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Cornfield Camping, an adventure under canvas

Camping is a popular holiday choice with more and more people choosing a ‘staycation’ holiday here in the UK. It is a low-cost holiday alternative with friends and family to choose camping in the New Forest. At Sandy Balls we have the option to camp all year-round on our touring pitches, however between 2-29 August, we open our camping field with…

Camping not for you? Think again!

As a Manager at Sandy Balls, I was slightly apprehensive when I was asked to stay in one of our new Safari Tents so I could fully experience the unique experience they offer.  Don’t get me wrong, they look amazing, but as mum to a toddler, and someone who hasn’t camped for many years, I…

Free entertainment all summer long!

The summer holidays are sneaking up on us and the time has arrived to start filling those long summer weeks full of activities to keep the kids entertained and to create some magical family memories. A break at Sandy Balls Holiday Village in the beautiful New Forest National Park has to be in the mix!…

Rendezvous with birds

Toby Puddle is a familiar face at Sandy Balls as he is the leader of the Falconry experience activity at our holiday village. He has been practicing the art of flying trained hawks and owls over 18 years. Toby is very passionate about educating the public on animals, especially on birds. But what is the…

Meet the Sandy Balls Alpacas

The Sandy Balls alpacas arrived at our Holiday Village in 2014 and they’ve become the kids (as well as the adults) favourites since then. But where did they come from? What do they eat? Where can you meet them? Our alpacas were bred in the New Forest but are native to Peru. Sandy, Inka, Pickle and Archie…

May Fete & Activities

Lots of stalls Wander around craft stalls and find gifts or buy some tasty local products. Jamie Jigsaw The multiple award-winning children’s entertainer Jamie Jigsaw will be present to put on a high-quality family show. Vintage Cars A stunning assortment of vintage cars will be on display at our Royal Fete. Try something new! Why…

The Trudgians at Sandy Balls

Having 2 children with a wide age gap we always struggle to find the perfect compromise in our holidays. Perhaps that’s why we love caravanning so much; We can create our own adventure no matter where we go. So, when we visit a site that offers serviced pitches, extensive on site facilities and a comprehensive…

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A perfect place to learn more about the New Forest Wildlife

Covering 145 square miles the New Forest is a place of ancient history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty. Originally a royal hunting preserve, the thriving working forest that you see today has survived for nearly 1000 years. Here at Sandy Balls we are proud that we are able to bring our guests closer to nature…

New Forest Wedding Showcase
13 March

Sunday 13th March The Woodside Suite will dress up for a special day. Sandy Balls Holiday Village will take part in the 2016 New Forest Wedding Showcase, so if you are planning to say your vows in the near future, make sure that you turn up for the event. At Sandy Balls, we offer a spectacular…

Keep fit with the latest kit

We are really proud to announce a major overhaul in our fitness gym. The resistance equipment has been replaced with the latest equipment from one of the industry leaders, Life Fitness. The gym now incorporates the very latest developments in the fitness industry enabling us to introduce a range that offers the best in quality…

Forest Table refurbishment

We’ve been busy this winter - The Forest Table has been refurbished creating a great new space, perfect for relaxing. The Forest Table, our family friendly restaurant has undergone a beautiful refurbishment. Now featuring a soft seating area, it is the perfect spot for a coffee & cake in the afternoon or a relaxing glass…

Easter Fete at Sandy Balls

If any holiday was made for kids it has to be Easter with it's bunnies, egg rolling and easter egg hunt. Saturday, 26 March will surely be a day to remember, because a great family event, our Easter Fete takes place at Sandy Balls Holiday Village. We have everything for a fun day-out, so make…

Tips for winter hiking

Despite of the cold weather, winter hiking can be great fun! You can enjoy crowd free trails and drinking hot tea will never taste as good as on a chilly day. To ensure you have a great experience, we have collected tips and tricks for people looking for a winter hiking adventure. Dress like an…

Christmas Competition – The Results

At the beginning of December we have launched a Christmas Competition for all our guests who spent their Christmas Holidays at Sandy Balls. The prizes included a weekend break, a touring break and £100 Sandy Balls voucher. We would like to thank to all of our lovely guests who made the holidays festive with their…

Christmas Facebook Competition

WIN one of 2 weekends at Sandy Balls or £100 of Sandy Balls Vouchers Join in the festive spirit this Christmas and post your 2015 festive photos on Facebook and be in with a chance of winning...   1. Best decorated accommodation exterior wins a weekend break at Sandy Balls. 2. Best decorated touring pitch…

15 Reasons to visit Sandy Balls

Not to be missed New Forest adventures perfect for all ages, whatever the weather. Reasons to visit Sandy Balls this Autumn and Winter... Experience outstanding views of the New Forest on horseback. Enjoy an enchanting early evening walk along one of our nature trails and spot theforest wildlife. Sit and take in wonderful views where…

David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award

Sandy Balls Holiday Village continues to strike gold with David Bellamy. We are proud to be one of a small number of parks that have won gold in the David Bellamy Conservation Award for the 20th year running. The Sandy Balls team are again recognised for all the hard work and money spent on returning…

The New Forest Waking Festival 2015

The walking festival has 80 guided wildlife walks, history hikes, family adventures and activity walks across the Forest. The walks run from the 17 October to 1 November and let you discover ancient woodlands, wild heaths, free roaming pigs and ponies under the guidance of local experts. Many of the walks are free or discounted…

Get the best New Forest cycle routes

If you're looking for the best cycle routes in the New Forest you can now hire a free Garmin GPS navigation device with bikes hired from the Sandy Balls Cycle Centre. The Garmin Edge Touring devices are simple to use and come already loaded with a range of easy to follow, family-friendly cycle routes to…

Visit The Bournemouth Air Fesitval this Summer

From Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August 2015, Bournemouth Air festival takes place in the skies above the award-winning beaches around Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers. This FREE four day spectacular attracts over a million visitors and has recently been named as one of the best air shows in the world by American Newspaper USA Today.…

Challenge the professionals at the Cherries soccer school

This summer, Sandy Balls Holiday Village is teaming up with Premier League club AFC Bournemouth (the Cherries) to offer youngsters a chance to take part in their fantastic soccer schools. Run by their community coaches the soccer schools will take place at Sandy Balls Holiday Village and provide a great opportunity for 5 to 12…

Cycling in the New Forest

At Sandy Balls Holiday Village we have a number of cycle routes available at the cycle centre that will take you down forest tracks and country lanes to enjoy and soak up the beautiful sights of the New Forest National Park. Cycle routes are available for all abilities ranging from 3 hours to 45 minutes…

The Heart BIG Sleepover Family Fun Weekend

The popular Heart BIG Sleepover weekend is back this June and promises to be a fun-filled event for all the family. Join us for a weekend break from Friday 12 until 15 June and enjoy activities and entertainment for the whole family in partnership with Heart FM. Put your headphones on, choose your music and…

Early May Bank Holiday Events and Activities

Make the most of the early May bank holiday and join us at Sandy Balls Holiday Village with onsite activities of cycling, swimming, archery and Alpaca walks. Explore the New Forest horse riding or on one of the downloadable walking routes from The New Forest. Then relax and unwind at The Retreat for a pampering…

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