Harry's Field

UK England South East England Hampshire Fordingbridge

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
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. The sheltered camping kitchen can be found in a lovingly converted barn with electric kettles, toaster and tea and coffee milk and sugar for all guests. 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.

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Facilities

Plenty of toilets, hot showers and washing up sinks in the sheltered camping kitchen barn, with electric kettles, mugs & even tea, milk and sugar. Fridges and freezers available for communal use. Fire pits for hire and wood for purchase. Campfires and BBQs are permitted but must be raised off the grass. There are no electrical hook-ups but there are plenty of sockets to charge mobiles & blow-up air beds, etc. The Bell tents have proper wooden double beds and mattresses and are fully furnished (but you'll need to bring your own bedding for the children's beds). The New Forest ponies and donkeys are all around and may try join you in the camping field! 

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes and dogs – yes. Large groups and caravans – no.

Nearby

Walking and cycling are the most obvious attractions and the best way to take in the New Forest's diverse wildlife. If you're quiet enough deers, badgers, wild horses and ponies can all be spotted. The New Forest also boasts some of the best walking in the country. Some of the UK's best beaches are also easily accessible with Bournemouth (25 mins) and the famous National Trust beach of Studland (1hr). 

Food & Drink

There is a small shop onsite selling local produce and the best pub in the area – The Foresters Arms (01425 652294) – is right next door. Their traditional pub food is excellent and there's a selection of local ales on tap. For a secret spot, walk across the forest to the Royal Oak (02380 812606) at Fritham (1 hours walk or cycle ride with no roads or vehicles in site) or try The Hyde Out Cafe (01425 655392) half a mile away, where they make outstanding cream teas and lunches. The Royal Oak (01425 652244) at Gorley is also a great choice – a lovely, quintessentially English, thatched forest pub.

Opening Times

May–August. Selected weekends only: 3rd-6th & 24th-27th May; 19th-21st July; weekends in August, closing 26th.

Family Friendly

Terry's Chocolate Orange, Gordon's Gin, Harry's Field... We're not sure who all these people are but we like what they do. And they all do exactly what they say on the tin. This really is just a field. But what an excellent field it is.

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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).

Accommodation

60 grass pitches and 2 bell tents (one sleeping 4 the other 6; furnishings, beds, bedding and more all provided)
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Location

Contact Harry's Field, Abbotswell Road, Frogham, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2JA

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Getting There

From junction 1 of the M27: At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto B3079 and go through Brook, following signs for Fordingbridge, and across the open Forest for 5 miles. Take the slight left fork on to B3078 and follow for 4 miles. Go past the Fighting Cocks Pub in Godshill, past Sandy Balls Holiday Centre and then take the first left hand turn onto Blissford Road. Follow down the hill, through the ford (dry in summer unless very wet!) and follow the lane for 1 mile (dont turn off) . Go up windy hill on to Abbotswell road. Go past Abbotswell carpark on the left and continue straight on. Harry's Field is on the right before the Foresters Pub. Salisbury train station (0845 748 4950) is 12 miles away with regular trains from London. The X3 bus between Salisbury and Bournemouth stops at Fordingbridge and Harrys Field is a 1.5 mile walk up from the bus stop on Southampton Road.

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