Including campsites in Hampshire
We love camping! It offers a great family holiday that is cheap with zero time restrictions. This makes camping a great holiday idea for a family who wants to explore the local area.
Hampshire, in South East England, has loads of things to do for kids and great places to camp.
Hampshire not only has the New Forest National Park but also the South Downs National Park. If you prefer to be by the seaside then we have plenty of beaches as well.
Portsmouth Dockyard and Southsea have loads to offer the whole family while Winchester is not only the home to a lot of history but also to some amazing views.
If you are looking for more things to do in Hampshire then have a look at:
The Definitive Guide To Days Out in Hampshire – This is the biggest list of things to do in Hampshire with kids. We’ve included everything that there is to do!
51 Museums in Hampshire That Are Great For All Ages – We love museums! Hampshire has so many amazing museums that are waiting to be explored.
The Ultimate List of Walks in Hampshire That Are Child Friendly – Hampshire has so many trails and walks for the whole family. Don’t forget to bring your phone for the amazing views of our county.
The Best Castles in Hampshire – Hampshire is steeped in history! We have so many castles that are waiting for you to explore throughout Hampshire.
Things to do in Hampshire Guide
Wondering what to do today? Then our guide for ALL things Hampshire is for you!
If you are looking for things to do in Hampshire with kids then this guide is for you. We have over 200+ ideas that you can use to keep your whole family amused while exploring everything Hampshire has to offer!
This is an up to date spreadsheet, in activity order, that you can use when you have no clue what to do. We’ve included everything from country parks, to splash pools, lakes, castles, days out, playgrounds and walks.
Where to go camping in Hampshire?
Hampshire is a huge county and it can seem quite overwhelming if you are unsure of the local area. We’ve broken this list down depending on the kind of place you would like to camp. All of these campsites are family friendly.
Before you book anywhere, make sure you do your own research first. Making sure you pick the very best campsite for you could make or break your family’s trip away.
Think about the facilities that you want.
Are you happy to cook on a BBQ every night or do you need access to a shared kitchen area?
How far away are the toilets going to be to your plot? Is that going to be an issue?
What are the noise rules?
Can cars and trailers still come in after 10pm?
Are there things to do nearby for the kids to keep them amused? How far are you willing to travel? Have a look at English Heritage that offers over 100 places to visit throughout the UK. 15 of these are in Hampshire and include amazing castles and landmarks.
All these small things can really make a difference when it comes to camping with the kids.
If you are looking for campsites throughout Hampshire and the UK then have a look at campsites.co.uk. They offer loads of choice with no booking fee.
Country Park camping
Visit one of Hampshire’s amazing country parks. They have so much to offer the whole family whatever their age. Bring the bikes and scooters, a picnic, and enjoy the many activities that a country park has to offer. Have a look at our full guide here called The Full List of Country Parks in Hampshire.
Lepe Beach Campsite
Based right on Lepe beach, this is a campsite like no other! This is a pitch for tents only and really gives you that back-to-nature feel. Being set in Lepe Country Park means that there are loads to do for the whole family including playgrounds, loads of trails, the sandy beach, and the wide-open fields.
All the pitches are unmarked and perfect for any size tent. The ground is flat and gives you an amazing view of the water.
The country park and campsite are dog friendly.
You can find Lepe Beach Campsite at Lepe Road, Southampton SO45 1AD.
Coney Acres at Queen Elizabeth Country Park
This little bit of land is perfect if you want to camp and feel like you are the only ones in the world! Dog-friendly, this pitch is perfect for exploring the South Downs and the surrounding area.
Coney Acres offers a portaloo, a large bbq area, and a drinking tap by the Visitor Centre.
Also, because you are based in Queen Elizabeth Country Park, you have loads to do right there including play areas, walks, and bike trails.
Coney Acre can be found at Gravel Hill, Horndean PO8 0QE.
New Forest Campsites
There is so much to do in the New Forest. Camping right in the middle of the action means that you get to explore this amazing site first hand. Have a look at our post here on Things to do in New Forest that will help you to keep the whole family amused.
Hollands Wood Campsite
With ancient woodland right on its doorstep, Hollands Wood Campsite is a relaxing place to enjoy your holiday.
Dog friendly, they have loads of facilities on-site which include toilets, showers, and dishwashers.
They offer camping pitches but are a caravan park as well so they do have everything you need if you camp. This is a great middle-ground of those who want to camp but like the holiday park facilities.
You can find Hollands Wood Campsite at Lyndhurst Road, Hampshire, SO42 7QH.
With 280 pitches, Ashurst Campsite has everything you need to explore the New Forest. Really close to Ashurst and Lyndhurst, Ashurst Campsite offers you the middle ground between basic camping and glamping.
