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Sandy Balls Holiday Village
New Forest
Hampshire   (Browse area)
Tel: 01442 508850  or  01425 651200
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Pitches: 225
Open: 01/01/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 196 Reviews
                8/10 from 196 Reviews

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 No Glamping Units   Statics for Hire   Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <10 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 Beach <10 miles   Watersports <10 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Thara9645 1 review from this member

 I once camped here way back in the summer of 2009 as a thirteen year old. I loved it all. The campsite had a playground for little children as well. It was and still is utterly perfect for families with kids of all ages.

We also enjoyed using the nice on site pool in addition when we were there that year.

Great value for your hard earned money. I will return in the future one day hopefully. The range of facilities is enough for most British families. What an experience.

Tip, make sure that you bring a functional torch and a working pen for a bit of note making. I would also take a first aid box in case of emergency. 
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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Jennie46 2 reviews from this member

 We absolutely love Sandyballs we have been there a few times now and have not ever been been able to fault it,

The facilityís are clean they have a lovely swimming pool, Hot tub, Sauna they also offer massage and facial treatments.

They have a great arcade for the kids as well as many other kids activities. They have great entertainment starting with kids early evening and then quizzes or singing, comedians there is a great variety and plenty to do there are several places for food and it is lovely.

Staff are very friendly and helpful. We have booked a weekend just for the 2 of us before winter arrives and we will be booking 2 weeks there for next summer and then we will be going to another site for a week itís great. 

Date of Visit: February 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Sonic 76 2 reviews from this member

 The check in is very smooth and they are very swift, once I arrived at my pitch I was disappointed that the pot holes in the gravel hadn't been filled since my last visit a few years ago, this meant that to walk around the site was very muddy and wet.

The entertainment was good, but extra activities were a bit pricey although there was a good choice.

The new pool opened while we were there and the new facilities are very nice, unfortunately the pool was absolutely freezing! I hope that was because it hadn't fully warmed up rather than that being the temperature it was set at.

I find it a really expensive site and am never sure why it's so popular, I'm sure I will go back but won't be in any rush. 

Date of Visit: January 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: LouLiz 30 reviews from this member

 We had 3 nights here and couldnít fault it. The check in, pitch, cleanliness and staff were all excellent.

As it was the first week in January the site was very quiet but we were there over a weekend which became a little bit busier.

The staff were very friendly in all the restaurant/shops we visited. The supermarket was well stocked.

Definitely go back there again. Not sure what it would be like during the school holidays but as we are retired we have the luxury of being able to use these holiday parks during term times when they are always quiet. 

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: BigErnie 32 reviews from this member

 We visited for two nights over the weekend which was a bit of a last minute decision. The site is quite close to home so we wanted to get away and be able to access some good walking into the New Forest.

On arrival at the site (Friday evening) it was busy, there were vehicles queuing into the entrance however the reception was very well equipped for this and was effectively doing a rolling check in. We were at our pitch within minutes. Fortunately we were pitched off in a corner with no through traffic and next to a footpath which took us directly off of the site, great for us and the dogs.

We had justified the cost, which was more than we would usually pay for a weekend close to home, as access to the pool and sauna facilities are included but we didnít use them as it was so busy. However we didnít really need to as there is plenty of walking off of the site and around the nature trail, when we werenít out walking we were able to relax in the van.

This is a large family orientated site which goes against what we usually look for in a campsite but weíll definitely come back as the facilities and are so good and the surrounding area is really lovely. 


Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Tinboxtowa 3 reviews from this member

 The site itself was generally clean and tidy I had not problems with it. I just want to warn people not to be tempted to go for a Super Pitch. We did, basically as we thought it would be bigger. WRONG ! to be honest out pitch was no bigger than any of the others. The only thing we gained for our extra £5 per night was a few more amps. There were much bigger and more spacious pitches all around us. So don't get caught like us. Learn from our mistake and go for the bog standard pitch! 

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Jennie46 2 reviews from this member

 Absolutely amazing it has plenty of on site activityís for both children and adults.

The location is perfect, very close to the horses and donkeys etc, the views are amazing, itís a very friendly place, food is lovely plenty of variety, the on site shop is very well stocked with plenty of choice

Facilities are clean plenty of laundry rooms and shower blocks itís very well looked after we have been before also and itís the only site we have found with the activity range swimming and evening entertainment itís ideal if you donít want to leave sandyballs village they have everything.

We have already booked our stay for this summer canít wait. 

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Kylemore 2 reviews from this member

 On arrival campsite looks like needs a face lift, very shabby now, we have been going for a few years and never again. Went to takeaway after setting up to be told no fish, chicken only burgers, just not good enough. Then went swimming as it was a real heatwave week to b told that the pool was shutting at 3 because short staffed. We were not told this at 1. 45 when we went in just not good Call yourself a 5star site, Don't think so Will not rush back, also other guests were also saying they had enough and were not going any more. 

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: MoatPleck 2 reviews from this member

 We have been visiting this site 2/3 times a year for some years now but on our last visit it is as if their standards have fallen off a cliff.

Everything seems to be dedicated to wringing the last pound out of your pocket (£5. 00 extra to choose a camping pitch).

The food in both restaurant and pub was expensive and in their pub we chose the gourmet burger which was accompanied by luke warm chips and almost cold onion rings.

They had no ale because of some cooling problem (do you cool real ale?) and the following night they had still not fixed it.

To cap it all most of the toilets in the gents toilet block were completely unusable on both mornings.

Two days was enough. 

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Somebody2010 2 reviews from this member

 We spent a couple of nights at Sandy Balls over the Easter Holidays.

Our pitch was level, with gravel standing for the van and awning. Couldn't find the TV hookup point though, even though we had booked a pitch that was supposed to have TV. Still, it didn't really matter for just a few nights.

The shower blocks were clean on the first day, but always had blocked, dirty toilets in the morning. Perhaps more frequent cleaning (or less disgusting guests!) might help.

The shop is great - it had everything we could have wanted, with a bigger wine selection than my local supermarket. We enjoyed the bar, and the Forest Table restaurant was OK given that they had a large table in at the same time as us and so service was a little slow.

We felt that the site is really aimed at families with very young children, as there is nothing much for teenagers. Plenty of soft play areas, outdoor play areas, and pools that you can bob around in but which aren't big enough (or empty enough) to actually swim.

We would come again, but probably not suring the summer holidays as we are not convinced the facilities would cope! 

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