Shamba Holidays, Eastmoors Lane, St Leonards, Ringwood,BH24 2SB,Tel 01202873302


To Find Site:- From Ringwood continue on A31 towards Ferndown. Watch out for the roundabout with the Little Chef on the right. Continue on A31 and at next roundabout go round as if returning to Ringwood but then turn immediately left into Eastmore Lane which is signed to Shamba Holidays. From the main road the  campsite it is about half a mile. The partly non- made up lane is narrow in places but there are passing places it can also be a bit bumpy.


Shamba Holidays is situated a few miles south of Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest where you receive a warm welcome from the site staff. The site has an open aspect with all grass pitches, about 150 in total, which are of a good size and reasonable firm even in wet weather. Pitches are set out in longish rows and are usually allocated on arrival. The site also has some seasonal pitches but these are placed on one side of the site. There are no statics on site. Water and Electric points are placed at regular intervals between the rows of pitches. The only grey waste disposal points are at the chemical emptying point or the motorhome service point. At the latter there is no facility to replenish fresh water tanks. The electrics are rated at 16 amps and connections use standard CEE17 blue connectors. The centre point of the site is the main reception block. Not only does it contain reception and a small shop with quite a comprehensive selection it also houses the bar/restaurant although the latter has limited opening hours. The building also contains the toilet facilities and associated facilities like laundry and dish wash. The toilet showers are of a very high standard and this is reinforced by the fact that they have won Loo of the Year.  The centre piece of the site is the covered swimming pool which can be used during the season the site is open. The roof can also be retracted in hot weather. For children, in addition to the pool, there is a small adventure playground next to the pool. For older children there is a large kick about area away from the pitching areas. There is also a large dog walk area. The site normally has a WiFi system but unfortunately the system was down during our stay. On the plus side mobile reception was very good for those using their network as a WiFi source. Being not far from the main A31 there is some traffic noise but it’s more of a background hum which we did not find intrusive. We stayed here in early May and the site was far from full so it could make a good alternative to some of the very busy Club sites. The site accepts both Camping Cheques and ACSI during the low season but my understanding is that the acceptance of Camping Cheques might be in doubt for next year.


This site is a convenient stop for exploring either the New Forest or the coast towards Bournemouth. The site has an information hut with lots of information on the many local attractions. For shopping there is a Waitrose and Sainsburys in Ringwood a few miles from the site. For those not wishing to use their own transport there are bus services from the main road into Ringwood where other services operating over a wider area run from. The Woodman pub on the A31 is about a 15 minute walk from the site and offers good value meals.

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