Oakdene Forest Park

Direct forest access (added by manager 16 Sep 2012)

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Surely even the most determined of sofa-huggers will find something to tickle their fancy at this action-packed Shorefield Holidays park in Hampshire…and if not, you have our full permission to send them home. It’s all quite effortless too: as the name might hint, St Leonard’s Oakdene Forest Park has a forest backdrop – the Avon – and there are 55 acres of parkland to potter around; the bike and cycle trails from the park lead directly into the forest for access to nature reserves, country parks and the land of the Forestry Commission. (The park is more than half a mile from the nearest road, so safe for kids to run about.) If even forest walks seem too much hassle to a complaining family member, shove them in the direction of all the on-site activities that come included in the pitch fee: the fully-equipped gym* might be too much, but the sauna, steam room and flumes of the indoor pool should get them up and about. Naturally they’ll need a rest after all that sauna-going: they can take their pick from the Blues Bar, Colour Café or the Oak Suite… and if they’re feeling up for it they might then want to join in the regular Oak Suite entertainment and activities laid on by the Oakdene team, such as cinema nights, quizzes and parties. Food of all sorts, as well as takeaway, is laid on at the licensed Oak Suite, and there’s a fully-stocked supermarket on site too with off-licence – everything here has been thoroughly thought of, shorely… *Please note there is a £2 induction fee for the gym; usage is free thereafter.

Site type

Tent pitches 13
Caravans for hire 89
Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 14

Tourist board rating

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed



Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby


Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby


Oakdene Forest Park

St Leonards




BH24 2RZ



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Route directions

Take the A31 westbound from Ringwood. After three miles and two roundabouts, Oakdene is signposted on the left just past St Leonards hospital. Reception is at the end of the drive on the right.

Nearest transport

6.2 km Meeting House Lane
8.1 km Bournemouth University
9.4 km Bournemouth Station
9.2 km Pokesdown Rail Station
9.3 km Bournemouth Rail Station
9.7 km Christchurch Rail Station
10.3 km Tuckton Tea Gardens Ferry Landing
10.6 km Christchurch Quay Ferry Landing
10.7 km Wick Christchurch Ferry Landing
4.2 km Bournemouth International Airport
38.4 km Southampton Airport

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The sandy beaches of Bournemouth are only nine miles from Oakdene Forest Park: add the ones at neighbouring Poole and Christchurch and you’ll keep the kids happy for the whole hol, especially when you throw in the fossil-hunting of the Jurassic Coast and the Adventure Wonderland Theme Park. Start off at the Bournemouth Eye to see the town from heady heights; once nerves have recovered, totter off to the seven miles of award-winning Bournemouth beaches and the newly refurbished pier with kids’ rides and boat trips along the Dorset coast. To get about on land, take the Land Train along the pier to Poole – with a stop-off on the way at Alum Chine for the acclaimed Tropical Gardens and the pirate-themed playground. Poole’s gorgeous natural harbour is the biggest in Europe, and a harbour cruise from Poole Quay might make you think you’re in the Med (the multi-million pound houses of the Sandbanks peninsula might give this impression too). There are boat trips from the harbour to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island, home of increasingly rare red squirrels and described by Bill Oddie as ‘the best place for seeing wildlife in Dorset’. Go east from Bournemouth and Poole to reach Christchurch and another lovely natural harbour, then Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with historic ships including HMS Victory. West leads to the seaside towns of Weymouth and Swanage, famed for watersports and more miles of sandy golden beaches. Boat trips and sea fishing trips can be picked up anywhere along this stretch of coast; if you want to keep it simple and/or cheap, give the kids a line and bucket and let them crab off Bournemouth Pier. Back in Hampshire, the New Forest wood be wrong to miss, and we suspect this won’t be an option once small people in your party discover it’s the location of Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park. The popular Beaulieu Motor Museum and Village, voted the best large visitor attraction 2013 by VisitEngland, is in the heart of the New Forest and also has Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House and Gardens on site.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Bournemouth Boscombe Pier 10.2 km Sea N/A Good Good Excellent
Bournemouth Manor Steps 10.3 km Sea N/A Excellent Excellent N/A
Bournemouth Fisherman`S Walk 10.5 km Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bournemouth Pier 10.7 km Sea N/A Excellent Good Good
Bournemouth Durley Chine 11.1 km Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Adventure Wonderland 4.2 km

The Bournemouth Balloon 10.1 km

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum 10.4 km

Bournemouth Pier Beach 10.6 km

Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium 10.6 km

National Trust

Kingston Lacy 12.2 km

White Mill 14.2 km

Brownsea Island 15.3 km

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve 19.6 km

Corfe Castle 23.8 km

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.



Throop Mill - Parley Green - Nature Reserve - Berry Hill 5.7 km

Holt Heath - Horton Tower - Holt Heath 5.7 km



Local events

  • New Forest and Hampshire County Show (Tuesday 30 July 2024 – Tuesday 30 July 2024)

    Brockenhurst, England 19.8 km

  • Tankfest (Friday 28 June 2024 – Friday 28 June 2024)

    Wareham, England 30 km

  • Camp Bestival Dorset (Thursday 25 July 2024 – Thursday 25 July 2024)

    Wareham, England 31.2 km

  • Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival and Rally (Friday 19 July 2024 – Friday 19 July 2024)

    Dorchester, England 31.5 km

  • Dorset County Show (Saturday 7 September 2024 – Saturday 7 September 2024)

    Dorchester, England 41 km

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.


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