The name Sandy Balls often prompts a snigger - but it is as memorable as the Centre itself and has a prestigious history which can be traced as far back as the reign of Henry VII.
Sandy Balls first appeared on maps and other documents in the 15th Century as Sandyballas, which is the description given to the dome-shaped sand and gravel outcrops on the estate’s western boundary. These formations still exist today – Good Friday Hill is a great spot to sit and watch the sun set and just to the north the summit of Giant’s Grave with its fantastic views is a satisfying way end a walk in the forest.
Over the years, the management team has toyed with renaming the Centre to something more reflective of a five-star holiday destination but it’s so memorable and well-known that it doesn’t take long to decide it should stay.
In 2010, a TV advert to promote the Centre travelled around the world achieving global recognition when it appeared on Have I Got News For You, prime time American TV and Radio One’s Early Morning Show. It also notched up a staggering two million hits across the web, turning the advert into a video viral.
UK holidays, weekend breaks and short breaks at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre set in the New Forest National Park. We provide high quality holiday accommodation in luxury lodges and caravans and we also cater for tourers and campers. We have a range of facilities including a restaurant, pub, beauty suite,cycle centre and two swimming pools. There is also fantastic activties for all from archery and laser clay pigeon shooting to team games, arts and crafts and much more!