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Stay over and camp out in the New Forest

​What better way to have a true New Forest experience than to spend both day and night in the park?

There are loads of camping and caravanning sites within the New Forest National Park, allowing you to continue your adventures even when the sun goes down.

Not only is camping a relatively cheap way to stay away from home, it’s also full of fun, from putting up the tent to cooking dinner and toasting marshmallows over a campfire.

Many of the campsites within the New Forest are set in natural surroundings, so you could find yourself waking up to the sight of a New Forest pony or a deer.

Having campsites within the national park does mean that the amount of facilities at each site varies. Not every site will provide running water and toilets so make sure you check and choose a site which will suit your needs. If you are trying camping for the first time you may find it better to stay somewhere which has a few home comforts to ease you into outdoor living!

Similarly, for those in a caravan, electrical hook-up points aren’t always provided as standard.

Camping is not just for the humans in your family – it’s also ideal for bringing along your four-legged friends. However, as the New Forest campsites are in the national park, not all sites will allow dogs, so check before you arrive to make sure your pet is welcome.

If you’ve never been camping before but fancy giving it a go, here’s what you’ll need:

Camping and caravanning are enjoyable ways to stay in the New Forest, but please use a campsite and do not pull off the road for an overnight stop as wild or free camping is prohibited to help protect the Forest.

To find out more – check out the New Forest National Park site.