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, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Tina W.Joined in January 2016
23 Ratings · 60 reviews
August 26, 2021
We arrived at this fab location and small site. It was eceptionally well run, and every effort had been made for a environmentally friendly stay.
Just across the road the New Forest beckoned and fab walks. Fordingbridge town just down the road with fab park and River to paddle board or swim or just enjoy a picnic. Lots to do further a field too if there for more than a few days.
Site showers and toilets kept to high standard and no music at night meant relaxing stay with Adult only field ir family friendly. Dogs welcome and we enjoyed taking ours.
Really can't wait to return !
August 23, 2021
Lovely location. Great onsite facilities, nice, clean and easy for all the usual stuff - toilets, showers, washing up. Also nice to have access to charging points and fridge/freezer space. Easy reach of Fordingbridge and pub. We enjoyed nice campfires around the firepits that are available to rent. Very helpful staff (they sorted out our flat battery immediately!). Would definitely go again.
August 17, 2021
Such a stunning place to stay. The views are exceptional, the facilities were great and clean at all times. Pizza on the Saturday evening is a must, fresh stone baked.
We will be booking again for next year and are looking forward to introducing another family to the site.
August 15, 2021
Stayed for three days, the staff are very friendly and helpful and are about all day. The site and facilities are clean and kept clean the whole time. The field is secure and out of site of the road, so I was happy to leave my stuff there and the site is safe for young ones to wonder about and play. The location is in a really nice spot and is a great base for hiking and cycling adventures, it is also a great location for star gazing, we were there during the Perseid meteor shower, we walked five mins away from the campsite and had a great view of the natural light show. There is a pizza van that visits and you can even have afternoon tea delivered to your tent. There is a pub a short walk away that serves food, you wont leave hungry after a meal there. We had a great stay at Toms field and would recommend it, we will definitely be camping there again.
August 12, 2021
This was our second stay at Tom’s Field. The views, facilities, ease of getting to other places (we went to Moors Valley Park - which is great for kids, especially the Go Ape) is brilliant. We were excited to introduce our friends to the site this year. We have it a collective 9/10
August 12, 2021
I LOVED the views. The kids loved spotting the wild deers and horses on the other side of the fence. It was really easy to find, showers and toilets were spotless, the lady in reception was really lovely.
I can’t wait to return.
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.