Campsites, Caravans and Holiday Parks close to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Attractions

Hampshire Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks

Planning a holiday or break away? If you are after some fun and entertainment then there are many great attractions a stone’s throw away (well under 5 miles), from many Isle of Wight and Hampshire caravan parks, campsites and holiday parks.

Hampshire is the perfect blend of city, coast and country, blessed with the natural beauty of two National Parks and thriving culture, with history and heritage at its heart. If you are planning a holiday or short break at a camp site or caravanning, you’ll find tons of things to do, with so many attractions and experiences available.

Paultons Park is close to many great Hampshire caravan parks
Paultons Park is close to Paultons campsite in Hampshire

Visit Paultons Park this Summer to make memories that last forever! With 5 amazing, themed lands with big and small rides available as well as an incredible variety of birds and animals to visit, there’s something for everyone! Paultons Campsite in Hampshire is just down the road offering glamping pods, luxury tipis, and tent and caravan pitches. It’s the perfect staycation!

Add an extra treat to your break with a visit to Marwell Zoo! Home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals all within a beautiful, landscaped 140-acre park. You can also go wild in their many adventure playgrounds and download their new app for fun facts and a dino quiz! Marwell Zoo is close to a variety of Hampshire holiday parks including Marwell Resort.

Blast off on an exciting family adventure through the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at Winchester Science Centre. Climb inside a massive playable guitar. Discover hands-on exhibits in Explorer:Space. See science come to life with explosive demos and shows. Experience a nature adventure in the South Downs National Park. And fly through the Solar System in the unforgettable Planetarium. Campsites near Winchester Science Centre include – Morn Hill Winchester Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite, Avington Glamping, Holden Farm Camping, and Hookpit Farm Caravan Site near Winchester, Hampshire.

Experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam at The Watercress Line as you travel through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside, adjacent to the South Downs National Park. You can stay just a stone’s throw from the railway at the nearby Watercress Lodges. These beautiful holiday homes are situated overlooking the historical Watercress Line at Ropley.

Theatre Royal Winchester is a beautiful 400 seat Edwardian style auditorium that presents drama, musical theatre, dance, children’s theatre, comedy, music acts, talks and an annual traditional family pantomime. It has a Cafe Bar and also hosts youth and community projects. Set in the heart of the city centre the theatre is a short bus ride from Morn Hill Winchester Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite.

There are several Hampshire holiday parks next to Jane Austen's House
There are several Hampshire holiday parks next to Jane Austen’s House

Step back in history at Gilbert White’s House & Garden and celebrate the lives of three explorers of the natural world – Gilbert White, Frank Oates and Lawrence Oates. The house is surrounded by 25 acres of majestic restored garden and parkland. Hampshire holiday parks and other places to stay nearby include Barracks Farms, Wigwam Holidays Chawton Park Farm, South Downs Caravans & Campsites, and Feather Down Manor Farm site. 

Close to these sites is also Jane Austen’s House. Visit the cottage where Jane Austen lived, see Jane’s jewellery, letters, first editions of her novels and the table at which she wrote her much loved novels.

Campsites and Holiday Parks Near The New Forest

New Forest Activities offer a great range of activities for families of all ages to enjoy time in the great outdoors together. You’ll find them in the quaint village of Beaulieu in the New Forest. Their five-star guided canoeing and kayaking tours take place on the stunning Beaulieu River, home to an array of wildlife and picturesque views. If you’d rather stay on land, their archery sessions allow you to test your aim with a bow and arrow and learn the history of the ancient sport in a serene woodland setting. Plus, they’re close to Roundhill Campsite and only a short drive away from the Lepe Beach Camping site! 

Cyclexperience is located in the heart of the New Forest with easy access to all cycle trails. Situated in Brockenhurst, the centre is incredibly close to plenty of camping and caravanning sites. Places within a 5 mile walking distance include Hollands Woods, Long Meadow Campsite, Roundhill Campsite, Aldridge Hill Caravan Park and Setthorns Campsite. So why not save the trouble of packing your own bikes and hire from Cyclexperience!

Approx. 3 miles from the Ashurst Campsite is Longdown Activity Farm and Farm Shop is a brilliant day out for the family. There are hands-on activities to enjoy throughout the day which include bottle-feeding the kid goats and calves, and small animal encounter. There is lots of playtime fun to be enjoyed including the Piglets Play Barn, trampolines, go-karts, and outdoor play area. Don’t miss the tractor and trailer ride – it’s very bumpy! As you depart, call into the Farm Shop where they sell a large range of delicious locally sourced food, a wonderful taste of Hampshire.

Close to Ashurst Campsite is the New Forest Wildlife Park which is home to over 260 animals representing 40 species both native and from other parts of the world. 

Experience the Beaulieu visitor attraction from the nearby pop-up campsite. The stunning parkland of the Beaulieu Estate creates a unique base to explore all the New Forest has to offer, with local cycle and walking routes and the Beaulieu visitor attraction (including the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey) right on your doorstep.

Ecopod at Tapnell Farm
Ecopod at Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Caravan and Holiday Parks

Only four miles off the south coast, the Isle of Wight is the UK’s Dinosaur Capital and the perfect family destination for fun, sand, sea, food and adventure.

With sprawling beaches, countryside and a huge amount of family attractions, such as Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill, The Needles, Tapnell Farm, Sandham Gardens and Dinosaur Isle Museum all within a short distance of a huge variety of accommodation including caravan and camping parks and holiday parks, you are sure to find the perfect family escape.

You’re spoilt for choice for accommodation options close to Tapnell Farm Park. Tom’s Eco Lodge takes UK Glamping to the next level, with beautiful Safari Tents, Wood Cabins, Modulogs, and Pods, all nestled away in the glorious surroundings of Tapnell Farm. Stunning sea views, space to roam, and sandy beaches nearby create the perfect farm stay for a family holiday. The beautifully designed Geodesic Domes also have stunning sea views.

Whether you are looking for an activity, coast, countryside, animal or heritage experience, indoor or outdoor, you are sure to find the best attractions in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with our attraction filter.