Jubilee Camping

UK England South East England Hampshire Fordingbridge

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
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...

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Facilities

7 Showers and 7 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. 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 and a Shetland pony stud farm opposite the campsite which can be seen from the field (but not approached, please).

Suitable For

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!)

Nearby

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).

Opening Times

28 days a year: The 2nd Bank Holiday in May, the 3rd weekend in June, plus most of August.

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The Owner Says

Jubilee Camping offers an 80-pitch campsite, Glamping area with 7 bell tents and wild woodland camping area for exclusive hire for up to 8 tents (depending on size) with own focal firepit. It's located on the edge of the New Forest in the farming village of Damerham, with easy access to beautiful country walks, historic visitor attractions, fine dining and family days out.

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Accommodation

80 tent pitches and 7 bell tents in a 4-acre field, plus 2 group 'woodland clearing' pitches.

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Location

Contact Jubilee Camping, Browns Lane, Damerham, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 3HD

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Getting There

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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Crowded, noisy. Showers dirty & busy. Awful place.
May 25, 2019 by star_gazer_28

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