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Small, family-run camping in the New Forest National Park, brought about by popular demand
Just minutes from the M27, the motorway gives way to moorland, drivers reduce speed in homage to the grazing gardeners of the New Forest – the wild ponies – and time slows down in step with the traffic. Cue deep exhalation of city congestion and, ventilated by heather-perfumed air, one remarkably swift passage into the wilderness.
Such accessibility from the conurbations of southern England earns the location big accolades. Still, don’t expect to hurry through William the Conqueror’s former hunting ground; wild horses may have dragged you here, but they’re unlikely to budge from the road till they’ve had their fill.
Tom Charman’s grandmother bequeathed her family the pottery and farmhouse adjoining the field. For years, campers would turn up requesting a pitch, encouraging Tom and his cousins to run an honesty site: a sign at the gate would welcome arrivals and contributions were collected each morning.
Tom’s Field now has around 40 plots, managed by Tom and his wife Tina. Numbered pitches run parallel to the road, opposite another line of tents that overlook the moors. Here, parents sit outside their ever-expanding canvas constructions looking almost stunned by the sudden onset of relaxation. At the far end, beside a clutch of woody pitches, is The Copse, a favourite with couples.
You can walk for miles on the moors and explore villages by bike or on horseback. At night, campers laze around, barbecuing food. ‘Or the more adventurous,’ laughs Tina, ‘make the half-a-mile pilgrimage to the pub’.
Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Tina W.Joined in January 2016
37 Ratings · 68 reviews
August 17, 2023
Thank you, we enjoyed our stay
We were happy with our stay; the facilities were really clean and well kept, there was everything we needed including toilets, showers, a fridge and freezer, fire pits for hire (£20 inc a bag of logs), and the onsite staff were helpful. There were also visiting food trucks which we didn't use but could be useful for other campers to know. We *loved* the no noise and no music policy - probably the most peaceful camping trip we've had in regard to noise from other campers! It is however located next to a road, not a busy one but there was some noise from vehicles throughout the day and early in the morning.
June 12, 2023
Fabulous campsite in a really beautiful position.
Tom, Tina and the team were all welcoming and lovely.
Would definitely go back!
August 30, 2022
small, quiet and lovely views
Tom's field was a lovely campsite with great views! The camping was full but it was quiet and people were respectful. The shower and toilet blocks were great but a bit busy with a full campsite.
One minus point was that there was nowhere to change your baby. A bit tricky when you arrive and haven't set your tent up yet!
August 30, 2022
Lovely views, very friendly staff, clean and well maintained toilets and showers.
August 24, 2022
We had a great time at Tina’s campsite. From initial booking & helping us with an adjacent pitch with friends, to the on site facilities. A nice small, compact site. The pitch was spacious and views into the valley great. Showers/Toilets/washing up block all well kept and looked after. Freezer & Fridge was available for our ice blocks/re-chilling drinks. Pizza van on the Saturday night a great touch. Overall thoroughly recommend. Thanks!
August 22, 2022
Great hosts, lovely location, kids absolutely loved it… What else do you need?
From the host
Tom’s Field commands a stunning location close to the village of Godshill, 3 miles from the town of Fordingbridge and is open for various days throughout the summer months.
Godshill is a quiet village on the fringes of the New Forest
where ponies, donkey’s and cattle all wander freely. We boast direct access and fantastic views. Footpaths and cycle routes are literally on our door step.
With just over 40 pitches the main field offers large perimeter pitches for families and small
groups. We have a smaller copse area which we will endeavour to allocate to smaller groups .
We are a small quiet campsite and therefore have a no music policy at all
times and request that there is no noise after 11.30pm. We can only take individual bookings on line. Please call for advice if you are a small group.
It’s ½ mile to Sandy Balls Holiday Park (08442 491193), home to all the extra amenities you might fancy (including a swimming pool, bike hire and children’s playgrounds). There are a number of good cycle routes running past the campsite. Bikes are generally considered the best way to make the most of the area. Keep your eyes peeled for wild ponies and deer or spot them more easily at local wildlife parks. It’s a ½-hour drive to the Beaulieu Estate (01590 614621), home to the National Motor Museum among other delights, and less to Paultons Family Theme Park (02380 814442), home to Peppa Pig World, and hugely popular with little ones.
Food and drink
Visit The Cider Pantry (01425 402193) to sample and buy locally brewed cider or apple juice made ye-olde-worlde way.
The Fighting Cocks (01425 652462) is a hop and a skip away with outdoor seating and piled-high plates of usual to unusual pub fare, such as New Forest faggots and mash and spicy New Orleans jambalaya.