As a child my memories of vacation up to around the age of 8 for Summer centred around heading either to Norfolk, Cornwall, Wales or the Lake’s where the majority of the time we would have our carvan towed behind us or stuffed into the car with our Irish Red Setter and all the camping gear we would need for a week or two together as a family. It’s those memories that are one of the reasons why I want to travel with the kids, the memories made whether we travel near or far are ones that will stay for a life time, they may not remember the food that we ate, or how long it took to get there but they will remember snip it’s like bug hunting with the National Park Rangers or toasting marshmallows.
Camping in the forest is a joint project between the Forestry Comission and The Camping and Carvanning Club (“The friendly Club”) – and has 16 sites around the country based in some of the UK’s ancient woodlands. Holmsley was the one that we took our first family camping trip.
With large numerous pitches and a really friendly atmosphere it’s a fantstic site for new campers as well as seasoned pro’s. There are great facilities and as long as dogs are kept on leads they are welcomed as well.
- The site has 3 shower, bathroom and dish washing blocks around the site
- A laundry
- Shop with take away food service for breakfast lunch and dinner
- Various “fields” some appearing more in the forest than others
- Numerous walks and other activities some free and some paid for avauilable around the area
- There is a play park for kids
- During the school holidays in the UK (end of July to first week in September) there is a once a week Forest Ranger service that comes around to teach the kids about the environment and wildlife in the New Forest with hands on interactive activities
- Walks and wanders through the heath and forest making stepping out of the tent an adventure in it’s self.