Candice Marie and I have just returned to Croydon after a May bank holiday weekend at Tom's field. It's a lovely place to get away from the hurly-burly and hustle and bustle of town life. It being a bank holiday, there were a few people from the tenements, but they did not intrude - partly as there is a more secluded wooded area for the likes of us. The field is very much within the open Forest (but fenced out from commoners's animals), with fantastic views all around of the lowland heath, woodland, mires and streams. We had a full schedule of activities for the weekend, for which we had a range of footwear but could have easily stayed longer.
There is a pop-up shop run as a trust by the local community at the campsite. Although tofu and unpasteurised milk is not for sale, it is probably more ethical than most shops. Had no problem buying a Guardian from them, as they were well stocked. Recycling facilities were very good. The owners made us feel welcome and relaxed & the shower block did its job well, and was kept clean.
There are some rules about fires that are easy for all to follow. These are important for safety reasons, and to protect the heath. Thankfully the owners have some barbecue buckets to use if you need to cook your felafels on an open fire. Everyone at the site appeared to get on easily with this arrangement: I have camped elsewhere where rules were not observed, and this has caused problems.
Though you could hear cars going along the B3078, the normally slow speeds meant that we were not distracted from writing poetry, music or following our fitness regimes.
We went to Tom's Field on a very hot weekend and had chosen it because of the positive reviews. We were two couples with two tents and were put in the corner of the adult section. We had lovely views and lots of space. However in front of our friends tent was a dust bowl which made everything dirty and which the dogs rolled in. The ground was also very uneven. The pitch next to ours was empty but hsd it been in use they would have been very close to us.
The site was full and in my opinion the toilets inadequate. They are housed in a portacabin and are very cramped. Only three toilets and two showers per gender could not cope with the fifty or so pitches. As it was so hot the showers were in almost constant use and became very dirty and there was no means for drying hands after using the toilet. Not a big issue when we were there but would be when not so hot. However the view while you wait to use either the toilet or shower has to be the best in the New Forest!
As mentioned by others it is quiet and the nearby road is not a problem. However we were visited by roaming children and parents should be told that the copse area is out of bounds to their offspring.
We walked to the Fighting Cocks pub which is very pretty but beware it will cost you a serious amount of money! Four beers cost over £25! It also gets very crowded. Sandy Balls has a good supermarket which is reasonably priced and although ee didn't visit the mobile shop Tom made sure everyone knew when it was on site.
Owner is friendly and helpful and the recycling and freezer services are very good. However I have stayed in much nicer sites in the New Forest and would not return or recommend it because of the inadequate toilets and poorly kept pitches.
2012 is our second summer that we have visited Toms Field in the New Forest (not to be confused with the Toms field in Dorset) after being recommended to it by friends who had originally found it.
From the moment you arrive it is clear to see why it is so popular. Tom and Tina make you feel as if one of the family, they seem to remember your name which is lovely. Their son is great as well, although we did not see him this year, last year spent quite a while with us and our friends chatting away and helping us make our fire, a child who lives for the outdoor life. Yes you are allowed fires as long as they are in a container (They are provided along with wood and kindling) which makes the evenings very pleasant especially on a chilly evening.
The one real big bonus here is they have an ĎAdult Ďonly area, there is room for about a dozen tents. Only thing is sometimes the kids like to ride their bikes through and you do need to remind them that it adults only! Maybe if the parents with kids were informed on arrival, it may also help to have a sign as you drive into the wooded area saying adults only as well. However this is the only very minor issue with the place.
The shower facilities are fine always kept clean with plenty of hot water, lovely soap provided at the hand basins which is a treat when camping and the washing up area is fine with 2 sinks. These are situated at the end of the shower block which is at the end of the family camping and just before you enter the adult area. They also have a large freezer at the reception area for freezing your ice packs. A small village shop comes for about an hour on Saturday and Sunday morning selling everything from newspapers to the essential. Tom comes around and tells us they have arrived. None of the pitches have electric hook up.
Views are stunning and although you are close to the road if on the right hand side of the camp site you donít really notice the traffic as it is not that heavy and the cars should be doing 40mph as it is in the heart of the New Forest!
If wishing to hire out bikes you need to walk to Sandy Balls which takes about 20 minutes it is just past the Fighting Cocks pub, turn right out of the camp site. They have a selection of maps depending on your ability, length of journey etc. A truly great day which we have done each time we have been at Toms Field. Sandy Balls also has a shop and there are restaurants which you can use.
We never take our car out till we go home but if you have kids there is plenty to do all within a short driving distance from the campsite.
They only open at weekends during July and August and the May Bank Holidays; itís popular so booking early is essential.
Just returned from our 1st visit to Tomís Field this weekend, what a joy it was to find such a reasonably priced site considering the outstanding view and the size of the pitches, together with the willingness of the owner Tom to help us campers at all times.
The site itself has about 50 generous size pitches, is long and narrow with tents pitched either side, this left the middle clear for all sorts of games and activities, although full to the brim this site was very quiet and peaceful thanks mainly to the no music policy, the 11:30 cut off for noisy behaviour, I can see why this site is so popular with young families and the like, I spoke to a few people who repeatedly come here and they all say itís one of the best small camp sites in the South of England, and I can see why, it even has its own small Adults only copse for those couples who like to be tucked away from kids hustle and bustle.
Itís not an all singing and dancing site, but it makes up for it by the following, a small but clean shower/toilet block that was cleaned 2/3 time during the day, an abundant supply of hot water as well for the washing up facilities, they have a free freezer block service and the local village post office / shop comes on Sat/Sun mornings for about an hour to sell local produce, papers etc.
All in all, this site hit the spot for us and we will be back in the very near future.
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