01 May Happy Camping
We’ve been camping and touring in our sensational south for many years.
Here’s a little insight into where we’ve parked our home-from-homes.
WARNER FARM AT BUNN LEISURE, WEST SUSSEX
A stone’s throw from the beach on the Selsey peninuslar in West Sussex with so much to do for the kids.
Warner Farm is a stone’s throw from the beach at Selsey in West Sussex. Rarely does a touring park have access to the level of facilities, kid’s clubs, activities and free evening entertainment that is on offer at Warner Farm, part of Bunn Leisure.
There’s a mile of beach, takeaways, restaurants, a funfair, go-karts, football pitches and a bar with spectacular views of the Solent, plus a gym and impressive pool complex complete with slides and flumes.
If you’re a fan of evening entertainment, the Bunn Leisure line-up costs just under £2 million per year – and is totally free to any guest whether they’re staying in a luxury cottage or a two-man tent.
That makes it great value for camping, caravanning or a break in your motorhome. It also makes it a great option for teenagers who can be hard to please on a traditional family holiday.
This is a very large holiday complex which gets busy and lively in the summer months – pick the time and the facilities which suit you and it has all the ingredients of a great break.
A lively site, most suitable for families looking for evening entertainment and lots of things on park.
W: Bunn Leisure Touring Park
There are no facilities at Longbeech – but it’s tranquillity is the main part of it’s appeal.
Pitch up carefully and you needn’t know anyone else is on the site. It’s just you, grand ancient beechwoods, an abundance of rich green ferns and an iconic New Forest pony or two.
There’s direct access from the site to beautiful heathland and forest walks, as well as the New Forest cycle route.
A short cycle ride takes you to Fritham village with its thatched cottages, lake and resident ducks or to the deer sanctuary at Bolderwood where a herd of fallow deer perfect the forest scene.
W: Longbeech, New Forest National Park
THE ORCHARDS, YARMOUTH, ISLE OF WIGHT
Many of us who grew up in the south remember day trips to a kiss-me-quick style Isle of Wight which is a million miles from the reality of the Island today.
Stunning views, beautiful beaches, boutique yachty shopping, quaint villages and great places to eat, it has a gentle, timeless quality which is idyllic in any season.
Although the crossing from Southampton, Portsmouth or Lymington adds a layer of cost to a stay, there is something special about hopping on the ferry to get your break underway.
It offers a sense of escapism for couples and extra excitement for families, and The Orchards does have special packages which include the crossing.
By car, by foot or by bike, the Island has so many things to see and do – and is especially lovely as an outdoors destination.
The Visit Isle of Wight website has lots of ideas to help plan a stay.
A dog-friendly site which is perfect for a beachy family holiday in the height of the summer, or foodie escapism for couples at quieter times.
Brocklands Camping, West Meon, Hampshire
If you’re in need of some peace and quiet then there’s a haven nestled in the South Downs National Park, overlooking Hampshire’s stunning Meon Valley.
Farm with a gastro pub on the South Downs
Pitch your caravan or motorhome at Brocklands Farm and you have space, tranquillity, beautiful walks across downlands with the market city of Winchester just a short drive away.
Nearby The Thomas Lord pub is decorated with cricketing memorabilia. In the height of summer the beer graden is lovely but if the weather just isn’t cricket, settle down in a leather chair by the fireside. Their speciality is simple pub classics done well.
Brocklands has just ventured into glamping and their safari tents look like great fun with a little luxury to boot if you’re travelling as a group.
Check out Pitch-Up’s summary of Brocklands Farm – it’s 9.5 rating speaks volumes.
Peace and quiet, walks on the Downs and a superb gastro pub.
W: Brocklands Farm Camping and Glamping
Rookesbury Park, Hundred Acres, Hampshire
Rookesbury Park Caravan and Motorhome Club site near Wickham in Hampshire is reached by a drive through the forest and then a trek down a long and winding wooded lane in the ancient Forest of Bere.
On the doorstep
At the Gateway to the South Downs, this is a spacious parkland site, close to the village of Wickham with its locally famous Lilly’s Tearoom, quaint gift shops including J’adore La Maison and pubs and restaurants such as The Square Cow based in a quirky timber-framed building which dates back to the sixteenth Century.
Peace but with lots nearby
Best of all though is the chance to return home after a busy day out and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this fabulous setting and the comfort of your own holiday home-from-home. Walks from the site and through the forest are perfect for those with families or dogs – or just if you love the great outdoors of Hampshire.
A really lovely park, perfect for exploring Hampshire or just enjoying this spectacular woodland setting in the Forest of Bere.
From here you can jump on a ferry or a hovercraft to the Isle of Wight. Or, for the shopaholic, retail therapy is at its best at West Quay in Southampton again just a short drive from Rookesbury.
Great for exploring Portsmouth
Rookesbury is a perfect spot from which to explore the maritime history and tourist sights of Portsmouth.
There’s the Historic Dockyard, Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays overlooking Portsmouth Harbour with its holiday marina feel, historic Old Portsmouth and Southsea which even has a traditional style funfair and fish and chips on the beach.