Ashurst Campsite do not accept dogs but that’s because they are based right in the New Forest and have local animals that seasonally nest and breed here.
They have on-site bbq grates, toilets, showers, and a launderette making it a great place for families who may not of camped before.
You can find Ashurst Campsite at Ashurst Campsite, New Forest, Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, SO40 7AR.
Denny Wood Campsite
This spot is very secluded and perfect if the family loves to explore the New Forest. It gives you a real feeling of being the only ones in the forest!
There are no toilets or showers here, so the campsite is for more seasoned campers who are used to going back to the basics. There is a water tap on-site though.
This campsite is all about going back to nature and exploring the local forest.
You can find Denny Wood Campsite at Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FZ.
Aldridge Hill Campsite
Right near Blackwater Stream and Ober Water, Aldridge Hill Campsite has 170 pitches and aims for families who like the natural side of camping.
They have no showers or toilets but offer a stunning location that is perfect for family get-togethers.
You can find Aldridge Hill Campsite at Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QD.
Campsites Near the Beach in Hampshire
Hampshire have so many amazing beaches and camping near them can not only offer you things to do but also great views of the Solent. Have a look at our Huge Guide to the Best Beaches in Hampshire here for things to do.
This relaxed campsite is great for the whole family. Close to Milford on Sea, Muddycreek Campsite has 50 campsite pitches within 15 acres.
They have great facilities which include hot showers, toilets, and washing-up facilities. Fires are allowed but you need to bring your own wood and fire pit.
This is really close to Hurst Castle. English Heritage own over 100 sites throughout the UK and 15 of them are in Hampshire. Hurst Castle is one of them and its an amazing place to let the kids run about and explore. Have a look at English Heritage membership here.*
You can find Muddycreek Campsite at Lymington Road, Milford on Sea, Hampshire, SO41 0RF.
Sunnydale Farm Camping
Close to Royal Victoria Country Park and Weston Shore, Sunnydale Farm Camping has all the facilities that a family will need for a great camping experience.
They have full laundry facilities, toilets and showers plus WIFI. They are within walking distance to the beach and are happy to take pets.
Sunnydale Farm Camping is a great beginner campsite for families who want a lot of things to do nearby and facilities on their doorstep.
You can find Sunnydale Farm Camping at Grange Road, Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 8GD.
Fishery Creek Touring Park
With views of Chichester Harbour, Fishery Creek Touring Park is close enough to Hayling Island for you to explore but away enough so that you still get that camping experience.
They have loads of facilities on-site which include internet experience, toilets, showers, and a kids playground.
You can find Fishery Creek Touring Park at 100, Fishery Lane, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 9NR.
Bell tent glamping
If you prefer to glamp than camp then have a look at our huge post here called The Best Places to go Glamping in Hampshire where we have included in all the best family friendly sites.
Wagon in the Woods – Little Place in the Country
With hot tubs that overlook the beautiful fields, these cosy cabins have everything a family is looking for. From double beds, toilets, fridges and a bath under the floor. Use the shared pizza oven which is sat underneath a capony or roast marshmallows over a fire while enjoying the Hampshire views.
You can find Wagon in the Woods – Little Place in the Country at Plum Cottage, Hattingley Road, Medstead, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 5NQ.
Bell Tent Glamping – Royal Victoria Country Park
Based on the grounds of Royal Victoria Country Park, Bell Tent Glamping is a great place to explore the country park while glamping. This is a great place for the whole family to come.
Parking is right next to each tent. These luxury glamping tents are like nothing you’ve been in before! They are fully carpeted, have beds for up to four people, and full electric heating, crockery, and cooking utensils. The only thing you need to bring is the food and your duvets.
You can find Bell Tent Glamping at Royal Victoria Country Park, The Stables, Netley, Southampton SO31 5GA.
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Gambledown Farm Glamping
Really close to Paultons Park, Gambledown Farm Glamping overlooks the Hampshire Downs. Each tent have their own bathrooms and are great with kids. They have a play area under a large covered barn with kids tractor toys, a giant chalk board, ping pong, and swing ball.
You can find Gambledown Farm Glamping at Gambledown, Sherfield English, Romsey, Hants, SO51 6JU.
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Meon Springs Yurt Village and Shepherd’s Huts
Between Petersfield and Winchester, Meon Springs Yurt Village and Shepherd’s Huts is a family-run venture that is perfect for those wanting luxury while still enjoying the outdoors.
The yurts are great for families who love to camp but want a bit more warmth and the communal kitchen area is great for cooking yummy meals and hanging out with the family.
You can find Meon Springs Yurt Village and Shepherd’s Huts at Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Petersfield, Hants, GU32 1HW.
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