Complete rethink for my weekend plans I have decided to go to the New Forest instead. I have read various postings on both but not sure how to choose. I know Holmsley has a play area and HW doesn't but then HW has woods and Holmsley doesn't. Will have 5 yr old ds in tow so whichever will be more fun for him would be my preference.
Holland's Wood is wooded with lots of earthy / twiggy picthes and lots of tree cover and can feel a bit cramped.
Holmsley used to be an airfield so is very open with grassy pitches and fewer trees, also big concreted areas (where the aeroplanes used to turn) that are fab for ball games / scooters etc and prevent the pitches overwhelming the site but are a bit unsightly. The play area isn't all that either - assault course thing, two towers (one with ladder one with slide) linked by wobbly bridge and a couple of springy animals.
HW is also much better located - near B-road and within cycling (or walking if you are tough) distance of small town with cafe, restaurant, a Tesco Local, hardware shops etc. Holmsley is inaccessible except by car.
I liked HW more but dd (2) did have fun at Holmesly
I'm sure there was a (possibly small and crap) playground at HW but do not quote me.