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 40 pitches, with a few more 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.
Fordingbridge, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Vivien S.Joined in April 2016
53 Ratings · 91 reviews
August 7, 2022
Grass Pitch - Motorhomes only
Really enjoyed ourselves….
A great spot with easy access to great walks/cycling, streams and more. Staff were all lovely and the facilities were very good. Coffee was pretty good and the little shop had many essentials. Whilst pitch sizes are good, they are pretty regimented with no separation or privacy from others. When full, it feels full! The field isn’t huge! Great family atmosphere just not escapism camping.
July 31, 2022
Grass Pitch - Motorhomes only
Fab pitch. Really flat field, lots of lovely places and pubs to cycle to nearby. Pizza and coffee can were both delicious. Would definitely visit again
June 7, 2022
Great setting in new forest. Facilities good and pitch size bigger than some we've stayed at.
Kirsty ?.doesn't recommend
September 27, 2021
Luxury Bell Tent- Toureg
Very disappointing glamping experience! Facilities were tired and not clean. Copwebs and dead bugs in the ladies shower area. Tons of hotch potch outbuildings with lots of pots and random items lying around give the whole place a messy and slovenly appearance. No hot water on the first morning we stayed. We were promised access to a fridge and freezer but couldn’t find them as nobody was there to check us in or out or indeed show us where anything was! We were blamed for not being able to find them when we addressed this with the owner. Our lamps in the tent were not working, the bbq and table were dirty. The photos on their website portray a far more glamorous experience than is the reality of it all. I paid a lot of money for two nights at this place but will definitely be not returning.
September 6, 2021
Grass Pitch - Campervan only
Great site, flat, big pitches, communal kitchen, coffee, pizzas, fires.
Good noise policy so makes for a happy camp.
Take your bikes so amazing walks and cycles on your doorstep.
August 31, 2021
We booked a 5 night stay at Harry’s field and stayed for 4. Friendly site in beautiful surroundings with helpful staff. We had a great time but it wasn’t quite what I anticipated. Having looked at a few camping sites in the area we chose Harry’s field because they specifically specify that they don’t accommodate large groups and had plenty of space between pitches. Having a disabled child who struggles with noise and is immunosuppressed, space and a peaceful environment was specifically important to us. For the couple of days we were fortunate in that the camp site was not busy and largely frequented by small family groups but by the weekend the site was packed and we were surrounded by larger groups who by the very nature of having 5 tents worth of families were quite loud and took over quite a lot of space. Despite the loud groups the noise did die down around 11ish with the occasional slamming of car doors into the wee hours. My child had a great time making friends and the facilities were fine (although the soap in the loo’s ran out and wasn't replaced for a number of hours which isn’t so good in a pandemic). The noisy groups did get a bit much for us in the end and we decided to leave a night earlier as our son needed a bit of quiet time. I would book again but for a shorter time and In the knowledge that there’s not much space at all between pitches and groups are the norm rather than the exception. Probably a good shout if you are going mid week as a small family group for peace and quiet but be prepared for more of a vibrant atmosphere if you are going at the weekend.
From the host
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).
Plenty of flushing toilets, hot powerful showers, washing up sinks with hot running water in the sheltered camping kitchen barn, with electric kettles and freezers available for communal use. You can charge your phone and blow up airbeds as we have many electric sockets for the use of our guests.
The court yard area is covered with flowers with comfortable upcycled arm chairs, and benches around an outside woodturning stove. Great for when you have had enough of your camping chairs and want to get away and read in peace and quiet!
We have a resident Barista so you can have a real cappuccino with our warm croissant and pain au choc in the mornings.
The best Pizzas this side of Venice are served from a wood fired oven on Saturday nights (you'll need to order when you arrive).
We offer T shirt painting and Bushcraft sessions which are available to book on site (children and adults).
Fire pits for hire and wood for purchase. Campfires and BBQs are permitted but must be raised off the grass.
The Luxury 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!
Walking and cycling are the most obvious attractions and the best way to take in the New Forest's diverse wildlife. The New Forest boasts some of the best walking in the country. From the gate you can walk for mile upon mile without ever seeing a road or a car. The open New Forest is all around us and the cycle trails are legendary around our village of Frogham. If you're quiet enough deer, 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 (one hour).
Food and drink
There is a small shop onsite selling local produce and a resident barista means you can have a real cappuccino with a warm croissant and pain au choc in the mornings. Pizzas from the woodfired pizza oven are available on Saturday nights (you'll need to order when you arrive) and you don't have to go far for the local pub either as The Foresters Arms (01425 652294) is right next door. For a secret spot, walk across the forest to the Royal Oak (02380 812606) at Fritham (1.5 hours walk or cycle ride with no roads or vehicles in site) or walk across Hyde Common to The Potting Shed Cafe, half a mile away, where they make outstanding cream teas and lunches. The friendly and welcoming Horse and Groom (01725 510739) in Woodgreen is another recommended option serving great food and excellent beer in a very friendly atmosphere. The Three Lions in Stuckton is also just a short 1/2 mile walk away. There are numerous restaurants and good New Forest Pubs in the surrounding villages and in Fordingbridge which is two miles away.