New Forest Camping and Caravan Holidays

Enjoy a New Forest camping and caravan holiday in this beautiful UK National Park. The New Forest holidays I'm suggesting are all inside a cattle grid so the New Forest ponies and other animals will be right outside your tent or caravan door. I recommend you try one of the 10 New Forest Campsites owned by the Forestry Commission and run by Camping in the Forest and the Camping and Caravanning Club.

Luxury camping is going to be possible from Sandy Balls New Forest Holiday Village for 2017. I hope you enjoy my review - they looked very comfortable when I visited.

The dates run from  3 March to 30 October 2017 - actual start/end date depends on the weather. Find out more about safari tents at Sandy Balls.

Please note this holiday village is not within a cattle grid - but there is one just a short distance along the road.

New Forest Roundhill Campsite and camping and caravan ground

The 10 managed sites are all run by Camping in the Forest. Each listing gives you facilities, dates, prices, directions, availability and how to book. They run forest and woodland based caravan parks and campsites all around the UK, with the Forestry Commission and the Camping and Caravanning Club. The Caravan Club also have one site at Black Knowl just outside Brockenhurst but you would have to be a member to holiday here.

There are private New Forest camping and caravan sites which I can also recommend like Red Shoot at Linwood. (Private brewery attached here too so good local brews available)

To make it easier for you I'll list them alphabetically for you.

The 10 New Forest Campsite Listings and Opening Times for 2017

  • Aldridge Hill Caravan Park and Campsite     Opens 25 May to 5 June and 22 June to 4 Sept 2017
  • Aldridge Hill charges £10.25 2 adults and is closed mid summer dates for the New Forest Show                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Please note: Always check with Camping in the Forest for changes and to book.

I'll be updating this page as the season goes on as I visit each campsite and speak to the individual managers. I'll add photos of what I think you'll enjoy and discover.

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New Forest Hollands Wood dog wash area

Facilities and amenities differ in all the 10 caravan and campsites, some you need your own toilet others have shower facilities and even dog showers too - very handy if your dog finds a nice green bog area!


You'll find all the details you need on each page. If you have a specific question, please Contact me I'll try to get you the answer or point you in the right direction.


If you're looking for a specific area of the New Forest for your camping or caravan holiday here are the nearest areas to the campsites.

  • Ashurst: Ashurst - good public transport links here
  • Brockenhurst:  Aldridge Hill, Hollands Wood, and Roundhill
  • Burley: Holmsley
  • Lynhurst and Beaulieu: Denny Wood and Matley Wood
  • Stoney Cross: Ocknell and Longbeech
  • Sway: Setthorns

Some are nearer to villages but others like Stoney Cross are just areas of the New Forest with no shops etc nearby.

How to stay safe when having a New Forest Camping and Caravan Holiday

The New Forest National Park is a living and working forest. Part of the experience is being amongst the animals but here's a few tips.

  • Always keep your food secure
  • Put it in your car boot and never leave it out
  • New Forest ponies are inquisitive and very greedy
  • They can see easy pickings from a long way off and will just walk through your pitch and eat all your food
  • Never, ever feed them
  • I've seen the outcome of ponies who have been fed and believe me the agonizing death they suffer is not what you'd ever want to have to experience
  • They bite and may kick so always keep children close
  • They poo so be prepared to experience a few up close and personal examples!

If you wish to search for anything else on new forest life simply type in new forest life followed by whatever it is you would like to search for then press search :-

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How about a day out swinging from the trees?

If you require a map why not order it via New Forest Life?

The New Forest campsites are reviewed on

New Forest Donkey foal at Bramshaw

New Forest donkey. Please don't feed and keep your food safe!

Other UK Camping Ideas for you

What about going further afield than the New Forest? Why not discover East Anglia with Tentgo's All Year Campsite and Camping Guide, where to go, what to do, secret places to visit and when you need a break from campfire cooking some fine little 'eateries' sprinkled about. I love some of the recipes!

I've just added a new link for you to follow which I think you may enjoy, whether you are planning a holiday or just want to read and keep updated on camping and sites throughout the UK. They do reviews as well and I've just read a campsite (not in the New Forest thank heavens) described as "older than God's dog" - well worth a visit even if you only want to browse. If you need to look further afield in other parts of the UK this is a great place to start searching.......

Tent campsites on Pitchup.com

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Touring caravan sites on Pitchup.com

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What about camping in a fantastic VW Camper Van Tent??

World Wide Campsites and Activities Holidays I can recommend

During the course of writing my website I often come across fantastic websites I think I should recommend to you. I'll simply list them with a brief description and let you do the rest!

If you want to use Eurocamp or Keycamp for European camping and parcs or holidays in the US you can use the info here.

I hope you have a wonderful New Forest camping and caravan holiday and the weather is kind to you. There's loads to explore and discover in this stunning UK National Park so happy holidays!

Get started by buying all your camping needs before you arrive, we don't have many shops in the New Forest!

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