The Local Area

From Holden Farm there are a multitude of activities and great pubs just a short drive away. To help you with your stay we have handpicked a few of our favourites.

On our doorstep

The farm is located just outside the village of Cheriton – it is a beautiful English thatched village at the source of the River Itchen; perfect for smaller children who are content with playing pooh sticks and feeding the ducks on the village green, there is also a children’s play area.

The village Shop is open from 7am till 6pm (Sundays 8am-12pm) for your camping essentials. You can pre-order delicious local fare and food staples for your weekend (Just call 01962 771 251 to discuss your requirements). Please use the Shop order form to guarantee your order before arrival.

The village pub, The Flower Pots, is an award-winning pub and home to a fabulous microbrewery; offering a wide selection behind the bar and a very simple bar menu. We highly recommend visiting the pub for ‘take-away’ beer.

The National Trust property of Hinton Ampner is also in the village as is The Hinton Arms pub which has an extensive menu.

The nearest town is Alresford, a traditional English market town of Alresford had its own website managed by local residents – please visit the site for all the latest news and events. Highlights include the Alresford Millenuium Trail, The Watercress Line and great boutique shopping. There are 5 pubs in Alresford offering something for everyone; The Globe, The Swan, The Bell, The Horse and Groom and The Cricketers.

The historic city of Winchester is on the doorstep and offers never ending exploring opportunities including Winchester Cathedral, Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, The Great Hall featuring King Arthur’s Round Table. The list is endless, we recommend you Visit Winchester for events and special offers so you can plan your Winchester adventure.

Local events

Events are non-stop in this part of Hampshire and we have handpicked the very best of our local events which you might like to experience whilst camping with us:

Alresford Watercress Festival

20th May 2018

Are you a foodie? This event is for you. This nationally acclaimed annual festival celebrates all things watercress. On the third Sunday of May each year, Alresford becomes the site of a huge street festival. Over 80 stalls showcase the very best local food and drink producers.

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Alresford Music Festival

9th June 2018

A one day music event showcasing a diverse range of music styles from both established and emerging local talent. Now in now in its 9th year the festival has grown since its inception in 2010 to become one of the most anticipated events of the Alresford year.

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Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival

22nd July 2018

Hampshire’s premiere English sparkling wine event is organised this year by Raimes English Sparkling.  Sample over twelve sparkling and still wines from seven Hampshire vineyards as well as taste delicious Hampshire produce. Meet the winemakers, take part in a workshop or join a guided tour of the vineyard.

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The Alresford Agricultural Show

1st September 2018

A day out that will inform, interest and entertain – a true showcase of all that is brilliant about the farming countryside. Beautiful animals, gorgeous local food and drink, plenty of shopping, children’s free entertainment plus much more and free parking.

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Local attractions

The list of local attractions is endless, we suggest using Visit Winchester, Visit Hampshire and All Things Alresford websites to plan your visit.

The Watercress Line

The Watercress Line

This magical heritage railway runs 10 miles from Alresford to Alton where it connects to the National Rail network. The name reflects the days when the line was used to transport locally grown watercress to markets in London. The railway operates a regular service, as well as numerous special events including ‘A Day out with Thomas’, ‘A Real Ale Train’, dining trains.

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Raimes

Raimes

Our farming neighbours produce elegant award winning sparkling wines from grapes grown on their farm. You can walk over the hill from Holden Farm to visit the vineyard, enjoy a tour and tasting of their delicious wines.

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Winchester Distillery

Winchester Distillery

Nestled in Old Alresford you can find the Winchester Disillery where you can learn the history of Gin, take a deep dive into the production process before heading to the tasting room where you will learn about different styles of gin whilst sampling a range of premium Hampshire spirits.

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Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo

About 20 minutes from us is the wonderful Marwell Zoo, home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species, from endangered Amur tigers to majestic giraffes – the 140-acre zoo is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species. This is a great day out for animal lovers of all ages.

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South Downs National Park

South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park makes up 1600 square kilometres of England’s most valued lowland landscapes. It is a unique landscape shaped by farmers and foresters, large estates and communities, charities and local businesses. The area includes inspirational landscapes, internationally important wildlife, cultural heritage, lively market towns and villages, rolling hills, glorious heathland, river valleys, ancient woodland, and the iconic white cliffs of the Heritage Coast.

South Downs Way

The South Downs Way takes you on a journey of 100 miles through this extraordinary landscape. Holden Farm is sited on this National Trail and the campsite offers a perfect stopping point. There are a number of footpaths that intersect near Holden Farm so it is an exploring paradise. From Holden Farm our favourite pub on the South Downs Way is The Shoe at Exton, it is approximately a 3 hour walk showcasing the South Downs. We will always have camping slots available to those walking the South Downs Way – we are 7 miles from Winchester and can be a last night or first night stop on your adventure.

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