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Camping in Hampshire

Planning a holiday camping in Hampshire? Well, you’re in good company. Apart from the established benefits of freedom, value-for-money, family-friendly environment, great ambience, etc, there are other more subtle advantages.

Did you know, for example, that camping is now officially ‘cool’? According to Camping Magazine, ‘life under canvas has changed in the last couple of years, with lifestyle and leisure pursuits playing a key role in the genre’. So, here we have it; what canny campers have known all along – the camping experience can really work. Today’s campsites take any ‘hardship’ element out of camping!

Add to the mix the fact that stunning scenery and the availability of excellent campsites tend to go hand in hand - and camping in Hampshire certainly bears this out. Few counties can boast such a diversity of beautiful landscapes, from the magic of the New Forest to the magnificent Hampshire coastline; few regions, too, can offer such a variety of different campsites, from ‘no-frills’ to larger campsites with a wider range of facilities and amenities.

Camping in the New Forest

For nature lovers, camping in Hampshire’s New Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) takes some beating! Controls are strict and campsites have to blend harmoniously with their natural environment. One thing you will certainly not find in the New Forest is the over-developed, ‘all-singing, all-dancing’ style excess that is often seen in large, mainstream campsites elsewhere in Britain!

High Season Hot Tip!
Camping is always popular and every year campsite spaces are at a premium, particularly during school holidays and summer months. Demand always increases when long-term weather forecasts are good. So, book early and secure your perfect pitch!

Selection of Popular Hampshire Campsites:

Avon Tyrrell Activity & Residential Centre

 Address: Christchurch, BH23 8EE; Tel: +44 (0)1425 672347; website: www.avontyrrell.org.uk
 Site Information: Open March – September; 40+ pitches on 7 separate sites (wooded and open);
 Location: 60-acre,hillside estate, magnificent Hampshire scenery; sea views; nearest village, Bransgore, approximately 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles);
 Facilities: tap, shower, WC at each site; barbecue/fires by prior arrangement;
 Activities: outdoor activities including training courses;
 Attractions: New Forest, Marwell Zoo, Portsmouth Maritime Museum and Beaulieu National Motor Museum;
 Special Features: great ambience, camaraderie; innovative youth-oriented activities, although Avon Tyrrell welcomes all age groups and levels of ability.

Wyke Down Pub & Restaurant Touring Caravan & Camping Park

 Address: Picket Piece, Andover, SP11 6LX; Tel: +44 (0)1264 352048; email: info2007@wykedown.co.uk;
 Site information: for detailed campsite information: http://www.wykedown.co.uk/campsite/campsite.htm;campsite reception open 10am to 4pm and 6pm to 11pm; level, well-drained and maintained grass pitches;
 Location: peaceful countryside setting, scenic views;
 Facilities: showers, loos, waste disposal point, washing-up room, outdoor swimming pool, children’s play area, restaurant, bar (no dogs allowed in pub/pub garden);
 Activities: golf range on site, walking, horse riding, fishing nearby;
 Attractions: Finkley Down Farm, Museum of the Iron Age, Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House & Estate;
 Special Features: delightful country pub (pub grub, local ales), à-la-carte restaurant, comprehensive wine list.

Oakdene Forest Park (Shorefield)

 Address: Oakdene Forest Park, St. Leonards, New Forest, Ringwood, BH24 2RZ; Tel: +44 (0)1590 648331; website: www.shorefield.co.uk;
 Site Information: Open: 1st February to 2nd January; standard tenting pitches, (bring-your-own tent, or euro-tents available for hire (sleep up to six people); bring your own sleeping bags; ‘portaloos’, showers;
 Location: 55-acre peaceful parkland site, close to Avon Forest; coast and sandy beaches within easy access;
 Facilities: indoor swimming pool (with flume), sauna, steam room, gym, restaurants, bars, supermarket and off-licence;
 Activities: club complex; all-weather family-style entertainment; cycling, walking;
 Attractions: Paulton’s Theme Park (near Romsey), Beaulieu Motor Museum and Village, Historical Maritime Portsmouth, New Forest;
 Special Features: great family deals available.

Riverside Holidays

 Address: Satchell Lane, Hamble, SO31 4HR; Tel: +44 (0)2380 453220; website: www.riversideholidays.co.uk
 Site Information: Open – 1st March to 31st October; 77 pitches; dogs allowed (nominal charge);
 Location: scenic; outskirts of Hamble, overlooking Marina and River Hamble;
 Facilities: electric hook-ups, showers, loos, launderette, washing-up area,
 Activities: walking, fishing, sailing close by;
 Attractions: Hamble River and Marina, New Forest, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Romsey Rapids, Paulton’s Park;
 Special Features: close to Marina's highly rated bar and restaurant and attractive village of Hamble (super pubs, restaurants and cafés).

Tom's Field

 Address: Godshill Pottery, The Ridge, Fordingbridge, SP6 2LN; Tel: +44 (0)7759 474 158; website: tomsfield.com; email enquiries: info@tomsfield.com
 Site Information: Open May to August only, also bank holidays; no caravans; no dogs allowed; no campfires; barbecues by arrangement;
 Location: quiet rural site, just outside village of Godshill;
 Facilities: loos, showers, freezer, pub grub at the Fighting Cocks pub, nearby; closest supermarket 1.5 kilometres, 0.9 mile away;
 Activities: walking, cycling (well-marked forest paths, tracks) crabbing off quay at Mudeford; water-skiing, sailing, horse riding;
 Attractions: Liberty’s Raptor and Reptile Centre, Ringwood, Beaulieu Motor Museum;
 Special Features: warm welcome; relaxed ‘back-to-basics’ style camping; particularly child-friendly.

Red Shoot Camping Park

 Address: Ringwood, BH24 3QT; Tel: +44 (0)1425 473789; website: www.redshoot-campingpark.com;
 Site Information: caters for tents, caravans and touring motor homes;
 Location: unspoilt, scenic campsite central New Forest location, approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles) from Ringwood;
 Facilities: well-appointed touring site; refurbished showers, loos, well-stocked shop, laundry, kids’ play area, disabled facilities;
 Activities: horse riding, fishing, walking, cycling, exploring the New Forest; sandy beaches, short drive away;
 Attractions: Ringwood, market town; Beaulieu Motor Museum;
 Special features: Red Shoot Inn, welcoming, family-oriented country pub (real ales brewed on site, pub grub), right next to campsite; direct access to New Forest from campsite.

More New Forest Campsites

Aldridge Hill Caravan and Camping Site, Brockenhurst, Ashurst Caravan & Camping Site, Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst ; Denny Wood & Matley Wood, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst; Ocknell & Longbeech Caravan & Camping Site, Fritham; Roundhill Caravan & Camping Site, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst; Setthorns Caravan & Camping Site, Wooton, New Milton.

Motorbike-friendly Campsite: Roundhill Campsite, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, SO40 7QL, Tel: +44(0) 1313 146505.

General Camping Resources

 www.ukcampsite.co.uk
 www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk.
 For lists of campsites, contact Hampshire Tourist Information Centres (TICs) – see article ‘Hampshire Tourist Information’ TIC for addresses.

Camping in Hampshire
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