worked tirelessly over the weekend and their efforts meant the world to us. It will be hard to top! Thank you Dave!
Brilliant place to camp!
This is a lovely site with the perfect balance of old school camping and necessary facilities. I would come back again in no time, thanks!
Friendly campsite in a great location
We had a super time - Aug bank holiday weekend, a spacious and friendly campsite within easy reach of the New Forest National Park. Easy walk to a good local pub (but would advise booking if going for food), our kids loved the Water Park at Fordingbridge too. Brand new showers and toilets, regularly serviced. Plenty of space for kids to play at the campsite too.
We were looking for a last minute trip. We were lucky to find this wonderful sight. Dave and Ali are amazing hosts. They make you feel welcome and are there if anything is needed. Ruben, amber and psycho dog also made our dog very welcome. Our first night it was just us in the field, which is an unusual stroke of luck and we definitely made he most of it. There’s a few different fields to choose from. There was fire pits to hire and kindling and firewood available, Saturday night Dave and Ali sorted a pizza night, they thought of everything to make it a fun stay. Can’t recommend highly enough. It’s a very child and dog friendly site. Lots of space and the tractor inner tubes made for great fun with the kids. Can’t wait for next year to be able to go again. Thank you again Dave and Ali. See you soon. Mellisa, Lyndsay, the boy and rafiki.
A lovely campsite with clean toilets and showers. Bell tents were clean and beautifully presented. I loved the fact that it was just a field with open spaces for the kids to run around in - no clubhouse or arcades! They were never bored and amused themselves for hours on the tractor tyre inner-tubes! The owners were there each day to check we were ok. We loved the fact that we could take the dog and she could be off- lead and sleep in our bell tent. This made life a lot easier for us. Overall a great few days.
Fantastic and friendly campsite
Our first time proper camping and it was everything we hoped for even with the weather not being that great. Alison and Dave were very hospitable and the extra touch of the ice cream van coming round the tents was brilliant. Very clean campsite, great bathroom facilities and a lovely location. Could not have asked for more and wish we had been able to spend an extra night. Thank you.
Proper country camping!
We loved our 3 nights at Jubilee Camping . The perfect location for kids and a dog. Lots of space, for running around and playing games and a 10 minute walk down a quiet country lane to a great pub! The hosts were friendly and relaxed and the hot water was limitless. We will definitely come again!
Lovely spacious site with good quality facilities
We stayed here for a week in order to explore the New Forest and had the site to ourselves for one might; apart from that it was fairly quiet so we had plenty of space, but it is well spread out even when busy. The owners were friendly and accessible (coming on site promptly one morning when the hot water wasn't working). The shower and toilet facilities are of high quality, with plenty of hot water for showering and washing up. All in all an excellent site. As noted in another review, the only issue we raised with the owners before leaving was that it would be useful to have some facility for freezing cool blocks, which they said they will give some thought to.
Great location and facilities
We had the whole campsite to ourselves and the facilities were impeccable. Great location for activities and Bournemouth beaches. A fridge for freezing ice blocks overnight or keeping essentials cold would be helpful. Nevertheless a great stay. Elliot
Will definitely be back
Absolutely loved this campsite. Spacious, peaceful, good facilities, friendly owners and views in abundance. The New Forest is only a short drive away and the Compasses pub is worth the a visit for tasty food and a pint. The kids loved it, will definitely come back – I'm sure word will spread about how lovely this campsite is.
Relaxed, friendly site with beautiful surroundings and excellent facilities
We hit the jackpot with this site as the scenery is beautiful and the camping spacious. I would highly recommend a visit here, as its a hidden treasure. The hosts are incredibly friendly and welcome a true camping experience of log fires (fire wood provided), dogs allowed to stay on site and the kids encouraged to play in the open surroundings. The shower and toilet facilities are tasteful and well kept. Also the hosts are on site frequently to check everyone has what they needed, selling BBQ coals, etc. There is a lovely pub just a 10 minute walk away which serves good food and is also dog friendly. All in all I can safely say I will be returning to visit with my family again very soon.
Schools out camping...
What a way to start the summer holidays. We had a wonderful time glamping, the bell tent was absolutely beautiful, very comfortable bed and still a good amount of room with four of us in there. Our children age 6 and 3 were in their element with plenty of space to run free, logs to climb on and welly wanging! The facilities are great and very clean, the showers are better than ours at home! I can't recommend this site enough x
the most fabulous setting for our daughters wedding blessing. The views are absolutely stunning,facilities top notch and a short walk to the local pub! We had a fantastic Wedstock mini festival over the weekend and everyone had a fantastic time? Dave and Alyson could not have been more helpful from start to finish and the bell tent accommodation is stunning,decorated beautifully. Thank you both so much for making us so welcome and being so patient. Fred,Kim and all the family xxx Can not recommend this site highly enough
Loved every minute
Camping with 6 children is never easy, but we loved every minute we spent at jubilee camping. It was the first weekend they were open and we had an amazing time!! The facilities were lovely, and even with the generator being struck by lightning, they tried everything to sort it out. We gave feedback and it was taken on board! The pitches were a great size, and the site very safe. This meant we could let the children go off and play, and meet new friends!! Thanks for a great weekend, I’m just trying to find some dates to book a return trip!!!